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Balcon Ensoleile
This gorgeous flat is very lived in and has everything you need for a comfortable, homey stay. It's bright and airy and super well designed, with a balcony that looks out over the rooftops of Paris.
  • 5th floor
  • with elevator
  • full kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • toaster
  • WiFi
  • DVD/CD player
  • CD player
  • linen and towels provided
  • private balcony
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • washing machine/dryer
Karen on Nov 2018:

Apartment is nice and just as pictured. The neighborhood is great with all the conveniences and easy access to the metro. The old wood floors creak with every step so if you’re traveling with a light sleeper, then this is not the place for you. You will also want a white noise machine to drown out the sounds from the street below.
Have small shampoos available.
We had a great experience and will use again.
ANJA / SEPTEMBER 2018 on Sep 2018:
Wunderschönes Appartement, super betreuter Empfang, ganz gechillter Checkout, sehr geschmackvolle Einrichtung, die Küche ist gut ausgestattet, tolle Essens-, Ausgeh- und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in nächster Nähe, Metrostation direkt um die Ecke, zudem liegt die Wohnung sehr zentral zu Les Halles und Pompidou, auch die Seine ist nicht weit. Wir kommen gerne wieder. Merci beaucoup.
Kyoungshin Noh on Aug 2018:

everything was perfect, near metro, various shops, lively cafes and restaurants, and a vibrant street. all household equipment included.
only a shower head
As my family don't like walking, we use metro everyday and carnet is very convenient for us. But every attraction is within walking distance. My family was satisfied one hundred percent with this apartment. Brutino(sorry if spelling is wrong) was very helpful and kept our luggage after check out, which was so thankful.
CARL / AUGUST 2018 on Aug 2018:
« Excellent location, especially if you are booked on an Open Tour Bus as you are minutes from one of the main routes. Also close to 2 separate Metro lines as well as the Hard Rock Cafe. There's a short walk to a pedestrianised area where there are plenty of places to eat and drink in an extremely pleasant atmosphere. All of this as well as being able to come back to an apartment with balcony and sit back with a glass of wine. »
CREG JULLY 2018 on Jul 2018:
« The apartment is cute, stylish and comfortable! It is close to the metro and to Rue Montegueil with its many restaurants, bars and shops, and a main artery for walking just a mile or so to Ile de la Citie. It worked very well for our family of four. Thierry was very responsive, answering all my questions before our stay quickly and fully. And was very helpful with check-in and orientation. We only wished we could have stayed longer!! Merci beaucoup »
Denise on May 2018:

The location is superb: both close to the Metro and easy walking distance to most all the major sites. Thierry, with whom we corresponded, and Bertinaud, who met us upon arrival, could not have been more helpful. The apartment was very easy to find, thanks to Thierry's clear instructions, and the information Bertnaud provided about the neighborhood -- especially the pedestrian market area just down the street -- was tremendously helpful. The apartment is more spacious than it appears in the photos, and was very comfortable and well equipped. We especially enjoyed the experience of "living" in a residential apartment building for the time we were there. We will definitely try to book Balcon Ensoleile again for our next trip to Paris!
There is some street noise at night from the large theater venue next door, however the apartment is on an upper floor so it wasn't too bad; I simply downloaded a white-noise app and it was not a problem.
I've used Cross-Pollinate about half a dozen times over the past twelve years and it's always been a great experience. My travel planning begins with a visit to their site to see if they have properties in our destination city! Thank you, Cross-Pollinate!
lindsay : may 2018 on May 2018:
« By far one of my favorite hotel experiences ever. Excellent communication before and throughout our stay. High standard of cleanliness and all-around lovely apartment that I can’t wait to stay in again. **important side note- this apartment was located on the most quaint, wonderful street we walked on in Paris.** »
Barb Andres on May 2018:

Everything!! Location was great: just off major street with 3 metro lines, blocks from wonderful pedestrian street of cafes and shops. Apartment was roomy, and the windows/light was perfect. Location was central to walking to most sights. And best of all, the elevator!!
We had an old entry code for the building and contact phone number for the owner was not the person we were met by. But he was waiting, so no problem
Wonderful. You responded promptly to any email, and contacted me when the owners emails were going into my SPAM folder.
MONIQUE APRIL 2018 on Apr 2018:
« Loved the true Paris experience. This apartment had everything we needed for our 3 night stay in Paris, close to everything and a gorgeous market street a short stroll away. The apartment was clean, comfortable space, hot shower, cute kitchen and a gorgeous terrace to relax with a wine and overlooking the roof tops. Much bigger than other places we have stayed in Paris. Very accommodating and helped with local tips for the area. I would highly recommend this apartment. Hopefully one day I’ll be back... »
Jan Derry on Apr 2018:

