Our Best Time in Paris!
Lopez II, August 2013
We are not newbies to Paris since my wife and I have stayed in hotels and in a couple of
expensive rental apartments. But this one, PerfectParisRental.com is an great example of
what the French call "un bon rapport qualité-prix." That means that you are getting an
excellent value for your money. The other apartments were costly but definitely lacking
something: good service, enough electric or natural light, a decent kitchen, a comfy bed, a
good location. On the other hand, this one is reasonably priced and lacks nothing at all.
The design is lovely and even surprising in its clever detail, the bed is comfy, the location
central, the kitchen perfect and natural light fills the apartment. Plus the lighting
fixtures selected by the designer are more than ample for food preparation and reading.
There are top-of-the-line Tolomeo reading lamps, no less! Then there is an elevator, what a
convenience! This apartment, in our opinion, is a rare find and an excellent quality/price
value ratio. The service by Melinda and her team is 5-star hotel exceptional. In our
opinion, you can't do better than to stay here.
Perfect apartment, Perfect Location
Henry S, October 2013
On our second visit to the Perfect Paris Rental, we again discovered interesting
neighborhood shops and restaurants but we were really torn this time as to whether we
wanted to eat all of our meals in restaurants or fix some at home. We love Bofinger and
Paris/Hanoi and Septime among many others, so it's hard not to eat out all the time. But
the outdoor market just outside the door is so completely tempting that we gave in and
had a couple of meals in the apartment. The kitchen is better than the one we have in our
apartment at home so it's it's great fun to use it. We really feel fortunate to have found
this place since it meets all of our requirements and then truly exceeds them. We had
hoped for a beautiful little home of our own for our Paris visits where we could feel like
true Parisians. This apartment is in such a charming passageway that we were tempted to
start going to real estate offices to see if there was another one like Perfect Paris Rental
for sale. What were we thinking? We don't need to buy our own, we can always rent this
one without any of the fuss and bother of redoing it to make it as Perfect. We'll just keep
coming back to our perfect little getaway in Paris as long as arnie and Melinda allow.
Thanks, both of you!
Perfect Place in Paris
Tonya, November 2013
For a "home base" during our stay there couldn't have been anything more perfect.
Absolutely the best place to stay to enjoy Paris. The apart met is within walking distance
to all the major attractions, and right by the Metro for the farther away ones. It is located
on a cobblestone street closed to traffic, a bit of the "old world" right by the new one.
The owners provided an instruction book for any questions on how things operate, and
another book with great recommendations for everything from restaurants to shopping.
High speed Internet access and land-line phone call back home were part of the package.
The apartment was the perfect size for the two of us, not cramped. All facilities were
ideal. There isn't anything at all negative to stay about this place. I am telling everyone
that if you want to go to Paris, this is the place to stay!
Robert H, November 2013
We loved our stay in this bright and modern studio. A sense of peace descended on us
whenever we entered the quiet, pedestrian lane where it is located, a few steps from the
ultra-convenient Bastille Metro stop. Service from the owner, the manager, the cleaners
and even the optional airport driver service was top notch. Food shopping and restaurants
were close by.
Forget Hotels in Paris
J., October 2013
Before we get to the apartment, let's talk about Melinda. From the moment I expressed
interest in the apartment, she was an absolute pleasure. She is very organized, has great
local recommendations and is totally committed to making your entire experience as good
as it can be. In addition, she is always looking to improve and learn what her guests need
and it shows.
This was my first trip to Europe, and, accordingly, Paris. We had no interest in seeing a
bunch of american tourists. We wanted a truly local, authentic, comfortable and cost
effective alternative. Melinda and arnie's apartment fit the bill perfectly.
Everything was organized down to the smallest detail. Once we arrived in the Bastille and
the very cool Cour Damoye, we went upstairs to the apartment and it was perfect. The
longer we were in the space, the more attention to detail we noticed. Every need we had
for our 10 day stay was anticipated.
It has a great little kitchen with everything you need to cook (if you are inclined).
Alternatively, you can dive into your salamis, cheeses, baguettes, etc. from the outdoor
market (30 seconds from our front door on Sundays and Thursdays). Buy everything you
can carry! Also, make La Tradition du Pain your local boulangerie and patisserie.
Croissants and double espressos every morning before you start your day.
