Apartment of the Month: Marais Authentic

Now that autumn is in full swing and the shades of fall have taken over Paris, we were inspired by the comforts of home and that cozy feeling one desires after a walk in the brisk air, reminding us that winter is soon to come.

Courtyard Marais Authentic

The Marais Authentic, a 1-bedroom apartment, faces a peaceful cobblestone courtyard opposite of an ivy covered exterior, ensuring time for relaxation after a day of exploring the city. The 3 large windows flood the apartment with natural sunlight and combined with the quintessential courtyard view this quiet apartment will easily become your Parisian home away from home.  The cozy living area is the perfect place to plan the day or to unwind and features a fully-equipped open kitchen.

living areaThe bedroom features a plush bed for a comfortable nights sleep as well a large cupboard so one can fully unpack and hide away luggage.

Located on a quiet back street within the bustling city center, steps from the romantic Place des Vosges and the dreamy banks of the Seine, one is sure the have the perfect vacation.

Since this peaceful central apartment is featured as our monthly spotlight, we will be offering a special discount off the regular price for any booking made during the month of October 2015.  Do contact Katy, our bookings manager, (bookings@alacarteparis.com) to take advantage of this offer.

Have you stayed at the Marais Authentic before? Get the conversation started in the comments box below and let us know your thoughts or feedback.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Imad Koussa says:

    Marais Authentic Stay Nov 1 2017 till Nov 8 2017
    My wife and I, a mature couple, had mixed feeling about this apartment.
    On the positive side:
    1) Location: very close to the busy Rue Saint Antoine where you can find all shops that you might need during your stay: Restaurants, Clothing, Boulangeries, Fruit shops etc. It is within walking distance from many attractions (place des Vosges, Place Saint Michel, even Louvres (be prepared for some long distance walking though). You can easily catch a bus or Metro close by.
    2) the apartment is peaceful, cosy, adequately heated
    3) A lot of guides and reading material is provided
    4) A bottle of wine was waiting for us upon arrival
    5) Cutlery and Household stuff (Detergents, washing liquids etc..) have been adequately provided

    On the negative side
    1) The building of this apartment leaves much to desire. I did not like its general condition as it is not well kept. The spiral staircase is too narrow which makes going up and down sort of risky. Furthermore, a strange stench (humidity?) hits you when you start climbing the first time
    2) The sofa bed, that serves as the only seating armchair in the apartment is quite uncomfortable. You get a feeling that you are about to slide off at all times. We had to abandon it for the two chairs of the small dining table.
    3) For one week stay, the provided linen did not seem enough: one towel for each guest, no toiletries (Hair and Body shampoo)
    4) The space inside the flat is too restrictive
    5) The TV is too small (about 13″ screen) which makes it too difficult to view from a small distance. Eventually, we gave up on watching any TV.
    6) Cleanliness is acceptable but it can be better

    Unfortunately, the apartment video and photos on the site do not give a real feeling about the apartment. They convey a false sense of spaciousness and luxury. This is the first time we stay in Paris and I am unable to assess the Price/Quality ratio as I don’t know how it compares to other similar apartments. Nonetheless, I can’t help feeling that it was more or less overpriced.

  2. alcp says:

    Thank you for giving us your feedback on our Marais Authentic property and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the neighborhood and the Marais district of Paris. This apartment is ideally located in the historic Marais district of Paris, making it a great home-base in Paris when exploring the nearby sites! The river seine is nearby & there are various attractions nearby such as the Bastille square, Place des Vosges & the lovely St Paul area of Paris. We are really glad you enjoyed this location as it is one of our favorites.

    Regarding your feedback, we are sorry to hear that you found that there was an odor in the common area. As this is a part of the common area of the building, this is unfortunately out of our control however we will reach out to the building management regarding this. We do thank you for your feedback concerning the interior of the property and are surprised to hear that you felt the photos & video tour of the apartment did not provide an accurate representation of the property as we often receive positive feedback from our guests on these and they are never photo shopped. The owner has taken note of your comments & has since decided to upgrade the TV so our guests can enjoy a relaxing evening of TV as well as update a few other things in the property. Should you ever find yourself planning another visit to Paris, we would be more than happy to help you find the perfect home away from home for you.

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