Chez Belau RENTAL USE AND GUIDE

Arrival/Departure

Apartment Address:

6, rue St. Louis en L’Ile
3e Etage (3rd Floor)
75004 Paris, France
+33 (0)9 67 31 73 89

 

Please email the Property Manager one week prior to your arrival with your estimated arrival time. She will greet you at the apartment, give you keys and walk you through how everything works.

To enter the building front door without keys, lookup the name BELAU on the security console and ring the apartment. The Property Manager, who will be waiting for you in the apartment, will buzz you in. Take the elevator in the lobby to the 3rd floor. Ours is the apartment on the right as you exit the elevator.

If you already have the keys, place the colored fob that is on your key chain against the black magnetic tab to the right of the building door. This will unlock the door for several seconds – push to enter.

In classic Parisian style, the elevator is small and antique. It holds a maximum of 2 adults. For the elevator to operate, the two interior wooden doors and the exterior elevator door must be closed. You’ll hear an audible click when the exterior door is closed and secure. Press 3 in the elevator. When the elevator reaches the 3rd floor, you’ll hear the audible click, and the exterior door will unlock for you to get out.

If you arrive with a lot of luggage, consider putting one or two of the large bags in the elevator, and walk up, meeting your luggage on the 3rd floor.

A note about Parisian addresses – Paris is organized into 20 districts, or arrondissments, that spiral clockwise from the 1st (Louvre) near the center of Paris. The last two digits of a Parisian zip code indicate the arrondissment in which the address is located. Our zip code, 75004, indicates our apartment is in the 4th arrondissment.

A note about dialing numbers in France – If calling a French number from a US cell phone, press and hold the 0 until a “+” appears, then dial 33 and the rest of the number, omitting the (0). (e.g. to call Dorssaf from a US cell phone, dial: +33 6 23 33 12 01). If calling from a US landline, dial 011 then 33 and the rest of the number, omitting the (0). If dialing from a French phone, omit the +33 and just dial 0 plus the number (e.g. calling Dorssaf from the apartment, dial: 06 23 33 12 01). This is why the (0) is always shown in parentheses.

Property Manager

Name: Dorssaf BEJAOUI
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +33 (0)6 23 33 12 01

Please contact the Property Manager if you need anything; you’ll find her to be very accommodating and lovely! She will meet you at the house with keys and show you around.

Check In/Out/Cleaning

Check-In and Check-Out times must be honored unless an alternative time has been previously agreed to. Our cleaners need ample time to get the apartment ready for new guests.

Check-In time:        4pm (16:00 GMT +1)

Check-Out time;    10:30am (GMT +1)

Cleaning fee:          $180. This will be deducted from your damage security deposit.

At Check-Out, please leave the apartment in good condition, i.e. dishes done, trash emptied, windows closed, lights off, etc. Please leave sheets and towels on the floor in the bathroom. Leave all keys on the dining room table.

If you happen to break something, please let the Property Manager know when you leave so we know to replace it for the next guest. These things happen; it’s much better to know about it and deal with it.

Keys

The keys and key fobs are costly to replace. Lost keys require us to change the locks on the apartment. Please be careful with the keys to avoid the hassle and cost of replacing them.

Building Common Area Rules

The building does not allow anything to be left in the hallway outside the apartment (e.g. shoes, umbrella, trash, etc.), nor hung from the balcony or windows. Please be respectful of our neighbors by being quiet in the common areas.

No Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in our apartment or anywhere in the building.

How Things Work in the House

Internet

There is high-speed fiber internet service from Orange (France Telecom) in the apartment. The wifi network to connect to is: Ile St. Louis Wifi and the password is: iloveparis.

Telephone

There is one landline phone in the TV room/den. All local calls, as well as calls to the USA & Canada are free. (See footnote on page 1 about calling to/from France).

