Where do i start? Nicolas was a terrific host. We met him at the start and he showed us around then met him at the end when he met us to see if everything went well. He left us alone for the entire duration of our stay but we always had the option to ring him if we needed anything but his place is so good that we needed him for nothing. He was very obliging when we asked for extra keys and a cot for our infant before we arrived.
His apartment is simply beautifully designed and decorated, clean and comfortable. It's exactly how i imaged a Parisian apartment to be! The pictures are exactly how this apartment looks so you can be sure of what you are getting when you stay.
The area of Saint Mande is again really lovely. It's quite, safe and has everything you need within walking distance including quaint cafes, lovely local restaurants, handy news agents and super markets, terrific bakeries (as recommended by Nicolas) and of course the METRO station for discovering Paris.
There's a gigantic park (Bois de Vincennes) right beside it with lakes, children facilities, hiking trials, wildlife etc. Here you'll also discover the Chateau Vincennes which is truly a wonderful building to discover so close.
To get into the very center of Paris is literally 10/15 minutes on a METRO from this location which was so handy. We bought a 5 day ticket and just hopped on and off the METRO at various points around Paris for the week we stayed. The Paris METRO was easy to use and we always felt safe even late at night. Saint Mande in general is extremely safe with helpful and friendly people.
All in all, this is the best place we've stayed on Airbnb by far.
Thanks Nicolas for your hospitality.