Marais-Oberkampf, Paris, France
The Times, September 2010
"A good-sized flat with a terrace, ideal for families, this is between the Marais and Oberkampf. Overlooking a cobbled courtyard, it is quiet at night and the slightly frayed furnishings mean that you won't be constantly worrying about sticky fingers. It sleeps four in the double bedroom and a twin-bedded room, and a cot is available."
The Independent, February 2010
"Cosy up in this contemporary apartment in the Marais district, on a street once called home by Blaise Pascal and revolutionary figure Robespierre. The apartment's prevailing white colour scheme is warmed by 17th-century wooden beams and a fireplace in the snug living room. Back down at street level, this bourgeois quartier is littered with boho cafés, art galleries and chic boutiques."
The Guardian, April 2008
"As a general rule, if i-escape gives somewhere the nod, you can take their word for it. Of their Parisian offerings, the Apartment Blanc, hidden within an 18th-Century apartment block is the best value; with two bedrooms, an open plan kitchen/diner and a roof terrace. Guests also have the added perk of being in the heart of the 11th arrondissement, with the boutiques of the Marais and the excitable cafes and bars of Oberkampf within walking distance. For the best of both, flick through the clothes rails at Mademoiselle Vegas and Gaspard Yurkievich, then push on through to the wee hours at club du jour Nouveau Casino."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“The room and value were great. As for service we heard nothing from the owners having sent numerous texts, emails and voicemails to try to get into the apartment. We also never received our i-escape extra. Having said all that we were very comfortable, excellently located and would stay there again.”
sara, United Kingdom (20.02.14)
“My friends and I stayed here 5 years ago and the apartment was just as we remembered it! It's in a great location, has everything you need for a comfortable stay, and was the perfect location for our girly weekend. We had another perfect time there and hope to be back sooner this time!”
Mariam, United Kingdom (11.11.13)
“Perfect location. Good communication regarding arrival and getting keys etc. It is well appointed and large and offers value for money. Bedrooms face courtyard so it is as quiet as can be at night. We will return and recommend highly for independent tourists. Would be perfect for a family.”
sally, New Zealand (25.09.13)
“The location of the apartment is perfect. It is quite comfortable, enough space for a family of four, the right value for the money. The bathroom is quite small and the bathtub was clogged when we first arrived. The apartment is partially clean, some of the equipment for cleaning was either missing or dirty. There was a mistake with the email Christian (the manager) had so I didn't get any messages from him until very much the last moment. Thanks to i-escape great staff the connection was made and after that it worked well.”
Ariel, Israel (05.06.13)
“The appartment was great.
We had a baby and our first holiday and was the perfect place. With cot, washing machine, microwave and dvd player life was much easier!!
Location excellent..great resturant on opposite corner even with our baby very hospitable. Loved design features and decoration.
Only idea to add would be to have a guide from owner as like to know local choices..”
Julie, United Kingdom (24.05.13)
“A couple of glitches - the heating wasn't turned on for long before we arrived, which meant the apartment was very cold for the first night. It would be great if hotwater bottles were provided! The light fitting in the bathroom was faulty, the shower head needs a major descale (or replacement) and the shower door leaks terribly. Apart from that, a great location and very cute apartment.”
Jules, United Kingdom (29.01.13)
“The apartment is very basic and the kitchen equipment minimal - don't expect to cook. The odd assortment of books, magazines, etc., just look untidy. We found the mattress is very uncomfortable. Apart from the noise from the Metro that runs beneath the apartment, it is clean and serviceable but not very comfortable. We did however receive good service from Christian who booked a restaurant for us. Unfortunately I do not think we would stay there again which is a shame as the location is exactly right.”
Anne, United Kingdom (26.12.12)
“Great apartment in a very convenient location. Everything was close - the metro, supermarkets, great dining and yet, the flat is very quiet. Christian and Rafael were very professional and let us check out later, as they had no guests coming on the day we left (a great bonus, as it gave us no headache over where to store our luggage for 4 hours). I will definitely recommend this place to my friends - it makes you feel more like a true Parisian rather than an omnipresent tourist... Thank you!”
