Spacio Loft

Marais-Montorgeuil, Paris, France Book from

Reviewed by Kate Erith
A stunningly sleek and airy loft in a converted 18th century printing house, near the Pompidou in the vibrant Montorgueil area (sleeps 2-8)
Step through the massive old door into the cobbled courtyard, and the teeming streets of Paris yield to an oasis of tranquillity. This vast converted ware-house is open yet intimate, with soaring ceilings and cosy corners; its modular living concept ensures that no area feels closed off, yet privacy is available. It's set over 3 floors, with a gloriously luminous and airy living area at its heart. Above, the central section is cut away to leave walkways, floating on steel girders reminiscent of Eiffel, which lead to the master bedroom and study. A cathedral window spans the 2 floors, flooding the space with daylight, while at night intelligent lighting and home cinema contribute to the ambience. In the basement - which housed a Resistance printing press during World War II - you'll find a gym and sauna.

Once you've soaked up the loft's decadent delights, you'll find authentic quartiers a short promenade away: rue Montorgueil for gourmet shops and designer clothes, the Marais for cafés and and culture; and the Louvre and Centre Pompidou are walkable. Perfect for families as well as design hounds.

Highs

  • Pedestrianised streets and courtyard setting make this an extremely quiet location – but the bustle is only a block away if you want it
  • At 300 sq.m. (3000 sq.ft), this place is palatial compared to most Parisian boltholes
  • Julie McIvor, designer and owner of the Loft, has thought of everything: you could turn up with only the clothes on your back and settle in for a week
  • Like Paris itself, it's steeped in history yet stylishly modern and effortlessly chic
  • All the luxury of a 5* hotel (home cinema, gym, sauna and concierge), but with the privacy and convenience of your own place

Lows

  • It's expensive - but there's really nothing else like it in central Paris. Please note that the price shown is for 2-6 adults and there is no discount for reduced occupancy.
  • The 2nd bedroom and the study-bedroom are significantly smaller than the master room (so no squabbling please…); and bear in mind they all have double (not twin) beds
  • Families with young children beware: the upstairs railings might not keep adventurous toddlers out
  • Don't even think about driving here: public car parks (if you find a space) cost approx €20/day

Best time to go

Paris in spring is delightful – but then, the other seasons are pretty special too! If you’re looking for sale bargains, then January and July are the times to go. Much of Paris shuts down in July and August, when Parisians stream south for the summer and Paris is filled with visitors, so the atmosphere is quite different.

Our top tips

Anyone interested in art and architecture is likely to be smitten with the Loft from a design angle, and it would make a great venue for a fashion shoot or party.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Foodie
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Luxury Apartment
  • 3
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The master bedroom has a private balcony overlooking the courtyard, complete with tables and chairs so you can enjoy your morning coffee and croissant en dehors. The comfy queensize bed is piled with pillows, and the big wardrobe contains an impregnable-looking safe, bathrobes, and bales and bales of fluffy white towels. The ensuite bathroom is delightful and spacious, and we particularly loved the immense sunken tiled bath (but steered clear of the supplied weighing scales).

The second bedroom, on the ground floor, is more modest in size but still meticulously furnished, with queensize bed, large closet, yet more towels and bathrobes, and a quirky floor – a pinky-red resin, which sounds strange but works. The second bathroom (not ensuite) has an invitingly large walk-in shower. Twin water tanks ensure you will never run out of hot water.

The third bedroom/study has a queensize futon-style bed with a proper sprung mattress, and a clothes rail and cupboards for storage. If used as an office, there is a desk with scanner, printer, WiFi, etc.

If 3 bedrooms really aren't enough, there is a double sofabed in the gym - a little unorthodox yes, but this room does contain a shower room, a sauna, and a home cinema and hi-fi system, so it's a fairly comfortable option.

For common rooms see Features.

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Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Tv
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Your only dilemma every day will be whether to eat in or out. On the one hand, the sparkling kitchen cries out for use, with Labrador black granite surfaces, well stocked cupboards, every conceivable gadget and utensil, a polished 6-seater dining table with white leather chairs, and the largest fridge-freezer this side of Texas. A top French chef can be arranged to prepare meals in the property for special occasions.

