Welcome 2 France Frequently Asked Questions




General Questions
Pricing
Check-In/ Check-out/ Transportation
Apartment Questions
Reservation Questions
Paris / Neighborhoods
Payments
Arrival / Transportation
Cancellation Policy
Extra Services
Rental Insurance
For Agents
Children
French vs. U.S. (and Other Countries)
Change Policy



General Questions            top

Who is Welcome2France?

Welcome2France is one of the oldest agencies, offering rental quality properties in different locations, praised by USA Today among other news outlets.

Where are you located?

We are located in United-Kingdom and USA.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

How can I contact you?

Send us an email if you want a faster reply, we will get back to you within 24 hours.

By Email:
info@welcome2france.com

By Phone:
Contact USA : +1 (650) 267-4328
Contact UK: +44 (0)20 3318 3319

By Fax:
Fax : +44 (0)20 3006 8799

You need to contact your local representative? Please send us an email, and we will forward your request.

Can I change apartments?

Once a rental deposit has been received for an apartment, it goes to that apartment owner in order to secure your rental. Therefore, as each apartment is generally owned by a different person, the deposit is non-transferable, unless we are able to re-rent the same period to someone else if it for your exact dates.


Check-In/ Check-out/ Transportation            top

How do I check-in?

After confirmation of your property rental, you will be assigned a local representative who will contact you and meet at the property on your arrival. You can also set up a meeting time or book a private transportation directly online. Your representative will give you a detailed tour of the rental property and will be happy to answer all your questions you may have. Your representative will aslo remain your main contact person during your stay.

When can I check in?

Normal check-in time is between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM. However, we will do our best to let you in the apartment as early as possible between 8:00 AM and 3:00 AM depending on whether another guest is checking out that day. You can also contact us or your local representative if you wish to leave your luggage before check-in time.

If you need to check-in after 8:00 PM, your representative will be pleased to accommodate you. However, a 30 Euro fee will be charged for arrival after 8:00 PM, 50 Euro fee between 10:00 PM and 12:00 AM - No arrival after 12:00 AM (or unless special arrangement). This late arrival fee is payable directly to the representative.




How do I check-out?

Guest must leave the rental property in a tidy condition and must return all the keys to the representative.

When do I check-out?

Guest is requested to vacate the rental property between 7AM and 10AM. Late check-out fee between 1PM and 6PM is 50 Euro and after 6PM the late check-out fee is half night rate.


Do I need transportation From/ To the airport?

For your comfort, we highly recommend that you book the arrival and departure transfer from/ to the airport/train station. We have carefully chosen for you a very serious and reliable transportation company that meet our expectations when providing service to our guests.

Once you arrive at the airport/ train station, a driver will be waiting for you with your name on a sign to take you directly to the apartment or to drive you back to the airport/ station. So you will not have to wait in line to get a taxi and you will be guaranteed a flat rate even in case of heavy traffic. Additionnally, luggages are always free and the the mini van can accomodate large party including large suitcases.

Note, that we give priority to our guests arriving with the private transportation, as the driver will notify us when our guests are on the way to the apartment.

Should guests take their own mode of transportation, it is their responsibility to contact the greeter and should there be delays, there is a risk of late fees.

If you need transport to and from your arrival point, this can be easily arranged by click on the “transport” button on your private page. See also “Arrival/Transportation.”

If you need any assistance, we are happy to help you book your transportation via email.

How do I arrange private transportation?

During the booking process, we'll send you a link to your Private Page, which has a 'Transport' button so you can book your transportation or you can directly inquire your transportation to us by email and we will be happy to assist you.

How do I get around Paris?

For inside Paris, please see "Paris Neighborhoods"

For trips to Versailles, Disneyland, Normandy or any other destinations, please inquire for the rate.

Tipping

We are often asked about customary tipping practices. Tipping is a gesture of appreciation for services rendered and it is customary to acknowledge quality service by giving a tip when you take a taxi or driver service, or if a Welcome2france representative strives to make your stay more comfortable.

In restaurants, service is included in the price. If you're satisfied with service, you can leave a few extra euros to show your appreciation, but 15% is not necessary.


Apartment Questions            top

Can I change apartments?

