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Attractive 2 bedrooms apartment on a very quiet street in a very quiet building. You are in the center of everything - shops and restaurants all around you but it
is calm and you can sleep. You close the door and because of the mezzanines and the green of the garden, you have the feeling you are in a house.
Just 30 minutes from Cassis and Marseille, 1 hour from St. Tropez and surrounded by the most beautiful scenery the lovely La Boheme in Aix is your perfect location to conveniently explore this part of France!
You will be greeted at the shuttle from plane or train by Guillaume, my agent. He will take you to the apartment,
familiarize you with the apartment, answer all your questions and tell you about events and interesting activities in the area.
I came to the US with my husband for 2 years ... forty years ago! We came with 2 suitcases!
In 2005, I decided it was time to have my own residence in France. Of course, I am not able to reside here half as much as I would like. My family is from Lyon, it is not too far. But here it is all the charm of Le Midi.
Danielle Mollet purchased this apartment in 2005
I fell in love. This is my home in France. I live in the States and I need to recharge regularly. It is my treasure!
It is spacious and the ceilings are so high! Here everything is pleasing. You can walk everywhere. I used to live in Boston, a very pretty city, I now live in Reno/Tahoe, NV, very
beautiful landscapes, but really Aix is another world for its charm, history, music and joy of living! and the Mediterranean a hop away!
We spent the month of May in Aix en Provence - this condo was perfect for 3 women - lots of space, lovely bright light during the day. It is an old charming building- the kitchen is small and suitable for one person working at a time - handy to pass plates, food, etc through to the kitchen table, where it is sunny in the morning for coffee and fresh pastry ( can be bought merely 2 minutes away). We loved the daily markets; buying fruit, veggies, cheese, bread, fabulous olives, etc and LOTS of rose wine. We walked everywhere and used the buses available during the day through the city - the tourist office on Cours Mirabeau was v helpful for excursions ( we took one with them to Arles). The city has a wonderful theatre, dance school ( Pavillon Noir) and conservatory of music - we enjoyed several concerts in the city. Generally the area is quiet ( a few noisy late nights on the weekend ) and v friendly - most speak English. Any concerns we had were addressed - and we appreciated the clean linens weekly . The washer and dryer were working ( we hung our clothes to dry) and we did not intend to cook ( altho we took a wonderful cooking class with Mathilde - TripAdvisor #1 in Aix) Danielle was very responsive, via Email, to any question or concern. Looking forward to returning and maybe learning more French !! Merci beaucoup ..............
We recently stayed at the la Boheme apartment in mid October 2014. Aix is a wonderful small medieval city with charming streets, cafès and shops.
La Boheme is in a great location, inside the old city walls, and is short walk to everything in Aix. It is a large apartment with huge windows and is a very quiet and safe. There is no free parking in Aix, however, covered parking for 15 Euro/day is very close.
Danielle, the owner, is pleasant, helpful and accessible by email. Guillaume, the manager of la Boheme, is very nice; he met us at the apartment and took the time to show us around answered questions about transit, shops and the town. He was very helpful. Unfortunately the washing machine was not working and advised us where to have laundry done.
Both my husband and I have travelled in Europe with VRBO on many occasions before this venture and have been so very pleased with the places we rented. I am sad to say we were not happy with this rental. It has one queen size bed that fits 2, one double bed (not really a double) that fits one person. Its really short. Only a small person would be comfortable. These beds need to be upgraded.
The bathroom is a throw back to another era. You have to step up and into a bathtub and if you were a tall person then the shower would not work for you. Both my husband and I are not overly tall so it worked mostly....
The kitchen was atrocious. The microwave was from another time and I was totally afraid to use it. There was so little of everything and really poor quality. The cupboards were kind of scarey. There was no kettle, no toaster, no sharp knives, a poor coffee machine and the list goes on. One review mentioned that things needed to be fixed and I had emailed the owner prior and she told me that the kitchen had been upgraded which it had not.
Once again, Aix is one of the most charming cities in the South of France. The apartment is quiet and safe and in a great location. With a great deal of badly needed renovations and upgrades could be a good flat.
Patricia & Greg, Toronto Canada
You can read the other reviews to see all the reasons you should choose La Boheme so I won't be redundant.
However, what makes this place special is the care and attention to the details. When I talked the owner a week before our arrival Danielle she informed me the washer/dryer wasn't working, and she wasn't sure she could replace it in time. She told me there was a laundry close by, so it didn't seem to be a deal breaker.
But when the manager met us he said that Danielle agreed to pay to have our clothes cleaned. We left them out and the manager picked them up while we were sightseeing and returned them the next day folded and clean.
When I told Guillaume (manager) that the lighting was terrible for reading and there were too few drinking glasses for 4 people, we found bulbs replaced, a bedside reading light and two boxes of new drinking glasses. I call that amazing service... the difference between an owner who is renting and one who is a true owner/host. Bravo Danielle!
