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Home Away From Home: Cecile Apartments

As much as enjoy an indulgent hotel stay, sometimes I prefer to visit a new city or town and live like a local. Unless I've got a friend to stay with, the only way really to do this is to rent an apartment or house. While a dinner out on the town is always an option, some days I'll head to the farmers market and grocery store and cook dinner myself. This style of travel offers a perspective that's simply not accessible from a hotel, whether it's a Holiday Inn or the Four Seasons. It'll also save you a pretty penny, as weekly rates are generally much lower than hotel rates. The only trouble is, if you're renting from a Craigslist listing or a house swap, sometimes you'll encounter an apartment that's not up to the standards you're used to in your own home.

So when I learned about Cecile Apartments, six gorgeously appointed apartments in the heart of Paris that I'd kill to live in permanently, I had to share! Cecile, the owner and manager, is a chic French woman who has personally decorated each apartment with sophisticated furniture and elegant details in a classic-French-meets-modern-industrial style. The rentals are one- and two-bedroom apartments in either the Marais or St. Germain neighborhoods, both stylish, safe, and centrally-located areas. One bedrooms range from 990 to 1490 Euros ($1,280 to $1,930) per week, while two bedrooms run 1,790 to 2,490 Euros ($2,320 to $3,220) per week. If you'd like to hire a housekeeper, a babysitter, a driver, or need an extra mattress, Cecile will arrange all of that for you, too. Check out some photos of the très chic apartments below.


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billcar30 billcar30 3 years
Renter Beware!   In November 2011, my wife and I rented from Cecile for April 18th – 22nd at the St. Germain Luxembourg location.  We paid half of the total rental cost at that time.  On the rental agreement it states that you should purchase cancellation insurance (an additional cost and not typical from European rentals I have seen) in case you end up not being able to rent.  Our mistake was not taking this insurance and relying on the fact that if we could not attend, Cecile would be able to re-rent the place and would give us back the difference in rental costs.   In late December 2011, my wife and I found out that we were expecting our first child.  After talking it over, we decided that a trip out of the country to multiple European countries (we planed on going to Germany and Austria as well), that require a lot of walking would probably not be the best idea.  In early January 2012, we informed Cecile that we were canceling our trip and thus would not be able to rent the apartment. She stated “If I can rent the dates to another client, I'll give you a refund for the amount gained from the new booking”.  We thought this was fair and since the fact that her places book up fast, we figured we would get a majority if not all of our deposit back.  The places we were staying at in Germany and Austria simply cancelled our reservations at no cost.   In early February, which was less than a month after we informed her that we were canceling and over two months from the date we were going to rent, Cecile rented the apartment for those dates.  I emailed Cecile figuring that we would be getting back some of our deposit…….WRONG.  She informed me that in order to re rent the apartment she had to discount it heavily and basically used our deposit as that discount (how convenient and to the penny).    While we can understand a discount being applied, Cecile had three months to fill the place and in fact filled it in less than a month.  Something seemed off to us.  So what we did was have a friend request a price for the only other available days remaining in April.  Guess what?  She quoted around the same price as she was going to charge us initially….not a price that was discounted.    If you rent from Cecile we would recommend including the rental insurance into the total cost you have to pay because otherwise if you are not able to attend you can kiss your deposit goodbye.  Also, remember our situation and how it was handled. 
krp12 krp12 4 years
My husband and I planned our 10th anniversary trip to Paris for nearly a year. Having never been to Paris, I researched for countless hours, asked friends opinions, read blogs, etc. I decided to pick this apt. based on location (which is good) and overall appeal (I like to sleep in a place that's at least as nice as my own, hopefully better). I could not have made a worse decision. We arrived at Cecile's St. Germain apartment to find scaffolding covering our bedroom window and loud construction (anything but romantic). You literally had to walk through construction to get to the door and then upon entering and climbing four flights of stairs, it was dirty (extremely dusty from plaster and hard to breathe), smelled (one of the tenants left a bag of trash in front of their door for our entire 10 day stay) and there were literally men staring into our bedroom window every single day. I immediately wrote Cecile and told her of our disappointment. I asked if she had any other units available and if not how we could remedy the situation (like in a hotel where we would leave immediately). She offered a bottle of champagne and 30% off our NEXT visit to Paris. What??! We have two young children and this was a trip of a lifetime, we will not be going back to Paris any time soon, and certainly won't be staying here! It literally put a dark cloud on our trip every day. It was horrible to wake up to and an awful way to end the day. I would NEVER rent this apartment again nor would I ever do business with Cecile Apartments. Also to note, we have written her several times to try and rectify this situation. All of which have gone ignored. I have many, many pictures of how the place actually is. Feel free to contact me to see it. (I'd post if it let me)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 5 years
This post came at the perfect time! I am planning a summer vacation to Paris next year and wanted to try to find an apartment to stay in instead of a hotel - this is perfect! Thanks!!
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