Wednesday, July 29, 2015

a Paris B&B fit for Gustav Eiffel himself!


Meet an art retro deco historic, artistic, modern home. all of that mixed together if its possible!... Where? Paris bien sur!!



The loft of Sylvie & François has all the charms of a former artist’s workshop and the comfort of a quality B&B. The Eiffel tower style building made of metallic parts by Gustave Eiffel himself, has a ceiling up to 6m high and large windows in the living room which guarantee the authentic atmosphere of the workshops from the end of the 19th century. Spread over two levels you will enjoy the warmth of this B&B as well as complete autonomy, with use of a private entry on the floor above, separate to your hosts entry, leading into the guests private sue section consisting of 2 large guest bedroom and adjoining private bathroom.
PRICES
1per: EU149 p/n
2per: EU159 p/n
(in 2nd guest bedroom)
3per: EU210 p/n
4per: EU235 p/n
2 nights min or extra cost
Breakfast included




CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILITY and BOOKINGS: info@petitepr.com.au

VIEW THIS B&B on our Website in full detail HERE








CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILITY and BOOKINGS: info@petitepr.com.au

VIEW THIS B&B on our Website in full detail HERE



Monday, July 27, 2015

Family loses $7000 in Airbnb scam


Hey Guys, you may have seen the latest Sun Herald News Story about the Australian family who go conned in an Airbnb exchange, If not here is the link to the story: CLICK HERE

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/family-loses-7000-after-booking-new-york-loft-in-airbnb-scam/story-fnpp4dl6-1227456993733?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=HaraldSun&utm_medium=Facebook

Well...its easy to see why the attraction with these big trendy booking services offering thousands of homes, competative prices, and its just all so easy to book! We (Petite Paris www.petiteparis.com.au) are a boutique Australian B&B service and we have always tried to drive home and educate Australian travellers about the need to be very careful with such sites. Not just because we need to compete with them as naturally we must, though the difference in our services means truthfully there is no comparison, but because unlike boutique services like ours, they leave way too much room for risk and lack quality control...

Below is a little article on our perspective on the new breed of automated accommodation booking services vs old-school traditional human services, like us... www.petiteparis.com.au 
Please feel free to tell us what you think...so curious to hear peoples take onthis new wave of impersonal services... good stories as well as bad... 

...here we go...

Have we become Slapdash Travellers?

Paris’ classic B&Bs and professional services have dropped 30% in bookings in 2015 thanks to the new breed of ‘contemporary’ online booking services.

Millions of self-listed homes on AirBnB (www.airbnb.com) mean places to stay are cheaper than ever with booking systems one click away. Now Nightswapping offers places to stay for free if you ‘swap nights’ in your own home. These services are attractive to the growing breed of budget travellers, but why are quality and professional accommodation services being demoted by ‘sleep-overs’?

A sign of the financial and tech-savvy times, we’re happy to save time and money by avoiding human service, which, lets admit, takes time and money - about 20 percent more. We’re also being seduced by very enticing marketing campaigns promising new independent ways and opportunities to travel. As a result we‘re shopping from a supermarket of homes, like online daters; and like Tinder and RSVP there is no filtering system for quality listings.

We’ve all heard the horror stories - from disappointing homes that look nothing like they did online, to sudden cancellations by homeowners 2 days before arrival etc. Why do we trust these services then when it comes to a place to sleep? Showering in a bathroom full of strangers’ hair and trying to sleep with raging college students outside your door is no way to spend your holiday. Strange: they advertised a ‘Clean and peaceful home’.

These websites sport the veneer of professionalism and quality but are classified advertising sites.

Regina Ferreira, from Australian boutique B&B service petiteparis.com.au says “we’re often ‘cleaning-up’ the mess by looking after disappointed or homeless travellers with replacement homes and offering the human help and quality control that would have helped to prevent such disappointments’. Petite Paris has less than 1% cancellation rate in 5 years of operation. Travellers who have had personal help feel confident in their home choice and are unlikely to cancel. High cancellation rates on mass booking sites are telling signs that more help is needed during the selection process as guests and homeowners cancel just as easily as they booked. That’s perhaps the appeal for today’s travellers; it’s not so much about quality as it is about ease of use. There is no real commitment necessary from the beginning.

