THE FLAT IN BRIEF:
Ideal location. Vintage and arty spirit. Ideal for 2 guests but can sleep up to 6ppl with the penthouse upstairs (when the penthouse is available).
2 bedrooms downstairs; one with a queensize bed and another one with a toddler bed + 2 bedrooms with 1 king and one queen beds upstairs.
Big lounge area with fireplace, leather couch, flat screen TV, DVD, hi-fi system, wireless high speed Internet.
Big kitchen with dining room, everything to cook, espresso machine, recipe books etc.
Washing/drying machine in the penthouse upstairs, laundromat at the bottom of the building, no washing machine available in the apartment downstairs.
Toilets and bathroom are separated. One toilet per flat. One bathroom per flat.
Fresh sheets, linens and towels provided.
List of recos and personal tips.
1st floor above the ground floor.
Lift to the penthouse (7th floor).
It is not a flat for tourists, I do live there when I am in Paris, which will make you really feel at home and Parisian, and for which I expect you to treat it, and the neighbors, with great care.
You can use the 2nd flat in the same building as well, if you need more space. We keep it for our family, relatives and friends.
IN DETAILS :)
The flat is ideally located in the center of Paris, North of Le Marais, the oldest part of Paris, filled with tiny and lively streets.
You are in the midst of the most lively and "bobo" (Bourgeois-Bohème) areas of Paris: Canal St Martin, Rue de Bretagne, Rue Oberkampf; and 5 mn cycling from the touristy areas of Opera Bastille, the cemetery Père Lachaise, Place des Vosges, Centre Pompidou, Musée Picasso, Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Although trendy, the area still provides excellent affordable options for going out and shopping.
There are a bike station and a metro station at the foot of the building.
The most convenient metro station is République : 3 stops away from the train station Gare du Nord that counts the Eurostar to London, the Thalys to Brussels and Amsterdam, the RER B to CDG and Orly airports; 4 stops away from the train station Gare de Lyon : trains to the South, Geneva, Lyon and Provence. A major hub in Paris, it counts many metro lines to anywhere in Paris: direct line to Eiffel tower (count approx 15mn), the Opera, the Champs Elysées, Bastille, etc.
AMENITIES AND RESTAURANTS AROUND
There are plenty of very good restaurants, cafés, lively bars and theatres at walking distance, as well as all the amenities, with traditional butcher, bakery (my baker won the Best French Baker of the year last year!), cheesemonger, fishmonger, quality grocery store, organic food shop, wine cellar, food markets, supermarket, etc... all this one block away from the flat.
There is a gym and two swimming pools nearby, one of which with garden and sunroof.
The street Oberkampf nearby counts one of the best Italian, Greek and Laotian takeaways of the city, if you don't feel like cooking. My pizzaiolo won the Fooding prize a few years ago, his pizze are just amazing! And Aline, my Laotian provider of bobun sees me at least once a week!
The very famous restaurant Astier is on the other side of my building (very tricky when you are on a diet...). It is a fantastic option to discover the traditional French cuisine and wines, for a reasonable price.
There is a laundromat at the bottom of the building, no washing machine in the flat.
Well, I cannot write everything here, I am so enthusiastic about my neighborhood!
MY PERSONAL GUIDEBOOK
I gladly provide you with a booklet of all my personal recommendations and tips for going out, in the neighborhood as well as in other parts of the city which are worth it, and will help you out with your sightseeing and going-out plans.
THE FLAT'S DESIGN
The architecture is typically haussmannian with stucco, the furnitures are a bobo mix of seventies vintage and cosy contemporary design. It counts two marble fireplaces (not functionning), wooden floor, seven large windows with plants on the little balconies and double glazing to ensure you sleep quietly, leather sofas, ancient oriental rugs.
It is fully furnished and equipped, ample living room, home cinema and huge leather couch, a big kitchen/dining room, a complete bathroom with a bathtub (and HAIRDRYER, girls), and separate toilets (1 only at this floor, the 2nd one is in the penthouse).
ENTERTAINMENT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
There is a home cinema with TV projector, cable TV and there is a great video rental across the street, if you feel like staying comfy at home after a long day in the city.
Hi-fi sound system with plenty of CDs and a jack to plug your iPhone.
Wireless high speed Internet (bring your own laptop or your iPhone).
Cordless phone with free and unlimited calls to many destinations on landline numbers (USA, CANADA, EUROPE...) but please do not use it for mobile.
The kitchen is big and fully equipped with everything to cook, I am a passionate cook myself (I expect you to treat my equipment with much care).
Dining table - Dish washer - Micro wave - Oven - Cooker hood and cooktop - Boiler/Kettle - Nespresso machine - Fridge with freezer - Ustensils, plates, cristals, etc.
The Nespresso machine makes wonderful espressos, caffe latte, cappuccino etc.
I leave my cookbooks and my own recipes in the kitchen for your inspiration.
Please note that there is no washing machine in the flat, but a very convenient laundromat at the bottom of the building.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MAY NOT FIND THE FRIDGE TOTALLY EMPTY. ONCE AGAIN, I DO LIVE THERE AND MAY LEAVE SOME INGREDIENTS IN THE FRIDGE, ON PURPOSE. DON'T THROW THEM AWAY, THEY ARE NOT ROTTEN, WE CLEAN THE FRIDGE BEFORE EVERY GUEST.
