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Melinda & Arnie

Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french
Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Melinda & Arnie

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Call Manager
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Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


4th Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais Apartment Rental Photos and Description

This meticulously-maintained, stylish, architect-owned apartment puts you right where you want to be at the junction of two famous historical districts--Le Marais and La Bastille--in the heart of romantic Paris!

The 34 sq. meter (375 sq. ft.) second-floor apartment (with full-size elevator) is handsomely-furnished and perfect for couples, individuals, or a couple of friends wanting a vibrant Paris holiday from a charming, quiet perspective.

The owners' complete floor-to-ceiling renovation included eliminating a dividing wall to fashion a bright and roomy open studio featuring a fully-equipped modern kitchen, solid oak flooring and ancient wooden beams. The modern remodel and 1790's original beams make a stunning combination!

The elegant modernist décor will delight the artist/decorator in you while the ancient bones of the building will satisfy your inner historian. Renters report that the handsome, spacious, light-infused pied-à-terre delights them in every way, especially as they fall asleep beneath centuries-old beams--10 feet above--from the comfort of an extra-firm modern queen bed.

You will be a resident of a private cobblestone pedestrian-only passageway suffused with history and exceptional charm, even by Paris standards. (The photo chosen by Airbnb to illustrate the Bastille neighborhood was taken at our door: each day tourists and Parisians alike discover and photograph the hidden Cour Damoye. Several movies have even been filmed in the famous passageway.)

The wisteria-adorned sanctuary--gated nightly to insure tranquility--is steps from the bustle of the city, the Bastille Opera, world-class restaurants, hot new bistros, sidewalk cafés, the Musée Picasso, the Musée Carnavalet and the biggest roving open-air food market in Paris! (So, will you use your gourmet kitchen for microwaving specialties from the food emporia surrounding you, or for preparing from-scratch meals from the fabulous outdoor market?)

A Foodie Fantasy: Many widely-lauded new eateries are nearby. A few examples are: Septime (and its new wine bar), Bones, Au Passage, le Vieux Chene, Paris/Hanoi, Café des Musées, le Verre Volé, Bistrot Paul Bert, Le '6' Paul Bert, Pierre Sang at Oberkampf and la Cave de l'Insolite. Then there are famous old standbys, also minutes away, such as Bofinger and l'Ambroisie. In March, 2013, the most famous three-star chef, Alain Ducasse, opened his first and only chocolate 'factory' and boutique, one minute from our apartment on rue de la Roquette!

A major Métro and bus hub are also a minute away, so getting anywhere in Paris is as easy as un, deux, trois!

We are happy to welcome you to the delights of our neighborhood and to our beautiful Perfect Paris Rental.

Our First-Class Amenities and Features Include:

• NON-SMOKING apartment and building

• Central location: a minute from the Métro, major bus lines, and taxi stands; five minutes from Place des Vosges

• Completely customized architect-owned apt. in the heart of Paris on one of its most charming private passages

• FULL-size 6-person modern ELEVATOR, (a Paris rarity!)

• Welcome Orientation by Apartment Manager

• Chef's Kitchen, fully equipped

• Full-size Dishwasher

• Full-size Oven

• Full-size Refrigerator/Freezer

• Washing Machine

• Hair Dryer, Iron

• 10' high ceilings with ancient exposed beams

• Queen-size FIRM Bed

• Single FIRM Bed

• Walk-in shower and heated towel rack

• Down Comforters, 100% cotton sheets and towels, hypoallergenic pillows

• Classic Eames Chairs, Marcel Breuer Coffee Table, Philippe Starck lamp

• Tolomeo Reading Lamps

• Custom-design Oak Dining Table

• Original contemporary art

• FREE phone and answering service including local and international calls to most countries (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, Germany, etc.)

• High-Speed internet (ethernet and Wi-Fi)

• Flat-screen TV with many English-language channels

• Detailed custom 'How To' guide to living in the apartment

• Shelves of guidebooks, maps, Paris-based literature

• Personal Tips on shopping, restaurants, getting around

• Manager-facilitated departure

There are no extra charges: utilities, cableTV, internet, long-distance calls, taxes, etc. are included.

Discounts available for stays of more than 2 weeks.

We offer all the ingredients for a first class Paris stay. Our tempting rental rates--perhaps the best quality for the price in Paris--insure a can't-miss recipe for your Perfect Paris Rental.

Please look at our web site for all details:

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Melinda & Arnie (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french

About Melinda & Arnie

We spend 3 months a year in our gorgeous apartment maintaining it scrupulously for ourselves and for our guests. Arnie is an architect and Melinda (who has a background in graphic design) is a free-lance writer specializing in France. We completely designed and renovated the apartment for discriminating guests, like us. Our on-site manager helps you settle in and is always available. You won't be disappointed; it's better than the photos can show.