Beautiful breezes waft into your little oasis. The bed was very comfortable, books on Paris
galore. One really great feature was the security of the outside gate. At night, the
wrought iron gate is locked and accessible by residents only. Once you are inside, you feel
very safe and secure.
The whole point of Paris is to be outside exploring, eating, drinking and assimilating to
your new neighborhood. We spent most of our time doing just that.
Suffice it to say, Paris is surreal when you are there and like a dream after you have left.
This apartment was the perfect complement to our trip. You will want for nothing.
Fantastic Honeymoon in a beautiful apartment
Elikem and Bill, September 2013
We absolutely loved this apartment. The unit itself was clean, well appointed and
decorated, and significantly larger than the vast majority of much higher priced hotel
rooms in Paris. The location was absolutely prime and provided us with easy access to
much of the city by walking and the entire city by subway. The private and key-access
only walkway made us feel very safe and secure.
We enjoyed the apartment very much and hope to return soon.
Magnificent in Every Way!
John & Margy Mullane, October 2013
Glenbrook NSW Australia
This was our third and hopefully not last stay in Melinda and arnie's apartment.
Information provided prior to and upon arrival was detailed and informative. The
apartment was just as we had left it twelve months earlier, light filled, warm and
inviting. The location is superb, with the Metro so close and so many attractions within
easy walking distance.
Catering in house is a joy with markets nearby (Marche Bastille) and the boulangeries,
fromageries, charcuteries etc so close. Eating out is a rewarding experience with so many
options within walking distance. Our special find this time was Le Gorille Blanc within
ten minutes walk of the apartment. Thank you Melinda and arnie for the opportunity to
enjoy the apartment again.
Perfect Paris Experience
P. Troxel, September 2013
Amelia Island, Florida
My daughter and I so enjoyed our stay in this beautiful Paris apartment! It was the perfect
location... we felt like true Parisians! It was so fun going to the local markets and
restaurants...everything was so convenient. The apartment is well designed and efficient--
equipped with everything you need. We cannot wait to return to Paris and to this Perfect
Angie & Dave, March 2013
"This was our fourth visit to Paris, but the first time we decided to rent an apartment
rather than staying in an hotel. We had high expectations for this apartment and they
were met and exceeded. Melinda and Arnie have made the entire process - reservation,
payment, airport transportation, check-in and out, cleaning, etc. as pleasant as we could
have hoped for. And the apartment - super location, the perfect size for a couple and
perhaps a child (certainly double the size of a comparably priced hotel room), close to the
Metro - wonderful! Upon arrival, we were greeted by Janet, the local agent, who made
sure we understood where everything was and how it all worked. During our stay, Melinda
was very thoughtful in making sure everything was going smoothly and our email
exchanges were very effective. Also, the apartment has all the amenities you could
possibly hope for in order to have an enjoyable stay. Ceramic cooktop, oven, fridge,
dishwasher, and certainly a welcome addition - a washing machine. It was great having
the convenience of doing laundry during our stay. If you've ever lived out of a suitcase in
hotels for a few weeks, you know what we mean. Also notable is the overall excellent
condition and cleanliness of the apartment. If you have any anxiety about the process of
renting an apartment in Paris, rest assured Melinda and Arnie have thought through every
detail to assure your complete understanding and satisfaction. We could not have been
happier with our choice and we cannot imagine staying anywhere else on our next visit to
the City of Lights.
Brad, March 2013
"Loved the apartment so much we've just stayed a second time. We were greeted by the
apartment manager upon arrival who ensured that we knew everything about the
apartment allowing us to get settled quickly and to feel at home.
It's the perfect location for easy metro trips across the city - but there were loads of great
restaurants, bakeries, and a fabulous street market nearby within walking distance. The
apartment is immaculate, bright, modern and perfectly arranged for staying in Paris. At
night, the pedestrian road the apartment is located on is closed to non-residents - and it
is particularly then that you feel like a real Parisian who knows a secret hide-away. We
plan to stay there on our next/every trip to Paris."
