Apartment / Flat for Rent Overview
This tranquil apartment is perched on top of number 13, rue de Nesle. When you enter the apartment, you are struck by its luminosity. There are windows and skylights everywhere, and an open kitchen and living room area separated by a floor fashioned from exotic Wenge wood parquet. A pair of custom-built couches structures the living room, which features four-meter (12 feet) high ceilings. The couches turn into two comfortable, full single beds for extra guests.
The kitchen is fully equipped -- after all, what’s the point in owning an apartment in Paris if you cannot indulge in the pleasures of food shopping, cooking, and entertaining like a real Parisian? It has everything a gourmet chef could need including a full oven; dishwasher; microwave oven; food processor; mixer; espresso machine. Adjacent to the kitchen, you'll find the laundry closet, with washing machine and separate dryer.
Four steps up lead you to a separate bedroom, with two single beds, a sleek corner desk and en suite shower and sink. The two beds can be joined together to form one queen-size bed. The shower cabin is decorated with translucent glass tiling and the bathroom floor is paved in smooth pebbles. A few more steps up lead you to the mezzanine bedroom. A queen-size bed sits right under the skylight ceiling windows. A compact, but private bathroom, with a bathtub and toilet, sits on the same floor (there's also a separate, guest toilet on the main floor, just as you enter the apartment).
All effort and expense -- one entire year of renovation work was necessary here -- were expended to ensure that this is the ideal Paris Pied-à-Terre that you have been searching for. It was designed as a private apartment first, as if we were to move in ourselves, and equipped with many of the features and facilities that you'd find in a five-star hotel room, and more.
Everything from the exquisite materials, to the equipment, to the subtle color scheme, was chosen with the sole purpose of pleasing our owners. We want you to enjoy a flawlessly agreeable stay in Paris: Best Bose music/home cinema system; central AC/heating; even an automatic foot massager for those sore feet after a long day of pounding Paris pavements.
This is an utterly modern apartment, with touches of the 1940s and 50s decorative arts added in some of the furnishings. The furniture that isn’t custom built came mostly from antique shops from Paris and Brussels -- there's even a lamp we hand-carried back from Cape Town -- to add charm and warmth to this unique apartment. The mood lighting in the living room is generated by a set of three painted light boxes by Italian artist Walter Puppo that we found in a gallery in Brussels.
- Bedrooms/Baths: The mezzanine bedroom has two single mattresses that turn into a queen size bed and has its own bathroom. Though it is an open space configuration, you have complete privacy once in the bedroom. The second bedroom has two single beds that can also turn into a queen size bed. There two closets, an ensuite shower and sink and a desk corner. A second, guest toilet is conveniently located by the entrance to the apartment.
- Amenities: Phone, Fast DSL WIFI Internet connection, Cable TV with home cinema, Stereo, CD Player, English Books, Alarm clock, Iron/Ironing Board, Hair dryer & curler, Heating and central airconditioning
- Full Kitchen: Four-burner stove, oven, microwave, Dishwasher, Full refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Washing machine, Dryer, Toaster, Coffee maker, Expresso machine, Blender, Water boiler, Robot...
- One set of bed and bath linens, changed once per week
- Telephone (incoming + outgoing national calls)
- Electricity and other utilities
- Cable TV
- DSL / WiFi
- Air Conditioning
Additional costs to be paid in advance or on the premises
- Museum passes; metro tickets; etc.
- Additional cleaning and change of linen
- Advance shopping
- Transport from/to the airport (see Services)
- Refundable Damage Deposit (see Terms & Conditions)
About This Paris Neighborhood
The 6th arrondissement is one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. It is bordered by the Seine River on the north, and it is located on the Left Bank. For the most part, this arrondissement comprises expensive residential neighborhoods and official buildings (ministries etc.).
The rue de Nesle is buzzing with book wholesalers activities during the day. In the evening, however, it quiets down nicely (though if you’re looking for action it’s just a short stroll down to the river or up onto the bustling St-Germain towards Odeon) . In between, you'll find one of Paris’ most charming market streets, the rue de Buci, and the rue de Seine, lined with wonderful antique shops and art galleries. Not to mention other Paris cultural monuments such as the Académie Française, the Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, the Monnaie de Paris, the Pont des Arts, etc. all of which are within short walking distance.
The rue de Seine, with its antique and arts stores; The rue de Buci, a quaint market street with many chic cafés and restaurants, and a wonderful florist, the Pont Neuf; and of course, the Boulevard St-Germain.
Local areas of interest include:
- Closest Metro stations: Odeon and St. Michel
- Closest Bus lanes: 74, 63, 87
A Bit of Architecture and History
This is a 16th-17th century building. Built on the remains of the Paris fortification walls and the famous Tour de Nesle, or tower of Nesle, both constructed between 1190 and 1220, during the reign of Philippe Auguste, you can still see some of the walls' and tower's vestiges in the building's lobby. The Tour de Nesle was made infamous by Alexandre Dumas, in his story of the same name, which recounts how King Louis X’s wife Marguerite, and her sisters, used to meet secretly with lovers, before disposing of them in the Seine river before dawn.
Guest Reviews of Vacation Rental
These are reviews from guests who stayed at this apartment rental:
"My husband and I and another couple stayed in your apartment on the rue de Nesle from November 10 to November 17. This is a belated note to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay. The accomodations were perfect, and of course Paris is an amazing city. It was our first visit, but we hope that it won't be our last. Thanks to you, and to Sam, who was always helpful and accomodating while we were there." (M. Grau -- USA)
"We enjoyed the apartment and can't wait to return!" (M. Bumsted -- USA)
"Everything about this Paris apartment was lovely: a great neighbourhood, a clean and well-appointed apartment, good service, prompt responses to any requests we had... I have already recommended your place to several friends who are planning to go to Paris." (J. Streeter -- USA)
"We had a fabulous time and the apartment was perfect. Plenty of space for the five of us and a great location with everything close by. Every morning, our kids wanted to get up and take croissants over the Pont Neuf and go down to the park at the tip of the island. We can't wait to do it again. Sam was terrific to help us in and out of the unit and was always available if we had a question about the apartment and to arrange a car to the airport. Thank you again!" (S. Grill -- USA)
"Three of us stayed at the apartment on the Rue de Nesle in September 2006. I have made a practice of renting apartments in Paris over the last ten years. This apartment was by far the nicest in every way. I liked the combination of a centuries old building with a very modern apartment that has all the amenities... good kitchen, bathrooms, etc. The location on the left bank is close to everything. The landlord (Walid) was very helpful upon arrival and departure. If the apartment was rated in the Guide Michelin it would earn three stars." (J. Clarke -- USA)
How far is the subway?
The subways Odeon and St. Michel are about 3-5 minutes away.
Can we park nearby?
As a general rue, it is not at all recommended to have a car in Paris, and the rue de Nesle apartment and its immediate vicinity is even worse. However, if need be, there is an underground parking nearby
Is there a hair dryer in the apartment?
All of our apartments are equipped with a hair dryer.
Is this a quiet apartment?
It is extremely quiet.
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