Location, comfort, views Great bed Washer and dryer
Only the addition of a microwave would have made it more convenient, but I understand that they are not as universal in France as in the US
I love Cross-Pollinate. I wish you would expand to more French and british cities.
JENNIFER LOPEZ / JANUARY 2018 on Jan 2018:
« Thierry is a great host. He was extremely patient when we experienced multiple delays in our arrival. The flat is the perfect amount of space for a couple. The location is awesome. It really makes you feel as though you're living like a local, yet close enough to all the scenic spots. We didn't take the subway once. We walked everywhere. But even if you wanted to take the subway, it's just a short walk from the flat. Yes, the toilet is separate from the main bathroom but you get used to it. The thing we didn't get so used to was the squeaky wooden floors. We're early birds and felt very self conscious about walking around because of the noise. All that being said, we'd still stay again! »
dina ROUX JANUARY 1918 on Jan 2018:
« An excellent place, highly recommended. The apartment is better than the photos, clean, spacious, with a comfortable bed, big - for Parisian standards - bathroom and a large shower. It has all the amenities and I appreciated the coffee and tea selection. The balcony offers romantic views , better than I expected, especially at night. Neighborhoods off the main road have a strong multicultural element which is not the case if you take a walk towards Galleries Lafayette. I enjoyed the Asian restaurants on the main road which offered quality and value for money when it came to lunch. Many supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants of almost every kind as well as bars are a stone throw away and if you are a cinema aficionado, a historic movie theatre is, literaly, next door. Thierry is lovely and friendly. »
dina ROUX on Jan 2018:
« An excellent place, highly recommended. The apartment is better than the photos, clean, spacious, with a comfortable bed, big - for Parisian standards - bathroom and a large shower. It has all the amenities and I appreciated the coffee and tea selection. The balcony offers romantic views , better than I expected, especially at night. Neighborhoods off the main road have a strong multicultural element which is not the case if you take a walk towards Galleries Lafayette. I enjoyed the Asian restaurants on the main road which offered quality and value for money when it came to lunch. Many supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants of almost every kind as well as bars are a stone throw away and if you are a cinema aficionado, a historic movie theatre is, literaly, next door. Thierry is lovely and friendly. »
MARC SYFRIG on Oct 2017:
Sehr schönes, gut gelegenes und fast ruhiges Appartement. Sauber und mit viel Charme eingerichtet.
silvana palatano : october 2017 on Oct 2017:
El departamento es espectacular. Bien ubicado. Cómodo y con mucha luz. El balcón muy lindo. El baño perfecto. La cocina completa. Nada para criticar
isabella SMITH on Aug 2017:
The apartment was a lot bigger than we had expected, and was very clean and tidy upon our arrival. Michel was extremely hospitable and nice and let us check in earlier, which we were very happy about. He informed us about restaurants, shops etc in the surrounding area which was very helpful on the first day as we did not much and were very tired after a long travel. The apartment is very well situated in a safe neighbourhood, and we could walk around most parts of Paris without any trouble. We would definitely recommend staying here, and would love to stay here again ourselves when we go back to Paris in the future. »
clemmie : jully on Jul 2017:
« The apartment is a nice size with a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower from the kitchen window. The location could not be more perfect. Two minutes from a wonderful market Street and a 15 minute walk from the Latin Quarter and the Louvre in either direction. We had a wonderful stay and will look forward to returning. »
Michael Lachini june 2017 on Jul 2017:
I loved the location of this flat, right in the heart of a super fun neighborhood. We walked everywhere from here! The apartment itself was very pleasant. The bathtub / shower is particularly nice (very deep tub, and it has both a hand-held and an overhead shower head). Having little balconies to look out on was pleasant. The washer and dryer were outstanding. And the elevators in the building work very well, too. I happened to be here on some of the hottest days Paris has seen in years, and yes, it was hot in the apartment, but that's to be expected on a hot day. Be aware that you probably won't want to have the windows open while you sleep due to the noise from the street, so it gets warm. But I expected as much! Michel was very nice and helpful. I would be happy to stay here again.
aleks paurevic jully 2017 on Jul 2017:
Great flat, in parisian style, with lots of antiques and very large. Metro station is very close to flat and we loved Rue Montorgueil which is 100 m far away. Everything was beautiful!
herb Calan 10 to 15 May on May 2017:
« The apartment is located in a vibrant location, easy access to Metro & trains, many interesting activities nearby including food, cheese, wine, etc shops. The building is safe, elevator for easy access and the place is very clean. The owner's housekeeper does a terrific job managing and is available for any and all questions. »
