About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Bedrooms 4, Bathrooms 3, Sleeps 8
A magnificent 18th century palace on a quiet street in the beautiful, and now chic and trendy Marais District of Paris, offers a special apartment for fortunate guests.
Enter through a high portal into a quiet and beautiful courtyard lined with boxed Magnolias. Then enter through a private door directly into the apartment. The light from the courtyard enters the apartment, but cunning glass French doors prevent any prying eyes from seeing inside, while the insiders have an unobstructed view of the courtyard. The large entry hall, lined with 18th century stone is still modern and welcoming, with planted lemon trees, interesting antiques from the owners' travels, and attractive paintings. Add to this every modern comfort.
The apartment is on two floors with two separate living rooms. There are two master bedrooms on the entry floor each with its own modern bathroom, and one double and one with two twin beds, and its own sitting area, on the lower floor. The two floors are separated by a charming spiral staircase. There is a beautiful dining room which seats 10 easily, a nice kitchen, and much more.
Vivaldi is located in one of Parisians' most favored locations, the Marais. From the mid-thirteenth century, the Marais became one of the most important aristocratic areas of Paris. By World War II the Marais had declined, but a major effort was made beginning in the 1950's to renovate the area. The main palaces and mansions were restored and turned into museums: the Picasso Museum, the Paris Historical Museum and the Cognac-Jay Museum are now prominent and worthy of a visit. In turn, this building has been returned to its former glory by an eminent designer/developer and a very few privileged owners have apartments in it.
The Georges Pompidou Museum, France's national Museum of Modern Art and one of the world's most important cultural institutions, was built on the western edge of the Marais. Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano were the architects of this architecturally revolutionary building. The Marais has become incredibly chic and you will find trendy shops, countless art galleries, and all varieties of restaurants and cafes. You can shop away and dine very well between museum visits!
The Pompidou, Picasso, Carnavelet Museums, the Place de Voges, The Seine, the Cathedral of Notre Dame are a 10 mn walk. You will also find the Opera not far away. Two metros are less than a 4 minute walk, RER a 7 minute walk, 2 bus stops within 2 Minutes.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
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Cozy, Very Convenient Gem of a Townhouse in the Center of Paris
Just completed a recent stay at the Vivaldi apartment in the northern Marais district of Paris. The 2 level apartment (I call townhouse) has 2 very comfortable bedrooms on each level. One of the first floor bedrooms has its own full bath and the 2 bedrooms downstairs share one. There is one more full bath (with the best shower) upstairs connected to the kitchen/breakfast area. There is also a washer/dryer.
We had 4 to 5 people sleep there over the 6 nights and with friends joining us each morning 9 or 10 people utilizing the eat-in kitchen space for breakfast (the kitchen had everything to make eggs each morning and although small for prepping, everything was supplied to make more than eggs) and the upstairs seating area every evening for wine and cheese before heading out. [We did not hang out downstairs at all except to sleep but there is a full living room area downstairs. The internet does not adequately work anywhere downstairs.] There is an excellent wine store right on the block and a couple more right nearby. There is a "U" Market a 2 minute walk and you can get all essential there.
The apartment is in an excellent location for venturing out. The Pompidou Centre and its metro stop is a short walk south and the Arts & Metiers; Temple and Republique metro stops are all short walks as well. These many metro access points allow you full access to Paris. Everything returns to that area making it easy home at night.
I can only give the Vivaldi 4 stars instead of 5 as there were not enough paper products for a 6 night stay (we purchased more) and we had to borrow an extra trash bag from a neighbor. A plumbing problem was immediately fixed and an unfortunate early incident has led to better welcoming conversations about all of the amenities the Vivaldi has to give.
If you are 3 or 4 couples wanting to enjoy a nice relaxing long weekend in Paris, i recommend the Vivaldi it will only enhance your experience.
Wonderful! Charming, well-appointed and great location!
We spent the Christmas holiday at this wonderful apartment with a family of eight, four adults and four children, and we have nothing but positive things to say! The apartment was easy to locate, had a big pretty red door to a lovely courtyard and we were greeted immediately and we were more than pleased with the amenities upon arrival. The downstairs bedrooms were spacious and well appointed and wonderful for the children and they had plenty of room to play as well. The upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms were comfortable and spacious. We all remarked on how comfortable and warm the bedding was in all the rooms. The bathrooms all had hairdryers, which was an unexpected and welcomed bonus, as well as ample towels and towel warmers. We also found the heat to work well and we did have a few cold days to put it to the test. There was ample closet and storage space. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook a wonderful Christmas dinner (albeit no actual oven, just a microwave, but that wasn't really a big deal for us). The dining table easily fit us all and there were plenty of plates and utensils. We had one minor snag when we couldn't figure out how to turn on the washer/dryer, but then found the switch on the wall in the hallway--might be something to note in the house manual. We also loved how quiet the apartment was at all times.
Finally, the location in the Marais is wonderful--easy walking distance from lovely groceries, bakeries and wine shops, as well as bars (we loved the Andy Wahloo--true mixologists) and restaurants. Definitely consider renting this place, as we plan to keep it on our list for the future! Merci and Bon Voyage!
