At the time that we stayed, this flat was pretty much brand new, having been used by about three sets of guests.
It is decorated tastefully with Ikea furniture, the colour scheme is light enough to give a sense of space and lightness. Despite the small surface area we did not feel cramped, and some special touches such as the modern shower were a treat. The flooring is all wood ( or is it vinyl imitating wood?) in any case of a quality that feels clean underfoot and that i wager will age well.
The mattresses both on the bed and on the sofa bed were extremely comfortable-my only complaint there being the pillows( square as the french like them, but also very thin) A couple more pillows to prop these up would have done the job.
The location is ideal, in the heart of the marais, Close walking distance from the picasso and carnavalet museum, yet a few streets away from the bustle of the more popular cafe - shopping streets.
Access is easy : a direct train from Gare du Nord takes you to Republique, from which you Can wheel youur suitcase for about 6 minutes to the flat. Within a ten min walk is chatelet, with its centre pompidou and many buzzy restaurants, but especially, with RER A which takes you to Disneyland in 40 minutes.
We received a warm and efficient welcome from Robin, who runs the little cafe in the same building.
The flat overlooks the quiet courtyard of the building, centred around a tree, so it is completely silent.
A couple more things are worth mentioning, which one might object to or embrace: it is a ground floor. this means there are no stairs, but it also means there are security bars on all the windows. We got used to these quickly enough.
There is no dishwasher, and no space to drain dishes, so self catering for a length of time would be challenging.
Finally, there is no safe for valuables or passports, although there is a cupboard that can be locked which could potentially do the job. ( except at the time we did not have a key).
Three of us were very comfortable there, and i would definitely go back.
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