Katarina, Slovakia (02.12.12)
“We had a great time at the Appartement Blanc. Upon arrival, Rafael kindly showed us around and explained how everything worked. The flat was exactly what we expected and perfect for our holiday. We'll certainly think of staying here again next time we go to Paris!”
paula, United Kingdom (05.11.12)
“The apartment suited us perfectly because we loved the area and the airy feel of the flat. The Bozart Bistrot around the corner is an added bonus and the Marché Bastille on Sunday morning is not to be missed.”
David, United Kingdom (06.09.12)
“Had a great time and it was our second time in the appartment, this time with a 9 year old and a 7 year old! It worked perfectly for us. Ideal for a couple or a family. Location is perfect, easy access to metro, supermarket and patisserie close by. Nice area, feel safe. Would recommend it without hesitation and plan to go back. Newly refurbished bathroom great and lovely to be provided with coffee, washing powder, washing up liquid etc. They organised a taxi for us for the return journey back to the airport. WiFi great for finding out about things on in Paris and DVD great for children as only French TV.”
Paul, United Kingdom (28.07.12)
“The apartment was absolutely fine other than the shower which leaked slightly and have reported that to Rafael. It suited me perfectly - safe area, easy access to restaurants and the metro. Walked to the Pompidou Centre in 25 mins so very good.
Very good value for money. Thank you.”
Vivienne, United Kingdom (19.07.12)
“I have stayed at Appartement Blanc several times as have friends and we love it. It's simply chic, in a great location and very good value for money.
Christian is very helpful and this time very sweetly allowed us to leave our luggage until 3.00 pm. Will definitely return!”
Natalie, United Kingdom (17.06.12)
“This is the first time we have stayed in Paris and the whole thing worked really well. The apartment is ideally located just off la Republique which makes it really handy for getting around town and we ate at some exquisite restaurants on the square. The flat is ideal for a young couple or small family - modestly decorated with all mod cons, and lovely high ceilings. We'll be back! Thank you to Christian and the folks at i-escape.”
John, United Kingdom (22.04.12)
“This very charming apartment was a pleasure to visit. It was both spotlessly clean and homely, and we really loved the personal touches of home-made art on the wall. The service from Rafael and Christian were excellent.
I'd go back in a shot!”
Zoe, United Kingdom (16.04.12)
“We loved this apartment! Very clean and cool (by our standards!) in a friendly 'ordinary' neighbourhood only an easy 15 minute bus ride from the hot tourist spots such as Le Notre Dame but away from the crush of the crowds. It worked perfectly for our family of four and we definitely plan to return. It is well equipped, light and gives the tourist the impression of living like a true Parisian for the duration of their stay. The bathroom has just been refitted and decorated with a lovely shower! Very nice.
We didn't receive any instructions on how we would be greeted before we arrived, and did not receive answers to the two emails to the owner either, also one of his telephone numbers doesn't work any more. Consequently we had to stand in the street for 15 minutes, panicking a bit, with two kids and two big cases, trying to get hold of him. Then he got home and we spoke to him and then he gave us the door codes and also contacted his official 'greeter' Raphael who was absolutely charming and helpful when he arrived to let us in moments later. Better communication is essential and that is the only reason I have scored less than 5 for service as the actual people could not have been nicer, nor the apartment.
The apartment was an easy and cheap cab ride from Gare du Nord and if you don't have baggage it is also easy by bus and metro. It would have been nice to have been told that there is a bus which runs almost from by the front door down to The Hotel de Ville area. (To go South it is on Rue des Filles du Calvaire close to the junction with Rue de Turenne). There is no local information at the apartment which is a shame as there must be lots of places very nearby worth recommending as well as useful transport tips. There are very good, very local bakers and a butcher and little general stores which stay open very late. We didn't eat out locally in the evening but we enjoyed the covered market on Rue de Bretagne and had lunch there...we also had a lovely breakfast at Cafe Charlot opposite where the staff were very friendly. The Marais is very close and a pleasant walk on foot and there were lots of nice bars and restaurants to try there. We had done some extensive research before we arrived which stood us in good stead but for those who don't, more info would be good. Please note the apartment is very close to the Cirque d'Hiver and it's worth looking into whether there will be performances while you are there.”
Elizabeth, United Kingdom (14.03.12)