About this listing
In August 1911, Vincenzo Perugia stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum. The robber hid the painting at his home in this building …!
You can live a piece of history in the Mona Lisa’s footsteps. On the third floor (no lift), this newly refurbished one bedroom apartment (35 sq. metres) with its wooden beams, has plenty of light and no noise.
The central location of the apartment, near Place de la République, provides excellent transport networks to all parts of Paris. It is situated a stone’s throw from the trendy Canal Saint Martin area. On foot or on the cycle paths, Bastille, the Marais and Parc de la Villette are quickly accessible. Buttes Chaumont Park is 20 minutes walk away.
Excellent cafés, bar, restaurants, supermarket, and bakeries in the immediate area.
The fully equipped apartment includes:
Double bed, WIFI, Flat-screen TV,Fully equipped kitchen, Spacious shower cabin, Washing machine,Hairdryer, iron and ironing board, Sheets and towels provided
2 nights minimum – Children’s cot on request (€10 extra).
The Italian thief, Vincenzo Perugia, was working as a glazer in the Louvre. He kept the painting under his bed in Paris for two years. When he returned to Italy in 1913, he offered the Mona Lisa for sale to a Florence antique dealer called Geri, who informed the authorities. During the subsequent trial, Perugia maintained that his motive was patriotism. He wanted to take the painting back to its spiritual home, although it was Léonard de Vinci himself who sent it to François Ist. The thief was sentenced to one year in prison.
Car : Boulevard Périphérique /exit at Porte de la Chapelle, 4.3 km away (10 minutes). Public car park very near.
Train : Gare de l’Est Station is 15 minutes walk away, Gare du Nord Station 30 minutes.
Métro stations: Jacques Bonsergent is 5 minutes walk away. Colonel Fabien 10 minutes, République 15 minutes.
Taxi : Gare de Lyon 10 minutes
Airport : Roissy CDG 25 minutes by taxi, Orly 30 minutes
My host, Veronique, was very welcoming. She gave me excellent instructions of how to find the apartment and was there to greet me on arrival.
The apartment was absolutely stunning. Immaculate in every way with many thoughtful additions eg water in the fridge, tea, coffee, spreads for bread etc. also there was a great supply of maps and books about Paris.
The apt is situated near Canal St Martin. It is a lovely area. Nearby there are restaurants and shops. I went for a lovely walk along the canal right up to Parc de la Villette from where I took a barge that I had rebooked back down the canal. It was lovely.
Thank you Veronique for allowing us to stay in your lovely apartment. Everything that we retired and more was provided. The space is lovely, well designed and pleasingly decorated.
We really enjoyed our stay in the 10th and particularly liked the canal St Martin area.
Liberte patisserie is a must and the whole area is wonderful to explore.
A great stay!
We had a wonderful few days staying in this apartment, which was spotless and very chic. Our host Veronique has thought of everything her guests might need. She is a friendly, kind host who makes you feel welcome and she is happy to answer any questions you may have about the area. We would thoroughly recommend a visit to this charming apartment and quieter area of Paris. It was like a little haven after visiting the centre of Paris.
Véronique was so welcoming that we felt like we were staying with family. The apartment was so well kept that it felt like we were the very first people to stay there. We loved all the small details (like having travel guides, frames on the wall with articles explaining the history of the building) they all made it feel like home : ) We would definitely stay here again.
We absolutely loved our stay in this lovely apartment. Veronique was available to meet us and orient us to the property. My husband speaks French, so we had no issues with translation as our host speaks no English. The apartment was sparkling clean and had all the little extras to allow us to feel like we had a home to relax in when we weren't exploring the city.
Location is ideal. (initially I was confused when we arrived at the photo in the listing is of a building across the canal, but that photo became a great landmark for us when were were orienting ourselves to the neighbourhood). Being just a half block from the canal, there were an unlimited number of restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance. And there is a shop just around the corner for picking up any breakfast foods you might want to have on hand.
We occasionally found the climb up the 60 stairs to our unit a bit daunting after walking all day, but it's manageable.
The sleeping area was so comfortable. Quiet. And even though it was very hot during our stay, the numerous fans throughout the apartment kept us very comfortable.
If you want to have THE best pastry in the area - check out Des Pains et Des Idees, just across the canal and a couple blocks away. I was heartbroken to find out they weren't open on the weekend after having the BEST apricot pastry I have ever tasted on Friday morning. The Sunday morning market at the end of the Canal made up for that disappointment.
Another highlight of our visit was attending a concert at Sainte Chappelle. Not for everyone, but if you love classical music - a must.
I also used the bike rental system and headed up to the bike path along the canal - such a gorgeous ride and so convenient with the bike rental station just outside the door!
Veronique was also very gracious in providing us the opportunity to store our suitcases beyond our check out time.
Oh, and great wifi, but keep the wifi router charged up as it takes a LONG time to recharge.
Veronique was very welcoming and the apartment was gorgeous and had everything we need. It was further from the city than we would have liked and the neighbourhood was not quite what we were expecting.
We enjoyed this brief visit to Paris, based in Veronique's delightful apartment close to the Canal Saint Martin. The apartment is compact, clean, and well appointed with everything we needed for our stay. Veronique and Bruno were charming and helpful. The location of the apartment gave ready access to the many local restaurants and cafes of the canal area, but some separation from the more "touristy" locations of Paris, which are nevertheless easily accessible by Metro.
About the Host, Véronique
Je suis accueillante et disponible pour mes amis et mes hôtes. J'aime voyager ( Angleterre, Espagne, Maroc, Cuba, Egypte, Grèce, Sri Lanka, Thailande, Vietnam, Sénégal, Afrique du Sud, Dubaï, USA...).
J'aime rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, partager de belles experiences humaines, dormir chez l'habitant.
J'aime cuisiner pour mes amis et hôtes. Venez découvrir mon superbe appartement et suivre les traces d'une certaine Joconde.