You will be welcomed by a Franco/American family
; they all speak fluent French and English.
Emmanuelle speaks very good Spanish also, which is her second mother
tongue... When she was a baby, her nanny was Spanish, and she
learned Spanish at the same time as French.
Emmanuelle was born in Paris and she has always lived there
except for eight years when she was in the U.S.A. in Boston and New
James was born in Kansas City (Kansas USA). He spent the first part
of his life on the East coast of the United States, in Boston.
In 1985, they got married and came to Paris.
They first lived in the Marais area (which they know perfectly well)
after that they choose to move to this lively area of the left bank
in the 7th district because it is very central, full of charm and all
Paris is close to them : museums, cafes, restaurants, movies...
Emmanuelle has always worked in a bank, first in New-York then
in France where she is mainly responsible for the financing of the
movies and cultural industries.
James studied painting in Boston. He has successively been a
for set decoration on television and theater, designer for Internet
websites, and creator for special effects on television.
At present, he works as an interior architect for the renovation of
apartments which are going to be sold or rented.
Emmanuelle and James know Paris well.
Very Parisian, they often go to museums and exhibitions, and see the
They will be able to give you very good advice on culture in Paris
and on the charming areas of their district. Emmanuelle points out
that very often you just need to push a door to discover true
On the other hand, Emmanuelle and James also are in love with salsa and they
go to dance once a week. They offer you to go and join them if it is
also your passion.
As keen amateurs of wine, they invested with friends, in 2004, in a
vineyard in Roussillon.
It is their "baby" and they hope if will become a great wine. They
already won several prizes with it.
They love good cooking as well, and especially having dinner with
friends. (James loves sushi and knows how to prepare it).
More generally, they love meeting people and cultural exchanges. Of
course, during their travels in large European cities, they stay at
Bed and Breakfasts as much as they can. They say it has always been a
rich experience, a way to make them feel more than "tourists".
It is natural that when James stopped using his painting workshop, they decided
to transform it into a B&B to offer it to tourists
coming to Paris.
(Extracts from their Guest Book
Your Hosts' area
The apartment of your hosts is located in the heart of the left bank
"Carré Rive Gauche" and its 120 antic stores, between Saint Germain
des Prés and the d'Orsay Museum.
Saint Germain des Prés is an area full of history. History and
creatiity meet there. This area is a perfect illustration of the
particular link between cultural and artistic life in France. From
the XVIIth century, the district became the heart of the literary
world with the opening of the Café "Procope" in 1689 (still open).
In the XIXth century, lots of artists came to live there : painters
such as Delacroix, Inges and Manet, writers such as Racine, Balzac and Georges Sand. On the XXth cetury, there was the opening of the three
larges cafés (Le Flore, Les Deux Magôts and the Brasserie Lipp) which
became the meeting places for writers and artists such as Sartre and
Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso and Man Ray who, by the way, live in
Within ten minutes' walk, you will reach the Louvre, the d'Orsay
Museum, the bridge "Passerelle des Arts" which offers one of the most
beautiful views of Paris, Saint Germain des Prés square, the "Café de
Flore" and "Café des Deux Magots".
Within 10 to 15 minutes' walk and stopping along your way in the
typically Parisian cafés and art galleries, you will
reach Saint-Sulpice, the Luxembourg garden, Saint Michel
square, Concorde square by crossing the Tuileries gardens,
the Palais-Royal by crossing the Louvre square and, for your
shopping, the Buci market and the best and well known Ladurée tea
Within 20 to 25 minutes' walk, you will reach the Pont Neuf,
Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Opéra theater.
Your Hosts apartment
Your hosts live in a building built in the 1920's.
It is the only one of that time in the street. The other buildings
were built in the XVII/XVIIIth centuries.
It is a very quiet building with an internal garden located in a
Your hosts' apartment is on the 5th fllor with elevator. The guest
room is located on the 6th and 7 th floors.
The large living room dining room
, where breakfast
will be served is oriented South and ornamented with flowers.
The decor has been made with light brown and turquoise colors,
the atmosphere is very cozy mixing old and contemporary pieces of
furniture. There is a fireplace and a large library where you are
kindly invited to select and read books which are of interest to you.
Emmanuelle and James welcome you in this living room during the day
and at the time of your arrival and departure, but in the evenings
when they are with their family they want to remain by themselves and
wish that you respect their privacy.
Your bedroom N°336
This guest room is quite unusual, as it was created in a former
artist workshop with its windows more that 3 meters high. When James
stopped his painting, his workshop was completely renovated.
From your hosts' apartment, you will reach the guest room by an
The main theme followed by the couple for its decoration is BOAT :
painted wood and a round window in the bathroom. The wall made of
glass gives it a very 1930 style and the wood on the ceiling gives it
an atmosphere of a cottage in the mountains.