Myself and 2 girlfriends spent a week in this spacious and comfortable apartment. It is in a great location and at the same time very quiet. The windows open onto a lovely courtyard and the honeysuckle was in full bloom, so the air was delightfully fragrant. There is plenty to do and see within walking distance. If you do rent a car to explore more of the Provence region, as we did, there is a large parking garage right around the corner. Guillaume was at the apartment when we arrived and check-in was easy. He was very helpful and speaks English. We loved our time in Provence and it was so nice to have such a sweet apartment to come "home" to at the end of a full day. There are plenty of great places to eat as well as daily markets to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. Danielle, the owner, was delightful to work with and I highly recommend renting this apartment if you appreciate having a comfortable, spacious, quiet place to stay, and having a washing machine was very convenient too.
My wife and two teenage sons spent two great weeks in Provence, made immeasurably better by this apartment. The place is tasteful, spacious, quiet, ideally located, well-furnished, convenient -- everything we hoped for and more. Extremely high ceilings, tile floors, plenty of privacy, traditional architecture, and a beautiful garden/courtyard outside the very tall windows. Food markets and vendors of every description were paces from our front door. Also only one block away: a large public parking garage, which turned out to be a huge advantage when we rented a car (very easy; Hertz office near the Cours Mirabeau) for daily excursions to other towns in Provence and the Riviera. (Try to see as many as you can; we especially liked L'Isle Sur La Sorgue on Sunday market days, Arles with its Roman era mini-colliseum, Avignon with its famous incomplete river bridge plus incredible clifftop park and views, and hill towns Roussillon, Menerbes, and Eze; look them up on Wikipedia for overviews.)
The apartment is in the "old" part of town -- beautiful narrow winding cobbled streets -- but it's not buried in the center. It's near the outskirts, providing convenient access not only to parking, but also to buses, markets, and scenic/historic strolls to destinations like Paul Cezanne's original painting studio. (A highlight for us.) The distance from the old city's busiest blocks (only 3 or 4 minutes walk) was also crucial for giving us peace and quiet at night, since Aix has a lively night life with bars and restaurants that are busy till late, with many patrons eating and drinking on the street. But if you want dining close by, there are pleasant (quieter) restaurants as close as directly across the street from the apartment. Another plus to this apartment's location: you feel like you're living in the "real" Aix, at the opposite end of the old city from the Cours Mirabeau, which is charming but also tourist central. Not to worry, though: everyplace in the old city is safe, clean and feels approachably upscale. And the old city is small enough that you can traverse the whole thing in twelve minutes, so nothing is that far from anything else!
We came in mid-March, and found temperatures perfect for long walks -- sunny and in the upper 60's every day. Owner Danielle and manager Guillaume were helpful, welcoming, informative, patient and very knowledgable.
We can't recommend the place highly enough!
We just got back from a 2 week stay at la Boheme in Aix.
First things first: the place is perfectly located. If you want to explore Aix by foot you won't find any better! And then come home to this charming and cozy place! So nice!
The place has one queen size bed that fits 2, one double bed that however just fits one person since it is shorter than a normal bed and tall people might have to lie a little diagonally, and two more beds on galleries that you climb with ladders. One above the kitchen, one in the room with the queen size bed. Kids love those - not so great for grown-ups though. Therefore the place is perfect for a couple +3 if the couple is willing to share the room with one kid.
Bathroom is perfectly fine for a vacation rental. However here too you shouldn't be too tall. My boyfriend with 1,85m had to crouch in the shower. That didn't bother us at all though.
It was very hot in Aix, but we didn't have to use the AC not even once. Open windows were enough. The apartment is in an old building, which stays nicely cool even on hot days. Perfect for the summer!
Danielle, the owner, is a super nice and helpful lady, who answered all my questions very patiently. Guillaume, the manager of the place in Aix, is very nice and absolutely reliable. I was a bit worried before we got there - with no reason as it turned out.
However, the place has also two downsides that should be mentioned. First of all there is absolutely NO free parking in Aix. Conveniently located from the apartment is covered parking, which however means that you have to include 15 Euro/day parking fees into your travel expenses if you come by car.
The one thing that really bothered us about the apartment though was that the kitchen was so badly equipped. The microwave is at least 20 years old and honestly shouldn't be used anymore. This is not "French", it's just old and not well maintained. The few pots and pans were in bad condition and real cooking was almost impossible. This is a problem if you travel with kids and don't want to go to a restaurant every day. Also it would have been nice to do some cooking with all the nice produce from the daily market! For the rental price charged we would have expected a better equipped kitchen! To make the place perfect I would invest in a new microwave and some decent pots and pans, maybe a coffee machine.
You are in the middle of this charming old city. Everything is at walking distance (approx 5 minutes away). If you stay a week, you might not need a car, but if you do, there is a parking garage, just a short 3 minutes walk. There is a lot of charming villages around Aix that are definitely worth seeing and for that you will need a car. You can also go to the sea and back in a day(1/2 hour). You can visit St Tropez in a day starting early, it is about 2 hours away.
For music lovers, July is the best month. The Festival not only offers official venues, but a lot of old 'hotels' open their doors to small orchestras, so you enjoy the music and the architecture.
Really, every month is marvelous in Aix: the shopping is attractive all year around, lots of antique shops, plenty of boutiques and galleries, museums and of course the outdoor markets. I think there is one everyday at less than 10 minutes walk.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 15 2016 - May 15 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Summer rates are $185 to $210.