Vickie, March, 2013
La Mesa, CA
"My husband and I were initially attracted to Melinda and arnie's apartment because of
the full-size elevator mentioned among the amenities it offered. We were already on our
way to starting our family and we thought the elevator would come in handy for me when
I got tired. We noticed that elevators are as rare as hens' teeth in Paris apartments, so we
felt lucky to have found one, and one that was not just a tiny birdcage built to
accommodate one thin person. The elevator was large and modern, as billed, and proved
to be a big help for me when I came back tired after exploring Paris. But the elevator
turned out to be just the icing on the cake of this delicious apartment. We felt special to
be part of the cute little Cour Damoye street and we loved the neighborhood in which its
located. Everything we needed was reachable in a few minutes. There are very good
restaurants, the amazing outdoor food market that everyone talks about, several museums
that we planned to visit anyway, interesting shops and the opera house. Then, when we
wanted to visit such sights as the Eiffel tower, we just hopped on the bus out the gate of
our passage and had a great cheap sightseeing tour all the way there. We also used the
metro, about a minute away, to get to the Louvre and a few other don't-miss places. The
free calls and wifi were also part of the whole package that we really appreciated. There
was nothing we thought of that wasn't already in place. We really lucked out finding this
beautiful quiet apartment and we will tell our friends about it. Thank you, Melinda and
arnie for making your perfect apartment available to us."
JL, February 2013
"This was my second visit to Melinda and arnie's Perfect Paris Rental and it was even
better than the first visit. This time I came with a girlfriend to celebrate our 60th
birthdays together in a city we both love. Melinda's apartment is beautiful and quiet and
everything ladies of a certain age could wish. There's nothing we could have thought of
that was not provided. Everything has been anticipated. We felt like real Parisians coming
out into the perfect passageway each morning to begin our day. We bought coffee just
across the way, ate most of our dinners in the fabulous restaurants in the neighborhood,
shopped in the great outdoor market on Sunday morning. By the end of our week, we
actually found ourselves looking forward to turning 65 when we'll be back for our next big
celebration! Thank you, Melinda and arnie, for sharing your perfect apartment with us."
Lawrence K., February, 2013
"Honeymooning in Paris is everyone's dream. My wonderful new husband and I got to live
the dream in a really fabulous apartment that we discovered through friends who had
stayed last year. They described it as the perfect Paris place and we agree with them. The
passageway is a gem and the neighborhood is a really cool mix of trendy and old-fashioned
and not tourist centric. Was it our honeymoon or is this place as good as we thought it
was every day of our stay? Melinda's team of welcomer and cleaners are prompt, polite and
ready to help out if needed. The down comforter on our bed was cozy and comfy. The
mattress was firm, the soap smelled good, the kitchen was about 100% better equipped
than ours at home in Denver. I think we also learned a whole lot about architectural
design and what can be done with a space from staying here. We spent our time visiting
museums (all of them easy to get to from this central location) and eating in restaurants.
The problem was that there were so many good ones to choose from minutes from the
apartment. A few we tried are Paris/Hanoi, Septime, Paul Bert, Bofinger, Au Vieux Chene.
They were yummy and there are so many more nearby. So, we have to come back. Maybe
yearly for our anniversary? Another dream!"
Helen & Robert S, November 2012
San Francisco, CA
"We are in our 40's and this was our "2nd Honeymoon" in Paris. We spent the first one in
Paris also but at a 5-star hotel. It cost us a fortune and although it was pretty elegant, it
was cold and fussy and expensive. We wanted to try something different this time and we
both think that we hit the jackpot!! We loved the amazing combination of old ceiling
beams and modern kitchen and even two Tolomeo reading lamps. We're designers and we
have those same classic lamps in our home! Our hearts were won right there. The amazing
overall design is an award winner, the space has been so well used and so amazingly
planned and it is filled with light. It is really really amazing. Then the little cobblestone
alleyway is to die for, we thought we'd died and gone to heaven when we first saw it. The
location, right there in the heart of Paris and next to an amazing food market every
Sunday is very cool. Maybe we'll tell our friends about this find or can we keep this
amazing secret place in Paris just for us? Melinda and arnie, we love your apartment!!
We'll be back for many more honeymoons."
Carolyn, October 2012
Valle Crucis, North Carolina
"What a fabulous visit we had to Paris in late October! Melinda and Arnie's apartment is
truly the Perfect Paris Rental!! We arrived early and the previous guests were just leaving
so we had a nice brief visit with them before going up to take our bags. How wonderful to
have a lift after dealing with the Metro steps! The apartment was so clean, fresh and
welcoming and Veronique very aptly gave us her instructional tour. The location is superb!
