Our Guests’ Comments for Palais Royal Elegant Two Bedroom First Floor

Dates: September 11-16, 2017
Great location in beautiful building next to the Palais Royal. Nice quiet apartment within walking distance to the Louvre, Opera Garnier and excellent shopping along rue St Honoré.

Dates: August 24-31, 2017
Wonderful place to stay!! Clean room with air conditioner, well equipped kitchen, and also welcome wine was quite delicious. I could go Palais Royal to walk everyday and feel paris enough. Very convenient to go any famous place by feet and subway both. And Fanny, who helped us to check in and explain everything about the flat, is nice and kind. She always said to us "do not hesitate to ask anything" it helps us feel safe in paris :) thank you so much Fanny. I definitely recommend this house and will stay here again when I come back paris again.

Mary and Steve Radin
Dates: July 07-21, 2017
Excellent:    *****
Our private car service was 2 hours late picking us up at the airport.........Clara waiting patiently.  A lovely apartment for us, four adults plus our granddaughter aged 12, quiet and an 'on premise' building manager,Convenient location to visit most sites, Louvre, Orsay, Notre Dame, Invalides, Petit Palace, Grand Palace and Rodin.  Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe a metro suggested.  Apartment well furnished and equipped, good air conditioning, important in July.  TV with English speaking news programming.  Master bedroom, you can hear the restaurant employees thru the ductwork at times.............not a major problem.  Good wi fi for my business contacts.  Palais Royale gardens outside your window.........nice to be able to relax and enjoy people watching.  10 minute walk to Monoprix for groceries etc, located on Opera......next door Pauls for great pastries.  A smaller grocery just three blocks away off Richelieu.  Petit Champs is a busy street with lots of foot traffic.............Japanese restaurants abound.  Tourist office near Opera and Petit Champs for all your questions and tickets.  Would stay again on another visit.

 

Dates: June 28-July 03, 2017

« Stunning and spacious apartment on a most charming street and incredible neighborhood. I couldn't ask for anything more. If you're looking to stay in a central location, away from noisy crowds and traffic, this is the place for you. Ile Saint Louis is a very special neighborhood in the middle of Paris. Amazing restaurants and shops right around the corner and all the best parts of Paris only a short walk or metro ride away. Can't believe how lucky I was to find this wonderful not-so-little gem in my favorite city.  »

 

Service: 10
Value: 10
Attractiveness: 10
Overall: 10
Bates, Australia
Dates: October 2015. The apartment was fantastic, I couldn't believe it when we walked in.  It was so clean and felt like home.  This apartment look exactly like it did in the ad, nothing was different, which was a real change to many of the other apartments we stayed at, so there were no unexpected issues. Everything from the beds, bathrooms, kitchen and loungeroom were wonderful and comfortable and there were an amazing quantity of towels and facewashers.  It was a great position as it wasn't very noisy and easily accessible to everything.  We like the fact it had cafes and restaurants close by, at our convience, especially after some of the long days we had visiting the attractions of Paris.  The supermarket close by was great to purchase urgent items, e.g milk and bread. Fanny was amazing, she explained every detail we needed to know in relation to the working of this apartment, e.g appliances.  Also she gave us a fabulous run down of restaurants, shops and supermarkets close by.  Also when we had difficulty, we rang and she was extremely prompt in getting back to us about questions we needed to ask. I would be please to highly recommend Paris Vacation Apartments to anyone, they were fabulous, from start to finish, everything was great.  The staff were extremely helpful, no hiccups at all and certainly value for money, everything that we wanted in an apartment and more.  I wish we had that with the other places we stayed at during our holiday to Europe.  Paris Vacation Apartments was amazing and fantastic.

 

 

Service: 10
Value: 10
Attractiveness: 10
Overall: 10
Lise Hedegaard, USA
Dates: May 31-June 07, 2013. This was our fifth PVA apartment, and it was just as delightful as each of the others. The service is always thorough, efficient, and friendly. The apartment is always clean and thoughtfully furnished. And our stay as temporary Parisians always enhances our visit to the City of Light. From this stunning location, you are close to Metro, Monoprix, La Poste, and Le Grand Vefour! As a Palais Royal resident, you feel the history of this beautiful location—while enjoying all the modern conveniences. This apartment is very comfortable for two couples, with plenty of privacy as well as a big dining room table for relishing a shared evening meal from one of the nearby markets while reminiscing about the day’s highlights. The washer and dryer are a great help for those of us who are traveling light, and the free WIFI and phone is a huge bonus. We love PVA!

 

Service: 10
Value: 9
Attractiveness: 8
Overall: 9
Maneker, USA
deannamaneker@gmail.com
Dates: May 15-29, 2013. Deanna Maneker, Richmond, Virginia, and two other women stayed at this wonderful apartment for two weeks in the latter half of May, 2013.  This apartment was comparable to a 4.5 star hotel in location and amenities.  The location was absolutely perfect - a block from the Louvre and yet on a quiet street with restaurants and small shops (bakery, fruit market) nearby.  The gardens were outside our windows with shops and cafes lining the arcade.  We were three women in our mid-70's and felt comfortable walking in the neighborhood, regardless of time of day or night.
The best part of renting this apartment was that everything that was advertised as being available was absolutely accurate.  And, there were many helpful pieces of information available in the book at the apartment that made our stay very pleasant.  The rental representative was extremely helpful in setting us up and explaining everything to us when we arrived - we never needed any additional help because of the thorough briefing.
The apartment itself was well appointed.  The bedrooms were comfortable, although the mattresses were rather hard and unyielding.  The bathrooms were all tile and well-appointed, although there was neither hand soap nor bath soap in either room.  We were fortunate to have a few small bars handy for immediate use and then bought a soap bar for each shower.  Also, tissues were not available, but these both may be American touches.

 

Service: 10
Value: 10
Attractiveness: 8
Overall: 10
Christine Jobson, USA
Dates: April 04-26, 2013. The apartment is very suited for longer stays - we were there for three weeks.  It is large, comfortable and fully equipped.  We were three people, two of us fluent in French and we have visited France many times as well as lived there.  The size of the apartment is wonderful and it is largely quiet.  Location is excellent - a bit tourist heavy which I had not anticipated, but very central.  The market street, rue Montorgueil, is nearby and is an excellent place to shop.  A large Monoprix is also close, on the Avenue de l'Opera for more everyday supplies.  The manual in the apartment is very helpful in locating services, suppliers, etc., and for questions re: phone/appliances.
The support services are very good.  Housekeeping is not included, but there are cleaning supplies in the apartment including a vacuum cleaner.
Service: 10  - You are met by a very competent employee with croissants, wine, beautiful flowers and full instructions as to how to operate appliances etc - especially helpful re: washer and dryer.
Value: 10 -  The apartment is expensive, but the size and location justify the expense; laundry is included as is heat - it was a very cold April; water for showers is plentiful
Attractiveness: 8 - Very comfortable, looks very like the photos
Overall: 10 - Excellent overall experience; beds are comfortable, all works well, pots and pans are useful as are the knives.  Great to have laundry in the unit as well as suitable cleaning supplies.

Service: 10
Value: 10
Attractiveness: 10
Overall: 10
Paula, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
pauladotto@superig.com.br
Dates: December 26-January 07, 2013. This apartment is great. My husband and I  travel a lot  and usually rent apartments because we have two kids (7 and 3 Yrs.), so it is a convenient and comfortable option. The service was excellent, location amazing, walking distance from many good restaurants, Monoprix, The Louvre, etc. We would definitely return to this charming  apartment!

 

 

Service: 10
Value: 10
Attractiveness: 10
Overall: 10
Genie Buchanan, Tuscaloosa, AL. USA
ghb1016@bellsouth.net
Dates: November 21-28, 2012.  We were in awe when we arrived to the apartment. It is very comfortable and well designed. It has every amenity you could want and we were delighted! Would definitely stay there again!! I took pictures and have shared them with friends!

 

 

Service 9
Value 6
Attractiveness 9
Overall 8
Thomas Bierley, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.
tbierley46@gmail.com
Dates : April 15 - 21, 2012. Beautifully appointed and the location was close to the Louvre, excellent restaurants and the metro.

 

Service: 8
Value:
 10
Attractiveness:
 9
Overall:
 9
Enrique, Hermosa Beach, CA
Dates : November 19-26, 2011. This is the second time we have rented an apartment with Parisvactionapartments.com. As always, the apartment was very comfortable and well appointed. The staff is always available and is very helpful. The location is perfect with many wonderful restaurants and shops nearby. There are metro stations nearby as well which makes getting around very easy. We will never stay in a hotel again thanks to them.


Service: 9
Value:
 9
Attractiveness:
 8
Overall:
 9
John & Julie Kousik, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
yuliak@cogeco.ca
Dates : September 25 - October 05, 2011. We rented this apartment with another couple.  My husband and I are frequent travellers and usually rent apartments for our vacations.  The other couple are more of the guided tour type and we were able to convince them that this option of renting an apartment was the better way to go.From th e get go, we were very pleased with the entire reservation process.  Alex and other staff were very quick to reply to all of our enquiries.  We received quite a lot of information about the apartment in advance of our arrival and there were numerous guide books and an extensive folder with information about the area.  The apartment was exactly as depicted on their website.  It was clean and well-appointed.  We were met at the apartment when we arrived with fresh croissants, coffee and a nice bottle of wine.  We had a quick tour of the apartment  and an explanation of the use of the appliances and some recommended restaurants in the area.  This apartment is in a perfect area.  It is a very short walk to the Monoprix, quite a few restaurants, easy access to the metro and about a 7 min. walk to The Louvre.  We would definitely return to this apartment and would recommend this agency to anyone wishing to rent an apartment. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

 

Service: 9
Value: 9
Attractiveness: 9
Overall: 9
Richard Murphy, Melbourne, Australia
mlmurphy48@hotmail.com
Dates: June 01-15, 2011. The apartment is ideally situated within walking distance of every Paris tourist attraction, except perhaps Montmartre and Sacre Cour, and is surrounded by excellent restaurants of every price range. The apartment itself is large and ideally appointed for two couples, with the wonderful Palais Royal gardens serving as its backyard!  And the bookshelves are well stocked with novels and local tourism and restaurant review books. The service provided by PVA, both during the booking period and during our stay, was totally professional/reliable/helpful and there were no hidden payments involved with the rental. I couldn’t recommend this apartment more highly.

 

 

Service: 9
Value: 9
Attractiveness: 9
Overall: 9
Kathleen Johnson, Gainesville, USA
Dates: May 08-22, 2011. Our two week stay in this apartment in May of 2011 was very enjoyable. The location, if you wish to be in the center of activity, is ideal and well worth the rental price.The Louvre and a Metro stop are a five minute walk away. Nearby, a wide choice of bus routes on both rue de L'Opera and rue Rivoli connect you to anywhere in the city. Also, a few blocks down rue Etienne Marcel is the Montorgueil pedestrian-only market street, where you can shop for groceries, baked goods, flowers, or sit at your choice of outdoor cafes. Also on rue Etienne Marcel is a large post office (open 23 hours a day!) where you can buy sturdy, pre-paid boxes in which to safely mail home some of your belongings or purchases to avoid overweight baggage fees at the airport. The apartment overlooks the tree-lined Palais Royal garden. Below, is a cafe and it can be interesting to sit inside and listen to the conversations down there, to watch the diners enjoying their meals outdoors. Their noise is not intrusive, it just makes you feel a part of Paris from the comfort of your living room sofa. The apartment is clean, spacious, and well furnished. The washer and dryer are separate, efficient appliances, not the endless combined washer/dryer found in other accommodations. The kitchen is extensively stocked with cookware, crockery, and lots of utensils. You'll find a good supply of dish and laundry detergents, paper towels and toilet paper. There is an elevator to the second floor floor apartment, but the stairs are easily negotiable, being wide, carpeted, and shallow. There are wall mounted air conditioners in the living room and each bedroom for individualized temperature control. The bedrooms and baths are at opposite ends of the apartment for total separation and privacy. There's a computer and free phone calls to land lines in the USA. We were met promptly on arrival by a member of the PVA staff, a friendly, knowledgeable woman named Dominique. When minor problems arose, we were able to call her at at any time of the day or night and she went immediately to work on resolving them. All booking contacts by email received prompt and informative responses. I highly recommend both the agency and the apartment.

Service: 10
Value: 8
Attractiveness: 9
Overall: 9+
John Jenkins, Indianapolis, IN USA
Dates: April 24-May 1, 2009 and May 1-8, 2011. We would stay in this apartment on all of our trips to Paris, if it were available.  There is no better location -- one can walk everywhere if one likes to walk.  And there is easy access to the No 1 Metro line.  There are many good restaurants (even some great ones) within walking distance and a Monoprix (department store/grocery) less than 10 minutes away.  And the Grand Magasins (Printemps and Galeries Lafayette) are just slightly further.  The Gardens of the Palais Royale  are also wonderful -- an inviting place to sit in the sun and read the paper or a book.  The apartment itself is quiet (at least after the restaurant below closes for the day (usually by 10:30 or so)) and very well appointed with internet access and a phone with free calls to the US.  It would be ideal for two couples since there are two bathrooms, each ensuite, as they say, though just the two of us have been there on our two visits.  The kitchen is large by European standards and is very serviceable.

Service: 9
Value: 9
Attractiveness: 9
Overall: 9
David Emby Perth Western Australia
david.emby@wb.com.au
Dates:  January 4th to January 8th 2011. Having stayed in Paris on 3 other occasions this turned out to be a real treat with an outstanding location, for ease of access to many of the major sites and metro. The place was extremely clean, comfortable and the 2 bathrooms made life easy for us all. We were greeted with fresh flowers and a delightful bottle of wine, what a great way to start our time in Paris. We found the apartment was a good size for the 4 of us with all our luggage, roomy ,bright and extremely well laid out. The ease of access to shops for general groceries and restaurants made life easy and relaxing. Between Clara, Alex and Karina they couldn’t do enough for us, in accommodating my daughter’s earlier arrival to Paris than my wife and I which was greatly appreciated this peace of mind. The apartment was recommended to us by good friends and we were not disappointed one bit, it’s certainly one we would continually return to and highly recommend to all. It was a pleasure to know at the end of a long day you had such a delightful place to return to and recharge from.

Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Anita, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
anita_m_51@hotmail.com
Dates: April 18-25, 2011. The "Palais Royal Elegant Two Bedroom" apartment was a wonderful way to stay in Paris. The two bedroom/two bathroom apartment and the ability to have a home away from home has spoiled us and we will think twice about staying in a hotel rather than a similar apartment. The clean and well appointed accommodations were exactly as shown on the website. The location proved to be ideal as we were a short walk to the Louvre and the Seine so in essence central to all we wanted to see and do. We would highly recommend Paris Vacation Apartments to anyone who is considering a vacation in Paris.

Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Michael McMillan, San Clemente, CA
mcmike2k@cox.net
Dates: September 04-11, 2010. This modern beautiful apartment is perfectly located for easy access to all Paris points of interest either by walking or via public transportation.  The various amenities including a washer and dryer, wi-fi, telephone and computer for research and restaurant reservations made you feel as if you were in your own residence!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 7 - Nice
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Thomas Marecek, Lake Zurich Illinois,USA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thomas.marecek@sbcglobal.net
Dates: July 12-19, 2010. The apartment is perfectly located for tourists. For those who like to walk, many attractions in central Paris are less than an hour away. We walked in every direction to museums, restaurants, monuments and other sites. For longer trips, we only had to take a short walk to the Metro near the Louvre.
Regarding service, the day we arrived we discovered there was no hot water. I called Karina before we left for dinner. By the time we returned to the apartment I found a note from her stating that she and the plumber had already been to the apartment and he had fixed the problem. That level of responsiveness was truly welcome. To all four of us, it demonstrated that Paris Vacation Apartments will do everything necessary to satisfy its customers.


Service
: 9 - Outstanding
Value:
 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness:
 10 - Best
Overall:
 10 - Best
Steve Wirbilowicz Seattle, WA
steveandnick@comcast.net
Dates: December 20 - 27, 2009. The apartment was a dream come true. The description and photos on the website are very accurate.  4 adults rented this apartment during the Christmas holidays 2009. The bedrooms and bathrooms were of a nice size, very clean, efficient and comfortable. The layout of the apartment, with each bedroom separated on different ends allowed for privacy. The shared living spaces were pleasant and provided a nice home away from home. The living room was large with plenty of seating and the dining table provided plenty of room for 4 people.  We cooked in a couple times during our stay and had breakfast in the apartment every morning. There are plenty of markets nearby to purchase necessities. One of the most memorable parts of this trip was going to the butcher, the fishmonger, the vegetable stands and of course the boulangerie for pastries and bread. Staying at an apartment with cooking facilities gave us that unique experience that we wouldn't have if we stayed at a hotel. The kitchen was a bit small but offered all the necessities including a dishwasher. Supplies (detergents, towels) were plentiful. The washer and dryer were full size and easy to use; very beneficial to have. The apartment's overall design and feel was very homey and relaxing, we felt right at home immediately.  It had plenty of light with lots of windows that opened. Being right in a major attraction was a special delight, yet the noise level was very minimal, if fact quite.
The location of the apartment couldn't be better. Very close to major sites, eateries and neighborhoods within walking distance. Metro was also very convenient, the Palais Royal station - a 5 minute walk, is on the main line that connects to all other lines and sites.
The service was excellent. There are plenty of instructions to assist the renters on location and how to use the computer, appliances, etc. We hardly needed to speak to the apartment manager, which to me was a testament to how well prepared and well run this apartment is.
 The worst part was leaving. Very cliched, but true. I would never want to visit Paris (or any other major city) any other way. Once you rent an apartment and have the experience we had at the Palais Royal, you never want to stay in a hotel again.


Service:
 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Linda Jones Evansville, IN, USA
Dates: August 09-16, 2009 We stayed in the Palais Royal 2 bdrm apartment August 9-16 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The apartment is spacious and quite comfortable. We were met at the door by Marie after the car you arranged to pick us up at the train station from London arrived. Everyone was prompt and helpful. Marie took the time to show us how everything worked in the apartment, had the computer ready and fresh rolls and wine ready and waiting. The location is superb--right in the heart of Paris and it made it easy for us to stop in at the apartment during the day for a quick snack and/or rest. Again, the apartment was lovely and just as the pictures show. I would stay in this apartment again if we get back to Paris with no problems or worries that it would be anything but perfect. Many, many thanks. You even arranged a taxi for us to take us to the airport when we left. Again everything was prompt and convenient. My best to you all. Linda
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Deborah Lamanna Palm Harbor United States
Dates: September 8-September 18 2009 We know there may be some hesitation about renting an apartment with only seeing the pictures on the internet.....that is the major reason we did not rent an apartment in Paris in 2007 through PVA (though we had been tempted) and instead found a lovely hotel for our eight night stay. When we returned in 2009 we thought we would "take our chances" and go for the apartment rental and we could not have been any happier with EVERYTHING! The Palais Royal two bedroom on the first floor had more than enough room and it was clean and very comfortable. We were met at the apartment with delicious croissants, wine, and two very nice staff members from PVA to go over any questions or concerns and how to get in touch with them if we needed anything during our stay. On this visit my parents, husband and I stayed for 10 nights and between us we saved half of what each of us had spent on the eight night hotel stay two years ago. For us it is not a question of "IF" we would rent an apartment from PVA again, but "WHEN".....we already have plans to return in 2012 and now all we have to do is decide "WHICH" apartment we want to stay in the next time we visit Paris. You will not be disappointed if you decide to rent from PVA and you may never want to stay in a hotel again. Sincerely, deborah
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Jackson Needham, MA USA
Dates: July 10 and 11 Our experience was fabulous. Karina was very helpful......meeting us at our apartment and going over everything we needed to know. The apartment was in a great location and met our needs completely. This particular apartment is so charming and it was quiet and well equipped. We would not hesitate to go back.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Helen Adams Topeka Kansas
Dates: June 7 through June 13 2009 Finding an apartment can sometimes be a real challenge. Once we found paris vacation apartments, we had wonderful, prompt service. With every inquiry, we had a response within 24 hrs. They offer great choices and perfect locations, our task was just to find a date that worked for us. All the information mailed prior to our departure was comprehensive, accurate and easy to understand. We were greeted exactly as planned. The staff attended to every detail and they made us feel comfortable, secure, and welcome. I can't really tell you how great the staff are! The apartment was perfect for us. We were taking our niece on vacation, so the two bedroom/two bath was a requirement. I might add one that is hard to find in Paris. We appreciated the walk in showers and big bathrooms. We actually prepared a fairly sophisticated dinner one rainy night. It was great! The living/kitchen/eating areas gave us just the right space to relax. We actually liked overlooking the archway into the gardens. We felt like we had an eye on the 'real parisian life'. It was our favorite spot to people watch. It could not be a better location with the opportunity to pop right out into the gardens and sit by the fountain. We knew enough about selecting a central location because we like to walk and this is the best area for proximity to many areas of interest as well as small neighborhood cafes. I highly recommend this place, and I will always return to this location in the future. Everything exceeded our expectations, especially the staff.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
John and Patricia Weinmann Brooklyn, USA
Dates: 13-21 February 2009 On our many trips to Paris, our visits have been not only trouble-free, but have been greatly enhanced by our hosts, Paris Vacation Apartments (Alex and Isis). From the moment of arrival, and throughout our stay, our attentive, charming and informative hosts have done everything possible to make us feel welcome in Paris. The apartments are beautifully appointed, the kitchens fully equipped (with needed coffee, tea, wine and bread--not to mention fresh flowers--awaiting your arrival), and extensive information re: Paris and the immediate vicinity, available in an attractive guide. If necessary, a representative from PVA is always available, 24/7. We cannot recommend PVA more highly!! Tres manifique!!
Service: 8 - Great
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 8 - Great
Overall: 8 - Great
Judy Brown Norfolk, VA USA
Dates: May 23-30, 2009 I stayed in this apartment with my 2 adult daughters and a friend. We all thought the apartment was wonderful. It was comfortable and well appointed. The furnishings were very nice and in good condition. We enjoyed the location and found metro and bus service very convenient. We did not require any service other than our check-in and check-out.....both were easy.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 8 - Great
Overall: 8 - Great
Sarah Hender Australia
Dates: April 2009 We stayed in the Palais Royal apartment 1st floor in April of this year. We were travelling in a group of 13 so we needed 3 different apartments close to each other and so we booked the 2 bedroom Palais Royal 3rd floor and the Palais Royal triplex as well as our 1st floor one. We were thrilled with the location as it is a walk to all the main sights. We were also pleased with the high standard of each of the apartments. All comfortable with nice furniture and good kitchens. Our 1st floor apartment has a great floor plan with the master bedroom one end and the 2nd bedroom the other, with the living area in between. It was a good size for our family of 4 (much bigger than your usual Paris apartment) and the location was beautiful and a few steps from a metro. The best reason for staying in these apartments though is the people who manage the agency - they were very helpful and accessible, Organising 13 people is not an easy task but was all done quickly and efficiently including organising transport for us with short notice and offering additional assistance with anything we needed even when we were leaving Paris to go to a different area of France for a few days. Alex and his assistants were wonderful to deal with and we hope to organise future trips to Paris with parisvacationapartments!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Bruce McLagan Hinsdale, Illinois, US
Dates: October 26, 2008 - November 2, 2008 My brother and I and our wives stayed at this apartment during the last week of Oct. 2008. The apartment was everything that had been suggested through the photos and the description. We love the Palais Royal, its elegance, convenience, nearby facilities, and ambiance. This apartment is ideal for two couples; the living room is spacious; tastefully decorated, and well furnished. The weather in Paris was not good during the week we were there so we spent more time indoors than we would have expected. Had we been in two separate rooms in a hotel, the week would have been much less fun than it was, and it would have cost more. The layout of the apartment, with the bedrooms at opposite ends of the unit and a bath for each, is ideal. The kitchen was well stocked and ample in size. We also ate at the table in the living room sometimes. There was a computer in the living room that allowed us to check our emails and the television had ample channels. PVA's service throughout the whole process was outstanding. The welcome on arrival was wonderful and the personal attention the day we left was most helpful. We recommend the apartment without reservation. We have stayed at other apartments in Paris before and they don't compare with this one. It's a great apartment and was a great experience.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Linda Engebretson Seattle, USA
Dates: Sept 28 – Oct 26, 2008 This is the second time we have stayed at one of Alex and Isis’s apartments. We loved every minute. We love Paris and wish we could visit more often. We were so comfortable in the apartment. It really felt like home. The location is great, not only for all the places you can walk to, but also for all the public transportation close at hand. Not only is the apartment close to two metro stops, it is also close to many bus lines: 21, 27, 29, 39, 48, 67, 68, 69, 72, 81 and 95. We purchased "Le passe Navigo Découverte" for 5 Euros. This is a transportation pass that we can reuse for up to ten years. We loaded the pass with “Carte Orange Mensuel” for 55.1 Euros. That paid for all of our transportation in Zones 1 and 2 for the entire month. You can also load it with a week’s worth of transportation if you are not staying a month. While the metro would whisk us to our destination quickly, we particularly enjoyed the buses. We could sightsee along the way and avoid the stairs in the Metro. This apartment was great for access to transportation. We normally had breakfast and dinner in the apartment, and ate lunch out. I made some lunch reservations over the internet, and Isis made the rest of the restaurant reservations for us. How nice to have a French-speaking landlady willing to do that. For breakfast, there is a bakery on rue Richelieu, but we thought it was worth the extra walk to go to Gosselin's for their baguette, 125, rue Saint-Honoré, except on Saturday, when they are closed. We loved shopping rue Montorgueil for our dinner, usually salad of some sort, Poilâne bread, cheese, and wine. Having an apartment is just great since we can partake of both the fabulous restaurants and the fabulous markets. Alex and Isis are excellent landlords, and their staff is excellent, too. The apartment has everything a visitor could need. I wish we were still there and I look forward to returning as soon as we can.
Service: 8 - Great
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 8 - Great
Leonard & Carol Mair Edinburgh, Scotland
