About This Listing
Awaken to the bells of Notre Dame. Sleep better than you have ever slept in your life. This 17th century dwelling is at the best location, in the very center of Paris, on sacred ground. You'l feel better and sleep better here than anywhere else.
An excellent space for a person traveling alone as well as for a couple. The rear half of an ancient flat, it's more of a studio than a room, with a well-equipped kitchenette.
This Garret is at the finest location in Paris, on the incomparable and famous rue de la Huchette, a tiny, ancient Roman street over 1700 years old --- full of medieval buildings of amazing beauty and the center of an on-going celebration of life which is the night life in the Latin Quarter.
With thick stone walls and 17th century construction, this dwelling is amazingly quiet, one of the quietest in the Latin Quarter. You will not hear neighbor's showers, vacuum cleaners, people in hallways --- you'll hear only gentle silence.
SLEEP LIKE NEVER BEFORE
You will sleep like a baby in the Garret. Many guests find themselves so comfy there in the morning and sleep in so late that they get a late start getting out and seeing Paris.
Plus, there's the joy of living in a historic building, in a room like few others on earth, in which people have been living and loving for almost 400 years.
.........................SAFEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN PARIS..........
This little area of sacred ground is the safest in Paris. You can come home at 3 in the morning with no worries .
............................MORE STUDIO THAN ROOM................
It's more of a studio than a room, what the French call a 'studette.' It has a private entrance to the back half of an ancient apartment that runs the length of the fourth floor of the building. There's a complete kitchenette.
WARM. The thick stone walls means warmth in the winter. The heating is fast, and silent, and you will be warm as toast in this Garret no matter what the weather outside.
COOL. In the summer the thick stone walls make this the coolest room in Paris. No need for air-conditioning here, ever. They really knew how to build in the 1600s.
BASIC. There's art on all the walls, and place is quaint, but it's not fancy, offering simply basic comfort. Besides the kitchenette, there's just a very comfy double bed on a low platform, a desk, and a few chairs plus high bandwidth Internet cable and wifi.
...............BEAUTY IN EVERY DIRECTION ........................
It's the location of the garret that make it worth even more than its modest price. When you step out the door, there is beauty in every direction.
At the corner there is Notre Dame standing tall just over the Petit Pont, a post-card view, so close you will awaken to the sound of her bells. Take 20 steps north, and you're on the banks of the Seine, and that's another fine thing about the Garret's location. Paris IS the Seine, the Garret is 60 steps from the Seine. If you stay in a city with a river, you should try to live near the river. It changes your whole visit for the better.
The whole area is a photographer's dream. Wherever you look the view is stunning.
................................... SACRED GROUND ...................
There are spots on the surface of the earth where the fruit grows sweeter, the water tastes purer, plants and flowers flourish, animals are happier, people feel better in general, folks live longer, and feel closer to God. It's called sacred ground.
Staying at Shayne's Garret is a unique opportunity to stay on magic ground, sacred land, safe, peaceful, and blessed.
Since prehistoric days man has recognized this spot on the Seine neighborhood as sacred land. Druid temples from 15,000 years ago were discovered under the foundations of Notre Dame. Men have been worshiping here, at this exact spot, since the days when humans worshiped trees.
The ancients were very good at discovering such spots. That's why they built Notre Dame and three other beautiful churches within a block of the Garret's. The Garret is at the center of a circle created by four the the most beautiful churches on earth.
.................. WALK EVERYWHERE .........................
This is the Park Avenue of Paris. There's no better address in the city. This is very center of Paris, the very heart of France.
From here, you can walk everywhere in the city in minutes. This will improve your holiday considerably, saving you considerable amounts of money and time wasted on metros and trains. Anywhere you are going in Paris, you're already half-way there when you live here.
And when you leave Paris, or arrive, there's a direct train to CDG... and the entrance is 70 steps from the front door. YOU'LL SAVE ALMOST AN HOUR getting to and from the airport when you live here.
Arriving by train or bus? Again you save time by staying here. There's a direct bus or metro line from all the train and bus stations almost to the door. (Full details on buses and metro connections are furnished with your confirmation.)
..................... HELPFUL POLYGLOT ARTIST HOST
Your host is a congenial, easy-going multilingual American senior expat - author, photographer, and inventor - who has lived in Paris for decades and whose advice will save you money and time and assure that you see and experience the best of Paris.
....................... SUPER QUIET ROOM
The double bed on low platform is extremely comfortable,
and because of the building's thick stone walls and solid 17th century construction this is one of the quietest rooms you'll ever stay in. You can sleep to 1 pm in the total silence of this room if such is your fancy. It's just what the weary traveler needs.
..................... A UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL STREET
The Garret is central concerning music: the world's most famous jazz cellar is just across the street, and the music there is as good as it ever was.
What's important is the mood in this street. It's amazingly upbeat, uplifted, and happy. I can't think of another location in Paris that has anything like this mood and atmosphere.
Here you are in the exact center of the forces which have brought great thinkers, writers, artists, and creators to live here since the time of Julius Caesar.
Warning: it's five floors up, with no elevator. The centuries-old spiral staircase is beautiful but daunting --- not for those with weak hearts. If you have a huge suitcase be warned, you'll have quite an experience getting it up to the garret and another getting it back down the the ground.
