Usually we stay in a hotel in Paris. But the last time, we rented an apartment and it was a disaster. It was filthy, the bed linens were thread bare, the washing machine broke and I thought I heard mice. How come the place with the view of the Eiffel Tower had looked so good online? We spent one night in the gross apartment and then my husband booked us into a charmingly designed boutique hotel across the street from where we used to live. Vacation saved!