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Refurbished small flat 2 people - Saint Germain-des-Pres

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Updated: 28-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Place of a particular charm that has always inspired artists

In a beautiful Haussmann building, ideally located in the most pleasant area of Paris in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, a few paces away from Deux Magots cafe, cafe of Flore and brasserie Lipp, close to luxury shops of Ralph Lauren, Rolex, Lancel, Mont-Blanc, Hermes, YSL,... Louvre and Orsay museums, Saint-Louis island and Notre Dame cathedral, Luxembourg and Tuileries gardens are 10 minutes on foot from the flat, Pompidou Contemporary Art museum at 20 minutes. Saint-Germain-des-Pres metro at 100m.

This refurbished flat, on 6th floor by the backstairs (no lift), is small, but quiet and comfortable.

The 2 bunk beds (new mattress 90x190cm) are very stable because attached to the wall; bath/shower is hidden behind a curtain. Kitchenette with hob, oven and fridge.

Shared toilets on the landing, same floor.

Flat screen TV 32' with TNT channels and radio, CD/DVD player. Free high speed wifi.

Bed linens and towels are provided.


Few districts of Paris have a past as rich as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where history and creation come together as one.

Since ever, Saint - Germain des Prés has been a place of a particular charm that has always inspired artists.

Everything started in 542, when the army, leaded by Childebert, son of the French King Clovis, besieged the Visigoths in Saragosse. The Saint Germain des Prés starts to develop near the abbey that Childebert build up, counseled by bishop Germain, in order to shelter treasures of the surrendered Vandals, such as Saint Vincents’s tunic. This church and its monastery becomes rapidly the richest one in France and after the death of bishop Germain, its name is changed into Saint Germin des Prés.

The suburb continues to develop and becomes in the 17th century a center of literature and theater life. Artists meet in the cafés, already flourishing, such as Procope that opens in 1689 at the moment of the Saint Germain trade. Curiously and contrary to all the customs, it becomes the place where artists and clerics cohabit peacefully.

The powerful Benedictine abbey is destroyed during the revolution in 1789. Still, the Saint Germain des Prés area continues its intellectual and artistic blossom, especially in the 19th century. Artists settle there, be it painters like Delacroix, Ingres and Manet, writers like Racine, Balzac and Georges Sand or actors like Mounet-Sully. The place becomes a meeting point of numerous intellectuals and artists who enjoy discussing about culture and actuality.

In the 20th century, the Saint Germain des Prés continues to be synonymous with literary and artistic life. In his essay ' Le piéton parisien' ('the Parisian pedestrian') Léon-Paul Fargue says of the three most important cafés ( Le Flore, Les Deux Magots et Le Lipp) that they are ' real institutions, as famous as state institutions'.

During the Second World War, while Parisians are subject to restrictions and curfew, those cafés are the last place of free exchange of opinions. Every day, Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir arrive early in the morning in one of the cafés in order to get the best seat, near the stove.

After the war, the avant - garde theater grows. At the Babylone Theater are played 'En attendant Godot' de Samuel Beckett in 1953 and 'Amédée ou comment s’en débarasser' de Ionesco. In 1956, Cocteau’s 'La machine à écrire' is given at the Odeon Theater and 'Rhinocéros' at the Récamier Theater in 1960.

Paintors and photographs are also attracted by Saint Germain des Prés: in 1937, Picasso finishes 'Guernica' in his atelier in rue des Saints Augustins..

Musicians are there too: Léo Ferré sings at La Fontaine des Quatre Saisons, and musicians such as Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Charles Trénet, Guy Béart, Charles Aznavour and Serge Gainsbourg whether live in the area or are its regular visitors.

They all enjoy meeting at the cafés in the daytime and in the night in the famous cellars, such as ' Le Bar Vert' or ' Le Tabou' that caused such a scandal. In these cellars, artists listen to the New Orleans Jazz and the Be Bop, brought to the Club Saint Germain or to the Blue Note by Sidney Bechet, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. Juliette Gréco and Anne-Marie Cazalis are the queens of those nights and launch the existentialist stream.

The history of Saint Germain des Prés is an illustration of a particular bond between this area and the cultural and artistic life of Paris.


Les deux Magots, an Historic Place: inside the café 'Les Deux Magots', two superb Asian statues still adorn the central pillar of this famous Parisian café, watching over the terraces on the Place Saint Germain des Pres as they have been doing for over a century.

The café started life in 1813 as a drapery, selling silk and other luxury items. It took its name 'Les Deux Magots' from a successful play of that time: 'The Two Magots of China'.

By 1884 'Les Deux Magots' had transformed itself into a wine merchant's on the corner of St Germain des Pres just as the area was transforming itself into a artistic quarter with the presence of the publishers Grasset and Gallimard and the theatre 'Le Vieux Colombier'.

After a refurbishment in 1914, the café 'Les Deux Magots' rapidly became the place to 'see and be seen'. Soon, legendary figures of the art world were frequenting the café : Verlaine meets Mallarme, Oscar Wilde takes tea, Guillaume Appolinaire and others have animated debates on important issues of the day.