 Music

In the living room, there is a tower speaker that can play music via a Bluetooth adapter. To play music (or any audio) go to the Bluetooth settings of your device (phone, laptop, etc.) and pair with eSYNIC4.0 Dock from the list of available Bluetooth connections. If eSYNIC4.0 Dock does not appear as an available Bluetooth connection, unplug and then re-plug the eSYNIC Bluetooth adapter onto the iPod port on the top of the speaker. (It “goes to sleep” after a period of inactivity). After a few seconds, a blue light should flash on the adapter. This indicates its ready to pair with your device. Once connected, you can play anything from your device – iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Podcasts, etc.

TV

Most visitors will want to watch programming from the Apple TV that streams an array of programming from Netflix to HBO to Britbox to US cable TV channels (via Youtube TV).

To watch TV, turn on the TV using the power button on the LG remote. (If the source doesn’t appear as HDMI2, press the INPUT button to select HDMI2. The Apple TV box is connected to HDMI2). Only use the LG remote to turn the TV on/off and select the input.

Then, using the Apple TV remote (small, thin, black remote, press the Menu button to turn on the Apple TV (A small white light will turn on on the Apple TV box).

You will be presented with whatever was last viewed. To get to the “top level” keep pressing the Menu button until the TV shows all the icons showing programming options – Apple TV+, YouTube TV, HBO, etc. Using the touchpad above the Menu button (slide your finger left, right, up and down just like on a laptop), navigate to whatever service you want to watch and click on the touchpad to select.

You can get “US basic cable” channels – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, etc. by selecting YouTube TV. In YouTube TV, there are three top-level menu choices: Library, Home and Live. (A colored underline indicates what’s currently selected). Library has recorded shows, Home lists suggestions (based on prior viewing) and Live lists what’s playing now on all the channels. Use the touchpad to highlight the selection you want then click to select.

To get out of YouTube TV (or any other service), keep pressing Menu until you’re back at the top level. If you use Netflix, please use the Guest account.

If you want to watch local, French TV, using the LG remote, press the Input button to select HDMI1. Then, using the Orange remote, press the power button to turn on the Orange cable box. Then use the Orange remote to navigate to the channel you’re interested in.

Electricity

Electricity is expensive in France. We ask that you please turn off all lights, and fans when not in use, and every time you leave.

Most modern electronics – laptops, iPhones, etc. – have switching power supplies that can detect to 110v or 220v current. (If your power supply says something like 110v – 240v, it can adapt to voltages in that range). But you’ll likely need an adapter to convert your plug to the French standard. There are some in the apartment, but they have a tendency to disappear. You can purchase a US=>French adapter from most Monoprix supermarkets, home/hardware stores) like BHV or electronics stores like Darty.

Many US (110v) electronic appliances like hair dryers or curling irons do not have a switching power supply and will be ruined if you plug them in in France, and may short out the electricity in the apartment. (There’s a hair dryer in the drawer beneath the bathroom sink, and on the lower level, there’s another hairdryer in the top drawer of the chest).

Kitchen

  • PLEASE DO NOT cut on our countertop -Use the supplied cutting boards
  • Stove – The stove must be lit with a match. (There should be plenty of matches near the stove). The diagram next to each gas knob portrays the quadrant the burner is in by mimicking two arms of a cross that define each quadrant. |__ indicates the burner in the upper right-hand corner, while __| indicates the burner in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Oven – Open the oven before turning it on to be sure it is empty. (Sometimes, pots or trays are stored in the oven). Turn the knob on the left until the desired cooking symbol appears. Each symbol shows how the heat is distributed. Next, turn the dial on the right to select the temperature in Celsius, then press OK to start.
  • Coffee machine – There is a Nespresso espresso machine in the kitchen. To turn on, flip the switch at the rear bottom right hand corner. Fill the clear jug with filtered water and place it back in the machine. Lift the lever at the top and insert a Nespresso coffee capsule with the flat part facing you, then press down on the lever. The lights will flash until the machine is ready. Once the lights are solid, push the cup icon button on the left for a short coffee, or the button on the right for a tall coffee. If you run out of Nespresso coffee capsules, they can be purchased from Nespresso stores around Paris. Alternately, you can purchase compatible Carte Noir or L’Or Espresso capsules

For frothed milk, pour milk in the frother to just below the top of the spinning mechanism and press the large button on the outside of the frother.  It’s important to wipe out the milk frother right away after use or it will develop a coating of milk calcification and stop working.

