A gem in Paris
Left on Aug 2018, for a stay in Sep 2017
We stayed at Maison d’Anne after a week’s tour of London and Paris with an organized tour group. Anne’s home was an oasis and a balm to our weariness of a week on tour. We felt we were experiencing the real Paris. Anne was welcoming, unobtrusive and shared her suggestions for off-the-beaten path restaurants and markets. The home is cool, cozy and inviting and takes you back in time. We enjoyed views of the Eiffel Tower from the rooftop deck, and swimming under the medieval stone arches in the pool is a memory our children won’t forget. The location is perfect for exploring. Strongly recommended for those looking for a break from the tourist experience…
A heated Pool, two cats and excellent hospitality in Paris
Left on Jan 2018, for a stay in Jan 2018
A family trip is all about bonding and catching up with life. Since our planned family trip fell on a cold month, we wanted a comfortable “homey” setting which we could call home in Paris and none of those reception check-ins and verifications. More often than not, you just want to go straight to your room and sleep or take a shower. Alas, we were lucky to find this “jewel” in Paris located along side the latin quarter and very near to the Notre Dame. All i can say is this; it feels like your friend left you their flat/house to use. There is no breakfast, no laundry, and the usual hotel service but the proprietor Anne shall be most helpful when you will need it. To top it all, there is a gym, a sauna and a pool in the basement which you can use anytime. As our stay ended, we were just lost for words ….. it left us with positive vibes and irreplaceable memories. Thank you Anne and until the next time.
Beautiful, historic house for a comfortable, friendly stay in the heart of Paris
Left on Sep 2017, for a stay in Aug 2017
Took our children to see the sights in Paris as part of our summer holidays this year. After many hours trawling through the options we decided on 3 nights at an unusual B&B in the heart of Paris just off the Boulevard St-Germain, a two minute walk from the banks of the Seine and Ile de la Cite.
Fair to say that from the first moment we entered we were blown away by the house – and I say house because that’s what it is, a house and home to Anne and her family as well as a comfortable, well equipped and beautiful B&B.
This house dates back to the 17th century and is steeped in history, it is a tall imposing building on the outside but inside you enter straight into the warm and comfortable music room and shared lounge, which forms part of the inner atrium rising up at least four floors to a glazed roof above you. Equipped with guitars and a grand piano as well as tables and comfortable couches this is where we took our breakfast in the mornings after calling at the bakers on the corner of Rue de Bievre (less than a 1 minute walk) for some rather fine pastries and croissant.
Anne greeted us in her near flawless English (I understand that Anne and her children speak French, English, Spanish, German and Mandarin) and gave us a guided tour of the house. She lives with her family on the fourth floor, where there is also a small, pretty sun terrace with views of nearby Notre Dame that we had access to.
She also showed us the pool, gym and sauna in the basement that we also had access to and my children really enjoyed using after the hot summer days exploring the sights and sounds of Paris.
We stayed in the ground floor family room which is a double room with twin singles in a gallery, a private bathroom and kitchenette. Anne provides the essentials in terms of tea, coffee, milk, butter and jam and you then get to shop at your preferred boulangerie for your breakfasts of choice – and this area of Paris (let’s face it most of Paris) has a multitude of quality bakers shops to choose from.
The location could not be better as it is great for the metro, the Seine, Ile de la Cite and the Marais. It is secure, comfortable, well equipped and Anne is on hand to provide recommendations for restaurants, entertainment and some off the beaten track tips for seeing the sights.
Maison d’Anne is something a little different from other places we’ve stayed in Paris but is all the better for that, it’s not cheap but given the facilities and location is definitely worth it and I would highly recommend it. Book well in advance though as the house only has 3 or 4 guest rooms.
One thing to call out would be that the twin singles in the gallery are comfortable ad great for older children but may not be suitable for the very young due to the steep stairs.
Unusual, well located gem in Paris
Left on Jun 21, 2017 for a stay in Jun 2017
This was one of my favorite finds of a month long trip to Europe. It’s more than a B&B, and way more than a room. It’s a charming, quirky, quintessentially Parisian home that is in the heart of Paris. Restaurants, shops, boulangers, Metro stop, RER from CDG and Notre Dame just a few steps away. Every morning I would join host Anne in the kitchen for a great cup (or 3) of coffee and breakfast where we would plan our day. She had excellent suggestions for us for restaurants, museums and attractions, all of which were spot on for our family. The pool and sauna were an unexpected bonus that we used each day. VRBO screwed up our reservation and she was able to accommodate us, on the fly, and make our visit work. This will be my “go to” place for any future trips to Paris.
Amazing location, historical building, wonderful hosts.
Left on Feb 24, 2017 for a stay in Feb 2017
Anne is an incredible hostess. The location is great and the building is a a unique Paris experience. This is a B&B type situation, but you have your own tiny kitchen. Anne supplies the basics and more — coffee, tea, milk, eggs, butter. If you want to sit at a dining table or relax on a couch, you need to use the common room downstairs, but it is a wonderful space.
Perfect Parisian Apartment
Left on Jan 21, 2017 for a stay in Jan 2017
We’re a family of 4 that stayed in the “Guest Studio” ( ie the apartment with the mezzanine containing 3 single beds + separate King bed room) for 7 nights. The location, as outlined in previous reviews is perfect. You are a 2min walk from Maubet metro stop, a 5 min walk from St Michel RER/Metro and Boulevard St Germain is at the end of the street so public transport is easily reached. The Seine, Marais, Islands, Notre Dame & Latin quarter are all easily reached as you’re in the 1st arrondissement There is a fantastic bakery/patisserie at the end of the street which offers amazing baguettes and
ready to eat meals – soup, quiche, salads, etc.Plenty of restaurants and bars close by along with a mini mart for your basic supplies. Le Maubert Bar on blvd St Germain did a fantastic Citron Presse along with great wine by the glass for around 5 euro. We were there nightly and it felt like our “local” for the week. The guest studio has access to its own dining room/atrium area so even though the apartment may be a little squeezy the extra space afforded by those rooms made it ideal. The kitchen is a little small but adequate. There is only a 2 burner cooktop + bar fridge + toaster + kettle but NO microwave. Its not cheap by Paris standards ( 280 euro per night off season rates ) but quality never is !!!! What you’re paying for is an unforgettable Parisian experience along with Anne’s lovely gently, warm, informative nature. She couldn’t do enough for us, whether it was organising taxis, advising on bus routes, providing a power point adaptor or sourcing an appropriate electronic shop.