CATHERINE to rent this apartment
My family of 4 stayed at Temp 8 from 2011 May 30 to Jun 9.
The apartment was exactly the same as was featured in the website! The paintings, colour, tables etc.! So I'm real happy on that account.
The taxi driver from Paris address picked us up from the airport and also sent us to the airport, very promptly and helpful and he was so chatty and fluent in English (sorry, forgot his name). My kids had so much fun listening to him from the back seat (although they were shy to say anything). They said "he can really talk, non-stop from the airport to our apartment!"
Here's what my personal comments on the apartment and its surroundings:
- it was small and cozy and very well equipped with forks, spoons, pots, pans, oil, pasta, chocolate powder etc!! (maybe from the last tenant) I can't help but decided to cook some pasta for my family when we went to Renoire Market on Sunday to grab some lovely chickens and fresh vegetables. There are so many lovely wine glasses in the cupboard so we had to buy a bottle of French wine! The wine opener is available in the kitchen.
- we used the washing machine almost everyday (don't like dirty clothes) but note that there is a "trick" to the washing machine. You need to "knock it" abit after you close the door and it will start.
- The bed was really soft, my bed at home was not that soft so it took me two days to get used to it, you "sink" into the bed literally.
- I read in earlier posts about the creaky floor and yes it was absolutely true! If your family walks like "elephants" it can get really loud. My kids sleep like pigs so it doesn't affect them and I'm not that sensitive to noise, If you are, it may trouble you if your room mates walk around alot in the middle of the night. But the apartment itself is quiet and nice.
3) Living room
- Minimal English TV stations but who cares, we don't spend time hanging in the room as we're on holiday! But I was there during the French Open so I stayed in to catch it live on TV over nice French pastries so that was sufficient. There's a music channel with both French and English MTVs so that's our music source. Also one English news channel where we heard about the E-Coli thing.
- Lots of French books (pity we don't understand)
- Internet connection was great, sometimes it gets disconnected but short and infrequent.
- The sofa bed was only sufficient for one child (as my younger son 7 rolls over the place when he sleeps) but the other longish sofa seat next to it can sleep another child (if the child can sleep still like my daughter who is 10, again she is tiny, we're Asians). Can sleep one adult one the sofa bed if you ask me.
- Based on our experience, I think the water heater can only lasts up to 3 persons at any one time. So by the time the forth person starts showering, the water is no longer warm and very cold! So we worked that out and the forth person would shower much later, say 1/2 hr later.
- There are a few places to get your groceries. When you come out of your apartment, turn right and you'll see a small lane, turn right and walk down and you'll see a small "mom-and-pop" store, you can get shampoo, drinks etc. This shop is much cheaper than the other one (I'll mention later). Around this lane, you'll also see a small cozy pastry shop (the lady can't speak English though). If you walk down much further and you come to a main street, you'll see a much bigger pastry shop across the road. This place has lots of yummy pastries, breads and cakes! This place was my breakfast supplier, yum yum!
Another alternative, if you come out from your apartment, turn left and the next lane, turn left and walk down, you'll see another "mom and pop" store, bigger that the first one I mentioned, more stuff but more expensive. Third alternative, turn left when you come out from your apartment, walk straight around 5-8 mins, turn left into a small lane (sorry can't remember the road names), there is a Carrefour supermarket.
6) Train station
Th nearest train station is on the left of the apartment, 5 mins but it is not on the main line, you need to walk to Republique station which connects to more lines, about 10mins walk. Direction wise - Turn right from the apartment.
Hope the above is useful for future holiday makers. But be very very careful with pick pockets!! They can be children, women, men etc. We had the unfortunate incident of meeting one after being picked on twice"unsuccessfully", third time we were unlucky!
Oh yes, do book your Eiffel Tower tickets beforehand, don't waste time queuing. You can book online, and send it to your smart phone (if you have one or print it) and you save hours of waiting in lines.