Melinda & Arnie purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Melinda & Arnie chose 4th Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais

We fell in love with the Cour Damoye by chance one day many years ago. We thought it was the most magical street in Paris. When an apartment came available we couldn't resist!

What makes this apartment unique

This is a gated cobblestone private street right in the heart of Paris!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We are in our 40's and this was our "2nd Honeymoon" in Paris. We spent the first one in Paris also but at a 5-star hotel. It cost us a fortune and although it was pretty elegant, it was cold and fussy and expensive. We wanted to try something different this time and we both think that we hit the jackpot!! We loved the amazing combination of old ceiling beams and modern kitchen and even two Tolomeo reading lamps. We're designers and we have those same classic lamps in our home! Our hearts were won right there. The amazing overall design is an award winner, the space has been so well used and so amazingly planned and it is filled with light. It is really really amazing. Then the little cobblestone alleyway is to die for, we thought we'd died and gone to heaven when we first saw it. The location, right there in the heart of Paris and next to an amazing food market every Sunday is very cool. Maybe we'll tell our friends about this find or can we keep this amazing secret place in Paris just for us? Melinda and arnie, we love your apartment!! We'll be back for many more honeymoons.
Aug 2012
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Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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'Stylish Architect's Apartment'-Marais/Bastille
average rating of 5.0 based on 152 reviews

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

I travel to Paris often and have stayed in many different and wonderful apartments but Perfect Paris Rental is by far one of the best places I have ever stayed. It is a perfectly located, well-designed, clean, well-lit, comfortable space. I almost didn't want to leave the apartment I enjoyed being there so much! Everything you need is there -- including a washing machine -- and it is well-appointed and has lovely art on the walls. The apartment is perfect for a single person or a couple. The pictures are completely accurate and Melinda was incredibly responsive and available for all my questions and needs. I highly recommend this lovely spot in Paris, you can't go wrong with this Perfect Paris Rental.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
San Francisco Bay Area


  • 5 of 5

Wow! What more could I say that hasn't been said? From first point of contact to returning home to the Bay Area Melinda was great with her communication. Upon arrival we were met by Laurent, one of Melinda's recommendations for transportation from the airport to the apartment. Laurent was professional and friendly. What a great way to start our first trip to Paris! We were met at the apartment by Janet who reviewed everything and again was friendly and helpful. Now on to the apartment itself. In one word GREAT! Perfectly appointed stylish, spacious studio. The space included: a washer/dryer, comfortable bed, the kitchen had all the essentials, and the bathroom was nice with good water pressure. The neighbor was wonderful. The street the apartment is on is quiet and gated at night. Saturday's farmer's market was perhaps the best farmer's market I've ever been too. Easy access to the Metro, grocery stores, restaurants, and bars. Lots of places to explore on the high streets (Rue Saint-Antoine) and the side streets. Would definitely return!!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Lovely stay in the Marais

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect apartment! We can't wait to return again. Sunny and light with the bonus of a kitchen, washing machine, and free wifi. The neighborhood was perfect for strolling. We loved everything about this place! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Chicago, Illinois

The Perfect Home in Paris

  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to the Perfect Paris Rental. I think that I come to Paris just so I can stay in this lovely studio close to the Bastille and the fabulous market. The apatment is perfect indeed with wonderful furnishings -- including two real, comfy beds. The studio was immaculate and well equiped. There is an excellent collection of current guide books and an excellent manual covering every aspect of the apartment from how to connect your computer to how to operate the washing machine. Which reminds me -- there is a full sized washer and a full sized dishwashing machine. The location is really fantastic. The aparment is on a quiet private street which opens onto the Place de la Bastille, right at the Metro stop. The restaurants within walking distance include the oldest brassarie in Paris, Bofinger. The sea food there is out of this world. Finally, I think that this property is wonderful on its own but Melinda, the owner makes is truely a delight to rent. She is so helpful and accessible it is a joy dealing with her. All - in- all this really is the Perfect Paris Rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Henderson, NV, USA

Centrally Located Cozy Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed how quick and easy it was to get to the Metro from the apartment. The amenities were suitable for us. We had a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sarasota, Florida

Perfect Paris Rental indeed!!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from an incredible 2 weeks in this gorgeous apartment, which was even more beautiful than the pictures had led us to believe! Light and airy, and obviously lovingly and expertly remodelled by the owners, with attention to the smallest detail, it very quickly became our home away from home, to which we returned each day with absolute delight.

It is perfectly situated, close to street markets, the best boulangerie in the world, and steps away from the vibrant Bastille nightlife.

