Studio la Cerisaie from Paris at Home
Stayed Friday 6 January to Sunday 15 January 2012
Maybe I loved the Studio la Cerisaie so much because it reminded me of my own apartment at home, which is bigger but also has a wooden floor and a similar colour scheme. The Studio was exactly as I’d seen in photographs, clean and light-filled, with stylish touches like an orchid in a vase. It was fun to see how everything fitted into the space without clutter—great use of cupboards in the bathroom. I was able to fit all my clothes in the wardrobe and there were hooks at the front door for coats. As many others have said it was well-equipped for self-catering though for me there were too many temptations in the surrounding areas (the Marais, the Place de la Bastille) to do more than heat soup before a night at the theatre. The balcony outside was tiny but in warm weather would be pleasant to sit on and read or have a glass of wine. It was a good indicator of the weather too, if it had been raining.
The facilities like free WiFi and free phone calls home to my family in Australia, iPod dock, and heated towel rail in the bathroom were much appreciated.
I felt very secure in the building. There were two other apartments on the sixth floor (there was an elevator just big enough for two people to get there) and I didn’t hear any noise. The building itself was very clean and well cared for, apart from some unfortunate graffiti out on the street front.
The location was fabulous. Everything I needed was in walking distance – restaurants and bars, the metro (Bastille with three lines), banks with ATMs galore, the boulangerie for delicious bread, a small supermarket, a post office in Rue Castex. It was a pleasant walk to the Musée Carnavelet and the Musée Cognacq-Jay in the Marais, to the Ile St Louis and Notre Dame on Ile de la Cité, and further afield to the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre.
I have nothing but positive feelings towards Joel, the host, who was charming from my first email contact months before the nine day stay in January 2012. I paid the deposit by PayPal and the remainder in cash (which was the most nerve-wracking thing I did, especially as the ATM would only dispense €300 at a time). He organised my transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport on the day I left Paris, and that went smoothly.
Update: Unfortunately Paris at Home is no longer operating.