|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
We welcome you with open arms for an unforgettable stay in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world. Our chic, charming and newly renovated apartment is the best value for your money you will find in Paris. The apartment is located on the Seine River in the heart of historic Paris known as the Ile de la Cite (trans. 'island in the city'), the perfect location to see the best landmarks, monuments and quarters surrounding the island on all sides. You will feel at home and completely relax in a luminous and serene space with an incredible view on the tranquil river and the historic monument Hotel de Ville (the Mayor's Renaissance palace). We have spared no expense to insure that your stay is the most comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
You cannot get more central than our apartment!
Sitting alongside Notre Dame Cathedral on the 'Ile de la cite' (Island) you are surrounded by the tranquil Seine River with unforgettable views on the beautiful Hotel de Ville (city hall).
It's the oldest preserved area of Paris with cobblestone streets and remnants of a Roman past, when Paris was born from the 'Parisi Tribe' which first settled on the island.
The center of Paris is best seen on foot, but the apartment is just steps away from bike, bus, subway, train, car and even boat transportation! Yes, really! There are bike rental stations along the street where you can rent bikes by the 1/2hr (http://en.velib.paris.fr/) and now there is even an electric car rental station (http://www.autolib.eu/) on the corner of our street! The bus line #38 stops near the apartment (stop # Cite - Palais de la Justice) and the train station St-Michel Notre Dame - RER B Train Line (direct to Charles de Gaulle aiport or to Orly Airport with a transfer) and the subway station Cité - Line 4 (fuschia) are just steps away. Lastly, the boat buses stop on either side of the island and it's a fun way to see the city from a different perspective.
Comfortable Murphy style bed
Extra pillows/comforter provided
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Fridge w/ freezer
All cookware provided
Utensils and dishes provided
Large marble-tiled shower
Heating towel rack
Closet + Storage
Flat screen TV + Cable
High Speed Internet
3rd Floor with Elevator
Secure front door code
2nd secure door code
Sights to see in Paris:
Notre Dame Cathedral
Place des Vosges
Arc de Triomphe
Musee du Louvre
Canal St. Martin
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
We know it can be daunting to travel to a foreign country, especially with language barriers and cultural differences. We are here for you whenever you need us, but you can be completely independent, living like a local Parisian! We can give you advice on where to eat, how to get around, which 'tourist traps' to avoid, and what not to miss. We want your vacation to go as smoothly as possible 'sans souci' (without stress!).
We cannot wait to meet you, we enjoy getting to know all of our guests from around the world and sharing all we know and love about this wonderful city. We are an almost-retired couple with two grown sons, one married to an American girl, so you could call us an International family! We are native French speakers who also speak English and German fluently thanks to living and traveling abroad. Among us we also speak Spanish and Portuguese, so no matter where you're from your needs will be understood.
We love to travel too, so we have spared no expense to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and certainly one you will cherish and even repeat in the future! Welcome to PARIS.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the Apartment in a safe area?
Yes. It's in the heart of Paris where it is always lively. The streets are well-lit at night, there is a code to enter into the building, and of course we're always near by if you're ever in need!
2. Where is the nearest grocery store?
There is a large supermarket on Rue de Rivoli not far from the apartment, however; the area around the Marais and the Ile St. Louis are known for their small specialty stores where you can find the best bread, cheese, wine and meat in Paris.
3. Can I make calls from the Apartment? How much are they?
There is a phone in the apartment, and you can call to the US for FREE with our carrier!
Some other destinations are free as well, please e-mail us with a list of countries you would like to call, and we'll let you know how little our carrier will charge.
You can also buy a pre-paid MobiCarte, which is a SIM card you can buy at any Tabac, to use with your own cellphone here.
4. How do I get there from the airport? How much is it?
-- TAXI : 35-45 Euros
-- Direct Train (RER B) from Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport to Gare du Nord, Chatelet or St. Michel metro stations : less than 9 euros/per person + a short walk to the apartment
5. How do I get around?
There is a vast metro/bus/train system in Paris that is easy to navigate, although the best mode of transport when you stay in the center of all the activity is by foot!
There is also a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus, as well as a hop on/hop off sightseeing boat! The lastest marvel is the new bike rental system! You can find one on almost any street corner - just rent it for however long you wish with your credit card (at what looks like an ATM) and off you go! (You can even return it to a different location, too).
