About the property
- Apartment1615 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 nights
Hausmann style 1910 3 a/c Bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms on 5th floor with elevator
This apartment with its three air conditioned bedrooms is in the 7th arrondissement within easy walking distance of many Paris attractions. It's just steps away from the Champ de Mars, Eiffel Tower and within easy walking distance of many restaurants, bars, shops and the famous market street rue Cler. It's just 2 blocks from the metro, just across the street from the bus stop, close to bicycle rental stations, 2 open air markets with one on the right bank at Ave President Wilson and the other on the left, as well as boat and bus tours and within walking distance of many museums and other attractions.
This apartment is a wonderful mélange of antiques and contemporary furnishings from the beautiful, original artwork, the 1920's Baccarat dining room chandelier, patisserie ceilings, original herringbone wood flooring to the ultra modern professionally fully equipped kitchen with high end appliances, a chef's delight.
The apartment was completely remodeled in 2012-2013 with the assistance of a professional French interior designer and by the owner who made several trips to a small town in Provence with over 400 antique shops to hunt for antique furnishings for the apartment as well as shopping in various parts of Paris for additional furnishings. Two large contemporary sofas are on either size of the living room fireplace with an antique oriental rug under them and a custom made glass top cocktail table between them. Custom made pharmacy lamps at the ends of each of the sofas make reading at night easy. Additional lighting is provided by two custom made standing lamps in either corner of the fireplace wall and a Maison Charles (very famous French lamp designer) metal table lamp with metal shade on an antique parquet, round table with copper base in another corner of the room. The two standing lamps were made to compliment the design of this table lamp. A pair of 18th century bergere chairs sit at the end of each of the sofas. They are covered in material of horsehair and sisal and have small pillows covered in Jean Paul Gautier fabric. A very unique feature of the living room is the flat screen television which is hidden behind the framed mirror over the fireplace. The screen is viewed through the mirror.
The nine foot long, oval granite dining room table can easily accommodate 8 to 10 and even if necessary 12 people. There are two 18th century host and hostess bergere chairs and six custom made side chairs all upholstered in horsehair. A beautiful 1920 crystal Baccarat chandelier hangs over the table. Two 18th century carved wood buffets on each side of the dining room fireplace house dining linens, sterling flatware, formal china and CD albums with over 500 CDs of various genre. On top of each of these chests are Baccarat and St. Louis crystal vases and candelabras. Hanging over each of these chests is a wonderful, huge old oil painting which can be lit in the evening by a strip light sitting on the chest under the painting. On another wall in the dining room is a built in cabinet with a Bang & Olufsen six disc CD player, remote control with two tall,l vertical speakers in the corners of living room fireplace wall. On top of this chest which was made to look like a continuation of the wall with its molding is a 1940s lamp with a four sided, square column,, etched mirrored base and rectangular silk shade.
Both the living room and the dining room have a pair of French doors which can close them off from the entry way. These doors as well as all the other doors in the apartment have antique pairpoint crystal, round bubble knobs made in the United States during the beginning of the 1900s. After bringing all the knobs to Paris, all the crystal balls were removed from their shanks which were then replated to have the same finish - one that looks like silver. New matching "silver" escutcheons were made for all the knobs as well.
The kitchen is extremely well equipped with a round, granite top table and 4 or 5 "ant" chairs made by a well known Danish designer. There is an induction stove top, three ovens, convection, steam and microwave, an American side by side, stainless steel refrigerator with a dispenser for filtered water, ice cubes and ice chips, dishwasher,
Nespresso machine with frother and many other electrical appliances as well as a cordless phone and wall mounted flat screen TV. Two sets of dishes, Riedel stemware, Jean Couzon stainless steel flatware, professional knives, baking and roasting equipment and much more. Chef aprons, cotton napkins, towels, and picnic ware. Should guests not want to view anything - like stacked dishes - in the kitchen, there's a sliding, frosted glass door that can be rolled across the kitchen open doorway. Usually this door is tucked away next to the large roll out pantry stocked with many staples for guests to use., but the door can cover the opening hiding the entire kitchen from sight. It's really a true profession chef's kitchen. as one of the guests who is a professional chef remarked.
