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.
I was traveling alone with my two small children (4 and 6), and I couldn't have asked for a warmer, more comfortable, more convenient, safer, or more delightful place. My boys went nuts for the Jardins du Luxembourg, which is truly only about a five-minute walk away--we were on the playground for hours at a time, and loved the merry-go-round and puppet show. The boulangerie on the corner was delicious, the organic market perfect, the Italian takeout place so delicious and the people there gave the boys free breadsticks, and there was one of the best toy stores we've ever been to a block away. Robert was genial, prompt, and very kind, and it was a comfort that he was in the building. The unlimited satellite phone calls to the US were splendid, we truly appreciated the jam and spices left in the kitchen and made most of our meals, as we're vegetarian, which is often tough in France, and the beds were beyond comfortable. The boys were delighted by the kitchen in the crypt, and even my fraidy-cat 4-year-old wasn't frightened. We truly could not have done better. This was a superbly positive experience.
The apartment is located on a superb corner in the fifth - very close to gardens and parks conducive for those travelling with children. Several restaurants, cafes, bakeries and markets are located nearby. The apartment itself was wonderful - clean, airy, bright and cool on very hot days. It is incredibly charming with a wonderful kitchen downstairs with so much history!! Robert himself met us as indicated, showed us around, had plenty of information for us about the area and things to do in Paris. He was a wonderful host and his apartment was a wonderful stay all around.
Robert was there to greet us and was very friendly and know,edgeable - giving us tips as well as plenty of maps and guides.
Robert and Peter welcomed us when we arrived at the apartment. The apartment was easy to find thanks to the detailed instructions provided. They explained how to operate everything and showed us all areas of the apartment. It is a very quiet neighbourhood and we felt safe there.
We are so glad to have had the opportunity to stay in this apartment. Robert is a very welcoming host and is a wealth of useful information. The Airbnb description is very accurate, and the neighbourhood is fantastic. All the amenities you need -- grocery store, bakery, deli, pharmacy, etc. -- are just outside your doorstep, and Jardin du Luxembourg is a short walk away -- perfect for an evening picnic. It is also a great location in terms of transportation. The Luxembourg RER B Metro station is nearby as are key bus stops and a taxi stand. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
This was our first AirBNB experience and trip to Paris and Robert and Peter made it less intimidating even before we arrived as we planned our trip. Both were very accessible via email before and via cell and in person while there. They oriented us to the apartment and with the binder of info made living there easy. The washer and dryer were especially nice to have. The apartment is as described, convenient, clean. We felt safe there and on the 15 minute walk to the historic area.
I'd like to start off by saying what a great host Robert is. Once we arrived, he showed us into the apartment, which is on the first floor. He also showed us all the in and outs of apartment- how to connect to Wifi, and how to use basic appliances, such as the washer and dryer. Robert also had this information typed up in a binder, ready for us to refer to as needed. He also had other things at our disposal, like guidebooks and maps. As they say, first impressions can be everything, and Robert's apartment did impressed from the start! For starters, the apartment is impeccably clean, and the main floor is large enough to accommodate a family of four. The bathroom was also of good size, and bright. Downstairs, in the basement, the kitchen and extra room provided enough space for us to feel at home. The building and basement contain quite the history as well! Our two girls (and us adults too) were absolutely fascinated. Near the apartment, you can find a metro station about/less than two blocks away, along with a grocer, baker, and several restaurants to fit a wide range of budgets. The location was a definite plus! All in all, if you want a clean, nicely decorated, historical, and conveniently located Airbnb home for your next stay in Paris, Robert's apartment is the way to go.
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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.