“A contemporary 1-bedroom apartment, perfectly situated for the Latin Quarter and the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg (self-catering; sleeps 2-5)”
As soon as you enter the apartment, you can see why guests love staying here. It’s big by Parisian standards (80sqm), and the main living space is dominated by French windows looking out over the Eglise du Val-de-Grâce. It's also filled with light, even on grey winter mornings - a real pleasure if you’re reading the paper over your croissants.
The décor is understated, with a pair of designer Italian sofas, a dining table seating up to 8, sleek lamps, a scattering of antique Louis XV chairs and a Napoleon desk. The art is mostly contemporary - a quirky mix of prints, Art Deco pieces and modern Japanese sculpture, with a 3D metal design by up-and-coming Parisian artist Stevens Dossou Yovo on one wall.
The bedroom is very comfortable with plenty of cupboard space, lovely linens and heaps of soft towels (Ralph Lauren, we noticed). The bed is sized for a big, fat king and has one of those marvellous memory-foam mattresses that mould to your sleeping form.
The bathroom is off the bedroom and has a large wash basin, a deep bathtub with an overhead rainshower, a magnifying mirror, organic bodywash, cleanser and shampoo, and a separate toilet. There’s also another toilet off the entrance hall, which is handy if you have kids or friends making use of the 2 sofabeds in the living area (one a queensize double, the other a comfortable single).
It’s always great to come across an apartment where the owner has put so much thought into the kitchen. It’s fully stocked with every conceivable pot and pan, spoon and spatula you could wish for, as well as crockery, glassware and an array of culinary instruments (a chef’s knife set, a fryer, a state-of-the-art food processor). There's an oven, a hob, a microwave and a fridge, plus a Nespresso machine with a range of pods to help you design your perfect morning coffee. Best of all, the dishwasher means you don’t have to worry about washing up.
The cupboards come with basic ingredients - pasta, a couple of sauces, oil, vinegar, tea bags, salt, herbs and bottled water. You can also pre-order additional groceries to be waiting for you on arrival, or hire a chef for the evening if you're celebrating something special. And outside your door awaits a city of extraordinary culinary diversity - to help you make the most of it, Olivier has put together a book filled with information about markets, speciality stores, supermarkets and corner shops in the area.
He has also listed recommended restaurants if you fancy eating out. Check out L’Auberge du 15, a classic French bistro that’s a homely hangout for locals, or don your finery and head to Paris institution La Tour d’Argent for a memorable night out (be warned: it’s pricey!). We were absolutely delighted to discover that one of our favourite restaurants, Le Cosi on rue Cujas, is a mere 7-minute stroll away. It’s ideal for a tasty but relaxed meal, with lots of fresh produce and twists on traditional French recipes.
Families are most welcome at the apartment and the sofabeds (1 queensize, 1 single) mean it can sleep up to 5 in total. It's particularly good for parents with a child under 3 - cots and other bits of baby equipment are available free of charge, and Olivier can toddler-proof the apartment in advance, with plastic edging for sharp tables and covers for plugs.
The Latin Quarter is a great place to wander with kids, and the Seine is a 15-minute walk away.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Olivier can organise an English-speaking babysitter (on request).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Olivier can buy anything you might need in advance, and there’s a microwave for heating up baby food. There’s a shop next door to the apartment, and you’ll find crêperies all over Paris (the nutella and banana options are like catnip for kids).
The apartment is on the second floor and there’s a tiny lift for your pushchair, though you may have to send it up on its own and take the stairs with your little one. The windows are low, so keep an eye on adventurous toddlers if you leave them open.