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Place des Vosges: Understated Elegance, Full Of History, Inspirational, Relaxing

Bedrooms 2
Space 602 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)

Are you looking for a place with understated elegance, clean and complete with all amenities to quietly and safely enjoy your stay in Paris? As you step out of the gate of the building of our apartment onto the Rue de Birague with a book or a laptop you are entering the historic Place des Vosges (gardens are wifi served) in the heart of the Marais. Imagine Victor Hugo stepping out of the shadows! Yes, he lived there when he wrote Les Miserables in #6 Place des Vosges (now a museum), just around the corner from our apartment. What an inspiring moment! Just look at the archival photo of the street in the 1800s.

Built in the 1600’s, the Place des Vosges is the most beautiful square in Paris, if not all of Europe. It is full of history, with former residents ranging from cardinals to writers to artists.

Today, the square is full of Parisians. School children play on the grass while their parents sit nearby, chatting or just enjoying the sun and the beauty of the square and its elegant architecture. The shops in the covered arcades include art galleries, elegant clothing boutiques, and, of course, many places to eat, including the upscale bistro, Ma Bourgogne, the beautiful L'Ambroisie restaurant with its 3-star Michelin rating, and the elegant Carette tea house and its unbelievable pastries.

Our pleasantly sunny apartment is on the 2nd floor and looks out over Rue de Birague and the entry to the Place des Vosges. It has a master bedroom and a smaller bedroom (each with its own sparkling bright bathroom), a full kitchen, a sitting and dining area, and a quiet study at the back with an open beam ceiling and antique furniture. The room invites you to sit and relax after a day of shopping or sight seeing, or to spend time reading Les Miserables, with a pot of tea or a glass of wine purchased at our neighborhood wine shop. On Sundays, just open a window to listen to, and see, a harpist playing beautiful music at the entrance to the Place des Vosges. Do not miss the fabulous concerts at the neighborhood churches!

There is air conditioning for the summer, and plenty of heat in the winter. For those who want to cook, we have a kitchen with built-in microwave, spacious refrigerator, electric oven, induction cook top, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, electric teapot and all of the cooking utensils that you will need. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased a few steps from our building. At the end of the street on Rue Saint-Antoine, the extension of the prestigious Rue de Rivoli, is a traditional charcuterie (delicatessen) with everything needed to make a French meal for those times when you want to eat in but do not have the time or the inclination to cook a meal. Small traditional food stores are a few steps away, including patisserie/ boulangerie stores (artisanal breads and pastries), a chocolaterie (chocolate store) and a fromagerie (cheese store). Small restaurants can be found on every block.

Our apartment is ideally located for your stay in Paris. Most of the important sights and shopping streets of Paris are within walking distance of or just a short metro ride away. The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois with its high-end, trendy clothing stores is a few steps away, as are the Musée Carnavalet, which focuses on the history of Paris, the Hôtel de Sully, a beautiful private mansion from the 1600’s that is now a public monument, and the Musée Picasso. A pleasant stroll takes you to the Hôtel de Ville, the mayory of Paris, and then to the Île de la Cité with the monumental Notre Dame Cathedral and the delicate, gothic Sainte-Chapelle, the royal chapel of Louis IX, with beautiful stained-glass windows dominating its walls. Cross the Seine on the medieval Pont Saint-Michel and you are now in the Latin Quarter.

In the other direction, a few minutes walk takes you to the revolutionary days of Paris and the Place de la Bastille. If you are there on a Thursday or Sunday, stop at the large, open-air market Marché Bastille to get a sense of everyday life in Paris. A few steps further is the Canal Saint-Martin. You can take a leisurely, 3 mile canal boat ride to Parc de la Villete (City of Science).

From the nearby metro stations (Bastille and Saint Paul) you can reach all parts of Paris. Take Line 1 to visit the Louvre, the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume art museums, the Place de la Concorde the Avenue des Champs Elysée, and the Etoile with the Arc de Triomphe at its center.

