A Warm Welcome in Paris

Faced with too many visitors, the city of Paris asked its citizens to open their homes as B&Bs. It doesn't get more authentique than that.

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'Hood Left Bank, in the 13th arrondissement. The area is known mainly for its sprawling Chinatown, but there are also plenty of trendy restaurants.

Host(s) Michel and Christianne Poteaux. He owns an electronics business; she's a technical writer.

Decor The three-story building on a quiet cul-de-sac was constructed in 1920 to house workers from an ice factory (hence the Glacière Métro stop). Two terraces have views of the city's southwest.

Room(s) Three. Each was recently renovated and has its own bathroom. The smallest, La Rive Droite, has a private balcony.

Plus Rooms have flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.

Minus You might hear guests from the next room (the walls are thin).

Info villa Daviel, 011-33/6-09-80-47-12,, from $110.

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