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5 Reasons We Love Apartment Rentals

5 Reasons We Love Apartment Rentals
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It is no secret that we like apartment rentals. For years, we’ve been persuading friends and family to try renting apartments on holiday. So when GoWithOh offered us one of their apartments in Paris for a long weekend, we might have jumped with joy.

We chose a cosy studio apartment in artsy Montmartre and enjoyed our stay so much that we thought we would put together our Top 5 Reasons for choosing apartments over traditional hotels on holiday:

 

#1 Feel Like a Local

Renting an apartment in a city is the easiest way to feel like a local.

Our apartment was situated in a quiet residential street in Montmartre, Paris’ bustling bohemian centre. Every morning we would hop over to the local boulangerie (bakery) to get a croissant or baguette for breakfast. Partaking in this little French ritual, familiarising ourselves with residential alleys we might not have ordinarily seen, and talking to local Parisians at the bakery made us feel at home within hours of landing in Paris. In fact, our friendly neighbour even told us about a couple of ‘hidden’ Parisian sights. Perfect.

 GoWithOh Apartment Rental Paris - BoulangerieA typical Parisian Boulangerie near our apartment

Gowithoh apartment rentals ParisOur local ‘supermarket’ for 5 days – that’s our apartment in the background :-) 

 

#2 Cost Effective

Paris is notorious for over-priced hotels. This was our sixth trip to Paris in the past couple of years and we’ve stayed everywhere from intimate B&B’s to swankier hotels. Trust us when we say this, central and affordable hotels in Paris are a myth. Expect to pay over €150/night for a centrally-located hotel room which gives you enough space to stretch your legs. If you’re tall, you might need to increase that to €180/night ;-)

On the other hand, apartment rentals offer incredible value for money. Our studio apartment was literally a stone’s throw from Moulin Rouge and Sacré-Cœur and cost just €70/night.

Gowithoh Apartment Rental ParisOur spacious studio apartment in one of the best areas of Paris – Bliss!

Gowithoh apartment rentals ParisApartments will give you space to stretch your legs but won’t make understanding the Paris metro any easier ;-) 

#3 Independence

Living in a fully-furnished vacation rental will give you the flexibility to enjoy your vacation to the tune of your rhythm. Perfect if you like to:

> Have your morning cuppa in pyjama bottoms (moustaches optional :-) ). Seriously, who else is with me on being too lazy to dress up for breakfast buffets?

Gowithoh apartment rentals Paris

> Have obnoxious amounts of greens with your meals ;-)

Gowithoh apartment rentals Paris

> Have a quiet meal after a long day of sight-seeing

Gowithoh apartment rentals Paris

 

The obvious downside to the independence is the lack of room attendants – apartment rentals may not be for you if you enjoy regular room service on vacation.

 

#4 Comfort

If cramped hotel rooms are not your thing, you will welcome the space that apartments offer.

Moreover, most apartment rentals these days come fully equipped with towels, linen, electric kettles, microwaves, and irons, so you will not be left fumbling at the last minute. Our apartment even had a cute little study complete with interesting books to read whilst enjoying the morning cuppa. Make sure you check the detailed inventory that accompanies the description of GoWithOh apartments to ensure the flat you’re choosing has everything you could possibly need for your holiday

Gowithoh apartment rentals ParisOur fully-equipped kitchenette 

Gowithoh apartment rentals ParisOur cosy studio apartment

 

#5 Flexibility

This might be the best part about apartments. Since you’re dealing with individuals, not large hotel chains, it is easy to put in requests that make the process of renting a room seamless. For instance, we reached our apartment four hours before the check-in time and left almost eight hours after the check-out and the owner was happy to accommodate our request. Of course, this depends on the availability of the apartment, but it doesn’t hurt to let your demands be known.

 Gowithoh apartment rentals ParisOur neighbourhood in Paris – Sacré-Cœur by night

 

You guys should totally check out GoWithOh’s apartments for your next holiday. They have a range of apartment rentals across all major cities in Europe, with prices starting at as little as €50/night for 2 people and their customer service is absolutely impeccable.

We also have a little surprise for you – we just HAD to share the spoils of our collaboration with you. We have a special discount code for our readers. Use the promo code BRUISEDPASSPORT at checkout over at the GoWithOh website to receive 10% discount off your booking. Yipee :-)

 

Disclaimer: We were guests of GoWithOh in Paris, but the opinions, as always, are entirely our own.

