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***Marais Bastille Apartment W/ Fab View on Whole Paris- 90sqm***

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, 2 toilets (Sleeps 6)

90 square meters, non-smoking, no-pets centrally heated and fully air-conditioned, immaculate.

The apartment building is situated half a block from the River Seine and there's a Vélib station right next to it. The Metro (Ligne 5) is exactly one stop away from Ligne 1 (which takes you through the Marais, the Louvre, the Rue de Rivoli, the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, etc.) and one stop away from Ligne 10 (which takes you to the 5th and Odéon and St. Germain des Près ... all the way to Boulogne). Plus Ligne 5 takes you directly to the Gare du Nord (and Gare de l'Est), as well as to the Place d'Italie, which is a great center for Chinese and Thai food. There are tons of cafés around.

The apartment

Overlooking the Seine and the Yachting Harbour of Paris or 'Port de l'Arsenal', where a number of diverse types of boats are moored, the 90 sqm two-bedroom apartment is a few steps from the historical Place de la Bastille where you find the Opera de Paris. Boulevard de la Bastille faces the nautical entrance to the Canal St-Martin and all the waterways that connect it to Paris and the Seine.

The 'Port de l'Arsenal' is a *marina* in the heart of the city, really charming in a Parisian way and a wonderful place to walk, jog, have a café, picnic: there's even a park for young children there. Enjoy a cruise on Canal Saint-Martin leaving at the foot of the apartment ! Another wonderful green space nearby is the 'Coulée Verte' above the Viaduc des Arts that was featured in a recent film starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.

The most central location in Paris

Within a short walking distance is the Royal Place des Vosges, the Marais, the Ile Saint Louis, the Picasso Museum, the Maison Rouge (latest modern art museum to open in Paris), art galleries, the “Rue de Lappe” and its many ethnic restaurants and pubs,

If you walk across the Austerlitz Bridge you find yourself directly in the 5th arrondissement with the Jardin des Plantes and its zoo (great fun for children), the Latin Quarter and its Open Air Sculpture museum.

When you arrive from Charles de Gaulle-Roissy airport, board RER B (regional fast train) stop at Gare du Nord. Hop onto line 10, in the direction of Place d'Italie for 8 stations; stop at Quai de la Râpée: the apartment is 25m away. It is also very close to 3 other metro lines and many bus routes taking you all over Paris. There are even direct buses from Roissy to Gare de Lyon!

You may want to go further afield to Versailles (via Gare d'Austerlitz), or Euro-Disney (via Gare de Lyon)! Ditto if you are using Paris as a base for exploring Europe, board a train from Gare de Lyon to go to the South of France, Italy, and Switzerland, from Gare du Nord (8 stations away) to go to Central London in exactly 2 hours.

A superb view is the plus of the functional and entirely refurbished apartment located on the 6th floor of a late 19th century building (elevator, interphone security, concierge, armored door). It is full of English-language books and videos: children are more than welcome. With two south-facing windows looking over the Paris Yachting Harbour, the river Seine, the Pantheon and two east-facing rear windows looking over the private garden and a row of 19th century buildings the apartment is light, sunny and extremely quiet. But the best about it is that at night you will enjoy the unforgettable view on sparkling Eiffel Tower every hour for 10 minutes on the hour.

Another plus: this building has a real garden out back, which is fairly rare in Paris.

The apartment has two large bedrooms with ample storage space, one with a kingsize bed, the other with two twin beds transformable into a kingsize. The sofa in the living room transforms into a kingsize bed (rare in Paris) with a wonderfully firm mattress. All the beds are new, extra-firm and of prime quality. Central heating and reversible air-conditioning in all rooms, linen provided, towels provided, glass ceramic cooktop, clothes dryer, dishwasher, freezer, fridge, microwave, oven, washing machine, seating for 6 people, dining room seating for 6 people, 1 full bathroom with large Italian shower and additional toilet, plus second separate toilet, audio tape player, CD, DVD player,VCR, radio, stereo system, flat screen TV set, video library for kids, lots of books in all sorts of languages, unlimited broadband internet access,wifi, garage (2 spaces), absolutely non smoking, pets not allowed, wheelchair inaccessible.