Dates: July 2008 This was our third stay with PVA (which in itself is an indication that we rate them as an organisation). This is a lovely apartment, which is quite spacious and well located. It has a half decent kitchen (which many Paris flats do not) so self catering is a pleasure. There are plenty shops nearby for food and supplies of all kinds and the nearby supermarket (5 minutes) has a gastronomic section. There are some excellent restaurants in the area - from Michelin star to ordinary. The apartment is comfortable and the bathrooms in particular are nicely fitted out. There is nothing to criticise of this apartment and much to praise. One test of any organisation is to consider how they deal with things in a crisis. On our last evening the boiler sprung a bad leak and there was water pouring into the restaurant below. The excitable concierge lady gave us some wonderfully Gallic moments but the bottom line is that an emergency plumber was called immediately, dealt with the problem efficiently, courteously and with many apologies for inconvenience etc and the problem was sorted. I should say that the building is kept in great order (as are the other PVA apartments we have stayed in), so the leak was just one of those things rather than a consequence of neglect. We hope to stay in this apartment again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others (as long as they don't want to book the same week as us next time)!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Jennifer Blum Los Angeles, USA
Dates: August 1- August 8, 2008 WOW! What a pleasure it was to stay at the Palais Royal in such a wonderful apartment. We were a party of five with excellent accomodations. The kitchen and laundry was very handy. You will not be disappointed with the accomodations nor the excellent location. When I told my father, a Frenchman, that we were staying at the Palais Royal, he told all of his relatives; it is that historic for the French. In fact, while staying there, we saw not only French locals dining at the cafes below but also a tour and a wedding party taking photos! Feel confident with the stay of a life time. We will most definitely use Paris Vacation Apartments again next year. We loved it!
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Sam Carnes Knoxville, TN, United States
Dates: May 17 - May 24, 2008 When we drove up to 30 rue Montpensier I had some qualms, even though I'd seen plenty of photographs of the interior of the apartment. Once we entered (and met our charming greeter from PVA, Marie Laure, however, all concerns evaporated. The apartment was beautiful, comfortable, and charming; the photographs of the apartment are valid depictions of the apartment. Its location was very convenient, and we had the feeling that the gardens of Palais Royal were ours. PVA was very easy to work with - the fact that we could charge our rent to a credit card (and avoid international bank transfer charges) was a real plus. Our greeter was super - she stayed with us for over an hour showing us how everything worked and went over a detailed map showing the location of all important places (e.g., little epiceries, boulangeries, patisseries) as well as nearby tourist venues - including the Montorgueil market which was delightful. In addition, Marie (the greeter) allayed our concerns about transport from the apartment to the Gare de Lyon the following Saturday by arranging a minivan to take us (4 adults) and all of our luggage to make our TGV connection to Avignon. She was a very caring person. And when we lost electricity one morning, she explained how to check the fuse box and get us back in business - all within 15 minutes. I recommend this apartment without any hesitation. When we return to Paris I'm sure we'll stay with PVA again, although next time we might try one of their other properties just to have a different experience - perhaps in the St. Germain area. Sam Carnes
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Langston Harris Brunswick, Maine USA
Dates: April 24-May 1, 2008 Our week in Paris was enhanced tremendously by our home base here. The location is perfect for walking or gaining access to the Metro. We enjoyed several good meals made right in the apartment. There were also many good restaurants nearby as well as grocery markets, patisseries, a poissonnerie, and a boucherie. The apartment itself was so comfortable and well provisioned. Our hostess, Clementine, made us welcome from the beginning, especially considering our early morning arrival, and was always available to offer assistance, if needed. Overall, we couldn't have had a better housing value in Paris and hope we can visit again soon.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 10 - Best
Sandy Shroyer Dallas, Texas, USA
Dates: December 7-13, 2007 My husband and I, along with our two young adult children, spent a week at the first floor Palais Royale apartment to celebrate the culmination of our daughter's college semester abroad, as well as an early Christmas. Everything in the apartment was exactly as advertised, and in addition to the flowers and wine, there was a warm brioche awaiting our arrival. The location was excellent--easy access to two Metro stops, steps from the Louvre, and in easy walking distance to an excellent market and a favorite bistro. We cooked a memorable dinner in our little kitchen, had wonderful coffee every morning, rested well, and enjoyed impeccably clean, well functioning bathrooms. We would absolutely recommend PVA to anyone (in fact, after our conversation yesterday, my friend Karen is going to try to get a last-minute apartment reservation and cancel her Marriott Champs Elysees reservations for next week), and we're already talking about when we can return. Thanks to Alex for help with reservations and to Marie-Laure for her warm welcome!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Mary Lou Olson St. Louis, MO USA
Dates: October 18-25, 2007 We were delighted with our stay in the first floor Palais Royal location. In fact, the whole experience including arranging for the apartment was excellent. Communications were fast, clear and informative, and very friendly. I got the feeling that Alex, Isis and their associates really cared about making this a successful experience. The apartment is perfectly located in a building that is loaded with charm and history. The decor was very nice, with "homey" touches like books and a computer as part of the package. It easily accommodated four people. The welcoming wine, croissants and fresh flowers plus Marie-Laure's lessons on where the best boulangeries could be found were nice additions. I would unhesitatingly recommend this apartment and Paris Vacation Apartments to anyone looking for a great apartment at a fair price. (Speaking of price -- I liked the clarity of the financial terms . . . one clearly stated price, one clearly stated deposit policy with no surprises in the form of extra fees.)
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Kathy Sommo & Karen Brown party Los Angeles, Ca. & Amissville, Va.
Dates: October 21st to October 27th, 2007 We just loved the apartment. It was a real change from the house we had in Provence, which was 3 levels & 5 bedrooms. I'm laughing when I say this, because no matter what the difference, we absolutely loved the apartment & the location. It couln't have been better. We were 4 adults & 3 children, so you can see what I mean. We had to learn how to dance around each other & do shifts for showers & dinner, but we worked it out just fine with no problems. What a lovely location...the Palais Royale. So much history, which we were all interested in...going all the way back to Cardinal Richelieu. The gardens were lovely & a great place to eat at the cafes, let the children run around & sit in the sun. We were so glad to have chosen the apatment & the location...so close to everything. We got the batobus tickets for 2 days and going up and down the Seine was a delight. Forget the metro...we were never in that much of a hurry. We loved the ambience, the architecture & everything about it. We, surely, would/will come back to Paris & France again at a future time. Thank you to everyone there for your help. We did get an apology letter from Air France for our inconvenience because of the strike on the day of our departure. Kathy Sommo..Los Angeles
Service: 8 - Great
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 7 - Nice
Overall: 8 - Great
Lisa Wood Canada
Dates: October 26 -- one week It was a privilege to stay in this pleasant apartment tucked so comfortably under the arches of the Palais Royale. In the morning, as the gardens and street came to life, we would sit around in the living room planning our day. We bought croissants and bread each morning from one of the boulangeries but somehow they never equalled the taste of the buttery brioche that Marie-Laure greeted us with on our first morning. It never ceased being a pleasure to head down that curving staircase and out into the gardens by our private door into the life of the city. Many mornings we strolled over to the Louvre before heading out to other destinations just to enjoy the quality of light and air. It was so easy to walk everywhere from the Palais Royale but when we needed to travel further the bus or Metro stops are so close by that getting around in the city and back and forth to the apartment was a breeze. At the end of the day, tired, we sometimes sat enjoying the tranquillity of the square in the evening light before we finally headed inside. Staying in the apartment gave us a greater familiarity and ease with Parisian life than we had experienced before staying in hotels. Since we were in Paris this time to visit the organic markets and food halls, we spent many of our days shopping for ingredients and many great evenings cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. Or having dinner in one of the good restaurants around the square or nearby. This apartment was just so comfortable and well arranged and in such a good location that it made this trip so easy-going and relaxed that we cannot envision staying in a hotel now. This apartment is exactly as it is depicted in the photos and description on the website. The charm of it's location should not be discounted.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Joan Vastardis Savannah, Georgia
