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Decorated and Well Equipped Suite Near the Marais in Bastille area

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Roquette Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 1 Bedroom, 1 living room, Convertible beds, (Sleeps 2-4)



Living room, Bedroom, bathroom, separate Toilet & kitchen, 450 square feet (42 square meters). Sleeps 2-4


What is there to expect when staying as a guest by an owner - and when being an owner receiving a guest?

When feeling as if at home, as a person from the neighborhood, and for this surrounded with all the needed amenities and information, a guest is more likely to succeed in the process of taking the space in his or her own hands in a responsible involved manner.

People who enjoy being surrounded with all that may allow for a productive personal experience may possibly add to my home what they felt was some valuable moments of history – theirs but thanks to the context in which they experienced it. They logically are as well more likely to better take care of the space. It is with this in mind that I chose not to ask for a security deposit, because working with trust allows for a less impersonal sharing and for a better contribution between guests and host.

The suite is loaded with books, antiques and high tech material so that those who are not interested in such amenities and seek, for instance, the anonymous hotel style of experience, or a modern looking place, will not feel necessarily at ease. The walls being decorated with patinas so to add to the old world feel, some may interpret this as an unkempt space and may be dissatisfied when it is in fact thoroughly cleaned (three to four hours minimum) in between each visit, while others will be enchanted by the romantic surroundings.

Finally, to make sure the place is adapted to one’s needs, before making a commitment, one can consult the FAQ page for answers to most questions :

Hoping this is of help for a discerning choice of the right rental for you.

Enjoy your trip preparation.


Walking distance to the Marais: 15 mn.

Subway stations are close by :

Station Voltaire : 5 mn walk - line 9 - leads you direct along the Grands Boulevards – (5 mn) – the Printemps and Galleries Lafayette (12 mn), the Opera, the Champs Elysés (18 mn) and Trocadero, facing the Eifel Tower (24 mn).

Station Philippe Auguste : 3 mn walk - line 2 - leads you direct to Montmartre (15 mn).

69 bus is 1 block away : crosses most major points of interest in the city : Pere Lachaise - Bastille - Marais - The river Seine & its islands with Notre Dame & the Sainte Chapelle - Beaubourg Museum- Palais Royal - The Louvres museum - Orsay museum – Invalides and the Eifel Tower.

ACCESS TO NEIGHBORHOOD LANDMARKS (see photo “neighborhood landmarks”)

RUE DE LA ROQUETTE : From Père Lachaise to Bastille, is the backbone of the Bastille area, crammed with bars and restaurants. From rue de Lappe, activity spread to the whole neighborhood.

PERE-LACHAISE : World renowned Cemetery. A combined hilled park covered with trees, meandering coble stone alleys and a stunning variety of architectures. Many famous people rest there. The Héloïse et Abelard chapel is a true mythic story and a flamboyant gothic site.

RUE OBERKAMPF : The latest trendy area, packed with restaurants, bars and exotic stores.

MUSEE CARNAVALET : Museum about the history of Paris in a magnificent Renaissance hotel

PLACE DES VOSGES : Beautiful square surrounded by stunning 16th century residences

MARCHE D’ALIGRE : Unique flea market combined with an outdoor food market. Imparts a true sense of traditional and lively Parisian life.



Part of an historical neighborhood, the newly renovated 1930 red brick building has an elevator & is located close to famous 16 Th century ' Marais ', the oldest part of Paris & cuts through la “Bastille”, the newest fashionable area with its Opera & marina

This decorated & furnished Parisian apartment is on the second floor (first floor European). Several subway stations are close by & the bus is one block away

Nicely nested in a calm street parallel to La Roquette, the building is protected from the noise & activity. Security is excellent: There is a concierge. The front door has a code then a second entrance is with a magnetic key or, for visitors, through an intercom system


Decorated apartment with large windows in living room & bedroom overlooking the street. Bathroom, toilet & kitchen are separate & each have windows. You have access to both rooms independently. French windows lead to each room

Elegant & warm with CENTRAL HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING. 1 coat closet and 1 large closet, many light sources from antique lamps, oriental rugs, 2 large bookcases with several hundred English & French art & reference books, very large musical selection on hard drive linked to stereo with CD player, round dining table with four 1940 chairs & armchair

FREE LOCAL, DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL CALLS to 100 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Chine, Spain + Canaries, USA, Germany, Guadeloupe + Martinique, Greece, Holland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal + Azores + Madera, United Kingdom + Jersey, Singapore, Suede, Switzerland, Taiwan. Other countries 10 cents/mn or more.