In previous trips, I have stayed in this same area, but never so close to the Metro, yet on a
perfect quiet little street. It seems so far removed from the hustle and bustle of Bastille
just steps away! This apartment is all about location,location, location!
Thank you for making your apartment such a delightful haven for your guests. I hope I am
fortunate enough to stay again on future visits."
Georgia, October 2012
"Loved the Paris apartment and the Bastille area. The area was lively all day and night,
but the apartment on the pedestrian street was always quiet at night with the street
locked. The apartment had all the amenities we wanted with the kitchen well equipped,
the voltage converters for my computer and hairdryer, wonderful beds and bed linens,
books and travel suggestions, and plenty of room to move around. And did I mention, it
was beautifully decorated! Melinda was very helpful with getting us from the airport and
having someone greet us at the apartment and show us all around, so we felt comfortable
from the first day. Just a wonderful experience all around."
Yee, October 2012
"The apartment is beautiful, clean and comfortable. Arnie the architect provides a top-
grade stylish design while Melinda gives the most thoughtful support to her guests.
Everything is excellent. Location is perfect. Cour Damoye is such a charming oasis right at
the heart of Paris and we love our sweet 'Paris home' so much. Hope to return one day. Oh,
yes, if I really have to say what I liked least it will be that the apartment gets excellent
review rating on Tripadvisor and most dates ahead are full already, it may not be easy at
all to book again!!"
Lionel and Rosewita, September 2012
"This was our 2nd stay at Melinda's and Arnie's stylish studio in Paris. The location
couldn't be more convenient: very close to Place de La Bastille with 3 metro lines and
many bus routes. After the hustle and bustle of Paris we always looked forward to return
to 'our' charming quiet private studio on Court Damoye, one of the few remaining private
streets in Paris, where beautifully crafted iron gates provide privacy and entry to a world
of old Paris.
As before, the apartment was in perfect shape: stylish clean design, spotless and well
taken care of. Veronique, the manager, greeted us like long lost friends. We had again
taken advantage of the taxi service offered by Laurent (see Melinda's website) which we
highly recommend, especially after a transatlantic flight. Having an elevator to take us up
to the 2nd floor was also a most welcome luxury not often found in 18th century
buildings. And let's not forget the high quality beds -- something so important for tired
and weary visitors.
The apartment again allowed us to live like Parisians, going to the fabulous food market
just outside our front door (one of the largest in Paris), visiting wine shops, local
purveyors of cheeses and pates, cafes and restaurants.
In our opinion, this stylish Paris retreat is a definite find and a keeper. Many thanks to
both Melinda and Arnie for being such thoughtful and dedicated hosts."
Christine & Richard, August 2012
"As we had not been to Paris for many, many years my husband and I were so excited
about returning. We chose Melinda's charming apartment in Cour Damoye after reading so
many rave reviews. We were not disappointed, it was a truly wonderful Parisien
experience - the amenities, style and the apartment's close proximity to the Metro and all
the other wonderful sights Paris has to offer. The neighbourhood around the apartment
has a multitude of restaurants, the market, supermarkets and so much more. The
apartment suited our needs perfectly, it was a delight from the moment we were greeted
by Sonia and shown all the amenities provided. The small library of maps and books on
Paris were also of great assistance. Melinda's very thorough instructions prior to our
arrival were very helpful. All in all returning to Paris and staying in this wonderful
apartment made our holiday just perfect!"
Bev R, August 2012
"A second stay is the real test: is this apartment really as wonderful as it seemed on the
first stay? Are there some problems that were unnoticed during the holiday bliss of that
Has there been a decline in the quality of the accommodation after another year's
continuous occupation by less than careful renters?
The answers are a resounding Yes to the first question, and No to the others. Returning to
the apartment was like a homecoming; everything was as I remembered and nothing had
changed, from Veronique's warm welcome to the initial impression of light and space as
we walked in. The apartment was spotless, there were fresh white towels in the bathroom,
and I couldn't wait to get back into that superb kitchen and start cooking.
