|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
A renovated, bright, comfortably furnished one bedroom apartment (two rooms measuring 33 square meters = a one-bedroom of 110 square feet), up one flight of stairs on a cobbled courtyard in the Butte Aux Cailles (a neighborhood of little buildings backing on place d'Italie, a major hub for public transport).
- four double-glazed south-facing windows, sunshine and trees
- entire bright apartment was renovated August 2009
- new white oak parquet floors, tasteful antique furnishings
- ideal for couple or one person for long stays
- for a family on a shorter stay, sleeps maximum 5 : 160 cm bed (for 2 persons, larger than a US queen), and two sleeping couches (2 x 1 person), plus a fold out child's cot
- small open kitchen with double stove top, fridge, microwave, coffee press, electric kettle, all utensils and tableware, tea coffee salt sugar in stock,
- linens and towels, hairdryer,
- washer /dryer, iron, ironing board,
- a beige-stone walk-in shower room, and a separate toilet room
- cable television, broadband internet (wifi - wireless internet)
- DVD player, CD player and quality speakers,
- Comfortable oil-filled electric radiators in winter, excellent insulation for keeping warm, soundproof windows, air conditioning in summer,
- Excellent transport links, bike storage in courtyard, bike rental at the corner, and car rental nearby.
Rates include rent, charges, utilities including internet, taxes.
By a link below, you can see a Boston Globe travel article (July 2010) describing one renter's stay in this apartment with some remarks and even photos (via a link) about the neighborhood.
About the Butte Aux Cailles:
One of Paris’ largest open-air markets (on Blvd Auguste Blanqui), many shops, restaurants/bars, cinemas, bookstores, a good bakery, the public square with an unusual spring-water public swimming pool, and a few art galleries. The Butte Aux Cailles is Paris for Parisians, comparable to any urban 'up an coming' area.
The cover article of a French news magazine Le Point (February 2011, see link) called it new Latin Quarter, but it is tiny and off the beat of tourists. A large Chinatown an all of old and new Paris is nearby. Reading the links, map, 'unique benefits' and reviews below may help you choose this neighborhood.
Keywords: Sunny One Bedroom Apartment
Suitability: Best for young singles and couples (due to cobblestones, uneven stairs, city feel); best for people who know Paris' main sites already (a lively French neighborhood without much tourism); can work for families with teens and kids.
Noise level: this is a city apartment in a residential building: street and pedestrian noise is attenuated by modern windows when closed; while can hear the occasional passing of a neighbor in the stairwell (4 apartments share it), otherwise, very little if any can be heard from other apartments.
A New Yorker who migrated some 17 years ago to Paris, I share many people's love for this city. Hemingway's 'movable feast' Paris is very welcoming for those with an appetite for simple pleasures, e.g. croissants, old stones, and humor.
April purchased this apartment in 2007
Lovestruck by the courtyard on a sunny day, I bought this property to live in it at some point. The neighborhood's an important draw from my point of view: it is authentic, a Paris for Parisians, with good bakeries, great restaurants of all kinds, and a lot of artists, families, thirty something professionals, and handy shops. Because I myself try to avoid hotels when traveling, I sympathize with people to whom I rent this apartment -- and I hope that those who choose to come will feel at home, and see this apartment as both charming and a good value. I realize it is a bit off the beaten track, but I think it offers something extra because of that.
Convenience; authenticity; history; streetlife; novelty; comfort and value. This apartment is a very good base for Paris exploration especially if you want an authentic neighborhood: while close to the center with excellent transportation links, the Butte aux Cailles feels far apart--it has local charm and history (formerly working-class neighborhood; the buildings are mixed, small large old new). Workers from the Gobelins factory themselves built this apartment's building around 1850, for their families. The courtyard used to be a street. I'm told that Victor Hugo had a mistress (a dancer) in one of the apartments on my stairwell-- if you can believe that. (Note that my mews generally has a run down look -- very urban, only very slowly being renovated by residents in the cooperative; stairs are uneven as if they date from 1860.) Residents of the Butte took part in the Commune uprising. And until as late as 1970, there were some twelve factories in the area, making everything from bras to surgical tools. Today, the winding streets, kitchen gardens and many of the families remain and the area attracts young professionals to live: there is a lot of urban street life (cafes, restaurants, and bars) day and night, including excellent restaurants, French and ethnic. The convenience of the location also merits mention, for those who walk, use metros/buses or bikes, or for those who might want to leave town by car (30 minutes to get to Disney or Versailles; a rental car is available at Place d'Italie). For those interested in Paris' continuing and newest developments, Chinatown (and all its restaurants), the new National Library (GBN), the Parc de Bercy (with its Frank Gehry building) are within 10-30 minutes walking distance.
