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by Scott Sewell, United States
"We hit the jackpot on our first trip to Paris by staying at your small but well-appointed Saumur on Rue Cler. The apartment is comfortable for two, is beautifully appointed and has everything a visitor needs for a 10-day stay.Perfect!
We breakfasted in our room every day and prepared lunch for our sightseeing excursions. This is easy with the compact kitchen with the refrigerator and freezer, microwave, every kitchen tool imaginable and room for food preparation. The Nespresso machine saw heavy use as well.
The lovely dining table with city views outside the windows and reliable internet made breakfast and catching up with the world every day a pleasure. The balcony was another wonderful feature. Although the weather did not allow us to enjoy it for most of our stay.
We left the bed down during our entire visit as we were there to experience Paris and not the inside of our room (never turned on the TV). Late nights in the city meant directly to bed on arrival each night and out immediately after breakfast. The bathroom, while small, had a bigger than expected shower and wide sink with room for toiletries. The washer/dryer offered some mysteries (even with the extensive instructions) but this was solved with practice and was indispensable for a stay of this length.
The extensive documentation on virtually everything in the apartment, as well as the friendly greeter who provided orientation our first day, were other touches that made our stay smooth and trouble-free. The starter supplies of orange juice, wine, Nespresso cups and milk, as well as soaps, cleaners and paper goods, were well appreciated.
But as they say in real estate here in the States (and probably everywhere else) - location, location, location - it is here Saumur shines brightly. I suppose there are other great locations to stay in Paris but it is hard to believe there are any better.
Rue Cler has everything a visitor needs: from cafés (we ate at three (Cafés du Marche, Tribeca and La Terrasse around the corner on Rue Bosquet), fruit and flower stands, bakeries, pharmacies, small supermarkets (we are partial to Carrefour for its hours and selection of La Motte-Picquet) and a day and night time vibe that represents the best of Paris city life. An espresso or a glass of wine and a curbside table on Rue Cler is hard to beat for people watching or unwinding at the end of an evening.
The Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, the Seine and Napoleon's Tomb are an easy walk and just meandering in the neighborhood is a pleasure as well. The Ecole Militaire Metro station was ground zero for the start of our every day and it is right around the corner from Saumur. Line 8 connects directly to Invalides, Concorde, Madeleine, Opera and La Motte-Picquet transfer stations making it easy to get virtually anywhere in the city core at any hour.
Both Versailles and Chartres were easy day trips using the RER from Invalides and the TER from Montparnasse Bienvenue. Our Navigo cards were well used for sometimes as many as three round trips a day all over the city. And when we exited the Metro from Ecole Militaire at any hour, Carrefour was open for whatever we needed for the next day's activities - with only a short walk home with our groceries to our comfortable little flat.
Rick Steves recommended Paris Perfect in his 2017 Paris Guide as an alternative to VRBO (which we have used on other trips) and he was not wrong about the quality of the accommodations and services. While we are self-guided and self-sufficient travelers in the main and do not need some of the levels of service that you provide, the apartment, support services and maintenance (we had a small plumbing problem that was promptly dealt with) were excellent.
We would certainly book Saumur again if in Paris and would definitely consider Perfect apartments in London and Rome on future visits there. Since we never stay in a hotel if it can be avoided, it is likely we will be your customer again in the near future.
Please feel free to share our comments or use us as a referral. Thanks for helping make our first trip to Paris so special!
Scott Sewell, Marina del Rey, CA, United States