About this listing
- remodelled 1+ br suite in historic bldg. in highly acclaimed central & safe area, next to river
- top floor & lots of light!
- easy to reach from Airport via train and many public transport options
- run by an Airbnb “Superhost"
Fully-equipped kitchen: tableware, cookware, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, teapot...
We are proud to have earned the Airbnb "Superhost" status which is awarded to selected hosts who have received outstanding reviews from previous guests and have made contributions to the Airbnb system and community to improve the overall experience of travellers.
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE
Renovated with an interior designer's personal touch, this flat will appeal to those who prefer contemporary design but don't want to dissolve the old-world charm of original hard-wood floors and other features that are a quintessential part of living in an historic Parisian building. You'll find all the amenities and you won't find any clutter of personal belongings because we feel that it's an important part of the experience to feel you're coming to Your place -- not tiptoeing around someone else's stuff.
Located on the top-floor (with a small 3-person elevator), your bright and airy flat is luminous with south-westerly light from the living room window and morning light from the north-east facing bedroom window.
VERSATILE LAYOUT and PRACTICAL AMENITIES:
- Bedroom(s): 1 separated bedroom with a king-sized bed with high-quality ironed sheets and pillows. There's an air-conditioning unit in this room for the rare moments when it gets too hot.
- Versatile living-room area converts (if needed) to a 2nd bedroom at sleeping time with a ceiling-to-floor curtain that swings around for visual privacy from the rest of the flat. You can sleep 1 person on the comfy couch and 1 person in a single-sized fold-out bed. And/or pull out the double-sized Tempurpedic mattress onto the floor to sleep two people. Up to 4 adults can sleep comfortably in the living room area, but I designed it more for a family with children and would expect that the space would feel cramped if it were 4 adults sleeping in this area. There's no air-conditioning here, but a portable fan -- when strategically placed at the entry of the bedroom -- can circulate the air-conditioned air into this area if it gets hot. Otherwise, the evening breeze + fan is generally enough to be comfy during a typical Paris summer evening.
- In the curtain-opened configuration, a bar separates living-room from the kitchen area, allowing you to interact with each-other while making preparations in the kitchen. There's a TV connected to with channels from many different countries, high-speed wi-fi internet access and free phone calls to normal land and cellular phones of North America and France. Calls to other European countries, India, Brazil, Argentina, Australia are free too if you call normal fixed land-line numbers. A plug adapter for US/UK laptops is provided.
- Kitchen: fully equipped with microwave, oven, dishwasher, gas-stove, large fridge, toaster, kettle, pots/pans, tableware, etc. There's a fold-out table with enclosed chairs.
- Bathroom: Clean, spacious bathroom with bathtub/shower (unlimited French style on-demand hot water system (downside is that the water pressure is low by american standards) and a toilet in a separate room (making it easier to share bathroom facilities) Soap, shampoo, towels provided - the kind of high quality stuff you'll find in a boutique-hotel. A washing machine (with built-in dryer) is tucked away under the designer sink and custom-fitted counter-top. Hang-drying, hair-dryer, Iron & international plug adapter provided.
We've tried to make it feel like *your* home away from home - thus the punny name. Our own personal items are locked away. You'll have total privacy and lots of empty storage space. Plus we've stocked the kitchen and refrigerator with basics (coffee, tea, pasta, etc.) so you feel like you just came home to your very own Paris 'pied à terror'
Interaction with Guests
I am an Airbnb "superhost" which means you'll be taken care of professionally. I always answer my phone -- even at night (in case it's an emergency) and will usually go above and beyond to help you.
You will be personally welcomed by me or a friend and then will have exclusive access to the place. I respect my guests privacy and do not drop in without prior communication.
ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD:
A little known piece of history is that your flat is located on a patch of land which was once an island called "Ile Louvier". Around 160 years ago, the small offshoot of the river was diverted so this smallest sibling of the 3 islands in the center of Paris, became a part of the right-bank, leaving only 2 emblematic islands in the city's center.
Located in the highly acclaimed 4th arrondisement in heart of Paris, adjacent to the Saint-Louis Island, the botanical gardens (with a mini-zoo), the Latin Quarter, and Le Marais village, This idyllic location has been the the backdrop for many Paris romantic films including "Before Sunset" and "Midnight in Paris". You can stroll along the river, take a boat-ride, partake in the picnicking, dance tango or salsa, shop in the open-air farmer's markets, or browse the designer and antique shops. You'll be immersed in all that makes this area so quintessentially Parisian and attracts discerning locals to live here in one of Paris's most picturesque neighborhoods.
WHY THE LOCATION IS IDEAL:
Very accessible (2 to 7 minutes walking) to all kinds of public transport: bus, metro, city-bikes, boat, and even the direct RER train which can take you to Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Versailles. There's a boat "Batobus" dock on the opposite side of the river where you can make a round-trip to the Eiffel Tower and take in the city's beautiful bridges and medieval architecture along the way using the hop-on-hop-off option.