The kitchen, living and dining rooms all open onto the very long and wide entryway. The entry has a very wide 18th century desk with a laptop, color printer, scanner, copier and fax with a dedicated phone line. There's a Bang & Olufsen BEOplay A docking station with speakers and remote control for ipods, iphones, ipads and a cordless phone, and two drawers with scissors, scotch tape, maps, print paper and ink cartridges. Across from the entry door to the apartment is a two drawer 18th century chest with marble top with an electrified antique owl oil lamp. Next to the chest are three designer metal tree bark looking cylinders holding six umbrellas. An original oil painting of Notre Dame hangs above this chest.At the other end of the entry is a pair of French doors with five sets of double sided, beveled mirrored panes. Closing these doors makes the bedroom area quite private from the living, dining rooms, kitchen and entry.
The 3 beautifully appointed, air conditioned bedrooms all have 83" long beds. There is a cordless phone in every bedroom. The front bedroom with sound proof double door windows and air conditioning has a Duxiana bed with dual tilting, patent leather covered headboards. On each side of the bed is an 18th century. three drawer chest with bone base lamp on it. One chest has a very old ivory elephant on top of it to match the picture of "An elephant in the room" which is on one side of the fireplace wall. On another wall is an 18th century, carved armoire. Sitting on the marble mantle of the fireplace are two antique Baccarat crystal candle holders with gold leaf decorated chimneys and gold leaf and enamel work on the candlesticks. There's an antique chair and matching ottoman in the corner. Behind the chair is a standing Venetian glass standing lamp. The ensuite bathroom has a huge walk in shower with hand spray, overhead spray and wall sprays. Three mirrored walls surround the antique walnut chest converted to a vanity with marble top and undermounted sink. The two side mirrored walls each have an antique crystal wall sconce with two lights.
The middle air conditioned bedroom has a king bed 83'" long.with a mirrored chest from the 40s on each side of the bed. Sitting on top of each of these chests is a Maison Charles metal lamp that has a metal shade with no back so that the light shines on the wall. Sitting on the marble fireplace mantle is an antique Baccarat crystal, scalloped edged oval bowl in a Christofle silvered base with cherubs at each end and a floral arrangement in the middle. Beside the fireplace is an antique piano stool with a scalloped edged wood inlaid back. Behind the stool is a custom wall lamp with an arrangement of crystal flower bouquet surrounding the six flame lights. The art work in this room is exceptional with two framed original water color set designs created in the 1830s by the first set designer of the Opera Garnier. The original oil painting over the bed was done by a Bolivian who came to study and live in Paris in 1910. The ensuite bathroom has tub, shower. marble top vanity with undermount sink and toilet.
The third air conditioned bedroom has twin 39" wide and 83" long beds that can be made into a large king. It has very wide 18th century, three drawer chests on either side of the bed with tall Venetian glass base lamps on them. There is an 18th century chair upholstered in a modern designed fabric in the corned next to the fireplace. Beside the chair is a custom made pharmacy lamp which has attached to it an small rectangular tray. There are a pair of St. Louis crystal vases on the fireplace marble mantle. The painting on the wall over the bed of the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe was painted in the early 1900s by a famous French painter known for his Parisian street scenes. The ensuite bathroom has a custom made vanity with marble top and undermount sink and a walk in shower.
All of the bedrooms have high quality linens and bedding including cashmere throws. All bathrooms have luxury terry robes, hairdryers and heated towel racks.
The hallway in the bedroom area has a powder room and cabinets with travel books, art books, dictionaries, baseball gloves, ball, two sets of boules,decks of playing cards and many games.
The laundry room is down the hallway to the back or third bedroom. It has a washer and dryer, iron, ironing board, hand wash drying rack as well as soap, softener and instruction booklet on how to use all of this equipment.
