When I was last in Paris, I had the chance to stay in the most gorgeous Parisian apartment courtesy of Habitat Parisien. It was the kind of apartment that I dream of one day owning so I was pinching myself just staying in it for the short time that I did. As you enter the apartment, the most breathtaking view of Sacré Cœur greets you and standing on the balcony you almost feel close enough to touch the dome. It was the perfect place to rest our weary heads after long days of exploring. Waking up in the comfiest double bed with the Sacré Cœur peeping through the french windows bathed in a pink, sunlit hue was one of the most surreal moments of the trip. Come breakfast time we would stroll down Rue des Martyrs and pick up our morning croissants from Sébastien Guardard and a baguette from the local boulangerie which we would savour at the breakfast table. We would get out our map and plan the busy day ahead, reassured at the thought of our little abode awaiting us at the end of the day.
Just a few of the reasons I loved the apartment so much:-
The amenities: the apartment was fully equipped with all of the necessities which made our lives so much easier especially upon arrival. There is a landline and a television installed, which admittedly didn’t get used much but it was still great knowing that they were there. Chilled water in the fridge and travel sized samples in the bathroom made our stay feel more like a hotel.
The view: Perhaps the reason that I feel so deeply in love with this apartment. Having such an iconic monument constantly in sight makes you appreciate every minute of being in Paris.
The métro: The apartment was located a 2 minute walk from the métro which was not only extremely convenient but also very assuring when returning late at night.
The location: The location was superb, there are so many hotspots on the doorstep that we needn’t have ever left the neighbourhood. You can walk to KB cafe shop for your morning coffee run, Rose Bakery for brunch, Hotel Amour for the leafy terrace and the Musée de la Vie Romantique for a quiet escape. The fact that you can fill your days with endless activities all discovered by foot without the need for public transport is a godsend.
The atmosphere: Standing at the veranda and watching everybody stare in awe at the Sacré Cœur is a wonderful feeling. Seeing other people with smiles on their faces makes me inexplicably happy.
The buzz: Come nightfall the area comes to life. There are dozens of hip eateries, mixologist cocktail bars and night clubs which will keep you dancing into the early hours of the morning. The best part is that they are all located on your doorstep. For a night to remember head to l’Artisan for a bite to eat, Glass for a killer cocktail, followed by the tiki bar Dirty Dick and lastly Carmen where you can dance until dawn. Top the night off by watching the sunrise over the whole of Paris from the foot of the Sacré Cœur basilica. The best part: you can quite literally see your bed waiting for you a couple of strides away.
Habitat Parisien offer a wide selection of rental apartments to make your stay in Paris as memorable as possible. If you’re interested in staying in the beautiful Cœur Vue apartment or any of the others, feel free to take a look at their website.