Trash

The garbage bins are located on the ground floor in the courtyard. The French are extremely rigorous about separating garbage into recyclable categories. There are separate bins for garbage, plastic, glass, paper, etc. Please respect these conventions and place the correct type of trash in the correct bins.

Please refrain from emptying your trash, especially glass, outside the hours of 9am – 8pm. The courtyard creates a loud echo and dumping glass late at night or early in the morning disturbs the entire apartment building. Thank you for your consideration.

Windows

Please close all the windows when you leave the apartment to keep rain & birds out! If the weather is hot, you can close the metal blinds in the living/dining area to keep it cool. At night, open the windows & enjoy the cool air. There are rarely bugs in Paris.

Washer & Dryer

There is a washer/dryer combo unit in the upstairs bathroom. Instructions are next to the machine. It does a decent job washing as long as it’s not over-filled. It does a poor job drying. Typically, we hang our clothes to dry in the bathroom. The heated towel rack is a useful aid.

Hot Water

The apartment has it’s own small hot water heater (in the cupboard in the main bathroom). It’s generally adequate for normal use. If you run out of hot water, it regenerates quite quickly.

Toilets

Toilets in France are almost always in a small, separate room from the larger bathroom. Ours is no different. It’s a bit of a squeeze, but we like to think it’s all part of the charm of being in France.

In the toilet on the main floor, the flusher is a handle on the pressurized water tank above the toilet. Please make sure the handle returns to the horizontal position or it will continuously flush.

The chemical toilet on the lower level in the 2nd bedroom is sensitive to anything but liquid. Please don’t flush anything non-liquid down it, including paper. If you need to use paper, please use the upstairs toilet.

Iron

There is an iron in the bathroom and the ironing board is in the w.c (behind the curtain). Please ensure that you use bottled water in the iron. There is a high level of calcium in the Paris water, so the iron tends to clog up if tap water is used.

Hairdryers

There is a hairdryer in the bathroom in the drawer beneath the sink. On the lower level, there is another hairdryer in the top drawer of the chest.

Heated Towel Rack

It’s a small luxury to have warm & dry towels every day. Find the on/off switch on the bottom of the rack. Regulate it either for several hours or longer by pressing the timer.

Getting Around

Ile St. Louis is centrally located in Paris. You can easily get most places you want to go by walking, Metro, or taxi/Uber.

Walking

Paris is one of the great walking cities in the world. Bring some good walking shoes and get lost in the city. Discover a neighborhood. You’ll find the most amazing shops, restaurants and historic architecture by accident.

Metro

The Metro in Paris is clean, efficient, and well documented. It’s a great way to quickly get around the city and avoid traffic. There are numerous apps for your phone that detail the Metro system, and stations are on Google and Apple Maps. I use the Paris Metro app by Mapway, but there are many to choose from.

 There’s no Metro stop on Ile St. Louis, but there are several close by:

  • Line 7 at Sully Morland on the Right Bank (north)
  • Line 1 at St. Paul on the Right Bank
  • Line 10 at Cardinal Lemoine on the Left Bank (south)

Taxi/Uber

Uber and the French taxi service G7 (you can download their app) are abundant. There are also taxi stands throughout Paris.

E-Scooters

You’ll notice electric scooters (the kind you stand on, not sit on) scattered all over the sidewalks of Paris. It’s actually a fun and efficient way of getting around, especially short distances. But not for the faint of heart. You’re sharing the roads with buses and cars, so be careful! You can rent e-scooters from your Uber app, or from dedicated companies like Lime, Bird, or Bolt.

Uber has also recently integrated the electric moped service, CityScoot, into their app, if you prefer a more robust vehicle.

