Your Home in Paris – Enjoy Paris Like a Local
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 Paris furnished apartments 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 just check into a hotel. But, if you are staying a bit longer, or you are traveling with kids, most of the times 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, there are more privacy and freedom than in hotels and you can even cook some of your meals to save money. In addition, it makes us feel a little better about getting to know a city.
But, before looking for Paris vacation rentals, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. How to rent an apartment in Paris? Here are our tips on renting an apartment in Paris by locals.
1- Pick The Right Company for Short Term Rental Paris
In a so touristy city like Paris, there are hundreds of websites with different reputation proposing Paris apartments for rent online. When we travel we tend to use (and we recommend) Booking.com, now also proposing short and long term furnished rentals in Paris. The site offers a variety of property types in the heart of Paris, (perhaps the best Paris apartment rentals) including studios, family apartments or Paris luxury rentals, just to name a few.
This means that whatever kind of property we are looking for, we don’t need to change of website and all our bookings are stored in the same dashboard. If like us you are a frequent traveler (called “Genius” on booking.com) this means that interesting discounts are also proposed for Paris apartment rentals.
Finding an apartment in Paris is very easy with booking.com. The website is easy to navigate and it is available in any language and currency. Through its filters, you can search your Paris apartment by different criteria like Paris District, type of property, price or your travel dates. For each apartment, you have a short description, its location on Google Maps, some basic data, photos of all the rooms, and the feedback from previous tenants.
2- Choose The Right Location in Paris
When renting an apartment in Paris, this is probably one of the most important things to look at. Is my apartment in Paris near public transportation? Is it in a safe neighborhood? Are there nice things to see around?
Perhaps you have been to Paris already and you have an idea about where to stay. With booking.com you can filter by Paris district and for each proposal, you can see its location on the map, and other information like main sights, or metro stations. Also, at the end of the description, you have an “Area Info” chapter with the closest landmarks, most popular landmarks and suggestions of restaurants and markets nearby.
If you don’t know where to stay in Paris yet, we recommend having a look at our quick Paris Arrondissements Guide before starting your apartment research. This guide will give you the essence of the districts of Paris.
When renting an apartment in Paris we suggest choosing one that’s close to the things you want to do. Check maps and see how long it will take you to get to the places you want to see.
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3- Ensure Your Paris Apartment Has The Right Amenities
When booking Paris apartments make a list of all the equipment that you need to be comfortable. 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.
Are you going to work from your home in Paris? In this case, you need WI-FI (usually good in Paris apartments) and perhaps having the bedroom separated from the living room. Also, a full kitchen is important and can save you lots of money in restaurants. If you plan to cook some meals in your Parisian apartment, check the kitchen equipment and its picture to be sure that it has all that you need.
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 are traveling on a budget don’t exclude them because there are many public laundries around.
Something to consider with Paris apartments short term is the apartment’s accessibility. Buildings in Paris, especially downtown, are very old and most 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.
If you want to be sure about this aspect, 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 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!
4- Shop At The Local Market
As mentioned before, we tend to look for apartments that have a full kitchen. Having that kitchen not only cuts down on costs because you aren’t forced to eat all of your meals out, but it also gives you the opportunity to live a little more like a local. In Paris, you have a big choice of local markets, some of them so beautiful that have become also tourist attractions. On booking.com each apartment has an “Area Info” on the description, with a suggestion of restaurants and markets nearby. Also, it is interesting to spend some time reading what past guest 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 yummy proposals. 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 an apartment overseas.
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5- Know your Budget
When looking for apartments for rent in Paris France 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 have a look at the properties with Genius rates (green tab on the right). Sometimes very nice places (or even Paris luxury apartments!) have interesting discounts so it is worth to pay a little extra and get that amazing apartment usually available for much more.
At first sight, Paris apartment rentals are 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.
6- Need more Comfort? Book a Serviced Apartment
Booking.com has also a good choice of serviced apartments 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 apartments 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. On booking.com it is clearly stated on “Facilities” section if there is an additional charge.
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 end up going to pick up the baguette for your Parisian breakfast at the neighborhood’s boulangerie. 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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