Given that having a room in this location is a linchpin of the whole trip, I went back to my the website my French speaker recommended and found several other apartments that I could rent. I have sent out at least 5 or 6 emails to the owners of these locations. Hopefully, I'll hear back from one of these folks and I will be back in business.
I'm sure you're wondering what web site I'm using to find rooms. I will be happy to tell you. . . after I get my room squared away! Sorry, but it's a dog eat dog world out there, and I need to look out for Number 1 right now!