On the other hand, you are in the centre of the culinary capital, with a wealth of restaurants and cafés to explore. Turn out of rue Greneta into rue Montorgueil and brasseries burst onto the street, their terraces open in all weathers. Wander to the south end (by the church) to investigate the food market, and pig out on patisseries at the famous Maison Stohrer (so good that even the Queen has paid them a visit).

If you’re looking for a true taste of France (we're talking foie gras and lobster), try Aux Crus de Bourgogne on rue Bachaumont; for a more relaxed meal we recommend Comptoir de la Gastronomie on rue Montmartre, where you can sample the goods in the restaurant before buying stocks to take home from the épicerie. And if you fancy a change of cuisine, Little Italy on Montorgueil is a favourite with the locals, while La Bocca on rue Montmartre has a more romantic atmosphere.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The Montorgeuil neighbourhood is vibrant, trendy and largely pedestrianised, with lots of streetside cafés, market stalls, restaurants, bakeries (including La Maison Stohrer), cheese shops and flower stalls; and it's only a few minutes' walk to the designer boutiques around Place des Victoires

  • Liase with Frédéric Corneille, your personal concierge, before or during your stay to help plan you time in Paris, from jazz concerts to art exhibitions to the best places to eat and drink - he knows it all

  • Pop into the Pompidou: It’s one of the most famous structures in Paris, crammed full with contemporary art from around the globe, and just around the corner from Spacio Loft. And when you’ve absorbed all that culture, cross the plaza and treat yourself to un verre at the Café Beaubourg (a source of inspiration to Julie when remodelling the Loft)

  • It’s as cheesy as Camembert, but still the simplest way to see most of the major Paris sites: hop on a Bateau Mouche at Pont Neuf, and soak up the sights along the Seine

  • Stop in at the 17th century church St Eustache at the bottom of Montorgueil, renowned for its music and concerts, followed by a long lunch à la francaise on the terrace of any of the cafés opposite

  • Explore the quirky cobbled back streets of the Marais, with their teetering walls and meandering paths, which managed to escape Haussmann’s clutches

  • See Paris by pedal power! The “Velib” system allows you to pick up and drop off bikes at hundreds of points across the city 24 hours a day, and all you need to subscribe is a credit card

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome at this well-located apartment in a private tranquil courtyard. The apartment sleeps 8 but another single air mattress can be provided to to accommodate an additional child. This set up works well for a larger family, an extended family or even two families holidaying together. It is a fun flat for older children, with plenty to keep them amused, including a home cinema for rainy days.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All bedrooms have queen size beds. The gym can also be converted to a fourth bedroom, and has its own shower (and sauna) and home cinema so is an ideal, self-contained space for a nanny or grandparents or den for older kids

Babysitting:

Available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • High chair
  • Push chair
  • Baby bath

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The Quartier Montorgueil is very centrally located and has lots of restaurants, bistros and cafes. It is also renowned for its fresh produce and food markets. The Gym Room has its own purified water fountain

Kids Activities on site:

  • Home cinema in Main Lounge including a 10 foot screen
  • Second home cinema system in Gym room
  • Third TV with cable channels and DVD player on Mezzanine Lounge

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Visit Paris' top patisserie, Stohrer; chocolate ateliers nearby
  • Large park and adventure centre at Les Halles
  • Pompidou
  • Marais to explore
  • Shopping on doorstep including designer clothes (area is known as Paris' best fashion preserved fashion district and has couture ateliers)
  • Jardins de Palais Royale and the Jardins des Tuileries both have adventure playgrounds and seasonal fairs

Families Should Know:

Parents of toddlers need to be aware that the Loft does have gaps in the railings on the first floor

Distances:

  • Airport: 30-40 minutes (Orly and Charles de Gaulle)
  • Metro: 4 minutes
  • Shops: 1 minute
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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