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"La Petite Porcelaine" - Sunny 1 bedroom in the marais

Upper Marais apartment for three, very private
  • RentalAccommodation type
  • ApartmentRoom type
  • 3Normal sleeping capacity
  • 4Maximum sleeping capacity
  • 1Number of bedrooms
  • 1Number of beds
  • 27 m2 (291 ft2)Surface area
  • 2Floor level
  • NoElevator
  • 500€ (not charged)Security deposit
"La Petite Porcelaine" - Sunny 1 bedroom in the marais

This apartment was featured on HGTV’s House Hunters International with Adrian Leeds. The episode shows an aspiring American artist searching for a long-term apartment rental in Paris. She needs to choose between one that is full-furnished, one she can furnish and decorate herself, and a much-cheaper option further outside the city center.

Despite its small size, this apartment in the upper Marais has been recently transformed into a space by Interior Architect Martine di Mattéo that lacks nothing for a comfortable stay in Paris. Located on the second floor (without elevator) of a centuries-old building that is typical of the district, it’s on the top floor under a sloping roof with lots of windows facing three directions and lots of light, but complete privacy.

When you enter the “petite porte d’entrée,” you will immediately feel the charm, but elegance of a well-designed and fully equipped “aerie.” There is a double sofa bed flanked by two custom-built storage closets with shelving, hanging space and drawers. In-cabinet lighting highlights a collection of Asian inspired porcelain pottery with blue motifs. Blues and grays are the color scheme throughout the apartment providing a calm and relaxing ambiance.

Opposite the sofa bed is an entertainment center with a flat screen TV and DVD player within easy reach. Past the living room area is the eat-in kitchen with fold down dining table for two, which gives way to a very efficient kitchen. Complete with microwave, fridge with freezer, two-burner stove and all the appliances that you would expect, the kitchen will allow you to dine in when the feeling strikes you. All cookware, dishes, glassware and cutlery are provided.

Next to the kitchen is a powder room with sink and toilet. This room will come in handy at night for those sleeping on the sofa bed. This is the second toilet in the apartment, which is extremely unusual for an apartment of this size and was created purposely to accommodate guests in the living room.

Another “petite porte” leads to a windowed hallway that connects the bedroom and living room. The bedroom is romantically cozy with a queen-size bed that can be made as twins and a large window that overlooks the “petite courette.” Here there is another custom-built closet with drawers, shelving and hanging space. The bath is en suite and has a large bathtub with shower, toilet, sink and combination washer/dryer. (It should be noted that the ceiling over the tub area is low, but adequate for bathers under 6 feet tall.)

Whether you’re traveling with friends or kids, the hallway that connects the living room to the bedroom provides privacy between guests, too. A rarity in one-bedroom apartments in Paris. Kids can be tucked away in the bedroom while the parents enjoy a glass of wine on the couch. Or if you’re traveling with friends, early-risers can stay on the sofa bed and late-sleepers can take the bed(s).

Priced like a studio even though it’s a small one bedroom, this apartment is in a great location with easy Métro access -- just three blocks (six-minute walk) to the Pompidou Center and a 10-minute walk to the Hôtel de Ville and the restaurant-and-shop-lined of rue Vieille du Temple. Just a 15-minute walk across the bridge takes you to the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Included with the apartment is cable television, with over 100 channels, WiFi and free telephone with answering machine. Long-distance calls to land lines in over 100 countries are free. This extends to calls to cell phones in the US and Canada.

Special notes: this apartment has two slightly lower than standard-height doorways.
Four adults in this apartment is not recommended. It’s best suited for two adults and/or adults traveling with children. Please consult before booking more than two adults in this property.

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Métro: Arts et Métiers (#3, #11), Réaumur Sebastopol (#3, #4)
Buses: 20, 29, 38, 75

Amenities Specific to La Petite Porcelaine:

Digicode, intercom entry system
2nd floor, European (3rd floor American), no elevator
Entryway features floor-to-ceiling cupboards
Apartment is in the shape of an “H” with bright windows facing each other along the top center of the H. This brings a lot of natural light into the apartment but also provides privacy. - Windows overlook a small, private courtyard
Hardwood floors throughout
Bedroom is separated from the living room and kitchen by a hallway and door
Bedroom includes queen-size bed that can be made as twins, closet with drawers, radio alarm clock, and full bath with tub/shower, sink, toilet and washer/dryer combo unit.
Living room area includes flat screen T.V. with cable channels, including BBC World, Bloomberg, CNN International and France 24 English
Sofa easily converts to a comfortable double bed
Fold away dining table for 2 people
Refrigerator with freezer
Two-burner electric stovetop
Microwave oven
A complete array of kitchenware (all cooking utensils, dinner and tableware, serving pieces)
Electric coffee maker
Electric tea kettle
powder room with toilet and sink
Plenty of bed linens, hand, bath and kitchen towels
Hair dryer, iron, and ironing board
Radio alarm clock
DVD player
4 MP3 players loaded with French lessons that include how to meet and greet people in the street, how to order food, decipher a menu and more
Private telephone line with answering machine
Free long distance telephone service to 100 countries, including US and Canada
Free WiFi internet access
Books and guidebooks in English
Manual with instructions for equipment provided
Electricity, heat
Telephone and internet included
No pets allowed



kristina k

Tacoma, United States


I stayed in this apartment for two weeks on my recent visit to Paris for a girls getaway weekend. We could not have asked for a better location for our visit. Close to the Métro, several restaurants, supermarkets and shops close buy to obtain all your necessary provisions. The concierge, ...

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kristina k

Tacoma, United States


I stayed in this apartment for two weeks on my recent visit to Paris for a girl's getaway weekend. We could not have asked for a better location for our visit. Close to the Métro, several restaurants, supermarkets and shops close buy to obtain all your necessary provisions. Luz greeted ...

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Perfect little apartment in a perfect Parisian location- I booked this apartment for my two daughters (19&15) and I to have a week in Paris. It is a classic attic apartment. Yes it is small, but very warm, comfortable and well appointed. So handy to the metro, and all the ...

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Loved this apartment! My friend and I both brought our daughters for a mommy/daughter Paris trip so there were four of us in the apartment at all times. I expected us to be on top of each other but we weren’t. And even though we over packed, we still had ...

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We stayed in la Petite Porcelain for four nights while exploring Paris. There were 3 of us and we fit fine for the most part in the tiny apartment. Good points? Spotless, all the amenities we wanted including an awesome shower, good water pressure, spotless bathrooms and kitchen. Second bathroom ...

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Barbara B

Toronto, Canada


My husband and I stayed at this apt for 4 nights. The apt is beautifully decorated, quiet, spotless and in a great location. I have to say that we were very surprised at how small the apt was. We had another guest for 2 nights and it was definitely tight. ...

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Kristin .

Palm Beach, FL, United States


We stayed at La Petite Porcelain for 9 nights. It was our first time to Paris and we found the apartment to be perfect for our needs. It was impeccably clean and was very comfortable for two people. The surrounding neighborhood is lively, even late at night and we felt ...

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