Ask the Cheapos: How to Rent an Apartment in Paris?
Q. I’ve heard that it’s possible to rent an apartment in Paris for much less than you’d pay for a hotel. Is this true? Where can I find these apartments? Do you recommend this option? Thanks for your help. Joe H., Washington, DC.
A. You’re on to something, Joe! Apartment rentals throughout Europe can be an economical alternative to hotels—and can be much more comfortable, to boot.
Pros: Apartments are often cheaper and roomier than hotels. They’re equipped with kitchens. Their surroundings and décor provide guests with an “insider” experience.
Cons: There’s often a one-week minimum—while you won’t need to stay for one week, you’ll pay for a weekly rental. And nobody will make your bed or clean up your mess.
How to do it. Vacation rental services abound. A quick search on Parisian Home reveals weekly rates as low as €400 in the most popular neighborhoods of Paris, although most are in the €500 to €700 range. You can also book a “vacation rental” without an agency on sites like Craigslist Paris and Paris Update, though you’ll book at your own risk.
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