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Elegant Apartment in the Marais, Ideal location, great gourmet food, art, shops

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, Floorthrough, Elevator, Views, 2 Bedrooms, Bath + WC, Sleeps 4

An incredibly charming two-bedroom apartment on a lively street in a serene 19th-century building---with an elevator! Views out over a charming old Paris vista from the 5th floor. The flat is elegant with oak herringbone floors and 200-year-old floor tiles. The view in the back is out over a beautiful quiet cobble-stoned courtyard. You cannot do better. Central heating, fans throughout in the summer. A floor-through flat with breezes and sunshine.

We've been renting our adorable apartment in Paris for nearly fifteen years. We're experienced owners sensitive to traveler needs. You'll also have a local manager to greet you and to contact in case of any emergencies. We have a specially tailored guidebook in the apartment with all our local tips and recommendations.

Both bedrooms have queen size beds and plenty of light and air. As they're situated at opposite ends of the apartment, there is complete privacy, so the place works well for two couples or families as well as for two friends.

The apartment is beautifully decorated with original period details (most of the furnishings are antiques from the marché aux puces) but we've also updated the place for comfort--there's an elevator, washer and dryer, a modern kitchen with dishwasher, free Internet, everything you need. Everything is high quality (and there's no Ikea).

This is a true Parisian neighborhood that is very central. Located in a food-lover’s paradise, our we're on the same block as some of the most celebrated bakeries, traiteurs, cheese shops, and patisseries in the Marais. You can buy everything from wine to oysters, charcuterie, baguettes, fresh flowers or fresh chevres, and the most prized and perfect chocolates, all right on our street. Also, many wonderful restaurants are within easy walking distance. Plus you'll find galleries and museums galore, from one with Proust's bedroom to one showing the history of Jewish Paris – and, yes, of course, the Picasso Museum too – all within the radius of a few blocks.

Free high-speed internet access and wi-fi plus a flat-screen television with cable channels -- and free phone service back to North America and to land lines throughout Europe.

In the winter, there is plentiful central heat via radiators. In the summer, there are fans and the breezes maximized by the architecture: the floor-through design of the flat lets air move all the way through the apartment. There's really no need for AC in this place.

Outside, our street is the dividing line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. The block has wide stone sidewalks, benches, and just a single lane of one-way traffic, making for a classic Parisian pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

It’s an easy stroll to the Seine, to Notre Dame, the Place des Vosges, the Musée Carnavalet, the Jewish Museum, Arts et Métiers, and much more. In fact, the Cartier Bresson foundation will be moving around the corner in Fall 2018. We are very convenient to the 'Velib' system of shared bikes which you can book online.

Our part of the Marais is one of the most picturesque districts of Paris, just three doors from the Archives Nationales. There’s a rich concentration of museums and historic buildings that have not changed in centuries. At the same time, the area is increasingly alive with shops, restaurants, cafes, and galleries. And yes, there’s plenty of shopping to tempt those interested in Parisian couture.

Please ask about discounts for stays of one month or longer. Bigger discounts for three months or longer.

This is a non-smoking apartment. No pets allowed.

Keywords: Paris, Marais Apartment, Marais, two-bedroom apartment, Paris luxury rental, vacation, classic, French, historic, charm, food, foodie

More Details

Ruby Rich and Mary Peelen
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Ruby Rich and Mary Peelen

We live in San Francisco but spend our spare time in Paris. The minute we arrive in our Paris apartment, we seem to relax and breathe a little easier and smile a little more. We adore our walks through the streets of Paris. Above is a photo of Mary exploring a new area of the city, thrilled with the discovery of village life in the midst of an outlying neighborhood. We have fixed up the apartment to reflect our own desire for Parisian ambience, but with all the conveniences so we can enjoy life there. Come see for yourself!

Ruby Rich and Mary Peelen purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Ruby Rich and Mary Peelen chose Les Archives

We bought this home to have one foot in Paris. We are city-lovers and chose an absolutely central neighborhood that's beloved by Parisians themselves for both food and history. Ours is a block filled with the highest-quality food and specialty shops. It's close to the Right Bank's museums and shops, while at the same time full of stone buildings and stories that give off a sense of history that we just don't get in the U.S. The greatest adventure? Walking the streets of the Marais! It's always our first ritual upon arriving to walk down to the Seine. And then to spend every day walking further and further afield, always finding new favorite places to experience and pass on to our guests. Paris is all about discovery, and we love to combine impromptu walking tours with the daily return to our beloved, well-known nieghborhood with its unique attractions.

What makes this apartment unique

Number one? I'd have to go with the best pastry. Pain de Sucre is RIGHT NEXT DOOR and their pastry is unequaled. Also the best cheese shop is across the street. Very amazing Italian restaurant across the street too.