We had arrived in a late august heat-wave, and my one concern was that the apartment
might be uncomfortably hot if we had to close the windows at night. However, the sturdy
fan provided was very effective and kept the room cool. (We were also glad of the good-
sized fridge that could be loaded up with wonderful salad vegetables and fruit from the
Bastille street market, and bottles of excellent rosé from the nearby Nicolas store.)
As other reviewers have noted, this apartment is the 'Perfect Paris Rental' largely because
of the good taste, care and thoughtfulness of its owners, and Melinda's personal contact
with renters. I now feel this part of Cour D'Amoye is my Paris home, and the only
complaint I have is that it is too far from my other home in australia!"
Happy Couple, August 2012
New York City
"This beautiful apartment was the perfect place for us to stay for a fantastic week in
Paris. The décor is sophisticated, pleasant and restful. It is a charming, sunny setting,
very clean and equipped with everything we needed for our holiday. Very well served with
a marvelous outdoor market, restaurants and bars, set back in an attractive, gated
courtyard area. It's just like you see on the photos! We could walk everywhere, plus its
very close to the metro! The arrangements made by Melinda and Arnie felt warm,
welcoming and friendly. We would absolutely love to stay again!"
K & J, August 2012
"We spent ages online trying to find a place to stay in our favorite city in the world and as
soon as we saw Melinda and Arnie's apartment we were hooked. It's just as fabulous as it
looks in the photos and Melinda's attention to detail made the entire process of renting
and living there a breeze. You couldn't ask for a better location, in the Marais on foot in
minutes and everything else accessible easily by metro or even by bicycle (we rented some
and it was the most fun we've had getting around since we've been in Paris). We were
most impressed by how well-thought-out the apartment is, with every little detail adding
to the quality of life and comfort of being there. We look forward to being able to return
in the not-too-distant future."
Amy and Jerry, July 2012
"We stayed at Perfect Paris Rental based on the reviews and were not disappointed. Too
bad we can give more than a 5 star rating! The apartment itself is well designed and
provides everything you would want for a comfortable stay. It is well laid out and the
bedding provides the best sleep possible. What we enjoyed: all of Paris right out our door,
a nearby Metro stop, great shops just around the corner, and the enchanting Cour Damoye.
The neighborhood is lively and buzzing with energy - the market on Thursday and Sunday
provides a very unique experience. Veronique, the apartment manager, the cleaning
service, the personalized taxi service recommended by Melinda and the apartment are
truly the perfect combination!"
Peter and Sue, June 2012
"We couldn't fault this lovely bolt hole.Everything one could possibly need including food
shopping around the corner. Restaurants aplenty, and what a selection, and to top it off
transport at your doorstep.
We have stayed in houses and apartments around the world, but this has to be the pick of
The name says it all "Perfect Paris Rentals"."
Bob and Sherry, June 2012
Lake Tahoe, CA
"We were pleased with every aspect of this apartment. The sign of a winning rental or
hotel for us is when we start planning our return the morning of our second day. We
imagine we'll not be looking for another Paris apartment ever again. The owners have
thought of everything, and they should win a design award for functionality and beauty.
The location is both out of the tourist areas and right in the center of things, in the
sweetest courtyard. We walked to the Louvre, the islands, and the many museums and
restaurants that we had read about and wanted to try. All the newest trendy restaurants
are in this neighborhood. We picked a winner, as I said, and we will be back."
Carol and Robert Saul, April 2012
"This was our first time to rent an apartment for a vacation in Europe and the experience
exceeded expectations. the communications with Melinda both before our trip and during
our stay were delightful, as was Veronique's greeting service on arrival. Melinda and arnie
have tastefully designed and outfitted the apartment so that you quickly and comfortably
settle in. The location is ideal for foodies as you are within easy walking distance to the
many restaurants in Le Marais and many patisseries and boulangeries are nearby. We
especially enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Richard Lenoir market, open Sunday and
Thursday mornings, just steps from the door. Look no further if you want a quiet spot in
the center of it all. The shower pressure is good, the mattress firm, the nights quiet and
the street is charming and feels safe. We hope our first stay on Cour Damoye will not be
Barbara Stinchfield, April, 2012
"From the moment I saw photos of the wisteria trimmed cobblestone lane and the bright,
spacious apartment, I knew this was the place for us. Melinda was extremely helpful from
booking through the end of our trip, even giving us the name of a taxi who could take us
to the airport at 4:45 a.m. The minute we stepped into the apartment we felt it was our
home away from home. With its exposed ancient beams and large windows looking out
onto the pedestrian passageway, it is thoughtfully and efficiently designed - makiing it
easy to use both during the day and night. The kitchen is fully equipped, the beds comfy
and the bathroom spacious by Paris standards. The resource materials were extremely
helpful and Melinda made herself available by e-mail and phone if we had any questions.
