Sun 10 Apr 2011 - Sun 10 Apr 2011
No it not broken...its an antique
Well this last week in Paris we stayed in an apartment and it was certainly full of surprises. I would recommend trying to find something more modern and less of an "antique." If we had payed 500-600 Euros for this I would understand but we payed far more. In Paris anyone can rent out an apartment that is terribly under code and falling apart for a very high sum of money per week. In fact if you rented only two apartments out for the sum of money we are paying each week you would be making well over 40,ooo dollars a year; not bad! Its especially not bad when you can tout all the broken and decrepit stuff in the house as "antique" and not pay to have it replaced. Reminds me of the Middle East where the poor workers have to go scavenge things to replace broken stuff or where they simply have to improvise (duck tape) many of the broken things back together. Oh the outlet in the wall fell out, its an antique; the wheels on the table are falling out, it an antique; there where antique stuff everywhere in this old heap. Just to mention some more paint flaking of the windows, floor boards with massive cracks in them so you pinch your socks and feet in them, an old shower curtain with "antique" mold growing on it, cupboards that have knobs falling out of them, and that's not all! Maybe I'm being too critical (I really don't think so) but if I were renting out an apartment I would update the broken and old stuff and try to leave some of the antique fixtures in to give it some nice decor. I don't want the table coming down on one of my guests because the legs are broken and I don't want anyone falling backwards in one of my chairs because the legs are coming of the seat. I don't want the people to have to "leave the windows open while you take a shower and while the washer and dryer are going" because there is no ventilation in the house. I certainly don't want anyone to have to try and repair an outlet in the house because it's the only outlet ear the bed and end up getting electrocuted in the process! Now, if we hadn't stayed in any other apartments in France we may not have anything to compare to but we have stayed in a couple already. The last really old apartment we stayed in had an updated bathroom and other important parts that made it comfortable. It is frustrating when this type of thing occurs because these little things can so easily be remedied and the end result would not have been so bitter. This type of experience seals the deal for Monica and I that we will certainly not come back to this place and we will not recommend it. The definition for "antique" over the years has certainly changed because we have shopped for antiques and these are certainly not antiques they're more like trash. I know this post is not going to prevent anyone from not coming here just because it is Paris but if you are friends and family and you are coming to Paris and will rent an apartment please contact us and let us know so we can help you find a place and redirect you away from this place. This place actually got some nice reviews no doubt because people are wearing their "rose colored" Paris glasses on when they come here but we aren't fooled. I have no doubt that the people who own this place are friendly enough but Monica and I were disappointed in the professional quality of the place and its upkeep.