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by The Mullen Family
"My wife, my 3 children, ages 13, 15, and 17, and I spent the first week in July in the Romanee apartment. It was everything the website promised, except for one â€“ it was even closer to the Eiffel Tower than the map or the pictures indicate! It was wonderful.
Paris Perfect delivered on everything it promised. Our flight was late, our shuttle took over two hours to get us to the apartment, we couldnâ€™t get our cell phone to function, and when we showed up at the apartment, Caroline was already there to greet us and let us drop off our bags. The apartment was cleaned and available for us only a few hours later (much earlier than we hoped) and we were able to return and sleep and then enjoy Paris over the next 7 days.
Every day in Paris was great. Shopping and sight-seeing was all made so much easier by having a "home" to return to and rest and relax before going out to dinner.
The apartment was everything you see on the website and more. With 3 teenagers and two adults each wanting to shower / bathe in the morning and after a long day out, we had two baths/showers in simultaneous use and we still never ran out of hot water. The fact that the Romanee has two separate toilets (one separate WC and one toilet in the master bath) was a godsend.
The apartment was exceedingly quiet and safe and sleeping was easy and comfortable every night. Two adults in the master bedroom, one child in the other bedroom, one on the fold out bed in the living room (which each of the children agreed was the best bed), and one on a futon in the living room. We had ample and comfortable space. We over-packed by a factor of 2 or 3, and we still had more than enough space for our clothing and bags.
It is a wonderful location (just a VERY SHORT block from the Eiffel Tower and such a wonderful, safe neighborhood). My wife and I spent three nights out at dinner by ourselves, and our children went to the Eiffel Tower by themselves after dark two of these nights and mingled with the throngs of tourists. We felt very comfortable letting the children go out on their own (so long as they stayed together) to the Eiffel Tower and to the local Pizzeria for takeout (run by a very courteous and friendly Algerian gentleman who spoke just a word or two of English but was able to understand exactly what our children ordered).
Each trip to Paris must include at least one trip up the Eiffel Tower. We took at least three. Having it so close meant that we could visit it several times at the exact time we wanted, to see the view from the top in the day, at sunset and after dark.
The "Fun Things to Do in Paris" brochure, which Paris Perfect provided by email before we arrived, was excellent. We visited several of the restaurants that the brochure recommended. Our children's favorite was La Taverna, which the whole family loved. On one of our "nights out" without the kids, my wife and walked to Thoumieux where I tried the "Cassoulet" recommended by Philippe in the brochure. I couldn't believe that I had traveled all the way to Paris (the home of the world's best cuisine) to order a bean casserole. But it turned to be my favorite meal of the trip. Thank you Philippe and Madelyn.
There are 4 metro/RER stops within easy walking distance â€“ Ecole Militaire, Pont de l'Alma (which seemed to be the closest), Bir-Hakeim and Champs de Mars. No matter where we were in the City, at least one of these stops was usually only one transfer away, and sometimes, no need to transfer at all.
When we vacation with my children, we usually rent an apartment in the city we visit. The children are simply too mature for one hotel room to work, and to rent two rooms splits up the family and ruins the experience. Our experiences in resort/apartment rentals range from "good" to "miserable". Our last jaunt was to the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix in December where we stayed at a well known golf resort in a 3 bedroom condo. It was nice, but it could not compare to ParisPerfect. The Romanee was miles and miles better than any other apartment or resort I have ever been to, and was, well â€“ Perfect! We would go back in a heartbeat. Thank You Paris Perfect."
The Mullen Family