First, I feel obligated to say that I was hesitant to write this review, since, if it were up to me, I would stay in this apartment forever. As it is, I stayed for a month this past summer with another family member and plan to stay again. I think the photographs and April's description of the apartment are quite accurate; it is small but nicely appointed. But aside from the physical appearance and convenience of the apartment, I found it charming, a word that doesn't often enter my vocabulary. The apartment is a level up in a small, walled-in complex. A friend of one of the neighbors commented that the atmosphere reminded him of pictures of 1850's Montmartre. I exchanged greetings and chitchatted daily with people coming and going in the long courtyard, and my French is terrible. The apartment's French windows look out onto a moderately busy, tree-lined street; I myself drank wine and coffee and stared out at the passersby below much more often than a grown man should have. To me, the neighborhood, at the edge of the Butte Aux Cailles, is perfect. It is not fancy and it is not touristy. There are at least six or seven boulangeries within a few blocks. At the end of the block, there is a small brasserie where I sat in the window and read next to a group of older men who came to drink and talk nearly every afternoon. Across the street is a mall, which I found convenient and not at all intrusive. There are plenty of small, casual restaurants nearby and one, in particular, that I daydream about. Best of all, two blocks away there is a wonderful, open air market about three blocks long that sets up three days a week. Beautiful vegetables, cheese, eggs, poultry, meat, and fish. I cry now when I go into the supermarket in the United States. The neighborhood is diverse in a very comfortable way. While there are few tourist attractions nearby, three different metro lines meet at Place d'Italie two blocks away and buses run up and down the street. I have stayed before in the 5th and the 7th, but this time I felt that I had found my neighborhood in Paris. I will be back as soon as I can.
My daughter and I stayed in this apartment for a week together. April is a wonderful host and gave us lots of good information about the place and the neighborhood as soon as we arrived. She was very accommodating. The apartment was lovely- lots of light, very comfortable and with the most charming courtyard entryway. Equipped with every convenience we needed for our stay, we really looked forward to coming back to the apartment after a long day of touring around Paris. The neighborhood is a true gem with many wondrous surprises around any corner. There are many terrific restaurants right around the apartment.There is a great boulangerie right up the street with delicious pastries, sandwiches and, of course, baguettes. It was wonderful to be in a neighborhood that wasn't full of tourists. We were able to immerse ourselves completely. It was also very easy to get where ever we wanted to go as Place D'Italie station is a short walk away. If by some wonderful fortune, I have the opportunity to get to Paris again, there is no doubt that this will be my very first choice of accommodations. It's absolutely perfect in every way.
First, I need to add a group to April's (the owner) list of people who are suitable renters: I'm 67 and was traveling alone, so it's not just young people who will love this apartment. I happily lived in the apartment for 2 months in Fall 2012, enjoying the location (non-touristy), facilities (open LR/K/dining area, split bathroom area, window views (courtyard and street), neighborhood stores and market, etc. It was perfect for me (and hopefully, you). Where to start describing all the good points? The market - I'm a foodie so the Tues/Fri/Sun street market located just 2 short blocks away was a big draw - lovely fruits and veggies, cheeses, meats, cooked food, etc (and huge freshly cooked potato galettes on Sunday mornings at the Polish food booth). The 3 boulangeries/patisseries within 1-10 minutes' walk (where I discovered choquettes, little airy puffs of sweet dough - miam!). A large shopping center (unusual in Paris) nearby, with an ATM and a large grocery store for basics (but I bought most of my fresh food at the street market). The ease of Metro/RER connections in many directions - about a 20 minute Metro ride to all the central tourist sites. The history of the area (the commune, the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon landing site, the tapestry factory, etc.) The "real" Paris experience, without all the tourists. And of course, April. She handled some unexpected dilemmas (I had to leave unexpectedly early for a family emergency) and was super friendly whenever we met. I could go on and on about her, the apartment, the area, and Paris in general, but I hope you've gotten the idea that I LOVED staying in the Paris Mews apartment and will definitely try to return in the future.
