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'Stylish Architect's Apartment'-Marais/Bastille

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Roquette Apartment Rental Photos and Description

This meticulously-maintained, stylish, architect-owned apartment puts you right where you want to be at the junction of two famous historical districts--Le Marais and La Bastille--in the heart of romantic Paris!

The 34 sq. meter (375 sq. ft.) second-floor apartment (with full-size elevator) is handsomely-furnished and perfect for couples, individuals, or a couple of friends wanting a vibrant Paris holiday from a charming, quiet perspective.

The owners' complete floor-to-ceiling renovation included eliminating a dividing wall to fashion a bright and roomy open studio featuring a fully-equipped modern kitchen, solid oak flooring and ancient wooden beams. The modern remodel and 1790's original beams make a stunning combination!

The elegant modernist décor will delight the artist/decorator in you while the ancient bones of the building will satisfy your inner historian. Renters report that the handsome, spacious, light-infused pied-à-terre delights them in every way, especially as they fall asleep beneath centuries-old beams--10 feet above--from the comfort of an extra-firm modern queen bed.

You will be a resident of a private cobblestone pedestrian-only passageway suffused with history and exceptional charm, even by Paris standards.

The wisteria-adorned sanctuary--gated nightly to insure tranquility--is steps from the bustle of the city, the Bastille Opera, world-class restaurants, hot new bistros, sidewalk cafés, the Musée Picasso, the Musée Carnavalet and the biggest roving open-air food market in Paris! (So, will you use your gourmet kitchen for microwaving specialties from the food emporia surrounding you, or for preparing from-scratch meals from the fabulous outdoor market?)

A Foodie Fantasy: Many widely-lauded new eateries are nearby. A few examples are: Septime (and its new wine bar), Bones, Au Passage, le Vieux Chene, Paris/Hanoi, Café des Musées, le Verre Volé, Bistrot Paul Bert, Le '6' Paul Bert, Pierre Sang at Oberkampf and la Cave de l'Insolite. Then there are famous old standbys, also minutes away, such as Bofinger and l'Ambroisie. In March, 2013, the most famous three-star chef, Alain Ducasse, opened his first and only chocolate 'factory' and boutique, one minute from our apartment on rue de la Roquette!

A major Métro and bus hub are also a minute away, so getting anywhere in Paris is as easy as un, deux, trois!

We are happy to welcome you to the delights of our neighborhood and to our beautiful Perfect Paris Rental.

Our First-Class Amenities and Features Include:

• NON-SMOKING apartment and building

• Central location: a minute from the Métro, major bus lines, and taxi stands; five minutes from Place des Vosges

• Completely customized architect-owned apt. in the heart of Paris on one of its most charming private passages

• FULL-size 6-person modern ELEVATOR, (a Paris rarity!)

• Welcome Orientation by Apartment Manager

• Chef's Kitchen, fully equipped

• Full-size Dishwasher

• Full-size Oven

• Full-size Refrigerator/Freezer

• Washing Machine

• Hair Dryer, Iron

• 10' high ceilings with ancient exposed beams

• Queen-size FIRM Bed

• Single FIRM Bed

• Walk-in shower and heated towel rack

• Down Comforters, 100% cotton sheets and towels, hypoallergenic pillows

• Classic Eames Chairs, Marcel Breuer Coffee Table, Philippe Starck lamp

• Tolomeo Reading Lamps

• Custom-design Oak Dining Table

• Original contemporary art

• FREE phone and answering service including local and international calls to most countries (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, NZ, Germany, etc.)

• High-Speed internet (ethernet and Wi-Fi)

• Flat-screen TV with many English-language channels

• Detailed custom 'How To' guide to living in the apartment

• Shelves of guidebooks, maps, Paris-based literature

• Personal Tips on shopping, restaurants, getting around

• Manager-facilitated departure

There are no extra charges: utilities, cableTV, internet, long-distance calls, taxes, etc. are included.

Discounts available for stays of more than 2 weeks.

We offer all the ingredients for a first class Paris stay. Our tempting rental rates--perhaps the best quality for the price in Paris--insure a can't-miss recipe for your Perfect Paris Rental.

Please look at our web site for all details

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Melinda & Arnie
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016

About Melinda & Arnie

We spend 3 months a year in our gorgeous apartment maintaining it scrupulously for ourselves and for our guests. Arnie is an architect and Melinda (who has a background in graphic design) is a free-lance writer specializing in France. We completely designed and renovated the apartment for discriminating guests, like us. Our on-site manager helps you settle in and is always available. You won't be disappointed; it's better than the photos can show.

