Whether visiting Paris for a short while or settling in for an extended stay, there are many reasons to rent an apartment instead of a hotel room. An apartment is often cheaper, and gives you a feel for what it's like to live there, instead of being on the outside looking in. The good news is that it's easy to find accommodations in Paris.
Things You Will Need
Start with a list of the practical attributes that are most important to you. For example, if you plan on cooking one or two meals a day you'll want a place with a well equipped kitchen. You will also want the location to be near the shops and markets. When it comes to local amenities, it's simple to find an apartment in Paris near any or all of the things that you require.
Next, make a list of the things that aren't necessary to your stay, but would still be nice to have. Would you like a view of the Eiffel Tower? Perhaps you'd prefer a view of the Sacre-Coeur, or would like to stroll along the Seine in the evening, or be near the museums. A view usually means a more expensive place, little or no view usually means a bargain. You can find an apartment in Paris for almost any budget.
Now that you have your must-have and would-like-to-have lists, start your search. There are many web sites devoted to helping you find an apartment in Paris, and Google is the default search engine for most apartment hunters. Typing "apartment rental paris" into the search bar will yield thousands of choices.
Another resource is your local travel agent. Most experienced travel agents are knowledgeable and more than happy to help you find an apartment in Paris. Many of them have traveled to Paris on more than one occasion, and will be familiar not only with the layout of the city and the local culture, but will be able to steer you to the type of place that suits you most. The fee that you'll pay to a professional can save you many headaches down the road, and add much to your overall enjoyment of the trip.
Tips & Warnings
When using the internet, try "long tail searches" to narrow your choices. For example, "apartment rental paris" will yield more results, but "eiffel tower view apartment" will get you closer to what you desire.