Yes, Paris is a dream destination.
Every year, more than 32 million tourists flock to the French capital. They come from far afield. And for most, it’s the trip of a lifetime.
Paris inspires. It’s legendary. People from all around the globe invest great and passionate meaning in it. It’s the City of Light, the most romantic city in the world.
For the discerning traveler, it’s divine. Refined living is its renown. You can enjoy fine wine, exquisite gastronomy, stunning design, legendary art and sublime fashion. And of course, it’s a temple of style and elegance.
With this dreamscape, there’s a risk our expectations are too high! Will Paris live up to our hopes?
Well, we believe it will. What’s more, by making good pre-arrival decisions, it’ll even surpass your expectations. And one of the most important decisions you should make concerns where to stay.
In Paris, making the right choice about where to stay is paramount. It will guarantee your Parisian experience reaches into the happiness stratosphere.
So, to help you make a great choice, we’ve got two top tips for you.
Let’s start with your pick of the best neighborhood to stay in Paris.
The Best Area to Stay in Paris
Now Paris is a wonderful city. But it’s true, like all big cities, some areas are better than others.
Without a doubt, the center of Paris is a must. It’s the city’s historical epicenter. It’s home to the major landmarks and attractions. And you’ll want to be within close striking distance. Best to invest your time in Paris soaking up the riches rather than struggling to get around.
The center also offers the most traditional and authentic Parisian lifestyles.
The only trouble is, the center is busy.
Remember, there are millions upon millions of tourists passing through every year. Plus, 2 million local residents and countless millions more from the suburbs flow around the city each day.
The Essential Criteria of Peace, Relaxation and Authenticity
With it’s narrow streets and busy avenues, finding somewhere to retire to that is quiet and relaxing can be a challenge.
Let’s face it, traveling is tiring. Fun and enlightening as it is, we always want somewhere homely and calming to retreat to after the day’s excitement.
So what to do? How can the discerning traveler experience an authentic Parisian stay in the center of Paris? How can you live in comfort and elegance while also relaxing in peace and calm?
Thankfully, there is an oasis. There is one golden spot tucked away from the hubbub of the big city. That choice spot is our favorite – Ile Saint Louis.
The Parisian Oasis – Ile Saint Louis
Ile Saint Louis is the ideal location for your next vacation. It’s definitely in the center of Paris. In fact, it couldn’t be more so.
Winding its timeless way through France, the river Seine has forged two unique island treasures. One of those treasures is the delightful and picturesque Ile Saint Louis. It sits majestically in the heart of the city, nestled between the famous Right and Left Banks.
Between the Modern City and Village Atmosphere
Ile Saint Louis gives you the perfect balance. It allows you to live between the busy modern city and the calm of its traditional village-like atmosphere. The flowing water of the River Seine is its mote. The Island is like a fortress of peace. Its calm and timeless historicity are uniquely Parisian.
At the same time, it’s within easy reach of the city’s varied landmarks and attractions. In just a few minutes you can take an easy walk to the 6th arrondissement, Saint Michel and the Latin Quarter. Or take a stroll around the Ile de la Cité and explore Notre Dam. A little further is Saint Germain or rue de Rivoli, the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and Place de la Concorde.
A Relaxing Haven, An Inspiring Treasure
The Island has no large businesses and few cars venture there. It’s local residents are some of the most wealthy and traditional. This all translates into peace and quiet. It’s the perfect retreat. Return home for deep rest after a day of site-seeing. Come home to rest after shopping or some other wonderful Parisian experience.
It also boasts an incredible heritage. Walk anywhere and you’ll see some of Paris’ most beautiful views. Also see the plaques announcing the distinguished residents that once inhabited the island. One of our favorites is at 19 quay de Bourbon. Camille Claudel lived here between 1899 and 1913. She was an accomplished sculptress. She was also the onetime inspiration, confidante and lover to Auguste Rodin.
A Prime Location
The Ile Saint Louis is a privileged location. It’s rich in architecture. It keeps almost intact the rich imprint of the late French Renaissance.
Take a pleasant stroll around the poplar-shaded quays. Enjoy the sensation of walking on the smooth cobble-stoned paths. Admire the noble facades that border it.
And when you’re ready, slip into one of the many boutiques, cafés or restaurants to find your indulgence. There are also many quality art galleries to explore.
It’s enchanting! Delightful for a romantic visit. Intriguing for anyone impassioned by the history of Paris, its elegance and style.
Perfect for a Parisian experience!
Now all you need is somewhere comfortable, refined and authentic to call your Ile Saint Louis home.
Top Choice for Accommodation on Ile Saint Louis
Now, there is one little challenge. Ile Saint Louis is quite small. Accommodation choices for the luxury traveler are quite limited.
But never fear. This is a positive thing for you.
Most tourists will think about finding a hotel. That might be an option for you. But we think it’s the lesser of two options.