« La casa es muy bonita,los ventanales y el balcon nos han encantado.Toda la casa esta al detalle,decorado con mucho gusto.Muy amables nos dejaron dejar las maletas antes de la hora de entrada.Muy bien equipada,tenia de todo.Al lado del metro Bonne Nouvelle( Strasbourg-Saint Denis queda cerca tambien)A unos pasos hay restaurantes y bares de copas.Un mini market en la puerta y a unos pasos un carrefour city.En 20minutos andando estas en el Louvre y tambien en el Sacre Coeur.La Opera esta a unos 15min y al lado estan las galerias lafayette.Bien situado.La casa es muy bonita,totalmente recomendable.Volveria sin duda! »
This is a gorgeous apartment in a perfect area of Paris for site seeing and everything else. We (two adults, one teen and one 11 year old) got the Eurostar from London to Gare de Nord and then were able to easily walk to the apartment to meet Michel the owner. From then on we were able to walk everywhere else (apart from making a few boat trips). The apartment is sunny and beautiful. The beds are comfy, including the sofa bed as we were a party of four. Everything was spotlessly clean but still homey. We immediately felt as if we lived in Paris! The area around the apartment is great - particularly good for food shopping and the apartment is lovely to cook in (something we really love doing on holiday). The bathroom is like a spa (the bath is so deep and lovely with lots of white towels!). What a really great stay, thank you Michel - we would love to come back again.
jaqueline ZANNO 4 MARS 2017 on Mar 2017:
Très agréable Un séjour très agréable dans un appartement confortable, lumineux, silencieux. A quelques pas du métro. Proche de la ravissante rue Montorgueuil avec tous ses commerces de bouche. Nous y reviendrons certainement. Date d’arrivée 24 février 2017
marie andrée GILBERT on Feb 2017:
Très grand appartement pour Paris avec d'énormes fenêtres , un lit confortable et une terrasse assez coquette!! Si on recherche un coin lumineux et un quartier central pour se rendre à pied un peu partout, c'est parfait! C'est assez propre et la cuisine est fonctionnelle. L'immeuble est super sécuritaire!! Je recommande ce logement sans hésiter! septembre 2016
IRIS SGARZINI on Feb 2017:
Appartamento molto spazioso, specialmente il soggiorno. Zona molto ben servita da più di una linea metropolitana e da ristoranti bar e supermercati. L'appartamento, posto al quinto piano con ascensore, è silenzioso in quanto non è situato sulla via principale. Attrezzato di tutti gli elettrodomestici compresa lavastoviglie, lavatrice e asciugatrice. Ottima la vasca. Ottimo servizio di accoglienza. Condominio tranquillo
Natalia Speer on Feb 2017:
Beautiful and spacious apartment, full of light, in the most charming area of Paris with the cafes and freshly baked baguettes of Montorgueil, an easy stroll to the Seine, the Louvre, St. Germain, yet very peaceful and quiet. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Bertino who gave us a detailed tour of the apartment and gave us great tips about the neighborhood. We did not need to communicate with Michele, our stay was easy and pleasant, and our family of three had the most wonderful time in the apartment.
could not be happier with our experience at Michel's apartment and highly recommend this location to anyone wanting to experience Paris away from tourist crowds. Special thanks to Bertino for making our stay easy and comfortable. The apartment very clean and spacious and is situated in a great neighborhood full of bars and cafe's and just a short walk from charming rue montorgueil. Loved the atmosphere, and especially the view from the apartment. Hope to be back one day soon!
luca PAPIS on Feb 2017:
We had a nice holiday in Michel's flat, that is a charmant place in a wonderful quarter of Paris, close to a lot of shop where you can buy good french food. The house is big and comfortable and quite equipped for a week-long stay. We didn't met Michel, who was not in Paris, but he gave us very clear instruction before our arrival. His friend Bertino welcomed us very kindly and gave us all the information about the flat.
Marion Blender on Oct 2013:

Balcon Ensoleil is a very charming appartement With beautiful views over the adjacent roof tops, taking in all that special light. The location couldn't be better, so central... Thierry we dealt with was super friendly, very accommodation for all our special little requests. I would definitely recommend it to my best friends.
We only discovered on the last day all the potential following down rue Poissonniere .
Cross pollinate made the entire booking very easy, and prompt. Will definitely use again....
Karen Kennedy on Aug 2013:

The apartment was exactly as described - it was very well appointed, as well as very conveniently located. Thierry gave excellent directions and Bertino was very helpful and accommodating when we arrived. Balcon Ensoleile was perfect for us (two adults and two children) as well as being able to cater for visiting family members. We would certainly choose to stay again. Our only disappointment was not discovering the cafes and ambience of the southern section of rue Poissonniere a day earlier than we did! Overall, we couldn't be more pleased with Balcon Ensoleile as our accommodation in Paris.
Provision of an electric kettle - otherwise very well equipped.
We feel that endorsement by Cross-Pollinate gives a sense of confidence when booking an apartment overseas.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen and 1 queen foldout
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, fee for check-in after 11 pm is €30
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