We are all absolutely delighted to read your enthusiastic and thoughtful review, and particularly to note how successful your family time was and that you would like to return to the apartment and to this wonderful Parisian neighbourhood! We love this apartment, and feel satisfied that you did, too. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice note.
We will definitely update the Guest note to mention the switch for the washer /dryer. We will also try to better explain, that the microwave also double as an oven by switching to oven settings, so that you can actually bake as well as microwave.
Thank you again, and all best wishes to you and your family for 2018.
Susan Doull and the Commendable Rentals Team.
out of homeland but still at home
"We were truly impressed by the feeling that we were at home "chez nous" while staying at Vivaldi. ON top of this good feeling, we had everything we needed, exactly like at home. All appliances were in perfect condition. Heating was "comme il faut". the agency representative was both charming and efficient. The location of Vivaldi is superb. Everything we needed for daily use was nearby. We enjoyed privacy which one does not have in a hotel. We were within the family, and it gave us a wonderful feeling."
We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay, and appreciated the charm and comfort of this wonderful Paris home. It was our pleasure to help make your rip a wonderful memory for you and your family. Thank you so much for writing. We hope that we an help you again either in Paris or elsewhere in Europe.
Susan and the Commendable Rentals Team
My friends and I, a group of 7 retired women, recently spent 7 nights at this property. We often travel as a group and typically stay in a home/apartment that allows us to do some meals "in". While the ad for this property said the kitchen was "functional", it was far from that in our estimation. The kitchen is half the size of a normal galley kitchen. This very small space also included the clothes washer. It did not include a full oven, but merely a small convection oven. There was virtually no available counter space for food preparation. A full bathroom was at the end of the galley kitchen. The kitchen in no way met our reasonable definition of "functional." In addition, two of the bedrooms and one bathroom are in the stone basement of this "palace." The area was not only difficult to climb down into on the narrow spiral wrought iron staircase, but it was very damp. In fact, we found mold growing on the ceilings and some of the walls. The caretaker installed a de-humidifyer upon our arrival so we assume other guests had noticed the dampness prior to our arrival. Worse still, the narrow spiral staircase was the ONLY means of egress from the basement bedrooms. I do not know the laws in France, but this would not likely be a legal rental in the United States. When I mentioned our dissatisfaction to the property manager during our stay, she dismissed my comments stating she had clearly disclosed the conditions of the property. Perhaps she should try using different words in her ad that better convey the property's shortcomings.
I am certainly surprised to hear that you were disappointed in this much beloved apartment. I do believe that I was quite clear in describing the kitchen to you when we spoke, and of course there are several pictures of it on the site. The comi oven has cooked a Thanksgiving Turkey, and caterers have come in and cooked multi-course celebratory dinners for a crowd, so it is fully functional. Though , it is not the kind of kitchen for 7 people to stand around in and cook together. As far as the lower floor being difficult "to Climb down to", I have to object. There is a perfectly comfortable and secure, spiral staircase which is also visible in the pictures and not a surprise. It is certainly not illegal not to have egress from a basement, and is more common than not. There is no mould, it is always well cleaned, but we had had some humidity, which is why we bought the highest quality dehumidifier that there is, and it should have sorted the problem in less than 24 hours. We always try to be polite, and do not dismiss valid complaints. We are proud of this beautiful apartment and most guests agree. That is why we have so many 5 star reviews. I am sorry that you were not one of those contented guests.
Fantastic location, comfy rooms and beds, great bathrooms.
Overall great place to use as pad in Paris. On quiet courtyard. Walking to everything nearby. Very comfortable place - rooms, beds, bathrooms, kitchen, sitting space. Fun decor. Owner and greeter both helpful. Would stay here again and will recommend to friends. Note: We had cool weather which was lucky for July but there is no air conditioning in apartment which could be an issue if weather had been very hot. Fans in every room did help.
Great Marais Option
Our two families (4 adults and 3 kids) stayed here for almost two weeks in July. The apartment was in a great location close to two different metro stops, lots of restaurants and other sites. We found the neighborhood very Parisian so we felt like we were locals.
The apartment it self is good size and is as described. Two bedrooms on the main floor and two downstairs. To get downstairs you have to go down a very narrow spiral staircase, so we let the kids stay downstairs and spent most of our time upstairs. There's a little living room, then separately a large dinning area attached to a kitchen. Everything was comfortable and we very much enjoyed our stay.
I am so pleased to read your review for which I think you, and to know that you all enjoyed the apartment , the neighborhood ,a dn had a wonderful. I bet the kids loved having their own adult-free living room downstairs and to themselves.
Thank you again for sharing.
The Commendable Rentals Team
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates Posted are for 4 People; Supplement for 5-8 people. End Clean of €250 added to all Bookings. Accidental Damage insurance of €75 required on all Bookings. 50% deposit at booking; balance due 60 days prior to arrival. Credit cards possible.