Melinda had thought of everything to ensure a wonderful stay for her guests, and could not possibly have been a more attentive landlady.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Gare de Lyon
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Car: not necessary


Located in the heart of Paris, Cour Damoye spokes off the bustling hub of Place de la Bastille, linking both the Marais and Bastille neighborhoods. The cobblestone pedestrian-only passageway is movie-set perfect. Our quiet secluded oasis is even gated nightly to maintain its privacy. Explore the stimulating Marais, take a ten-minute stroll to the Seine, Notre-Dame, or the Ile St.-Louis, or check out the program at the Opéra Bastille. All of Paris, plus world-class opera and dance are steps from your door. For those in the know, Cour Damoye is one of the most desirable locations in Paris


Enter Cour Damoye through the archway at 12 Place de la Bastille. The up-to-the-minute Bastille quartier transforms magically into the tranquil charm and intimate scale of turn-of-the-century Paris. The delightful architecture of wisteria-trimmed buildings, built from 1790to 1890, complements the secluded cobbled street, which belongs exclusively to its residents each evening.The perfect setting for a Parisian period piece, Cour Damoye, indeed, hosted many a movie crew prior to its 1999 restoration. Now, in addition to residential space, it hosts artists, architects, and galleries in ground-floor ateliers that a century ago housed craftsmen's workshops.


Beyond the tree-lined plaza outside Cour Damoye is the Bastille’s most imposing neighbor, L’Opéra Bastille. This cultural edifice, Europe’s largest and most frequented opera house, opened in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the storming of the Bastille. It is both home to the Paris Opera and a preeminent destination for world-class ballet.Cour Damoye is at the edge of the 11th arrondissement, across one street from the 4th arrondissement, the famed Marais. On this very street—Boulevard Richard-Lenoir—a minute from your doorstep, you will discover Paris’s biggest and best roving street market! On Thursdays and Sundays, over 200 vendors proffer cheeses, prepared dishes, charcuterie, fruits, veggies, fresh fish: everything required to prepare a French feast chez vous in our modern kitchen.When you prefer dining out, cross Richard-Lenoir and order justly famous seafood at nearby Bofinger, Paris’s oldest brasserie. When only the best will do, spend the euros you’re saving staying in the studio on a 3-star meal at the renowned L’Ambroisie, one of only ten 3-star restaurants in Paris, and only a five-minute stroll away in Place des Vosges. Should the expensive menu dampen your appetite, console yourself on a bench in Paris’s most stunning square and count your own lucky stars. Innumerable renowned eateries—simple or elegant—are nearby. Cooking in or eating out: that is the question!


Befitting its status as one of the city’s major crossroads, Place de la Bastille abounds in handy transportation options. The Métro Bastille (served by three lines) and a 24-hour taxi rank are both just outside Cour Damoye. No fewer than eight bus lines also stop here. For instance, climb aboard the #87 and descend in front of the Eiffel Towel in about twenty minutes. Or get to most of Paris's other important destinations by metro, bus, or taxi conveniently in even less time.


Paris is made for strolling; the best way to discover its pleasures is with your feet. The river Seine and the Ile St-Louis are ten minutes down Boulevard Henri IV. Pass by way of Bertillon’s famed ice cream (at your own risk) then continue on to the magnificent landmark, Notre Dame. Keep walking and soon you’ll have to decide between getting an eyeful in the Louvre or lolling in the Tuileries gardens. When you’re tired, hop the métro and return chez vous in ten minutes.Two of Paris’s best museums are in the Marais ten minutes by foot from your door. The Musée Carnavelet beautifully presents the history of Paris, and the Musée Picasso houses the genius’s largest collection in the world. Ten minutes further along rue des Francs Bourgeois brings visitors to the high tech Centre Pompidou, among the most visited cultural attractions in Paris.


Rates & Availability

From $1,470 Per week

4th Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais Apartment Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $49
Notes From time to time, we are able to accommodate stays of 3, 4, 5, or 6 nights, at $210/night plus a $135 greeting and cleaning fee.
Our rental rates are all-inclusive for two guests. Please consult us for charges for a third guest.

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4th Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 34 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Romantic
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • The modern white-tiled bathroom features a large walk-in glass-enclosed shower, wall-hung WC and heated towel rack. Quality towels and ample lighting contribute to your comfort.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Studio - 1 queen
    Extra bed - 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We invite you to book your Paris stay in our stylish, completely renovated apartment. It’sthe perfect pied-à-terre, on one of the city's most delightful pedestrian passages, right in the heart of Paris! A stylish top-to-bottom renovation by the architect-owner features high ceilings with original exposed beams, a fully-equipped contemporary kitchen and a living area both sophisticated and comfortable. Three expansive double-glazedwindows bathe the studio in light. The 1790 building—“Les Philosophes'—one of the oldest in historically-noted Cour Damoye, boasts an uncommon Parisian luxury: a new full-sized elevator to whisk you and your Paris parcels to our handsome 2nd floor (3rd, American) pied-à-terre.

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