All phone calls made from the cordless phones in the apartment are free to North America and Europe. There are instruction booklets for all the equipment in the apartment as well as another with loads of useful tourist information.
S Gay Hugo-Martinez
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- english, french, spanish
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- May 19, 2018
About S Gay Hugo-Martinez
My husband and I are retired professionals. We have a home in Southern California close to the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego and another in Deer Valley, Utah, where we spend the winter months skiing. Both of us have traveled extensively including go across Canada and the United States in our 40' RV. I have lived in Scotland, Switzerland and France as well as in the United States. My husband grew up in Arizona and I grew up in Michigan and Pennsylvania. He's an electrical engineer with an MBA and I was a Federal Prosecutor for the Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, and later for the U.S. Attorney's office Southern District of California. After retiring I was the President of two non profit organizations in the San Diego area. My husband is and has been on the board of electronic companies.
S Gay Hugo-Martinez purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why S Gay Hugo-Martinez chose Gros-Caillou
I love France. Since 1990 my husband and I have come often to France, rented houses in various locations and chartered a barge for a few years. We've seen and enjoyed this country. In 2012 for my birthday my husband gave me a 3 month stay in Paris. We rented an apartment near Esplanade des Invalides. During our stay I would look at the real estate listings in the front windows as I was passing by. At 6:30 pm on a Friday night four days before we were leaving France, I saw the listing for this apartment. I had seen the previous listings in the window of this company and knew that this was a new listing. Went home, told my husband I had to see this apartment. We walked to the real estate company and half hour later we were in the apartment and just loved it. Returned to the States. One week later, Friday night in Paris, I phoned the French realtor who told me that there was an offer on the apartment. I immediately phoned a French attorney that night and the next day he phoned to inform us that we had bought the apartment. I have loved furnishing this apartment in antiques and vintage pieces appropriate for this 1910 apartment. In some cases it's been a real treasure hunt - like finding sources for the many pairs of vintage crystal pair pointe door knobs for all the doors in the apartment. I've made several trips to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, a small village in Province, that has over 400 antique shops hunting for just the right pieces of furniture for the apartment. I've made trips to the huge Paris flea market looking for 2 small mirrored bedside chests to fit into the middle bedroom. Perseverance paid off, I found them! Furnishing this apartment, for me was a labor of love. I hope that all that stay here enjoy the apartment as much as I do.
What makes this Apartment unique
I fell in love with the beautiful interior finishes of this apartment. The moldings or 'patisserie' as the French would say, of the ceilings in the living and dining rooms have cherubs, puppies, monkeys, birds and flowers in the plaster work. All of the other rooms have detailed plaster work on their ceilings. All the walls have detailed moldings. There are double French doors mirrored with beveled glass at the end of the entryway that close off the living, dining and kitchen from the 'private' area of the bedrooms. The entryway is spacious and welcoming. Right at the end of the entryway just entering the 'private' area is the powder room - great location for guests and all. The kitchen is great. It's quite conveniently located just across from the dining room. I really like to cook and this kitchen is made for it with 3 built-in ovens, microwave, steam, convection, bake, broil and an induction stove top. The long countertop is granite and there's a very large stainless steel sink and dishwasher. It also has a pull out pantry and an American size side by side refrigerator with filtered water, crushed and cubed ice dispenser. Best of all, we can eat in the kitchen at the round granite table. I also liked that each of the 3 bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom. That's not easy to find in Paris! After we bought the apartment in 2012, I had all the bathrooms remodeled installing heated towel racks, better lighting, and beautiful vanities, sinks, faucets and framed mirrors.
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Lovely 3 bedroom apartment near Eiffel Tower
Our group of 4 adults stayed in this lovely, 3 bedroom apartment for 5 nights in Paris in mid-May. The apartment is very spacious, beautifully furnished, and located in a neighborhood near the Eiffel Tower. There are numerous restaurants, convenience stores, and bakeries nearby. A taxi stand is less than 2 blocks away. The apartment is on the 5th floor (6th floor by U.S. standards) and there is a small lift that accommodates 2 people at a time.
