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Formerly an active dock where much of the materials for the building of the Eiffel Tower and then the surrounding quarters of Paris were unloaded, the Port de Suffren is situated on the left bank where the Avenue de Suffren begins. Just upriver (to the left in this photo) is the Iena Bridge where the Chaillot Palace and the Trocadero Gardens face the Eiffel Tower from across the Seine. Downriver, a short promenade on the tree-lined Isle of Swans, the Statue of Liberty welcomes river traffic coming up from the cities of Honfleur and Rouen.

The Simpatico was built in the north of Holland in 1916 and, powered by sail, she worked the inland seas and waterways of the Netherlands carrying cargoes such as steel, coal and grain. In the mid-fifties she was outfitted with diesel power, her tonnage was increased and she continued to work northern Europe and the Rhine Basin well after her 162-ton capacity was no longer competitive. Converted to a "living boat" in the early seventies, the Simpatico continues to be a completely functional and fully autonomous river boat with her home port in Paris since 1975.

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Over the years, as government subsidies to the railroad have placed the French mariner on the endangered species list, working barges have gone to the scrap yard in large numbers. Some were rescued by the young and foolhardy reclaiming a style of life which now animates the old quais of Paris and a piece of its' history. Today there are approximately 400 ships moored along the banks of Paris representing more than a century of Belgian, Dutch, German and French navigation of inland waterways.

Situated in the immediate vicinity are the Hilton Hotel, Australian Embassy, Japanese Cultural Center and, recently, Maxim's on the River. Nearby, an open-air market is held twice weekly and many of the numerous boutiques, restaurants, bistros and historical sites which animate the neighborhood and give Paris much of its charm and character. All means of transportation to and from airports, train stations, EuroDisney, Versailles, etc., are readily available as is parking for private vehicles.

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The tree-lined entrance to the port and cobblestone quai give easy access to our deck-terrasse, with an expansive view of the Seine and the Beaux-Arts architecture of Passy on the opposite bank. Enjoy the calm and beauty of the Seine in the City of Light as you sip cocktails in the evening or coffee in the morning reawakening with the colors of dawn and life on the river. Later perhaps, you may decide to take the boat-bus (which embarks close by) up river to the Orsay Museum or Notre Dame, or another quai and quarter in one of the oldest port-cities of Europe. Left bank or right bank, walk into town and discover Paris from the perspective of travelers long ago. Coming home is easy, even if you've forgotten the way. Just ask for the Eiffel Tower.

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Living Area

Refurbished recently to a very comfortable measure of style and luxury, the Simpatico comprises two independent quarters: the aft cabin which we occupy and the very spacious forward apartment which is composed of bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and extensive living-dining area totaling about 800 sq.. ft. Television, VCR, fax, washing machine, linen, and tableware are provided. The Simpatico offers a home away from home for those who prefer the freedom and comfort of a private residence as opposed to the considerations and additional costs normally associated with hotels. Should your visit be for the first time or returning for business or pleasure, you'll find us generally knowledgeable and helpful regarding your needs while traveling abroad.

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Sleeping accommodations include a bedroom with king-size bed, wardrobe, coiffeuse, night table and reading lamps. Located in the living area is a second sofa which converts to two very comfortable single beds. More closet space is also available.

Our kitchen is modern and equipped with an oven, cooker, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster and other necessities.

The bathroom has ample counter space and towel rods, a cupboard, a washing machine, and a proper ship's shower with unlimited hot water.

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Terms and Conditions for Rental

It is understood that the person making the reservation and booking the accommodations (hereinafter "Hirer") is over 21 years of age and is authorized to accept these terms and conditions on behalf of those persons named as guests and confirmed as such in writing by the owner or his representative (hereinafter "Owner") at the time of booking or at a later date prior to arrival. A photocopy of each guest's passport should accompany the booking form. Please note that we cannot accommodate children under ten years of age.

The Hirer shall use the premises as a temporary residence only and shall not engage in any commercial, illegal, dangerous or other activity that could embarrass or cause the Owner to receive complaints from the Port Authority or other occupants of the port. The premises shall not be occupied or left in the care of anyone not listed as a guest nor shall any pets be kept. The Owner is not responsible for any claims, loss or damage, cost or expense (legal or otherwise) to persons or property, however caused, which may occur on or about the accommodation, or in connection with travel thereto or therefrom other than what is stipulated by French law. All guests are requested to obtain the necessary insurance for the protection of persons and property and for personal liability while traveling to and from and occupying the accommodations. For further information, please refer to the details on Travel Insurance.

Please enquire for rates and availability. The Owner provides:

  • Utilities, parking and other miscellaneous charges
  • All maintenance and end-of-stay cleaning assuming normal wear and tear
  • Bed and bath linen
  • Color TV and VHS, stereo system
  • Washing machine and hair dryer
  • Private phone line and fax on request. Calling charges are not included
  • Around-the-clock emergency assistance
  • Daily maid service is optional and can be provided at a reasonable cost if requested

Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of 30% of the total cost (or a minimum of 500 ). The balance is to be paid, at the latest, on arrival plus a refundable security deposit of 1000 which will be accounted for at departure. Payment can be made by bank transfer, cashiers check, international money order, travellers checks or cash only.

Times of arrival and departure are to be confirmed at the time of booking. There are no extra charges for early arrivals provided that any changes are agreed to by the Owner and confirmed in writing at least 48 hours prior to arrival. In the same manner, late departures must also be confirmed in advance. Upon arrival, the Hirer and the Owner will inspect the apartment and its contents and, if everything is satisfactory, sign the guest agreement and inventory. The Hirer agrees to permit the Owner access to the property in order to carry out any necessary maintenance as determined by the Owner.

It is agreed that the Hirer will take good care of the property and will leave it in the same condition of order and of repair as found upon arrival. The Hirer agrees to pay for any damage to the property caused or arising during the hiring period, such as breakage, loss or damage to fittings, fixtures, etc. up to the full rebuilding or replacement cost. Damages to the property or its contents will be assessed during the departure time and agreed to by the Owner and the Hirer.

The Owner accepts responsibility should the accommodations prove to be deficient at any time providing that he is immediately notified and given the opportunity to correct any possible deficiencies at the time of the event. If the deficiency cannot be corrected, the Owner will secure similarly valued accommodations and/or refund the remaining balance due according to the wishes of the Hirer. The Owner cannot accept greater liability than the amount paid for the accommodations.

Once again, we recommend that all our guests secure comprehensive travel insurance in the event of any misfortune such as trip cancellation, illness, accident, emergency repatriation, etc. before leaving home.

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