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.
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!
Robert is the nicest host ever!! Could not do enough for us. We felt at home, welcomed by a long lost friend. The apt is great and could accommodate 5 people comfy. I picked it because of its location, close to pantheon and close to RER station. The downstairs of the apt is like a beautiful cellar, really cool spot. Thanks again Robert. See you soon.
We had a lovely time in this apartment. I was really happy with the area we picked as it seemed the best located for direct train to/from the train and airport. We loved the park and all the grocery and reasonably priced restaurants. The apartment has a really cool history and the beds were really comfy. I really recommend the area for kids.
Our host, Robert, was excellent - very helpful with all matters, in or outside of the apartment. Moreover, Quartier Latin, where the apartment is located, is the place to stay. Would definitively return.
I loved this apartment and this host! This is a great apartment for any traveler, but I would especially recommend it to first-time Airbnb-ers, Americans who don't often travel to Europe, and families with kids of all ages.
Robert made me feel very confident that he was expecting us with quick responses via email and text and detailed directions about how to find the apartment. He speaks colloquial English with an American accent. He has a folder in the apartment that answers just about any question you have about the area, transportation, or the apartment. Very thorough person and I really felt comfortable that we had a friend and translator living above us!
The apartment is very clean and updated since the photos. There is now a couch in the living room and a couch with TV (English-speaking news channels) and DVD player in the basement (pictured with the stone walls and kitchen). The large bed is a Murphy. There is a washer and dryer in the basement (a bit confusing to operate, takes hours to run a small load, and leaves clothes wrinkly, BUT it is so much better than nothing!) and Robert provided laundry soap. Robert also has a closet full of infant supplies like a tub, gate, stroller. If you have little kids, let him know before you bring or buy anything like that. The kitchen had an oven and drip coffeemaker. There were plenty of bath and hand towels available to us! There were so many things supplied (like iron and ironing board), it is hard to remember! We did need to buy body soap and shampoo. The electric plug is in the bathroom mirror for the supplied blow dryer.
The apartment location was great--the suburban RER (underground like the subway) rail station was an easy walk. That station takes you directly to the airport. The next RER stop is a big one by Notre Dame and you can connect to the subway system from there if needed. There is a Turkish restaurant directly across the street which was amazing (about 3 cafes within a block), all the shopping you need, and an inexpensive one-screen cinema 2 doors down--we saw Shawn the Sheep there! Of course Luxembourg Gardens is right there and even the Eiffel Tower was within walking distance, if you enjoy a long stroll.
Everything was perfect.
- location: The appartment is right next to RER B Luxembourg, which is direct (no change) to/from Charles de Gaulle and also Orly.
- arrival and departure: no problems.
- the appartment itself: wonderful and so uniquely different! Had a great time downstairs, where the kitchen and another piece is located. Sheets and towels were truly comfortable. No problem with hot water.
- kids friendly: we were there with our 2 kids, 1y4mo and 4y old. They have a high chair, a stroller, a baby bathtub, a playpen, and a baby barrier for the top of the stairs!! It was truly a joy to find these things.
- hosts: as we did not have any problems during our stay, did not have to bother them. Contact before arrival was precise and in order to organize check out was also fine.
HIGHLY recommend this appartment!!
Thank you Robert and Peter.
We were greeted with enthusiasm and shown the apartment with good instructions regarding equipment, etc.. We were also informed about local amenities and transport. It was good to know that help was always on hand if needed.
The apartment was very clean and well maintained. The bed was extremely comfortable and spacious. The apartment was always warm and comfortable with ample space for clothes and belongings. There was plenty of hot water. The kitchen was well equipped. We were very pleased with every aspect of the accommodation and its central location.
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About the Host, Robert
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Member of Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) US Embassy; Paris, France. Facilitating communication between U.S. Businesses and the U.S. Embassy in France.
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PADI System; Advanced Scuba Diver Certification. The world leader in the educational development of scuba diving professionals and enthusiasts.
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