Melinda & Arnie purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Melinda & Arnie chose Paris Arr. 11 (Bastille)

We fell in love with the Cour Damoye by chance one day many years ago. We thought it was the most magical street in Paris. When an apartment came available we couldn't resist!

What makes this apartment unique

This is a gated cobblestone private street right in the heart of Paris!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We are in our 40's and this was our "2nd Honeymoon" in Paris. We spent the first one in Paris also but at a 5-star hotel. It cost us a fortune and although it was pretty elegant, it was cold and fussy and expensive. We wanted to try something different this time and we both think that we hit the jackpot!! We loved the amazing combination of old ceiling beams and modern kitchen and even two Tolomeo reading lamps. We're designers and we have those same classic lamps in our home! Our hearts were won right there. The amazing overall design is an award winner, the space has been so well used and so amazingly planned and it is filled with light. It is really really amazing. Then the little cobblestone alleyway is to die for, we thought we'd died and gone to heaven when we first saw it. The location, right there in the heart of Paris and next to an amazing food market every Sunday is very cool. Maybe we'll tell our friends about this find or can we keep this amazing secret place in Paris just for us? Melinda and arnie, we love your apartment!! We'll be back for many more honeymoons.
Aug 2012
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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'Stylish Architect's Apartment'-Marais/Bastille
average rating of 5.0 based on 179 reviews
Portland, Oregon, USA

Another Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

As our third stay in the Perfect Paris Rental in as many years, we feel a great sense of comfort having the opportunity to stay in a beautiful familiar apartment in a city we love. We relax there in a 'home away from home' setting.

We were again delighted by the lovely pedestrian only cobblestone street ideally located off the Bastille, close to the Metro, numerous restaurants and shops, and the nearby Thursdays and Sundays street market. The secure entry to the street at night and on weekends was reassuring, although we've had no security concerns during our multiple visits.

The interior of the apartment remains well cared for, with an elegant functionality. The owners are attentive to any needs and are genuinely interested in their renters' experience in the apartment and in Paris itself. The name remains appropriate, for it is indeed the "Perfect Paris Rental."

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Perfectly located and fully outfitted for us!

  • 5 of 5

Location, Location, Location is the watchword for Real Estate and that mantra certainly applies to staying in this lovely apartment on Cour Damoye. Firstly, it is located minutes from Place de la Bastille, its shops, restaurants, and Metro stop. Secondly, it is located on a small, pedestrians only gated 'lane'. We were met by the apartment manager who gave us a tour of the place, explained key points and introduced us to the comprehensive compilations of how to use the appliances, where to go to eat and countless other pieces of useful information. Being a couple, there was sufficient room for both of us to enjoy the space, do the laundry and dry the laundry on a clever fold-up rack, have our breakfasts and enjoy comfortable nights' sleeps, even when one of us had a cold and had to sleep in the second bed. Big windows allowed a light-filled apartment which was quiet at night. Of course, we were really pleased that we came into an immaculately clean apartment with enough supplies that rushing out to a store for additional supplies wasn't necessary. Furthermore, making use of the taxi service recommended by the apartment owner made our transfers from the airport to the apartment and from the apartment to the train station anxiety-free and most convenient. We would be pleased to use this apartment for a future visit to Paris.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't have asked for a better Paris experience.

  • 5 of 5

From my first email to Melinda inquiring about availability to the last I received after our trip sadly came to an end, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience in both the communication and arranging of our stay, and the apartment itself.

Melinda notified me several days before our arrival that the regular apartment manager would be out of town when we arrived, but not to worry as someone else would be there instead. When we arrived at the Cour Damoye gates Jérome was waiting to show us inside. He was very helpful in getting us settled in and offering to provide any assistance we may have needed throughout our stay since he lives close by. The elevator was a nice bonus simply for getting baggage in and out of the apartment. Melinda had also helped in arranging transportation to/from the airport. Taking public transit would be cheaper, and waiting for a cab at the airport taxi stand would probably also save a little money, but the comfort of having someone waiting for you right at baggage claim and who knows exactly where to take you when you arrive is worth the expense. Same goes for the return trip.

The apartment itself is lovely. Clean, comfortable, quiet, and just a great location. There’s a well connected Metro station right at the end of the street. It’s a short walk to the Marais neighborhood, Notre Dame, and the Gare de Lyon (for longer journeys should that make your schedule). And of course the Bastille neighborhood itself is packed with places to see, shop, eat, and drink. Definitely check out the Bastille market right around the corner (Thursday and Sunday mornings) if you get the chance. Even though we definitely took advantage of the Metro system on this time around, the city itself is very walkable and you can get to a lot of the major sights on foot should you desire.

We certainly could have gotten by without them, but even the little things like WiFi access and the library of books and guides that adorn the bookcase were a helpful added touch, not to mention the other amenities (phone, iron, kitchen, etc.).

Of course we were sad that our trip had to come to an end, but we couldn’t have asked for a better stay. I’m not sure when we’ll get the chance to come back, but when that time comes Melinda will be the first to know.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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7 visits and counting!

  • 5 of 5

> Title: 7 visits and counting

Why do we keep coming back? Location, amenities and support. This apartment is ideally located in the heart of a neighborhood full of cultural institutions, great shopping and outstanding restaurants. Whenever I read about a great new restaurant in Paris, it is usually located nearby. The apartment is so comfortable that we hesitate to leave, but of course, Paris beckons and we must answer the call.

This is a great place to return to after a day of exploring Paris. Located in the heart of the city, yet secluded in a gated cobblestone street. If you are looking for recommendations, look no further than the "Guide to Paris" provided by your hosts, or the shelves of guidebooks available for your use.

I am eternally grateful for the day that I discovered this place, because it keeps me coming back to Paris year after year.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Olympia, Washington

Gorgeous apartment near Marias/Bastille

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I loved our stay at Melinda and Arnie's lovely, comfortable, well-located apartment. Melinda has been wonderful to work with, starting from our booking to our return back home. Her responsive communication, thought to our comfort, and ready supply of travel materials made it seem like we had our own concierge. She even will hook you up with a recommended taxi from and to the airport. And in the end, when I left a jacket, she arranged to have it returned to me.

As you can read from other reviews, the apartment is clean, comfortable, light and airy. It's located in a perfect neighborhood in a wonderful building on a gated street... very secure and very Parisian. It has all the amenities you need, and is in walking distance from the best street markets in Paris with plenty of boulangeries, patisseries, and caves and other stores to keep you in baguettes, cheese and wine for your stay... not to mention the wonderful restaurants within walking distance.

Thanks, Melinda and Arnie, for sharing your apartment.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 13 year old daughter, and I stayed at Melinda and Arnie's studio apartment for 7 nights and our experience was perfect! The location on the charming Cour Damoye was ideal being a quiet gated passage, but also steps away from shopping, markets, metro, cafes, patisseries, and restaurants. Melinda was exceptional with all communication and arrangements prior, during, and after our stay.

I’m a very fussy person and I was delighted to find that the apartment was extremely comfortable, clean, and beautifully designed with thoughtful details throughout. The building has a spacious elevator, but it's only 2 flights up the wide and lovely old stairs. The beds and bedding were very comfortable and our room, bedding, and towels were cleaned half way through our stay! The atmosphere was bright and cheery making it a perfect place to relax and eat between our long treks through Paris. We referenced many of the books and maps, as well as the detailed information books created by Melinda, and my daughter enjoyed using the desk area to draw. Since we're futbol fans, we even used the TV to watch some futbol since we stayed during UEFA being held in France.

We LOVED our “home” on the pretty oasis Cour Damoye, Bastille, and of course Paris…

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Gare de Lyon
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Car: not necessary


Located in the heart of Paris, Cour Damoye spokes off the bustling hub of Place de la Bastille, linking both the Marais and Bastille neighborhoods. The cobblestone pedestrian-only passageway is movie-set perfect. (Each day tourists and Parisians alike discover and photograph the hidden Cour Damoye. Several movies have even been filmed in the famous passageway!) Our quiet secluded oasis is even gated nightly to maintain its privacy. Explore the stimulating Marais, take a ten-minute stroll to the Seine, Notre-Dame, or the Ile St.-Louis, or check out the program at the Opéra Bastille. All of Paris, plus world-class opera and dance are steps from your door. For those in the know, Cour Damoye is one of the most desirable locations in Paris


Enter Cour Damoye through the archway at 12 Place de la Bastille. The up-to-the-minute Bastille quartier transforms magically into the tranquil charm and intimate scale of turn-of-the-century Paris. The delightful architecture of wisteria-trimmed buildings, built from 1790to 1890, complements the secluded cobbled street, which belongs exclusively to its residents each evening.The perfect setting for a Parisian period piece, Cour Damoye, indeed, hosted many a movie crew prior to its 1999 restoration. Now, in addition to residential space, it hosts artists, architects, and galleries in ground-floor ateliers that a century ago housed craftsmen's workshops.


