About this listing
Care to live in the past for a few days? Instead of just visiting museums, why not stay in one? This garret for 1 or 2 is five hundred years old. Walls are 2 feet of stone. It is remarkably quiet for Paris and guests love the extra-long Ikea bed.
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 tho tiny 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.
It's a museum of sorts, but comfy. With thick stone walls and historic construction, this dwelling is amazingly quiet, one of the quietest in the Latin Quarter. Moreover it's on sacred or hallowed ground, and many guests report they have reached a level of peaceful sleep here seldom encountered elsewhere.
PERHAPS SLEEP LIKE NEVER BEFORE
You 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.
Kitchenette with toaster, hot plate, water cooker, counter-top oven and grill. WC/shower is shared with owner and sometimes one other guest. Part of the rear half of the apartment remains public for access to the kitchenette and shower.
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
You will be living on 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.
People love this street, swarm to it, and are always in a peaceful and positive mood, thanks to the telluric forces affecting the area, i.e. hallowed ground.
Greatest jazz club in Europe is right across the street, and surprisingly affordable.
Photographer's paradise. Beauty in every direction when you step out the door. 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 operate the washing machine. Ask Shayne to do that.
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.)
As Shayne mentions in the description, the location is truly great. Only steps away from Notre Dame and the Seine. However there is a reason all of the pictures are of the location and not the space. If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay, you may want to find another place. My wife and I stayed in July and found the apartment to be very warm-so much so that we couldn't sleep at night and just laid there sweating. The place was not very clean (including the shower that is a bit of a challenge to get into as well), and there was no true privacy to the room as there is no door and the only separation is a curtain and a collapsible section of an armoire (although Shayne did mention he has asked a contractor to install a real door). Overall we probably would only recommend staying here if you are a single traveler who doesn't plan to cook, doesn't get grossed out by a fairly dirty place, and wants prime location. Otherwise another place or a hostel would probably be a better bet.
The Garret has stone walls almost two feet thick so it's one of the coolest buildings in Paris during a heat wave. It also has a great fan. Unfortunately for Bob and his wife they decided to stay in Paris the hottest night of the year... the outdoor temp hit 37 centigrade (around 100 fahrenheit) during the day and stayed hot most of the night. People all over the city were uncomfortable that night, and almost all of them were probably warmer and more uncomfortable than Bob and his wife in the relatively cool oasis which is the Garret for 2. (Air conditioning in Paris is virtually non-existent in hotels which cost less than 300 euros a night, and not always available even in hotels above that price.) Too bad the heat kept them awake and kept them from enjoying the remarkably good sleep which most guests experience (and comment on) when staying in this room on Sacred Ground.
The reviewer gives a false impression concerning cleanliness since in fact the Garret for two is rather a clean place, scrubbed and scoured thoroughly by an assiduous cleaning man who visits quite frequently. However since it is around 500 years old, the Garret's bathroom is never going to look as spotlessly clean as the ones in the Holiday Inn and people who judge a place by how brightly the plumbing sparkles may be a little disappointed here. The Garret is more Bohemia than it is Mayo Clinic.
The listing was accurate and the location cannot be beat. There are a ton of restaurants and bars and nightlife all around, yet I had no problem sleeping. As advertised, it's just a short hop to Notre Dame, which in turn is a short hop to the Louvre, which in turn is a hell of a walk to the Eiffel Tower (I did it anyway). The garret is on the fourth floor with no elevator, but it was a really easy climb (especially considering air france did me the favor of losing my luggage).
During the time I was in Paris there was a crazy heat wave, with high temperatures above 100 degrees fahrenheit. I spent time in a few places, and Shayne was the only person who provided a fan (nobody has air conditioning, so you can forget that pipe dream). That fan provided just about the only comfort I felt during my stay in Paris. :-)
Keep in mind this is not a hotel... it's very bohemian. You are essentially staying in an off-room with the Dos Equis man, with all that entails. If you have no sense of adventure or humor, this may not be the place for you. But he's a really interesting man, with interesting stories, and artwork around the room. He also provided quite a bit of information ahead of my visit to help me plan my stay. And he provided some invaluable advice about jumping the RER B, which I turned out to need (machine wouldn't take my cards, only accepts coins, and the ticket office wasn't open).
If you are staying here as a couple, you should be aware you don't have perfect privacy. There is a curtain and two dividers you can use to close off your room, but it's not the same as a door. And just beyond is the shared kitchen, which leads to the shared bathroom, which of course he'll be using at some point. The extent to which this bothers you probably correlates to how puritanically you were raised. I very much doubt frisky business is going to bother him.
I was only here for a night, and I think it was a shame I didn't get a chance to grab a meal or a drink with Shayne. Maybe next time around.
For young people or backpackers traveling alone, this is a funny little "Paris bohemian" hideout smack dab in the center of the tourist part of town- nightlife etc. For couples with a more romantic wish or higher standards I would recommend to keep looking...
Central Location! Privacy and a touch of neighborly charm. I couldn't have asked for a better experience staying at Shayne's. My room was exactly as pictured.
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
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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.