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Charming and Historic Studio in the Heart of Rue Mouffetard

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Charming 26m2 studio apartment in Rue Descartes, in the heart of the famous Rue Mouffetard Quarter. A calm and light haven on the 4th floor with views to France's most prestigious school Lycee Henri IV and the Pantheon on one side and the Parisian roofs of the peaceful courtyard on the other side, this studio exudes the charm of historical Paris with its exposed timber beams and fireplace.

Newly renovated in January 2011, the 'Studio Descartes' apartment features state of the art amenities including wall mounted flat screen TV with Ipod/Iphone dock and cable Panasonic TV including international channels, high speed internet and wireless, phone connection with free calls to all French fixed lines and mobiles and to international landlines in over 130 countries as well as latest model of Brand washing machine and dryer, induction hot plates and LG microwave.

Cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen with the exquisite local produce you get in the Rue Mouffetard at the fresh food markets or walk down to the Seine River (10 min) with a champagne picnic from one of the numerous local wine merchants in the street.

The calm location of the 'Studio Descartes' in the back building invites a good night sleep in the loft sleeping area (mezzanine to be accessed with ladder) with a queensize mattress, or turn your living room into a junior suite by easily converting the trendy 'Sullivan' sofa into a luxury bed with a high quality queensize mattress (top grade of density, 'HR 35', high resilience with 35kg/m3).

Thanks to our location up on the 4th level, we enjoy light entering through the large windows. This is the most historic part of Paris, so no elevator in the antique building with typical Parisian stone stairs leading you up to your private sanctuary. But you do get your daily workout - no gym pass needed!!

The small bathroom features a good size shower (we are both very tall people!), a sink and toilet.

Closest metro station is 5 minutes away: Place Monge (Line 7) and Cardinal Lemoine (Line 10),

RER Line B Luxembourg Station (regional express train network to Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports, change to Linne C to Versailles) only 10 minutes walking distance. This also takes you to St Michel, Chatelet - Les Halles, Gare du Nord.

We trust you will enjoy our little Paris treasure as much as our friends and us do!

Book tip: Ernest Hemingway 'A Moveable Feast' (a copy is in the studio for you to read during your stay if you wish)

'If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then whereever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast' - Hemingway.

Hemingway lived across the street and the old Paris city wall goes through the main building, so you are experiencing 12th century history live!

Keywords: Calm and light studio apartment in Rue Mouffetard with exposed timber beams in charming historic building from 17th century. State of the art appliances, high speed internet connection, wireless, TV, telephone with free calls to all French mobiles and fixed lines and all landlines internationally. Fully self contained with extensive kitchen equipment.

More Details

Tea Dietterich
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian, finnish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Tea Dietterich

Tea is a German/Finnish entrepreneur and business executive based in Paris and Brisbane, Australia. Paris and my studio apartment is home to me and my sanctuary due to its calm position. I love sharing the magic of the City of Lights with our friends and other travellers.

Tea Dietterich purchased this studio in 2010

Why Tea Dietterich chose Sorbonne

The Rue Mouffetard is our favourite street in Paris. It's the old historic Paris, full of charme and activities, with fresh food markets and literary cafes abound. Hemingway lived across the street and today many famous French artists live in the area. It's mostly a pedestrian street where Paris locals, students from the nearby Sorbonne University and the famous Henry IV Highschool (France's most prestigious Lycee) mingle with travellers from all around the world. Just next to the Pantheon and a 10 minute walk from the Seine River and Notre Dame, 5 minutes from the Jardin de Luxembourg, and a stunning 20 minute walk through Ile de la Citee or Ile St. Louis to the Right Bank, it's centrally located for everything.

What makes this studio unique

One of Tea's favourite things to do is the Hammam (Arabic Steam baths) at the nearby French Mosque (Mosquee de Paris). It's an authentic spa experience with Algerian mamas giving you deep tissue massages and delightful tea rooms for lingering afterwards. Best way to get rid of a jet lag.But beware: this ain't an Anglosaxon spa experience!!

