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by Sabrina DiMIchele, United States
"Savennieres is fabulous! We have been to Paris numerous times, and have stayed in Paris Perfect apartments several times. We can attest to the superb quality of PP apartments, but are particularly thrilled to have stayed in one of the Place Dauphine apartments. Place Dauphine is a magical location! It is very centrally situated and is thus a perfect home base for exploring all parts of the city. As an added bonus, the apartments face the square (really, it's a large triangle), which is beautiful and so quiet. There are several dining options on the square; we visited all except one of them and especially liked the three to the right as you exit the front door of the apartment building (Restaurant Paul; Caveau du Palais; Bar du Caveau). Ma Salle A Manger, just across from the building, is also good. The best place to buy food to keep in the apartment is the market at Maubert Mutualite on the Boulevard Saint-Germain - just a short walk from the apartment building. The building itself is very, very old; witness the wooden beams that PP left exposed during the renovation. Thank goodness they installed an elevator; the internal stairs are steep and we were on the top floor!
Savennieres is one of the two apartments at the top of PP's Place Dauphine building. It has a beautiful balcony patio off the living area; we would have loved to sit with a glass of wine and watch the day's light fade over the towers of Notre Dame and Saint-Chappelle, had it not been freezing and icy during our stay! The kitchen is perfectly equipped and, as always, PP had stocked it with water, wine, coffee, milk, and orange juice. We were particularly pleased to learn that fresh baguettes are delivered each morning to the lobby - we had great cheese and bread breakfasts each morning (having picked up a nice Cantal and brie at the Maubert Mutualite market the first afternoon). We loved our view of the square from the living room and from the bedroom, and we appreciated the sparkling clean bathroom (with fabulous water pressure!). The only thing we could possibly caution about anyone's staying at Savennieres is that the apartment is on two levels, connected by a very steep and winding staircase with narrow treads. We are in our late 50s and this was absolutely not a problem, but anyone with any kind of mobility issue or dizziness might want to opt for a different apartment (the elevator only goes to one of the two levels on which this apartment is situated, so the internal stairs cannot be avoided). Fortunately for the universe of PP guests, there are several other apartments within the Place Dauphine building that are situated on one level!
Our greeter Virgile was delightful. He was in no hurry and explained how every appliance and mechanical device worked - he didn't just refer us to the PP booklet (which by the way is abundantly detailed about every device, but it's still nice to see things in action). We had a couple of piddly questions about the apartment the first couple of days, and Virgile responded by text very promptly (in one case having the building manager come inspect something). We know from past experiences, and this trip was no exception, that Paris Perfect is a tip-top service organization in addition to managing high quality rental properties. [Same comment goes for London Perfect, the sister company!] From the initial inquiry and booking processes all the way through to departure, Paris Perfect provides exceptional responsiveness, support, and assistance. Because we know Paris and London so well, we have never engaged any of the tour services or other concierge-type offers, but feel confident that the quality and attentiveness of those services will equal all the other facets of Paris Perfect's accommodation."
Sabrina DiMIchele, Houston, Texas, United States