Please note once a deposit has been received for an apartment, it goes to that apartment owner. So, as each apartment is generally owned by a different person, the deposit is non-transferable, unless we are able to re-rent it for your exact dates.

Do we need to bring anything?

Most of the time you won't need to bring anything more than yourself, your clothes and your usual necessities.

Special Needs:

If you have special needs, such as a special pillow type, you may wish to bring that along. While we pride ourselves on being one of Paris' most "service oriented" property rental agencies, there are often limits to what we can provide.

Electrical Converters:

French voltage is not the same as in most other parts of the world (Some countries in Europe, North America, and Asia)

In France, current voltage is 220 Volts and 50Hz, and if you don't have a proper converter (not a plug adapter), it may "fry" your appliances/ electronics as well as can blow a fuse, damage an outlet or the electrical fuse box in the property.

(Remember you need a converter, not just a plug adapter, or you can "fry" your devices!)

What You Won't Need:

The apartment will have pillows, duvet, linens and towels (1 set per guest - extra towels and linens can be provided for extra cost and for longer rentals, towels and linens will be changed weekly). Also included are standard kitchen utensils, cleaning products, main amenities, telephone service, internet/ Wifi, hairdryer, irnon and ironing table as well as TV/ Cable TV.

Internet and Wifi

All of our properties offer a high-speed fast internet and WiFi Internet access. You can usually see this listed under "Amenities" on the apartment's page. However, feel free to ask if you don't see it listed.

DVDs

Most apartments with DVD players will only play DVDs purchased in Europe.

So unfortunately, unless you bought your DVDs in Europe they will probably not play on a European DVD players.

Keys

Picking up your property keys:
Your assigned local representative will meet you at the property to handover the keys.

Returning the property keys:
All keys must be returned at departure to your local representative.

Property keys and lock:
A 150 EUR inconvenience fee will be charged for any missing key. If any keys are lost, this may result in to a lock replacement for security reason. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to declare the incident at the Police station.

If you forgot your keys inside the property or you lock yourself out of the property, contact immediately your local representative as well as email us and we will try to assist you. Note that your local representative will be called to open the door for you and there will be a 50 EUR service fee due at the time of service.

Any issue with the lock or anything else that prevent your local representative to open the door, will result in calling a locksmith at guest's own cost. Calling a locksmith during the rental is at guest own risk, responsability and cost for any bills paid by guest.

Important: Guest will be responsible for any cost for a missing or loosing a key and/ or with any lock issue or lock replacement.

Smoking allowed?

All apartments have a stricit no-smoking policy, though certain apartments may have balconies where smoking is possible. Failure to comply with our no-smoking policy will result in a 250 EUR cleaning taken from the security deposit.

We also request that our guests refrain from smoking in the staircases, lobbies and courtyard as it may disturb other residents.

Pets allowed?

Generally, the properties owner do not allowed pets. However, very occasionally, an allowance may be made for a very small pet with references and estra rental damage deposit (security deposit), so please feel free to inquire.

Is Parking nearby?

Only few properties have parking that are directly associated with the property. Please contact us for more information.

Otherwise, you can visit the following sites for information about various parking garages:

http://www.parkingsdeparis.com/

http://www.vincipark.com



Laundry - washing machine and dryer

Most of our properties come equipped with a washer/dryer, and some of the most luxury rental (although this is rare) even include laundry service.

Please check the property description and amenities to see if the it comes with washer/dryer, and feel free to contact us with any questions!

Note that in Europe, most properties have a washer and dryer 2 in 1. This means that the dryer will require more time to dry your clothes.

Concern about A/C?

Some locations like Paris, live very comfortably without air conditioning year-round, as there are only a couple of warm months in Paris. In fact, many buildings can't even have air conditioning due to building historical codes! As a result, often any air conditioning takes the form of a mobile unit, rather than a central A/C. And even this is rare.

We do offer some properties with central A/C and room air conditioners, we recommend not letting lack of A/C be a determining factor in your stay. Going to another country is an experience in living like the locals.

Linens and Towels

Most of our properties will provide 5 stars clean white linens and white towels (1 set per guest). Extra towels and linens can be provided for extra cost. For longer rentals, towels and linens will be changed weekly. For more information, please contact us.

