|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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This is a very private and hidden gem. Tucked away under the roof eves of an historic Hotel Particulier this recently renovated secret spot is filled with light, air, and silence. It is located in the Saint Germain des Pres district just between rue Saint-Andres des Arts and the left bank of the Seine and is just steps from the rue Bucci market, Place Saint Michel, the Seine, Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame Cathedral, and is in the center of the narrow maze of passage ways and small streets that abound between the Blvd. Saint Germain and the river.
This recently renovated space has newly refinished floors and freshly painted walls that accent the ancient roof beams. There are windows on both sides of the apartment so it's always filled with light and pleasant cross breezes. One side overlooks tree filled gardens and in the far distance you can see the top of the Eiffel Tower. The windows on the other side overlook the main courtyard, and in the distance you can see the bell towers of Notre Dame Cathedral.
This simple but elegant space has a very comfortable and high quality Queen sofa bed. The high tech coffee table has wheels to roll out of the way.... and can be raised to make a desk work space... or even opened into a larger dining table. The leather chairs are complimented by additional folding garden chairs that are kept in the full size hanging closet. There are plenty of shelves and built-in drawers under the eves and when you want to sleep you can close the solid wood window shutters to completely darken the room. Equipment includes a small TV, stereo, a phone, and high speed Internet access with Wi-Fi.
The studio has a small efficiency kitchen equipped with a ceramic cook-top with four cooking elements, a toaster oven, an under counter refrigerator, and all the dishes and cooking equipment needed to prepare meals.
The modern bathroom has a full bathtub with a wall mounted shower, a basin, and toilet. There is also a small clothes washer/dryer in an adjacent storage closet.
Some History: This studio was the writing workshop (Atelier) of Henri Michaux. Henri Michaux (May 1899 to October 1984) was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is best known for his esoteric books written in a highly accessible style, and his body of work includes poetry, travelogues, and art criticism. Marie Louise, the wife of the famous writer, poet and painter, Henri Michaux, was captivated by this 17th century Hotel Particulier, where they lived and received friends such as Sylvia Beach, T.S. Eliot, Vladamir Nabokov, and Jean Cocteau, who visited Michauxs apartment just below his private atelier.
'It is the prettiest apartment around', Marie Louise writes in a letter to her mother, <a place where one can dream. [I]t has great allure,> she adds. <It is between the place Saint-Michel and Saint Germain-Des-Pres, in old Paris and [is] classified as a historic monument.> Then she describes the <small wooden steps to another floor> which is the atelier where Michaux worked and where <One might imagine oneself in the countryside. One doesn’t hear a sound.> What was once Henri Michauxs studio is truly a quiet retreat in the middle of this bustling city of lights.
We couldn't ask for a better location, on the border of St Germain and the Latin Quarter, a block and a half from the Seine, with a Tourist office at the end of the street. It was very quiet yet so many restaurants and cafes the moment we turned the corner. Walk to Louvre, Notre Dame, D'Orsay, and for hop on/off buses, they all come two blocks away at the bridge to take you to everything else. The only thing we had to do was tape up our door on the inside at night if the people next door smoked so we wouldn't get smoke fumes in the apartment. Worked perfectly. We really appreciated having the wifi and tv. The bathrooms and kitchenette were spotless, many clean towels, and served all our needs. It is a climb to get to the apartment, especially the last set of narrow windy stairs, but given all the pluses, it is not a deterrent. The manager was very nice, warm and friendly, and we felt we could call him if we had problems, which we had none (except for the smoke, but we solved that one). There is a local phone in the apartment as well. We would definitely recommend this apartment to everyone we know who don't want to stay in a hotel, and want the independence of a kitchenette, and the feel of really living in Paris.
Wanderfull location, agency customer service es excellent. Its brignt and quiet, a litte small, and is in the 4 floor, you need to excercise a Little, because are 80 steps each way. I will recomend this property.
I have rented many, many apartments over the years but the studio at Rue Seguier is my favorite, I'll never stay anywhere else.
First of all, the agency customer service is excellent. There is an agent at the apartment within minutes of arrival which is so important after a long, overnight trans-Atlantic flight.
The apartment is always immaculate and has everything I need.
Best of all, it is BRIGHT and QUIET which, when suffering jet lag is so necessary.
I stayed in this “Gem” 3 weeks ago, and it was everything we needed. This place is quiet and easy and this apartment was the right choice for us. The standout thing is the clear views of the St. Germain area and Paris rooftops.
The bathroom is clean and modern, and it basically has just about anything that you might need. The kitchen is small, yet very functional and overall it just manages to provide the things I need without too much hassle.
Even though many might not use the equipment here, such as the TV or the phone, it’s more than acceptable when it comes to the quality and functionality of it all. We enjoyed the fact that they placed windows on the sides, as it allows more clean air to pass through, not to mention that it makes everything seem more appealing at the same time.
From the location to amenities and the astounding view, this apartment was a great experience.