If you would like to wake up to a view of the Louvre each morning, stroll down to the boulangerie or Montorgeuil market, meander through the passage Vero-Dodat, sit and read in the Palais-Royal gardens while dipping your feet in the fountain (summer only!), walk everywhere or use the multiple transport options (metro, bus, bike, boat), this one bedroom, central, light and well appointed apartment could be for you. It can be used as one large room, or divided in two using a sliding wall, with a separate bedroom for more privacy. The 160cm sized bed can also be used as two single beds, and the two couches become single beds as well.
Renovated 4 years ago, the white, clean, light space is unrecognisable from the gloomy office it once was. Double-glazed wooden street-facing windows block out all noise, including the passing police-accompanied Banque de France money-filled trucks at 10 each morning, with the bathroom looking on to the courtyard. Surrounded by cafés, shops, art and restaurants. Two supermarkets a 2-minute walk. Wifi, free landline calls, ipod player, cable tv, dishwasher, hot-water jug, all utensils/cutlery/knives/knife sharpener(!), Limoges china plates, washing machine & detergent, nespresso machine & capsules, friendly restaurant for emergency late-night-pizza on ground level, fluffy towels & robes, lots of books, gym across the road, hairdryer, multi-country electrical adapters, sewing kit, fire extinguisher, pencils & sharpener, oven, microwave, xmas tree & decorations (December only), a children's cot & high-chair on request, a box of children's toys, monopoly, cross breezes, 'Zazie dans le métro' DVD, grapefruit soap, a list of my favourite restaurants in the neighbourhood... Good intercom security and flexible check in/check out, depending on departure of previous tenants. No security bond. Second floor - 25 steps.
I am happy (really) to welcome guests at any time of day or night.
Interaction with Guests
This apartment is only used by guests, I don't live in it. However, my home is only a 5 minute walk away if you need help.
Other Things to Note
Getting from CDG airport to the apartment has just become much easier & cheaper thanks to the EasyBus transfer which is direct from the airport (CDG terminal 2) to the Palais-Royal. Book here:
Trust! Please let me know if something breaks so I can replace it before you leave.
No smoking in the apartment please. I hate tobacco-yellow walls.
Please don't change the locks...especially on a Saturday night (it has been done before...) Call ME if you have misplaced your key, not the locksmith. Break a window pane if necessary! It's cheaper to replace. No, call me first.
A simple 'bonjour/bonsoir' is appreciated by the neighbours. Add Madame/Monsieur if you feel up to it.
Unfortunately we were not able to gain access to the apartment on the day of arrival. The cleaner had finished by the time we arrived at the apartment and as we had no access to wifi as they were secure networks, we were unable to access Louise's emails as we left Sydney some 24 +hours before arrival in Paris. We waited on the stairs in the apartment block for over 4 hours with no contact. Eventually we went and booked into a hotel.
The circumstances tended to control our lack of access however we feel a refund is due as the apartment owner did not set up options for us to gain reasonable access.
As you chose to make public contac with me, via this review, 5 days after you were due to stay in the apartment, and the day after you were due to leave, I am obliged to respond publicly.
Firstly, when I discovered you were not in the apartment, after finding the key still in the hiding place, I was very concerned and sent you an AIRBNB message to check if you and your wife were okay (I imagined the worst...). Then I did an internet search to try and find a way to contact you and texted your family in Australia. There was still no response. Your profile had no contact details, neither phone number or email address, which made it impossible to make contact.
I imagine that after such a long trip, your arrival was very distressing, and I am disappointed and sorry that you were not able to access the apartment.
If I am not able to personally welcome guests, which was the case on Saturday May 25, I put in place 3 ways for guests to gain access to the apartment:
1: I asked the person who cleaned & prepared the apartment for your arrival to wait for you.
•He waited for 2 extra hours from your stated time of arrival, but then had to leave for his next job, hiding the key for you in a designated place.
2: My phone number is on the reservation sheet which you must have as it includes the apartment address, and my mobile phone is always turned on.