Buy local produce at the famous markets at Place Monge and Rue Mouffetard where Parisians shop and cook up a storm in the well equipped kitchen or take a picnic down to the Seine for sunset drinks! You can virtually walk everywhere from this location, but the metro at Place Monge is less than a 5 minute walk and the RER (airport train link) to both airports (CDG and Orly) is less than 10 minutes away (RER/Metro Luxembourg).

I run in the Jardin du Luxembourg, just down the road.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have been home in Australia for a few weeks now, but I did want to tell you again, how much I appreciated staying in your lovely loft in Paris!

You also were very gracious and thoughtful in making us feel comfortable. And we did enjoy your part of the world! There were so many things to see and do.

Thank you again.

With my very best wishes,

Jul 2014
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Sorbonne Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming


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Charming and Historic Studio in the Heart of Rue Mouffetard
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time and very grateful for the opportunity to experience Parisian life in most historic Paris district (5th) right next to the Pantheon and along the famous quaint street Rue Mouffetard. Felt safe and cosy and can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient location and comfortable room

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this room during our stay in Paris and was very satisfied with the room. The room had some character with wood beams and good amount of light. It felt like we were in Paris. All the amenities were easy to use and had no issues. Being in the heart of Latin Quarter with Rue Mouffetard one block away, we were walking distance to many great restaurants as well as local patisserie, butchery, cheese shops, grocery, and wine shops. Many of the restaurants are tourist friendly and some spoke English and the people are very friendly. It's great to shop at these local stores to cook and drink wine at the room. The location is also close to two metro stations to travel to many locations. The RER station is a little bit of a walk if you're coming from the airport with luggage to the apartment, but still a convenient location if you need to use the RER line. Tea was very quick to respond and was patient with the questions I had and the billing process. Very happy we chose this place and will use it again when we visit Paris.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lawrenceville, Québec, Canada

Génial !! The studio was perfect !

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay at Descartes Studio, charming in the heart of Quartier Latin !!!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy, convenient and very Parisienne!

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a short or extend stay, the latter being our case. Very convenient location with lots of shops, cafes, markets and restaurants around, as well as metro stations (close to line 10 and 7). The studio itself has a fully equipped kitchen, charming wood beamed interior and tons of natural light. It's lovely and quiet while still being steps from the bustle of the Latin Quarter and St. Germain. If you have any issues, Tea is very quick to respond and solve them.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Very well appointed and designed appartment owner gave great advice and was personab

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect in that it is close to many of the Paris attractions and neighbourhoods. Also it is about 50 meters from Rue Moutffetard which is a great street for food outlets, restaurants etc. The apartment is very quiet with windows front and back for good air circulation. The apartment is very well designed and the appliances were first rate. Tea, the owner, lives close and was very helpful with her welcome manual of advice on everything from metro access to restaurants etc. We have spent time in Paris before and this is the best location for access to the city. Strongly recommend the property...probably our best VRBO rental ever.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maui, Hawaii

Perfect Location, Fabulous Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed every moment of our two-week stay in cozy, comfortable Studio Descartes. Lively area at night, but the apartment is dreamily quiet. We loved hanging at Café Delmas every night for their happy hour, watching the world wander through Place de la Contrescarpe. Perfect historic, but "local" location. We could disappear into real Parisian life, but still be within walking distance to tourist central, when the spirit moved us. We had the pleasure of meeting the hospitable Tea and Olivier. The fold-out bed was perfect for us. Our friends came to stay for a few nights and enjoyed sleeping in the loft. Kitchen is well-equipped and washer/dryer does the trick. The free wi-fi and free land-line long distance were major plusses for us! Steps are formidable in this authentic "old Paris" style building, so pack lightly and prepare for an amazing experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Les Papillons
Nearest Point of Interest
Arenes de Lutece
Nearest Point of Interest
Bakery Maison Kayser
Nearest Point of Interest
Le Hammam - Mosquee de Paris (Arabic Spa and Steam Baths)
Nearest Point of Interest
La Fontaine aux Vins (Wine and Champagne Merchant)
Nearest Point of Interest
Champagne sunsets on the Seine
Nearest Point of Interest
Jardin du Luxembourg
Nearest Point of Interest
Institut du Monde Arabe
Nearest Point of Interest
Jardin des Plantes


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellation policy: No refunds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.