"My wife and I spent 10 days in this apartment, 5 also with our adult daughter. It is spacious, well-supplied, and very attractively decorated. The kitchen was compact but had a good variety of cooking implements (no dishwasher) and a generous supply of useful and attractive dishes. It was fun to prepare food here and the pleasant, separate dining room was an appealing space to share the riches of Parisian food.
We were delighted to be able to share a meal here with friends also visiting Paris, who were similarly impressed by the space.
The Seine is just over a block away, and the Rue Rivoli is two blocks. Bus-stops for major lines and two Metro stations are less than 5 minutes from the door.
The apartment is as it appears in photos, although the dining room pictures may lead one to think that it has windows into a courtyard. In fact, it is a well-designed space that was at some time carved out of the building's inner courtyard, but the walls are mirrored, not windowed. There is considerable light from extensive skylights, which can be partially opened, but one does have the feeling of not being able to see outside from the main floor. Air circulation could be a concern for people with sensitivities.
The main bedroom is up a flight, with windows into the courtyard, and the second bedroom (pull-out sofa) is in the basement, but is a very pleasant room, as pictured.
Interesting architectural details include what appears to be an ancient well, which is glass-covered, in the dining room, and some clever light wells, that admit a bit of natural light through to the basement room.
Many rental properties lack sufficient illumination, but this one has good lighting (though there were quite a few burnt-out bulbs).
The apartment is also well supplied with linens and towels and the beds are very comfortable. Lots of cupboard space--more than the three of us needed.
The nearby stretch of Rue Rivoli (which changes to St. Antoine just before reaching St. Paul) is a food-lover's treat, with multiple fromageries, chocolateries, and wine shops. We made daily, early-morning excursions to the boulangerie, Miss Manon, at the corner of St. Antoine and St. Paul, and were delighted to have a couple of meals at Le Petit St. Paul, a neighbourhood bistrot not to be missed.
Just across the bridges, sur la Rive Gauche is l'A.O.C., where we had one of the best meals ever.
In all, a perfectly located property, well worth considering for a stay in Paris."
Guest: Myles in Halifax
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: September 30, 2015