“A great value 2-bedroom apartment that's quirky, understated and on the cool side of town”
Set back off the main street, beyond an inner courtyard, the apartment feels enclosed, private and refreshingly quiet (excluding the odd rumble of the metro). You get the whole place to yourself: 2 bedrooms (perfect for families), an open-plan kitchen/dining room and a cosy shower room. White walls and floorboards give the apartment a light and airy feel, while quirky touches like Parisian wall art and craft shop pillows give the décor a colourful lift. The master bedroom has a low-slung double bed, ample wardrobe space and French windows which open onto a small private terrace (do note that this is very overlooked). The children’s twin has a huge gilt mirror on one wall, and a slightly industrial strip light that's likely to be spurned in favour of the funky green and pink lamps. White voile curtains protect against the neighbours but not the light, though thankfully there are shutters to assure a lie-in. Framed contemporary posters hang on the walls, and cupboards hold extra blankets and pillows. The shower room is simple but adequate; there’s no bathtub, but it’s been redecorated and they’ve added a brand new washing machine and tumble dryer - a real asset if you’re travelling with mischievous little ones.
The main room is a bright open-plan sitting room and kitchen. Here you'll find a small white dining table (seats 4) and simple cooking equipment suitable for those using the apartment as a base: 2 hobs, a fridge, a kettle, a Nespresso machine and a microwave. Grocery stores are on every corner, but bear in mind that they’re closed on Mondays (Sunday is market day). Local markets nearby include: Bastille (Thursday and Sunday), the wonderful Marché d’Aligre behind the opera house in the 12th (where Parisians flock to forage for food before taking to the bars and cafés), and Marché Richard Le Noir (Thursday and Sunday); where the best food in France tends to end up (the fish stands are known across the city). Even if you don’t intend to buy, a walk through a Paris market is a real treat; the cheese stands are irresistible and define a nation. There are hundreds of restaurants on your doorstep too: head south to Bastille and rue de Lappe (more touristy than in years gone by, but still worth a potter), east to rue Oberkampf (where young, cool Parisians gather), southwest into the 4th arrondissement for the old-time chic of the Marais, or northeast to Belleville (up-and-coming, very arty) for great Chinese and Vietnamese nosh.
Children are welcome. Bear in mind that the standard occupancy is 2 people, so extra bedding must be requested if using the second room (small additional charge).
Children (4-12 years)
There are 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin); the twin room is decorated in fun and child-friendly style.
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Note that the fuse box, internet router and telephone are in the twin room