Safety

All of the exclusive Paris apartments rentals by welcome2france are located only in central and safe location.

Generally speaking, Paris is one of Europe's safest metropolitan areas, and all of our apartments are located in central Paris.

While due caution should be exercised in all travels abroad, most feel confident riding the Métro even late at night, and all of our apartments are in statistically very safe areas.

Maintenance issues - Who to contact?

Whom do we call if something goes wrong?

Well, it depends on what the something is. If it’s a malfunction of some sort in the rental property itself – plumbing, electricity, heating, A/C, water supply – call your local representative who can assess on the situation and contact the right person for you. Also, our owners are all extremely responsible folks who will attend to whatever it is immediately. We depend on them to resolve problems, and they do. If something happens and they don’t, we don’t rent their house any more. In France “immediately” is a relative term. If it’s a Sunday in August, it’s not going to get attended to until Monday at the earliest, even if the owner does his damnedest to resolve the matter.

If it’s a relatively minor matter, call your local representative who may be able to fix it right away.

But don’t hesitate to contact us by email if you simply can’t reach your local representative, or if the problem is too big for you to resolve, if there is a real language difficulty, or if the thing isn’t getting resolved to your satisfaction. We will do our very best to smooth things along.

It’s very, very rare for us to have a problem which can’t be resolved. We don’t think it’s happened more than a handful of times in more than 10 years of business. Indeed, it’s very rare to have a problem at all. But if you encounter something that needs attention, first call your local representative on-site, then call us or send us an email if that doesn’t work.

Apartment phone

Property local calls:

Beware of calling cell phones as local calls from your apartment, as these will appear as charges! Only landlines numbers are including for most or our property locations.

International Calls:

Many (though not all) apartments have phone service that includes a large number of, or even unlimited calls to International Landlines (not cell phones!), except for U.S. mainland and Canada (which does include cell phones.) Please ask us to check if your country is included in your rental property.

Free Calls to landlines and Cell Phones:

Canada
United States mainland

Do you provide cribs/ baby cots?

It is possible to rent a crib/ baby cot from us for 60 euros per stay. Please let us know in advance so that we can have it for you in the apartment. We would ask you to provide your own baby bed sheets.


Reservation Questions            top

How do I reserve an apartment?

First, let us know which apartment you're interested in, and when, and we'll check availability. Either it will be available, or we will suggest alternatives.

As soon as you're ready to book, you will be sent a link to a Private Page that will lead you through the process step-by-step.

Next:

1) Sign and return a copy of the Rental Agreement. The agreement will be found on your Private Page, and may either be fax or emailed to us. Please note that it is recommended that you return the contract to us within 24 hours, as we are unable to hold your desired apartment beyond this time frame.

2) Pay the Deposit. This can be done by clicking on the 'Payment' option on your Private Page and paying immediately online through our secure credit card processor. Please note we also accept wire transfers. (Personal checks only if more than 4 weeks before check-in.) Once again, paying the initial deposit as quickly as possible is crucial, as it fully secures your apartment.

3) There are three documents, which must be either faxed or emailed before your arrival, or given in hard copy upon your arrival:

a) A Security Authorization form (for stays of over 1 month or with children under 10, this will be an actual deposit: for all others it is just kept in case of any damage)

b) Identification: A photocopy of either your passport or ID is required.

c) Insurance: If you have personal rental insurance, a copy of your receipt is required. If not, you can purchase a very affordable, comprehensive rental insurance sold by Adar company from your Private Page. (Read more about insurance.)

4) Arrival and Final Payment. If you do not choose to pay the entire rental in advance, you will pay the second half of your payment, along with your security deposit, in cash or traveler's checks (bank or personal checks not accepted) to the representative who will meet you at the apartment. (See also Payments and Cancellations.)

Is there a minimum stay?

High Season (April 1 - Oct. 31):
5 nights

Low Season (Nov. 1 - March 31):
4-5 nights

Major Holidays (Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's):
7 nights, and must include day of Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's

Exceptions- Short-Notice Only:
Bookings of less than 4 nights must be booked 2 weeks in advance of arrival date only.