Safety code, two entrance doors, intercom and armoured door with safety system. The area is very safe anyway. Even at night, and even for females at night.
- clean sheets and towels.
- my Internet access codes
- a list of personal recos and tips that you will not regret to follow.
I might provide a breakfast or a glass of wine, or both, or none :)
You are expected to leave the flat as you found it, there is everything to maintain it clean (vaccum cleaner, detergents etc.).
The cleaning fee charged by airbnb covers the laundry and the usual cleaning of the flat, not dishes, garbage and so on.
You may want to book my cleaning lady extra for this, tell me in advance and count an extra 100€.
Airbnb will take an authorization on your credit card for 600 Euros (not charged) to be released 48 hours after your departure, if there is no damage of course. Fully refundable and thus not negotiable. It's like an insurance.
I CAN'T WAIT TO HOST YOU SOON!!
I am sure that you'll spend an enjoyable stay in Paris and feel like Parisians. Feel free to contact me if you have any question that could help you prepare your stay ! Give me as well some details about you :)
No pets, no big parties, no smoking. Respect the French rule : no noise in the neighborhood after 10pm.
For the rest, enjoy !
from 3pm, unless otherwise agreed in advance. If the flat is available before, we're pretty flexible. For late arrival after 8pm, please count an extra 25 euros for Odile's taxi back home.
before 11am, unless otherwise agreed in advance. If no guest is following you, you may stay longer in case of late departure, we still are pretty flexible :)
This is not an hotel, you are thus expected to leave it as clean as you found it, there is everything in the flat to keep it clean.
The cleaning fee covers the laundry and the normal maintenance of the flat but not the dishes, trash etc.
You may want to book the cleaning lady extra, just tell us in advance, so that we can organize it for you. Count 100 euros approx.
We will handle the laundry, please leave all your bedsheets on the bed and towels in the bathroom, we'll take it from there.
Please note that there is a safety deposit automatically handled by airbnb before arrival. They take an authorization on your credit card (not charged) and release it 48 hours after your exit, automatically, unless there is some damage in the flat.
Easy, safe and convenient.
The reservation was canceled 95 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The place is just all we could want. Location is exactly in the middle of where you'd want to be if you look for a corner of peace while being within walking distance of most of the sights. The welcome was professional and we were made to feel at home from the first minute. Really highly recommended place and hosts.
Really nice apartment in a great location as far as getting around Paris is concerned. Excellent recommendations of local stores from Matt, who was also very helpful in getting our Internet connection up and working. Many thanks. Highly recommend it!
Just a perfect place to discover Paris. Thank you Matt for being the most friendly host ever. No hesitations - we will be back.
Stylish apartment in a great area.
We had a lovely stay in Mat and Odile's apartment. It was in a great area, close to lots of places to eat and drink, plus convenient to metro stops on several lines.
We tried out many of Mat's recommendations for the local area - all of which were just as he described. We had such a lovely time dining out that we didn't really use the kitchen, although had we needed to, it was fully equiped and big enough for a full dining table. Also, it was great to have reliable internet access.
It's a very spacious apartment by what I understand of Parisian standards, with two bedrooms, a lounge and a separate kitchen. The pictures accurately reflect the styling of the apartment - very chic and comfortable. We didn't try out the home cinema as we too busy with all the other attractions Paris had to offer.
The size accommodated the 5 of us very well. I would agree with Clara's comments about the specifics of the listing - the single bathroom/toilet was a bit of a challenge for 5 adults.
The correspondance with Mat was always very responsive and quick.
Great place! We loved having dinner in the kitchen with the windows open to the sounds of busy Paris. Everything was as stated and was very charming. The house guide was very helpful and the recomendations were spot on. We loved and highly recommend the restaurant, Astier, which is right around the corner. Food was excellent and the staff delightful.
The apartment was safe, well maintained and easy to get to from the Metro. Wander the neighborhood... there are some charming areas. Matt was very helpful in setting up our arrival and sharing helpful tips and Odile was so kind and accommodating to our requests. It was a great experience and we recommend this apartment.
I spent a week in Matt's apartment with two other friends. We really liked the location. It was near a lot of restaurants and bars. It was also close to two train stops making it convenient to get a round. His apartment was also a good size for the three of us. It is a big apartment for Parisian standards. I would note that contrary to his listing, there are only two beds (queen size). The couch is large enough to sleep on but it is not the most comfortable. Another thing to note is that he does not have a washer and dryer in the apartment however there is a laundry mat around the corner. He also mentions two bathrooms however it is really only one. The toliet is in one small room and the bathtub/shower is in another. What was most useful for us was the access to the wireless internet. It is hard to get around without it. He also offered passcodes to use free wifi on connections throughout the city. This was fantastic. I highly recommend the space for 3/4 people maximum.
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Hi, I'm Matt, an enthusiastic and very social parisian.
I'm interested in nature, traveling, scuba diving, photography and horse-riding.
I love to cook and create new recipes for my friends.
I used to live for many years abroad, I still travel a lot and I love to help travelers discover my beloved Paris city and its hidden secrets.
On my spare time, I manage my very own flats, the flats of some friends of mine, and one flat of my company, that we rent from time to time to tourists when we don't use it for our employees.
Odile is a wonderful lady who is helping me full time with her team on all the logistics of our hosting activity. Parisian too, super friendly and very helpful, she's dedicated to your stay.
We are here to make your trip in Paris unforgettable and far from the touristy clichés !