I can't thank ENOUGH the kind, warm and excellent hosting from the owners of this apartment. We were welcomed with a bottle of wine and flowers that was so very kind and made us all feel very welcome. The apartment is outstanding and I would not hesitate to re-book. I would recommend this apartment to anyone as it is VERY well located and extremely easy to get around Paris. The apartment is enormous and has copious space for a group of 8 people. The listing and description of the apartment probably does not give it enough credit as it is just beautiful. I was 100% satisfied with the apartment and I can't thank enough how helpful the owners were in order to accommodate our stay in Paris. The only thing I could suggest is that the photos DO NOT give this property justice in its charm, elegance and value for money. I was overwhelmed by the quality and excellence of this property and the beautiful art paintings in every room. There are plenty of activities and wonderful restaurants and attractions nearby and we were lucky enough to arrive when there was a music festival nearby. We had a wonderful evening and slept like babies because the area is SO peaceful. This property would suit every age group and we are already planning on staying in this apartment again in the near future. Please do not hesitate to book this apartment it is wonderful and I can reassure you that you will not be disappointed!
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We stayed in M. Colinas' apartment last November. We were a party of two mum's and five children ranging in age from 16 yrs to 9 yrs.
We arrived at Gare Du Nord (from the UK) and it was a very simple trip on the metro to get to the apartment and a short walk from the nearest metro stop.
My abiding memory of walking into the apartment for the first time was a chorus of 'Wow's' from the children.
Mathilde, M. Colinas' daughter, was there to meet us and extremely charming & helpful. She had provided juice for the children and milk. Indeed, the kitchen is smallish, but extremely well equipped with all the little touches that make an apartment stay more pleasant. I travel a great deal and stay in many holiday homes and having herbs & spices, washing up liquid, cling film, trash bags etc around is surprisingly handy. You need these things but do not necessarily want to buy them on holiday or for a short stay. As there is a dining room and large sitting room the size of the kitchen is not so important but it does have a table for four.
The apartment is very spacious for a large group, and something of a rarity in Paris as apts are not always so huge. There's a beautiful stained glass window in the dining room, with a desk in front of it, and numerous period features. There was also a computer, connected to the internet, in the corner of the dining room which was very handy for checking info and the teens enjoyed being able to send messages home.
There are three dbl bedrooms - two with dbl beds and one with twin beds and an en-suite bathroom. There is another shower room and separate toilet. All the bedrooms where comfortable with enough space for luggage and cupboard space.
The building itself was secure and quiet. While it faces onto a fairly busy road there wasn't any undue noise. There are supermarkets, patisserie (great croissants/bread etc!) and restaurants all in walking distance.
Paris is as great walking city and we walked to the Marais from the apt and to various other places. But, as stated, the metro is right there on the doorstep for trips further afield or if you are less sure of directions. Paris has a very efficient public transit system and getting around is not a problem. M. Colinas leaves maps and tourist info in the apt.
I personally would not hesitate to recommend the apartment or stay there again myself. I can't really think of any 'cons'.