About This Listing
Awaken to the bells of Notre Dame! The Garret is at the very center of Paris, on a world-famous ancient street, the heart of Latin Quarter artistic life. It's THE location to be, everything's an easy stoll. ... Warm, cozy, and unforgettable.
Awaken to the sound of the bells of Notre Dame. Shayne's Garret for 1 is the only B&B on earth where you can awaken to the sounds of the bells of Notre Dame.
In many senses this is the most wonderful single room available in Paris. If you stay here, you'll have more wonderful memories of Paris than if you stayed anywhere else, even at the Ritz. Make no mistake, this room is on the Park Avenue of Paris, the most desirable and envied address in the city. I am privileged to live here, and this room is your chance to share my good luck. This is the only Break and Breakfast in this historic and beautiful, priceless neighborhood.
Living this close to Notre Dame, right on the Seine, changes everything for the better. No other location can match it. It brings excitement, mystery, and great beauty into your daily Paris experience.
................................... 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. You'll sleep better at Shayne's than anywhere else you have ever stayed.
Since prehistoric days man has recognized this spot on the Seine as sacred land. Druid temples from 15,000 years ago have been discovered under the foundations of Notre Dame.
The ancients were very good at discovering such spots. That's why Rome built its most beautiful foreign town right on this loop of the Seine. That's why they built Notre Dame and three other beautiful churches within a block of the Garret. The Garret is at the center of a circle of four of the most beautiful churches on earth.
There's no better address in the city. This is very center of Paris, the very heart of France.
..................... HELPFUL POLYGLOT ARTIST HOST
Your host is a congenial, easy-going multilingual American senior expat who has lived in Paris for decades and whose advice will save you money and time.
. ................. BEAUTY IN EVERY DIRECTION .....................
When you step out the door here, there is beauty in every direction. It's a photographer's dream location, and a visitor's as well. All the pictures were taken within a block or two of the front door.
.......... FIFTH FLOOR VIEW ........ Your window is huge, and opens onto the most famous little street in Europe. To the left you have just a distant glimpse of the Seine... yes, a water view. Across and to the right, the astonishing architecture of five centuries, unique, lovely, like no other view on earth.
The street, rue de la Huchette, is wonderful. It's almost two thousand years old, narrow, and beautiful. It's an on-going celebration of life, more or less mobbed from noon until five in the morning, and there are dozens of restaurants, bars, night clubs, a theater, a disco, three jazz bars, and dozens of kebab and sandwich shops within a block of the door.
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. You're five stories up so you can't hear exactly what people are saying, but you can hear at any hour how happy the crowd is in the street below... a kind of happy babble floating up from below.
......... WARM IN WINTER ........................
Two-feet-thick stone walls make this place easy to heat in minutes. Your radiator has a thermostat and you can crank it up as warm as you want... even tropical, if such is your pleasure. In Shayne's Garret, the only rule is, 'Do whatever you like.'
......... COOL IN SUMMER.......................
In July and August, this room is one of the coolest in Paris, even though the sun hits it most of the day. The builders of the 17th century made the walls two-feet thick in solid stone!
....... TINY SHOWER but PLENTY OF HOT WATER ....... .The shared shower/wc is very small... this is a 17th century apartment, after all, people were smaller then, but it's bright, clean and neat. There's plenty of hot water, and I supply a bathrobe and gigantic towels.
.................. SMOKERS WELCOME.........................
Smokers are welcome. Ashtrays are furnished.
Non-smokers need not fear lingering tobacco odor in the Garret for 1. For some mysterious reason, this room always smells wonderful, as if there were an eternal bouquet of flowers hidden somewhere in it. I kid you not, it's a mystery to me. Perhaps it is the effect of being on holy ground.
.......................... THE EXACT CENTER ..............................
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 the Caesars.
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.
.......... SPIRAL STAIRCASE ..............
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 on the 5th floor and another getting it back down the the ground.
If you want a truly unforgettable stay in Paris, I invite you to be my guest here next to Notre Dame.
We share the single WC/Shower.