Trust her recommendations - we found the best chocolate and pastries in the
neighborhood. The apartment is centrally located with a metro stop just steps away. I
recommend the apartment to anyone who wants an extremely clean and spacious studio
apartment, beautifully but simply appointed, and fully equipped with everything you
need. The owners' responsiveness, the design and the unique little passageway in the
lively Bastille area makes it extremely special."
Barbara & Marielena, March 2012
New York, NY
"Sheer luck led us to Paris' perfect rental apartment: a photo on Trip advisor. We had the
usual questions about size, storage and comfort. However, the overall appearance of the
apartment was so attractive and compelling, we looked no further. After speaking with
Melinda, the owner, we ended up booking the apartment for 18 nights!!
Everything about this studio is ideal as a pied-a-terre in Paris. Set within Cour Damoye,
the building is a striking and balanced blend of "old world” feeling within a contemporary
setting. Entering for the first time, the manager escorted us around the apartment,
providing a comprehensive introduction. With each passing day, our appreciation grew, as
we began to see beyond first impressions. The brilliant layout and design of the
apartment revealed itself as we did daily tasks. The handbooks prepared by our hosts gave
us confidence in using the appliances. Everything needed for our comfort was at hand -
with meticulous attention to detail, making everything fail-proof, easy to locate, and
Coming from New York City, we were constantly amazed how the hustle and bustle of
surrounding Paris never intruded within the walls of our apartment! Days and nights were
calm and quiet, and sleep was never disturbed. We attribute this to the excellent
insulation of the windows from ambient noise; and the gates on Cour Damoye being locked
overnight, creating an oasis of tranquility and security within la Bastille, one of Paris'
most popular nightlife venues. At the same time, the apartment is so centrally located, all
of Paris is accessible via metro, bus, or foot. Not to mention, the proximity of the Bastille
market that's resurrected as if by magic every Sunday and Thursday, and being surrounded
by a wealth of food, drink, and entertainment!
After a few days in the apartment, we were ready to book another stay!"
Bob F. March, 2012
"We have just returned from our third stay at this perfect Paris rental. We can't imagine
staying anywhere else. Our focus when visiting Paris is on food, and the apartment is
ideally situated for exploring the Parisian restaurant scene that is increasingly
concentrated in the 10th and 11th arrondissements. Not only is it close to all the
restaurants that we wanted to try, but also to the fresh produce market that takes place
on Sundays and Thursdays. This proximity allowed us to stock the kitchen for the
breakfasts and snacks that took place between the gourmet evening excursions. There's
also a great wine shop nearby!
At the risk of repeating myself, I will say that the layout of the apartment is ideal. It only
takes a few minutes of unpacking to feel totally at home and at ease in this lovely space.
Plenty of hot water and heat, a fully equipped kitchen, huge windows and a notebook full
of instructions and recommendations that makes it easy to settle in. Melinda does a great
job of providing information in advance of arrival and checking in to make sure all is well.
The location deserves special mention. The Cour Damoye is an enchanting place, so
centrally located yet so exclusive. What a joy it is to push through the iron gates, leaving
the urban vitality of the Place Bastille behind as we enter the calm of the Cour. The three
Metro lines that intersect at the Place Bastille will take you almost anywhere you want to
go. I can't wait until next year, when we will return to this perfect Paris rental again."
