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Haven in Paris

Last year at this time, we were planning our three month stay in Paris. We scrutinized listings, and spent at least a month finding the right place. It was not easy, and we had to weed through a bunch of listings that were most definitely wrong before we settled on an apartment on Rue St. Paul.

Flash forward a year, and we're planning our next winter trip. This time, thanks to Erica of Haven in Paris, we'll spend less time planning where to stay and more time planning what to do.

I first heard of Haven in Paris over at A Cup of Jo. I silently cursed my luck, because I could have saved myself a whole lot of trouble had I known about her gorgeous apartments a year ago! I clicked around the site a bit, and bookmarked my favorites.

I had the pleasure of meeting Erica when we were in Paris in September, and she conveyed a genuine understanding of travelers' needs. She pays attention to detail and it shows. The photos on her site look as if they were lifted from a design blog, not an apartment rental agency. They feel like a home you want to live in.

I've stayed in a few apartments that at first glance were gorgeous: Stunning architecture, great windows, old world charm. But a closer inspection revealed peeling, chipped paint, messy drawers with a smattering of things left from previous guests, old food in the refrigerator, smelly sheets, etc. Those little things added up, and it tainted the experience.

After speaking with Erica, I'm certain I won't run into any of the aforementioned undesirables, and am looking forward to staying in one of her apartments. Now I just have to choose one!

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Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Laura Trevey

LOVE the modern art on the wall!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Renovation Therapy

Good to know. The apartment we stayed in last month looked fine in pics and the sheets were clean, but everything else was FILTHY. The curtains had a layer of schmutz the likes of which I haven't seen since my early 20's flophouse days.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lily

Haven in Paris has some really nice places, I've known some people who've stayed with them and they've all been very pleased! Erica and her team are very effective and professional.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Caroline, no.

I think you're right. The more old-school places often go hand in hand with dirty bathrooms, snotty tissues (I found one once in a room I was staying in and it has haunted me since!) and mice.

Thanks – I'm a'bookmarkin' too!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by TheCluelessCrafter

I have all these fears not for Paris but for Argentina. This March hubby and I are going on a cruise of S. America, but need to find an apartment in Buenos Aires that, as Reno Therapy says, won't be similar to a flophouse.

There are SO many websites to wade through. My head is spinning.

Glad you got it right this year.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Jean – Yep.

That was our experience. It was awful. I spent the first few days scrubbing the cabinets, the fridge, etc. And it was a real treat to figure out the cleaning products in French!

I am really looking forward to arriving in a clean space this time around.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nilo

Definetely beautiful…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Simply Mel

I'm a Haven in Paris stalker! :)

You are so right, trying to find the perfect apartment rental in Paris is not an easy task! Erica will be my go-to gal for Spring 2010!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Lovely little – We leave in mid Feb. Not yet sure how long we'll be there.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by {lovely little things}

It's beautiful, when do you go?

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