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Bilingual English/French, and fluent Spanish.
I play piano and tennis, and bicycle to work.
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We stayed in James flat five days in april, and we have nothing to complain about. Although we never met James it was easy to have contact, and we got the keys from his friend. The location is really good and the stairs will give you some excercise! A special thanks to James for even letting us stay an extra night when our flight was cancelled :) /Katarina with family (four persons)
I stayed in James' appartment for 6 weeks while I was studying in Paris. This was a long time for both of us but James gave me confidence it would work out well from the very start. He was careful to make sure I would look after his apartment well, which I appreciated. James' contacts with me both leading up to and throughout were fantastic - he was readily available on email, made great arrangements for key pick up with his lovely neighbour as he could not be there, checked to make sure I arrived OK, as well as from time to time during my stay. There was one small issue with the washing machine, which turned out to be my ignorance of European appliances, but he came over as soon as he could and was prepared to fix/replace it. That was a good opportunity for us to meet in person. He is an interesting young guy, well-travelled, and speaks perfect English as well as French, which helps communication.
The apartment really is up 5 flights of steep stairs, so not suitable if that is an issue for you, but I didn't mind it. The apartment is very secure and I felt very safe there as a woman on my own, even coming home late at night. It is over a school so noisy in the mornings and the street traffic is loud but the windows have excellent insulation. Noise is all part of Paris however!
The apartment itself is fantastic, a great feel, and over the 6 weeks it came to feel like 'home'. It is really quite large, beautifully furnished with traditional herringbone timber floors, interesting pieces and a great book collection. The temperature inside was just fine, and you do get the sunshine through the windows which overlook the tiny balcony and the road. Kitchen and bathroom are simple but clean and equipped with everything you need, especially if you want to cook for yourself. Wi Fi connection was great. The location in the 11th arrondissement I chose because my university was nearby, but it is in an area where French people live, but still within reasonable walking distance of many sites of interest and easily connected to the metro. I got around all over Paris with no problems. There are lots of young people and eating places and bars nearby and the area has a good feel about it. Bastille is only a 10 minute walk and the market there on Thursday and Sunday mornings is superb. Pere Lachaise cemetery is also a 15 minute walk.
This was my first experience with Air BnB and I have used it again since owing to the success of renting this apartment. I would certainly try and book it again if I returned to Paris, and recommend it to anyone. It would be perfect for a couple.
J'ai adoré mon séjour. Propre et bien situé. Bien hâte d'y retourner. Hôtes charmants.
Lovely host who provided great local info on places to eat/see in the immediate vicinity. Made sure we knew where everything was that we could possibly need or want during our stay. Fantastic location, central to everything and close to a few metro stations. The flat felt like a warm and welcoming home. Don't let the five flights of stairs put you off because the fifth floor balcony is a major bonus!
The apartment is very large and the bed is incredible! Perfect location and honestly the stairs are not a big deal. Living room and dining area is huge for Paris great for hanging out and enjoying the mid afternoon sun on the big cozy sofa. Feels very much like"home" after only a few hours. Great host! Highly recommend staying here.
I already miss those beautiful breakfasts we enjoyed with that pleasant view. The apartment is cozy and very well located. James is attentive and even has maps and dictionaries everywhere! That was really useful.
I highly recomend it. Thank you James (and Chris)!
I went in James' appartment with my mom for March break. It is a spacious and beautiful place close to everything (supermarket, good restaurants, bakery, etc). The metro line (9) near the appartment is perfect to go everywhere in the city, you don't have to change subway line often !
James answered our messages really quickly when we asked for something. Really nice host ! Thank you :)
This is a beautiful apartment in the city with amazing views from the balcony. It was clean, tidy and everything that you could want for when visiting beautiful Paris. Thank you for making our holiday such an enjoyable experience! The host is prompt to reply to emails, met us on arrival and provided us with extremely helpful information on places to visit and eat!
A bright, charming, spacious (by Paris standards) 1-bedroom right by the place Voltaire. J-C was charming and helpful and his flat is quirky but well appointed. The double windows onto the boulevard make the place bright and welcoming and the views from the small balcony are lovely. The kitchen is small but has everything you could need, including a full oven. It is located very close to the metro and withing easy walk of Bastille and of the canal Saint-Martin; there's a good organic supermarket on the place Léon Blum, and lots of restaurants and cafés on the rue de la Roquette. Although the apartment directly overlooks the boulevard, the windows are impeccably insulated making it quiet and cosy. One minor drawback: the five flights of stairs, but they make for good exercise
Excellent in every way apart from the five-floor staircase. But the view and the sunshine are great once you get there.
James, Lou et leurs autres amis ont été des voyageurs très sympa. Communication très simple et chaleureuse.
Je recommande vivement de les accueillir !
J-C was a great guest! They were super clean, respectful and nice. It was absolutely a pleasure hosting them. :) Hope to see you again, and listen your adventures in Iran!
James is great guy and perfect guest! Clean, punctual, easygoing, reliable! If he asks you for a place to stay, don't hesitate for a second! Bye man, and hope to see you again in Belgrade!
James and him girfiend' ve been in my flat for one night. Very nice and friendly are guests that I raccomendate to all hosts!!
coppia educatissima davvero...li raccomando alla grande
Absolutely perfect host! He is communicative, punctual and helpful. I would definitely host again James.
Bref séjour à la maison, mais James est d'une grande gentillesse et courtoisie.
Très arrangeant pour la récupération des clés alors que j'étais coincé à ma boutique.
Chaudes recommandations !
James was a great guest, very talkative, interested in the Berlin's everyday life, easygoing. We can highly recommend him!
James and his friend Antoine are great guys. Very clean and respectful. It was my pleasure to have them as guests!
James and his guest, we're an absolute pleasure. They were both very easy going and friendly. They were very approachable and James was great in his communications. I would invite them back any time.
As well as being a kind and generous friend, James is the ideal guest and a wonderful host: attentive, reliable and neat; a notable conversationalist; an experienced traveller; an all-round good guy. If you are ever in Paris you will love gazing at the sunset from the balcony of his airy and sunny flat.
James is a really friendly, approachable, solid, very smart and funny guy. I could only recommend him as a host or guest.
I share an office with James and he's a great colleague to have around, always cheerful and up for a laugh even when under pressure. I have no doubt he is an excellent airbnb host!
James is a friendly young man, helpful and easy-going. A good friend of my daughter's.
And he lives in a lovely neighbourhood if you're planning on staying at his!
James is a top-notch all round good bloke. He is welcome to stay with me in London anytime :)
Yes James is a great guy!
I've stayed at James' on numerous occasions over the past 5 years and would highly recommend his flat to anyone coming through Paris. The location is terrific, the views from the balcony are as Parisian as they get, and he's a great host. The piano is certainly a nice touch as well!
James is a reliable and upstanding guy. Highly recommended.
James is a reliable and friendly individual, and very trustworthy.
James is a really smart personn. He travel around the world and speak several languages. A part of this, he's an amazing parisian and he know everything about the city: just ask