If you’re curious about seeing London or Paris the way locals do, consider renting a private house or apartment for your next vacation. Coach House Rentals has accommodations ranging from an apartment in Montmarte ($285/night, sleeps 5) to a 5-bedroom house on Peterborough Road ($450/night, sleeps 7-9). The residences are a great option for family or group travel, in most cases less expensive than a hotel room, and have real kitchens so guests can shop local food markets and prepare their own meals. Minimum stay is five nights; English-speaking support staff and airport shuttles are available.

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Research available properties at rentals.chsparis.com or rentals.chslondon.com. Book your property via e-mail (rentals@chsparis.com or rentals@chslondon.com), by fax (+44 20 8181-6152) or phone (+44 20 8133-8332). Allow 48 hours for response.