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Haven in Paris is Hiring: Paris, Gorgeous Apartments, All Things French, And You!

We’re hiring! Haven in Paris, our boutique vacation rental business with properties in Paris, London, Provence and Tuscany, is in need of fresh talent! We’re looking for someone who is just as obsessed with gorgeous vacation properties, hospitality, and making travel dreams come true as we are. Read on for the job description. If you think you’d be a good fit, send your cover letter and resume to careers@haveninparis.com.

Carin Olsson, Left or Right Bank

Carin Olsson

Haven in Paris is a boutique, vacation rental agency with over 20 years of experience in the tourist industry in Paris, France and Italy.

We’re looking for a smart, self-motivated and customer-oriented Sales & Service Specialist to join our boutique apartment rental team, handling sales inquiries and ensuring the client rental experience is smooth and stress-free.

The ideal candidate must be energetic, creative, resourceful, and must enjoy working in a highly entrepreneurial, highly fluid environment. The position requires excellent sales, writing, editing, communication and organization skills, as well as a gift for developing professional relationships online.

The candidate must be able to work independently to keep up with our fast-paced environment and be willing to put in the hours (including weekends) needed to book rentals in our properties. The candidate will ideally be located in Maine and a U.S. resident, but have the ability to travel for training and on an as-needed basis. We will also accept applications from candidates located on the East Coast. This is a full-time, work-from-home position.

Bac Penthouse, Haven in Paris

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to and monitor sales inquiries submitted to our site, with the goal of achieving full occupancy for our roster of vacation apartments and villas.
  • Remain on top of all inquiries, following up in a timely manner in order to book rentals, using creative ways to balance and prioritize the volume of inquiries.
  • Handle the response and booking process to customers’ inquiries in conjunction with our current team, but sometimes working entirely independently.
  • Answer questions and solve issues from property owners, service professionals and our apartment rental clients in a timely manner.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in e-mail communications in an online customer service or sales environment.
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Amazing ability to prioritize and juggle tasks based on value to business at any given time.
  • Strong familiarity with much of Paris, the major sites and the neighborhoods.
  • Must be able to write and speak French at a conversational level.
  • Ability to approach problematic situations with common sense and calm.
  • Ability to learn Internet-based tools quickly.
  • Accounting skills useful.
  • All applicants must be able to legally live and work in the U.S.
  • Maine resident preferred; East Coast applicants accepted
  • Schedule flexibility is key, as this position will include weekends.

If you have experience in the following areas, please also include these skills in your application:

  • Project management experience
  • Marketing and branding experience
  • Editorial experience

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to careers@haveninparis.com.

Please note: We are, unfortunately, only able to reply to candidates that we are actively pursuing.

Aisling Greally, Keeping Cool in the Summer

Aisling Greally

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Romantic Getaways: Spend Valentine’s Day in Paris

This year, you could spend Valentine’s day the way you usually do. Or you could go to Europe. No, really.

If you were thinking of surprising a certain special someone this Valentine’s Day (yes, even if that special someone is you), we would love to help. Book any Haven in Paris apartment over Valentine’s day and enjoy our special Valentine’s Day Romantic Getaway Package:

An added bonus? Come a few days early and take advantage of les soldes, the twice annual city-wide fashion sale (running until February 12).

These discounts aren’t reserved exclusively for couples. Take a group of friends and make it the trip of a lifetime! Contact us today to start planning your trip.

Images by Carin Olsson and Haven in Paris.

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Kid-Friendly Travel: An American Family Visits the City of Lights

After half a day in the airport, a canceled flight and a sleepless passage over the ocean, I expected my children to nap away our first day in the City of Lights. But the magic of Paris revived us and it was 11 p.m., admiring the fire dancers at Le Sacre Coeur when my son said, “Mom, can I get an ‘I love Paris’ t-shirt? ‘Cause I really love Paris.”

A dream destination for every traveler, Paris is rarely considered a haven for families. I’d like to challenge that assumption. The first concern is usually cost. While not cheap, Parisian retreats are about the same price as a trip to Disney World. Most people think Disney World is a reasonable goal, but why visit Epcot when you can indulge in the real locale?

Deals on flights are everywhere; all museums in France are free for those 18 and under; public transportation is inexpensive and most importantly, an apartment rental saves a fortune over hotel accommodations.

