Where to Stay in Grenoble and Paris, France: A Review

by gigigriffis

After a rainy month in the Slovenian Alps, Chad and I headed to France to spend most of October in the French Alps and then charming, sprawling Paris before taking a series of flights to North America for the winter.

First, we spent about three weeks in Grenoble–a university town in the heart of the Alps–where we did a lot of cycling and introduced Chad to his first authentic French cuisine. Then we wrapped our time up with a week in Paris hopping from restaurant to restaurant.

If you’re headed that way yourself, here’s where we stayed and what we thought:

Paris: A Quiet Studio in Montmartre

Paris apartment

Paris common space

courtyard view

When I come to Paris, I do my best to stay in Montmartre, former home of famed artists and writers and current home of some of the most charming architecture in the city. This time, I found us a very quiet studio facing a courtyard on an upper floor just a short walk from the Sacre Cour.

What we loved:

:: Big cities aren’t always quiet, but having a courtyard-facing apartment means a lot more quiet than usual and being on an upper floor means that it’s also bright in the apartment, despite the courtyard.

:: The bed was small, but very comfy.

:: Even though it’s a studio, there’s a partial wall that keeps the living and sleeping spaces separate.

:: The host was really nice and very helpful.

What we didn’t love:

:: Showers made the apartment very humid at times (but honestly, I think this is just a Paris thing, as it happened in my previous apartments as well)

:: The kitchen is very small and only basically equipped (which is fine if you’re not cooking, but makes it not a great fit if you’re planning to cook a lot)

If you’d like to know more, you’ll find the apartment here. And if you’re using Airbnb for the first time, sign up with my code and we both get a little credit.

Grenoble, France: A Bright Top-Floor Apartment With Views

When choosing our apartment in the French Alps, we picked this one for its central location and sweeping views. And I think we chose well.

What we loved:

:: Two balconies with views in every direction over the city and to the Alps.

:: Comfy (though small) bed.

:: The peaceful, zen-like energy of the decor and the hostess.

:: The hostess’ amazing restaurant tips.

:: The basement storage area for our bikes.

What we didn’t love:

:: We probably need to choose places with bigger beds in future.

If you’d like to see more (and much better photos), check out the listing on Airbnb. And if you’re using Airbnb for the first time, this code gets you (and me) a credit!

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