This Tiny gem of a studio is located on a quiet one-way street in the very heart of the historical Latin Quarter, mere yards away from both the Seine and Notre Dame Cathedral. It is close to tourist attractions, shops, restaurants, banking, taxi, bus and metro. It sleeps two people comfortably on a large, new, custom-made Italian sofa-bed. The flooring, fridge, television, coffee-maker, microwave are also all new.
- Studio200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay5 nights
Tiny studio with modern bathroom and kitchenette, sleeps 2 on a large sofa-bed.
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 20, 2018
About Helen Wilson
My husband and I bought this studio on one of our trips to Paris. Its ideal location won us over immediately. Although we reside part-time in Canada, Paris is our favorite European destination, so we find frequent excuses to spend much of the year there with family and friends.
Helen Wilson purchased this Studio in 2002
Why Helen Wilson chose Sorbonne
Location, location, location! This studio is very small, however it contains everything two people would possibly need to enjoy a very comfortable stay in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
What makes this Studio unique
The studio is located close to everything a tourist in Paris could possibly want to see and do. There is a large outdoor market 50 yards away, held three times weekly: fresh food ,clothing, jewellry, you name it! There are a number of restaurants (French, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican) within a two block radius, There are three supermarkets, three pastry shops/bakeries, two or three large banks, ATM machines, laundromats, police station, gym, taxi stand, bus and metro stops close at hand. You will not need a car to explore this city! Notre-Dame and the Seine are both 1 block away, as the book-sellers that line the banks of the river. The Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the Musé d'Orsay are 40 minutes on foot, or 15-20 minutes by bateau-bus.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The price is right - but not for a long stay
For the price, you absolutely cannot beat the location. You can see Notre Dame from the sidewalk of the apartment. It is a very central location, right next to subway stops, restaurants, supermarket, etc. We also felt very safe in the area, and it was relatively quiet. Really cannot say enough good things about the location.
The a/c window unit was also a HUGE plus, as Paris was pretty hot when we were there in July. Most rentals do not have any kind of a/c, so we were very grateful to have it.
However, you get what you pay for, and there were definitely some drawbacks and disappointments to this apartment which for us overshadowed the good. Yes, the apartment is tiny, which was thoroughly communicated by the host, so we don't fault them that. The problem was that when the bed was folded out, you cannot walk around it. So if two people are sleeping in the bed and one has to get up in the middle of the night, the only way is to wake up the person next to you by climbing over them. We didn't realize this during booking. The bed was also pretty uncomfortable - the center of it is very sunken in, causing both people to sink towards the middle of it.
There were several issues with the shower, and there appeared to be mildew all over the bathroom ceiling.
Additionally, the listing says they have a "concierge", but this does not mean much of anything. We called the concierge only once, halfway through our 8 night stay to request one additional roll of toilet paper and a fresh set of towels. We were told that they do not provide these, so we had to go buy a pack of toilet paper just to use one roll. The "concierge" did not check on anything about the stay, other than asking what time we'd be leaving, and denied our one simple, reasonable request.
Perhaps these things would not be an issue to a guest who was staying alone, or guests who would only stay a few nights. They can be overlooked for a couple of nights when it means a great location at a great price. But by the end of an 8-night stay for two people, we were very frustrated by these things, and it didn't make for a very enjoyable stay.
Thank you for your comments on your recent stay.
I appreciate that you also took the time to point out the positive features of the studio, location, price,safety, nearby local amenities, A/C.
Regarding the sofa-bed, it was a purchase we made four years ago, in response to some guests who suggested it would be better idea than a regular bed in our small space. Although we spent a fair amount on a sofa-bed, it has not proven to be comfortable after a couple of years as the mattress is necessarily thin in order to be able to fold up. We are in the process of replacing it with a regular bed once more, which will be done by mid-September.
Regarding the shower, I will speak with the housekeeper to ensure that the stall is properly cleaned - this is a complaint we have not previously experienced.
Finally, the apartment is a room for rent, not a hotel, so basic supplies provides are in effect "starter supplies", which the guest can replenish as required. Our concierge lives off-site and can be contacted for help in emergencies, such as lost passports, lost keys, floods, lack of water or heat etc.
With supermarkets just one block away, it is reasonable to expect the guest to walk to the store and spend a couple of euros on additional sundries such as shampoo, toilet paper etc. We normally give the guests one set of towels each for a one-week stay. In the past, we left out several towels, which guests invariably took home with them as "Paris souvenirs". As with the maps and tourist brochures, we replace them often, but travelers take them home with them.
Not cozy not confortable but perfect location
The positives: The location is fantastic close to the seine, subway, RER, lots of restaurants, the area is a but expensive but you can find everything you would like within walking distance. 4 very good restaurants just outside the apartment. Newer bathroom with hot water although the shower leaks a little bit. Only one flight of stairs. Good internet and excellent communication throughout with the owner and the cleaning lady Nacerra who welcomed us. Refund in 10 days. Advertized as tiny studio, not so tiny 200 sq ft. The price is right only due to the location.
I do not understand the good reviews. If you are looking for an older Paris beatnik type apartment you found it.
Totally cramped . Advertised as tiny studio, we do not mind small, the problem was not the size but the bad use of space.
