Well hello everyone! I'm back from my latest European adventures, this time my husband and I traveled to Paris and Brussels. It was our first time to both cities, and our first stop was the city of love: Paris, France. As our trip was a little bit last minute, we decided to rent an apartment through Airbnb. Last minute hotel prices in Paris are insanely high, and we already love this apartment renting service, so we were really happy to be able to find a place last minute!
Our apartment was in Pigalle, just outside of Montmartre. Paris is divided up into arrondissements, with the lower numbers generally being closer to the city centre. The lower numbered arrondissements are also generally more expensive to stay in, but I personally don't think that it's necessary to break the bank to stay close to any certain attraction. The metro system in Paris is incredibly easy to use, with subways coming every few minutes. A lot of the major attractions are spread out throughout the city, so you'll have to take public transit or cabs no matter where you're staying. Our apartment was less than a 5 minute walk from the Pigalle metro station, which we used daily to explore the city!
Apartments in Paris are both small and expensive. Our apartment was about $100 CAD a night, which is actually quite cheap for Paris! The apartment was quite small, with a kitchen, small bathroom, and a bedroom/living room in one. The couch pulled out into a bed, which I normally hate, but this pull out bed was actually really comfortable! Once the couch was pulled out, there was hardly any walking room in the living room/bedroom. But hey, you don't go to Paris to spend your days in your hotel/apartment, right?! Just prepare yourself to smaller rooms than what you're probably used to.
Our Parisian Airbnb included cable tv, wireless internet, a washer/dryer, and a full kitchen. I absolutely love having a washer & dryer while travelling, something that you don't get with a hotel. Being able to do laundry while travelling means that I can pack lighter, and I can also come home with a suitcase of clean clothes! Not having to do laundry while jet lagged is a huge bonus!
I always appreciate having a kitchen at my disposal while travelling. While I like to eat out at local restaurants, I also do like to keep some sense of normalcy, and cooking a few meals here and there helps me do just that. We would also eat breakfast at the apartment, and the occasional dinner. Cooking your own meals will also help to cut down on spending costs. Paris can be quite an expensive city to visit, with the average meal coming to at least €15 per person. If you add on appetizers, drinks, and dessert on top of that, it's easy to go over your daily spending budget just on food alone! Cooking a simple pasta dinner or making a sandwich can be both nutritious and super cheap. A traditional hotel wouldn't give you this option, which is why we love renting apartments!
Another successful Airbnb booking! I would highly recommend checking out Airbnb for your upcoming travels. I think we will continue to book apartments with the service instead of hotels, since all of our experiences with Airbnb have gone so smoothly! If you want to book an apartment rental on Airbnb, feel free to use my referral link, which will give both of us a $27 CAD Airbnb credit. If you have any questions about the apartment rental service, let me know in a comment below, or tweet me @BeyondBlush11! Have you ever used Airbnb, or any other apartment renting services before?