About the Homestay
Warm and hospitable stay in a town house with its own garden, located in a private condominium and in a quiet and safe neighbourhood within Paris intramuros.
Used to hosting international travellers, foreign students or just citizens of the world , I greatly enjoy helping them discover the city for a full immersion in French culture, customs and language according to their areas of interest. I am French, retired, speak fluent English, understand Spanish and a little German, but above all, an unconditional green and pet lover .
The bedroom occupies the whole 2nd floor of the house and grants a complete privacy - ideal for those who want to study or work in a quiet environment, when not simply rest after a full day wandering throughout the city.
The shower is private but not ensuite to the bedroom.
Sheets, towels and a bath gown are provided and changed every week. Cleaning as well as laundry is done every 10 days. A hairdryer is at your disposal if required.
The minimum stay is 4 nights. The room rate can be negotiated with access to the kitchen. A monthly discount will be applied for guests staying over a long term period .
A light breakfast is included in the room rate such as orange juice, tea or coffee, toasts and jam, or cereals and milk . In Spring and Summer time, the shady garden is a perfect place for a cup of tea or a drink at the end of the day if you are not tempted by the New Born pub or the little vintage bistrot accross the street.
French courses can be taken to improve your knowledge of the language according to your level of understanding (1h30 = 30 € for 30 mn vocabulary, 30 mn grammar and 30 mn conversation) .
Please note that because of its location on the 2nd floor and the shower not being ensuite, this homestay does not suit elderly guests or anyone with knee or leg problem.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
This private house is located on Paris left bank, in the 15th district bordering the River Seine and abutting the 7th district . Central Paris can be reached within 15 mn by metro or by bus (stations are 5mn away, when not across the house).
Direct bus to the house from North and East stations for guests coming from UK or Germany. It is a 35 mn walk along the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower.
The area is a residential and family one and homes many monuments (Eiffel Tower, Ecole Militaire, Invalides) , and various museums (Orsay, Rodin, Branly, Marmontan, Monet and Orangerie).
The house is at a walking distance from famous cooking schools CORDON BLEU and BELLOUET CONSEIL, 20 mn walk from UNESCO and is direct by metro to French language schools (SORBONNE, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE and ACCORD).
It is close to the
- the TOUR MONTPARNASSE skyscraper, a large shopping center which offers panaromic views across Paris and the Seine river from the 56th floor
- BEAUGRENELLE, the largest mall in Europe with traditional Parisian department stores, a multi-screen cinema and a choice of many restaurants, overlooking the River Seine
- the AQUABOULEVARD the biggest urban water park in Europe, with two wave pools, 11 giant water slides, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, lazy rivers and a 4,000 m² stretch of sandy beach, plus a whole slew of water games
next to FOREST HILL, huge gym and physical fitness center.
You will find around the house inexpensive but intimate restaurants, trendy cafés, bars and brasseries, wine cellars, cheese delicatessen and bio shops. There are 4 supermarkets and 2 groceries stores within 5 mn from the house as well as two street markets 3 times a week.
Elsewhere around, you will find parks, squares and gardens , a flee market at Porte de Vanves and an antique book market which sell quality goods each weekend at the Georges Brassens Park.
There is a female English speaking doctor across the street and Georges Pompidou hospital is 10 mn away by taxi in case of emergency.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Requests will not be considered without a clear photo and information about age, nationality and purpose of your visit, For long-term stay, a copy of your passport, of your visa, of your school registration and your health cover insurance is required.
Once the guest has settled the booking fee with Homestay and, the room will be secured only if the amount due to the host at least two weeks prior to arrival.
Please note that the Homestay booking fee is not included in the amount due to the host, and that any charges for money transfer are to be borne by the guest.
At the time of reservation, kindly send your flight details (over and back) in order to avoid any booking issues with departure of the current guest and arrival of a new one.
Checking-in is requested after 3 pm and before 8:00 pm. Checking-out is to be done by 11 am. However, exceptions can be made for long distance flights.
In case of cancellation, please contact Homestay and your host.
A flat fee of 15% of the total booking amount due to the host will be retained by the host if the cancellation is done less than two weeks prior to arrival.
Security : Do not invite strangers into the house.
You are not in a hotel but in a private home, so please keep your host informed of your move in and out of the house.
If you want a set of keys, a guarantee deposit of 150 € will be requested to secure loss of the keys or damages of the locks.
If you detain a set of keys, make sure the house is locked properly when leaving the house.
General house rules : You are living in a private condomimium – so no noise or bursts of voices after 9:30 pm (house, garden and private alley).
