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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.
A typical Parisian Boulangerie near our apartment
Our 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.
Our spacious studio apartment in one of the best areas of Paris – Bliss!
Apartments will give you space to stretch your legs but won’t make understanding the Paris metro any easier ;-)
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?
Enjoy your coffee :-)
> Have obnoxious amounts of greens with your meals 😉
Stay healthy :-)
> Have a quiet meal after a long day of sight-seeing
Enjoy your meal !
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.
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
Our fully-equipped kitchenette
Our cosy studio apartment
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.
Our 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.