Other rental locations

Please feel free to contact us for other locations such as the French Riviera, Brussels, London and Florida


Paris / Neighborhoods            top

Which parts of Paris are safe?

Paris is one of Europe's safest metropolitan areas. While common sense says to exercise reasonable caution no matter where you are (particularly regarding valuables, passport, etc. on the Métro or in other crowded areas), you should know most Parisians feel safe taking the Métro at night, all over the city. In terms of violent crime, statistically Paris is one of the world's safest cities.

While it pays to educate yourself on how to protect yourself against pickpockets (especially on the busy route from the airport to central Paris, where it's easy to lose track of baggage or fall prey to professional pickpockets), we recommend focusing on relaxing and enjoying your stay.

If you'd like some travel safety tips, we recommend Googling "Paris safety tips," where you will find many helpful articles online.

What is central Paris?

"Central Paris," roughly speaking, is arrondissements 1-20.

Geographically, Paris is a very small metropolitan area only around 4 miles (7 km) from the 18th, Paris' most northern arrondissement, to the 1st arrondissement (i.e., to the Seine and Louvre)!

It's important to know that Paris' arrondissements are laid out like a snail's shell, spiraling outward.

As a result, two districts with very dissimilar numbers can be adjacent! So an apartment in 1st or the 9th, the 6th or the 14th, the 7th or the 15th, etc. can often be a difference of just a single block or even a single street!

Although we offer very many apartments in the 1st - 7th, you will often find you get considerably more value and amenities in adjacent districts, simply because people don't understand how Paris is arranged. So don't rule these out.

The difference between an apartment in the 7th and the 15th, for example, can be as little as a single street, and the price difference quite large!

It's also worth knowing that districts such as the 16th are among Paris' richest, and the 18th is the location of one of Paris' most romantic areas, the Montmartre, where the movie Amelie takes place.

So don't go by "number" alone.

I was told only to book districts / arrondissements 1-7. Is this good advice?

We suggest not going by "number alone."

Why?

It's important to know that Paris' arrondissements are laid out like a snail's shell, spiraling outward.

As a result, two districts with very dissimilar numbers can be adjacent! So an apartment in 1st or the 9th, the 6th or the 14th, the 7th or the 15th, etc. can often be a difference of just a single block or even a single street!

Although we offer very many apartments in the 1st - 7th, you will often find you get considerably more value and amenities in adjacent districts, simply because people don't understand how Paris is arranged. So don't rule these out.

(It's also worth knowing that districts such as the 16th are among Paris' richest, and the 18th is the location of one of Paris' most romantic areas, the Montmartre, where the movie Amelie takes place.)

Geographically, Paris is a very small metropolitan area only around 4 miles (7 km) from the 18th, Paris' most northern arrondissement, to the 1st arrondissement (i.e., to the Seine and Louvre)!

When renting an apartment in Paris, it's best to consult a map if one is unsure where an arrondissement is located, and ask questions of the agency. Paris is a very small metropolitan area, and a short trip on the Métro (one of the world's fastest and most efficient public transportation systems) is all it takes to be at the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, or Notre Dame from most areas in central Paris.

Good restaurants/ Cafés/ bakeries near your apartments?

Our apartments have all been chosen because, among other charms, they are near comforts such as bakeries, cafÈs, shops, etc. Add to that the fact that Paris has more cafÈs and bakeries per square capita than any other city in Europe, you will almost undoubtedly find yourself near a place to "make your own"! If you have specific questions or need specific recommendations, our Customer Service team and greeters will be sure to answer any questions you may have, or point you in the right direction!

We also advise you to check our recommendation on our facebook page or blog below:

www.facebook.com/welcome2france
www.blog.welcome2france.com/

How do I get around Paris?

Metro/ underground/ subway:

Paris has one of the world's most speedy and efficient Métro systems. And being that Central Paris so small, you will find it surprisingly easy to get from place-to-place in a relatively small amount of time.

Bus:

Having said that, we also like the bus system, and feel it is a bit underrated, reason being you get to see Paris as you travel!

