Renting an Apartment Vs. Staying in a Hotel
Finding apartments for rent in Paris can make for a completely different vacation than staying in a hotel. When renting an apartment you get to feel like a local. You can prepare meals at home, without having to eat out every meal, which may actually save you money. Space is more generous. Perhaps the apartment will have a courtyard or garden feature to be able to sit out in. Not to mention how just the feel of coming home to an apartment has a whole cool non-touristy aura to it, making you feel like you are actually living in Paris, rather than vacationing. While in an apartment, you don’t have to worry about maids coming in, which some view as an inconvenience. On the other hand, some people view the lack of a maid as a negative, as many people wish to be waited on when traveling. Apartments for rent in Paris can be expensive, so unless traveling with a group to split the costs, you may wish to opt for a studio or a hotel.
How to Find an Apartment in Paris
There are many great services that help to match you to the right apartments for rent in Paris. You can select based on size, neighborhood, certain amenities, whatever your needs might be. Sites vary between being those run by agencies which collectively manage several properties all with uniform rental terms to being vacation rental by owner (VRBO) which feature privately owned apartments, each individually managed. The VRBO rental terms may vary dramatically, depending on the owner.
Check out these sites for help to find apartments for rent in Paris:
How To Rent Apartments in Paris
Once you have narrowed down your selection of apartments for rent in Paris, you are now ready to reserve one. Unlike a hotel, many apartments will require a security deposit to ensure the safekeeping of the apartment during your stay. Most owners or companies require a down payment toward your rent as well, typically in the neighborhood of 30% down. Be sure to read all the fine print before closing the deal. Look to see how much cancellation fees are and what the terms are to cancel. Most companies will conveniently accept credit cards for deposits, or you can wire money.
Some apartments seem to stand out above others when looking for apartments for rent in Paris. Try the following locations that others have fallen in love with:
Penthouse apartment that looks out onto the Louvre.
Ask about the Modern Republique flat (in the 11th close to Métro République). It can be rented for only a week, which can be hard to find. Very close to Canal St-Martin and in a lovely area.
Quaint studio apartments for rent in Paris from only 55 euros per night with a 3 night minimum and no security deposits.
Perfect location on the Left Bank. Just a short walk from the St. Michel RER stop (near Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, many other attractions ), which is very convenient.
Located along a wonderful market street, rue de Bretagne. Excellent neighborhood.
Must do checklist
Always read recent reviews from people who have stayed at the apartment before you rent.
Check the prices and terms and conditions for the same apartment through various rental services. For example if you rent with www.parisaddress.com there
is no security fee
sometimes there is a significant difference between the rental fees !
Near public transport ? (Metro/ RER/ Bus)
Elevator (Lift) if on a top level floor ?
Check floor plans or very good pictures
Very prompt replies to your questions before renting
Terms and conditions