Dates: July 9 - 14 Our stay in Paris was absolutely wonderful, due in large part to our fabulous accommodations and the attention to detail by the staff of Paris Vacation Apartments. Everything promised was delivered... We were met at the apartment by Nichole, bearing gorgeous flowers, a bottle of wine and croissants, all of which were greatly appreciated after a long day (and night!) of travel. The apartment was beautifully appointed, comfortable and immaculate. The modern kitchen had every convenience and was thoughtfully supplied with basic staples, eliminating the need to run immediately to the grocery store.The computer was a nice addition, as it not only enabled us to keep in touch with those at home, but made it easy to find information about local sites, events, etc. We loved the location. Although the apartment is within walking distance to major tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants and transportation, we found the Palais Royal to be quiet and a wonderful refuge after a tiring day. I think what is as important to mention as the attributes of the apartment is our experience with PVA, the company. I was initially impressed with the lovely website and especially by its thoroughness. I was, furthermore, pleased with the personalized attention given during the booking process and after, and by the many pages of important and useful information emailed after booking. But, I must admit, I still had reservations about dealing with strangers over the internet. Like many others, however, our experience far surpassed our expectations. The website HAD portrayed the apartment honestly and accurately. It was nice to know that they DID pay attention to the details. It was especially comforting to know that someone WAS always available if needed. Fortunately, the only assistance we needed was having a few questions answered, an issue with the computer (repairman came immediately), finding a taxi for us on Bastille Day, and reuniting me with a little black dress, carelessly left in a closet, and expeditiously mailed to me at home. This experience has spoiled me from ever wanting to stay in a hotel again! I will definitely book with PVA in the future (if I can find availability!) and I would certainly not hesitate to recommend them.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 10 - Best
catherine sturgis Winnetka, Illinois
Dates: june 8-June 15,200 Our stay in the Palais Royal first floor apartment was outstanding. The apartment was charming,immaculate and comfortable and so close to restaurants and museums. The apartment was perfect for my husband, myself, our daughter and niece. Marie Lauree met us and was always available for any questions and she arranged for our taxi to take us to the airport. We would like to return and rent again from Paris Vacation Apartments. It was a wonderful experience!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Carolyn McGonigel Temple Terrace, Florida USA
Dates: March 8-March 16 - 2007 My friend and I were extremely pleased with the Palais Royal Apartment. I have been to Paris many times and have always stayed in hotels but never enjoyed it as much as I did with "a home away from home". This apartment was even better than the advance information stated. I travel a lot and would not return to Paris unless I could stay at one of the Paris Vacation Apartments. Maree Lauro was extremely helpful when we arrived and it was so comfortable to have Carlos meet us and return us to the airport. The location is convienent to all the needs of your guests from restaurants to shops to museums to transportation. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Bruce Garraway Norfolk, VA., USA
Dates: 2-9 November 2006 Dear friends, with whom I shared my first vacation in Paris, found PVA a year earlier. How fortunate was I! Staying in comfortable and lovely surroundings, hosted by such congenial and helpful individuals contributed significantly to a wonderful week. My expectations were exceeded in every way. Have no reservations in dealing with Paris Vacation Apartments. My friends and I are returning to the very same apartment in early Spring.
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
David Zweck Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 2006-11-26 Dates: 24th. to 30th. September 2006 As you approach the green door of this apartment you feel that Colette herself must be waiting to greet you. On this occasion Marie-Laure proved to be a worthy substitute. The website photos of this apartment accurately display it's geography and layout, but what no photograph can show is the wonderful ambience of the place. This apartment is a delight. Very Parisien and with all the facilities that you require for a week away from home plus a very useful laptop and Internet connection to keep in touch. And the location, WOW. Right next to the Louvre, the "secret gardens" of the Palais Royal at your doorstep and so quiet at night for such a central location. Walk in one direction and you are at rue Montorgueil, Sainte Chapelle and the Marais district. Walk in another and you have Cafe Flore, Saint Sulpice and Bon Marche. Still another and there's Angelinas, Laduree and the Ritz. And just around the corner on rue Vivian is the marvellous Le Grand Colbert restaurant. This apartment is just so convenient. After walking through that green door we knew we would have a fantastic week in Paris and thanks to Paris Vacation Apartments we certainly did.
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
John Lee Toronto, Canada
Dates: August 5 - 12, 200 We travelled overseas with our two children (age 8 and 5) for our tenth wedding anniversary. My wife and I have very high standards and our children have some awkward dietary restrictions. The apartment was perfect both in location and with ammenities. The Monoprix was a ten minute walk for all our basic needs. The subway entrance was a two minute walk from the apartment, however, we were able to walk to most attractions. The location was very safe and so family friendly. Our children especially enjoyed playing in the Palais Royale sculpture park, which was their highlight each night prior to going to sleep. We met with two other families while in Paris and they were both so impressed by your apartment. When we return to Paris, we will make sure to book your apartment well in advance. Sincerely, The Lees
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Don and Jo Danville, CA USA
Dates: Week of May 6, 2006 We normally rent an apartment whenever we are in Paris. Our stay in the Palais Royal Two Bedroom First Floor apartment was one of our very best experiences ever, far exceeding our expectations for comfort, roominess, and service. It's also an excellent choice for two couples or a couple with children, because the bedrooms are located at opposite ends of the apartment and afford privacy. If you are seeking a quality, centrally-located Paris apartment with top-notch amenities and service, you won't go wrong here.
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 8 - Great
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Barbara & Grant Steel Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 29 April - 5 May 2006 Excellent location and well equiped. Close to providers and attractions. Alex and Isis were very attentive and responsive to our needs. Our stay met all our expectations (web descriptions were accurate and true) and we considered it very good value. Highly recommended.
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Cyndi Chicago, IL
Dates: May 13-21, 2006 I have done many rentals off of the internet, and this is the best overall expericience that I have had. It looks like the pictures on the website, but the experience is even better than we expected - for example, the couches are plush and very comfortable (such a nice treat after a day of walking around Paris). This apartment rental was perfectly delightful. The location is perfect for the museum tourist - near metro, on the Palace garden, great food within steps, etc. etc. We also found it very convenient for shopping. Loved walking to the pastry shop every morning & bringing breakfast home to our apartment. The apartment itself is very clean, spacious (you won't believe that you are in Paris when you see the master bath), well appointed with comfortable furniture and pleasant decor. The king sized bed is one mattress - it has no split down the middle- and decent quality sheets (not Four Seasons, but much better than Holiday Inn). Towels are plentiful and thick (not necessarily plush). We never cooked, but the kitchen is well stocked for cooking, and the appliances are new, clean and high quality. Unlike many rentals, there are many basic staples in the cupboard, so you don't need to buy supplies. The washer and dryer came in handy. The owners seem to have thought of everything - there are umbrellas, a computer with high speed internet for your use, travel books, personal recommendations and maps, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, etc. The birds in the park don't have enough sense to sleep in, but you can shut the window during the night and turn on the air conditioner. Some people may not like the intimate nature of being above the arcade - there is a restaurant just outside the apartment - but we loved it. You can hear the fountain from the apartment. Overall, this was a great value and a rental that I would not hesitate recommending to anyone I know - in fact, I have emailed the link to many many people.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
David Hartenbower Los Angeles,CA
Dates: June 6-17 2006 Well maintained appartment in an excellent location. What an improvement over a hotel.
Service: 8 - Great
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Peter and Joan Biesiadecki Pompano Beach, Florida USA
Dates: May 23 to June 6, 2006 This was our third stay with Paris Vacation Apartments in the last 3 years. Two were at the Chas. Nordier 9th floor apartment in Montmartre (which was fabulous) and this visit was at this fantastic 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment. We usually stay for 3 weeks to a month but this trip we only stayed for two and then went on to spend a week in Nice. Reason for this choice was that we wanted to be closer to all the sights one wants to see while in Paris, and so it was... actually in the middle of every one. Although taking the Metro is a lot of fun, we were so close to everything that we were able to walk everywhere...which also allows you to see more of this wonderful city. The apartment was absolutely beautiful and oh so roomy for 4 adults and one child....we never felt cramped. It was just like living in the comfort of our own home. We were so happy with it we've already made our reservation for a full month next September...actually for just my husband and myself. What made it even more special was that we had our 2 year old grandson with us and it was such a joy getting up early every morning and taking him down to the adjoining Palais Gardens to feed the ducks and birds. I don't think any other rental company can top PVA. They are tops when it comes to having beautiful, clean, apartments and supplying all the conveniences of home. No one should have second thoughts about renting through PVA.
Service: 8 - Great
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 10 - Best
Diane Jayson Rockville, MD USA