The communications with the owner prior to, during, and after our stay were very timely. The recommendation to use Mikael as a driver to and from the airport was much appreciated; he is prompt, courteous, and familiar with the apartment location.
The apartment is very clean. The beds in all 3 bedrooms are extremely comfortable and the bedding is high quality. The towels in the bathrooms and the bathrobes provided are luxurious. Each bedroom has an attached bathroom with a sink/countertop and shower/tub combination. Only one of those bathrooms has a toilet. There is a second toilet in the hallway (very small half bath).
There are air conditioners in each of the 3 bedrooms which was one of our key criteria in selecting an apartment. Unfortunately, the unit in one of the bedrooms did not work which was known before our arrival but not communicated to us until after we followed up with our concerns about how warm that room was. The situation was compounded by the heat in the apartment being on constantly in spite of 75-80 degree outdoor temperatures with bright sunshine during our entire stay. We noticed the heat pouring out of an uncovered vent near the entry door in the apartment on arrival and asked that the heat be turned off. The representative who met us there informed us that the heat was controlled by the building management and nothing could be done (there are no thermostats in the apartment and no vent covers on large vents). The owner subsequently recommended opening the windows which did help tremendously during the day but the noise from the street at night made it very difficult to sleep in that front bedroom with no AC.
We absolutely would have rated this apartment as a 5 star if not for the uncontrolled heat and the lack of resolution for the broken AC unit. Even having a fan in that front bedroom would have helped.
We hope to return to Paris for a future visit and would love to rent this lovely apartment again during months when the heat is not on.
When I knew that it was very warm in the apartment and that the heat was still on (which is controlled by the building, not each apartment) I had my assistant in Paris contact a plumber to come and turn off the heat. The plumber came as soon as possible and turned off the heat while the guests were still there.
Regarding the air conditioning. Only one of the 3 bedrooms has an air conditioner that is not new this season. I was in the apartment in mid May and turned on the a/c in that bedroom, cool air came in, but it wasn't really cold. I thought that perhaps it was because it wasn't hot outside. The French system of air conditioning is quite different from ours in the States. In Paris no building can have an a/c unit outside the building. All the a/c units are water cooled and have the "works" inside the apartment. I'm not familiar with the system, but did ask my assistant to have someone come and look at the unit. This problem was not addressed as promptly as the guest requested because these guests arrived on a Friday and left on Tuesday. That Monday in the month of May is a holiday in France, the repairmen work only a 35 hour week less than that in the month of May. I couldn't get the repairman there because none of them worked over that 3 day holiday. I did the best that I could in getting a repair person as quickly as possible.
The elevator/lift can accommodate 4 people without luggage or 2 people with luggage.
The only reason I don’t give this gorgeous , quintessential Parisian apartment 5 stars is because unlike its property description, both by owner and in summary form, it does not have more than two (2) toilets , in spite of three (3) en-suite bathrooms for the three (3) bedrooms. Our group was looking exclusively for 3+ bathrooms with 3+ toilets.
I do not believe the owner has deliberately misrepresented the inventoried rooms in her property description. Everything she details in her thorough portrait of the apartment is accurate. You just need to be able to read between the lines to understand that what is not listed or described, is not there.
I think also this is about cultural differences in customs and lifestyles. American bathrooms always mean there is a toilet included. You may not get a shower or a tub, but those features would be highlighted so the renter would know what to expect.
Vive la difference.
If you want a truly outstanding apartment in Paris this is where you want to be. Extremely comfortable accommodations, steps from the Eiffel Tower yet in a quintessential neighbourhood of the 7th arrondissement.
The apartment itself is outstanding. Very spacious kitchen, living areas and bedrooms which is not usually the case in Paris. It has been decorated with an eye for classic French design yet has an ultramodern, extremely well equipped, user friendly kitchen. Attention to detail and quality throughout. The owner has taken a lot of time to document the numerous amenities that come with the apartment and how to operate them. They have also spent countless hours putting together a book of their favourite restaurants, museums, art galleries and generally fun things to do if you have the time. There is even a book that provides extremely useful information for travellers such as local hospitals, dentists, baby sitting services, how to use the transportation system etc.