For the discerning traveler, we think the hotel option isn’t the best. For an authentic Parisian experience there’s a better choice. After all, you’ve come all this way to experience life in Paris, right?
You’re in Paris, After All
The difficulty we find with so many high-end hotels is standardization. Paris, like all major world cities, has not been immune to the spread of globalized design in hospitality. It’s true that Paris has an endless choice of hotels, from palaces to big-name chains. But the majority of these rooms seem no different in Paris than in New York, Dubai, or Hong Kong.
But this is Paris!
Experiencing what is unique and authentic about Paris can’t be best served by a standardized offer. We’re looking for something local. We want an authentically French experience. We’re seeking a uniquely Parisian lifestyle.
The other problem with hotels is that they are by nature “touristy”. You’re surrounded by passers-by. This blocks you from connecting with the local way. You can’t meet your Parisian neighbors. You’re excluded from making real contact with the uniqueness and nuances of Parisian life.
Your Authentic Parisian Lifestyle
It’s for these reasons that we always prefer, where possible, to opt for a holiday rental or guest apartment. You get greater variety, authenticity and flexibility with an apartment rental. You immerse yourself in spaces created and lived in by residents of Paris. Your neighbors are real Parisians, not tourists.
With your own apartment or studio, you get to decide whether you eat out or in. And this allows you to get even closer to the Parisian way. Imagine spending a few hours strolling the incredible markets and gourmet food stores. Then you return to your home to relax into a French cuisine adventure of your own.
You can even invite friends over. Or enjoy the flexibility of having the entire family stay. Also, it can be a more cost-effective option when holidaying with family or groups of friends.
But then, perhaps you’re thinking it would be too complicated. How are you going to find a rental apartment or vacation studio? How will you know the owner is reliable? Isn’t it just easier and safer to book with a hotel?
Well, sometimes it can be. But it’s most definitely not if you act upon our next tip.
Exceptional Guest Apartments for the Luxury Traveler
Meet Christophe and Philippe of Guest Apartment Paris.
They’re two lifelong Parisians based on Ile Saint Louis. There they share with international guests their passion for exceptional hospitality.
Christophe and Philippe manage an exclusive service offering exceptional short term studio and apartment rentals. They have years of experience in high-end real estate and luxury holiday accommodation services. Comfort, security, style and elegance are their profession.
What they give you is a perfect opportunity to visit Paris in a unique way. They offer the best in short term holiday accommodation. Their properties are all authentically Parisian in style. They’re the quintessential expression of French refinement and elegance.
What’s more, they specialize in providing the highest level of personalized service. They ensure you find the property that suits your exacting needs. You also benefit with an impeccable range of in-house services. The whole experience is one of pure excellence.
A Wide Selection of Amazing Parisian Apartments, Studios and Town Houses (H3)
Christophe and Philippe have developed an amazing portfolio of fully furnished properties. All are available for short term vacations, starting from a simple 5 night stay.
The exclusive properties are in the heart of Paris. Most are on the enchantingly perfect Ile Saint Louis. If you prefer, you can choose a property in Le Marais, Place de Vosges, Louvre, amongst other areas in Paris. These are also ideal locations for your holiday. There’s even a Manor Home available in Normandy.
The properties are in stunning buildings that preserve their traditional French architectural styles. Each has been carefully adapted to the best standards of modern Parisian lifestyles.
Your Key to Paris Elegance
Charm and authenticity of character are paramount in the selection process. Each apartment has its own identity and has been individually decorated in a warm and inviting style. They guarantee the utmost in comfort, security, and privacy.
You can choose the size of property that best suits your needs. The selection is wide, including small studios and 1 to 4 bedroom apartments. Choose something more spacious, like a large studio or 5 bedroom apartment.
Each property is in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Some offer delightful courtyard gardens. Others look out over panoramic views of the Seine River and Central Paris monuments. And you can select the style of your apartment. There’s plenty of diversity, from classical to modern styles.
Personalized concierge services are available for every guest. And each property comes with the best amenities and welcome services. You can see the Guest Apartment Paris Services List. If you’d like to relax in total luxury, choose the full in-house housekeeping service.
You’ll also not be short of local suggestions of what to see and do. The entire team at Guest Apartment are Parisians themselves. They’re passionate about sharing their insights into what makes the city tick. Hear from them about what’s the best restaurant, café, show or other attraction. Get the insider tips and notes on what Parisians themselves consider to be the “in” places to go.
What we love the most about Guest Apartment Paris is the stunning views you can get. Imagine enjoying a late brunch in the sun, looking out across the Seine from your own private balcony. Enjoy a dinner, looking out over the rooftops as the sun sets, taking in the remarkable flying buttresses of Notre Dame. Recline in a deck chair with a flute of French Champagne while looking out over the rooftops of the city.
For sure, it’s a dream.
But what do you expect? This is Paris!