Beyond the tree-lined plaza outside Cour Damoye is the Bastille’s most imposing neighbor, L’Opéra Bastille. This cultural edifice, Europe’s largest and most frequented opera house, opened in 1989 to celebrate the bicentennial of the storming of the Bastille. It is both home to the Paris Opera and a preeminent destination for world-class ballet.Cour Damoye is at the edge of the 11th arrondissement, across one street from the 4th arrondissement, the famed Marais. On this very street—Boulevard Richard-Lenoir—a minute from your doorstep, you will discover Paris’s biggest and best roving street market! On Thursdays and Sundays, over 200 vendors proffer cheeses, prepared dishes, charcuterie, fruits, veggies, fresh fish: everything required to prepare a French feast chez vous in our modern kitchen.When you prefer dining out, cross Richard-Lenoir and order justly famous seafood at nearby Bofinger, Paris’s oldest brasserie. When only the best will do, spend the euros you’re saving staying in the studio on a 3-star meal at the renowned L’Ambroisie, one of only ten 3-star restaurants in Paris, and only a five-minute stroll away in Place des Vosges. Should the expensive menu dampen your appetite, console yourself on a bench in Paris’s most stunning square and count your own lucky stars. Innumerable renowned eateries—simple or elegant—are nearby. Cooking in or eating out: that is the question!


Befitting its status as one of the city’s major crossroads, Place de la Bastille abounds in handy transportation options. The Métro Bastille (served by three lines) and a 24-hour taxi rank are both just outside Cour Damoye. No fewer than eight bus lines also stop here. For instance, climb aboard the #87 and descend in front of the Eiffel Towel in about twenty minutes. Or get to most of Paris's other important destinations by metro, bus, or taxi conveniently in even less time.


Paris is made for strolling; the best way to discover its pleasures is with your feet. The river Seine and the Ile St-Louis are ten minutes down Boulevard Henri IV. Pass by way of Bertillon’s famed ice cream (at your own risk) then continue on to the magnificent landmark, Notre Dame. Keep walking and soon you’ll have to decide between getting an eyeful in the Louvre or lolling in the Tuileries gardens. When you’re tired, hop the métro and return chez vous in ten minutes.Two of Paris’s best museums are in the Marais ten minutes by foot from your door. The Musée Carnavelet beautifully presents the history of Paris, and the Musée Picasso houses the genius’s largest collection in the world. Ten minutes further along rue des Francs Bourgeois brings visitors to the high tech Centre Pompidou, among the most visited cultural attractions in Paris.


Rates & Availability

Roquette Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Low Season
Nov 7 2016 - Feb 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Feb 7 2017 - Nov 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Less than 7 night stays $135
Refundable damage deposit $500

From time to time, we are able to accommodate stays of 3, 4, 5, or 6 nights, at $210/night plus a $135 greeting and cleaning fee.
Our rental rates are all-inclusive for two guests. Please consult us for charges for a third guest.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Roquette Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Floor Area:
  • 34 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • The modern white-tiled bathroom features a large walk-in glass-enclosed shower, wall-hung WC and heated towel rack. Quality towels and ample lighting contribute to your comfort.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Studio - 1 queen
    Extra bed - 1 twin/ single
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We invite you to book your Paris stay in our stylish, completely renovated apartment. It’sthe perfect pied-à-terre, on one of the city's most delightful pedestrian passages, right in the heart of Paris! A stylish top-to-bottom renovation by the architect-owner features high ceilings with original exposed beams, a fully-equipped contemporary kitchen and a living area both sophisticated and comfortable. Three expansive double-glazedwindows bathe the studio in light. The 1790 building—“Les Philosophes'—one of the oldest in historically-noted Cour Damoye, boasts an uncommon Parisian luxury: a new full-sized elevator to whisk you and your Paris parcels to our handsome 2nd floor (3rd, American) pied-à-terre.

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