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Our fully refurbished in 2012 apartment, is located on the 2nd floor (1st French floor) of a XVII th century building in Marais, a few steps away from the charming Place des Vosges. Fully equipped, this studio can sleep up to 2 persons.
The living room, overlooking the street, is equipped with a very comfortable (and easy-to-handle...) bed which can be adjusted as a queen size bed or two single beds depending on your needs. It is equipped with antic closet with glass “biseauté”. A splendid “coiffeuse' found at the flea market can be used as a desk when checking your emails or writing some postcards... or eating. Cable TV (with CNN International and BBC World among others) is also available in the living room. Free DSL Wi-Fi Internet is available as well as free calls to landlines in the US, UK and several other countries.
The flat is not air conditioned but there is an electric fan.
The apartment contains a fully equipped open kitchen and a shower room (the shower door is about 23 inches).
The kitchen has a built-in ventilation system. There is not a washing machine but a Laundromat is located just a block and a half away, but there is a small dishwasher (holds about 4 plates and glasses), microwave, 2 ring electric hob, fridge, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, iron, all dishes and cutlery.
There are linens, towels and hair dryer in the shower room.
You can find in the apartment a few books with practical and useful tip on the area and Paris.
The entire apartment has been newly remodelled in 2012 with careful attention to restore the apartment's original features while at the same time providing all modern amenities and conveniences.
The apartment is no smoking apartment!
The Marais was the nobility's favourite place of residence from the time that Henri IV built the Place des Vosges or Place Royale as it was known in the 17th century; the mansions they built now house museums such as the Carnavalet (on the history of Paris) , the Picasso Museum, the Victor Hugo museum to name but a few. It is also an area of choice for today's Parisians who roam the historic
mansions, their gardens and the streets full of both trendy and sophisticated shops that are open on Sundays.
There are 3 open-air food markets within 3 or 4 blocks of the apartment as well as a supermarket and also speciality shops a block away. The Metro and buses stop a block or two away and it is a short 2 block walk to the river and the Ile St Louis , another gem of 17th and 18th century architecture. The rue Saint Paul that links the two, is lined with antique and jewellery shops.
The restaurants serving the area range from the historic Alsatian Brasserie Bofinger ( 2 blocks away), next to the Bistrot du Dome (known for its fish); wine bars such as Ma Bourgogne on the Place des Vosges and the ultimate Ambroisie also on the Place des Vosges.
The great 19th century author, Victor Hugo, went to mass at the St Paul church down the street and Mozart also stayed in a mansion down the street on his first trip to Paris when he watched the wedding procession of King Louis XIV. But the Bastille Opera House built in the XXth century also close by, connects to modern day Paris and its charms.