Plan Your Trips:

You can plan most trips by bus and Métro at Paris' Public Transit website:
www.ratp.info/informer/anglais

Walking:

Needless to say, many people find walking is the best way to get many places in Paris. The small treasures you discover along the way are one of Paris' true joys.

Taxis:

Please Note: If you're planning to take a taxi from the airport or train station to the apartment, you should be aware that most taxis have very limited capacity to transport luggage, particularly for parties of more than 2 people. We recommend renting a van. (You can find out more about this on your Welcome2France Private Page, under "Arrival.")

If you plan on taking taxis around the city, we recommend Googling "Paris taxi tips" and reading up a bit on how taxis work, fares, and more.

Bicycle Rental:

Public bicycle rental (from the "Velib'" service) has fast become one of Paris' most popular ways to get around. You'll see the stands located all over the city.

(FYI, Velib' is a combination of the French words "vélo" (bicycle) and "liberté" (freedom), referring to the ease of use.)

Each Velib' stand has an automatic rental terminal where you can pay by credit card. You just pick up the bike and drop it off at a station near to where you're headed. (Maps are provided at each station.)

Subscriptions are very affordable, at 1 per day, 5/week or 29/year.

NOTE: The bike rental is free for 30 minutes, with an unlimited number of free 30-minute trips per day. A trip that lasts longer than 30 minutes begins to incur a charge of 1-4 euros for each subsequent half-hour period, with the rate increasing each half hour. The idea is to the keep the bikes circulating.

For more information: www.en.velib.paris.fr

What's the weather like in Paris?

Here's a brief guide:

Spring (late March-late June)
March - 39-54°F, 1.4" rain average
April - 43-61°F, 1.6" rain average
May - 50-68°F, 2.2" rain average

Summer
June - 55-73°F, 2.1" rain average
July - 59-77°F, 2.3" rain average
August - 57-75°F, 2.5" rain average

Fall
September - 54-69°F, 2.1" rain average
October - 46-61°F, 2" rain average
November - 41-50°F, 2" rain average

Winter
December - 36-45°F, 1.9" rain average
January - 34-43°F, 2.2" rain average
February - 34-45°F, 1.8" rain average


Payments            top

Are your rates all-inclusive?

Yes! The apartment rates you will be quoted includes all applicable taxes, linens, towels and final cleaning. It also include a personalized tour of the apartment on your arrival.

Note the following is not included:
Electricity for monthly rental "managed by owner", extra set of towels, extra cleaning, extra services, transportation, rental insurance, and late arrival fee.

What payment method?

We accept payments by wire transfer, credit card, travller's cheque or cash in EUROS.

First Half (Deposit)

By Credit Card

To secure the apartment, the deposit (first half of the total rental rate), must be paid online through our secure credit card payment system. Note that we cannot be held responsible for variation in the exchange rate.

By Wire Transfer

We also accept wire transfers in euros only.

Second Half

The second half must be paid in euros. Most clients elect to pay the second half on arrival, either in cash or traveler's checks (bank or personal checks not accepted).

If you wish, you may pay the second half in advance, you can pay by credit card up to one day prior arrival or wire transfer up to 2 weeks prior arrival.

As a reminder, we strongly recommend you to take our travel rental insurance that protects you in case of cancellation!

No one likes to think of canceling their trip. But it does happen, and it's better to get a refund and go another time than lose the money you've paid toward your apartment rental! We recommend you our rental insurance that cover for trip cancellation and damage in the property.

(For more information, please see "Cancellations" or "Security damage deposit")

Do you offer discounts?

We have already negotiated the lowest rates as possible for you and cannot be further reduced due to contractual obligations we have with the property owners.

However, there are certain times of year and occasions when we can sometimes offer additional discounts:

Short Notice

For a booking beginning 2 weeks from today, we may be able to offer a discount.

Low Season

For a booking approximately between November 1 - March 31, but excluding weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

Longer-Term

For a booking of 1 month or more, our monthly rate already include one free rental week per monthly rate.

For long term rental inquiry, please contact us directly, as we may be able to better negotiate your rental depending on the lenght of your rental.


Please Note: We pride ourselves on being the most service-oriented apartment rental agency so you always get a good deal by choosing us for your next stay. We look forward to helping you soon!

