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Affordable Paris Apartment Rentals

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Paris may be enchanting in the spring, but for diehard devotees of the City of Light, the season is completely beside the point. The city is always a treat. And believe it or not, even now, when the euro is a wallet-busting $1.55, Americans are flocking to Paris. According to AAA’s first international forecast, which was released yesterday, American travel to France is expected to be up 6.7 percent this year.

"Americans are working harder and longer than ever, and they feel their vacation is a benefit that they have earned," says Betsy Sell, Managing Director of Travel for AAA. "Foreign travel is still the ideal trip for many Americans, and summer is the prime season to go. So, Americans will rearrange their budgets and postpone some trips, but they are still interested in traveling abroad."

But how do you actually make Paris (somewhat) more affordable?

Try renting an apartment.

There are hundreds of apartments for rent all over the city, from diminutive studios to spacious three bedrooms. Okay, you might not get a view of the Eiffel Tower or the Place des Vosges. And Catherine Deneuve may not live in your neighborhood. But you will have a place to call your own that won’t break the bank. Most of these apartments must be rented on a weekly basis. But there are exceptions, so if time is short, look for single night rentals. Prices obviously vary, but the cost is usually a lot less than a hotel room. That’s especially true if you’re traveling with a number of people and you rent an apartment with multiple bedrooms. On a room-by-room cost, a hotel just can’t compete. There’s also a feeling of freedom. You awaken to your own clock, not a hotel’s.

And there are lots of added benefits. Like space. Studio apartments tend to be bigger than the average Parisian hotel room, which is small indeed. And larger apartments are a godsend for families, since they usually have a living room, dining room, and even an eat-in kitchen in some cases, as well as bedrooms. Since every rental comes with a kitchen or kitchenette, dining out is an option, not a requirement. So there are no room service tabs to dread. You can go to the markets or do take-out. Here are some good bets for Paris rentals:

Parispiedaterre Rentalo.com is an online vacation rental directory that connects travelers with property owners. They have a range of Paris apartments for rent. For example, they have a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment that comes with a king bed in the bedroom and two double sofa beds in the living room. It’s near Place de la Republique. The current price is E560, (about $869) per week.

Lodgis.com has dozens of short term Paris apartment rentals, amply illustrated. A two bedroom apartment in the 11th Arrondisement ranges from E875 to E1000 ($1,357 to $1,551) per week.

Home Away has hundreds of Paris listings, including a one-bedroom in the 6th Arrondisement for $1,100 per week.

Vacation Rental by Owner lists hundreds of Paris apartment rentals. Consider a two-bedroom apartment in the 9th Arrondisement. It rents for E1,200 ($1,860) per week. But note that VRBO is a listing service. Your transaction is with an individual owner.

Parisapt2_2  Paris Pied-a-Terre offers a handful of exquisite luxury apartments. Rental periods vary but can range from four days to one week or more. They currently have properties like a one-bedroom artist’s atelier (see left) that has been refurbished and is now a light-filled aerie. It’s in an historic Art Nouveau building in the 7th Arrondisement, not far from the Eiffel Tower. It rents for between $1,800 and $3,000 per week and can sleep upwards of four people. It’s clearly not for the budget conscious, but considering that a single night at a Parisian five star hotel averages about $1,200, there’s clearly value here. And the demand for higher quality apartments has led the company into the business of fractional ownership of Paris apartments, still a rarity in this city.

And finally, for those ready to make more of a commitment to Paris, there are pied-a-terres in classic Parisian buildings for sale that can be found through A+B Kasha.

The price? Better contact them.

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