9 Chic Private Apartments to Rent in Paris
Embracing your inner Parisienne has never been easier.
I’m sprawled in a oversize soaking tub filled with glimmering pink bubbles, a chandelier overhead, as the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights illuminate through the window in front of me, sparkling off the red and orange fall leaves. I sip from my flute of Champagne, fully indulging in le bon vivre. The only problem: It’s temporary.
The grand bathtub, the spectacular views, the cheese in the fridge that’s illegal to bring back home to New York, the short walk to my favorite patisserie (Sadaharu Aoki) and proximity to the Seine will all disappear when I return the (heavy!) keys to my apartment rental, but for one more night it is mine, and I am feeling tres, tres Parisienne.
There may be no greater luxury in the world than declaring oneself a Parisian. But at least those of us who can’t reside in the City of Light can rent an apartment and adapt a faux French identity as we stock our fridges with produce from the open-air markets and start our morning on the terrace with espresso and a brown paper bag of viennoiserie from the boulangerie on the corner.
And while Paris is lush with opulent, envy-inducing hotels, eager to pamper and cater to guests’ every whim, swapping a hotel key for access to apartment offers a je ne sais quoi sense of belonging and home only attainable in intimate private quarters, unstaffed by bellhops and absent of room service.
Several boutique apartment rental companies have emerged in Paris in recent years, offering those with limited French language skills (moi!), extremely high accommodation standards (moi aussi!), and a craving for even more Paris-ness from their Paris stay, whether it be a weekend or five weeks, to indulge in what may be some of the most coveted real estate in Europe, if not the world.
And while some companies specialize specifically within the limits of Paris, other upscale short-term rental companies, like Oasis (which recently received a major investment from Hyatt and plans to integrate into the brand’s loyalty program in 2018) allow visitors to pick from a slew of unique Parisian properties without losing any of the comforts and conveniences of a hotel stay.
“Oasis provides travelers with a ‘home meets hotel’ experience, which means we offer the authenticity and privacy of home rental alongside the service and quality of a hotel,” explains Oasis founder Parker Stanberry. “Unlike other home rental companies which are primarily peer to peer rental platforms, we are a full service hospitality company — All properties have been personally vetted to ensure they’re of quality design, security and location.” Unlike, say, an Airbnb where hosts have at times proven to be unreliable, dishonest, or overbearing, Oasis completely removes the homeowner (often renting out their second or fifth investment or vacation property) from the rental process.
With Oasis, guests work with a hospitality team (rather than a home owner) to book a stay, and will receive hotel-grade amenities in each rental, including housekeeping services, Malin + Goetz toiletries and “Sidekicks” (a host-like concierge) to assist with the check-in process and help build an itinerary.
“An apartment is a much better option than a hotel in many ways, especially when traveling with your family,” says Madelyn Byrne, founder and owner of Paris Perfect, a company that evolved after she realized how popular her husband’s vacant apartment—with a view of the Eiffel Tower—was with family and friends visiting town. Beyond the obvious amenities available in apartments versus hotel rooms—more personal space, a full service kitchen, and perhaps a washing machine—the true essence of being Parisian can only be captured by, well, living like one. And if you’re the type of Parisian who prefers to be served by a private chef, embark on organized day trips outside the city, or be indulged with romantic surprises at home or around the arrondissements, Paris Perfect can arrange that too.
Perhaps Stanberry says it best: “Breakfast at a five-star hotel is great, but why not enjoy a fresh croissant from a local bakery while sitting on your private terrace in the Marais?” Been there, done that, hugely endorse it.
Ready to book a private apartment for your next Paris stay? Reserve one of these luxe accommodations: