Appartement Leclerc A ★★
We spent 2 weeks in this rental in June and greatly enjoyed our stay in this traditional apartment. PROS: excellent location near shops and transportation. The apartment has windows on all 4 sides for great ventilation in warmer weather. The 6th floor (7th for US) provides lots of light and views over roofs to the Observatory and farther. The linear floor plan is great for privacy. The separate dining-room is very convenient, the 2 bedrooms at the back are very quiet, it’s hard to believe the building is on a major avenue. Linens are provided by the management agency, they are professionally cleaned and hotel-quality. Very good extra shower in the back bedroom equipped with bars and seat for a person with disabilities. The place was spotless. CONS: small quibbles: a knife that actually cuts, a couple more large pans would be helpful. Small bars of soap and shampoo bottles would be appreciated on arrival, the only supplies provided are cleaning ones. Cupboards were totally bare, plan on buying all food supplies from salt on. The beds are VERY hard. After 2 weeks I developed some unpleasant back trouble. The front living-room with a trundle bed is noisy despite double glazed windows as it’s on the avenue. Bring earplugs, especially in summer months when it’s hot and the window is open. Tiny elevator, but it works well. One only has to plan on several trips to move suitcases up and down.
Although a bit older perhaps than some properties available, this apartment is not untypical of many Paris homes. Fears that sleeping in the living room might prove inconvenient were totally unfounded - the bed is very comfortable and at the far end of the apartment from the other bedrooms. Kitchen and bathroom are small, but the apartment has everything we needed. The neighbourhood is very safe, but not touristy and has loads of local shops and businesses.