Very bright and well lighted, this bed and breakfast is very quiet,
window open on
an internal garden ; a little further,
behind the roofs of Paris, you can see the Louvre roofs.
The guest room is on two levels.
a living room of 25 m2 with a
which can be transformed into a
bed for a 3rd or 4th person: best is for 2 children as when it is open it offer a small double (110cm X 190cm).
You will find at your disposal : cupboards, a library with books on
Paris, France and the French, some of them are in English, a
television set (with some international channels), a set for warm
drinks, instant tea and coffee.
It is at this level that you will find the bathroom as well as your
. If you want to go to your bedroom
without crossing your hosts' apartment, you can go to this service
On top of the mezzanine
, reachable by a
, is your double bed (140cmX
190cm) in its "alcove" covered with wood.
Your hosts put a very beautiful carpet which they bought in Syria, in
Alep, on the railing to prevent you from having too much day light in
the morning. As it was an artist workshop in the past, there is no
possibility of getting the room dark ; your hosts can give you
masks if you suffer from day light in the room.
The access to the mezzanine is forbidden to children as the
staircase is straight. Its access is under the responsibility of the
visitors. If you prefer to sleep on the convertible sofa, please let
your hosts know before your arrival.
The bathroom and toilets
is small but very functional.
Covered with marble tiles, like in luxury boats, it is very pleasant.
It is for your personal use only.
It is equiped with a washbasin, and a large miror on top, a shower
Bath towels and bath products, as well as a hair dryer, will be at
is served in the dining room, close to
the window where you will have a beautiful view of the roofs of
Breakfast is typically French : fresh croissants and baguette, jams,
fruit juices, cereals, tea, coffee, milk, chocolate, yogurts.
Emmanuelle loves to drink tea, and she will offer you a selection of the
best "Mariages" teas, and she has a wonderful collection of tea
One of the best bakers in Paris is just at the corner of their street
: KAYSER. You will be lucky to taste his baguettes which won a prize
in 2008 and which has been therefore selected by the Elysées Palace
(Residence of the President of France).
If you ask for it on your arrival, for an additional cost of 5 euros per person, you can ask your host for ham, cheese and eggs.
The deposit of your bags is possible at any time of the day, if you
let your host know your precise time of arrival and respect it.
If there is no departure of other guests on the same day, you can
have an immediate access to your suite. Otherwise, it will be ready
at the beginning of the afternoon, after it has been prepared for
If you want to be sure to get your bedroom in the morning, you can
make a reservation half-price for the night before.
If you do not inform your host of your arrival time, you will be
welcome at 7.00 pm.
This accommodation is not suitable for people who cannot climb a
staircase, unless they agree to sleep on the convertible sofa. It
has to be agreed upon on the confirmation of the stay.
The mattress of the bed up on mezzanine is a normal mattress, fairly firm, spring interior, but
as it is posed on a solid base (no box-springs) it doesn`t give too
The downstairs bed is a fold out and has quite a thin mattress and
posed on a series of wooden slats, fairly soft if you push on a
The guest room can be reached by the elevator (5 floors) then by a
narrow staircase. Therefore this accommodation is not recommended if
you have large and heavy suitcases, because this staircase might be
too narrow for it.
Warning : the private entry for the guest room cannot be accessed by the elevator.
This accommodation is not recommended if you suffer from allergies
because the floor of the mezzanine is covered with a carpet made of
On the other hand, the pillows and quilts are without feathers.
Your hosts do not smoke and wish to receive only non-smoking guests.
Your hosts have one cat and one dog, and do not want to receive other animals at
The apartment is WiFi equipped ; with your personal laptop, you can
get connected to Internet in your bedroom.
You can also, without exaggeration, telephone at no cost to many
countries, such as Germany, Great-Britain and the United States.
Please ask to your host about it first, and please don't speak for a long time as James needs the telephone for his job.
Upon request, a fan can be put in your bedroom.
Upon request, an iron and ironing board, umbrellas, lots of travels
books... can be put at your disposal.
If you travel with a young child under two years old and bring your
baby bed with you, it will be free.
If you do not have a baby bed and/or if your child is more than two
years old, he can sleep on the convertible sofa, then you will have
to pay the additional amount for a third person.
During the weekends, your hosts offer to go with you for :
- walks "to discover the secrets of their area";
- bicycle rides (Emmanuelle goes everywhere by bicycle);
- lunch or dinner ;
- sushi cooking lessons
- drawing lessons in the area ;
All these activities and their costs are to be agreed upon with your
hosts before your arrival so they can be free to organize them for
Location and tourist interests