On a practical note, very close by there are ATMs, inexpensive restaurants, organic vegeterian restaurants, small supermarkets, including the farmers' markets on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays where fresh local produce can be bought.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2017

About Catherine

I work in higher education (university professor) and am also involved in teaching French to the refugees from war zones in Paris

I lost my husband in February 2012.

I have 28 year-old twin sons. Emmanuel is a cartoon animator working in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Jonathan is an IT engineer and the CTO of a new promising French start-up, Trusk.

Catherine purchased this apartment in 1984

Why Catherine chose 4th Pompidou Centre/Le Marais/Notre Dame

The apartment is located on the 6th floor (lift).

We ourselves live onsite on the fifth floor. So it is very easy to provide our guests with good service : it is very reassuring for them as well.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is uniquely central and enjoys a magnificent view over the whole of Paris. Dining in style with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance is much appreciated by all our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner


I wanted to let you know we are now back in the US and had a wonderful stay in Paris and at your apartment. The apartment was beautiful with wonderful views of Paris. You were very organized and all the information you left us was extremely helpful.

We will definitely recommend your apartment to friends and family wishing to visit Paris. Thanks for everything.

Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Arsenal in 4th arrondissement

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No smoking anywhere in this building not even on the balcony or in the garden. Smoking allowed in the street.
  • Absolutely no loud noise in this building whether day or night.
  • Elevator is compact and carries one person and one big suitcase at a time.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large Italian shower in the hall.
    Toilet - Toilet , A second toilet in the hall for your convenience.
  • One bathroom and two toilets.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , or two twins
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , or two twins
  • 2 Kingsize beds (180x200) or 4 twins (90x200) Brand new beds : the most comfortable extra-firm high-resilience foam beds you have ever slept in. Italian sofa-bed : a real Kingsize bed, not a couch! (180x200) 2 Baby Cribs / Cots,
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Shutters on all four windows. Pleasant skylights in both bathroom and kitchen. Maid service available on demand every morning. Iron and Ironing Board, vacuum cleaner. Coffee Maker,Expresso Machine


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***Marais Bastille Apartment W/ Fab View on Whole Paris- 90sqm***
average rating of 4.878788 based on 61 reviews

Wow! This is the place to stay in Paris

  • 5 of 5

This was our first overseas VRBO experience. We use it in the states often but never abroad. Catherine is a lovely and accommodating host and Jenny is always available to help. We loved this flat. It was roomy, quiet, and has a lovely view of the Siene and the Eiffel Tower. The location is wonderful for sight seeing and the metro is a few steps away. We wandered the city and returned each evening to our "home" with it's very comfortable beds. When we return to Paris we will definitely book again!! Thank youfor a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alan for the excellent review and for how quickly you wrote it after checking out! You are welcome to stay again any time !
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Great Location and apartment space!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location, the apartment space, the good directions, and recommendations. The view of the canal and the Sine River with the Eiffel Tower in the background was beautiful. It was hot a few afternoons so the air conditioning was a wonderful luxury. The washer/ dryer and dishwasher worked well and the beds were comfortable. Catherine and Jenny were very helpful and accommodating. I would definitely stay here again! Awesome!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So glad we chose to stay here

  • 5 of 5

Wife, two boys (14 and 12), and myself chose to stay here June 2017. We liked the photos, the location looked quiet, the apartment looked updated, it was large, and it had AC in the main room and both bedrooms. The pictures are exactly correct; there we NO hidden issues. Honesty is huge with me and this apartment looks just as it does in the photos.

