About This Listing
Air Conditioning for those hot summer nights!
We're watching the euro get weaker by the moment and for those traveling based on U.S., Australian or Canadian dollars, this is a godsend. The euro is at an 11-year low against the dollar and is marked as one of the most dramatic periods in the history of currency trading. We’re seeing a real comeback by tourists whose greenbacks will get them a whole lot further on European soil.
We are located in the sought after Latin Quarter/St. Germain arrondissement, one of Paris's most prime locations near shopping, restaurants, museums and monuments.
Winter has arrived in Paris the city of lights and is in full swing. The days are crisp and bright with cool evenings, perfect for strolling the banks of the Seine amongst all the activities. With business back to usual and University students preparing for finals there is electricity in the air and plenty of taste and style in the streets. Decorations adorn the shops and seasonal products fill the boutiques with articles for sale as the season is alive. The air carries a mixture of bright colors and comforting odors from the boulangeries with their fresh baked croissants & breads to warm and entice the senses while the smell of winter leaves in the Luxembourg Gardens in press you onward toward home where the retreat of a warm apartment can be a welcome comfort for memories to last a life time.
Decorated in contemporary period complimented with modern amenities and equipped with all the appliances you will need. You'll be received in a manner to make you feel as if you are a part of the city. This apartment measures 775ft2 / 72m2. 42 sq meters downstairs with a kitchen and bonus room, 30 sq meters upstairs composed of one great room.
High Speed Internet access and wireless ready. Free international phone calls to the US and US cell phones, Canada and 90 other countries including the EU. Cable television with nine English language channels including CNN, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg and more. All linens, white bath towels and hand towels provided. Washing machine/dryer, oven with ceramic halogen burners, full fridge, CD/stereo, shower, hair dryer, iron & board and phone with answering machine included.
Travel deals should be abundant throughout the year, and likely into 2016. A competitive travel market is a boon for travelers, so take advantage of the weak euro while you can! As Paris is the most visited city in the world the 3% downturn in travel might just make your visit a little less crowded and a little more personal.
I have received a comment about a condition called "salpetre" or Potasium Nitrate deposit on the limestone walls of the cellar. This white salt crystallization from the stonework is kept vacuumed off the walls but can be noticed. A non-toxic and harmless substance that is used in medicine to actually Treat Asthma and has no allergic affect so should not mistakenly be confused with a fungi or mold. Remember, this stonework dates back to 400 & 700 AD Roman periods, and then 1580 when the Ursulines Convent was built on the same foundation.
With 15 years experience in accommodating travelers to the best vacations of their lives, I look forward to making your upcoming trip comfortable and memorable.
There is an interphone/camera at the front door of the townhouse. When you arrive, ring the buzzer and I will come down to greet you and bring your luggage upstairs
Interaction with Guests
I live on-site to take care of the four apartments I rent to travelers and am able to assist you with your day-to-day activities or provide suggestions for any wishes you may have in visiting Paris.
Directly downstairs in the building is an organic grocer where you can find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and eggs, bread and scones to a large selection of teas, juices, elixirs and home remedies.
Across the street is a Mediterranean restaurant (see my online guestbook) called Le Risale. With home made soups and salads, fresh pasta or vegetarian dishes to full hardy meals. Diagonally across the street is a late night grocer for that sweet tooth snack after midnight. Our block is lined with a wholesome baker, homeopath pharmacy, French Deli and Italian Deli. Walk a block further and you will find a fish market on Tues. & Fri, butcher, cheese store, wine store and chocolate shop. Not to mention the variety of French specialty shops with the old fashioned painted glass storefronts that have become historic treasures to be preserved.
On block away in front of the Luxembourg station is the Hotel Luco which serves a full breakfast, as well as Sunday brunch and meals all day long.
Conveniently located just one and one half blocks from the Luxembourg RER B Metro station, which serves as a direct link to/from both Charles de Gaulle and Orly Sud airports as well as Gare du Nord train station where the EuroStar arrives from London.
The bus lines 21 & 27 are just two blocks away with bus routes that cross St. Germain to Place St. Michel then connect to the islands and the Louvre on the other side before continuing up to the Opera Garnier and St. Lazar train station for departures to Normandy.
Other Things to Note
Directions to the townhouse form Gare du Nord.
You will want to follow signs to the RER B Train The RER B line runs directly from Gard du Nord to within two blocks from the townhouse. A metro ticket costs 1.70 euros per person and you can buy a ticket at a ticket window in the station. Board the RER B heading in the direction to ANTHONY/ROBINSON at the head of the train where the conductor is. This will put you at the closest exit to our street. The ride is three stops to LUXEMBOURG station so stay near the doors.