There's fast wifi, included in the price. There's an excellent restaurant at ground level and you can bring food upstairs from the restaurant to dine at home. There's a kitchenette for guests with a hot plate, desk-top oven, steamer, water cooker, and coffee maker, and toaster.
Interaction with Guests
Shayne helps all guests find the best food, monuments, museums, etc., and is always available to advise you on how to get anywhere in the best fashion and least time. He will also point you to the most inexpensive good restaurants in the Latin Quarter, which will bring down your expenditures.
There's beauty in every direction. Everything is old, centuries old, in this neighborhood. The Seine is 50 steps from the door. You hear the bells of Notre Dame as if they were next door... because they are.
Rue de la Huchette is probably the happiest street in the entire city.
Saint Michel is the best location in the city for transport. 2 metro lines, 2 RER lines, and buses to every corner of the city all stop a few steps from the door of Shayne's place. And since you're at the absolute center of the city, wherever you are going you are already half way there when staying at Shayne's, so you'll spend less time on transport and more time enjoying Paris. From here you can walk to the Orsay, the Louvre, the Sorbonne, the Pantheon, the Marais, Bastille, and most of the important monuments of Paris.
A secret shortcut to the RER just steps from the Garret's door means that staying here saves you at least 20 minutes getting from the airport to your lodgings and another 20 minutes going back..
Other Things to Note
This is a bohemian atmosphere. If you aren't the easy-going type of guest, you'll find a few flaws. The apartment is almost 400 years old... the floors slant, the walls lean in, etc. The walls are thick stone, (almost 2 feet thick on the southern wall) which make this one of the quietest places in the city. Also, warm in the winter and quite cool in the summer.
Please use your key to close the door when going out, to avoid having to slam it.
Please carefully clean sink after using it
Please wash all dishes used immediately
Visitors to your room are welcome until midnight only.
Smoking is fine.
Please keep your door closed unless you are feeling lonely and want company.
Please switch off room heater when going out.
Fine art is part of the experience in the Garret for 1. The still life is 'Weather Report' by Wayne Ensrud. Handprint mural by Eva Claire Nelson.
Shayne is an artistic polymath/wizard, and proactive in helping guests with travel advice. The listing's location was very central, allowing guests to cut down on transportation fees. (Isn't it so cool to tell your friends you're living in a 17th century garret just steps away from Notre Dame?)
Fair warning: the steps slant, so this wouldn't be your first choice if you have mobility issues. The entrance is a bit cramped, though the room's very spacious, but what are you doing in Paris if you aren't a romantic bohemian with a sense for adventure?
Shayne is a really really nice person. He is kind and helpful. His apartment is clean and just like the picture. In addition, location is easy to go around city and u can even walk to the Louvre museum along the seine, beautiful view. I spent a really nice time with Shayne. Thanks for all memories that you gave me. Hope u always happy and as you said 'Lucky'.:-)
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Shayne was cordial and helpful from the first to the last day of the trip. He made me feel more than welcome and was always available to provide advice. The garret itself is in a fantastic location and the interior is full of personality. Given the age of the building, there are certain features that might make some people uncomfortable. In particular, the stairs are rather asymmetrical, so this wouldn't be the place to stay if you have challenges with mobility. As a natural consequence of such an old building on such a bustling street, there also isn't the best noise insulation. I don't mind that sort of thing too much, but I was kept up a few nights by the neighbors. All in all, there's sort of a give and take - this is an affordable room in a great location with a unique 17th-century charm, which means it won't have all the accommodations of a fancy hotel. Personally, I'm very happy to have stayed here. It was a part of the adventure.
Shayne was the most welcoming of hosts. He shared all his knowledge and expertise with me, making some wonderful recommendations for food and sights. He even introduced me to his visiting family, which was fun and offered a different perspective on Paris. Coming and going was easy - the location of his apartment was beyond perfect. The bed was comfortable - I got the best night's sleep. I couldn't have asked for a better host or place to stay for my quick visit.
The place is very close to the RER and that metro, so it is easy to get around in Paris and to the airport. That was important for me. I hade to go thru Shaynes room to get to mine, that was the downside. But for the price and location it is a good deal and Shayne was very friendly and helpful.
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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.