We select this apartment because of its location in the 16th arrondissement. We are frequent visitors to Paris, and have visited at least annually since 1999. We have rented apartments since 2001 and we have always stayed in a different neighborhood to get the true feel of the City of Lights. Since about 2005 we have been going for a minimum of 4 weeks, unless returning from a trip to another country then we will always add a week on the front or back of the travels, in addition to our annual visit.
Honestly, this is only the second apartment that we would ever book for a second time. It is very comfortable to stay in this apartment. The apartment has 99% of anything you would need during your stay. The bed is comfortable and a bit higher than most French beds, which helps as we get older. Plenty of closet space to store your clothes, suit cases, etc so you feel like your at home. The kitchen is about as good as you will find in a French rental apartment, because most owners feel you will be taking your meals out. As a chef I love to scour the markets for interesting meats, fish and seasonal fruits and vegetables to prepare at home, of course we do our share of eating out as well. We realize that our model is a bit different from the average tourist but we go to Paris to learn and absorb a different culture, being retired were really not on vacation.
The apartment has a great location and you soon realize you are in a true French neighborhood because you see and can say Bonjour to your neighbors which you see daily. It also a very safe area for those concerned about being in a big city. Situated two blocks from the Paris Metro (rue de la Pompe )and two bus lines (52 and 63) makes it very easy to get around the city both day and night.
The amenities in the area are fantastic, 2 butchers, 3 bakeries, 2 fruit & vegetable stores, 2 grocery stores, a cheese shop, a fresh pasta shop, two flowers shops, a wine shop, a chocolate shop, a oriental take-out and numerous restaurants, our favorite being Relais du Bois and Bon (best to make a reservation) , but we enjoyed a quick meal at Cafe Le Chalet as well. These are all within about 2 blocks of the apartment and if you jump on the bus you can be a a huge Carrefour in about 15 minutes, where to prices are great.
On Wednesday and Saturday there is a street market along President Wilson Boulevard (metro Alma Marceau, of about a kilometers walk), said to be the best upscale street market in Paris, although not the largest. There are some great vendors in the market, about 60 I think.
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