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Quiet and Attractive Part of the Marais

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 4 (bedding for additional child)

Quiet and attractive part of the Marais in 4th Arrondissement

Location : Paris Arrondissement 4, Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Area), France, Europe (Saint Paul Metro-1 minute away)

Accommodations : Apartment-2 Bedrooms +MUJI Floor single foldout – 1.5 Baths – (Sleeps 4 + additional child)

Our apartment has the most amazing, convenient, sought after location in the heart of Paris on the quiet side of the beautiful Marais district. After living in Paris for 5 years previously, in many different locations, this is truly one the best in terms of position.

Close to the Seine, Bastille, Opera , Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame, the Louvre several open markets, Metro stations , buses, fashionable shops and restaurants. All within walking distance.

Since we have purchased the apartment it has been completely refurbished to create a space that is elegant, stylish and highly practical for short-term holidaymakers wishing for a distinct Parisian experience.

All the typical Parisian features of this 1850’s apartment have been preserved: original oak floor boards, clay tiles, marble fire place and classic French windows opening to a calm, spacious court yard.

Perfectly located on the 2nd floor WITH ELEVATOR this 55m2 (590 sq ft) space has a functional floor plan optimally redesigned.

The apartment is located in rue Charlemagne, right next to metro Saint Paul in the Marais. It has a separate kitchen and separate WC. Fully equipped and accessorized with classic glassware, cook ware and new white goods. It is a joy to cook the local market produce and you will save an enormous amount being able to prepare your own meals.

The bathroom, which is large by Paris standards, has been completely remodeled, re-tiled with a second toilet so that the apartment will comfortably accommodate 2 couples or a family. VERY FEW Paris apartments have 2 WCs. Included in the bathroom is a washer and separate dryer.

There are 2 bedrooms. All sheets and bedding are provided. There is a King sized bed 160cm x 200cm (63 x 79 in) in the Master bedroom and 2 King singles 90cm x 200cm (35 x 79 in) which can be joined together to make a King double, in the 2nd bedroom. Extra bedding for additional child is MUJI Floor Foldout.

Minimum rental is 4 nights.

We mail you the keys so there is no need to go to another location once you arrive in Paris.

The rue Charlemagne neighborhood is quite special, in the heart of the Marais and on the safe, peaceful side of Rue Rivoli. There is a gated back entrance from the apartment courtyard directly onto Place Saint Paul where the Line 1 Metro stops. On the other side of rue Charlemagne is Village Saint Paul with art galleries, antique shops, the Seine and Isle St Louis.

Continuing on rue Charlemagne is the remains of the historic wall built by Philippe Auguste (before he went to the Crusades) as well as the impressive Lycee Charlemagne. It is a typically Parisian area inhabited by Parisians.


Keywords: Central, Quiet, Convenient, Ideal Location, Friendly building.

More Details

Steven Bishop and Cathryn Luckmann
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Steven Bishop and Cathryn Luckmann

My name is Steven Bishop, I am an Australian clown working for Cirque du Soleil and Palazzo Theatre, currently performing in Germany. My wife and youngest son join me on tour whilst our other 3 are studying University. We have been traveling with Cirque since 2005.

For many years, Cathryn and I had dreamed of owning an apartment in Paris. When a friend called and said she had found this gem in rue Charlemagne, we knew our dream had come true.

Our apartment in Paris is our 'pied de terre' while we tour with Cirque. It has been renovated with our large family in mind and the result has been beyond our expectations. We have used our extensive touring experience to equip the apartment with the essentials desired by short term travelers for quality living. As we continue our touring experiences we have great pleasure in bringing back to the apartment 'a few of our favourite things' which we collect along the way.

Steven Bishop and Cathryn Luckmann purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Steven Bishop and Cathryn Luckmann chose Saint Gervais

Paris holds a significant place in our heart. We have many good friends and mentors here. Both, Cathryn and I spent a very important part of our growth and development as people and performers in various regions of France. We learnt to stilt walk in Paris, “dorer des onions”, cook a mean couscous…..we learnt the art of “la joie de vivre”.

It was in Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, on a warm June day, before a crowded passing “bateaux mouches”, that I proposed to Cathryn. My wife and I have since bought our “fabulous four” children to Paris and in turn they too have each discovered a part of themselves here.

It was also in Paris where I discovered my clown at the Ecole Jacque Lecoq theatre school. How could I have known that performing this clown with Cirque du Soleil, touring all over the world, would one day help bring me back here to a place of my own.

This is my story of Paris. For wherever I go I take it with me, as it is my “moveable feast” and the place in which I feel both at home and inspired.

Enjoy for yourself!

Steven Bishop and Cathryn Luckmann

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is in a building inhabited by real French people in the typical Parisian community of Saint Paul. Located in the heart of le Marais surrounded by cafes, boutiques and markets ensures a unique Parisian experience which is, believe it or not, getting harder and harder to find in Paris.