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+33 (0)5 57 56 41 10

Also near Gensac is the Château de Sanse – sadly the décor just missed as it could be a beautiful Chateau if done right. I hear the new chef is quite good but haven’t tried it recently.

Food & Supplies

Boulangerie (Bakery)

This is France – it’s hard to walk a block without finding a quality Boulangerie. There are several on Ile St. Louis. Interestingly, they all seem to close on different days, so there’s always one open. We like the one on the main road that intersects the island north/south at 35 Rue des Deux Ponts. (It’s closed Wed & Thurs). There are two others on our street as you walk west. Also, Le Petit Grain at 1 Rue des Deux Ponts has interesting pastries.

Boucherie (Butcher)

There’s an excellent boucherie on our street – Boucherie Gardil – all the meat you can imagine + homemade pâté and house-smoked bacon.

Fromageries (Cheese Shop)

There’s a fromagerie on our street towards the west end of the island – Guillot Fromageries.

Wine

There are several wine shops on the island. Maison Tempus is on our street close by. There’s a Nicolas (chain of wine shops in Paris) on our street towards the west end of the island. There’s also a lovely wine shop at the far west end of the island on Rue Jean du Bellay.

Groceries

There’s a small Carrefour Express at the main intersection of the island – a French version of a convenience store that has the basics. There’s a slightly larger grocery store – FranPrix – a short walk away on the right bank at 17 Boulevard Henri IV. There’s a larger Monoprix slightly farther away at 71 Rue Saint-Antoine. (The food is on the lower level – it looks like a department store on street level).

Note: grocery stores in France expect you to bring your own bags. There are shopping bags in the apartment for this purpose. If you forget, the store will provide bags, but will charge you.

Markets

There are over 80 outdoor markets that setup in Paris throughout the week. They are a spectacular way to immerse yourself in what it means to be French – food!

  • Marché Maubert – Place Maubert – left bank (5th), closest to the apartment – Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 7am to 2:30pm
  • Marché Bastille – Boulevard Richard Lenoir – right bank (11th) – huge market with everything imaginable – Thursday and Sunday 7am to 2:30 pm
  • Marché Monge – Place Monge – left bank (5th) – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 7am to 2:30pm

Restaurants

A word about reservations, lunch time, and menus …

Most restaurants in France, except the most casual ones, want you to make a reservation. You should make a reservation, even if only an hour or two before you go. Some will allow for reservations on their website, but many do not. Don’t be intimidated by calling and making a reservation. If you don’t speak workable French, just start with, “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame, parlez-vous Anglais?” Most will speak English or at least enough to take your reservation. If you’re having difficulty, ask our Property Manager for help.

Reservations for some restaurants in Paris can also be made online using:

https://www.thefork.com/city/paris/415144

Lunch hours – 12pm-2pm – are often observed. Also, restaurants can be closed on days you don’t expect (e.g. Tues & Wed), so it’s always best to verify the restaurant’s hours before you get your heart set on going.

Most restaurants will have a Plat du Jour, a less expensive option than ordering à la carte from the menu. Usually, you’ll have the option of a Plat du Jour consisting of “entrée + plat” (entrée=appetizer), “plat + dessert”, or “entrée + plat + dessert”. There’s always the opportunity for a cheese course (always after dinner) instead of or in addition to dessert. The cheese in France is the best in the world. Most restaurants will also have a Carafe of wine option – an inexpensive local wine. This is a great option, especially for lunch.

Online Resources – these online resources will be on top of where to go – classic and au current.

  • Le Fooding – review and rating site. You’ll see Le Fooding stickers on the windows if restaurants if they’ve been recommended.
  • Paris by Mouth – review site.
  • David Liebovitz – writer and blogger extraordinaire who writes about life in Paris – I’d trust his recommendations without hesitation.
  • Chef’s Table France – Watch on Netflix to get inspired.

