Paris doesn’t have to lift a single finger to get people falling at its feet, singing its praises, or proclaiming their undying love for the French capital city. The city of light and love, famed for the iconic Eiffel Tower, captures imaginations just by being itself. The first step to living the true Parisian dream is to book a stay in a cosy apartment, perfect for daydreaming and elegantly sipping on French wine. Here are 5 alluring HomeAway and VRBO vacation rentals that will be sure to capture your heart:
Many people go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, but sometimes get put off by the huge crowds of tourists queuing to go up the tower or trying to get that perfect photo from the lawn around it. Located in Paris’s 16th Arrondissement (district), this apartment affords you great views of the iconic structure minus the crowds.
As you enter the building, the red carpet-lined staircase and wooden carved elevator framed in black greet you like a courteous doorman, gracefully beckoning you in.
Exiting the lift on the 6th floor, turn your key in the knob and enter the apartment, elegantly furnished, with the decor invoking an old-world charm in a chic setting. A cream-coloured sofa, richly patterned rugs covering the dark wood floors, and vivid paintings adorning the walls, this is your lovely Parisian home for the next few days.
Without a doubt, you will unconsciously be drawn to the glass windows. The most magnificent vision lies outside: a jumble of rooftops accentuating the Eiffel Tower rising tall in the distance.
This might just be the best spot to conduct a glamorous photoshoot with the Eiffel Tower. You can easily take a photo like the one above without any pesky unaware tourists photobombing your shot.
The bedroom is charming with flowery wallpaper bedecking the walls and glass-encased shelves displaying red and gold book spines. You are bound to have lovely romantic dreams while nestled in the smooth white sheets here.
As you have probably noticed by now, the apartment has been thoughtfully designed to create a harmonious Parisian theme. If this inspired you to incorporate a Parisian theme in your own home, here are some key highlights: - White walls maximise the amount of light in Parisian homes that are known to be quite dark. - Richly patterned rugs muffle sounds on the wooden floor boards and give an accent of colour that contrasts against the white walls. - The paintings provide interesting focal points throughout the home and instill a sense of timeless class in the apartment.
Classic elegance with view of the Eiffel
Neighbourhood: 16th Arrondissement
Price: From 335 USD per night
Number of Guests: 2
Have you ever dreamed of leaving your hectic urban life and drifting off to a trouble-free nowhere in a floating house? Well, this family house boat, moored on the banks of the River Seine, will fulfill some of that dream (with no drifting off into the horizon!). It even comes with a heating system to ensure the boat is toasty and warm throughout the winter.
This 250-square-metre (2,691-square-foot) fully-furnished and equipped house boat is an exclusive peaceful getaway. It can be reached by a small jetty.
Be greeted by the gentle rays of sunlight streaming in the full-length glass bay windows in the morning as the waves gently lap against the bottom of them. Prepare and serve breakfast on the bright red island counter in the kitchen, which adds a pop of colour to the room, or on the dining table to soak in the sun’s rays.
The kitchen is a chef’s dream, well equipped with all the amenities you could ever need, including an oven, a steam oven, a Kenwood Cooking Chef food mixer, a wine cellar, a microwave, and even a dishwasher.
Alternatively, if the weather is fine, step outside and enjoy your breakfast on the outdoor patio in the company of the ducks out for a morning swim. The terrace is also perfect for basking in the afternoon sun on the lounge chairs, or chilling with drinks in the evening as the sun sets.
Look, but don’t touch! The waters of the River Seine are not fit for swimming in, so think twice before you dip your toes in.
While this could be a romantic choice of accommodation for a couple, the house boat is also ideal for those on a family vacation. Descending down the steps, the quirky and vibrant games room will provide entertainment 24-7 for children and the young at heart!
Try not to bring the house down if you try your hand at rocking some beats on the drum set!
The 3 children’s rooms on the house boat are colourful and fun, each with a single bed. The elegant master bedroom suite comes with a luxurious king-sized bed and a spa bathroom.
When the children have gone to bed, enjoy a relaxing candlelit bath in the open-concept bathtub.
House Boat in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine
Price: From 362 USD per night
Number of Guests: 5
You can almost see glimpses of the life of a Parisian writer working late into the night on a manuscript, looking out the window for inspiration, or making a pot of strong coffee in the kitchen. Elegant tradition meets chic modernity in this aptly named “Writer’s apartment”, located in the heart of the historic Montmartre district.
