This two room apartment is set in one of the old houses of the French nobility which are scattered through the Marais, the deceptively named "Hotel Particuliers". The high ceilings, 5-6 metres high, are unmistakably of that era.
In this apartment, one room is a classic, closed room and forms the bedroom. The other, forming the living room and kitchen, has been converted into an artists studio with a glass ceiling and one wall of glass which floods the room with light. The bathroom and kitchen facilities are excellent with fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher so it's super easy to keep on track with household things with little effort.
The apartment is set in the upper Marais, a lovely, lively area full of young families with the commercial street, rue de Bretagne, is less than a minute's walk down the street. There you'll find the old market, Les Enfants Rouges, rockstar patissier Pierre Hermes and breadmaker Poilane, shops selling cheese, wine, chocolate, roast meats, coffee, flowers and a selection of cafes from which you can observe the parisien in her/his natural setting.
Everything to love, nothing bad to say.
My husband and I rented this apartment for a full week in April 2018. Overall we really enjoyed the location, the space, and the value. Initially, we did have an issue with check in. We were not given directions for how to check in and the host was not super responsive. It ended up working out, but it did cause some initial stress.
The location is fantastic, and the apartment was charming, funky, and enjoyable. The bed was super comfortable and we slept well.
Comfortable little abode, with everything you need.. heaters/ac work perfectly, bed is great, strange as is sounds it’s firm but very snuggly. Very central to get around everywhere, even twice we caught trains out to Mont Saint Michel and Marseille and still get back by 10 pm.. try the Cuban pork pizza around the corner at pink flamingos..
An awesome 5 night stay, so much nicer than hotel..
Paris is a beautifully set city for walking, and this flat was, by far, the best I have stayed in for location, uniqueness, and convenience. I truly enjoyed this living experience and amenities, rather than a hotel!
Travelling with an infant, some days we were able to walk to the attractions (i.e., Musée Picasso, Notre-Dame, Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, l’Orangerie, and many more...), yet also, on other days, we could quickly jump on the Metro from Saint-Paul which took us along the route of the Seine (and many attractions.). This flat is perfectly situated with options of a few metro stations that can take you easily in the East/West direction or the North/South direction with ease and little to no transfers.
Surrounding the flat, we found many hidden treasures, as Paris, in this area had a plethora of pop-up shops, grocery stores, small restaurants and cafes with amazing eats! Although, my hubby said the best thing in Paris were the cheeseburgers....I say they are quite excellent, but also there are amazing selection of other foods and things to see.
The flat itself was quite fun, from the lovingly worn stairs where many have walked before, friendly neighbours, the high ceilings, impressive drapery, and beautiful windows to let in the sun. We enjoyed the set up for eating-in each morning before starting our adventures, the washer/dryer (which helped minimize the luggage we required for the trip), the funky art work that adorn each room, and a shower large enough to fit two comfortably:). The owner was quick to respond with any questions, and made it easy to check in and out.
Our small family unit enjoyed this adventure, and would definitely be interested in staying here again (perhaps on a week with a little less rain!)
Jean Phillipe's flat is a perfect place to stay in le marais. Close to everything and wonderfully appointed. The bed in comfortable the bathroom tidy, and the kitchen complete, even the A/C works well. The building is charming and we had no problems with noise or neighbors. It was the best place we stayed on our 4 city trip.
I learned that "Hotel Particular" means a private building. When I reserved this property in December 2016, there were not any reviews and I hesitated. Now I have to overcome my hesitation to give a good review because of self-interest . I want to come back when I want to come back!
This was immediately home, a refuge, our oasis. We were so happy just looking out the windows and relaxing in such a light space that we sometimes didn't venture out until well after noon. And then we'd look forward to returning and cooking a feast with whatever we'd found at the markets.
I would not describe this apartment as splendid, well appointed or impeccable. I found it unassuming, quirky and full of character. It was an exact fit for us. It is a 16th century building with a faint must smell in the hallway. Our guess is that the bedroom was the sum of the unit in ancient times and then the atrium was added to it with the bathroom added to the bedroom space.
The location is ideal--2 blocks from the Picasso Museum and short walks to everything else or 4-5 blocks to a metro stop--like Hotel de Ville. Everything works: AC, heat, washer-dryer, wifi, TV, stove with 4 burners, microwave (no oven), fridge, dishwasher, iron & board, towel warmer, plenty of pressure & hot water, 2 umbrellas. You have dishes, 2 pots, 1 lid, 1 fry pan, 2 cutting knives-1 serrated. Salt, pepper & a few basics are on hand. 3 rooms; bathroom is a box, very nice, in a corner of the bedroom. You enter the bedroom from the hall, step up to the atrium/kitchen/living room. The bed is quite comfortable and the bedroom, in fact the entire apartment, is absolutely quiet at all times. A rare thing in Paris.
The trash and recycling bins are at the front door as you exit. No composting.
The unit was orderly and tidy with cleaning supplies/vacuum so you can clean it to your liking during your stay. The bathroom cabinet is well stocked with shampoo, etc., no doubt contributed by earlier guests.
Jean-Philippe, your host, is a charming and gracious man whose English surpasses my French. The key exchange and his availability were perfect. The neighborhood is urban residential, safe, nice shops, restaurants, good bars. Don't miss the fresh orange juicer at the Franprix!
I have been to Paris 8 times in my long life and this, hands down, was my favorite place and favorite landlord. Friends of ours stayed at a 5 star hotel nearby and paid 420 euros per night. I was sorry for them.
More like a movie set than an apartment this traditional atelier was a perfect environment to explore Paris. Located on a street dating from the 17th century in the heart of the gallery district, close to bars, restaurants and shopping we were very lucky to find this. Our host was great to answer questions but also gave us a lot of independence to explore. The apartment was very bright and comfortable, quiet and private - would definitely recommend to others.