History is everywhere around you in Paris and our building is part of that history. Every effort was made to reveal the architectural details and its beautiful, dark oak parquet floor. Modern bathrooms appropriate for the 21st century replace the original fixtures. The spacious master bathroom has a full-size tub and shower, toilet and a sink. The other bathroom has a stall shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rack.

The master bedroom, with an extremely comfortable queen-size bed, is furnished with antique furniture and has a closet for hanging your clothes and shelves for your belongings. The second bedroom has two twin beds and a modern armoire for hanging clothes.

We have cable TV (including CNN and BBC), a DVD player, WiFi Internet access, free phone calls to North America and Europe, and a Miele, top-of-the-line washing machine and dryer. A professional cleaners is located across the street. A Monoprix store is a block away and has everything you might need. The large department store, BNP, is within walking distance.

All expenses (including concierge, cleaning and maid service) are included in the rental price. Our representative meets you at the apartment when you arrive, and is available at other times should you have any questions.

Keywords: Marais, 4th arrondissement, Place des Vosges, 2nd floor, luxury, designer, central, shopping, apartment, restaurants, accessible, Rue de Birague, Rue de Rivoli, Rue St. Antoine, Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, flat, charm, Musee Picasso, Ile St. Louis, Notre Dame, Ste. Chapelle, Musee Carnavalet, Place de la Bastille

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Dwight Read
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Dwight Read

We are two university professors from California, reaching retirement age. We both have always wanted to have an apartment in Paris, where we could be part of the life of Paris and live in its history. This apartment is ideal for us as a place where we can stay part of the year, enjoying what Paris has to offer. We would like you to enjoy it the way we do.

Dwight Read purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Dwight Read chose 4th Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais

The location of the apartment is incredible. The historic Place des Vosges is one of the most beautiful places in Paris. Here, in the square and in the streets around it, you can feel and experience the daily life, sights, sounds and smells of Paris. From workers to professionals, from housewives to school children, from tourists to expatriates ... all of this comes alive in our neighborhood. Each time we enter the 16th century courtyard and walk up the two flights of stairs with their stone and tile landings, we are re-immersed in the history of Paris and of France. An evening stroll takes us to the Seine, Notre Dame and the bridges and monuments of the Ile de la Cite. What can be more enchanting than attending a concert in Sainte Chapelle, near Notre Dame, watching its walls of stained glass windows change color as the sun sets. Our apartment is just steps away from the metro line 1, which traverses Paris from East to West, so it is easy to get to any part of the city. Train stations are close by for those times when you want to travel to other parts of France and Europe by rail. It is hard to imagine a better place for your visit to Paris.

What makes this apartment unique

Our apartment is an extremely comfortable place to stay. Because it is our apartment, we want it to be a place that we enjoy when we make a trip to France and to Paris. It is not an investment property, but a 'lived in' property. The apartment is unusual in having a an 'extra' room, with an old, beamed ceiling, that is part of the buildings that make up the Place des Vosges. This is an ideal place to sit and relax after a day of shopping or sight seeing. We discovered, after we bought the property, that the windows in the master bedroom and the master bathroom have old, elegantly decorated metal hardware of a kind that cannot be obtained any more. The hardware had dozens of coats of paint hiding its beauty, so we stripped off the paint to restore the hardware to its original beauty. We've added a lot of small things that make living in a apartment much easier -- more hooks in the bathrooms and the bedrooms for hanging clothes, hooks just inside the front door for hanging umbrellas, coats or whatever, when you first come in. The apartment is what we want; we hope that you will enjoy it during your visit as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My sister and 2 friends stayed at this adorable apartment in April of 2014. It was so clean and neat and the person who was there to go over everything about the apartment was very informative as to how to get around Paris. We were within walking distance of many of the sites we had planned to see in Paris, and the Metro got us around all of the other places. We found of all the places we stayed in France, this apartment was so Parisian and made us feel as if we were home. Loved this place. Would recommend it to everyone.
Apr 2015
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Arsenal Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 602 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sunny, two windows
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have tile floors and all new fixtures. Bathroom 2 has a heated towel rack.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Armoire with shelves
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 night stands, 2 chest of drawers, built in closet
  • Both bedrooms have the original, wood parquet floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Place des Vosges: Understated Elegance, Full Of History, Inspirational, Relaxing
average rating of 4.4 based on 29 reviews