Along the canal, it was as quiet as Paris can be (can't do much about all the police sirens!), but I loved opening the front windows and looking out on Paris. The view is fantastic - 6th floor looking at the Eiffel every night is very memorable. You can also open the large bedroom windows (in rear) and generate a wonderful breeze through the apartment. Excellent in mornings and evenings.

Modern shower, modern kitchen, comfortable beds, comfortable living room, an elevator from ground floor to your door on the 6th, and excellent security (front door to apartment is like a vault door). We are Texans, so the AC was important to us - we are just used to it when it comes to sleeping - and the units could freeze that place up. We slept great!

Location is excellent. Strolls along the canal were wonderful. Notre Dame was about 15 minutes away. For the other places, we used Metro. Never used it before, but figured it out and road it daily. There are multiple stations within a 10 minute walk which means we never needed to transfer trains - just go to the station with the direct line to your destination - even to Versailles.

Catherine and her assistant Jenny were wonderful. Check you in, set you up, make sure all is good, then leave you alone to enjoy your trip. We never needed anything from them, but I know they would help if I had asked.

We would not hesitate to stay here again. Thank you to Catherine and Jenny for being such excellent hosts. Everything was fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Brian, for the wonderful review ! It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. Kind regards. Catherine
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Decent place but had some issues and rude owner

  • 2 of 5

The location was very key for us as we wanted easy access to variety of different things. We booked this place specifically because it had an elevator and AC- two must haves when traveling with a baby and elderly parents. When we arrived, everything seemed great- housekeeper was very friendly and explained everything. However in our four nights there, two of the days, the elevator was not working intermittently during the day or evening. The first time, we kept ringing to get someone to assist- finally I trekked upstairs and got a guest from Catherine's unit to assist us. I do have to say, that Catherine was prompt in getting someone to the apartment to fix it however she wasn't there when the technician arrived so the work couldn't be completed- the techinician kept asking me for access codes which obviously I wouldn't have nor should be responsible for. We ended up having to hike up 6 flights of stairs. Because of this, we canceled our evening plans that day as I was not going to make my elderly father climb back down and up again after sight seeing all day. The next morning, the lift was back up and running- we thought great! We can do what we wanted to do yesterday today. Came back that day, again the elevator was broken! I repeatedly called Catherine, no response. Finally through text I got in touch- she said someone was coming out soon to fix it. I explained how inconvenient this was and how our one night has already been ruined. She sent back a rude response saying, she can't be held responsible for the elevators and we are lucky to have AC in the unit as she doesn't have AC in hers. I stopped communicating at that point as it seemed useless since she didn't want to take responsibility or even apologize for the issues. She and the housekeeper came the morning of check out and she never introduced herself, she never apologized for the issues. Instead she just stared at us like we were nuisances staying at her place, making comments about how we are going to miss our flight, making sure we didn't leave a mess, etc. It made everyone in the group uncomfortable. We wanted to leave on a good note and that didn't occur. All in all, I wouldn't rent here again- we had specific needs that couldn't be met. The unit is spacious but not ideal. Be careful of the washer- it ruined a few of our clothes. Also all the pots, pans, utensils were dirty or scratched. And the baby cot was broken on one side making it unsafe. There's better places in Paris