Ciara Queenie, August 2010
"From the moment I found the appartment on the internet, I knew I had to stay there. I
think it is unusual to find such a tastefully designed rental. Everything is exactly as
described and if anything, more comfortable than I expected. The attention to detail is
spot on, from the two umbrellas hanging in the hall to the very useful library of guide
books, maps and practical information. For me, this beats the hotel experience hands
down. When you stay in an appartment you really 'live' there and don't feel like a tourist.
it's the small things; making breakfast, endless cups of coffee, reading the papers cover to
cover, glass of chilled white wine while deciding where to go for dinner, and not feeling
that you need to be out 24/7. The appartment is located in a quiet private street which is
picture perfect, I really love the area, having lived there many years before. It has only
improved; there is a huge array of traditional restaurants, cool bars, funky shops and
beautiful people! The manager Veronique was so friendly and charming, and it's nice to
know that help is on hand should it be needed. Thank you Melinda for sharing your
wonderful piece of Paris heaven!"
Kevin and Jenni, July 2010
"When we arrived at the lovely Cour Damoye apartment, despite our jet-lag, Melinda's "red
folder" happily and thoroughly told us everything we needed to know about our beautiful
new stylish abode. We instantly felt comfortable and settled in. We quickly fell into a
routine, exploring the many cafes and shops around the lively Bastille area. Despite being
in the center of this busy neighborhood, we felt a great sense of peace whenever we
walked through the big iron gates and onto the quiet and safe cobblestone street of Cour
Damoye. The apartment has every amenity you could need. An especially nice surprise was
the fully functional kitchen, particularly the washing machine and dishwasher. We cooked
many nights, as there is an amazing outdoor market just a stone's throw from the front
door on Thursdays and Sundays. We could not have been happier with our choice - and
Melinda was such a pleasure to work with. We would definitely stay here again when Paris
calls us back!"
Jane & Greg, June 2010
Byron Bay, Australia
"It all sounded too good to be true - a stylish apartment in an area recommended by our
friends and an English-speaking chauffeur to drive us to and from the airport. Sometimes
things are as good as they sound, and this was so when we recently stayed in Paris. Space,
as everyone knows, is always a premium in Paris and I was keen to avoid the miniscule and
disappointing rooms offered by many hotels. Even though this apartment is compact, it is
so thoughtfully designed that it seems to defy its size. The apartment is supplied with
everything weary travellers may desire - from a hairdryer to kitchen condiments through
to an extensive collection of Parisian guide books to ensure we made the most of our stay.
Other unexpected touches include the careful attention that Melinda takes in arranging
that we were greeted by a friendly caretaker who made us feel more like long-lost friends
than another group of tourists. And did I mention the chauffeur? Make sure you hire him
to collect you from the airport. We had an hour to kill before the guests in the apartment
were due to leave, and he took us on an unforgettable informal tour of Paris! In return, we
shouted him coffee and croissants at one of the many cafes around the corner from the
apartment. If you want to taste the "real" Paris, then you can't go past this delightful
L&M Rochow, May 2010
"We had the pleasure of staying in this apartment for a week at the start of our European
holiday. The location was superb, just off the Bastille, in a gorgeous cobblestone lane
which is locked at night. The nearest metro stop is just a minute away and the Bastille
district has all the shops and conveniences one could need. The kitchen is the best we
have had in apartment style accommodation and had every utensil required. The Thursday
and Sunday food markets nearby are incredible! We greatly appreciated the terrific range
of guidebooks and maps in the apartment, making planning our days much easier. The
apartment is tastefully decorated, light and airy with high ceilings. We would definitely
stay here again and felt it was great value for money."