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. This sounds really awesome………shall definitely stay at Go With Oh appartments on our next trip to Europe………thanks a ton for sharing the information :-)

    • They’re amazing – do check them out :-)

  2. A friend of mine had gone for a long trip to Spain last year and the couple stayed over at such apartments through out. They were so pleased with the amount of monies they saved throughout the journey that they’ve been recommending this format to everyone, including me. I love this post more so, because even though they recommended this format, she wasn’t quite aware of who her husband had coordinated with for the stays, so it’s nice to be made aware of a reliable source recommendation like GoWithOh coming from BruisedPassports that I consider like my future travel guide :D

    • Zamir we’re glad you enjoyed reading this post. Apartment rentals are definitely cost effective. We will be back with more rentals from Spain soon :-)

  3. Ahh j’adore Paris! Looks like an amazing time guys! Hels X
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    • Thanks Helen – we did have a great time :-)

  4. Wow! I didn’t know that hotels in Paris were so expensive! Apartments sound like a good way to go!
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    • Karisa hotel rates are crazy, especially during summer. No wonder we’re crushing on apartments ;-)

  5. We LOVE your 5 reasons that apartments rock! Totally agree, especially about the spaciousness! Great photos, you made us feel like we were there too! :)

    • I completely agree!
      I’ve actually just experienced my first vacation apartment rental in Portugal (Porto) and absolutely loved it. Heading out for the day and then being able to come back and chill a bit at a place that could be home, before heading to dinner = perfect:)
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      • I forgot to ask: Savi, can I get a better look at the tattoo you’ve got on your wrist? What is it?:)
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        • Will put up a clearer picture of it soon Sophie :-) It’s a tribal sign, doesn’t mean anything perse

      • Sophie that is exactly what we were doing – love the feeling of coming ‘home’ after a long day of sightseeing :-)

    • So happy to hear you enjoyed reading this post :-)

  6. That apt is divine! Will definitely do that when I return to Paris. I have been using airbnb when I travel, but this is an even better option with the entire place to yourself. I’m sold!

    One question – does the fab bag, hat and glasses come with the unit?:)

    • Sher the bag, hat, and glasses are all yours when you come visit us in London :-)

  7. This is awesome! I would have never known about this option otherwise. Great post and beautiful pictures!

    • Thanks Beth :-) We’ve been crushing on apartment rentals, thought it was time to share the love :-)

  8. I stayed in a holiday apartment for the first time last year, and did so again this year. It worked out really well for going on a city break with my family – meant we could all hang out together a lot more. Cooking meals in ended up a lot cheaper as well.
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    • I agree Julie. Meals really add up, especially if one is travelling with family. Apartment rentals are perfect for saving some money and experimenting with local ingredients too.

  9. My son told me about your website and said I’d love it. He’s right! I really like the use of personal photos to illustrate your points.
    I’ve stayed in apartments near Place de la Bastille and Ile St-Louis in the last year, with different apartment rental companies, both very good.
    I was able to have visitors for a couple of days each time which you certainly can’t in a hotel. Apartments are better for families too because children can have play space and a more ‘normal’environment.

    • Thanks Pauline. We hope you continue to enjoy reading Bruised Passports. We try and corroborate our argument(s) using personal photos in order to keep Bruised Passports as experiential as possible :-) We’ve never entertained guests at a rental apartment before, but that is definitely a good reason to choose apartments over traditional hotels.

  10. Totally agree! You feel more like blending in with the locals and you can go to the markets/small shops to buy vegetables, fish, meat etc and cook your own but local flavored meals :-P

    Also being a sucker for Paris, since hubby proposed to me (on his knees!) below Basilique de Sacré-Cœur… *lovely memories*
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    • Wow- that’s quite the story. A proposal at Sacré-Cœur – how magical :-) Do you guys visit Paris frequently to relive treasured memories?

      • Not so far – but that is mostly because there are so many other interesting places to visit in this wonderful world that we have a hard time deciding where to go next, ha ha!
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        • Touche – a truer word hath never been said ;-)

  11. Nice Photos and Atricle

    • Thanks :-)

  12. We spent three days in an apartment in the heart of the old part of Seville this summer and loved it. It was a GoWithOh property too. And today we entered their contest to be “guest testers” and hope we win that and use it for a trip to Prague!
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    • Kay,

      Good luck with the contest :) Hope you guys win. Prague is amazing!

      • Wow, thanks so much for this information. I just returned after spending 14 days in France of which 7 days were spent at two different Paris Hotels. I wish I had rented an apartment since you are right there are great places to get great food to take back and eat and or cook, but only if I had a little kitchen or even a microwave. It would have been nice to have stayed in one place since most of my day trips around Paris were on the Metro, which took me everywhere . Looking forward to your future trip reviews.

        • Cheryl you know what to do the next time you’re in France. Apartments work really well in Europe – I’m a fan :-)

  13. Hi- going to paris in august. Any recommendation for appartment/sites

    • Hey Swagat – we recommend Gowithoh Apartments. The link is in the article above

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