With the twenties came the exuberance and energy of the surrealist movement and its leading proponents could be found in passionate discussions over a coffee or a drink in 'Les Deux Magots'. Then in 1933, after Andre Malraux had been awarded the prestigious Goncourt Prize for an academic novel, a group of enthusiastic writers decided that there should be another independent prize for talent and originality. At that moment 'Le Prix des Deux Magots' was born and it was first awarded to Raymond Queneau for 'Le Chiendent'.

In the tense pre-war atmosphere, Saint Germain des Pres became the intellectual centre of Paris : Gide, Guehenno, Malraux and Chamson regularly ended up in discussions on the café terrace. Paul Eluard introduced Dora Maar to Picasso at 'Les Deux Magots'. Françoise Giroud would have a coffee with Saint Exupery while Paul Morand would be deep in conversation with his friend Jean Giraudoux.

Every morning, Jean Paul Sartre with Simone de Beauvoir would take his seat at 'Les Deux Magots' and write for hours, often without pause, but sometimes stopping to talk to Ernest Hemingway, another regular customer.

In the decades that followed up until the present day, 'Les Deux Magots' has been a witness to the changes in art literature, philosophy and politics. Its history and its combination of tradition with modernity ensures a continued mix of clientele, eclectic and international.

From the book of Arnaud Hofmarcher, 'Les Deux Magots' chronique d'un café littéraire - Ed.Le Cherche Midi

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About the Owner

Patricia Martin
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

12 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


A Real Parisian Experience

  • 5 of 5

If you want want to have the real Parisian experience and live like a local then this central little apartment will put you right in the middle of Paris life. The area oozes history, with ancient little streets, luxury high end to funky hipster shops, bell ringing churches and cafe's which serve artists and writers past and present, all in walking distance to the Seine. Practically speaking there is a supermarket and bus stop across the road, and a metro station and cafes around the corner. Cinemas and pubs are a few blocks away, there is even an Apple Store in short walking distance. The owners were lovely to deal with, very helpful and answered all questions quickly and efficiently. Great little base for your next Parisian adventure.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for a short trip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed 5 days in the studio for my birthday in August.

It is very small but we were expecting this, despite its size everything you could need for a short stay is provided. We made use of the cooking facilities and the fact a supermarket is right across the street.

The location is absolutely amazing, if wanted you could walk to all the main sites. We also found it very quiet being up the top of the building and found the rooftop view very Parisian.

The only negatives would be the cleanliness which was not ideal but tolerable and something we did not expect to be perfect considering the price paid. The other thing is the bunk beds, we weren't comfortable going on the top one due to the danger of falling out of bed but because the beds are wide we simply both slept in the bottom one.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great flat in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

  • 5 of 5

This great little flat is so close to Deux Magots (where Hemmingway thought deep thoughts - and got drunk) that you can see it from the front door. There is a Monoprix across the street for quick access to groceries or an umbrella. It is right in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and within walking distance of just about everything you'll want to see (The Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower are a bit of a jaunt, but are still walkable).

The flat is VERY small (bunkbeds) at the top of 109 steps. This wasn't really a problem for us as the price was EXCELLENT and it was so close to everything. It is something to keep in mind if you want the typical king size bed and a lift at the end of the day. We found the place to be very clean and the host couldn't have been more nice.

I would stay there again in a heartbeat, though I may decide to use backpacks as my luggage as the trip up at the beginning and down at the end was an adventure.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bien située et très fonctionnelle

  • 5 of 5

Conforme à l'annonce, propre et bien équipée; nous avons passé un très bon séjour

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Studio at Saint-Germain-des-Prés

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is very comfortable and it's conveniently located in one of the safest and richest neighborhoods in Paris. It is small, like many other Paris apartments, but it is geniusly designed to ultilize its space successfully; it has a bunkbed, kitchenette, bathtub, fridge, small oven, TV, internet, Blu-ray player, heater etc. everything you need to live comfortably. I've been living here for almost a year now.

Vincent is a nice and reasonable landlord who speaks fluent English, and the neighbors are quite, as well as the area. Right down Rue Bonaparte, you can walk to the Seine in 5 minutes and right across it is the Louvre, the location could not be better! And there are supermarkets close by like Carrefour or Simplymarket at Montparnasse where you can get grocery for quite cheap. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Je recommande

  • 5 of 5

Très satisfait de cette location, bon rapport qualité prix pour un pied à terre sur Paris. Très bonne situation. et très bon accueil, merci.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Paris, Saint-Germain-des-prés, deux magots café, café of flore, brasserie Lipp, Louvre museum, Orsay museum, saint-Louis island, Notre Dame cathedral, Contemporary Art museum Pompidou - Beaubourg, Tuileries garden, Luxembourg garden

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
17 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 May 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
60 night minimum stay
for 60 nights
My Standard Rate
180 night minimum stay
for 180 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Option ménage 20 euros (ou fait par le locataire à son départ)

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Updated: 28-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • apartment


  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Floor Area

  • 7 m²


  • Bathroom - Bath with Shower


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Room - 2 Single Bed
  • Bunk beds 90 x 190cm, new mattress

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