we went during the heat wave of 2015, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, the main room (which also doubles as a bedroom with a filthy pull out couch) is basically a greenhouse due to the amount of uncovered glass. the ceiling is flat, made up of probably 20 glass panels, which would have been fine if they had covers, or a way to be opened. of course though, they did not. two tiny strips of clothe hung is hardly sufficient to stop the intensified light and heat pouring through. added to that all bar one small panel were unable to be opened, it felt like a heat box whenever entered, making the person sleeping in there extremely uncomfortable. though the worst was the lack of air conditioning. yep. none. nada. it had mysteriously broken prior to our trip. in normal weather this would not have bothered us but in that weather, it was unbearable. we rang the gentleman who was dealing with us, about the timeline etc for its repair and to say he fobbed us off is an understatement. having been advertised in his ad we felt entitled to a cool breeze so after much negotiating we managed to secure an extra fan, that he unceremoniously dropped off, unmade, with the instructions for its construction in french!! something i don't think we covered in high school french. my 70 old father who a few months prior had suffered a stroke, felt cooler in the local bars and cafes that in the comfort of our temporary home, and would refuse to come back until the flat had cooled down, well after night fall. we tried again to explain to the gentlemen about our predicament, having still 2 more nights at the flat to face, but he refused to take our calls!!! via text we attempted to communicate : we were more that willing to pay for the time we had stayed plus extra for his inconvenience and the fan of course, but he utterly refused, instead choosing to get offended himself. a complete and utter ironic joke.
the location and surrounding cafes were amazing. right in the centre of paris, next to 2 metro lines and national travel.