The shared shower/wc is very small... this is the 17th century, after all, but it's bright and clean and neat, there's plenty of hot water, and I supply plenty of towels.
If you want a truly unforgettable stay in Paris, I invite you to be my guest here next to Notre Dame. Any other location in Paris is downhill from this one. I'm privileged to live here and I invite you to share this privileged space for the best Paris vacation imaginable.
Guests have access to a kitchenette with toaster, two-burner hot plate, water cooker, coffee maker, and counter-top oven and grill. WC/shower is shared with owner and sometimes one other guest.
Interaction with Guests
Shayne is usually on the premises and available with advice on transport, entertainment, museums, restaurants, and shopping. An established Paris photographer, he can give photographers tips on where to go hunting for the best images.
He also prints airline and train tickets from the Web for his guests at no extra charge.
Shayne also does a lot of cooking at home, healthy steamed meals, and at times invites his guests to dine with him.
Four of the most beautiful churches on earth within a block of the door.
Medieval architecture throughout the immediate neighborhood.
Beauty in every direction when you step out the door.
The Seine is just 60 steps away..
The most famous jazz club in Europe is across the street.
Best location in Paris. Dead center. Anywhere you are going you are already half way there.
Buses and metro lines to every airport and train station, to every monument, and every garden. You can walk to most attractions from here... the Louvre, the Marais, Les Halles, the Pompidou, the Picasso, the Sorbonne, the Orsay, are all less than 15 or 20 minutes on foot.
Other Things to Note
The happiest and most exciting street in the city, a constant celebration of life, astonishing choice of food and drink, people from all over the planet, terrific ice cream, 30 kinds of crepes (pancakes) within a block.
Photographer's paradise. Monuments and buildings from ten different centuries, superb river views.
Please use your key to close the door when going out, to avoid having to slam it.
Please carefully clean washbasin after using it.
(A sponge and spray are there for this.)
Please leave no dishes in the kitchenette sink.
Visitors to your room are welcome until midnight only.
Smoking is fine, in moderation, and with window open.
Please keep your door closed to increase privacy in the Garret.
Do not use the washing machine.
Please switch off your room heater when going out.
Please switch off lights when going out.
Taken just steps from my door. Living just across from Notre Dame, getting views of the Great Lady and good photos is assured. And you awaken every day to the bells of Notre Dame... (if you sleep till noon.)
Shayne was warm and welcoming. I don't think you can beat the location. The flat is up a steep set of stairs, not for the mobile impaired. Private area with kitchen necessities and a bathroom. I highly recommend you stay here. The directions to the flat are excellent. Push the door (pulling won't work).
Très bon accueil de Shayne, il a une connaissance de Paris qui permet d'avoir de bons échanges
Bon souvenir, un petit rafraichissement de la douche serait bien mais c'est un détail. c'était un excellent séjour chez Shayne
Best location since it is near Notre Damme Cathedral, Saint Chapelle and 15 minute walking distance to Louvre. Shayne kindly brought me to the numerous galleries in the Latin quarter. Although it would be hard to cook in Shayne's garret, it is in the middle of a street filled with interesting eating places. Since it is an old building, you have to walk up the stairway to the third floor. That's compensated by the accessibility of the RER and Metro(elevator to underground) which is just a few steps away.
Shayne’s house is close to the train station and all the attractions in Paris. The location is very good but there is no elevator of the house. Guest should aware this before booking.
Shayne takes being a host very serious: he is a warm and welcoming personality, he was easy to reach per e-mail and telephone, he tells you which spots are nice to go to and where the better restaurants for decent prices are (VERY important in the otherwise expensive Paris...). I regret not to have spent more time with our host to listen to his life experiences, which I suspect are ample!
Shayne's appartment is very old, quite small, and facilities like the bathroom are shared: exactly as in the description. Like in any building from the 1600's, this might be uncomfortable if you're a bit taller, but that's also the charm. Shayne wants you to feel like its your own appartment and gives you all the privacy and space you would want.
Location: absolutely brilliant; I don't think there's a residential building that you can rent closer to the absolute centre of France/Paris (especially for the very reasonable price Shayne asks!).
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About the Host, Shayne
American ex-pat Renaissance type: writer/photographer/designer/inventor. Has lived longer in France than in the US, and has worked in 18 countries. Studied at the Sorbonne and has been in France on and off since the 1950s. Congenial, social, friendly, easy-going, Shayne is the ideal host for a visit to Paris because he knows every corner and angle of the city, where all the finest art work is hidden, and where the cheap but wonderful Paris restaurants (they still exist) are found.
Shayne became a close friend of Henry Miller in Big Sur. He later worked for the UN in Rome for 15 years as a database architect and builder. He has nine books for sale on Amazon at present (search Amazon for 'Bruce Shayne Nelson') and is adding each of his seven plays to that selection. He is also a video producer with 220 videos already posted on youtube, mostly classical music videos, on the ShayneNelson channel.
He also designs software utilities for use under Windows. His most recent application is Corgi, which camouflages any emails or documents you wish to send over the Web.