ABOUT OUR HOMES
The classic style 'Home Stay' is called ‘Chambre d’hotes’ in French and Bed & Breakfast in English. So what is it exactly? It’s a private bedroom or entire suite offered by a private person in his/her family home, to a foreign guest. All Paris and Portugal apartments and Bed and Breakfasts found in our online catalogue of unique handpicked homes, have been selected for their qualities of comfort and tidiness, pleasing surroundings, practical locations and the warmth and friendly personalities (and professionalism) of their hosts, which we at Petite B&Bs inspect thoroughly each year. We also offer private apartments that are offered by real local residents who vacate for guests entire private use for a cultural immersion experience.
Petite Bed & Breakfast and apartments is a means by which travellers can find a Parisian or Portuguese home away from home and partake of the extensive research based on on quality assured, value, location, style, authenticity and hospitality. Being real family homes not rentals means guests experience an authentic family stay in Paris, Lisbon, Porto and beyond. Unlike other online services we do inspect all homes and hand select only the best to maintain our professional reputation.
Each of our listed B&B dwellings present warm-hearted people and affordable accommodations for your stay in Paris which offer more congeniality than that found in a hotel. Each B&B location exudes an atmosphere in which both guest and host can best enjoy a sense of association and fellowship. Unless notified to the contrary (in our listing descriptions), you will remain the sole visitor to the property. Viewed as an invited and eagerly awaited guest, rather than as a paying customer, you will derive far more from our Bed & Breakfast service than any hotel or regular apartment service rental.
Travellers are welcomed as friends into the homes of real Parisians or Portuguese natives, with the assurance that they will receive any kind of assistance and advice needed regarding their stay in Paris and its many wonders. Guests also enjoy the freedom of coming and going as they please. Note: Some hosts still have regular jobs and may not be as available to guests, please enquire if you prefer an ‘active’ host or a more ‘reserved’ host.
General and critical guests needs are taken into account (allergies, physical limitations etc). Special requests are honoured and at some B&B/apartments this includes babies or toddlers, a small pet, special occasions such as honeymoons and birthdays, culinary particulars for breakfast and more.
About our Homes
Petite Bed and Breakfasts and apartments are specially selected for their charm, comfort, pleasing surroundings, practical locations and impeccable service and hospitality.
They include traditional B&Bs in real family homes from historic to modern and luxurious to simple family homes with charming, warm-hearted, professional hosts who love to welcome guests like family and share their city and city secrets.
There are private apartments and houses for the independent travelers too and hosts in these cases live in the same building, street or village, contactable anytime, vacating their home for the guests pleasure and use.
All Petite homes are real residential family homes, impeccably presented and full of character and personal touches; unlike soul-less hotels or stark rental apartments our real homes ensure guests feel an intimate warm sense of family life and conviviality, culture and cosiness.
Style, size, access and living scenarios vary home-to-home: split-level, lofts, 2-3 level homes, shared or private spaces, guests private entries, private living quarters, balcony or terrace homes, garden homes, the possibilities are limitless.
Classic Bed and Breakfasts homes include full daily breakfast service, cleaning, afternoon tea or tea/coffee facilities and may offer a range of cultural services e.g. guided walks, language, cooking or art lessons and more.
Private apartments are fully equipped, self-contained homes with breakfast provisions left for you.
Petite B&B homes are selected in accordance to a strict B&B Quality of Charter, as set out by the Paris Tourism Bureau (the birthplace of B&Bs and hospitality) and we follow these guidelines for all Petite B&Bs.
Quick Facts about Petite B&B homes
- All Petite B&B and apartments are located in the city proper.
- Metro and/or buses are within 7mins Max. walk from any Petite home. It takes between 0 – 25mins to reach the epicenter of the city depending on the homes central location.
- Petite homes are located in safe and secure buildings on small or major streets as indicated on their maps.
- All Petite homes are located near local village shops, cafes and amenities.
- Babies up to 2 years are free of stay. Additional cost applies for baby bed. In some cases baby beds are also free – refer to online details of each home for specific individual home details.
Quick Facts about Paris specific apartments
- Not all Paris buildings have lifts/elevators - in fact most buildings that are of the 17th and 18thC do not as they are historically listed unable to be renovated or moddify the original structure of the building. Please refer to the homes features for details.
- ALL Paris B&B's and apartments have heating but not all have air-con as specified on each homes features. Note: Paris is generally a cool city and the height of summer sees average temperatures of only 23 degrees. For this reason air con is a rare feature in any authentic Paris family home as locals see them as unnecessary. In the unlikely case of a heat wave fans are provided.
- Paris apartment levels: the Ground Floor is G or 0, taking up one flight you reach the 1st floor, and so on...
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