Our street has a separated bike lane and there is an adjacent "Velib" city-bike station from where you can rent a bike for 2€ per day. Bicycling in Paris by using the innovative bike scheme is one of the best ways to enjoy the city. You're lucky to be at the cross-roads of many different bike-paths taking you to all directions in the city.
You can easily get to the airports using the metro/train. (Details on meeting time and the pros/cons of various transfer options will sent to you in a few days prior to your arrival and with your booking confirmation. See "House Manual").
EVERYTHING in the SURROUNDING AREA (5-20 minutes walking distance):
- Your flat is across the street from one of the top-ranked Paris bakeries called "My father was a Baker"
- A mini-convenience store, open until 10:30pm every day, is a block away.
- Cafes, pizzerias and a wide selection of traditional French bistros catering to discerning local clients are all within walking distance.
- A supermarket (Franprix), an organic store (Bio C' Bon), pharmacy, doctor, hospital, credit-card machine, florist, wine, cheese, and other specialized shops, open-air farmer's markets (the "Marché Maubert" -- the oldest known Paris open-air farmers market and The Bastille market on the canal just north of the Bastille).
- An avant-garde contemporary art museum "La Maison Rouge" and the outstanding Paris urban design museum called "Le Pavillon d'Arsenal"
- Great areas for strolling: Le Marais (aka "the village"), the Saint-Paul Village, and Place des Vosges, Notre Dame and Saint Louis Island
- The Botanical Gardens and Natural History Museum and a mini-zoo are across the river.
- On Sundays, the road along the river is closed to cars and open to pedestrians, roller-bladers, and bicyclists.
- Cinemas, Opera, and night-life (jazz clubs, lounges, cafes & bars) in the Bastille and Marais areas.
- One of the best Thai-massage spas in Paris to relax those muscles from your long journeys and sight-seeing.
Many public transport options (bike, metro, train, bus) and easy connections to airports, Versailles, Disney, and South of France. Bike paths all around and parking garages close by. There's even a public boat dock.
Other Things to Note
This really is an amazingly central location along the river that runs thru the most historic and beautiful part of Paris. Check out the happy reviews from previous guests. We are Airbnb travellers ourselves and have tried to make this the kind of experience (amenities and service) that we'd want if we were the travellers.
1. As we live and work in a different part of town, check-in/out must pre-arranged and punctual. Your check-in can be any time after 12pm and your check-out can be any time up to 10am. Please calculate you arrival time (see Directions for estimates) and let us know a 30-minute time frame for your arrival. If you arrive early, do not wait in the halls (to be respectful of the building's other residents). If you arrive more than 30 minutes later than your pre-arranged time, please contact me as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements to get the keys. To balance the needs of both the arriving and departing parties, please accept that your bags must arrive and depart with you as per the check-in/out times above. The major train stations nearby (Gare du Nord, Austerlitz, Lyon) have large lockers. This is not a hotel with a 24 hour front desk and a place to store your bags.
2. Only the guests that you registered at the time of booking are allowed inside the flat. You cannot sublet nor share any of the information provided with anyone that is not on the registered guest list. Do not let anyone who arrives unannounced into the flat. Sometimes there are scam artists who will try to mislead you by saying they are from the utility company or some other scam.
3. If you enjoy smoking, there's a small balcony off the living room where you can step out in the fresh air - a good experience even if you don't smoke. Please close the window behind you so the smoke doesn't blow back into the flat. Since you don't know the level of sensitivity nor expectations of the subsequent guests, please do not smoke inside the flat under any circumstances. If a smoking odor is present when housekeeping arrives after your check-out, the fabrics (curtains, couch cushions, mattress liners, etc.) will be professionally cleaned at cost which is more than the amount of your security deposit (which will be forfeited).
4. If you forget to return the keys by check-out time, we will have to make a claim on your security deposit to offset the cost of key duplication and/or lock replacement.
5. As is customary in this type of short-term vacation rental, there's no housekeeping service during your stay. However, if you request it at the time of booking, we can arrange laundry, ironing, or cleaning services with our professional housekeeper at the rate of 20€ per hour. Also, if you book for longer stays of 7+ days we will provide complimentary fresh sheets and 2 hours of housecleaning per week.
6. With all of the options available nearby for fun and merrymaking, we expect that you'll preserve the quiet and calm of the building (e.g. not hosting parties, wearing hard-soled shoes on the hardwood floors during sleeping hours, polka dancing, drum circles, etc.).
7. If you take great photos or videos of the building, the flat, furnishings, or the view, please ensure its for personal use only. Please do not post photos or videos on social media -- or any other publicly accessible medium -- which identify the exact location, Airbnb, or any property or individuals associated with this listing without prior explicit written approval from us.