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 a été en tous points un excellent hôte! Aimable, serviable, efficace tant il a pensé aux petits détails, bref parfait. Le logement est tel qu'il est décrit, très agréable, propre et confortable, le quartier est super: proche des jardins du Luxembourg, de la Sorbonne et du boulevard Saint-Germain, idéal pour qui veut passer quelques jours à Paris. Merci à Robert, ainsi qu'à son ami qui nous ont accueillis.
Robert was very welcoming and was easily reachable when we needed him. The apartment was cosy and unique. It was full of character. The location is very accessible to all main attractions in Paris. We would love to come back on our next visit! Thank you Robert and Peter!!
We had a great time at Robert's apartment. It is very comfortable, and quite unique, with a kitchen and cellar area dating back many hundred soy years. Very atmospheric and romantic.
It is in a excellent location, very easy to get to via the RER train, and also close to the Luxemburg and other metro stations.
A bonus is the Universal Cafe, just around down the street, which has live jazz most nights of the week.
very kindly host, nice apppartment and best location. all of the four beds are in one room. because we arrive in paris on chrismas, robert give us many useful advices. besides there is a basement for us to do the gym.
it is definitly worth to live there for holiday.
We had a lovely time staying at Robert's apartment. He was very helpful with directions and had a beautiful home. His house has so much character and history, was clean and located near a train line. Robert is genuine and friendly, truly a great host! Anytime I'm in Paris I would stay here.
What an AMAZING place! So perfectly located - short walk to hop on the Metro or RER B. Then quickly & easily get to all the the sights!
Robert is an absolute GEM of a host! And the building and apartment are an amazing bit of Parisian history, going back MANY centuries! We absolutely LOVED our stay!
The charm of the ancient stonework in the kitchen/dining area and bonus room made this such a unique apartment! We loved hearing all about the history of the property and it completely fascinated my 12 yr old son.
The beds were very comfortable - allowed us the best sleep we'd had since arriving in Europe, after long days of running about and sightseeing! Quiet, even with the building next door under renovation. We felt very safe in this Latin Quarter neighborhood with many conveniences close at hand.
Be sure to take a short walk to Rue Mouffetard to grab an affordable bite to eat or shop in a small boutique. Able to dlightfully satisfy our cravings for sweets at two different pâtisseries there. My mouth is watering just thinking of it now!
I long for the time that I am able to return to Paris and stay at Robert's wonderful apartment! I'm building up my travel fund already!
I have a very nice experience in Robert's home with my friend, Robert gives us really DETAILED and HELPFUL information before we arrive in Munich=)
It definitely worth the price!
If many people live together in a flat, u might need to wait a bit for the hot water to take a shower as the supply is not very enough. In general, the experience is very good！
Thank you for your visit Jamie ~ I was so touched by your present of cards you left for me. Thank You! I will use them to write friends and family. You have a good photographers eye and are artistic.
It was fun to host all five your friends! I understand five people can not take showers all within a short time-frame. Glad to hear the water heated up within an hour!
All the best to you and your friends,
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