11 things to watch out for when renting an AirBnb in Paris

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The photos were so beautiful and the apartment was rated four stars so you booked it through AirBnb or some other apartment rental site. But what seemed like the perfect little apartment stay turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. The kitchen was not a kitchen, you couldn’t contact your host about the location of the towels, and you would stretch your back to get you and your luggage up to the sixth floor.

Here are 11 things to look for when booking an AirBnb in Paris to make sure the apartment you want is the one you get.


1. What floor is it on?

Most of the cheapest apartments available will be located on the upper floors. Look for notices at the bottom of the accessibility and “things to keep in mind” section about the need to be able to climb stairs. If the apartment is listed as being in the attic or a “maid’s room,” be aware that the ceiling is most likely slanted.

2. Is there an elevator and how big is it?

This is important to know for your physical ability and for packing your luggage. If there is an elevator, don’t assume it can hold your huge suitcase or even a wheelchair, if that’s a factor.

3. Do you have to go out to access your room?

It’s rare, but it happens. Some apartments are only accessible through a second entrance upstairs and outside. So you would go up the stairs in a building, exit through a door and follow a walkway or cross a terrace to your apartment. If you are dizzy, do not buy an apartment accessible only from the outside on a higher floor.

4. What appliances are in the kitchen?

For an apartment in the 15th arrondissement, whose file indicates that it has a kitchen, the “kitchen” is described as “a refrigerator, a freezer, a microwave oven, cooking dishes, crockery and utensils. “. So if you like Picard, the affordable frozen food grocery store (which you should), then you will be doing just fine! If you want to make a hot pie chart baked or eggs for breakfast, be sure to filter your search to include only apartments with the necessary appliances.

5. Is there a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector?

The amenities of an AirBnb in the 10th arrondissement. (Screenshot by Frenchly)

Since 2015, they are legally required in all residential buildings, but you will frequently encounter properties when searching without a smoke detector, and more often without a carbon monoxide detector.

4. Is there a Wi-Fi connection?

Has given (mostly) in AirBnbs in the United States, this is not always the case in France. Just make sure it’s there before you make your reservation.

7. Is the bathroom in the apartment or down the hall?

An AirBnb in Montmartre has a bathroom that is in the hallway, shared with the neighbors. (Screenshot by Frenchly)

It is Very important. Unless you want to share a bathroom with others and put on shoes to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, do not take an AirBnb with a toilet that is not in the apartment. On the other hand, a maid’s room or another one-room apartment could have the shower, toilet, and sink all in the room together.

8. How far is the metro?

Although the metro is never that far, if you choose to stay in an area where you don’t feel very comfortable, at least check which metro stations are closest to you so you don’t have to spend so much on the metro. time wandering the neighborhood

9. Is the nearest metro station open?

The nearest metro station may be closed at night, on weekends, or completely closed due to construction. Check the RATP website to find out which metro lines and stations are under construction during your trip.

10. When is the checkout?

A noon departure might seem reasonable, but if your flight leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 9pm, you don’t want to drag your luggage for five hours before you get to the airport. Those with evening flights would do well to inquire about leaving their luggage at AirBnb and picking it up after departure times, or finding a location with a later departure.

11. How do you contact your host?

If the primary method of contacting your host is text or call and a French mobile phone plan is not within your budget, message the host about alternative means of communication. before booking the room.

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