The neighbourhood is full of outstanding restaurants (typical french eateries), fully stocked grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shops, wine shops and the famous outdoor markets of Rue Cler and Avenue President Wilson. You really feel like you are one of the local residents when you are out and about.
The description by the owner is exactly as written and the reviews that are posted are spot on. We have stayed in several apartments in Paris and this one is, without question, the best. We are planning our next visit and would not consider staying anywhere else.
we cannot recommend this apartment more highly. it was beautiful, well maintained, and perfectly located to the eiffel tower, subway, wonderful restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores. the wifi was fast, there was laundry machine and dryer, and a very nice nespresso machine. the owner provided detailed instructions on using the appliances in the apartment, how to travel in paris, where to eat and places to visit. she was pleasant and a pleasure with whom to work. i will definitely return again to stay at the apartment for it is absolutely the best place to stay in paris.
Superb apartment. This is a spoiler for any other apartment
We were three couples, who have just spent a September week in this marvelous apaartment, and we can only second all the superlative remarks made by others who have spent time here.
I can also say that when our Parisian friends visited, they, too, were amazed at he size and quality of this excellent space. It was love at first sight for all three ladies, and the husbands were also impressed with the way things worked!
We are all retired and active travelers, and thought the location was superb for the metro and even better for the bus, as well as super for walking in the Champs de Mars, and nearby streets.
Once you stay in this magnificent apartment, you cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Paris! We were lucky enough to spend five luxurious days there with our teenagers. The location is literally perfect, central to everything in one of the most beautiful/desirable neighborhoods in Paris, and steps from a quintessentially Parisian street corner boasting a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower along with a lovely cafe, a fun bistro, and a convenient taxi stand with cars always waiting (no hailing). The beautiful decor in the apartment includes loads of gorgeous, interesting artwork that we especially enjoyed. The owner has made a special effort to display French art that reflects the period in which the apartment was constructed while including a few contemporary pieces from all over the world that complement each room. And she has assembled information on each piece and its artist as part of a handy welcome binder -- this brought the artwork alive for us. Meticulous attention to detail has been put into setting up the apartment for discerning guests. From the excellent WiFi (which our teens were grateful for), to the easy-to-use safe, nicely labeled recycling bins and laundry machine instructions, nothing has been overlooked for ease, comfort and security. Finally, its ultra-spaciousness makes the apartment an ideal gathering place. We entertained different guests for wine and hors d'oeuvres three times with the consensus being "Wow!" each time. Even our local Paris friends were dazzled! If five-star is what you seek, look no further. We will absolutely return, again and again.
This apartment is ideally located to walk to many attractions on both the left and right banks of the Seine. Shopping is quite close on rue St. Dominique, the market street of rue Cler, open air market on Ave. President Wilson is just a short walk down Ave. Rapp to the other side of the Seine. Likewise Ave. George V and the fashionable Ave Matignon along with the Champs Elysees are just across the river via Ave. Rapp. The Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars are steps away. Ecole Militaire and the metro are 2 blocks away. Invalides is a short walk and just across the river from it are the Grand and Petit Palais. Right next door to the apartment is an ATM machine. I've prepared a 'Welcome Binder' for all of those staying in the apartment that lists sites, shopping, markets restaurants quite close to the apartment and other sections of the binder list favorite bars and restaurants in various arrondissements, nearby gyms, markets, speciality markets, museums and tours, bookstores, as well as how to get around on the Metro, RER, useful websites, emergency information including doctors that make house calls and finally how to use the telephone to make calls outside France.
Even though this is an old building (constructed in 1910) all 3 bedrooms are air conditioned. Making staying here in the summer quite comfortable.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
7 nights or more $1,000.00 per night based on 6 guests. There is an additional fee for the 7th guest based upon age.