What a wonderful find this little apartment in the area of the Butte Aux Cailles turned out to be! The pictures and description of the apartment were accurate. The owner, April, was most accommodating and helpful. She has prepared a booklet about local sites, history, and other useful information. The property is well maintained and the location was perfect. The neighborhood is full of little shops, cafés, and a large grocery store (that sells anything you might imagine you'd need)! But don't buy too much at the Carrefours grocery store; there is an amazing street marché on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays--my advice: eat before you go or you'll end up with more food that you can eat!
It was easy to get to anywhere in Paris and beyond--3 metro lines stop at the Place d'Italie which is 2 blocks from the apartment. I walked to the Luxembourg Gardens and the Jardin des Plantes (30 minutes +). I ate lunch at the Mosque Tea Room (near the Jardin des Plantes)--try the lamb tangine if you go there, it is amazing.
Mostly I tried to "live" in the apartment for 2 weeks. I took long walks and explored the Butte area as well as several other Paris neighborhoods. I even got to know a couple of neighborhood people (the woman at the bakery, a waiter in a café).
I hope to rent this apartment in the future--maybe for longer! Thank you so much to April for sharing this lovely spot.
First of all, the Owner April Tash is very nice and accomodating. She took time to explain the apartment facilities and also provided good recommendations on places to eat and to see in our short 5 night stay.
The apartment is in a contigous 3 story block of apartments, on the mid level near the end side of the block. The apartment is quite safe, with double locks and up high from the street level. IF you are sensitive to noise, bring some ear plugs as morning foot traffic and people talking is to be expected If you leave the windows open.Situated about 5 minutes walk from Place D'italie metro station, passing by morning markets( usually Fri-sun only) in front of a hotel, and a couple of restaurants and a breakfast stand (squeeze between two restaurants, right in front of the inbound metro stairs, with a full Carrefour supermarket in the basement level of the adjacent Department stores building - makes it a convenient location to access food stuff and more. Chinatown/Little saigon is close by but suggest not to beeline to the first restaurant seen as there are quite a few choices further down.
The apartment was comfortable with enough room for a family of four. Beds were comfortable. internet access was easy. There is a apartment written manual to help out. The washer dryer is the common european ventless type so it takes a while to get clothes dried. Lots of kitchenware to use but have to use a small towel as a drying area. The stairs going up is a bit worn and uneven but it is well lite with convenient switches at both the mid level and the ground level. If you have small children or older folks, just be careful with your footing.
For first timers in Paris, this is a good area to be in , being near local folks as to observe local going ons, close enough via metro to most Parisian sights, able to walk out at night with good comfort level of security but obviously be safe and travel in pairs late at night.
It was really a great base for a visit to Paris - public transport is convenient with the métro station just literally around the corner. The market, three times a week, also gave us a fell of what Paris really is like. Also Chinatown was within easy walking distance for really great non-French food.
The apartment was perfect for the four of us and at times was too comfortable to leave to go out and do some sightseeing.
The owner did a fantastic job of anticipating what many travellers would need in preparing her little folder with all the information needed during their stay ..... now , if only I go to meet with her .....
typical Parisian cafes, concerts, nightlife, open air market, and children's playground nearby. Great public transport links to Paris sights, plus car access to out of town sights e.g. 35 minutes to Versailles or Disneyland with rental car services right at place d'Italie.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£174|
Longer term stay (3+ months) at reduced rate; please contact owner.
Rates include utilities, charges and taxes.
Min 5 night stay. Usually the turnover day is usually Saturday; I will try to make exceptions.
A calendar month is the basis for a monthly rate.
Refund for cancellation if apartment re-rents.
Usual entry time: 3 p.m. Usual departure time: 10 a.m.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.