Renting an apartment in Paris can be a great way to get more value and space for your money. Unless you have a direct reference from a friend for a specific apartment, we like renting from a reputable agency to avoid the risk of the unknown, given that there’s no effective TripAdvisor for the standalone rental market. To that end, we highly recommend the agency Haven in Paris for their high-quality inventory and exceptional service.
Our friend Hip Travel Mama, Anne Taylor Hartzell, had a fantastic experience at one of their units on the Left Bank. Likewise, I just had a great experience at their unit Champs-Élysées, located in the 17th Arrondissement, a two-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe. Here’s what I like about it for families:
Although I’m a Left Bank girl at heart, the convenience of this location for families is excellent. There’s a Metro station literally outside the front door and the express bus system that goes to the airport is one block away. An amazing perk! I usually fork out money for a taxi to Charles de Gaulle, but the bus was just too easy and convenient to ignore.
The other thing I really like about this location is that it is near a lovely residential area with easy access to low-key, family-friendly dining options. And for those of us who like to shop, many of the great French chains are also in this area for hassle-free shopping away from throngs of tourists.
This three-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment is on the 3rd floor of a building with an elevator, so this is a good option for families with young children. The bedrooms aren’t huge, but two of them have king beds and the third room has twin beds, so it’s good for a family or even parents, grandparents and kids. The bathrooms aren’t luxurious, but they are fine.
The open-plan living room has comfortable seating and a big window opening up to a sweet balcony with a small table and chairs. Once you are out here, you have a wonderful view of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower in the distance. The kitchen is well-equipped and includes an espresso machine as well as a microwave, stove and dishwasher. You can cook real meals here.
The Haven in Paris greeter is adorable and available for questions. Haven in Paris also offers additional services on request through an outside agency. We didn’t make use of them, but it’s nice to know that, although it’s an apartment, you aren’t totally on your own. Pricing for Champs-Élysées starts at $US 4,100 per week.
Editor’s Note: Haven in Paris offered us a media rate for our stay. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy except where noted.
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