 
AirBnB specifically is not a professional or a B&B service (despite using the term). Anyone can list on the site and homeowners do not have to offer actual Bed & Breakfast services that would offer real interaction with locals and authentic travel experiences. Despite promising ‘living like a local’ there is no authentic interaction with the city and its people by simply booking an empty rental or by ‘Nightswapping’ apartments. In genuine B&Bs, you are living with a local host and being provided B&B services and daily communication; a true connection and authentic insider experience ‘living like a local’, in any city.

Ironically, the few authentic registered B&Bs listed on airBnB are there due to the old ‘can’t beat em, join em’. They have had little choice but to mingle with the mangy, reduce their prices just to stay afloat and thereby lower the standards of the formerly renowned B&B quality, just to meet cheap travellers’ slapdash preferences. Interestingly an estimated 25,000-30,000 units disappeared from the rental market in Paris, being listed on AirBnB. 
(Read this little article about Paris officials cracking down on Airbnb apartments illegally listed - yes its illegal to offer an empty apartment in Paris with it being registered as a commercial space. ARTICLE:  http://roadwarriorvoices.com/2015/05/26/paris-officials-go-on-door-to-door-raid-of-illegal-airbnb-rentals/) and also on Le Figaro French newspaper online: http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2015/05/22/97001-20150522FILWWW00310-airbnb-2000-logements-controles-a-paris.php

Travellers that truly care about the quality experiences of travel, comfort and authentic exposure ought to stick to the old yet efficient professional B&B services that offer live human assistance.


Petite Paris B&Bs, a service dedicated to a select network of quality homes and personally tailored service, is the archetype of an authentic boutique-run B&B provider. Director Regina Ferreira travels to Paris annually to inspect all B&Bs in the Petite Paris catalogue. Each home meets the official B&B ‘Quality of Charter’ rules and regulations prepared by the city of Paris. One-on-one interaction ensures guests are given proper insight about each home and are guided towards the best home that suits their needs and idiosyncrasies. Customer service doesn’t only appear when problems arise. In authentic B&Bs, disappointment is evaded through the professional human booking process.

A wealth of insider knowledge and experience about the B&Bs and Paris itself, Regina offers guests looking for the perfect quality home, peace of mind with her expert tailored all-round service.

"Regina your service and website are fantastic. I felt you went out of your way to help us and your love of Paris is genuine and infectious! You provide a very personal service, which is wonderful in the current world of impersonal, online bookings and companies that know so little about their product! We loved everything about the apartment - the comfort, the personal feeling, the location, and the chance to feel like a local. Everyone was friendly and helpful."



Watch out for the new Petite Lisbon B&Bs, coming soon as Petite expands throughout Europe.

Petite Paris B&Bs versus Hotels/AirBnB/other…
·       In the genuine B&B world, there are no high or low seasons so prices NEVER change. They do, however, reduce for select SALE periods!
·       Booked guests have immediate contact with their B&B hosts, vice versa.
·       Professional Standard Seal of Quality for all homes as set by the Paris Tourism Office quality of Charter. Professionally selected and regularly inspected by B&B professionals with over 15 years experience.
·       Personalized and intimate human service offering insider B&B and apartment information and details.
·       Unlimited city advice with all bookings i.e tips, personalized guidance from the point of contact to the end of the holiday.
·       Guests who book with a professional B&B service are more confident in their choice. Petite Paris has a less than 1% cancellation rate with guests going into well-appointed and well-matched homes . 

Special Pied-a-terre B&Bs in Paris

Featured B&Bs
ON SALE!