Our main complaint was the bed, the Italian made sofa bed advertized was way too large for the apartment when opened but comfortable seating when closed.When the bed is open you have 8 inch to walk around the bed but there is a 6inch shelve in the way,( we had to remove that shelve temporarily as well as a bar table and 2 stools ) that needs to be moved to open the bed. So when the bed is open there is no access to table and stools. We left the sofa bed open to take naps during the day after our long walks but then we had no table, no stools and an 8 inch access to the bathroom unless you want to roll over your partner. The feather duvet had no cover. Only one clean sheet( I had requested an extra one not received)and what seemed like an unclean older blanket, very rough. The bed sinks in the middle and you can feel the bars in your back, mostly on the left side. Neither of us have much padding.
Kitchen: half of the accesible kitchen cupboard is taken by cleaning supplies, right next to the silverware. There are lots of unneeded stuff and personal stuff throughout. The whole apartment needs to be reorganized. The kitchen is useless, no counter space, (no cutting board or large knife that we could find) no table and stools if the bed is open. We were unable to even fix breakfast, unless we had moved the furniture.
The apartment is cluttered with a lot of useless, unnecessary and some personal stuff. too much electronics and kitchen ware
Amenities: no maps, no shampoo but a bar of soap. Limited towels for our 5 day stay.
Unrefundeable, otherwise we would have left, we will not return to this apartment.
I appreciate your taking the time to provide such a detailed critique of your recent stay at my Paris studio. While I sincerely regret that you did not enjoy your experience, I hope I can counter or address some of your remarks:
"I do not understand the good reviews"..
Happily, I have received mainly positive reviews and several repeat visitors over the past 15 years. All of my guests are entitled and encouraged to voice their opinions on their own personal experiences, just as you yourself are.
"If you are looking for an older Paris beatnik type apartment you found it"
"Advertised as tiny studio, we do not mind small, the problem was not the size, but the bad use of space"
"The apartment is cluttered with a lot of useless, unnecessary and some personal stuff. too much electronics and kitchen ware."
My studio is definitely not a hotel room. It is actually a personal living, lived-in space. I, or family members live there for several months of the year.So, unlike a standard hotel room, you will not get the impression that you are the first person to ever enter the room. There is a computer, DVR, radio, computer, printer, DVD movies etc. because we use and enjoy those electronics. As a matter of fact, when we have had long-term visitors (2-3 months) who are there to work in Paris, not visit as tourists, they have explicitly requested some of the same amenities that you see as unnecessary, or simply contributing to clutter.
The building is roughly 250 years old and being in the Latin Quarter, the oldest area of Paris, the older beatnik vibe is considered 'charming' by many.
"Amenities: no maps, no shampoo, but a bar of soap. Limited towels for our 5 day stay".
Again, this is not a hotel room rental. Although we regularly place tourist maps and booklets in the dresser drawer, inevitably, guests take them when they leave. We also stock bars of soap and toilet paper and a few groceries in the fridge, with the understanding that if the guest runs out of toilet paper, soap, shampoo, coffee capsules, or milk etc. then he/she will simply go to the nearby grocery store and purchase what they need.
We now carefully issue the number of towels, because, sadly, guests have often departed with them.
I should mention that we will be replacing the four year-old Italian sofa-bed, which was itself suggested to me by previous guests, with a standard bed, in the coming weeks. This should provide more room. Thanks again for your comments.
Perfect location - place as advertised
Overall I had a good stay and the unit is in a great location in Paris. You can walk everywhere with easy access to the metro. While the unit is very small, there is a large window with natural light and the upstairs loft provides an extra sleeping spot.
Wifi worked well and there is a phone in the unit for local calls as well as access to a laptop. Only complaint I have is that the surfaces are uneven (so walking through from the entrance to kitchen to living room changes height so watch your step). There was always hot water but it did shift drastically from warm to scalding, so something to note. For the price point, this is a good option despite tiny bathroom and kitchen area. Everything was very clean. Oh and there was coffee in the unit when I arrived as well as baguette, butter, and orange juice. There is also an iron and iron board that you can use.
Great location - put on your walking shoes and enjoy Paris!
As advertised, a little studio in a perfect location. What you see in the photos is what you get. There is also a small mezzanine above the kitchen which allows for sleeping, but we are on the tall side and opted for the sofa bed.
We were met by a greeter (with a baguette and orange juice), with information about the studio (secure, one floor up from the ground). It's very close to the Metro, lots of restaurants and shops, as well as the Seine, Notre Dame and much else that Paris has to offer. We hardly used the Metro as we walked everywhere - including Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower!
The open studio window let in fresh air and street noise, but once closed, did a good job of blocking out most of it. Not much neighbour noise was heard. We didn't use the portable air conditioner.
The studio kitchenette is enough to self-cater, although we only used the fridge, toaster and microwave. There is a small portable hotplate and cookware if one wishes to prepare meals. There is also a coffee machine, kettle and a tall café-style meals table and two stools.
The wifi worked well and there was plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
We experienced a few small issues, which we reported to the owner and received a courteous and prompt reply.
Cozy & comfortable apartment
Great location. Apartment had all needed for a 5 night stay. Wonderful bottle of wine, baguette and cheese were there for me when I arrived. Very safe area and building.
Aaah! What a location.....
We loved being in a historic part of Paris and close to a metro stop, grocery store, many cafes, Norte Dame and other sights, a market on Saturday and other shops during the week. We walked most days and evenings to our destinations. The neighborhood was quiet at night. The studio was small but adequate. We didn't intend to cook there but the kitchen had everything except a stove. The air conditioning and wi-fi were a plus. We had a lovely time.
Other Activities: museums, art galleries, Montmartre, flea markets