FREE USE OF COMPUTER, SUPERFAST FIBRE OPTIC BROADBAND INTERNET & WI FI, choice of English (qwerty) or French (azerty) keyboards, scanner, DVD burner, router connections for your laptops, MESSENGER, SKYPE with WEBCAM. Many Software available.

Bedroom: High end quality sofa bed for 2 with space enough to leave it permanently open with ease. In addition ironing equipment, umbrellas,

Living-room: High end quality sofa bed sleeps 2. Bed linens, pillows & towels are provided. Flat screen cable HD TV with 100 international channels.

Dining area: Flatware & dinner service.

Kitchen comes equipped with large refrigerator/freezer, twin sinks, oven, microwave, blenders, toaster, coffee maker & full range of cooking ware

Bathroom: sitting bathtub with shower, cupboard & 2 small closets. Hair dryer,

Instructions are provided concerning the use of utilities & appliances & where to find them.


Beverley Williams & Kent

Nova Scotia

I was most impressed with your many prompt replies to my questions. We appreciated that the building was very secure with digital entrance code etc. The apartment could house four adults properly. Furnishings were very suitable- my son was fascinated with the large interesting library. We also appreciated the access to free Internet & free phone calls internationally. What a bonus!

While in Europe none of the other rentals had left such detailed information as you had for us upon our arrival about your flat, transportation, local attractions, etc. Thank you for that! The location was very convenient- we were able to walk to many places in the Bastille area. We loved the many cafes. We appreciated the reasonable rental fee you ask. Would we stay there again? Yes! It met our needs & had a trusting l&lord who was very congenial & helpful. What more could you ask?

Warren D. Johnson


Staying at Jean Charles's apartment was a great choice. It has everything (& more) you would expect from an apartment including a full kitchen, dining area & office area. We really appreciated the computer & high speed Internet access as well as the free calls back to the United States. I would recommend this apartment to anyone

Yoram & Zvia Elazary


Dear Jean. We'll be more than glad to recommend your lovely flat which satisfy our expectations during our holiday in Paris. The flat is comfortable & in a very good location, but for us, the most significant advantage was - meeting a nice & hospitable proprietor

Best Regards

John Baldwin & Marilyn Gibson.


From the moment Jean Charles greeted us at his apartment, we felt as if we were right at home in Paris. The flat itself was very comfortable with all comforts & conveniences available (including a wonderful book collection), & the location was excellent. We highly recommend this apartment for Paris visitors

Tricia Breidel

Minneapolis MN

Jean Charles. Our friends & I enjoyed ourselves very much. It was a very cute apt. We loved the fact you had the Web & free international calling. It is pretty well located, walking distance to the museums, & only blocks from the cemetery Pere Lachaise which is beautiful. We had a great stay & I would recommend it because it is larger than most hotel rooms. Also the metro & taxi stands are close. We had a great time. Thank you

Asae Mizoguchi


Hello Jean. I enjoyed staying in your nice apartment of Paris. You look like professor of university Location is very good near Bastille. If you come to Sapporo, Japan, I can offer my house, live in another place, so my house is vacancy.

Best Regards

Olive Au


Hi Jean. I just wanted to thank you for the lovely stay in Paris. It has been a real pleasure renting from you. I have never tried to rent an apartment before in a foreign country so I was very scared about what would happen. If ever you need a recommendation, forward the request along & I will be happy to give one for you (with high praises of course) :)

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About The Owner

Jean Charles Dicharry, artist and bilingual writer, is early on interested in performance creation in Amsterdam. This allowed for staged interactive experiments between photography, painting and poetry with the help of mimes and dancers. Later, based in New York, he involves himself internationally with fresco and mural projects. Subsequently the then nascent world of computing offers creative investigation to multimedia virtual art, combining animation, text and sound for installation projects.

Presently back in Paris, he now devotes himself mainly to writing.

The Owner purchased this condo in 1951

Why The Owner chose 11th Arrondissement Bastille

My parents bought this home a few years after the second world war. My father, a French naval officer, left France during the war for England to fight the Nazi regime. My English mother was at the admiralty … and so they met. One of the rare benefits of any conflict. They settled in France where I am born. With my sister we all lived in this Parisian nest during the 50's and 60's. I then lived in Holland and the United States When I decided to rent it I had no idea it would be so gratifying. This because travellers visiting give back life to a space that has meaning to me. I know Paris better perhaps than my soul and enjoy giving to visitors who wish so a sense of its history, mystery and spirit.

