Lotfi's apartment is in a market like area, with small shops (Butchers, Fishmongers and greengrocers) spilling out across the footpaths. Assorted other vendors also frequent the area, although these were absent after a police inspection early in the new year.
The apartment is accessed through two separate security doors, with the first providing access from the street, and the second access to the internal space of the building. Lotfi's apartment is across the internal garden, and up 3 narrow flights of stairs. The apartment is functional, and is accessed by a securely bolted door. There is single bedroom, with two beds, a lounge room, with a sofa bed, separate toilet, kitchen/laundry combined, and a bathroom, with shower and washbasin.
The location was fantastic for our group, who were happy to walk everywhere, and explore the city, but train stations are readily accessible from the building. The nearest station is currently being renovated and won't re-open until mid year, whilst the nearest alternatives were less than 10 minutes walk.
There are some minor problems in the apartment, which seems to be in the process of being renovated? Whilst all the light's are there, and functional, they don't look finished.
The washing machine, whilst operational, tends to cause the apartment fuse to switch off, turning all the power in the apartment out. It only needs to be switched back on, but does make using the washer/dryer inconvenient.
Food preparation in the apartment is difficult, as the kitchen/ laundry is limited in space. Cooking is restricted to a single pot hotplate. Most of what we prepared in the room were hot drinks at the end of the day. Not really a problem however, as most nights we were happy to eat out at one of the many restaurants in Paris. With formula menu's ranging between 10 and 15 Euros, for three course meals, it was generally easier to eat at a restaurant and enjoy a good meal.
The bathroom is functional, with a shower that you need to step up into, but squeezing around the door so you can close it behind you was a twist for everyone in our group.
The only other problem of note is the internal handle on the toilet, which isn't of sufficient strength to enable it to be used to close the door. Most of the time we had to either brace the door internally with a broom handle, or have someone else close the door from outside.
Despite these minor complaints, we were happy with both the location and value of Lotfi's apartment, which provided us with all the things we required for a wonderful three weeks in Paris. Despite it being Christmas / New Year, we had excellent weather with only 2 days of light rain. We would be happy to stay in Lotfi's rooms again, should we visit Paris.