Dates: 1/15/06 - 1/22/06 This was the first time I ever did anything like this, so I did not know what to expect. I have to say that I was really pleasantly surprised! The apartment was even more attractive in real life than it was in pictures on the website. It was comfortable and extremely well-equipped. It was so much nicer to be able to come back after a long day of exploring the city and be able to relax and spread out and fix ourselves some exquisite Parisian delights to eat. Marie-Laure did a great job of orienting us to the apartment and the neighborhood. The vast amount of practical information Alex provided was extremely helpful and it was especially nice that there were extra copies of all of this to take with us for reference when we went out. The location was probably the best possible one for us. It was literally around the corner from the Louvre and being so central made it easy to orient ourselves to the rest of Paris. The cost was more than we, as two female friends, would have spent on a hotel room for just the two of us, but we agreed it was well worth it. It was nice to each have our own room and bathroom! And we probably saved a good bit of money on meals, as we cooked in for breakfast and most evenings and saved the restaurant dining for lunch. I think I am spoiled now and don't ever want to go the hotel route again!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Laura & Gary Miller Los Angeles, California USA
Dates: 29 November - 6 December 2005 I cannot rave enough about how wonderful our whole experience was! Even before we arrived in Paris - Alex, Isis and Leila were so helpful providing so much information and incredible Paris travel tips. Leila greeted us at the apartment on arrival and answered all our questions. Whilst in Paris they also helped answer any questions that arose. The location is perfect! The Louvre is literally around the corner as well as Comedie Francaise and so many other wonderful places. We walked to the Eiffel Tower, up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and it was a quick Metro ride to Montmartre or RER to Versailles. The apartment is even prettier than in the pictures! Spacious and spotless and all the comforts of home! When we arrived we were welcomed with a beautiful vase of flowers, pastries and a very nice bottle of vin! I wish I could find those warming towel racks here! It was great to wake up and make coffee in the french press and walk to the boulangerie for fresh croissants. The apartment sits just above the gardens of the Palais Royal which is a wonderful place to stroll or just sit! They helped arrange for our taxi back to the airport and Marie Laure came to say goodbye and made sure all was well. I could go on and on! You will love it!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Kathy Craddock Carrboro, North Carolina, US
Dates: January 6 - 15, 2006 This apartment and the service exhibited by Alex and his associates is fantastic. The location is excellent. We were able to walk anywhere we wanted. When we didn't want to walk there are 2 metro stops 2 minutes away. Rue Montpensier is a very quiet street by night and nicely busy during the day. The gardens of Palais Royal are used as a pedistrian walkway during the week and by joggers and other exercise enthusiasts on the weekends. The gardens and shopping areas are very quiet at night. The shops below the apartment, and surrounding the gardens, are all very interesting. The apartment is very close to many different eating establishments with various price ranges. We had breakfast the Louvre cafe 2 mornings (without touring the Louvre!). Banks and ATMs are very close by and there are a variety. There are several pharmacies in the area and a large supermarket in the basement of Monoprix on Avenue de l'Opera. Surrounding Rue Montpensier are several other well-known streets, Rue Richelieu, Rue des Petits Champs, Rue Vivienne, Rue St. Honore and Rue de Rivoli with many shops, restaurants, cafes, and small markets. We could walk, easily, from the apartment to Pont Neuf and cross to Ile de la Cite; one chilly Sunday we walked from the Arc de Triomphe to the apartment, stopping for hot chocolate along the way. The apartment itself is very spacious and comfortable. The bedrooms are very separated and the baths are great. The beds are very comfortable with nice sheets! The master bath is huge! Other bath not as huge but has plenty of space. The great room and dining area are very spacious and comfortable too. We found we had everything we needed: 4 large comfy bathrobes, lots of big towels, a complete kitchen, books, musical CDs, maps, extra pillows and blankets, lots of drawers and closet space too. The washer and dryer worked well and are very easy to use as is the rest of the kitchen. Showers were very nice and we never ran out of hot water! The aparment was very, very clean when we arrived and the promise of wine, water, coffee, fresh pastry, many condiments was kept (not that we doubted). We were met by Leila and shown the apartment, our internet connection was set up (very easily), she showed us how to use things, showed us the book with additional information (and multiple copies of this so we could take a map of the area away), and made sure we had all contact numbers. Alex called during the week to make sure that all was going well. Had we needed they would have made lunch, dinner or tour reservations for us. This trip was to celebrate a milestone birthday and it was definitely one of the best birthdays I've ever had, probably the best! I would stay here again with no hesitation or use one of their other apartments with no hesitation. In fact, I can't return to Paris unless I am staying for a week or longer so that I can rent this apartment again!! I found the price to be quite good and was very comparable to what my party would have spent had we stayed in 2 hotel rooms and believe me this was SO much better than a hotel room! I can not say enough good things about this apartment and the service we received from my first inquiries to the actual arrival and departure. All very professional and extremely well done. Merci beaucoup! !
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Barbara Stevens Seattle, WA
Dates: Aug.22. 2005 to Aug. 26, 2005 We absolutely loved the apartment. It was spacious, lovely and in a great location. It couldn't have been nicer.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Barry and Linda Meyers Eugene, Oregon USA
Dates: October 1-8, 2005 This is the best apartment we have stayed in during our self catered vacations to Europe! Location is great, traffic sounds are at a minimum, furinture is comfortable and appealing, the kitchen is well equipped, bathrooms are new and work well, and the staff at Paris Vacation Apartments took tremendous care to ensure we were happy and comfortable. Congratulations to Alex and his staff for their quality efforts and success!
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
The Overway family San Francisco
Dates: July 31-August 7 Our stay at The Palais Royale apartment was really wonderful most especially as the park right out our door provided a bit of calm in an otherwise busy city. The location to the Metro and the Louvre, Jardin de Tuilerries and Opera was superb. Having a kitchen and laundry facilities made it easy on our family who didn't care to eat out every meal nor venture out to wash clothes. We were delivered a beautiful orchid on our arrival which made us feel very welcome. When we decide to visit Paris again, we know where we will stay.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 10 - Best
Karen Brodsky Princeton Junction, NJ, USA
Dates: July 26 - August 2, 2005 Our family of 4 rented this apartment for 1 week in the summer in order to enjoy more spread-out room during our stay (our daughters are ages 14 and 18). We couldn't have picked a better place to stay. The apartment is utterly charming. The space is just right. The beds are quite comfortable and I tend to be particular about that. The linens were all fresh and there were extras of everything. The bathrooms were equally clean and modern. We just had one shower that did not drain well. We enjoyed the many books in the living room shelves about traveling in Paris. I was able to look up the restaurant supply stores this way and visit them (I am a personal chef). They turned out to be within walking distance of the apartment. And the Palais Royal location was just fabulous. A real treat for an American since we don't have that kind of old world grandeur in our country. It was a perfect starting point for most destinations. We used the Metro mostly, walked a lot and took a few cabs when we were too tired to walk. We also appreciated having the air conditioning although we did not need this many days. We even used the umbrellas that hang in the hallway. Thank you Alex! The kitchen was useful and spotless. We could also do our laundry using the washer and dryer in the kitchen. Storage was excellent for clothes, and even for hanging up a few items of wet laundry to air-dry. We felt well taken care of by Alex's staff who met us on arrival at the apartment, introduced us to it and the surrounding area, made our first evening's dinner reservation for us (in French) and also arranged for our return taxi to the airport. Plus we blew a fuse during our stay which knocked out power to a few rooms and this was fixed quickly. We even had to call for a doctor to treat one of our daughters for an ear infection. The doctor came within 1 hour of our call. Amazing. We had to pay cash for this visit but the response time was much appreciated! All in all, one of the best homes away from home we have ever had and we have VERY high standards. Enjoy!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Renee Broyles West Monroe, LA USA
Dates: June 28 - July 6, 2005 This is our 2nd time to stay with Alex in one of his Palais Royal apts. Again, expectations were exceeded! Everything, to the last detail, is thought of - brioche, wine, and flowers upon arrival; robes, hairdryers in the bathrooms; and my personal favorite - all the wonderful guidebooks. Alex arranged for our driver to and from the airport as well as arranging for tours of Malmaison & the D-Day beaches. The simplest request is handled so respectfully and gracefully. My single caveat (TINY!) is the lack of washcloths/bath mitts (just be sure to pack your own) and Kleenex (which of course is easily purchased at the little grocery store down the street). If we should be so blessed as to travel to Paris again, there is no doubt that we will stay with PVA & Alex, Isis, & Cecile. Thanks to all 3 for another magical stay in the City of Lights!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Paralee White 
Dates: May 14-21, 2005 We were two friends and loved it. We found it online and rented based on the reviews. It was just as represented by the reviewers and this site. So easy to arrange, emails answered quickly, and everything went perfectly from rental, arrival and departure. Right down to arranging for luggage storage and cab to the airport. Everything we needed was there, even the unexpected terry cloth robes, umbrella, coffee and flowers. Perfect location. Palais Royale gardens are peaceful and right out your door. Great restaurants and the Louvre are just steps away as is Metro. We loved returning from the hectic Marias and other excursions to our quiet retreat. It could be small for four adults with the only full bath shared (though still much better than comparable hotel space). Great for two friends, or families of up to four. And, there's always the larger apartments PVA rents in the same building, which we visted with future visits with a larger group in mind.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Nick Panarese Northbrook, Illinois USA