What makes this condo unique

An authentic neighbourhood yet close to all activities where one can truly experience living as a Parisian. All the amenities (shops for daily necessities, specialty stores, supermarkets, post office, ATM, parks, cafes, restaurants) one can expect from an authentic neighbourhood that is still not affected by the merchandising of the nearby famous areas, yet very close to them. A very calm district and one of the most charged with history. Access to all parts of Paris are easy either walking (to the Bastille marina and river and the Marais in 15 mn), by subway direct to Champs Elysees, Trocadero and Montmartre (line 9 and 2 – duration of trip 15 to 20 mn depending of the target) or with the fantastic world renowned 69 bus, one block away, which crosses most major points of interest in the city (Pere Lachaise – Bastille marina and opera - Marais - The river Seine & its islands with Notre Dame & the Sainte Chapelle - Beaubourg Museum- Palais Royal - The Louvres museum - Orsay museum – Invalides and the Eifel Tower).


based on 63 traveler reviews

Decorated and Well Equipped Suite Near the Marais in Bastille area
average rating of 4.730159 based on 63 reviews

Not an aesthetic or comfortable location!

  • 1 of 5

To say the least I cannot recommend this location. The owner was very pleasant and detailed in his showing his apartment but on driving to the area from outside of Paris it was evident not in a pleasant area of Paris and I would not describe it as near Marais! The owner must have mentioned 5+ times 'don't worry it is a very safe area'- with that said my first morning walking to the subway had a man try to hustle me and was very glad I had my husband at my side to run interference. I would not have felt comfortable walking in the area on my own especially at night. Unfortunately regardless of what metro stop you used you had to walk through streets that were not overly inviting. My husband actually booked the place and he was not happy to find that he was going to sleep on the sofa that is shown in the pictures - which is the sleeper sofa you will sleep on; the owner should have shown a picture of that. My husband is 6'2" and I am 5'4" and neither of us enjoyed our feet hanging over or hitting the metal frame due to very thin mattress and very small bed frame. It did have air conditioner unit so that was nice but if you are looking for a pleasant place to hang out in nd a neighborhood to enjoy - I would not select this- we left at the very start of the day and didn't return until the end.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 Rue Maillard, Our Third Home.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this apartment felt like we were at home. Great history, memorable character, wonderful elevator! We had easy access to everywhere, by metro and by bus. The number 69 bus took us through everywhere, Panda Style restaurant a great find, the Sunday market at the Bastille a dream for food lovers. We booked a taxi from and to CDG airport with Inter Service Prestige taxi company and they were great, even stopping at a supermarket when we arrived to stock up on a few things. Jean Charles (the apartment owner) was full of information about things to do and always available if we had any queries. Thank you Paris and Jean Charles. Hopefully see you again soon. Paula and Iain

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You came to this home with gifts - a music compilation and a watercolor reproduction –as well as with your enthusiasm of life and appreciation for feeling at home in my apartment. Thank you for your moments, kindness and vitality here.
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A fantastic week!

  • 5 of 5

I would absolutely recommend this apartment and its owner, Jean Charles. The apartment is classic French style, very clean and well equipped. Small details like a kitchen with some spices and teas, good working WiFi, free calls to North America and a comfortable sitting room made our vacation in Paris even more memorable. The neighbourhood was great for picking up fresh groceries and experiencing Paris the way Parisians do. It was also very close to several convenient Metro stations.

Jean Charles was very helpful in preparing for our trip and at our arrival. His suggestions on restaurants and sightseeing were useful and appreciated. His English was excellent, which made communicating very simple and natural.

I traveled to Paris with my Mom for her 75th birthday and staying in such a great apartment and neighbourhood was very memorable.

We would certainly recommend this apartment and would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Although aware your stay was meant for celebrating your mother’s birthday I would have thought her far younger. I am glad my home offered the right comfort and mood for such experience. Thank you for adding to its history.
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Oakland, CA

Great host, great location

  • 5 of 5

I traveled with my mother for her 60th Birthday, Jean Charles was an excellent host. He left us clear directions and suggestions, as well as emailed them. Very good at communicating rapidly and was very accommodating. We loved our location and the building felt very safe and clean. The apartment is very close to many metro stations and we had many nice walks into close neighborhoods for pastries and various other delicious items. I would recommend the space to anyone, and you will be lucky to have Jean Charles as your host. A great stay we will remember always. (Great shower pressure, too! :)

