|Living room corner with fireplace.|
For this wonderful gem in the 10 arrondissement, complete with umbrellas in the stand by the door and a scale under the bathroom sink to make you feel truly at home, we pay only €32.50 per night per person! Yes, that's only €260 for four nights!
The bath area (toilet is located in another room) has a spacious shower and shelves to hold all our toiletries.
This lovely apartment is on the sixth floor (with elevator) of an historic building, and it's so comfortable we're finding it difficult to leave this morning. But Paris beckons--bright and shining after yesterday's rain--so we'll be off in a few minutes.
Our apartment, the Magenta, is available from a consortium of private owners called Beau-Paris. I particularly like this group because you deal directly with the owners themselves when renting your place. Also, the prices remain low probably because there's no middleman to pay.
Finding a luxurious yet inexpensive apartment can be as difficult as choosing a well-priced hotel room. I wish I could give you all the tips you need for finding the right place for you, but there's not enough space in a blog piece. Please get a copy of my book, Europe on a Dime: Five-Star Travel on a One-Star Budget, if you want to know how to identify the best apartment rentals, how to write the query letter, how to pay the deposit, and how to avoid being ripped off.
Do not ever take a taxi from the airport to your lodgings, especially if its raining. A taxi website told us we'd pay around €30, but it cost €66 because of slow traffic, an accident, the rain. We'd have been better off with a shuttle or the train.
On a personal note: Thank you, Ellen, extraordinary American Airlines employee at RDU Airport, for getting us on that earlier flight to New York. We did indeed miss the worst of the weather, thanks to you!