About the Homestay
Warm and hospitable stay in a 1870 town house with its own garden, located in a private condominium and in a quiet and safest neighbourhood within Paris intramuros.
Used to hosting international travellers, foreign students or just citizens of the world (except French ones) , I greatly enjoy helping them discover the city for a full immersion in French culture and habits according to their areas of interest.
For those learning French or improving their knowledge of the language, I provide sessions on a daily basis, prices to be negotiated according to their level and frequency.
I am French, retired, speak fluent English, understand Spanish and a little German, but above all, I am an unconditional green and pet lover .
The newly refurbished 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 on the same floor as the bedroom. Sheets, towels and a bath gown are provided every week. A hairdryer is also available. Laundry is done on a weekly basis.
The room fee includes a light breakfast (tea or coffee with toasts and jam) and access to the kitchen to prepare breakfast and fix a quick meal in the evening.
During 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 street terrasse of the bistrot across the street.
The minimum stay is 4 nights and a preferential rate is granted to students staying for a long term stay (over 4 months).
Please note that there is a spare mattress in the room which can be used over a week-end to host a family member or a friend at half the night.
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.
- Non Smoking
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). It is a 35 mn walk along the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower.
Direct bus to the house from North and East stations for guests coming from UK or Germany.
The area is residential and familial 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
- FOREST HILL 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 an English speaking doctor across the street and European Georges Pompidou Hospital is 10 mn away by taxi in case of emergency.
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Please make sure you are legal age and that your Homestay profile shows a clear picture corresponding to the one on your passport.
After settling the registration fee with Homestay, you will receive by email your host bank details in order to settle the total amount of the booking through a bank transfer . Please note that banking charges are yours and that the settlement of the room has to be done within a week after registering with Homestay and in any case, before your arrival date. This will secure the reservation of the room.
In the mean time, you will have to provide by email a photocopy of your passport and of your flight details (over and back).
The first thing is to inform your host and Homestay.com who will update your host calendar.
If the cancellation is notified one month before arrival, you will be refunded the amount you paid minus a flat fee of 10% of the booking amount .
If it is made 10 days before arrival, a fee of 30% will be kept by the host.
A deposit of 150€ is requested for you to get a set of keys and will be refunded when you remit the keys at the time of your departure.
Long term stay
For a stay over sixty days, the room fee can be settled on a monthly basis on the 10th of each preceding month and a guarantee deposit corresponding to 15% of the total amount due for the entire stay will be requested, to be settled at the time of registration on line and deducted from the final monthly payment. In case the guest departs before the due date, this guarantee deposit will be kept by the host.
Please note that a civil liability insurance and a copy of the registration of the establishment if you are coming for education purposes will be requested by your host.
Various house rules
Checking-in is requested after 3 pm and before 8:00 pm and checking-out is to be done by 11 am. However, exceptions can be made for long distance flights.
Do not invite strangers into the house.
Please let your host know about your move in and out of the house, especially if you expect to come home beyond 9 pm. My home is not a hotel.
You are expected to keep the bedroom, the shower room and the kitchen perfectly clean and tidy.
Any damages you may cause will have to be replaced or refunded against an invoice for your civil liability insurance.
Use of the kitchen is not permitted after 9 pm
Please keep your street shoes at the bottom of the stairs leading to your bedroom.
No food, no washing and no ironing in the room.
No noise or bursts of voices after 9:30 pm (house, garden and private alley).
Hosting is not just a business. It is also 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.
I enjoyed my stay very much! Laura is very helpful and adjusts very well to specific needs. She was very attentive to make my stay as if I was at home. I got to also plan and adjust some time to take her French lessons. The location is great, safe, and 30 minutes walk to the Eiffel tower which I loved because I was able to enjoy walks with pretty views. Definitely will stay again!
I had a great time at Laura’s! I had originally asked for her time and effort to help me speak French and learn more about the culture, and she didn’t disappoint. I really felt like a friend, we had a lot of conversation spanning many things and I learned so much about the cultural aspects of the language, country, and its film in ways that I had no idea about before.
The location was wonderful and the room very comfortable. My only regret is I didn’t have time to stay longer!