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad your stay and celebration were a memorable success and are marked as unforgettable. The convergence of minds regards a certain way of travelling and hosting do make for an experience that goes beyond a simple touristic visit. So I am sure you will enjoy other gems in the travelling events that may occur in your future.
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Excellent stay

  • 4 of 5

Large, Cheap, right in the city, safe location, close to metro, well equipped kitchen, English speaking excellent landlord

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa Canada

Old World Charm located in a great neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent five days in Paris and loved the fact that we could get anywhere in Paris via foot, metro or city bus from this terrific apartment. As others in past reviews have stated, Jean Charles is a warm generous person and talented artist who is happy to ensure that your vacation is everything you want it to be. The things we enjoyed about the apartment was the quietness, cleanliness, comfort and lots of old world charm. It is Paris after all. The shower floor is actually a tiny tub, which one can use for a mini soak. The two main rooms both contain comfortable sofa beds. The brown sofa makes into a very comfortable larger bed which we used. It was simple to open (a pull tab allows the bed to unfold like flower petals). Very creative and a snap to close each morning so that we had a full room to use. We purchased food for breakfast and snacks at local markets and speciality shops which are very numerous. We also loved exploring the neighbourhood. You are not in the middle of a huge tourist area, so we really felt like locals, shopping checking out the restaurants and generally just strolling around during the evening. We ate at a different neighbourhood restaurant every night and not one disappointed. We found the shops and restaurant staff very friendly (even putting up with our simple French) and more than happy to help us out. The extra bonus in the apartment was the AC as the weather turned very hot our last two days. We were very thankful to be able to quickly cool down the rooms at the end of our day. We highly recommend this apartment for your next visit to Paris.

Thank you Jean Charles for your assistance and interest in our vacation. It was a memorable time.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your appreciation. It makes it always more interesting to know what guests explored and discovered - thus offering new insights and worth as well to my home. Yes the shower combines a sitting tub very much favored especially by those with difficulties standing as well as those simply tired. I wish you success with all the other pleasant journeys you seem profiled to experience in the future.
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Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Car: not necessary

Close to many subways, 1 or 2 blocks away, 69 Bus station and park, 1 block away, post office, theatre, bakeries, cafes, delicatessen stores & supermarkets, wine shops, pharmacies, launderettes, ATMs, hardware stores, doctors, dentists & so on, 1 to 2 blocks away, Swimming pool & sport clubs are at a walking distance,

Visiting Paris, Le Marais (oldest part of Paris) & la Bastille (newest fashionable area), 15 min walk or 5 by bus, Le Pere Lachaise, less than 5 min, Belleville (China town), 15 min walk, 6 by subway, Foot of Montmartre, 15 min direct, Champs Elysees 20 min direct, big stores (Galleries Lafayette, Printemps) and the Opera, 12 min direct, Notre Dame, 17 min with 1 change, Latin Quarter, 18 min with 1 change, Eiffel Tower, 2O min with 1 change, Add duration of pace from home to station and from station to site, Map of the close neighborhood, one for transportation with instructions of how to reach a place fast & phone books are provided. The 69 bus is actually an interesting opportunity for visiting Paris since it crosses most major points of interest in the city (Pere Lachaise - Bastille - Marais - The river Seine & its islands with Notre Dame & the Sainte Chapelle - Beaubourg Museum- Palais Royal - The Louvres museum - Orsay museum – Invalides and the Eifel Tower).


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Roquette Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 42 m²
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower
  • Sitting bathtub with shower, cupboards, seperate toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 2 High end quality sofa beds
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
concierge, code, intercom, Large windows overlooking street, Separate bathroom, toilet & kitchen with windows each, CENTRAL HEATING and AIR CONDITIONING, high end quality sofa bed for 2 in bedroom with space enough to leave it permanently open with ease & high end quality sofa bed for 2 in living room, large closets, Hundreds of English & French art & reference books, very large musical selection on hard drive linked to stereo with CD player, FREE LOCAL, DOMESTIC & MOST INTERNATIONAL CALLS (fee to cell phones & some international), mobile phone, 200 channel color TV and VCR, FREE USE OF COMPUTER, FREE SUPERFAST FIBRE OPTIC BROADBAND INTERNET & WI FI, choice of English (qwerty) or French (azerty) keyboards, scanner, DVD burner + router connection for your laptop, Messenger & Skype with WEBCAM, Microsoft office including Word, Excel etc, PhotoShop, Movie maker & screen capture, VLC & DivX players, Google earth , Bed linens, pillows & towels, Hair dryer, iron, umbrellas, flatware

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