Studio, Apartment or both ?
The Apartment and the Studio are located side by side with separate doors to the same landing. They can be connected from inside if renting both at the same time making a larger apartment for up to 6 persons with two bathrooms and two kitchenettes. The neighborhood is considered one of the new up and coming hip area of Paris, dense with bars, cafés, and restaurants.
The apartment faces the street while the studio faces the courtyard and has its own little terrace. There are two important things to know about our Paris apartments. The first is that there is no cleaning service (however clean sheets and towels are replenished every week/ten days) so you are expected to clean it for the next guests before leaving. Cleaning supplies are provided and there is a washer/dryer for your own clothes.
The second important thing is that, due to this particularity, and the fact I live two hours away in Champagne, we apply a low rate for what you get. So if you don't mind cleaning a little bit, you can have either a studio or a 1 bedroom apartment, both with fast wifi, cable TV, guide books, phone with free calls to over a hundred countries, and air conditioning (a rarity in Paris) for the same price as a tiny, dilapidated hotel room - maybe even less.
The main difference between the two places is that the studio is just that - a studio where the sleeping area, kitchenette and table for two are all connected in the same room, with the small
terrace just beyond. In the apartment, however, there is a separate bedroom and in the living room there are two fold-out single beds that are made up as a two-seater couch. So if you're
three or four people the option would be the apartment rather than the studio.
About the area and apartments
The 11th Arrondissement is one of the most densely populated quarters of Paris. Located on the right bank (North side) of the Seine River, it borders the 3rd and 4th Arrondissement to the West and the 20th to the North East. It is comprised of various sub-neighborhoods that are often described as up and coming, trendy, and "bobo" a mix of bourgeois and bohème. Although common for guides to comment on the variety of bars and restaurants in any particular Arrondissement, this is especially true for the 11th. Within a 15 minute walk you have 200 plus to choose from. The various neighborhoods create a mix of calm, residential streets and large, lively boulevards, as well as parks and a strong feeling of "local" community. It does not feel populated mostly by tourists as do the areas closer to the Louvre and the Marais, nor does it feel away from the action or that you're sacrificing being in the "center" of the city. By the nearby Métro St Maur or Ménilmontant all Paris is under 30 minutes away. Bus lines 96 and 69 take you across Paris much more affordably than the tourist buses.
There are also many notable sites in the 11th, such as the Place de la République, and the Opera Bastille. There's an Edith Piaf museum and the long outdoor market at Blvd. Richard-Lenoir. On Tuesday and Friday the little market on Blvd Ménilmontant, 100 meters from our door, provides fresh produce, cheeses, fish and meat.
The area around Oberkampf is trendier, more on the bohemian side, and a good bet for small cafés and restaurants. Just outside the 11th you have the Marais to the West and the Père-Lachaise
cemetery to the East. To see exactly where our apartments are located ask maps.google.fr for "27 rue des Bluets, 11ème, Paris". The three windows of our larger apartment are to the left. If you rotate the "street view" looking up the street you
will see the street market, meaning Google took these photos on a Tuesday or Friday. (You really needed to know that? :)
- 1 flight up
- no elevator
- electric heating
- small kitchenette with induction stove top and extraction fan, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, expresso pot, water boiler...
- iron & hair dryer
- cable TV with French channels in studio, international in apartment
- CD player
- DVD player with selection of movies
- free calls to most countries
- washing machine/dryer
- cleaned by guests upon departure
- linen and towels provided every week to ten days