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I had a really enjoyable week in Paris staying with Bonnie in her lovely apartment.
The location at St. Denis was perfect, since travel on the metro to most of Paris's tourist attractions only took on average 15 to 20 minutes, and the metro was only a pleasant four minutes walk away. The apartment was always immaculately clean and tidy and is very modern and spacious.The groundfloor terrace/garden is a real bonus for relaxing on a sunny day or dining al fresco on Paris's long balmy June evenings. My room was large and had a great desk and comfortable bed. Bonnie is a warm, friendly, and helpful host who made me feel welcome ( like part of the family) from our first contact. Not only that but she is also a wonderful cook and so I highly recommend staying with her. When I visit Paris again, it will be my first choice for accommodation.
I highly recommend staying with Bonnie in St. Denis. Bonnie is a great hostess. She immediately made me feel comfortable and at home in her apartment. She even adapted her work schedule to accommodate my inconvenient arrival time (noon on a workday). This is a great spot for people looking for a quite place to return to that is easily accessible to the action of Paris, but away from the bustle. The quietness of the location is an added benefit for a student like me, as is the regularity of meals together.
5 étoiles sans hésitation aucune! Rapport qualité/prix imbattable, appartement très chaleureux avec une terrasse et un petit jardin, la chambre est calme et joliment décoré, rien à dire sur la propreté et le bon maintien de l'appartement. Bonnie est très à l'écoute, elle cuisine bien et on se sent très à l'aise chez elle.
I couldn't recommend Bonnie and her lovely apartment enough. Any queries or questions I had about Paris, Bonnie was only to happy to answer. The apartment itself is immaculate, comfortable and a pleasure to sleep/live in. The nearest Metro station is Carrefour Pleyel, which can takes 20mins to the centre of the city.
Luckily for me and my taste buds Bonnie is a fantastic cook and incredibly generous. So most nights I would pass out after a delicious home cooked meal.
When I visit Paris again, I won't hesitate to stay with Bonnie. Honestly, she made me feel incredibly welcome and added to my Parisian experience.
I enjoyed a warm welcome to France with wine and a pleasant fromage lesson on Bonnie’s peaceful garden terrace. I deliberately packed light as I was able to use Bonnie’s washing machine, dryer and iron and her kitchen is so well equipped to prep snacks and meals to save pennies for delicious macaroons, souvenirs, shopping, museum audio tours and tips for waiters. When our timetables matched, we enjoyed dinner and great conversation about all manner of things over glasses of aperitif and wine. Pack your best (not newly bought) walking shoes and water bottle because Bonnie’s location provides ideal access for adventures to zip across Paris via the Metro, RER and Tram. I enjoyed a quick 3 minute stroll to Carrefour Pleyel Metro Line 13 (M13) which led me to the royal tombs at Basillica Saint Denis in 10 minutes (just one 1 stop away) and one of the largest antique markets, Puce de St Ouen in 15 mins. Ride M13 to Invalides and then west on M1 direct to Charles de Gaulle Etoile to climb the stairs of Arc de Triumph and start at the top of Champs Elysees to walk/shop/eat/people watch. Go east from Invalide to Tuileries and once inside the garden you have choices. Turn right for the Musee de l’Orangerie, rest your heels on a chair fountain side before moving on to the Obelisque and Fontaines des Mers and des Fleuves. Go straight ahead across the beautiful gardens to Musee d’Orsay. Travel one more metro stop to Palais Royal - Musee de Louvre and you have direct underground access to the museum at the end of the platform. Skip the long line up top! Else onwards to Chatelet to shop along bustling Rue de Rivoli or one further stop to Hotel de Ville to walk across Pont d’Arcole to majestic Notre Dame Cathedral and across the pont to enjoy poetry, afternoon tea and a read at Shakespeare & Company and a tasty morsel at one of the alley eateries. Stay on M13 to Ecole Militaire to admire Invalide so you can walk down and enjoy a picnic on picturesque Champ de Mars to admire Tour Eiffel before your climb or ride up. Else jump off at Invalide and connect to RER C and in 2 stops you have La Seine under your feet on Pont d’lena, in front of Trocadero, the Tour Eiffel with a Champ de Mars backdrop. M13 to Saint Lazare then onto M3 to Republic will see you walking along Canal Saint Martin, shopping with Bobos and stopping at Chez Prune for a palette cleanser. Else continue on M3 Line direct to Pere Lachaise and visit Piaf, Chopin, Morrison and celebrated company. A very special thank you to Christiana and Maria also who were great companions at the end of a day of exploring when we shared historical and travel information, frère jacques at Notre Dame Cathedral, coffee, bagels and fits of laughter. I left Paris with well worn shoes and the fondest...
My experience this one month with Ken was AWESOME.
He’s very kind and polite! And the best cook in Paris!!
The house was very clean and big than appear in the photos. I had the freedom to cook and do another things in the house. For me it was very good. Another important thing, the wireless signal was very good in any place in the house.
He helped me when a need some information’s about Paris, give me some advices and sometimes go out with me.
The biggest difference I realized was the he treated me not as a guest but like a friend. That made my stay much more comfortable and nice!
I recommend to anyone who wants to have a perfect stay in Paris demand it.
Now he isn't a host but a friend!
It was great to stay at Ken's place in Clichy. The house is big and clean, the location good, Ken is very helpful and cooks nice dinners. If you are planning to visit Paris and want to feel at home, I really recommend this place!
Ken was a great host. He is very knowledgeable about Paris and he knows the nice spots in the city. The house was neat and tidy. The food was good. I definitely recommend this place.
I simply cannot say enough about the hospitality and graciousness of Ken and Bonnie during my time in Paris. Both made me feel right at home during my first trip to France. The loft is very large for Paris and even U.S. standards. The price point is great for anybody on a budget since it even includes meals! Dinner was always an engaging and lively conversation about almost anything you can think of. The Metro stop (Mairie de Clichy) is only a five minute walk from the loft. The town of Clichy is just the right distance outside of Paris so you can easily get to the main attractions (Louvre, Eiffel, etc.) in about 30 minutes by Metro. I highly recommend this spot! Thank you so much Ken & Bonnie!
Staying at Bonnie's home was a wonderful experience! My spacious room was very very clean and comfortable, and she made me feel at home with a delicious dinner every night. I would definitely recommend staying here, and would not hesitate to stay here again.
Bonnie booked her 21 year old son for 4 nights at my place. I had a previously bad experience with this situation but Bonnie's son was a great guest! He was respectful & pleasant. I would certainly feel comfortable recommending him as a guest & he would be welcome back in my house!
It was great having Bonnie stay for the week and I wouldn't hesitate to host her again. Enjoy the rest of your stay in NZ Bonnie! :)
I found Bonnie & her husband such an adorable couple. Dealing with them was a pleasure and the easiest thing ever. Very communicative, cooperative, understanding, authentic, open minded, easy going, with a great sense of humor... I felt comfortable around them since second 1. I introduced them to the house and left them with such satisfaction that I felt sad they stayed only for the weekend.. (It's a feeling difficult to have with every guest).. I would absolutely recommend them and happily have them back anytime. Thank You for taking care of the apartment and for your good energy!!!
Although Bonnie and her husband stayed a short time, they were very respectful of my apartment and extremely friendly to boot! Would be happy to have them here again.