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by Katherine A, United States
"I sat down to write a review of this apartment, but found that I was mostly writing a review of Paris Perfect. Having stayed in 3 of their apartments, it's my opinion that you can't really go wrong with any of them. It's a highly organized operation that offers many extras that we haven't found when renting from other agencies. Initially, I selected PP over another agency two years ago based on the availability of a physical office space within Paris that would permit me to store my luggage on my departure day, as my flight wasn't until evening. At the time, I didn't fully appreciate all of the differences between PP and other agencies. Since our initial stay, I have rented apartments through other agencies throughout Europe. These other experiences have helped me to fully appreciate the care and service offered by PP. First, the PP apartments are all luxuriously furnished. The owner clearly takes a personal interest in each apartment, and her eye for design is unmatched. Second, the PP apartments have always been spotlessly clean. I'm a stickler for this, and I've never been disappointed. Third, the PP team helps you to settle in with a welcome "basket" -- water and juice in the refrigerator; a nespresso machine with capsules; and a bottle of wine. The last thing that you want to do after a long day of travel is locate a grocery store. Fourth, the apartments are standardized in terms of sheets and dishes/silverware. I underestimated the value of this until renting other apartments and finding chipped dishes and mismatched, worn looking towels. All of the linens here are luxurious. Fifth, the availability of a physical office space nearby means that -- in addition to storing luggage -- there is a person available to address any problems that may arise.
In addition, PP leaves a binder in each apartment that contains information about how to operate the various appliances and systems within the apartment. I didn't think much of this until we later rented from another agency in London. Without the binder, we had no idea how to work the coffee machine, the microwave, or the washer/dryer. As a result, we couldn't use any of those. The binder that PP provides is invaluable! Take the time to read it! It also contains lots of helpful advice as to things to see, places to shop, etc. In addition to the binder, PP provides a starter supply of coffee, dishwashing and laundry tablets, and dishwashing liquid. We were able to do a load of laundry after a week in the apartment. None of the other agencies provided these things, so we didn't use their dishwashers or laundry facilities. We didn't want to spend our limited vacation time trying to figure out which kinds of tablets worked in the various machines, or risk purchasing the wrong ones and causing damage to the equipment.
Having the PP office available in the neighborhood is also very helpful. Someone was available to help for big things and small (how to watch a DVD on the TV). The ability to drop luggage off on arrival and departure days is also a huge benefit. Mostly, though, its the customer service aspect of PP that rises above all other agencies. They are professional and kind, and always a pleasure to work with.
So... to the apartment...UNBELIEVABLE views of the Eiffel Tower. Truly spectacular... from the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. You feel like you're on a movie set! The apartment is wonderful for families: a comfortable master bedroom, and two smaller bedrooms. (I can only speak for the master bedroom, which was quite comfortable. My two small children refused to leave my side, so we all slept in the master bedroom, leaving the other two bedrooms untouched!) Having a separate bathroom/water closet was convenient, so one child could run to the facilities after returning home, while the other washed her hands in the main bathroom. The apartment's location close to the Champs de Mars is a bit touristy, but there is a small grocery store a few doors down, and bakeries and fabulous restaurants within a 5-minute walk. Location is convenient to bus stops, and the RER (Pont de L'Alma). (Unfortunately, that stop was closed for construction during our visit, but typically, that is a nice option.) As with all PP apartments, it is impeccably decorated, and offers comfortable seating. It served as an oasis after a long day of walking. We loved watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle for 5 minutes every hour in the evenings. We would run to the windows and watch the entire time, even FaceTiming my parents back home so that they could enjoy the show along with us. We also had the good fortune to be in this apartment on Bastille Day, and were able to watch the fireworks out of the apartment windows. That is something that the kids will never forget!"
Katherine A, Virginia, United States