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My worst experience with American guests since 2003! I do not feel I should respond to what is said in this dishonest review but I am doing it for the information of future guests. This family arrived with 5 enormous suitcases (« not even my husband can carry them ») and did not respect the elevator rules that are clearly posted inside. The elevator broke down one first time, on a day when they were the only people in the building, this being a holiday and everybody away in the countryside. I immediately sent someone from maintenance who told me it was due to the weight in the elevator and that the elevator would stop as a security in case of overloading. Instead of that they kept going up and down the elevator with the stroller, blocking its doors and of course the elevator broke down a second time, a first in the building: we have never had issues with the elevator before. But they did not want to leave the stroller in the hallway of this bourgeois building because of the “bugs”: which bugs? The type that is suspicious of anything French. The experience was bad all along. Before they checked in I had to chase payments from the lady renter who claimed she did not have the Internet in Barcelona! She was bossy from the beginning, almost throwing out my housekeeper who was checking them in, because the baby was crying and she did not have time to hear the explanations. During the elevator incidents she harassed me with more text messages than I could read while I was sorting things out with the elevator technician, never apologizing for the trouble they were creating in the building due to their wrong use of the elevator. The day they checked out, as a show of good will, I went upstairs with my housekeeper to help out: I was concerned they were going to miss their plane as normally my guests leave three hours ahead of take-off and it was two hours before and they were still there. I have now read the interpretation she made of that! I will not comment on the baby bed, nor on the washing machine as they are ridiculous remarks: the baby bed is brand new, the apartment is equipped with state-of-the-art Siemens machines and of course my guests are responsible for choosing their washing programs.
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west des moines iowa

five stars

  • 5 of 5

Catherine, just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your very comfortable apartment. The beautiful view and proximity to the metro were an added bonus..thank you Bill and Susan

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much ! Hoping to meet you in the future !
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Vacanze a Parigi

  • 5 of 5

Canale e Senna

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie !
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Notre Dame Cathedral
"Of course !"
Place de la Bastille
"Lots of Brasseries and bistrots."
Place des Vosges
"Most beautiful square in Paris"
Musee Picasso
"Newly refurbished ! Fantastic!"
Canal St-Martin
Rue Mouffetard
"The place to be on Sunday mornings !"
Rue de Rivoli
"The long street will take you from Bastille to Concorde!"
La Conciergerie
"Beautiful at night !"
Institut du Monde Arabe
"Don't miss the permanent collections and the view from the top floor on Paris : Notre Dame a..."
Jardin des Plantes
"Just across the bridge from the apartment."
Tour d'Argent
"Most exclusive restaurant in town, with fantastic view as well !"
Promenade plantée
"Close by !"
Chez Janou
"A favourite of my American guests !"
Louvre Museum
Père-Lachaise Cemetery
Jardin des Plantes
"Just across the bridge from the apartment"
"Just across the bridge from the apartment."
"The latest discovery: raving reviews in American guidebooks and just a few meters from the a..."
twice-weekly peasant's market
Gentle Gourmet Café (Veggie)
"Love it !"
Cuisine italienne de terroir et Bio
supermarket carrefour
Bio C'Bon, organic grocery
"Closest organic grocery"
Monoprix Saint Paul
Nearest Airport
34 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
25 Metres
Nearest Train
700 Metres
Gare de Lyon
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
twice-weekly peasant's market
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
all restaurants
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

Many good restaurants and cafes on Ile Saint-Louis and around Bastille, theatres, opera, ballet, wine and cheese and grocery stores, fascinating walking areas (my favorite, along the Seine at 6am on Sundays when it is 'no cars allowed'.)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Arsenal, Paris

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
The Holiday season
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Aug 2024 - 15 Sep 2024
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £89.76
Refundable Damage Deposit £448.79

Prices are for the apartment in euros all included.
Extra maid service can be arranged. A 25% deposit is required on booking (Paypal, wire).
Balance payable via bank transfer (IBAN) or Paypal or cash on arrival.
There is a 1,000€ fully-refundable Paypal security deposit against damage. The deposit is returned, normally within two hours of check out, when the two sets of keys are handed back, provided you return the apartment in the same immaculate state as you received it.
Changeover day is any time but in July and August we prefer one week from Saturday to Saturday. We will accommodate other check-in dates where possible. Check-in is normally 1pm, but if we can, we try to accommodate guests arriving on overnight flights from North America. We always keep your luggage before you check in if the apartment is not ready; also on check out if you are on a late plane.
Check-out is normally 10am to help same-day changeover cleaning. Special arrangements are possible depending on other bookings.
Cancellation Policy - 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Also 100% refunded if I can rebook for the same period.
If you want to use the parking space add 25 euros per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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