Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Great Apartment - All the details!

Hi there! We are Jason and Alain. Welcome to the Great Apartment! Here's what you need to know...

The apartment is 17m², no smoking, and sleeps up to two people. We're right in the centre of Paris, 15 minutes walk from the Louvre and Notre Dame. Click here to see us on a Google Map.

We are situated on the first floor (i.e. one floor up). There's a lift, although you probably won't need it. The apartment overlooks the building's cobbled courtyard, away from the street.

Apartment details:

- Living room with original parquet floor, flatscreen TV, surround-sound Blu-ray system (also plays DVDs and CDs), cable TV with English-language channels, storage space for luggage and two wardrobes for clothes, lush wallpaper, designer mirror heater, iPod dock (pre-iPhone 5) and Airplay (for streaming music directly from your iPhone/iPad), magazines, guides, CDs and movies at your disposal for relaxation...

- Quality designer Italian sofabed (140cm x 190cm) - very comfortable!

- Free broadband wi-fi access (bring your own laptop or portable device)

- Kitchen with microwave oven, induction hob, refrigerator

- Bathroom with towel warmer, toilet, shower, designer Italian sink.

- We provide all bedding and towels for your stay

- Double glazing throughout.

- Minutes from loads of great restaurants, bars and other places of interest. See our map of all things cool nearby here:

- Perfectly situated for public transport. Chatelet-Les-Halles station is five minutes away - all trains from the Paris airports stop there (direct link). There's also a direct line to Disneyland (40 minute journey).

- Chatelet is a travel hub with three train lines and five métro lines, and there are three more métro stations within two minutes of the apartment. You'll be spoiled for choice! See our map here.

- Eco-friendly. We've done as much as possible to make the apartment good for the environment. All our energy comes from renewable sources. Cleaning products are eco-friendly. Towels are from bamboo fibre (softer, more absorbent and better for the environment). Duvet and pillows made from organic cotton (and no feathers). Heater in main room uses 40% less electricity than a standard heater. Brand new double glazing throughout.

There are a few more photos below (and even more in the Flickr gallery here).

Want to check our availability? Scroll down to the calendar at the bottom of the page.

Want to book securely online? Rates start at 99 euros per night. Click here to get started!

Want to get in touch? We're always happy to answer questions. Just click here to contact Jason. We'll get back to you within 24 hours (and usually much sooner).

P.S. We are two individuals (not a faceless agency) who have lived in Paris for over 20 years now, and we'll do all we can to make sure your stay in Paris is as simple, restful and magical as possible. :-)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

New venue alert - the Royal Beaubourg

This nearby place used to be a naff bistro with stone cladding. Run away! Now it's gleaming with white marble on the outside and a monochrome/cavalcade-of-colour mix inside, with fabric used instead of wallpaper even on the ceiling.

We're not sure it's entirely successful, but full marks for trying.

As for the food, we haven't tried it out yet (the reviews seem to indicate it's possibly a little plain and overpriced), but you might like to go for early evening drinks.

Here are a few more shots...

You can find this and loads of other cool establishments within spitting distance of the apartment on our magical Google map here:

Monday, 25 June 2012

And I drink to get drunk

TimeOut Paris have very helpfully released a new map of the 100 best bars in Paris.  Turns out I've only been to about 20 of of them, which means there are still a lot of cocktails with my name on in the city. Hurrah!

It's a deliciously lop-sided affair (with next to nothing in the south and west of the city) and all a bit bewildering if you don't know Paris, so which choices do we agree with in the area around the Great Apartment?

Well, the Troisième Lieu is raucous fun if you like kitsch music and a good mix of people (including partying lesbians). The Experimental Cocktail Club is always fun, although the security guy on the door is hardly friendly.

Andy Wahloo we've told you about before, and Candelaria is a bit of fun because the bar is 'secret' - you have to walk through the tiny restaurant and pass through a door to enter. Shame they didn't mention Chez Jeanette...

Here's a closer look at the area around us. Click here for the full-size map.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Arts et Métiers museum

Once again, with six months between posts, I can't seriously call this a blog any more. More of an embarrassment. Anyway...

It's no secret that Paris is overflowing with museums. Just the Louvre would take you a few days to fully explore (by the way, there's loads of exciting stuff going on there at the moment, with new interactive 3D guides and a brand new Islamic Arts wing opening in September).

We have plenty of favourite museums, and I'll be writing more about them before too long, but one of them just happens to be five minutes from the apartment (here). It's the Musée des Arts et Métiers, the inventions museum which is fascinating not only for the exhibits but also the building itself.

It's one of the most surreal museums I know. Surreal as in airplanes hanging from a monumental staircase and cars displayed vertically in an old church.

It's also extremely diverse, starting with craftsmanship, moving on to civil engineering such as architecture and construction, followed by transportation (of all kinds), electronics, computing and a lot more. There is some seriously crazy shit in there.

There's even a really ancient relief map of Paris that shows the Great Apartment! Well, rue de Montmorency anyway.

Exploring the place is pretty great, as the circuit takes you up weird staircases, into the roof space and even into a church. It's just nuts.

And despite all the amazing inventions, huge machines and technical achievements, my favourite exhibit is... a toaster.

It's just such a simple system, with an element on each of the four sides, and holders for four slices of bread. When one side is done, you simply turn the button on the top and the slices all flip round to toast the other side. Genius stuff! Shame they don't make them like this any more. It's adorable and very clever.

If you want to see more, check out the blog post I did for the Paris Newsblog here. It includes, at the bottom of the page, a slideshow of all my photos, plus details of opening hours and admission prices.

This is definitely one museum you shouldn't miss when in Paris!