1. Le Montmartre B&B458

From now until end August REDUCED to:
119euro per night for 2 guests!
(WAS 159euro)



A private 2 bedroom charming apartment with liunge room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and overall an intimate home environment steps from Place du Tertre and the Sacre Coeur and Lamarck Metro 2 mins away.

CLICK HERE to see it on our website!
FOR Bookings: info@petitepr.com.au



2. Le Gare du Nord B&B424
From now until end August:
115euro per night for 2 guests including breakfast!
(WAS 149euro)




One of our highest rated, media covered B&Bs. An impeccable 5 star quality service in an authentic, intimate, family style environment. Large guest room with private ensuite, bright chic lounge to enjoy anytime and breakfast is served daily.

CLICK HERE to see it on our website
Contact us for booking: info@petitepr.com.au

Family loses $7000 in Airbnb scam! our Petite Perspective


Hey Guys, you may have seen the latest Sun Herald News Story about the Australian family who go conned in an Airbnb exchange, If not here is the link to the story: CLICK HERE

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/family-loses-7000-after-booking-new-york-loft-in-airbnb-scam/story-fnpp4dl6-1227456993733?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=HaraldSun&utm_medium=Facebook

Well...its easy to see why the attraction with these big trendy booking services offering thousands of homes, competative prices, and its just all so easy to book! We (Petite Paris) are a boutique Australian B&B service and we have always tried to drive home and educate Australian travellers about the need to be very careful with such sites. Not just because we need to compete with them as naturally we must, though the difference in our services means truthfully there is no comparison, but because unlike boutique services like ours, they leave way too much room for risk and lack quality control...Below is a little article on our perspective on the new breed of automated accommodation booking services vs old-school traditional human services, like us... Please feel free to tell us what you think...so curious to hear peoples take onthis new wave of impersonal services... good stories as well as bad... 

...here we go...

Have we become Slapdash Travellers?

Paris’ classic B&Bs and professional services have dropped 30% in bookings in 2015 thanks to the new breed of ‘contemporary’ online booking services.

Millions of self-listed homes on AirBnB (www.airbnb.com) mean places to stay are cheaper than ever with booking systems one click away. Now Nightswapping offers places to stay for free if you ‘swap nights’ in your own home. These services are attractive to the growing breed of budget travellers, but why are quality and professional accommodation services being demoted by ‘sleep-overs’?

A sign of the financial and tech-savvy times, we’re happy to save time and money by avoiding human service, which, lets admit, takes time and money - about 20 percent more. We’re also being seduced by very enticing marketing campaigns promising new independent ways and opportunities to travel. As a result we‘re shopping from a supermarket of homes, like online daters; and like Tinder and RSVP there is no filtering system for quality listings.

We’ve all heard the horror stories - from disappointing homes that look nothing like they did online, to sudden cancellations by homeowners 2 days before arrival etc. Why do we trust these services then when it comes to a place to sleep? Showering in a bathroom full of strangers’ hair and trying to sleep with raging college students outside your door is no way to spend your holiday. Strange: they advertised a ‘Clean and peaceful home’.

These websites sport the veneer of professionalism and quality but are classified advertising sites.

Regina Ferreira, from Australian boutique B&B service petiteparis.com.au says “we’re often ‘cleaning-up’ the mess by looking after disappointed or homeless travellers with replacement homes and offering the human help and quality control that would have helped to prevent such disappointments’. Petite Paris has less than 1% cancellation rate in 5 years of operation. Travellers who have had personal help feel confident in their home choice and are unlikely to cancel. High cancellation rates on mass booking sites are telling signs that more help is needed during the selection process as guests and homeowners cancel just as easily as they booked. That’s perhaps the appeal for today’s travellers; it’s not so much about quality as it is about ease of use. There is no real commitment necessary from the beginning.

