First off, let me start with praising the effort that Olivier and his (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) have put in to making us feel welcome. New sheets and towels, closet space and the room (and bathroom) was apparently cleaned for our arrival. Second: The location. It's smack in the center of Paris. You walk out the door and you're in the city! Even though this is the case, there's hardly any noise from the streets in your room on the sixth floor (no elevator!), because the windows open to a courtyard. The bed is good (once I removed the wooden board for a previous occupant with back problems from under my mattress) and the room is tastefully decorated. Olivier was not present to welcome us, but the (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) that we encountered were very friendly and open and spoke English from well enough to very well. The (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) were hardly at home, so we generally had the apartment for ourselves, which was very luxurious.
The apartment is clearly a student house. When manouvring to your room, you cross all the rooms of the other inhabitants, which are (as you would expect from most youngsters) messy. The kitchen sink sported some dishes and pans from before our arrival and they were still there when we left 6 days later. The living room was livable, but we mainly stayed in our room.
The apartment itself is clearly old. In and of itself that's not a problem at all. However, there is clearly an extreme lack of maintenance and airing in the flat. When entering, you almost get thrown back by the smell of mold. We've returned home for nearly fourteen days now, washed everything (some items twice) and aired everything in the open air for most of the time and the smell is still present in clothing, bags, and even camera straps and iPad covers. When looking closer, you find the mold everywhere in the apartment: Under the radiators, between the mattress and the wall, in each crack in the bathroom.
The messy rooms and kitchen one could live with. The mold in the apartment however is something that cannot be ignored. I’m not saying its Olivier’s and companies’ fault, it’s just a fact at hand.
We had a very pleasant stay in Paris and felt more than welcome in Olivier’s bed and breakfast, but unless you and yours have an olfactory impairment, we would recommend not to stay here too long.