Nestled on the Right Bank of the River Seine, Le Marais is a trendy Parisian neighbourhood with a fascinating Medieval past, making it a vibrant base from which to explore the city. Make the most out of your trip to Paris by staying in one of Le Marais’s coolest Airbnbs.
Le Marais is renowned for its rich history and architectural heritage, and this beautiful two-level apartment, which can comfortably welcome four guests, reflects the area’s unique charm. The living room boasts a gorgeous winding staircase and original Medieval walls, and the main room’s stone arches cultivate an acoustic soundscape that is well suited to musical soirées – parties are permitted until 2am. Guests can whip up a tasty treat in the bright-red retro kitchenette to keep the costs down, but the highlight is the private patio with its lush greenery and stone basin.
The Little Nest of the 4th is housed in a listed building that was constructed in the 16th century by Raoul de La Faye, secretary to the King of France, François I. The charming studio is tucked away on the sixth floor, overlooking a quiet courtyard and a meticulously tended garden. The enclosed design of the courtyard, with its hidden archways and secret alleys, offers some unexpected calm away from the city’s hustle; the apartment is just a stone’s throw from the major hub of Châtelet–Les Halles. Inside, the decoration is simple but practical, with modern cooking facilities. There’s just one bedroom here, so it’s best suited to solo travellers or couples.
Stepping into this spacious apartment, housed inside an 18th-century building, one is struck by the sleekness of its design. The Airbnb is decorated throughout in muted tones, and the furniture is modern and minimalist, a style that complements the remaining original features such as stone walls and beamed ceilings. The apartment can fit up to five guests. The fully equipped kitchen, which comes complete with all the expected home amenities, shares space with the living room (the sofa here can be converted into an extra bed) with widescreen TV.
For a reasonably priced yet homely Airbnb in Le Marais, consider this cosy apartment. With its high ceilings, traditional wooden beams and decorative treasure-chest-style coffee tables, the place has a real warmth, which is enhanced by plush throws and furnishings. A particular feature is the bathroom with its dazzling floor tiles and freestanding bathtub, complete with ornate feet. Although this is a one-bedroom apartment, there’s a sofa bed too, so up to four guests can stay.
This charming Airbnb is located up a winding wrought-iron staircase, on the fifth floor of a 17th-century listed building. It’s been newly renovated, and there are three modern bedrooms that can comfortably welcome up to nine guests, two with king beds and the others with singles, making it a great choice for families. There’s an antique charm to the solid-oak wood beams and terracotta floor tiles in the kitchen, and the downstairs living area is complete with a fireplace, piano, record collection and well-stocked library. The private, flower-filled terrace, which has lovely views across Paris’s rooftops, has a table and seating for enjoying a croissant and coffee à la française.
This quirky flat was once a sewing atelier and is now decorated throughout with Star Wars prints and memorabilia. The Airbnb’s four minimalist bedrooms, each of which boasts a widescreen TV, vouch to be more comfortable than the cabins of the Millennium Falcon itself, and there’s plenty of space for up to 13 people (children are welcome), making it a great option for families or groups of friends. The kitchen and communal spaces are stylish, and the long bistro-style counter is perfect for tucking into breakfast as a large group.
La Maison Marais, located on Rue de Montmorency near the Picasso Museum, is a spacious ground-floor townhouse with a private entrance. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a playroom that can be turned into a sixth bedroom; a fully equipped kitchen with a dining table that can seat 12 people; and a spacious living room. This Airbnb is ideal for large parties looking for a peaceful place to stay in Paris, as it looks out on a paved courtyard full of trees and flowers. The interior style is rustic with exposed stone walls, lanterns hanging over the main living area and even a stone shower in the bathroom.
Located between Montorgueil and Sentier, this jazzy apartment borrows its name from Marilyn Monroe. The walls are covered in glamorous black and white prints, with curtains and cushions flaunting a red as rich as the star’s lipstick. A spiral staircase leads from the open-plan ground floor (there’s a small but functional kitchen, with oven and microwave), to the bedrooms above, and a chandelier adds elegance to the dining area, while shiny metallic furniture brings a touch of stylish modernity. Between the two bedrooms and bathrooms, the open kitchen, living room and plenty of sofa beds, this spacious Airbnb can comfortably welcome 11 people.
While the Left Bank in Paris is associated with antiques and old-school art galleries, the Right Bank tends to attract a more modern style of artist. There are plenty of contemporary art galleries in the neighbourhood, and this Airbnb fits in perfectly with the creative scene. The walls in the kitchen of this artsy apartment are adorned with brightly coloured modern art, while the living area is decorated with black and white cityscapes and Robert Doisneau prints. This charming one-bedroom apartment is located on the second floor and welcomes couples, sleeping a maximum of two.