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Canal Saint Martin: Great neighboorhood with the animated but yet quiet Canal Saint Martin where you can share wine, bread and cheese with total strangers in a nice atmosphere.
I live in a very nice neighborhood, in the center of Paris, by the Canal Saint Martin river. You might have seen it in some movies like Amélie Poulain or Hotel du Nord. It's now a very popular place in Paris, with lots of bars, restaurants and clubs.
5 different metros and tons of buses are 5 minutes away walking and can lead you almost anywhere in paris in 10 to 30 minutes like the Louvre or the Sacré Coeur (20 minutes), the Champs elysées with the Arc de triomphe, (25 minutes), the Eiffel tower (30 mn)... It's actually the station with more lignes in all Paris (called Republique). You'll also be within walking distance to a lot of places (Notre Dame, Beaubourg - with Pompidou center, Chatelet, Bastille, Le Marais, Grands Boulevards, Menilmontant...)
It's not a place where you'll meet tourists, it's more the kind of neighboorhood where people from Paris like to hang out and meet each other for an "apéro", sharing wine and cheese with friends or strangers by the river. There's a nice athmosphere here, with lots of animation and easy access people, so I'd say it's the perfect place to experience the real Parisian style of life for a few days or weeks :)
My flat is a pretty basic but convenient studio for two, who can accomodate 2 other people on the convertible couch in case you're a group of 4 travelling on a low budget. You'll find a partly seperated bed room, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom with tub, and even a small balcony (where smokers can enjoy their cigarettes). Beware that the bathroom is a little old and the paint is peeling on one wall there, because it can't hold anymore due to an old leak in the building last year. But everything works without problem.
The flat is on the 6th floor with elevator. Food supplies and anything you can need is right down the building. And one more important point, because it's rare in Paris : you can't hear the neighbors at all !
You'll have a Wifi connection if you bring your laptop but you can also use my computer. Musicians can also use one of my acoustic guitars or my banjo if you're gentle with it :) You''ll find a pretty big collection of movies, TV series (everything in English, sometimes with French subtitles) and music on it in case you need to relax at home for a few hours. I also have a small TV with around 20 channels (all in French though).
In the kitchen, you have a microwave, an oven and 2 hotplates. In the bathroom, it's a bathtub. Clean sheets and towels are included.
The only additional fee is a cleaning fee - 30 euros - to be paid if you don't want to bother cleaning when you leave. Otherwise, you can clean the apartment when you leave and you won't need to pay the fee.
Thank you in advance for :
- Not smoking in the apartment. You can do it on the balcony.
- Not wearing shoes in the apartment.
- Not inviting other people over (or be quiet about it :) But no parties :p).
- Not speaking loud in the hall of the building.
- Closing the door from the living room to so the neighbors can’t hear you.
Other than that, I can't think of anything else that is not commun sense :) You won't hear the neighboors and the neighboors won't hear you so you won't have to worry about this.
Soonest check-in at 2pm / Latest check out at noon. Please tell me ASAP at what time you're arriving and leaving so I can try to check with the previous or next guests if it's possible for you to check in earlier or check out later:
You can choose to clean the flat yoursevles, unless you’re willing to pay a 30 euros cleaning (website hidden) both cases though, you'll need at least to launch a machine with the sheets and towels you used. The machine only needs to be switched on with the button on the right and then launched with the button next to it once you’ve put the detergent in the left drawer, in the largest container.
If you check out before I can come to meet you, just leave the key under the mat when you leave.
a little tight for four people but we made it work! Though we weren't able to meat Olivier because he was traveling, he was still super helpful and had a friend meet us to give us the key. The metro was also really close so we could go pretty much anywhere!
Olivier was a great host. He ensured that we arrived and even grabbed a drink with us. Very helpful and semis to know Paris very well. The location is perfect due to all the items around, and a train station that has all the connections you need!
It's good location to visit the sites. close to metro. Olivier is very kind. Thanks for borrow your house.
Olivier - and his flat - were wonderful. Everything was just as advertised. The locaton was so convenient - very close to the Republique Metro station. Olivier provided clean sheets and towels, as well as cleaning supplies. I only wish wwe coould have stayed longer!
Oliver’s place is in a great location, about a 5 min walk from the Republique metro station and easily accessible from CDG. The communication before and during with Oliver was fantastic. He is very responsive, helpful and informative. The wifi works well and the three of us never had a problem with it.
It is a very small space with a bed that is an over sized twin, and not quite a double. There is also a pullout coach which has seen better days. We never used the ‘hot plate’ or microwave since we weren’t in town for long. The fridge is nice and clean.
The toilet is in a separate room than the sink and shower, which is a little odd, but at the same time allows for everyone to get ready at the same time. The cleanliness is not what you are used to in a hotel, it’s more of a bather beware. We managed but couldn’t do it for longer than the 2 days.
Overall, it was a good visit- thank you Oliver!
Great basic apartment. Brilliant location with loads of cafes and shops and right by the canal. The metro is a short walk and connects to most parts of the city - really handy!
it's good location to visit the sites. The department is not very big but comfortable. I really enjoy my visit.
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