•Many people call me because they can't find the street number, are running late, need advice, have lost baggage, need baggage delivered, can’t work out the tv, need to find coffee without uht milk etc. etc. and I am always available. If the guest does not have a phone, they have asked the staff of the restaurant downstairs to call me and they are always happy to oblige. I had mentioned to you that I was travelling that day but would be back in Paris during the evening. My husband, however, was nearby and would have happily opened the door for you.
3: I hide the key in a secure place
•According to your private message sent after this review, you did read my message about the hidden key during your long wait, however you could not successfully find it. (I have used this system, a permanently unlocked box with about 20 people this year, and they have all gained access).
AIRBNB has a secure system in place to protect guests and it is the following: the owner of the property is not paid until 24 hours after the arrival of the guest. AIRBNB hold onto your payment between the day you reserve and the day after you arrive, therefore, as soon as you realised that you felt unable to gain access to the apartment, you should have contacted AIRBNB. They would then have made immediate contact with me, on the number freely available to all guests, and would have discussed the problem. If you were still dissatisfied, then I wouldn't have been paid for your reservation.
I can imagine you may have said to yourselves "we are exhausted, let's check into a hotel for one night, and then make contact". Instead I had no news from you for 5 days, and then a request for a refund. Unfortunately I cannot provide a refund due to the reasons listed above, and sincerely hope that despite this you had an enjoyable time in Paris.
Lovely flat, just as described with a very sweet host. Only complaint is that people appear to smoke in the interior courtyard which in turn makes the bathroom smell of smoke. Can't really be helped, but still-a bit of a downside.
Louise's cute, historic apartment was perfect for a couple of nights in the 1st. It had everything we needed and more - Louise kindly catered for our 8 month old baby with a high chair, cot and toys. The people-watching from the big windows was fun and when we closed them the place was whisper quiet. We arrived early from CDG after a long haul flight and Louise made us feel very welcome even though it was long before normal check in time. We also appreciated all the maps and guides in the apartment. Highly recommended - it really is footsteps to the Louvre and to the wonderful Tuileries.
Perfectly positioned apartment for exploring Paris on foot and well equipped too. Although a flying visit, we loved our stay and saw all the highlights of Paris. We highly recommend this accommodation.
We had a lovely time in the apartment.
The location is fantastic. After arriving in the evening we walked out the door and crossed the road and then we were in front of the pyramid at the Louvre, amazing.
The apartment has everything you might need and worked well for us as a family of four with two children aged 15 & 12, beds are very comfy.
Communication with Louise was clear and she answered all our questions and she was there to greet us even though we were a little late arriving.
We would have no hesitation in staying in the apartment again next time we visit Paris.
A gorgeous apartment, so comfortable and perfectly located. The apartment had everything we needed plus extras - nice coffee, 'spares' box with travel plugs etc. Louise was really helpful with her knowledge of paris and leaving maps etc. We will definitely be back!
the apartment of Louise is really perfect....cosy,warm,lighty....in a wonderful position...in the centre but really quiet in the night when you need to sleep!!!!and Louise of course is a very helpful host,very available with the check out!!we also really aprreciated the furniture,the scented bath towels and the small chocolate eggs she left for Easter!!!If we'll back in Paris I hope to back in Louise apartment!!
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I have been/still am a photographer, film-maker, researcher, interviewer, philosophy student, writer, book-lover, skier, cinephile, social-organiser, map-maker, renovator, sea-swimmer... I moved from Australia to Paris when I was 19, desiring adventure and photography work. I got both, and a lot more. I now have a little French family and have become a French citizen. Some of the things I love about Paris: trampolining with my children in the Tuileries; walking on the banks of the Seine; cycling during the evening as the lights come on and the cars depart; choosing a wing of the Louvre to visit each week; observing people in close proximity on the metro; the Marché d'Aligre in the 12th - rope-climbing for my children and a wide variety of food & antiques/junk; the arrival of spring and the emergence of smiling people onto sunny café terraces; the smell of sulphur in the RER at Châtelet (due to the depth of the station) and its reminder of the day I first arrived in Paris; the perfume from the mass of blooms - Daffodils, Hyacinths, Magnolias, Jonquils - in the gardens of the Palais-Royal, perfect for a picnic; the Pariscope and all the films, exhibitions and concerts it offers each week; walking through the occasional snow; and always discovering something new.