 
AirBnB specifically is not a professional or a B&B service (despite using the term). Anyone can list on the site and homeowners do not have to offer actual Bed & Breakfast services that would offer real interaction with locals and authentic travel experiences. Despite promising ‘living like a local’ there is no authentic interaction with the city and its people by simply booking an empty rental or by ‘Nightswapping’ apartments. In genuine B&Bs, you are living with a local host and being provided B&B services and daily communication; a true connection and authentic insider experience ‘living like a local’, in any city.

Ironically, the few authentic registered B&Bs listed on airBnB are there due to the old ‘can’t beat em, join em’. They have had little choice but to mingle with the mangy, reduce their prices just to stay afloat and thereby lower the standards of the formerly renowned B&B quality, just to meet cheap travellers’ slapdash preferences. Interestingly an estimated 25,000-30,000 units disappeared from the rental market in Paris, being listed on AirBnB. 
(Read this little article about Paris officials cracking down on Airbnb apartments illegally listed - yes its illegal to offer an empty apartment in Paris with it being registered as a commercial space. ARTICLE:  http://roadwarriorvoices.com/2015/05/26/paris-officials-go-on-door-to-door-raid-of-illegal-airbnb-rentals/) and also on Le Figaro French newspaper online: http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2015/05/22/97001-20150522FILWWW00310-airbnb-2000-logements-controles-a-paris.php

Travellers that truly care about the quality experiences of travel, comfort and authentic exposure ought to stick to the old yet efficient professional B&B services that offer live human assistance.


Petite Paris B&Bs, a service dedicated to a select network of quality homes and personally tailored service, is the archetype of an authentic boutique-run B&B provider. Director Regina Ferreira travels to Paris annually to inspect all B&Bs in the Petite Paris catalogue. Each home meets the official B&B ‘Quality of Charter’ rules and regulations prepared by the city of Paris. One-on-one interaction ensures guests are given proper insight about each home and are guided towards the best home that suits their needs and idiosyncrasies. Customer service doesn’t only appear when problems arise. In authentic B&Bs, disappointment is evaded through the professional human booking process.

A wealth of insider knowledge and experience about the B&Bs and Paris itself, Regina offers guests looking for the perfect quality home, peace of mind with her expert tailored all-round service.

"Regina your service and website are fantastic. I felt you went out of your way to help us and your love of Paris is genuine and infectious! You provide a very personal service, which is wonderful in the current world of impersonal, online bookings and companies that know so little about their product! We loved everything about the apartment - the comfort, the personal feeling, the location, and the chance to feel like a local. Everyone was friendly and helpful."



Watch out for the new Petite Lisbon B&Bs, coming soon as Petite expands throughout Europe.

Petite Paris B&Bs versus Hotels/AirBnB/other…
·       In the genuine B&B world, there are no high or low seasons so prices NEVER change. They do, however, reduce for select SALE periods!
·       Booked guests have immediate contact with their B&B hosts, vice versa.
·       Professional Standard Seal of Quality for all homes as set by the Paris Tourism Office quality of Charter. Professionally selected and regularly inspected by B&B professionals with over 15 years experience.
·       Personalized and intimate human service offering insider B&B and apartment information and details.
·       Unlimited city advice with all bookings i.e tips, personalized guidance from the point of contact to the end of the holiday.
·       Guests who book with a professional B&B service are more confident in their choice. Petite Paris has a less than 1% cancellation rate with guests going into well-appointed and well-matched homes . 


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paris in July! SALES!!!



Merry Christmas in July


Tis the Season of Petite Paris
Apartment
SALES!


