If you're considering visiting Paris next year, don't book into a hotel – although there are some truly lovely ones around, such as Le Senat and the Pantheon. Try renting an apartment instead. An apartment gives you a) more flexibility, because it will usually have a kitchen (great for preparing your own breakfasts and dinners), b) more privacy (no maids coming in at 11AM to tidy the room), and c) a more intimate sense of Paris. You really feel like a local when you're walking through a classic Parisian courtyard and then up an ornate Parisian stairwell to your own front door.
Here is a small selection of some fabulous apartments I've found over the years.
The Brad and Angelina ApartmentOnce rented by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Pitt-Jolie family, this glamorous penthouse, 'Brochet', is located on the Boulevard de Grenelle and is available to rent through parisluxeapt.com Love the view from the bathroom! (Images courtesy parisluxeapt.com)
The Quintessential Parisian Apartment
This apartment, 'Voltaire', has everything you've ever dreamed of, right down to the elegant Parisian furniture and the silk taffeta drapes. Available through Chez Vous Paris Apartments - chezvous.com (Images courtesy of Chez Vous)
Another Classic Parisian Pied-a-Terre
This one, 'Sortilège', is also from the Chez Vous Paris Apartment group (www.chezvous.com). Their vacation rentals are some of the most stylish in the city.