A great pied-à-terre in the heart of Paris

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very clean and well furnished. Appliances worked well. Good linens were provided and we were grateful that necessities (such as toilet paper, paper towels, dish detergent, etc.) were stocked in sufficient quantity for our stay of 8 days. The booking process was smooth and greatly facilitated by the personal involvement of the owner. The reception was good: the person in charge was there at the time we fixed for our arrival and was helpful in getting us settled. It is impossible to park a car at this location, but the office in charge of the booking was helpful in providing information on underground parkings in the area. The location is great for exploring the Marais, but is also close to the center of Paris, with easy walks to the quays of the Seine, the islands, Notre-Dame, etc. There is in the apartment a small room with a desk, where someone who needs to work can find privacy, which is great, but it would have been more useful if the chair there had been more comfortable. The wi-fi network worked well and the free calls to the US were much appreciated. Overall, we were extremely satisfied with our stay and we would definitely consider staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Live like a Parisian!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our two week stay in Paris. This apartment is perfectly located to everything you need – trains, history, restaurants, wine, baguettes, groceries! Everything we needed was supplied except food and wine. Walking distance to Norte Dame, concerts at Sainte-Chapelle, Victor Hugo’s home, The Carnavelet museum (History of Paris), Picasso museum, Canal tours and much more. We were 3 adults and four people would be comfortable, more than that might get crowded.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Moriches, NY, USA

Great Holiday Stay: In the middle of the action without the crowds.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at your apartment in Paris. It was perfectly located and very accessible to the Metro. We were surprised to find so many people taking Holiday. We couldn't believe how crowded all the venues were. We had a great time! I definitely will recommend your apartment to anyone who asks. A little expensive but well worth the price! One of our goals was to see anything pertaining to Mme de Sevigne. What a surprise to find out she was born around the corner. De Sevigne is the original spelling of our family name. The whole district was full of De Sevigne history. The reading room will be a nice addition to the apartment. We left one of our adapters in one of the electrical sockets. If it is still there, please feel free to keep use it and keep it. Enjoy it! and relax.

If we think of anything we will let you know. You seemed to have covered all the basses.

Thanks again for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA

Our trip to Paris

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience in the apartment. David brought up our suitcases and gave us an overview of where everything was located. It was spacious and perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Panama City, Panama

Great location, but not good for two couples

  • 3 of 5

We chose this apt for its location, and because it had two bedrooms and two baths; we were two couples traveling together and wanted equal amenities for all. The apt is smaller than it appears in the photos, and the sofa shown on line has been replaced by a smaller and not very comfortable daybed (with a stained cover) so seating was limited. The biggest disappointment was that the advertised air conditioning is a portable unit that cools only the larger bedroom so no one else has a/c, just fans. The super tiny 2nd bedroom and lack of a/c in there made it not equal at all for both couples. Had we known in advance that there was only a/c for one room we probably wouldn't have rented this apartment

One of the room fans stopped working about the second day, but we had no luck getting anyone to replace it before we left.

However, for only two people, or during a cool season, the location is great

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta Canada

Apartment in Paris

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is terrific. Great location. Every amenity one would need was provided. The greeter was extremely helpful and had lots of great information for us. Plenty of room for four adults. Lots of nice restaurants nearby as well as a grocery store. We would definitely stay at this property again.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Notre Dame Cathedral
Louvre Museum
Sainte Chapelle
Place de la Bastille
Hôtel de Ville
Place des Vosges
Musee Picasso
Canal St-Martin
Rue de Rivoli
Musee Carnavalet
Jardin du Louvre
Louvre Museum
Jardin des Tuileries
Nearest Airport
32 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle Airport
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Gare de Lyon
Car: not necessary


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