This spot on the Ile de la Cite, the smaller island next to Notre Dame, is just about perfect. It's at the end of the street, so it is quite close to the metro stops across the river, but there is no need for cars or people to pass through, so it's like a little private cul-de-sac. The apartment has everything -- light, charm, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, little extras like food bags for shopping. The restaurants and markets on the street have everything, too, including three ice cream stands. We have gone on several previous family vacation in Paris, but this is the first time we never needed a cab; we really could walk or take the metro everywhere we wanted to be. I wish I had inherited this apartment from a doting French grandfather, but renting it is the next best thing, if you like hotel water pressure, services, and big hallways, this isn't your place. If you like reading about WWII in your very French apartment, you'll love this place.
Wine, bread, cheese, all at our doorstep. We were very sad to see our week come to an end. Well equipped kitchen so we could stay in or dine out. All the furnishing were very comfy, living and sleeping rooms alike.
The location is terrific, on the east end of Ile St. Louis, the more quiet end. The owner was extremely helpful and the pre-arrival instructions spot-on. There are two Metro stops a couple of hundred yards away on the Right Bank. The unit is on the 3rd floor (European), accessed by good stairs or the World's Tiniest Elevator! Best feature is the size - it is extremely spacious for a French apartment, especially in the "public" rooms. There are large living and dining rooms in front. As you move back along a corridor, first there is a TV room. Next is a well equipped kitchen, small but with dishwasher, toaster and full refrigerator - no microwave. Also, the coffee-maker is only a single-cup espresso machine, taking capsules. If you want an American sized cup, you won't easily get it. Next is a small toilet and utility closet (with iron and board). Next a room with the sink, tub and washer/dryer combo, small but effective. Last is the first bedroom. Just before that bedroom is a set of steps down to the second bedroom and bath. There are outlets throughout, LOTS of drawer space and hangars in the closets, very welcome! The beds, while soft, are comfortable. There are some inconveniences. The tiny 2nd bedroom bath, tucked under the stairs, is only a toilet and very, very small shower, no sink. I usually showered upstairs in the tub. There is a major building renovation going on two doors down, scheduled for about a year I believe, but it was not a problem. All in all, the apartment complimented and enhanced our Paris stay.
I couldn't agree more with the other reviewers. This charming apartment has everything. It is beautiful, well appointed and in a location that can't be beat. It also has a lovely small study and includes free telephone calls to the US. I had to work a bit on the trip and it was such a relief to be able to handle conference calls so easily and from the comfort of "home." The only caveat I would add is that the bathroom adjoining the second bedroom on the lower floor is very small and minimalist (a small shower stall and electric flush toilet). My husband and I traveled with our teenage daughter and we all ended up using the larger, more spacious bathroom on the main floor. Not a problem at all for us, but be prepared if you are two couples traveling together. Other than that one caveat, I can't say enough good things about the apartment and the wonderful service we experienced. The property manager, Jenn Sigler, was incredibly responsive and helpful. We loved this property and will definitely stay here again!
This apartment on the Ile St. Louis was a wonderful find! It was so nice every morning for the four of us to meet in the living room and share coffee and pastries, planning our day while still in our pajamas!
The place was clean and the beds were very comfortable. Its location provided easy access to metro stops (Sully), St. Germain du Pres and the beautiful cathedrals of Notre Dame and San Chapelle.
We were soon referring to "our apartment" on "our island". Hope we get to return and stay there again.
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