30 November, 2011

A rental apartment in the 'real' Paris

I absolutely love visiting Paris; but every time I go, I always have a problem deciding which area of the city to stay in. There are so many amazing districts and hotels to choose from, but today I am featuring somewhere that will give you a bit more freedom in a city that can be very pricey. 

Photo courtesy of Paris Saitonge apartment
I came across a superb little studio apartment in the heart of the Marais district, which many feel has a similar feel to the West Village in Manhattan. It may have different architecture (with small medieval lanes) but like Manhattan; it comes alive with bars, restaurants, and shops. The area is very quiet, so no noise problems, but you can find everything you need nearby. 

Photo courtesy of Paris Saitonge apartment
The apartment is a short stroll away from several sights (such as Notre Dame Cathedral), and is also within walking distance of several Metro stations. It has a double bed in a mezzanine (an air bed in the living room can be used for a third guest); a wireless internet connection, and there's a fully equipped kitchen and dining area with a bar table.

Photo courtesy of Paris Saitonge apartment
The best thing about this is that you can get some supplies in for breakfast (there's a market just downstairs!) instead of spending money eating out. On my last visit, I found the costs really mount up if you have to buy breakfast on top of your other meals.

It's tricky to avoid the tourist traps in Paris, but staying in the Marais is a great start - it definitely feels much more Parisian, and far less touristy. If you want more information on the apartment, click here.

Do you have any tips for staying in Paris? Have you found an amazing bar or restaurant that you'd like to see featured here? Please leave your thoughts below, or use the contact form to send me a private message.

1 comment:

  1. What a superb idea. The last time we visited Paris (a city which we adore)
    it was extremely expensive, even in the small bars and restaurants in the
    back streets. This is an excellent find Mandy.