Furnished Apartments in Paris –Enjoy Paris Like a Local
In Paris, hotels are still the most popular option to rest your head at the end of the day but if you dream of living the Paris lifestyle, then furnished apartments in Paris are the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere.
Sure, if you stay in a city for a few nights, it’s often easier to check into a hotel. But if you are staying a bit longer, or you are traveling with kids, most of the time, it is a better idea to rent an apartment.
We always rent an apartment when we travel for a long time. It gives us more space, more privacy, and freedom than in hotels, and you can even cook some of your meals to save money. Besides, it makes us feel a little better about getting to know a city.
But, before looking for Paris apartments for rent, it’s important to consider a few things. How to rent an apartment in Paris? Here are our best local tips on Paris furnished apartments.
1- Choose The Right Location in Paris
When looking for Paris apartments for rent, this is probably one of the most important things to look at.
Where to stay in Paris? Is the apartment near public transportation? Is it in a safe neighborhood? Are there interesting things to see around?
If you don’t know where to stay in Paris yet, we recommend looking at our quick guide to the districts of Paris and our suggestions on where to stay by type of travel.
APARTMENTS WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEW
Why not treat yourself with the pleasure of going to sleep every night and waking up every morning with a private view of the Eiffel Tower out your window? Check out the best apartments with an Eiffel Tower view.
OTHER POPULAR AREAS IN PARIS:
- Book your Apartment in Le Marais
- Book your Apartment in Montmartre
- Book your Apartment in the Latin Quarter
CHECK OUT DIRECTLY ON THE MAP OF PARIS
You can also look for your accommodation in Paris by using the map below.
2- Pick The Right Company
In a so touristy city like Paris, there are hundreds of websites with different reputations proposing Paris apartments for rent online. Where to find yours?
When we travel, we like to use (and recommend) Booking.com, now also proposing furnished apartments for rent in Paris, France. The site offers a variety of property types in the heart of Paris, including studios, family apartments, or Paris luxury rentals.
This means that whatever kind of property we are looking for, we don’t need to change of website, and all our bookings (hotels and apartments) are stored in the same dashboard. If like us you are a frequent traveler (called ‘Genius’ on Booking.com), interesting discounts are also proposed for furnished apartments in Paris.
Finding an apartment in Paris with Booking.com is straightforward. The website is easy to navigate, and it is available in any language and currency.
You can search your Paris apartment through its filters by different criteria like Paris District, type of property, price, or travel dates. For each apartment, you have a short description, location on the map of Paris, some basic data, photos of all the rooms, and feedback from the previous guests.
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3- Know your Budget
When looking for Paris apartments for rent, it is important to know your budget, how much you want to spend. On Booking.com‘s website, you can do your research by budget (per night) and then sort the results by ‘lowest price first.’
However, if you have the ‘Genius’ status, you may want to look at the properties with Genius rates (green tab on the right). Sometimes, lovely places (or even Paris luxury apartments!) have interesting discounts for the ‘Genius’ status, so it is worth paying a little extra and get that amazing apartment usually available for much more.
At first sight, Paris furnished apartments look more expensive than hotel rooms. But remember that you can save a lot of money on meals, laundry and more.
Be sure to read all the details to understand what is included and what is not. If an apartment in Paris City Center turns to be too expensive for you, try to look for other apartments in less central areas. The good news is that you are never far from a metro station in Paris.
4- Ensure Your Apartment in Paris Has The Right Facilities
When booking Paris apartments, make a list of all the equipment or facilities you need to be comfortable with. On booking.com, there are some ‘facility filters’ in the general research, and for each apartment, you can see the list of facilities at the end of the page.
GOOD TO KNOW: Many apartments to rent in Paris don’t have A/C and, in our opinion, it is not necessary for Paris. Small and cheaper apartments may not have a washing machine, but if you travel on a budget, don’t exclude them because there are many public laundries around.
Something to consider with Paris apartments for rent is the apartment’s accessibility. Buildings in Paris, especially downtown, are old and some of them don’t have elevators. On Booking.com, you can see for each apartment its most popular facilities and you can read guests’ comments to check if they had any issue with it.
TIP: If you want to be sure about accessibility, and you don’t want to find yourself carrying your luggage up the stairs to the top floor, use the filter ‘Facilities for disabled guests,’ which usually includes the entire unit wheelchair accessible and upper floors accessible by elevator.
The good thing is that most apartment rentals offer loads of information on what is included in the apartment – often way more than a hotel listing!
5- Need more Comfort? Look for Serviced Apartments in Paris
Booking.com also has a good choice of serviced apartments in Paris, providing hotel-like amenities such as room service, housekeeping, a fitness center, a laundry room, and a recreation room. This means that you are getting the best of both worlds!
An easy way to find this kind of apartment on Booking.com is to use the filters ‘apartments” and ‘room service’ at the same time. Be sure to read all the details to understand what is included and what is not, and the facilities that might have an additional charge.
6- Shop At The Local Market
Having an apartment with a kitchen not only cuts down on costs but also allows you to live a little more like a local.
In Paris, you have a big choice of local markets, some of them so beautiful that they have become tourist attractions! On Booking.com, each apartment has an ‘Area Info’ on the description, suggesting restaurants and markets nearby.
Also, it is interesting to spend some time reading what previous guests have said about the property: usually, they share their best findings in the apartment’s neighborhood.
Of course, you can eat out for all of your meals when traveling. It’s certainly part of the experience and Paris won’t disappoint you with its choice of good restaurants. But, sometimes, after a full day out visiting sights, you are just too tired to dress up and go out for dinner. And there is something special about cooking your own meals in your home far from home.
7- Make The Most of your Furnished Apartment in Paris
You have booked your furnished apartment in Paris, so now make the most of it! Feel comfortable, unpack your bags, do the laundry, get up when you want; there is no limited time for breakfast!
Explore the neighborhood, even if there are not any tourist sites. Perhaps, you will end up going to pick up your Parisian baguette at the neighborhood’s boulangerie. Or having the French apéritif in the neighborhood’s hot spot.
Paris vacation apartments are quickly becoming people’s favorite choice to stay in Paris, and we are sure you will enjoy it too. Perhaps, you will leave with the feeling of having found a second home in Paris. . .
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