- Introduction: European Trip Report
- Flight Review: Lufthansa [A380] Upstairs Economy Class From Houston to Frankfurt
- Airbnb Review: Paris Flat in the 7th Arrondissement and Strasbourg Flat in the Center of the City
- Hotel Review: Hilton Munich Park
- Hotel Review: Hilton Zurich Airport
- Flight Review: Swiss [777-300] Economy Class Zurich to Chicago
- Hotel vs. Airbnb: Which One to Chose From When Traveling Internationally
We arrived into Paris after a relatively short flight from Frankfurt. This was the first time I had flown into Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and let me say, the airport looked like it was designed by George Jetson. The airport was a futuristic concrete monstrosity straight out of the 1960s. I'm glad I had the chance to fly into CDG but I never want to fly in or out of there again!
We took the train into the city since it was significantly cheaper than taking an Uber or taxi. I highly recommend taking public transportation in foreign cities. Make sure you do your research before you arrive so you'll know what to do and not stand out like a typical tourist. ;) After a short walk we arrived at our Airbnb that was located in the 7th arrondissement. The manager of the property didn't meet us there since because his wife was about to give birth but he gave us great instruction on how to get into the flat.
The space was on the smaller side but that didn't really matter to us since we weren't going to spend too much time in the flat. Once we dropped off our luggage and freshened up, we went exploring in the neighborhood around where we were staying. We love the 7th arrondissement. If you don't know what I'm talking about, Paris is broken up in sections, or arrondissements. They're numbered from 1 to 20 starting in the center where the Louvre is located and follow a clockwise spiral. Megan and I have stayed in the 7th before and absolutely loved it. There are great cafes all around and relatively quiet compared to some of the more popular areas. We didn't have any issues finding great places to eat or have a glass of wine around where we were staying.
What I love about Airbnb's is that you are able to immerse yourself into the everyday life of locals. We didn't have to go through a hotel lobby to get to our room or have to deal with other hotel guest. We were able to come and go as we pleased as if it was our own place of residence. The host was even kind enough to leave us with a bottle of wine in the refrigerator!
The space was on the smaller side but the use of the space was fantastic! I especially liked the shower which was surprising given there was no door or curtain.
The worst part of the flat... was the bed. Every morning I woke up with a backache. Not the way you want to wake up in the city of lights!
Overall, I highly recommend staying at an Airbnb in Paris. To immerse yourself into a culture is something everyone needs to do at some point in their lives. One recommendation in booking an Airbnb is to read the reviews before you book. If you don't, you could be suck with a backache every morning due to a stupid bed.
Stay tune for part 2 of my Airbnb experience next week!
*all photos were taken from Airbnb