Once you get off at Luxembourg station, follow the signs to the exit "Rue de l'abbee de l'epee". There are escalators to take you upstairs to the ground level. When you are on the street level you will be facing the direction toward the street, rue de l'abbee de l'epee where you will turn left. Go one block along the side of the Church St. Jacques and make the first right onto rue St. Jacques. We are on the following left hand street, 14 rue des Ursulines. The townhouse is the corner building and is light yellow in color. There is a white doorbell that you can ring and I will come down to open the door and help with your (website hidden). Be aware of pickpockets on any form of transportation and survey your luggage, purse and belongings.
Guest book onsite for full function of the apartment.
There is a complete smoking ban in all apartments and common areas. No Smoking allowed in the apartment or common areas, not even with the windows open!
Smoking guests are asked to step outside the building and smoke on the sidewalk or stroll the neighborhood if they care to smoke.
Breaking smoking rules will result in a forfeit of the security deposit to perform a disinfection procedure (not just Febreez) to remove nicotine and 3-ethynylpyridine (3EP) carcinogens from the surfaces and fabrics of the entire apartment. We try to provide a clean environment to protect non-smoking guests from exposure to tobacco smoke and tobacco-specific carcinogens.
Robert is an excellent and charming host with wealth of information and readily available. His apartment is wonderful, well equipped, and very conveniently located. We highly recommend it and we'll be back for sure!
We spent five nights in Robert’s enchanting apartment. We were extremely interested in the history of the building, given that it was built on an Ursuline convent and before that a Roman villa. (The Ursulines are significant to New Orleans, so we were especially drawn to the building for that reason). The location of the apartment is superb. It is right off of Rue St. Jacques, the oldest street in Paris. It is within walking distance to many charming restaurants in the Latin Quarter, is accessible to the metro, and is near other significant sites such as the Pantheon and Luxembourg Gardens. Despite its proximity to so many noteworthy sites, the block is extremely quiet, with no street noise. The apartment is cozy and clean, the beds extremely comfortable, and the basement kitchen convenient. Robert is an accommodating and generous host; offering advice on a number of different matters. We would definitely recommend the location, apartment, and owner to our friends and would stay here again should we be so fortunate to return to Paris!
What a beautiful stay in the heart of the Latin Quarter!! All amenities are as described and the bedding is most comfortable. The below ground kitchen and loving room are exquisite and historical. The townhome is perfectly located on a quiet street in a very safe part of town. Robert is the most gracious host - his recommendations were perfect and directions were always correct.
The pictures do not do justice to this amazing apartment. It was in a great location just near the Luxembourg gardens and was very easy to reach via the metro. I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a place to stay in Paris. There are restaurants and coffee shops close by too. Robert was also a fantastic host and very helpful. He provided the best directions to the apartment and things to do in Paris of any AirBnB host I have ever used. He ensured that we had a comfortable stay. A+
This was our first trip to Paris and we enjoyed our time in this very historic apartment. Robert was great to deal with both before our visit and while we were there. Peter greeted us when we arrived and showed us the place. Robert came down later and provided us with many helpful ideas on things to do and ways to get around. We had everything we needed there and there was more space than expected with the 'bonus room' behind the kitchen. It was a very neat place to stay and Robert has done a great job making it comfortable for his guests. It was a very convenient location, just 2 blocks from the train station. We walked everywhere and there were so many places to eat! Be sure to take a walk through Luxembourg Gardens. We would definitely recommend this apartment for visitors to Paris!
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About the Host, Robert
Health conscious, Yoga teacher, gym program, outdoor activities.
Spontaneous & Adventurous. Travel to mystic places to relax & grow keeps me balanced and dynamic. Would rather have a role model with people who have parallel interests and are driven & matured into who they are meant to be.
Sports; Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Swimmer, Rock climbing, Water-ski, Gym, & Lambretta Scooters. Obtained my Advanced PADI Scuba certificate to get one step closer to the next paradise vacation.
I would enjoy sunsets even if I were blind.... You can feel a sunset.
Member of Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) US Embassy; Paris, France. Facilitating communication between U.S. Businesses and the U.S. Embassy in France.
Volunteer Fireman with Protection Civile de Paris 5th: activities related to Emergency Device Forecast (DPS) in humanitarian and social aid and training in first aid (PSC1).
PADI System; Advanced Scuba Diver Certification. The world leader in the educational development of scuba diving professionals and enthusiasts.
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