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Book this 1 bedroom houseboat in Paris today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a deck, parking space, and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 17 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $1817 to as high as $2146, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 95% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 23, 2017.
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About the owner
About the owner
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- 23 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Paris-ile-de-france Attractions
- Ceiling Fans
- Central heating
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Phone / Internet
- Fax machine
- Internet access
- Wireless Internet
- CD player
- Smoking allowed
– based on 17 reviews
- Very Good
“Can't wait to go back”
I am a little behind on getting this review online. We stayed on Bateau Simpatico in the middle of May 2014. My husband and I had wanted to return to Paris for a week but not in a 5 star hotel as we had done with a tour company. A friend had stayed on this boat many years ago and told us it was the best vacation they ever had. They had taken their two sons before they were married and the four of them had a blast. She gave me the website and we booked our week a year in advance. We then asked our daughter and her husband to let us take our two oldest grandchildren out of school for a week for the trip at what we thought was the perfect time of the year. With permission from their high school we set off for Paris. We did it the easy way. We took a taxi from the airport right to the door of the boat. The kids went in first and the look on their faces when they came back to help us in was wonderful. Not one of us could believe the inside of the Bateau Simpatico. It is a work of expertise and love. The 825 square feet of space was more than adequate. The location on the Seine was spectacular. To sit up on deck with wine and cheese that Saturday evening was nothing but fun. We were taking photos of those on the boats passing by and they were taking photos of us. Each evening we had the light show on the Eifel Tower. The kids never tired of taking photo after photo each day of the week. Our budget was for 4 meals out which had to include escargot. Within a few blocks there are several grocery stores and particularly Picards (just frozen foods) where we stocked up on meals for the nights we dragged ourselves back to the boat at 10PM. In May the days are very long so you just keep going and going. Paris is on the same latitude of St. Johns Newfoundland. We bought tickets for the Batobus for two days. This enabled us to get to many of the sights on our list in a very comfortable way. The RER train was right behind us. It was convenient but so quiet we never noticed it from the boat. From there it was 25 minutes to Versailles. The metro was a block away which put the Arc de Triumphe a few minutes from our location. At night, the gentle rocking of the boat put us to sleep. Captain Bob has his own section of the boat and was available to answer any questions about the area. Because we worried that a taxi might not find us at 5AM on our Saturday departure, Captain Bob got up to bid us farewell and see us off. Now our younger grandchildren cannot wait for their turns to go to Paris with G&G as they call us.
“An experience of a lifetime to live for a week on the Seine so close to the Eiffel Tower.”
Just got home from our trip to Paris this spring. What a wonderful experience to live on the Seine for a week on this boat. 2 couples in this boat fit just fine. Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up or during the day from where the boat is moored is fabulous. This is very close to the markets and shopping and the metro. Just convenient all around. We did the Batobus (just down the walkway from the boat) and also the hop on bus and saw everything we wanted to. A trip of a lifetime to live like a Parisian for a week. Incredible experience. Thanks Bob.
“Magnificant, stunningly beautiful, meticulously cared for”
Captain Bob is charming, kind and helpful in every way. He even met us at the train! The boat is so clean it glows. The wood gleams. Honestly, it is prettier even than the pictures! There is everything you need. We have stayed on another bateau near the Tuilleries, but this location is quieter, more peaceful. There is a little island just off the Bar Hakeim Bridge perfect for picnics. There is a huge market nearby.
“F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald...without the psychoses.”
Paris is a river town. It's a city of Left Bank, Right Bank, ponts, and quais. It's pique-niques 'neath the chestnut trees of the Vert-Galant by day, shielding your eyes from the bateaux mouches by night. It's standing midpoint on the Pont des arts that you realize, in a sudden-surreal-hold-the-rail-for-support moment, "My God, I'm in Paris.” Since Caesar conquered Gaul (and long before), the Seine has been the city's lifeblood, bringing life by day, washing it clean by night. The river is a large part of what makes Paris Paris, and there's no better place for understanding why. And by a happy collision of time, and chance, and circumstance, my wife and I ended up renting the Bateau Simpatico as our honeymoon suite over Christmas and New Year's several years ago. Go ahead, try to imagine something more Parisian than sleeping on a softly rocking barge moored in the shadow of the Eiffel tower, more elegant than champagne on the deck as fireworks blossom, career, and scatter overhead. The care with which the owner (and captain) has restored her is, simply put, astonishing. Burnished wood, brass and leather. Somehow defying the laws of physics, it's larger on the inside. All the modern conveniences you could ask for, and yet it's gilded age and lost generation, a veritable movable (gently rocking) feast, it's F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - without the psychoses. Wrapped in the river, you feel a part of Paris. I've never felt that in a hotel room, however nice. In a hotel, it's always someone else's domain, here, you can easily imagine, if just for a little while, that this piece of Paris belongs to you. I cannot imagine a more romantic, relaxing place to stay in this city (and we have since moved here). I play the random lottery these days with the sole intention of making Bob an offer on the Simpatico. If you get a chance, book it. It may spoil Paris for you, however, as afterwards it will be hard to imagine staying anywhere else.
“A wonderful surprise !”
Ours was an experience beyond our expectations. Bateau Simpatico was a work of art. The location was absolutely the best. It was easy to walk and there was a metro stop close by. Seeing the Eiffel Tower at every turn, night or day, was magical. The owner, Bob, was helpful throughout the reservation process and was a delightful and informative host during our stay. We now feel that we have a friend is Paris. His loving restoration of the old barge is evident throughout--the photos show it well.The quality of the woodwork and craftsmanship was fabulous. It was a lovely, comfortable home to our family while we were there and we intend to return often.
“An unforgettable way to experience Paris”
Our Simpatico holiday in Paris was about moments, rather than just monuments. Capt Bob welcomed us aboard and made us feel very much at home. While we were in the midst of the key tourist area (with the Eiffel Tower overlooking our evening aperitifs on deck and the Champs Elysees down the road), we saw Paris as Parisians do: from the Seine river, with its soothing flow, its energy, its natural beauty and architectural marvels lit up by the lights of passing boats. We were rocked to sleep and woken up by sun streaming through portholes. Friends who joined us for a dinner or drink aboard all marveled at how unique the Simpatico lifestyle is – a sense of being close to nature while being at the heart of a capital city. The houseboat itself is beautiful, the result of years of Capt Bob’s imagination, talent and hard work. It is unbearably romantic. It is a happy place that invites you to live in the moment. This is the perfect location for those who want more from their trip than tour buses, museums and shopping. If you yearn for an adventure and appreciate authentic beauty, you will, as I do, love your stay on the Bateau Simpatico.