And when you want to be a tourist and visit the museums, sights and spectacles, you are in the hub for metro, bus and bike routes. The central location provides for the needs of all members of a family or group with different interests. Being 'close to everything' means you can leave and return easily at your leisure, instead of having to pack for a full day out and about.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vacationer Name: Wray L

Email Address:

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA <-- Will appear online

Comment rating: Positive


The apartment was great. It was very clean, comfortable and completely as represented. The location is perfect. While the apartment itself is on a very quiet street, it is only a block away from a street that has all of the best shops and restaurants that Paris has to offer. A very convenient Metro Station is located on this same street, where you can also catch bus # 69 which will take you from the Bastille to the Louvre, Rue Cler and the Eiffel Tower. Owner was great to deal with. He was very responsive, and security deposit was returned promptly.
Mar 2010
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Saint Gervais Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check-in is flexible depending on other bookings Late check-out may be available upon request
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Can be separated into 2 king single beds
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Single Muji floor Fold out for child
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing


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average rating of 4.9545455 based on 67 reviews

Location, location, location!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was perfectly located for our holiday week in Paris.  We stayed over 2017 New Year's Eve for our 1st visit to Paris.

It’s centrally located in the charming Le Marais neighborhood, near tons of great shopping, restaurants, markets and cafes (as well as the metro).  But it’s also located inside a courtyard, on a relatively quiet street, so you deal with almost no street noise.  So it’s the best of both worlds!

Communication with the owners was prompt and easy, and the home is well cared for and in excellent shape. The owners also  were extremely helpful with recommendations for dining—it made our New Year's Eve even so much better! Getting reservations on that night is next to impossible if you don't plan ahead. Having a washer dryer in the apartment was also a big plus.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

This was the best place I've stayed in Paris

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

The Only Place in Paris For Us

  • 5 of 5

I've lost count of the number of times my colleague and I have stayed in this apartment, perhaps six? We visit bi-annually while we have work in the city. It really is a beautiful home on a quiet street in a vibrant neighborhood. The hosts are exceptional. As others have likely noted, there's a terrific restaurant in the building - Chez Mademoiselle - where, because we're always spent after a day of fashion shows, we eat regularly. I hope to always stay at 16 Rue Charlemagne.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael, CA, USA

At Home In Paris

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed in this comfortable and well-appointed apartment .

We especially love the location on a beautiful quiet street in the Marais. The apartment is situated in an inner courtyard so it is very quiet. We were close to the St. Paul and Pont Marie metro stops. The Monorpix was a short walk away as well as a major market street right around the corner.

The bedrooms had more than adequate storage and the main bathroom was spacious. The extra half bath was convenient too. The washer and dryer were easy to use. The kitchen was well equipped. The living/dining room was comfortable for three adults.

WIFI worked perfectly. There were very few English-language TV programs so the DVD’s, books, and magazines in the apartment came in handy.

The rental process was easy. The user notebook in the apartment contained all the info a renter would need and was easy to understand.

We recommend this lovely apartment. It feels like home in Paris.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Marvellous Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful apartment in an ideal spot. Our family of four - two adults and two young teens found it an ideal base from which to explore the city and relax during breaks in the action. The apartment is clean, and comfortable, with a comprehensive set of furnishings and appointments, including a well functioning wifi. Everything is straighforward and nothing fussy. Unless one is looking to entertain a large group, the small kitchen and the shared living/dining area work perfectly well for a quick lunch or dinner. And let's face it, with the abundant and generally wonderful dining options at your doorstep (and in the case of this apartment, I can say that literally) who would want to spend too much time in the kitchen? That said, markets are just outside the door on Rue Rivoli and the Sunday market at Place Bastille is a short stroll away. We used both to provision ourselves for a picnic along La Seine one evening. We might have found it a little noisier than some of the other reviews. But I'd attribute this mostly to some masonry work being done in the courtyard at the time. And to be fair, while very much in the midst of this active neighborhood, the apartment is in fact nicely tucked down a quiet street just steps from the more bustling parts of Le Marais. I'd point out that in addition to the St Paul metro, the location is also very close to Pont Marie stop, offering access to another metro line. We took the train in from CDG, ascended the elevator at Saint Michel/Notre Dame, emerging virtually at the foot at the cathedral. Not only is this a marvellously sudden and dramatic entrance to Paris, it was an easy (even with rolling luggage) and interesting walk over to Rue Charlemagne. Thanks Steven for setting us up so nicely for our week in Paris.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 stayed at this wonderfully located apartment at the end of July. With all our luggage, having an elevator was really wonderful - however, we loved walking up and down the beautiful wood stairs, too! Facing the courtyard was great - so much more quiet than the last apartment we stayed in. It was also fun to watch the locals below. It was great to have the option of 2 twins in the second bedroom to give the girls a little breathing room. Loved all the guide books available - handy for a quick reference if needed. The location really is terrific - the metro is right there, but it was also really nice to have the taxi stand so convinient. The half bath is tiny, but so nice to have a second toilet and sink. We loved "Chez Mademoiselle", the restaurant in the building on rue Charlemagne - it was calm and really good. Loved, loved loved Steven's recommendation of Aux Desirs du Manon - went there every day at least once for breakfast, sandwiches, and treats. As I write this, I want to go back!!! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Fresh food markets
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Bastille markets
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Village St Paul
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Place St Paul




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $115
Refundable damage deposit $400

Discounted nightly rates for bookings over 10 nights Your reservation deposit, $400, becomes your refundable Security Deposit No agency fees, all taxes are included 90 euros for departure cleaning, laundry. Weekly maid service 45 euros on request NOTE: No reservation is confirmed until we receive a signed Rental Agreement and your Deposit - full payment due 4 weeks before your stay begins SORRY, NO PETS, NO SMOKING, AND NO TRADES $2700/wk

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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