This is the dream apartment for exploring Paris. Quiet, atmospheric and equipped with everything you need, you step outside into the medieval streets of the Marais and wander in any direction. There is a market next door, the Picasso museum down the street and everything else.
First of all, Chris was wonderful to deal with, he provided us with so much information before we even left home then when we arrived, there was lots more information at the apartment. The apartment is clean, updated,and had everything we needed. Chris made sure he was just a phone call away if something happened (which it didn't, all went very smoothly). The location of the apartment couldn't be better, everything needed is in a two block radius, cafes, boulangerie, patisserie, fromagerie, markets, fruits & legumes, etc. We loved being able to immerse ourselves in the local life and not live in a hotel. The apartment was the perfect size for two of us and very quiet and secure. We are two older women and felt very safe. If ever I return to Paris, I would not hesitate to stay at Chris' apartment. It was lovely.
We wanted a cozy honeymoon retreat in Paris and that is exactly what we got! Chris was a great host. The apartment was tucked away in a quiet building and stocked with everything we needed. It looks exactly as it does in the photos. Very clean and well-maintained.
Things you don't need to bring: Umbrellas, adaptors, Paris travel books, French-English dictionaries - there are tons to borrow in the apartment. Plus there was a flat iron (in addition to the blowdryer and curling iron mentioned in the description)...I was worried I'd have to purchase one in Paris.
The neighborhood is exactly what we were looking for: friendly folks, cafes on every corner, an outdoor market (Marche Les Enfants Rouges), epiceries, casually-stylish locals (both young and old), cool restaurants (other guests leave recommendations for you in the apartment guest book), boutiques, parks, museums, and metro stops. We felt a little like Parisians by the time we left, and we were very sad to go.
The apartment is perfectly located in a quiet street in the Marais, in close proximity to shops, cafe's and restaurants, as well as the many galleries, clubs and beautiful hidden gardens. It is also close to other main attractions, such as the Notre-Dame and the Latin Quarter, and walking distance from a couple of Metro stations.
The apartment itself is very well-equipped and well-maintained. It was very spacious and comfortable for us as a couple. The owner, Chris, is extremely friendly and made sure to give us all the detailed information about the apartment, the neighborhood and Paris in general. He even greeted us with a bouquet of flowers.
We had a great time and definitely intend to stay in this Marais apartment again.
Our forth Paris visit, we stayed here for one rainy wonderful week. Perfect location for walking all over the city (all the neighboring districts) and perfect for the immediate neighborhood amenities. Killer meat shop almost across the street (ham sandwiches and to die for sausage), amazing cheese shop steps from you, that perfect bakery next to the wine shop around the corner and the historic market kept us happy with fresh fruit and meals. We bought fresh squeezed orange juice at the grocery less than a block away (you make your own). Writing this I want to come back right now. Look into a wine and cheese class at the cheese shop- this one has a city reputation (along with the meat shop)-don't miss it. Also highly recommend the history museum-thanks Chris. The apt was perfect-modern bath/nice shower, kitchen supplies-in a legitimate quiet historical residential building. Be a Parisian for a week. This is the apartment, the right neighborhood and a most helpful caring host. Thank you Chris for an amazing week exploring an amazing neighborhood. We will see you again.