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MAKE MY STAY: Instead of traditional hotels, consider shortstay furnished accommodation.Guest Apartment Services has holiday rentals suitable for all kinds of travellers, including families, with free cotsand high chairs. Philippe Pee and Christophe Chastel started their business in 1998 and report that Australians represent the fastest growing market for holiday digs, from studios on Ile Saint-Louis or penthouses with skyline views the Hotel Particulier(townhouses) with courtyard gardens.
These chaps are fastidious about quality and only the best linen, fixtures and amenities are included in the properties, which cover a wide range of sizes and prices. There are limousine pickups on arrival; a concierge service will cover almost anything. Pee and Chastel also offer to secure hard-to-get reservations for the opera, cabaret, theatre and blockbuster exhibitions. As a sample price, a two-person pied-a-terre on Ile de Louis (4th arrondissement) starts at about €1232 a week ($1765) with a promise of ‘‘no hidden extras’’ in the contract.
By Susan Kurosawa