Dates: February 18th through February 26th We have traveled all over the world -- almost always staying in apartments in Rome, New York, London, San Francisco, Stockholm etc. By far your apartments are the best we have visited. The service was impeccable beginning with the beautiful Cecile greeting us as we approached the apartment. She answered all our questions and showed us all the nuances of the apartment in about 20 minutes. The apartment was perfectly stocked with every imaginable kitchen utensil. The bathrooms are very big and clean and bright. Then after this first week we transfered to the bigger three bedroom apartment for the next week because we were entertaining friends. Just absolutely loved this apartment. SEE OUR COMMENTS UNDER THREE BEDROOM APARTMENT.
Service: 9 - Outstanding
Value: 9 - Outstanding
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Shannon Kirby Walnut Creek, California
Dates: 17-27 February This is our favorite apartment so far. Layout perfect, proximity to everything cannot be beat and the staff was just so attentive. Thank you again Alex and Cecile. You will see us again next year!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 8 - Great
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Bill Robbins Dallas, TX USA
Dates: February 12 -17, 2005 Apartment was very nice. Location is superb. Reservation process was smooth and easy. We would certainly recommend this apartment, and Alex and his staff, to everyone. We look forward to returning in the future!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 8 - Great
Attractiveness: 9 - Outstanding
Overall: 9 - Outstanding
Lee & Nikki Davidson Sydney Australia
Dates: 28-12-2004 / 6-1-2005 We had the best time in paris and the apartment added to this experience. It was great being in a busy part of Paris, and you will be quiet fit after the walk up the hill each day :-) We will be back for sure. Also if you want to use the ADSL broadband internet link make sure you bring a laptop, as there is no computer in the apartment. Cheers all, have fun. Lee & Nikki
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Bruce S. Bell San Francisco, CA USA
Dates: January 22-29 2005 To say our stay in Paris in this particular apartment was outstanding would be a complete understatement. The apartment is absolutely beautiful. The amenities are superior. The location is the best. You can walk just about anywhere you would want to go. If walking is not an option there are Metro stations so close you could almost jump out a window and land on one. There are excellent restaraunts so close you can pick your menu By sticking your head out the window and taking a deep breath. The ease of the rental process is outstanding. We were met at the apartment by Cecile. She is extremely helpful and informative. I would highly suggest the option of being met at the airport by Carlos. It is slightly more expensive than a taxi but the ride is so much more enjoyable when you are not in fear of your life by the sometimes rather exciting driving tactics of a parisian taxi driver. Not to mention the fact that he knows exactly where you are going and gets you right to the front door. He will also pick you up and get you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight back home. When we go to Paris in the future we will never stay in a hotel again. Our first and only choice will be an apartment from Paris Vacation apartments. Bruce and Terry Bell
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Sharon, Dave, Melissa, Stephanie and David Sowles Canada
Dates: Aug. 22-28, 2004 The apartment was sooo welcoming (as was Alex!)when we arrived by taxi from the train as per their travel advice. He put our mind at ease, showed us how to use the appliances, made dinner reservations to get us going and made himself available if he was needed. He went over and above by trying to help us find the camera we left on the train. The apartment itself was more than we hoped it would be. It is in a perfect location for touristing. We were proud to say we were staying in the Palais Royale. The Louvre and Musee D'Orsay were our main attractions in easy walking distance. We even walked to the Arc de Triumph, Eiffle Tower, Sacre Coure, and Notre Dame Cathedral. We breakfasted in the apartment, lunched as we toured, and stopped at the super market each evening for the makings of our evening meal which we prepared in the perfect little kitchen and enjoyed in the dining area overlooking the gardens of the Palais Royale. We will always have heartfealt memories of Paris and the apartment is a big part of those memories. I would love to return to Paris and stay in the same place again!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Don & Sandi Driscoll Scottsdale, AZ
Dates: October 15-29 2004 THE ROYAL TREATMENT...It s rare in this day and age when one s expectations are exceeded by exceptional reality. Our recent experience renting from Alex Mony at Paris Vacation Apartments was one of those realities. From the first correspondence with Alex and Isis to the final goodbye by Cecile in front of our apartment and follow-up by Alex once we were home, it was an incredible Parisian stay. Our apartment in the Palais Royal was one of comfort and luxury. The location is ideally located near the Louvre and the Rue de Rivoli, yet tucked away on a quiet side street with access to restaurants, shops and bakeries. The spacious, immaculate apartment can be described as rooms with a view as all the large living room and bedroom windows open onto the Palais Gardens. The living room was elegant, yet comfortable. The bedrooms were large, the beds firm. The bathrooms, as well as the rest of the apartment, have all been recently remodeled with the standard of excellence one would expect in a fine European or American home or hotel. The kitchen was fully contained and had stove, oven, microwave, separate washer AND dryer, and a dishwasher. No expense was spared in the remodeling of this apartment, and it showed. The apartment is accessed from the street through a coded front door and elevator to the front door of the apartment. But, perfection is not without problems. Two small problems arose, which were taken care of immediately, promptly and courteously even on a weekend! The only reservation we would have in recommending this apartment is that soon we won t be able to make a reservation due to its popularity. Alex, Isis and crew...our American hats off to you on a job well done!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Ian Challis Seattle, USA
Dates: 19-29 October 2004 Just returned from staying in this beautiful apartment and am so grateful for the experience, location and service. This was a reunion for three old friends. Alex was truly wonderful and incredibly generous in helping us meet up with each other, relaying messages about missed flights, helping us track down lost luggage and even arranging for the rental of a wheelchair. The apartment itself is tastefully furnished, very spacious and livable. Great bathrooms! (Especially the master bath which is bedroom sized!) The standout feature of the apartment is the location--incredibly close to everything and yet quiet and secluded feeling because of its location on the garden. This was our third stay with Paris Vacation Apartments. The first two times we stayed on Montmartre and we were a little concerned that we wouldn't have as many of the small restaurants, boutiques, and food shops this close to the center of town---we were very pleasantly surprised to find great bakeries, small restaurants, and food stores all within a block or two. Wonderful experience and Alex's service and hospitality truly made all the difference!
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
K. Graham Santa Barbara, CA
Dates: October, 2004 I cannot fully express how delighted we were with our stay in Paris. The building & apartment were gorgeous. Cecille was wonderful, giving us wonderful advice and even connecting our laptop to the high speed internet connection. The binder of information and maps were very useful. The five minute walk to the Louvre through the gardens of the Palais Royal never failed to delight each morning. I don't think I'll ever stay in a hotel in Paris again.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Tommy & Carol M. (& Family) San Antonio, USA
Dates: June 3 thru June 12, 2004 Since we were 'first-timers' to Paris, and knowing that we would be the first group to stay in this lovely apartment since it's recent remodeling, we were not sure what to expect. How awesome it was to meet Alex at the door and to discover that this property had been completely redone and was well beyond our wildest expectations. Words such as "gorgeous", "awesome views", "spaceous", "so tasteful" and "this is perfect" come to mind. My wife, Carol, was literally speechless when Alex walked us in. We enjoyed every aspect of the apartment: from it's romantic views of the palace gardens below, to it's modern, user-friendly appliances, to it's perfect location in the heart of paris...yet very quiet and secluded-feeling once inside. Alex was very accessable regarding follow-up questions or advice regarding travel with kids, metro stops, restraunts, etc (we had our 15 and 13 year-old kiddos with us). The sounds of children playing and fountains flowing would greet us each morning as we opened our windows to the gardens. Several great restaurants and patisseries were close by, as were fun shops and many points of historical significance. In fact, our experience was so memorable that Carol and I have decided to return to Paris in September for our 20 year wedding anniversary, and we'll be staying in Alex's Rue Cortot apartment.
Service: 10 - Best
Value: 10 - Best
Attractiveness: 10 - Best
Overall: 10 - Best
Henry S. Woford Matthews, NC USA
Dates: 2004-06-22 Dates: 25 May - 29 May 2004 We brought our four grandchildren along with us to see another part of the world. They absolutely (and we did too) loved Paris and the apartment we rented. The apartment is truely a fine apartment and all it appointments were first class. We had a fantastic time while we were there. The fully furnished kitchen with washer and dryer were great. We were able to travel lighter. Location could not have been any better. We were within walking distance of the Louvre and many nice stores. Alex spent a lot of time with us showing us the book they have prepared for visitors and all of the places he recommended were just as he said. When we go back to Paris, we will certainly want to stay here. We are recommending this apartment to all our friends. The only regrets we had was that we did not stay long enough. Sincerely, Henry S. Woford