A Few Recommendations

The restaurant scene in Paris is constantly changing. We strongly recommend doing a bit of research yourself online, or speaking with friends, and make some reservations in advance of your trip. That said, here are some restaurants we like:

Nearby

Les Fous de L’Ile – On Ile St. Louis (Rue des Deux Ponts, next to the Boulangerie), a casual spot with high quality food

St. Regis Café – at the west end of our street – casual spot for lunch.

La Rôtisserie d’Argent – the rotisserie sister restaurant of La Tour d’Argent across the street, (the most famous (and most expensive) restaurant in Paris), La Rôtisserie is a relaxed restaurant for great chicken and duck.

Kitchen Ter(re) – (5th) – nearby, excellent. Homemade pasta made from ancient grain varieties. (Not Italian).

Petit Pantoise – (5th) – lovely restaurant nearby.

Not fancy or trendy, but excellent

La Fontaine de Mars (7th) – one of our favorites – classic for lunch or dinner. (sit downstairs)

Le Cherche Midi (6th) – amazing Italian bistro – this is a must! The fettuccine w/ truffles (when in season) is unbelievable. Also paper-thin Mortadella to start. (They always have home-made ravioli even if it’s not on the menu if you want something simpler). Great place to stop for lunch if you’re in the 6th (e.g. buying shoes).

Allard (6th) – fantastic Bistro. Duck w/ green olives is their famous dish. We haven’t been since Alan Ducasse took over, but presumably he’s only made it better (or probably more expensive).

Café Constant (7th) –  Just great food. The founding chef, Christian Constant, has gone on to open a number of famous restaurants in France. This is where it started.

Robert et Louise (3rd) – fantastic, casual place for steak. (“A Pointe” is medium rare).

Le Bistrot Paul Bert (11th) – quintessential Paris Bistro

Julien (10th) – 6 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris – classic art nouveau French brasserie (get the profiteroles).

Le Petit Vatel (6th) – on rue Lobineau – tiniest little restaurant – maybe 15 chairs – great home-made lunch if you’re in the 6th. Gerard Mulot, one of the great patisseries in Paris is down the street.

Requires some advance planning (like maybe a month or more ahead)

These restaurants can be hard to get a reservation at, and some are quite expensive. If you can’t get in for dinner, or don’t want to spend so much, consider going for lunch. Most will have a prix-fixe lunch that’s affordable and every bit as impressive as dinner.

Yam’Tcha (1st) – featured on Chef’s Table France (Netflix), Yam’Tcha is extraordinary.

Abri (10th) – Tough res for dinner but easier for lunch. Their prix-fixe lunch for 30 euros is maybe the best value for quality in Paris

Septime (11th) – maybe the best contemporary tasting menu in Paris (95 euros). Reserve exactly 3 weeks prior to the day you want to go.

Clamato (11th) – brilliant seafood. No reservations.

La Dame de Pic (1st) – classic formal dining room. Incredible 119 euro tasting menu.

Kei (1st) – tasting menu when you’re feeling flush

Recommended Activities

Cooking Classeshttps://cooknwithclass.com/paris

Bike & Segway Tourshttps://www.fattiretours.com/paris

Emergency Numbers

Police: dial 17

Fire: dial 18

Ambulance: dial 15

 Hospital

The American Hospital of Paris (01 46 41 25 25) is about a 30 minute drive from Ile St. Louis, and is an excellent facility. Much closer, the Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, the oldest hotel in Paris (founded in 651AD) is on Ile de la Cite near Notre Dame.

 Doctor

There are doctors on call in Paris:  dial directly from the house pone: 01 47 07 77 77. It’s easy, efficient & house calls cost around 80 or 100 euros. Our physician is Dr. Partouche on the Left Bank at 29bis rue Monge 75005 – 01.43.25.42.56 (15 minute walk) Call first for an appointment.

Dentist

Dr Andree Attuil – He & his staff speak English

21 rue Arcole near Notre Dame

01.46.33.66.36

Post office

There is a post office on Ile St. Louis: 27 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 Paris

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