This picture is bound to make you fall in love at first sight with the apartment. Shades of browns, golds, and reds stand out against the pale blue-grey colour of the walls. The neatly lined up books on the shelves and the mantel tempt you into selecting one of them, nestling onto the comfy couch, and diving nose-first into the worlds it contains.
A writing desk stands patiently in the space between the living and dining rooms, as if waiting expectantly for paper and pen to rest on its wooden frame once again. You might just be inspired to write your own novel while staying here in Paris!
The modern-looking and well-equipped kitchen somehow manages to blend in seamlessly with the relatively traditionally-styled dining table set. A hob, oven, microwave, and refrigerator make cooking up a treat easy. A dishwasher makes cleaning up afterwards less of an ordeal, and there’s also a washer / dryer for total convenience.
Who doesn’t love to take a shower in a beautiful bathroom? The bathroom features a wide sink and a black-stone walk-in shower area complemented by the bright blue walls and gold-framed mirror.
Books can even be found in the toilets! It’s a good way to relieve yourself of boredom when the going gets tough!
After a day of visiting the attractions of Paris and exploring the charming streets of Montmartre, you’ll be glad to come home to a comfortable bed. One of the two bedrooms is spacious with a double-sized bed and a decorative fireplace. The other room, which is slightly smaller, is simply furnished and also has a double bed.
Writer's apartment in Montmartre
Price: From 244 USD per night
Number of Guests: 4
Nearest Metro Station: Abbesses
Two blocks from the Eiffel Tower, this gorgeous light-filled apartment looks like it was cut out from a pages of a glossy magazine or snipped from Tumblr or Pinterest.
This apartment seems to radiate light and peacefulness, with wooden furnishings and pure white walls. Don’t you just feel like putting on some music, sinking into that plush armchair, and being a couch potato for a bit?
Throw open the glass doors and step out into the open. A highlight of the apartment is the spacious outdoor terrace where you can enjoy the evening air over a drink or two.
Although hopefully you won’t ever have to do work while on holiday, a writing desk is available should you need it.
The dining area, kitchen, and bedrooms are located up a short flight of steps from the living room.
The open-concept kitchen comes fully equipped with a bar counter on which to have a morning cup of coffee or to inspect the cook’s handiwork.
The bedroom is spacious and bright, with large windows and a pale colour scheme. There’s plenty of room to put your suitcases and it even comes with a walk-in closet!
The separate bathroom and toilet are simple but charming. Toiletries are provided and you also have use of the washing machine to do your laundry.
Peacefulness and Serenity Eiffel Tower
Neighbourhood: 15th Arrondissement
Price: From 260 USD per night
Number of Guests: 4
This homely apartment for 2 is located on Ile Saint Louis, one of 2 natural islands in the Seine River. A peaceful neighbourhood right in the heart of Paris, you’ll have a taste of local Parisian life while still being in close proximity of many attractions. The apartment is a 5-minute walk from Notre Dame and it is easy to walk to other popular attractions too, such as the Picasso Museum and the Louvre.
The walls in this apartment are not the usual white, as commonly found in other properties, but have instead been stripped down to reveal the natural brown stone. This imbibes the apartment with a rustic yet charming vibe.
Kitchen by day, bar by night. You’re sure to love the versatility of the counter, and it would certainly be a lovely spot to enjoy some French wine over deep conversation late into the night.
The vintage SMEG fridge that comes with a freezer is a nice touch that adds character to the apartment.
Recline on the comfy sofa and watch some French TV, or pop a movie into the DVD player for a chilled out movie night.
What’s even better than watching a movie on the sofa? Being able to stretch out on a bed, of course! Making the most out of the cosy space, the sofa is easily converted to a comfortable bed whenever you need it.
Being on the ground floor means that there are no stairs to climb. No lugging of suitcases up flights of stairs, as is common in buildings that do not have lifts. Right outside, the door leads you to a lovely courtyard filled with flowers and plants, where you can relax under the warm Parisian sunshine over a cup of hot chocolate and a pastry.
Charming Studio In Ile Saint Louis
Neighourhood: 4th Arrondissement, Pompidou Le Marais Studio
Price: From 103 USD per night
Number of Guests: 2
Sleep well in captivating Paris
Has your heart been taken by the delightful HomeAway and VRBO apartments in this article? Paris will sweep you off your feet, while these homes away from home will be restful and attractive places to sleep.
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