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This 57 m2 (610 square feet) apartment with an address directly on Boulevard Saint Germain, has recently been redesigned by a Parisian interior architect from one of Paris’ most prestigious architecture schools. The apartment, with high ceilings and tall French windows, has carefully been chiseled down in certain spots, revealing the rustic, original building structures, like wooden beams and bricks. With the new design, there is a meshing of an artistic, modern, industrial look with the original French structure.
One enters the apartment into the entirely new kitchen. Its waxed concrete floors, gray walls, wood counter and metallic fridge give it an industrial edge. The simple pine wood table seats up to 5, fitting the space perfectly. Notice the Venetian ceiling lamp and the contemporary interpretation of a Cabaza Clava (Peruvian stone sculptures) on the wall; each room a perfect example of the blending of styles.
To the right of the entryway is the newly designed bedroom, with a cozy nook for the beds which can be set up as two twins or a queen. A “palm jungle” motif wallpaper is the backdrop behind the headboard, and two designer hanging lamps are placed by each side of the bed for late night reading. A stylish contemporary lamp lights from the wall and on the opposite wall is a partial section of the original wooden beam (with original nails!) which have been exposed.
The wall between the kitchen to the living room has been opened up, exposing the original brick which has been carved out in an artsy uneven way, which is eye-catching against the white and grey walls, gray cement floors, and designer lamps.
The living room has an open light feeling, with herringbone parquet floors and a black marble fireplace bedecked with a huge mirror. A large and comfortable dark gray couch lines the wall with a mirrored door placed on white brick-shaped rocks serving as the coffee table. The artistic touches throughout are trendy with an undercurrent of classical French.
Just around the corner of the living room, under the mezzanine, is a small TV corner with a day bed where you can sit and watch the TV, or it can be used as a sleeping area for one person.
Climb up 7 steps to the mezzanine. From here one overlooks the living room, even seeing to the kitchen, giving a nice open view. The queen bed, with modern pine headboard, fits snugly into the space. Though not completely private, since the walls are open, this bedroom is visually discreet suspended above the living room.
One can hold on to the rope railing when coming down from the mezzanine. The bathroom is straight ahead. The WC in the first section of the bathroom can be closed off from either side with sliding doors. Just beyond is the main part of the bathroom with a large modern square sink, washer dryer combo, and bathtub providing a rain shower option or attached shower.
The apartment is located directly on the Boulevard Saint Germain, a favorite neighborhood in the heart of Saint Germain, just a few steps away from metro Odeon.
Set back in the courtyard away from the busy street, the only noise that can be heard is the sound of school children during their recreation breaks during school days, since the school’s courtyard is juxtaposed with the apartment’s courtyard. The Seine is a couple blocks away, as well as Saint Michel and the Jardin du Luxembourg. From here it’s an easy walk to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Ile Saint Louis or Chatelet. In fact Paris is such a beautiful city for walking, that one can explore almost all of Paris by foot from this central base.
There is no shortage of fabulous restaurants. Just up the street is the Procope, Paris’ oldest restaurant. Many other tantalizing dining choices await you, whether gastronomical, ethnic, nouvelle cuisine, or simple creperie. This area is also famous for its art galleries, and on opening nights, feel free to join in and mingle, or just stroll down the streets bustling with stylish people.
Additional amenities include: iron/board, cable TV with blu-ray, with some english channels, extra cleaning service available for additional fee (the apartment is clean on arrival), one twin size day bed, that double as sofa in living room for 1 adult, separate wc room with a small sink for easy access for all, queen bed in open mezzanine - this counts as one of the bedrooms, 57 m2 (about 610 ft2), wood floors, high ceilings & tall windows, sink, free calls to north america, non-smoking apartment!, dining table for 5 people, coffee maker, 1st european floor walk up (2nd us) no elevator, free local telephone calls, small bathtub with attached shower or rain shower, two twins or one double in the "normal" bedroom - please specify at time of booking, free high speed internet access; wi-fi or ethernet, off street with no city traffic noise but possibly some school playground noise, extra large living room, clothes washer/dryer - combo unit, linens & towels, all dishes, cutlery & glasses, two burner induction stove top, a combo oven, grill, microwave for all around cooking, two security doors to building.TripAdvisor property ID 4599801...Read more
Left on 05/05/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | MeganReviewed May 5, 2011Stayed Mar 2011
My friends and I very much enjoyed our stay in this apartment. It was easy to get there from CDG airport using the metro system. Just take RER B to St.-Michel/Notre Dame and walk a couple of blocks. The rental company sent us easy-to-follow directions. There are two outer doors to the building that open with a code. The apartment is up one flight of narrow stairs.
The apartment is nothing fancy, but it's clean and comfortable. In the open living room area, there are two narrow cot-type beds that double as couches. We didn't sleep on these, but they would be good for children. The loft is up a tiny set off stairs, and we found the queen bed to be quite comfortable. Down the hall, there's a small bedroom with a twin bed.
The WiFi and phone worked great, though we didn't try calling the us.
The best part of the apartment is its location. It's very close to Île de la Cité and Jardin du Luxembourg. If you're a good walker, you can get to most of the historic sites on foot. There's also a metro across the street, and a different line at St. Michel a couple of blocks away. There are grocery stores in the area if you want to make use of the kitchen. Definitely visit Georges Larnicol (a block to the left) for some macarons!
Left on 04/25/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | History ProfessorReviewed Apr 25, 2011Stayed Apr 2011
Very nice 2nd story apartment in the heart of the Left Bank. Although the Blvd St. Germain is busy street, the apt. is at the back of the building's courtyard and quiet. Ten-minute walk to the Ile de la Cite. Great accomodations for three--crowded for four or five. Groceries, boutiques, bakers, patisseries--all kinds of stores nearby. Odeon Metro stop across the street, PO around the corner. Manager was courteious and very responsive. Two-burner stove limits cooking somewhat and the kitchen could use more glasses, knives, leftover containers, etc. One kitchen appliance and one lamp didn't work. Tourist season rental price
improves with greater number of renters, but see above on numbers. I've rented a half-dozen apartments from VIP, and this was one of the top two.
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