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Location, location, location! Its superb location makes the flat a really good choice among the others. 5 min walk from Notredame, 2 min from Île de Saint-Louis, 5 min from Rue Mouffetard, where you have lots of restaurants.
The flat has one double bedroom, which fits only the double bed, and a sofa-bed at the living room, which I found very comfortable. My sister stayed in the bedroom and also enjoyed it. It is really nice for 2 people. I’m just not sure if 4 people could fit inside the flat comfortably.
Communicating with the host was an issue. You have to wait a few days for a reply. Also, he committed to call us twice for the key arrangement, but in the end, I had to make the call!
Another downside was the fact that there were dirty and smelly dishes inside the washing machine. Not sure if it was from the last guest or the host, but someone could have started the machine before leaving. The smell was horrible. Also, there were dirty dishes inside the cupboard. We didn’t mind washing them again. Apart from that, the experience was great and I would recommend it!
Jean-Christophe has been very gentle and at our disposal. He also booked a very nice restaurant for our dinner. The apartment is cozy and nice, very central, a few minutes from Notre Dame, location was perfect for us! There are 2 metro stop very close to the apartment. I will definitely go back there for my next parisienne holiday!!!
This is a very nice small apartment with a terrific location. No view, but close to the Seine, Notre Dame, and public transport. Away from traffic on a small dead-end street, the place is extremely quiet, extraordinarily so for Paris. The main living room has a nice futon sofa-bed, small kitchen, breakfast bar, and built-in working desk/cabinetry. Other rooms are a very small bedroom, a combined laundry/cleaning supplies/shower room, and a separate toilet. We found Jean-Christophe very easy to deal with, and communications were good, by text or by cell-phone. There is a 27" iMac on the desk, a wired/wireless router, and other A/V stuff.
The second room for sleeping was very nice, although it isn't air conditioned. like the main room. A cleaning lady was there when we checked in, and she gave us the keys. The leak in the kitchen has been repaired! However, there were other issues with the equipment there. The clothes dryer never worked, the microwave oven is still totally dead, the shower drain was clogged, and the air conditioner stopped working just before we left. We were able to unclog the shower, and I think that's the kind of thing that guests here should expect to do, also you should expect to make a little extra effort for check-in and check-out.
For the price, you can't expect a reception desk and an on-call engineering service. This is actually Jean-Christophe's personal residence most of the time, according to the neighbors, which explains the very high level of technology equipment there (also a lot of his other stuff) . Just be respectful and understanding, and Jean-Christophe will do his best while at the same time apparently holding down a professional position in advertising or similar. His response to most of my inquiries was to acknowledge the problem and offer to reimburse my out-of-pocket expenses. He'd pay for laundry done around the corner, he'd reimburse my cost for a plumbing snake to fix the drain, etc. I didn't feature spending my time in Paris running around finding a plumbing supplies store, but things were OK for us and the problems didn't end up being a big deal.
I think future visitors should expect equipment problems in general, based on my experience and other reviews. Still, for the price we were really happy there, and I didn't let it bother me that I had to hang my laundry out on the chairs and doors to dry.
However, others should verify that the air conditioning is working, as it's crucial to a pleasant stay this hot summer. To be explicit, the air conditioning works only in the main room, not in any other room, in particular not in the extra bedroom. My daughter didn't mind, though.
Overall, we had a great stay with just some minor glitches.
Jean-Christophe and his apartment were both superb. He was really nice throughout the booking process and even helped us find our way to his place once we were in Paris. His apartment is very nice and in a great location. We were very pleased with our experience. Thank you, Jean-Christophe!
We picked this place because out of the narrow search results of Paris apartments that were family friendly (we were traveling with a 9 month old) and had air conditioning, this one was well located and relatively inexpensive. We loved the beautiful light, that there was an elevator available (very necessary with our stroller), how close it was to the Seine and Notre Dame and several Metro stops. However, Jean-Christophe was very spotty in his communication and the apartment did have some issues. The check in process was very unclear and if we had not had the use of an international phone, we would not have been able to get in (the morning of our arrival, Jean-Christophe let me know that we had to call him upon arrival so he could call his neighbor to let us in). When we got in, sheets, pillowcases and duvets were in a pile on the bed -- I had to call Jean-Christophe to double check they were clean and he said that they were washed (they were still slightly damp) and apologized for not being able to make the bed. Not a great start. He also mentioned there were clean towels in the bathroom, but those were also still damp and were very mildewed. When an AirBnB listing charges a cleaning fee, I expect the place to be clean. In addition to the unmade bed and mildewed towels, we found the floors were dusty and the electric range not clean. I actually tried to use the dust vacuum to clean up a bit but found that it was not working well because it was completely clogged with dust. As another user mentioned, there was a leak in the kitchen the entirety of our stay. I emailed Jean-Christophe about this and about the broken microwave oven and received no response. Some other information about the apartment and neighborhood would have been useful, such as pointing out the switch that closes the metal gate on the window/balconette, how to check in/check out and how to use the washer in the bathroom. The bedroom is tiny, it pretty much only fits the bed. We actually decided to sleep on the pull out couch since it was in the living room with the AC and used the bedroom for luggage storage. Our stay was overall fine, but would have been made a lot smoother and more comfortable with a little more care from the host.
This was not a great experience. We had been very clear about when we were coming and how we were arriving. When we got to the place, no one was there to meet us or explain that there were no keys. When we called Jean Christophe, we had to wait an hour to be checked into a nearby hotel, which to his credit, he arranged. We had to wait for the whole next day to get keys which then had to ultimately be ferried by taxi and then I had to pay for the taxi, although Jean Christophe did reimburse me.
Throughout our whole stay, there was a water leak in the kitchen. We informed Jean Christophe about the leak, but it was not resolved during our stay. Jean was not in town and had no one really looking out or managing the place in his absence. He did not respond to text messages and I had to call him to get a response.
So, not a great management experience. Having said all that, the place was relatively inexpensive, in a very central location that was close to a couple of different metro lines. There was a massive Mac computer available for use although the parental controls on it made it impossible to access several sites such as (website hidden)and few other (non-adult) sites which we needed.
We really enjoyed our stay at Jean-Christophe's apartment. The location is great, one block from the Seine and only a 5 minute walk from Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter. The apartment is on a quiet street and in a remodeled building, which has an elevator (a big plus compared to my prior experience of staying in central Paris). Another huge plus is the air conditioner in the living room, not a common thing in Europe, which totally saved our lives during the hot summer days. The apartment even had a MAC with huge screen, high quality speaker system and a dishwasher and was recenlty renovated. Of course, it's on a smaller side by American standards, but we found the combination of location and amenities to be an excellent value for money. I would highly recommend this apartment for your next stay in Paris.
Jean-Christophe a été un hôte accueillant, souriant et attentionné. Son appartement est calme et propre. Il est également idéalement situé pour tout les déplacements dans le centre de Paris. Nous le recommandons particulièrement et reviendrons avec plaisir lors de notre prochain séjour dans la capitale.
Very Nice and clean apartment in a great neighbourhood! Absolutely recommendable. We really enjoyed our stay in St. Germain in Jean-Christophe's aparment. Restaurants, Bakery, supermarket just around the corner - as well as the Pantheon. Next subway less than 5 minutes walk. I appreciated the communication with Jean-Christophe very much, he answered all my question immediately in a very polite way, which was helpful and made me feel welcome.
Super appart et super Jean-Christophe (aussi) <3