Can I get a receipt for my payment?

Receipts and rental agreement are available for you to review, print and keep for your records at any time from your Private Page, once you have confirmed your rental inquiry.

Security Damage Deposit

Guest can choose between two options to proceed with the rental security damage deposit:

Option 1 :
The guest can choose to subscribe the rental insurance "Adar" to be covered for any damages that would occur to the property according to the rental insurance policy. The rental insurance also covers for trip cancellation/ interruption, only if insurance is confirmed within 10 days after your rental reservation. The rental insurance cost is as low as 3.5% of your rental cost. For more information, refer to the "rental insurance".

Additionally to this rental insurance, we will require a security damage deposit from your credit card taken in the form of a hold, not a charge, for insurance deductible and any expenses that will not be covered by the rental insurance policy.

Option 2:
The guest can choose to pay a security deposit by credit card upon arrival for an amount equivalent to the rental rate for a stay up to one month. For a longer rental, a 1 month rental security damage deposit is due for stays between one month and 3 months or 2 month rental for a stay longer than 3 months, by wire transfer only prior to arrival. The security damage deposit will be refunded in full after the property inspection within one week after the departure day if there is no damage or loss (other than from reasonable wear and tear) done to the property.

Note: Cash, bank check or traveller's check are not accepted as a security damage deposit.

Refunds

We are not allowed to offer a refund in case of cancellation or of a problem in the apartment, but can sometimes offer a voucher for the same amount to be used toward any available apartment. This is offered on a case-by-case basis.


Cancellation Policy            top

What's your cancellation policy?

As no one likes to think of having to cancel their trip, we would like to give you as many different options for you. However, since cancelation does happen, we highly recommend all guests to take our recommended comprehensive rental insurance, which covers your rental deposit and payment in the event of trip cancellation or interruption as well as cover damages during your stay. The cost is only as low as 3.5% of the rental price.

Our cancellation and refund policy:

24 hours FREE Cancellation period: We give you the flexibility to cancel your rental and get a full refund within 24 hours after payment, for arrival at least before 30 days.

Early Cancellation: For cancelation at least 60 days before arrival, you will be charged 50% of your total rental cost.

Late Cancellation: For cancelation within 60 days, no refund will be possible.

Cancellation flexibility: We remain flexible, under special circumstances, to give you the opportunity to postpone your stay for the same property within one year valid period depending on availability minus a 250 EUR cancellation fee. This flexibility is valid only for notification at least 30 days before arrival.

Cancellation at any-time: A cancellation at any-time with a full or partial refund is possible only in the case we are able to re-rent your rental period. You will be refunded accordingly to the number of re-rented days minus a 250 EUR cancellation fee. We'll do our best to re-rent your apartment during your dates, in hopes of being able to refund your deposit, but unfortunately, there are no guarantees.

Strictly no-refund policy:
- No Refund possible for rental interruption
- No Refund possible for a "no-show"

Transfers:
No property transfer by request of guest will be made once the reservation has been confirmed.

Cancellation with Rental Insurance: Please refer to the rental insurance policy or contact us for more information.

Cancellation procedure:
We strongly advise you to inform us as soon as possible of any cancelation. We ask for a confirmation email from you, giving us permission to cancel the property in order to proceed to one of the cancelation option listed above.

How guaranteed is my rental?

We tend to establish very good relationship with all of our owners but sometimes there are certain "acts of god" that cannot be controlled. In very rare instances, it may be that an apartment is being sold by an owner or a mechanical failure within an apartment may cause a booking to have to be moved to another apartment. Be sure that in this situation, we pledges to do everything in our power to satisfy our guests, usually by finding an apartment of equal or greater value. If we cannot find a solution, you can be sure we will fully refund your payments. However, do not worry, this have not happened since very long time!


Extra Services            top

Extra linens and towels

In most of the cases, we will be able to provide you extra linens and towels at extra cost. Please contact us or contact your local representative for more information about the rate.

Private Transfers To/ From airport

For your comfort, we highly recommend that you book the arrival and departure transfer to/from the airport/train station. We have carefully chosen for you a very serious and reliable transportation company that meet our expectations when providing service to our guests. Note, that we give priority to our guests arriving with the private transportation, as the driver will notify us when our guests are on the way to the apartment.

