La Villa Paris13th Arrondissement, Paris, Ile-de-France
- Not in a major tourist area, and the nearest metro station is a 10-minute walk away
- Some of the bathrooms are small
- No check-in after 9 p.m.
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Peace, privacy, and charm, and a taste of everyday Parisian life
La Villa Paris is a beautiful, red brick, 1920s mansion with four guestrooms, each of which is individually decorated, and several of which have private entrances. Guests can use the kitchen if they want to take advantage of the local shops and feel at home away from home. Despite the small size of this B&B, there are perfectly composed common spaces for relaxing, including a reading room with comfortable chairs and games. The lobby has very French, toile-upholstered chairs and wooden tables, gorgeous parquet floors, a bookcase full of guidebooks, and well-chosen art on the walls. The private garden is a terrace with a cheerful red table and chairs for soaking in the Parisian atmosphere.
On a quiet street, in a village-y neighborhood, away from the hubhub of the major tourist areas
La Villa Paris sits on a quiet, one-way street in the Butte aux Cailles quarter, which feels like a small country village. The nearest metro stop (Tolbiac, Line 7) is a 10-minute walk, after which it is a 15-minute ride to tourist central. The bus stops out front, and goes through some of the city's most scenic and interesting neighborhoods on the way to the city center. Tourists who want to be in the thick of things may feel too far from the heart of the city, but those who want to experience Parisian life will find this the perfect location.
Interesting furniture, hardwood floors, timeless views
Each room at La Villa Paris is different, but all are equally lovely, decorated in blacks, whites, and grays with pops of hot pink or red, hardwood floors, and beautiful, fun textiles and wallpaper. This is not a stuffy B&B; it's modern, and the furniture by designer Sam Sader combines comfort and cool. Views of the quiet surrounding streets are timeless, and there are electric shutters useful when the outside world becomes intrusive. Some of the bathrooms are small, but the walk-in showers are well done, and the Champs Elysee room has a huge bathroom with whirlpool tub. Rooms have flat-screen TVs.
Homemade breakfast and exceptional hosts
Mornings at La Villa Paris begin with a delicious homemade breakfast consisting of juice, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, ham, bread, cheese, boiled eggs, exceptional pastries and, of course, coffee and tea. The staff and owners of this B&B are exceedingly gracious and attentive to every detail. They will help guests with their sightseeing plans, recommend restaurants, and do anything visitors need, without being intrusive.