6. How much would it be to stay in such a great location at a Hotel instead?
In fact there are no hotels directly on the Seine River on Ile de la Cite, that is what makes our apartment so special!
And we have all the amenities of a hotel - plus so much more!
We know you will enjoy your stay in our apartment, so much so that it will be difficult to leave!
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We're a friendly French, English, German & Spanish-speaking family who are happy to welcome all nationalities with open arms... We know all the best places in Paris and we will be here to help make your stay care-free and wonderful!
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2011
Here are 4 good reasons why renting our apartment will make your vacation more memorable :
1. Location Location Location
Fortunately, we are situated in the most centric and important part of the city, on an island on the Seine river. The island is called Ile de la Cite and it's the site of the original settlement of the Parisii tribe and the birthplace of Paris as we know it!
2. Unbeatable Comfort you won't find in any hotel
We are avid travelers too and we know that a bad night's sleep on a really hard, lumpy mattress with a limp pillow can really ruin your trip. We've spared no expense in order for you to have the most satisfying night's sleep!
3. Luxurious furnishings and modern amenities
Apart from the aforementioned comfortable bed, there are also big comfy chairs to recline in, plenty of closet space and suitcase storage, a large marble shower with vintage-looking chrome fixtures and a beautiful ceramic pedestal sink and suspended toilet.
4. You have total freedom (but we're there for you too)
It's nice to get a warm welcome after a long-haul flight, most hotel receptionists in Paris are rude. There's no real customer service because seeing that Paris is the most visited place in the World (almost 8mil in 2011), they know they'll always be full. We will always welcome you with a smile as we are genuinely pleased for you to be our guests!
You will fall in love with the BREATHTAKING VIEWS on the Seine River and Paris Monuments!
The location is in the heart of Paris, in the historic city center.
The apartment is in mint condition for being more than 400 years old! We tried our best to preserve the original charm by uncovering the wood beams in the ceiling that we discovered are signed and dated, a real rarity.
The apartment is just magical, you feel like you stepped back in time.
We spent 7 nights in this wonderful apartment. The location is central, very quiet, and you can easily reach by foot all Paris major sights. The apartment offers all the comfort you can think of and is perfect for relaxing. The View on the Seine river from the windows is just breathtaking, and you may see boats and the living scene of the city, especially at night. Above all, we would like to point out the kindness of Marie-Christine & Marc and the easy communication per email with them! They were in every way very attentive to our comfort and were perfect hosts. We cannot imagine a better place for a stay in Paris!!!
The property description does a nice job of describing this charming, immaculate apartment. The location is perfect, offering close a up river view and easy access to sights, shopping, entertainment, Metro, RER-B line from CDG, etc. Marie-Christine was very responsive to our pre trip questions and met us at the apartment upon arrival (accommodating us with early morning arrival!) and reviewed operation of apartment, appliances etc. and provided dining and market recommendations. The apartment itself was well equiped with everything needed in the kitchenette and even offered various Paris travel books and umbrellas. We were very fortunate in that we only needed them once during our week in November!
I have already recommended the apartment to family and friends. You really can't beat the location nor the accommodating hosts.
This property is absolutely incredible with gorgeous views of the Seine River! Marie-Christine was an awesome host who met us at the apartment and gave us recommendations for dinners, sites to see, and ordered our cab for our departure. She was wonderful to work with. We got up every morning and ate at a bakery around the corner, and we were within walking distance of most of the sites. If we go back to Paris, we would definitely want to stay here again. Awesome place!!
Exceptional hosts - Marie-Christine and Marc are very attentive, accommodating, helpful, professional. Suite in the heart of Paris - easy walking to many main attractions, restaurants, shopping nearby. Great view of Seine and surrounding buildings. Paying for view and location - worth it for us. Suite modern and well maintained - compact but comfortable. If you are out and about all day, it's big enough. If you spend a lot of time in your accommodation may get cabin fever. Beautiful, luxurious linens and towels. Quality coffee maker, kettle, dishes, etc. Building well secured. A home away from home. I would recommend this property and hope to re-visit in the future. Thank you Marie-Christine and Marc.