Dear Petite Paris friends, Merru Christmas in July! The favourite time of the year for anyone in Paris (hello sizzling Summer) and anyone planning for Paris (hello SALE Season)! It's our annual Petite Paris Christmas in July SALE. But this year it's even bigger . No matter when you are off to Paris, you're sure to get a DEAL! So long as you act on these...

p.s and with EVERY booking
a Petite Paris Booking Gift...
  •  Bottle of Wine on arrival at your Paris home
  •  FREE copies of our Paris insider guide ebooks
  • French audio lesson online
  • 10% off travel gift items @ www.frenchaffair.com.au



Click HERE to preview/purchase our eBooks online. Fr. ONLY $4.99


1. Christmas in July SALE

Book your Paris B&B or Apartment THIS MONTH to get 10euro off per night on ANY home for ANY dates in Paris! C'est so simple! Email us: info@petitepr.com.au



2. Le Grand WINTER SALE

Up to 60euro off per night for stays in Paris between November and March 2016, on select B&Bs and apartments. Email us for details, dates and rates: info@petitepr.com.au



3. Summer SALE!

 Until the end of August, up to 25% OFF select Paris B&Bs and apartments. Email us for availabilities and bookings: info@petitepr.com.au




4. Buy 1 get 1 FREE - July ONLY!
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Petite Pariscope - Summer Lovin'

Petite Pariscope
Summer Lovin'



This months new Paris places uncovered! Enjoy these wonderful sunny drinking and eating spots in the city of lights when the temperature rises.

1. Le Passerelle MAP





The owners of rooftop hotspot Le Perchoir have opened this new seine side bar and restaurant that guarantees fun summer times all season long. Escape from the hustle and the bustle of every day life in the city, but without actually having to leave Paris. Feeling like a little Bali escape, complete with sparkling eiffel tower views. Amazing cocktails and gourmet snacks and food menu too. Oh and top notch Summer festivals ar eheld here too! 52 Quai du Point du Jour, 92100 Boulogne MAP



2. Le Perchoir MAP





The Original Le Perchoir, located in the 11th St Martin Canal neighbourhood, is the first first rooftop bar of its kind in Paris coupled with a high-end restaurant quickly became the place to be throughout the summer season. Elaborate cocktails and exquisite food and snacks coupled with live music and amazing ambience, this rooftop with birds eye view of the city of lights is a balmy Summer afternoon must!  Day and night and food festivals are held here too! Le Perchoir, 14 rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris MAP




3. Le Perchoir Le Marais MAP





The third rooftop venture by the Perchoir boys, quite simply named, Le Perchoir Marais
, just opened, what better place for a rooftop bar than looking directly into the heart of Paris? This one offers nearly 360º views of Paris, with the only major landmark missing being the Sacre Coeur – which luckily, you can see from their original Perchoir spot in the 11th. At Le Perchoir Marais, expect elaborated cocktails, bottled beers and some gourmet snacks, from 8pm to 2am daily. 36 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris MAP






4: Nuba MAP





Where the cool kids are come summer. Club with lots of local and international DJ by night. Massive space along the Seine river. Causal ambiance. Free entrance. Roof top the rooftop club of La Cité de la Mode et du Design. 36Quai d’Austerlitz 75013 MAP






Available August 13-28, 2 bedroom private Montmartre apartment!

Paris Apartment Available this August and ON SALE for last minute bookings
Available: 13 - 28th August 

At: 119euro per night for 2 guests 
REDUCED from 159euro (accommodates up to 3)

View it on our website HERE
Enquire about Booking HERE


Our utterly quaint quintessential 2 bedroom Paris apartment,ON SUMMER SALE for, August is available from 13th to 28th August! For only 119euro per night reduced from 159euro for 2 guests (accommodates up to 3 guests) you have at your doorstep all of Montmartres cafes are there, restaurants, parks, the metro and Sacre Coeur hilltop views of Paris, from your own amazing self contained home! Enquire with us quick and book this Summer abode in PAris today before someone else does... check it out on our website in full detail CLICK HERE


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Paris travellers, get the ultimate insiders tips and guide to the city of lights? Our ebooks 'Markets of Paris' and ' Paris City Guide' offer over 250 pages of the best, most beautiful and secrets Paris spots, from cafes to restaurants, bars, parks, secret gardens, museums, best coffee places, brunch spots, markets, fashion second hand stores and consignments, and more.. for ipads and iphones, beautiful images, details and directions and google map links for on-the-go navigation from the streets of Paris. 

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