Shayne's 17th Century Garret for 2

Apartment - Private room · Rue de la Huchette, Paris, Île-de-France 75005, France

Awaken to the bells of Notre Dame. Excellent quiet space w/ kitchette for a single or a couple. This 17th century dwelling is at the finest location in Paris, on the incomparable rue de la Huchette, center of Left Bank night life for 1700 years.

The Space

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.


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.

Guest Access

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 always on the premises and available with advice on transport, entertainment, museums, restaurants, and shopping. An ardent photographer himself, he can give photographers tips on where to go hunting for the best images and even do 13 by 19 prints of their best shots.
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. Guest who stay for a week or more are entitled to a brunch of Swedish pancakes with berry sauce, one of Shayne's favorite dishes.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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 this point near Notre Dame... the Louvre, the Marais, Les Halles, the Sorbonne, the Orsay, are all less than 15 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, river views to die for.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $17 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $598 /week
Monthly Price: $1992 /month
Cleaning Fee: $14
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Shayne is a very, very nice and communicative host, helpful and
    also a very good entertainer. The location is excellent, you are in the center of the historic city and you feel to be right in an old french movie or in a melodramatic opera. The bed is good the place makes
    you sleep well. The only thing is, for two persons the room might be too small.. for one its easier or the have to be very close friends..
    Thank you Shayne.

    November 2013
  • Pro: Fantastic location, about 3 blocks from Notre Dame & on an interesting street & neighborhood with lots of dining options; helpful & accommodating host with lots of useful advice & guidance; comfortable beds; good price considering the area; very close to the great Paris public transportation system; host helped me do a load of laundry at his place; I also enjoyed a very nice mutual birthday (!) dinner with Bruce (aka Shayne) and another one of his AirBnB guests at the very nice Greek Tavern immediately next door to his place.

    Con: if you're a big guy like me, you'll find it pretty cramped (especially the shower; but as Bruce explained, people weren't as big in the 17th century when this place was built); those stairs to get up to his place take some care & getting used to; could have been a bit tidier in the bathroom & "kitchen" area (although my request was extreme last minute and so maybe he didn't have time to prepare).

    October 2013
  • Location was the best thing about Shayne's place. If you want to save some money and be at the best possible location for a stay in Paris --this is the place. I will say it was a small bedroom and the restroom is small too but Shayne's hospitality and wifi accommodations made up for it. Also, we really did appreciate Shayne's suggestions for places to see.

    August 2013
  • Shayne has been very correct. Check-in and check-out were very smooth. He was helpful and available. Initially I had some problems with the wifi and he provided a cable that worked perfectly. The room is quiet and the bed is comfortable. I stayed there with my mother and was naturally sensitized concerning cleanliness. Here I would recommend to Shayne to pay more attention. I don't think it is a big deal and I do recommend Shayne's place. But I think it is in everybody's interest to keep up the standards and therefore I post this criticism. Also, I live in France and my expectations are not exaggerated.

    June 2013
    Response from Shayne:

    This is the strangest review I've ever received because Pieter writes "I DO RECOMMEND SHAYNE'S PLACE' and yet is critical in the same review. It's both a pat on the back and a punch in the nose for the host.

    I think that Pieter did not fully appreciate how clean his room actually was compared to other rooms available in this unique historic neighborhood. . I clean the garret using a powerful Karchner steam cleaning machine --- a wonderful invention --- and make it a point, after dusting and vacuuming, to steam clean the entire Garret floor using steam at 95 degrees which kills all microbes and leaves the floors immaculate. I also clean the large double-glazed modern windows with this machine so they sparkle when you arrive..
    The environment in which you sleep in the garret is far cleaner and more hygenic than the carpeting in the Latin Quarter Holiday Inn where the cheapest room goes for 390 euros.

  • If you are looking for a true Bohemian experience in the Latin Quarter then a stay with Shayne in his small apartment is the ticket. The great part is that Shayne is a wealth of information about Paris, its history and how to get around. And the location couldn't be better, just across from a great Jazz Bar and near Notre Dame. It is a small apartment and could be less cluttered.

    May 2013
  • Great central location. Shayne made me feel very welcome and at home. Comfortable bed and possibility of making endless cups of tea, if I so wished!. Shayne is a great source of local knowledge, and if I had been there longer would have gone on one of his tours and taken up the offer of French lessons, both I am sure would have been worthwhile. I did follow up some of his suggestions and glad to have done so, as found some off the beaten track treasures.

    March 2013
  • Shayne's garret worked out perfectly for us...We could not even imagine how perfectly located Rue de la Huchette is. We had such a wonderful time....Shayne was a kind and welcoming host, and gives a great local guide for Paris bargains and activities. I would definitely recommending choosing this option if you are traveling with someone you know very well, as quarters are quite close...this was not a problem for us though! Overall a good experience.

    March 2013
  • I really enjoyed staying at this wonderful 17th Century apartment!
    Shayne was such a romantic gentleman! He always asked us whether we were hungry or not. He served us very delicious roasted lamb and pork and... fruits! He also recommended us a very historic restaurant which offered affordable and delicious french dishes.

    While staying at Shayne's apartement, I felt like I am really a Parisian.
    I absolutely recommend staying in this historic antique building.

    I hope to meet Shayne again!

    February 2013
  • Paris is a very nice place, lot of interesting things to visit and to do. Shayne is very helpful he indicated good places to visit. The place is really very close to Notre Dame and there are many options to eat around. I really recommend that!

    January 2013
  • We came just for one night and we liked it. This is great location, the heart of Paris and by the airport train stop. Great for short time stay. The photos of the staircase and the room reflect the reality. I enjoyed the inside parts of old parisien house experience and the view behind the facade. The room was small but comfortable for one night we stayed. Shayne was helpful. Shayne, thank you for your tips where to go for breakfast and events.

    November 2012
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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 Henry Miller in Big Sur. He later worked for the UN in Rome for 15 years as a software designer. He has nine books for sale on Amazon at present and is adding seven plays to that list. He is also a video producer with 220 videos already posted on youtube, mostly music videos. 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.
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