One minor negative that may be an issue for some: Elevator out of order for our stay and had been since floods 4 months earlier.
Small, but very comfortable, efficiency apartment. Our lovely hosts were so kind and easy to work with. The location was just perfect...steps from Notre Dame, metro stops, and the very enjoyable Isle de st Louis.
This property is excellent! My husband and I stayed there for two weeks in August for our honeymoon. We couldn't have been more thrilled. The location is excellent, with everything in walking distance or metro. Close access to the "Paris Beach", river tours, open top bus tours and major metro stations. It was a breeze to get there on transit from CDG airport. Marie-Christine and Marc were excellent hosts and gave us lots of information to enjoy our stay more. The apartment also has a great deal of travel books if you need more inspiration. What else is there to say? It has everything you'll need and is in the perfect location for new comers and people returning! :)
This was my fifth time in Paris, but my first stay at this location - and thus my trip was unlike any previous visit to Paris. Staying SO central, and in SUCH a beautiful location, made it the best Parisian holiday ever. The views are unforgettable and the apartment is truly special. Yes, it is small, but it is perfect for one or two people lucky enough to get the chance to stay in Marie-Christine's pied a terre! Marie-Christine and Marc made sure our every need was met. Highly recommended!
We hope you will get out and see as much as you can of the most magical place in the World! Our luxury apartment is situated on the Seine River in the heart of historic Paris known as the Ile de la Cite (trans. 'island in the city'), the perfect location to see the best landmarks, monuments and quarters surrounding the island on all sides. The island is the original birthplace of Paris and therefore the epicenter of the capital and the starting point for visiting the other historic quarters on the Right and Left banks of the Seine River (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th districts of Paris). The Point Zero (marks the spot from which all distances are measured in France) can be found in front of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, the Gothic paragon whose first stone was laid in 1163 during the Middle Ages. Under your feet lies the remains from first settlers in Paris, from the Gallo-Romans to the the Parisii Tribe (from which Paris gets its name) which can be seen by visiting the Archeological Crypt below Notre Dame. A pleasant stroll across Pont St-Louis bridge from Ile de la Cite will take you to a smaller, quaint island Ile St. Louis which has a distinct 17th c. architectural character, home to tiny specialized shops and Bertillon, the famous ice cream maker. Back at point zero and crossing the northernmost bridge from the island, The 1st quarter is where you will find the gilded Opera, the majestic Louvre, the jewelry shops around Place Vendome and luxury boutiques like Dior, Chanel, Hermes, etc. Further afield you will see the awe-inspiring Eiffel Tower which is best viewed from a dinner-cruise along the Seine river. Another day you can set off to visit the 2nd quarter,where you will find the lively working-class and commercial center of Paris with the Bourse (trans. 'Stock Exchange'), many pedestrian walking streets with shops, bars, cafes and a contrasting, sometimes gritty atmosphere. The 3rd quarter is the more tranquil part of the medieval le Marais district where you will find the Picasso museum, and other hidden gems such as the Marche Enfants Rouges, a cute open-air food market. Back to point zero, the island where the apartment is situated is officially part of the 4th quarter.
From the windows of the apartment you can see the Hotel de Ville, a beautiful Renaissane palace housing the city hall. To get there, cross the Pont d'Arcole bridge onto the Right Bank where you will also find the famous Pompidou modern art museum and the livelier part of the Marais district with the best boutiques and places to eat/drink. Also housing the old Jewish quarter, the gay district and the most expensive place to live in Paris by square meter: the beautiful Place de Vosges square. The 5th quarter can be reached crossing le Petit Pont bridge from the Island onto the Left Bank where you will find the intellectual, artistic and philosophical center of Paris. First you will come across the animated Latin Quarter, crawling with bars, bookstores and university students from La Sorbonne. Further on there is the Romanesque Pantheon and charming gardens of Jardin des Plantes and a quaint zoo. Further north in the affluent St. Germain district you can find art galleries, luxury shops and swanky bars/cafes such as the illustrious Cafe de Flore or Le Deux Magots (literally means 'nest eggs'). Home to the famous Luxembourg gardens, you can put your feet up and relax while you write in your journal about all the amazing and enriching things you've done and seen!
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.