As the other reviews have stated, Laura is the perfect host. I stayed for 2.5 weeks in June and truly had an amazing trip.
I did French lessons every weekday with Laura. To begin with, my French was slightly rusty, but she was more than happy to go over and explain anything I was unsure of. She is a highly thoughtful and attentive teacher, selecting materials on topics I was interested in like politics and history. She even went out of her way to collect political pamphlets during the Legislative Elections for me to study, just one example which encapsulates how considerate and proactive she is. Through the use of videos, texts, radio, and conversing, my French massively improved throughout my stay and I have been inspired to continue learning since. Laura’s knowledge of French and English is perfect and thus she can tailor lessons to whatever your ability and interest are.
I really cannot recommend staying with Laura enough. Not only was she an amazing teacher from whom I learnt so much, but she was also an exceptionally kind and caring host. I am eternally grateful to her for making my stay in Paris so brilliant and I look forward to returning in the future.
Large open plan townhouse on several levels with garden. Great place especially for first time visitors to Paris who need a little hand holding and advice on what to see and where to go as Laura is always willing to go above and beyond for her guests with wonderful tips and suggestions. She adores speaking English with her guests; she is perfectly bilingual. In fact when I met her I thought she might be British, it’s that good. A great place for dog lovers too as she has three cute well behaved ones. if you are not a dog lover, no worries, they will never come to your room as they are not allowed and the steps are too steep. Her « secret garden » is truly magnificent! I would not recommend this for anyone who cannot do several flights of stairs very easily or for anyone who ordinarily makes a nightly trip to the loo :-) so probably not the best for most seniors. A unique experience in a very special place I will surely never forget.
Laura is an amazing host, and her home is beautiful! She cares so well for her guests and truly wants to make sure you feel at home. She was so helpful in providing me with suggestions of sites to visit, places to eat, and general advice for my stay. Her home is also in a great location for exploring different parts of the city. I was able to take French classes with her and share some evenings watching French movies, which helped my learning and was such fun. She has amazing life stories to share, is a wonderful cook, and her chihuahuas are absolutely adorable. I would definitely recommend staying at her home if you have the chance!
Nice loft in a beautiful old French house in the heart of Paris. Host Laura was very helpful with all the information
Laura’s place is an exemplar of homestay. If you are a citizen of the world and want to learn and share experiences this is the place you ought to come ♥️ It is a place where you might come from any corner of the world and yet feel home. I have stayed in lot of places earlier but nothing could be compared to this. As mentioned on her homestay page, she does make living in Paris easy. You can have any problem and she would have a solution for you. Unfortunately, I had been through few bad things but she supported and aided in those processes. And I will be always indebted to her for that.
The place is very different from any other apartments in Paris. It has outdoor garden which came as a bliss during lockdown. Also, you will have the opportunity to meet three cutest doggies (Winnie- the lion king, Douschka- the little goat, Loulou- Mother Sarabi) and one boss lady cat (Fennel- the queen)
There is no dull moment in the house. The best part is that the communication throughout Paris and suburbs is very easy as there are a lot of different metro lines and buses at walking distances. If you love cooking like me, this place has the most wonderful kitchen.
Most importantly, hygiene is always maintained which is very essential in the times of Covid.
I would recommend Laura’s homestay to anyone who is looking for a place that is warm, secure and loving. I had the most amazing time there. Whenever I visit Paris the next time, I hope this place is available ♥️
The host cancelled the booking 73 days before the arrival date.
Laura ist eine einzigartige Gastgeberin! Sie hat einen außergewöhnlichen Sinn für Humor, den sie mit mir in endlosen Gesprächen und mithilfe von Filmen, die wir zusammen angeschaut haben, geteilt hat. Mit der Gewissheit, dass sie immer ein offenes Ohr für mich hat, hab ich mich während meines Paris-Aufenthalts sehr wohl und geborgen gefühlt! Selbstverständlich haben auch ihre süßen Hunde einen Teil dazu beigetragen, denn man kann einfach nicht anders, als sie in’s Herz zu schließen. Ihr Haus spiegelt ihren unabhängigen Lebensstil wider, der sehr angenehm für Gleichgesinnte ist. Vielen Dank für diese unvergessliche Zeit! :)
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
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