Our place is just so cute. There is a sense of magic, charm and vitality in our little corner of the Marais. On every trip there we visit the Carnavalet Museum which is just 5 minutes away. It's free and the entire history of Paris is documented there --they even have Proust's room.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are well settled into the Adorable Apartment and finding our Parisian

rhythm. Our trip here and arrival to the apt. went very smoothly and your

manager was here and very nice. We love the location of the apt -- it is just

perfect for our needs -- we have made just one trip out to Cergy -- we will

go again tomorrow as things are just getting underway at the univ. and the

RER station (as you probably know) is just straight down Rambuteau by Les

Halles. We are also extremely appreciative of the modern appliances and

having both a washer and dryer, and we love the bathroom, especially --

such a nice tub and very roomy. The wifi/TV system has all gone great. Since

we are vegetarians, alas, we really aren't able to participate in the wonderful

French restaurant experience, but are so enjoying buying basically all of our

food in the nearest two blocks! We had a great meal at Little Italy across the

street. My husband can eat baguettes for three meals a day if we have them,

and we boringly had been buying all white bread, when due to a shortage one

day we tried the pain des bles (wheat) at our nearby boulangerie and fell in

love with it, too -- by the way, it was incredibly nice to have so much food in

the cupboard, and have used some of it, like cereal, olive oil and tea, but will

leave in place when we leave what we used.
Sep 2009
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Les Archives Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 9:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom has been completely modernized and tiled. Deep modern tub with fixed shower. Vanity with wall-sized mirror. Tiled for easy cleaning. Hairdryer and curler provided. Heated towel rack. Window for ventilation. Adjacent laundry room with new washer and dryer. Note: There is a separate WC with toilet down the hall. Easy to use all three areas simultaneously.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Located in the back of the apartment on a calm courtyard
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Located in front: single lane of cars, bustling small shops.
  • Queen size Beds (2) Excellent, comfortable beds with quality linens: you will sleep well. There are queen beds in two separate bedrooms, at opposite ends of the flat, with zero sound communication between them due to the 19th c. stone walls and central stairwell.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
The bathroom has a split WC and bath, in separate rooms, so two couples or friends can easily share; Laundry room with washer and dryer, High-Speed Internet Connection and very fast wi-fi; Radio & CD Player, Full Oven and cooktop, Cooking Utensils, Linens, maps, books; no smoking; ample charm, picturesque views, popular bustling neighborhood loved by all.


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Elegant Apartment in the Marais, Ideal location, great gourmet food, art, shops
average rating of 4.9 based on 41 reviews

Great location and beds

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay. We place a high priority on beds and these were queen size and very comfortable. The location is fantastic with a wealth of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and grocery stores on our street. Thank goodness for the stairs, we walked off some of the fine pastries from Sucre! The location could not be beat, 2 blocks from the metro made returning home after walking all over Paris very easy.

The only downside comes along with the incredible upside. The street is a popular place on weekends and the clientele can get quite loud. The back bedroom was fine, as it faced an alley.

We very much appreciated how accommodating the hosts were with our early morning arrival.

We loved our stay and would return again.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the Adorable Apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is indeed adorable and is in a fabulous, lively location. We could have stayed in the Maurais all week, except we wanted to visit museums and locations in other parts of Paris. The area feels like true Paris and is very secure. The apartment has all of the necessities and plenty of room for us two women travelers. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, California

Loved it, again!

  • 5 of 5

My second time staying here was once again wonderful!! I feel like a true Parisienne staying here. There's everything you could possibly need right downstairs. I'll be staying here again & again♥️

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Parisian Charm!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this delightful apartment in Paris for 8 nights in June. It is spacious, charming and full of amenities. We appreciated the windows on both sides for cross breezes & ample fans as it was quite hot during our stay. The kitchen is fully stocked with appliances, dishware & tools and the bath has plenty of towels. The neighborhood is great, convenient to the metro & short walks to museums, monuments, the Seine. We had restaurants, cheese shops, liquor stores, grocery stores, gelato & bakeries within 2 blocks! We traveled with a group of 8 and rented 2 other apartments in the neighborhood. Everyone agreed that ours was the best! Thanks Ruby & Mary!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kim, for appreciating our "adorable apartment" as much as we do. Delighted to hear we won the sweepstakes--or rather, that you won. Come back again.
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  • 4 of 5

Cozy Apartment -- Great location -- Helpful owners and manager

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highland Park, Illinois 60035

Excellent Choice!!!

  • 5 of 5

We are two friends who stayed in the apartment for two weeks. It could not have been a better choice. The apartment is perfectly located in a wonderful neighborhood, filled with outdoor cafes, bakeries, restaurants, clothes stores, parks, museums and plenty of Parisian charm. It is near the Pompidou and Picasso museums, a short walk to the Seine, accessible to buses and trains, and close to many of the city’s numerous and well-known sights. The apartment has a well-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, comfortable beds, and lots of light. We were greeted personally on arrival and provided with a detailed guide to both the workings of the apartment and to the neighborhood, including restaurant recommendations, which were always excellent. And it was so great to have such a wonderful place to return to at the end of a full day out and about enjoying Paris.

Carole K and Ayrie M.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is such a pleasure to find guests like you who take full advantage of Paris and our beloved home-away-from-home. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Rambuteau Metro stop is 1.5 blocks away
Car: not necessary

This area is bursting with Cafes, Galleries, Museums, historic sites, shops of all kinds, and the kind of street life that you only dream about.

Our block is a gourmet paradise: there's a greengrocer, wine, chocolate, cheese, fish, a butcher, bakeries all just steps away.-- Parisians' favorite spot to shop for the best ingredients.

If you don't cook, don't worry, there are wonderful restaurants and traiteurs with prepared foods right on our street too; it's truly a foodie paradise

We're just steps from Les Archives Nationales and some of the best preserved buildings in all of Paris. The entire Marais is not only of historic interest but there is FABulous shopping. (I get all my clothes in the Marais during the sales!)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $600

We require half the payment to hold a booking, with the balance due eight weeks prior to occupancy.
All rentals are for a minumum of five days, though we prefer to rent by the week.
Those booking for one month or longer get significant reductions in fee.
All payments are accepted in US dollars.
Euros also possible: check for rate.
We can only refund a cancellation if someone else rents that time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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