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Mr Bill & Mrs Romeika from USA

Our first time posting, but wanted to sing the praises of "Guest Apartment Services Paris" to anyone looking for absolutely wonderful accommodations on their first or next trip to Paris. We have just spent our second summer renting from this wonderful service and cannot say enough about everything associated with them. First of all, Philippe Pee and Christophe Chastel, who run Guest Apartment Services, go above and beyond whenever needed. This past June/July, we needed somewhat last-minute accommodations for our traveling son and his girlfriend who decided to spend five days with us. Philippe and Christophe arranged an apartment for them on very short notice, and even kept us posted when an apartment in our very same building became available that they could switch to. They are prompt, reliable, and accurate correspondents, and e-mails were always answered promptly. Guest Apartment Services has quite a few apartments on what we consider to be the very best place to stay in Paris — the Ile St. Louis, nestled right in the middle of the Seine between Marais on the Right Bank and St. Germain des Pres on the Left Bank and, literally, a five-minute walk to Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite. It is a tiny, elegant, quiet, charming spot that is in the heart of the city and convenient to metro stops and major sights, but yet gives one the impression that time has stood still. The architecture, the history, the atmosphere, the shops, the restaurants — all wonderful. Add to this the fact that one has Philippe and Christophe to act as concierge services, and one cannot ask for more. For two summers in a row we have stayed on Quai d'Anjou, bordering the Right Bank, with a magnificent view over the Seine. The building we stayed in was built in the 1640s and features an iron gate leading into a small, charming courtyard from which one enters the building. Our apartment last year was a charming studio (our son and girlfriend stayed there this year) which we loved, equipped with washer/dryer, microwave, and so on — and atmosphere galore. Our apartment this year (we needed more room as we had a friend traveling with us who slept on a very comfy sleeper sofa) was a floor above the studio, with a loft bedroom, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, and, best of all, an intimate, flower-box-bordered terrace from which to enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cocktails — with a view of the Seine to die for. A gorgeous arrangement of fresh flowers and comfy terrycloth robes awaited us on our arrival. For the price of a good or very good hotel, an apartment through Guest Apartment Services on the Ile St. Louis provided us with the independence of our "own" residence in a section of the city that, truly, cannot be equaled for charm and atmosphere. We could walk to wonderful bakeries, cheese shops, spirit shops, cafes — and enjoy bread, cheese, and wine in our own home away from home when the mood struck us. After busy days of walking, touring, and enjoying the hustle-bustle of this marvelous city, we always breathed a contented sigh when we crossed the bridge to Ile St. Louis. We are planning next year's trip back to Paris already and cannot wait to revisit our "Paris home away from home"! Give this service and Ile St. Louis a try; we tell everyone who's thinking of a trip to Paris about them!

Testimony & report experience stay comes from the famous reviews written on the famous TRIPADVISOR website forum.
​This report has been published on the 20th of August 2006.

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