Ahem, this is the moment I need to make a disclaimer that Haven in Paris isn’t compensating me in any way. I begged them to let me write about our incredible experience with HIP.

My family spent a marvelous week in HIP’s gorgeous Champs Elysées; everything from the darling girl who met us at the apartment to the plush bedding, was perfect. We gazed at the Arc de Triomphe from our window and the Metro stop was literally right outside the front door. The location made transportation easy and delightful. Adults might find subways tedious, but for kids riding the Metro is part of the adventure. My boys loved navigating the family throughout the city and the 5-day Visite pass is a steal. Continue Reading »

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February in Paris: 25% Off Your Very Own Parisian Flat

Dave Bloom; Rafael Garcia-Suarez; Maggie Battista

Winter blues got you down? Nothing a quick trip to Paris can’t fix!

Seriously though. Winter is winter in Paris too, but when you can while away the days eating delicious pastries and drinking café crème or mulled wine in a cozy café, it’s easy to become fond of the rainy days too.

Haven in Paris is offering up to 25% off in most of our Paris and London apartments, so making the jaunt over doesn’t have to break the bank. Or just use the money you saved shopping the sales – after all, they run until February 14!

Check out all of our February special offers here, or contact us now to let us do the work for you.

PS: and wouldn’t this make the most darling Valentine’s day retreat…

Mauvais Garçons Marais 1-bedroom

Written by Genevieve Sandifer for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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A Leap of Faith: Finding the Perfect Paris Apartment

Chris Waits; David L.

After having made the huge, scary, glorious decision to quit my plum entertainment job of 14 years to move to Paris, all I could picture was drinking rosé in fabulous cafes in St. Germain and strolling with my soon-to-be-named French lover along the Seine.  It was going to be all storybook romance and Parisian perfection, right?  What could possibly go wrong?

Finding an Apartment

The first big task on moving to Paris was finding an apartment.  I felt like a Parisian kid in a confiserie as I set out to look through all the online listings.  I was picturing my new, highbrow, literary friends meeting in my salon and debating whether Anna Karenina was due society’s scorn or the victim of a double standard.  And then there would be the lavish, multi-course creations that would appear out of my kitchen and people would say, are you sure she’s not French-trained or a descendant of Julia Child?

Mollie C.; Chris Waits

As I dug into the apartment search further and started to learn the meter to square feet conversion, a rosé hangover started to kick in.  How was I supposed to entertain the French literati in a space the size of a parking spot? Would my culinary creations have to come from a hot plate in my Betty Crocker play kitchen?  Oh, no, this wouldn’t do.  I decided an in-person visit would be best because I was sure there were some things that weren’t translating on the web page. Continue Reading »

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A Haven in Montmartre: Photographer Jenny Jimenez stays at Houdon

Jenny Jimenez, a talented Seattle wedding and portrait photographer, recently stayed at Haven in Paris’ Houdon Montmartre 1-bdrm. Since a photographer can never leave her camera for long, Jenny and her husband Robin Dupuy logged their Paris stay through these amazing pictures… Which we’re happy to share with you now! Be sure to also check out her great blog and pics from her recent trip to Iceland.

Staying at Houdon was a great opportunity to live life as a Parisian would, with our own neighborhood boulangerie around the corner along with other locally-owned specialty shops.  Two days of our one week stay were spent walking around Montmartre and getting to know the ins & outs of our little Abbesses part of it…

View from the Houdon balcony
Winding 5 floor walk up to the apartment. It became old hat by the second day. My buns thank you
Left: our bright, naturally lit kitchen with lots of helpful amenities. Right: our greeter Evelyn cut a bouquet of fresh flowers to welcome us
The best baguette in Paris, from Le Grenier à Pain

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Let us know why it is BETTER to rent an apartment in Paris, or a Villa in Tuscany or Provence for your vacation!!!

_mg_7289Bonjour Vacation renters! This chat board has been put in place to allow fellow travelers to explain why  the apartment and villa rental experience is so much more enriching and wonderful than a boutique hotel or luxury hotel for your stay in the Paris, Provence, Tuscany and around the world. We at Haven in Paris are convinced it is the only way to travel. We want to hear your thoughts, ideas, experiences and more! merci  from all of us at Haven in Paris.

Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: haveninparis.com

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