Authored by Amy Donoghue
Paris is one of the world’s most iconic destinations, inspiring travel fantasies and capturing hearts and imaginations all over the world. ‘The wrought-iron spire of the Eiffel Tower piercing the clouds, the broad Arc de Triomphe guarding Paris’ most glamorous avenue’; it’s travel porn at it’s finest.
Some people fantasize about sharing a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, others about stylish shopping, and lamplit bridges spanning the Seine. But my fantasies have always been about immersing myself into every day life. To wake up in a Parisian apartment, and skip downstairs to the market to eat my bodyweight in French pastry.
I’ve always dreamed I would spend the day exploring, and then drag myself back to my neighborhood, smiling at other locals in passing. ‘Because tourists don’t stay here darling‘.
I care about the iconic attractions, of course, but with so many highlights it can be a challenge to experience the city like a local would. And with 20 million odd travelers who visit the city every year, I wanted a more authentic experience than your average tourist would.
Short of moving to France (tempting), Cobblestone Paris offers that authentic experience even if you’re just visiting for a weekend; they rent impeccably furnished and conveniently located apartments which allow travelers to experience Paris the way a Parisian would.
How to Live Like a Parisian: Even if You’re Only Visiting For a Few Days
While Cobblestone Paris have a collection of 26 incredible apartments, on our short stay we called Le Triomphe Elysees our home. The apartment is located in a private residential building above a bustling street of cafe’s and incredible shopping. Inside, we fell in love with its sophistication and historic Parisian charm.
Elegant and classic, we walked into a 50 sq. meter one bedroom apartment, which instantly fulfilled my Paris fantasy. Recently renovated, though with original hardwood flooring, elegant chandeliers, and decorative moulding to highlight the historic elements of the gorgeous Hausmannian building from the late 1800s, it achieved the perfect balance of authentic architectural nuances while being appropriate for the modern day.
Just like the city itself, the grandeur of Le Triomphe Elysses is inspiring, but what we loved the most was its intimacy. The space was clean and inviting inclusive of a lounge/dining room, kitchen, bathroom (with a bath/shower combo) and a bedroom with small walk-in wardrobe.
The layout of the apartment is especially convenient for a group up to 4 guests, as the living area with a new high-quality sofa-bed can be closed off from the rest of the apartment, giving you the privacy and feel of a 2nd bedroom.
Facilities and Inclusions
Cobblestone have ensured that travelers have everything they need when staying in this stylish apartment. There is free wifi, and the living area features a flatscreen internet-enabled TV with cable featuring English stations (though you didn’t come to Paris to care about what’s going on in the world, so set it to some digital classical radio instead and sip some wine and nibble some fromage. That’s better!)
And then there’s the fully equip kitchen; a gourmets delight, featuring electric glass-top stove, oven, microwave, large full-size fridge, dishwasher, coffee maker, water kettle, toaster, food processor, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery & glassware.
Paris’ dining is iconic, and France has a reputation for its cuisine, but eating out for every meal can get expensive, and having a kitchen at your disposal is a great way to cook up a storm with French ingredients. With some great bakeries, delis and grocery stores nearby, access to fresh, local produce is available every day.
The apartment also features a washing machine and dryer, which allows you to skip the hassle and lines of coin operated laundromats or the outrageous prices that many hotels offer for their services. With these simple luxuries of home, you genuinely feel as though you’re living like the locals do.
Le Triomphe Elysees is in a great location, only a short 10 minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe. Or, if shopping is more to your liking you can walk down Avenue des Champs Elysées where you’ll find the world’s biggest brands.
The Eiffel Tower, a must see for anyone in Paris, is only a 30 minute walk, or a short metro ride. Whilst in the area, you can board a boat and cruise down the Seine river which offers a great new perspective on the charm and history of Paris architecture. Or jump on a dinner cruise and experience the city of lights whilst enjoying some great food and wine.
These cruises can be booked through Cobblestone too along with a range of other additional tours and services. The neighborhood is part of the exclusive Champs Elysees area (on the border of the 8th/17th arrondissement), in the most elegant part of Paris.
The Cobblestone Experience
The Cobblestone experience is all about living like a real Parisian, and owners Ryan and Jennifer go out of their way to make that happen, regardless of the length of your stay.
Right from the point of booking, the Cobblestone team were responsive and supportive, putting our minds at ease. On arrival in Paris, we met our greeter David at a café underneath the apartment. We were shown around the apartment and shown how everything worked, and he ensured all of our questions were answered before leaving us to our stay. He was even able to give us some local tips for where to eat and how to get around Paris.
The English speaking staff are friendly and make the process from start to finish stress free and enjoyable. They were proactive and responsive in a way which you’re told not to expect from service in Paris.
So if you are looking for a home away from home in the city of love, Cobblestone Paris Rentals has an apartment to suit your travel fantasy. Visit http://cobblestoneparis.com/
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