Should guests take their own mode of transportation, it is their responsibility to contact the greeter and should there be delays, there is a risk of late fees.

If you need transport to and from your arrival point, this can be easily arranged by click on the “transport” button on your private page. See also “Arrival/Transportation.”

If you need any assistance, we are happy to help you book your transportation via email.


Restaurant and theatre reservations, and more

We offer a full-line of concierge services, including museum, restaurant and theater bookings, and much more. Inquire for details and rates.


Rental Insurance            top

Do I need a rental insurance?

All of our properties are insured by the property's owners, however, this does not include damages caused by occupants. Therefore, you need to make sure you are covered for your personal liability and damages to the property. Check with your own personal home insurance for more information.

Otherwise, we have negotiated a rental insurance package for your comfort through an insurance company to create a worry-free experience when booking with us. This rental insurance covers for personal liability and damages in the property. It also cover for trip cancelation/ interruption if insurance is confirmed within 10 days after your rental reservation. It costs as low as 3.5% of your total rental amount. This rental insurance package called "Adar" which can be found on our website during your reservation process.

Note that for any long term rental, a rental insurance is mandatory.




For Agents            top

Do you offer a commission to agents?

We offer commission from 5% to 10% of the total rental amount to agents. Commission is limited to a maximum of one month rental rate. Inquire for details.


Children            top

Can you provide baby-sitting service?

We can sometimes arrange a baby-sitter for your stay depending on availability. Inquire for details.

Can we rent a crib or high chair?

Current rental rates are 60 euros per week per crib, and 60 per week for high chairs. Subject to availability, so please inquire in advance!



French vs. U.S. (and Other Countries)            top

Floors (French Vs. U.S.)

All French buildings begin on the "ground floor" ("rez-de-chaussee"), and then proceed to the first, second, etc.

In a sense, this is easier to remember in the U.S.

In France:

"First floor" = "one flight of stairs"
"Second floor" = "two flights of stairs"
etc.

(Whereas in the U.S. the first floor equals zero flights of stairs, and the second floor is one flight!)

So remember this simple rule:

Floor number = Flights of stairs to get there!


Bed Sizes (French Vs. U.S.)

There are slight differences in the naming and sized of beds between France and the U.S.

USA Standard Mattress Sizes:
Single 39 x 75 inches.
Double 54 x 75 inches.
Queen 60 x 80 inches.
King 76 x 80 inches.

French Standard Mattress Sizes:
Small Single (090 x 190 cm) 35 x 75 inches.
Large Single (100 x 190 cm) 39 x 75 inches.
Small Double (120 x 190 cm) 47 x 75 inches.
Large Double (140 x 190 cm) 55 x 75 inches.
Queen (160 x 200 cm) 63 x 79 inches.
King (180 x 200 cm) 79 x 79 inches.

You will also note, often in France beds are made in such a way that they can be fastened to one another, so two beds can be combined to create a Queen, etc. In these cases, the beds are fitted so that there is no "gap" between them. This is very common.

Final Tip: If you are very tall, we recommend you don't choose a bed with a footboard!

Electricity

French voltage is not the same as in most other parts of the world (the U.S., other parts of Europe, Asia, etc.)!

In France it is 220 Volts and 50Hz, and may "fry" your electronics if you don't have a converter.

(Remember you need a converter, not just a plug adapter, or you can "fry" your devices!)

You may want to bring one for your laptop, another for your camera, etc., depending on how much long "charging" you need to do simultaneously!

In the U.S., you can easily pick these up at Target, Wal-Mart, hardware stores, etc.


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Can I extend my lenght of stay?

The length of your stay may be extended subject to availability of the property, however, a new Rental Agreement must be signed directly on your private page and additional rental rate need to be collected prior to extension start date in order to confirm extension.

Can I reduce my lenght of stay?

All reductions of your rental period must be submitted in writing by email at least 60 days prior to arrival, and are subject to a minimum stay. Adjustments in nightly rental rate may apply by reducing the total number of nights rented. Reductions in your rental period made within 60 days prior to arrival will not result in a refund or reduction of rent.