You are requested to keep the bedroom and the shower room clean and tidy.
No pets, no food and no shoes are allowed on that floor.
No use of the kitchen after 9:30 pm.
The house will be locked by 10:30 pm.
Hosting is not just a business. It is an art and I will do my best so you enjoy your stay in my home and keep a wonderful memory from your visit in Paris.
Smoking is not allowed.
Il mio soggiorno chez Laura è stato quanto di meglio potessi sperare! Lei è stata preziosa in molte occasioni; quando ho avuto bisogno di aiuto si è fatta in quattro per me, ben oltre la normale cortesia. Sono rimasto per poco più di un mese a casa sua, e devo dire che spero proprio di tornarci anche solo per poter godere della sua compagnia. Se decideste di soggiornare da lei, non abbiate alcun dubbio, vi troverete benissimo!!!
Grazie Laura, per la tua pazienza e per il tuo aiuto! Andrea
Laura is a host who deserves your upmost respect and gratitude for all the effort and time she expends. Not only does she give numerous tips on what to see in Paris, she shares her beautiful home and remarkable life with someone who appears on her doorstep as a stranger, yet leaves feeling like a friend. Thank you, Laura, for your kindness, your care and your great sense of humour. (And please give each of your pups a cuddle from me. Those chihuahuas are adorable!)
In the City of Lights, to coin a phrase, Laura stands out as a veritable shooting star - bright, knowledgeable, attentive - but, unlike the celestial version, this one never fades. She can always be relied upon to be there for her guests, perfectly willing, if so desired, to offer advice and information on a host of topics. Her adorable chihuahuas, and cat, complete a memorable household. Highly recommended for just about anyone who loves Paris or who would like to know it better.
In the city of light, Laura is truly a shining star. I felt very welcome in her home and she did everything to make my stay comfortable and my sightseeing and traveling easier. She provided guidance when I needed it on how to use the transportation system, how to make calls within the EU and to the US, where to eat in her area, how to get a SIM card, what is particularly interesting about some tourist areas, secrets of Paris, safety in Paris etc etc. In other words, Laura is really there for her guests when you need her. I love Paris and had a wonderful vacation and stay at Laura's home. She is located close to several bus stops and metro stations and restaurants. Grocery stores are also a quick walk for anything you may need. I felt safe at night in the area. I would definitely stay with Laura again and maybe even take some French lessons with her since she is fluent in English and French and has teaching experience! I had a wonderful experience and her well behaved, quiet little dogs were a plus! So adorable and sweet.
If I have to choose the best decision I made during this trip, it would definitely be the decision to stay at Laura's home. Laura was so welcoming, providing all the information that I need during my trip to Paris including the nice plans considering my age was 20. She also rented me a book about Paris which helped me a lot. I also had a chance to spend some nice evenings with Laura, and actually, those evenings even made me wanted to come home early.
The room was so comfortable, I could see the blue sky through the window, which I thought it was very special. Including the room, the house was totally gorgeous, it was like a museum to me with wonderful gardens. The house was very close to the Eiffel tower and some tourist sights and 5 minutes walking from the metro station. Also, Chihuahuas were so lovely and friendly too. I felt I was exactly at home, thanks to Laura, and I'm not going to forget those memories.
Highly recommendable for younger aged people, and solo travelers.
Lovely lady, can't do enough for her guests. Laura has heaps of valuable information about Paris that I found very helpfull.
The room is clean and comfortable, located just a short walk to the Eiffle Tower.
If you want to learn French, Laura will provide lessons to suite and is an excellent tutor.
My stay at Laura's was wonderful! She is a generous, friendly and caring person and really made me feel at home.
Laura gave me so many invaluable local tips and information that only a Parisian would know, and she was happy to share them in order to ensure my time in Paris was as enjoyable as possible.
Her family of gorgeous little chihuahuas were also a delight to get to know.
Thanks again Laura for a unique stay in your home I'll never forget!
One of the kindest, helpful and welcoming person I’ve ever met in my life. Laura was amazing from start to finish. Not only did she assist me with my everyday needs as far as getting around Paris ,but she also helped me work through some personal issues that have been plaguing me for some time. She is a truly special person and I will never forget her.
Laura was a kind, welcoming, and caring host. Despite having suffered a recent injury, Laura ensured that I had a comfortable stay in her home. Highly recommend for a solo traveler who enjoys good conversation and/or a first-time visitor who wants some guidance on how to explore the city.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Laura. She was kind, generous and delightful to talk to. We spent a few evenings together and she got me hooked on the French TV Series Versailles. Thank you for everything, Laura.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
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