"Troubleand," June 2010
"We just returned from a nine-day stay in Paris. We have been there many times, but this
was the first time we have rented an apartment instead of staying in a hotel. From my
first email interaction with Melinda, the owner, I knew this was going to be something
special...and it was. The apartment is lovely...very bright and airy and well-equipped... in
a beautiful gated courtyard near the Bastille Metro. Melinda went to great lengths to make
sure that our stay will be perfect...from helping us make arrangements for pickup at the
airport to the book she put together on the Paris neighborhoods. The apartment is an oasis
of tranquility in the middle of a busy area of Paris. Just steps away from the gate is the
best falafal in town, a great bakery and a market where you can get fresh fruits and
vegetable...just beyond that is a cafe with fabulous hot chocolate. I am running out of
room to write...so let me close with this. We did not want to leave and will be back very
Robert Fleming, March 2010
"We had a wonderful time. Your apartment is a beautiful oasis in the heart of one of the
greatest cities in the world and we feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to stay
there. It is such a beautifully designed space and the location is ideal. The proximity to
three subway lines makes it easy to explore the far reaches of the city. Yet there are so
many wonderful restaurants, museums and shops within walking distance that we
wouldn't have had to set foot in the Metro if we didn't want to. Our first night, we
walked down the Blvd Henri IV, across the Pont Sully and onto the Ile-St-Louis for a
wonderful dinner at Mon Viel Ami on the rue St-Louis-en-l'Ile. What a wonderful way to
start our visit. The next morning, I shopped at the Bastille market, stocking up on fruit,
greens and cheeses for afternoon salads and snacks. Freshly ground coffee beans from
Brulerie Daval and wine from the shop you recommended off the Rue St. Antoine
completed the stocking of our pantry, and we settled into a lovely routine. Each day
started with fresh pastries and baguettes from around the corner, and ended with that
magical moment when we used our key to pass through the gates into the lovely Cour
Damoye. Melinda, it was heaven.The internet connection and the free calling to the USA
were fantastic conveniences. Thanks so much for making that available. In retrospect, the
only serious concern I have is whether or not we'll ever be lucky enough to book another
stay in your apartment again. Your schedule for spring 2011 is already looking pretty
Patricia Taylor, September 2009
"The Perfect Paris Rental was indeed perfect! I decided to give myself the supreme treat
(for a very significant birthday) of a two weeks' stay in the City of Light - long my favorite
city to visit. I had turned 21 in Paris and spent a semester living there some decades back,
so I was taken with the symmetry of returning to celebrate. As I entered the Cour Damoye
and walked down the cobblestone street with the wisteria vines putting on a show, I knew
I was home. Melinda and Arnie's apartment is truly an oasis in the lively Parisian
quartier around the Bastille. The apartment is light, bright, comfortable, well equipped,
and extremely charming with its exposed beams. Melinda had attended to every detail of
the stay; she is impeccably organized and accommodating. Staying there could not have
been easier - every question and every need had been anticipated. Transportation by
metro and bus is steps away. I loved the street scene in the alley and the neighborhood
is bustling with cafes, restaurants, markets, and little stores of every description. I
heartily encourage you to visit their apartment as the perfect home base for your own
Mary and Phil Anderson, August 2008 (Returning August 2010)
"After many visits to Paris over the years, we finally have found the ideal accommodation.
We think Melinda and Arnie have done themselves proud in their redecoration of this
apartment! We stayed a week in 2008 and plan to stay a week again in August 2010. Every
detail is superb, including the apartment's decor, comfort, and the check-in service by
owners' local representative. The library of interesting books included guides to nearby
neighborhoods, which we thoroughly explored. A large farmers' market is around the
corner, and excellent restaurants are nearby in the fascinating Marais District. The only
bad part was having to leave after a week!"
Jeannie Grider, April 2010
"Within moments of sending an inquiry about this apartment on Cour Damoye, I received a
phone call from Melinda sharing the attributes of this wonderfully restored studio in the
heart of The Bastille. We were excited to experience Parisian life and found the nearby
outdoor market a great beginning! The Metro was a quick and easy walk which allowed us
to get around the city efficiently. We enjoyed cooking in the well-stocked kitchen and
restaurants were within walking distance. The bedding is comfortable and the private
pedestrian courtyard was very safe, an important feature for 2 women traveling. It was
quiet, had an efficient elevator just outside the apartment, a washing machine which was
awesome and plenty of hot water. We compared rates for this apartment with others and
found it to be a great value for the area. I would recommend this apartment to young and
old alike as it was handicapped accessible, perhaps something hard to find in many Paris
apartments. We really appreciated Melinda's suggestion for a driver to meet us at the
airport. Andy was nice, affordable, reliable and it really was great after a long flight to
have someone take us "home". It was great to have so many resource books about Paris, a
comprehensive booklet about the apartment and a lovely lady who greeted us at the
apartment to show us how to use everything. Free internet and USA phone
calls,affordability, design and location made for a fabulous week in Paris. We will be back
and refer all our friends!"
Wing Tran May, 2009
"My husband and I spent an amazing week at this beautiful apartment in the spring of
2009. The apartment is located on a gorgeous, cobblestone pedestrian street right off of
the Bastille. The street has so much character! The metro is practically outside the door.
You are within walking distance of the Ile St. Louis and everything in the Marais...the
perfect place for an extended stay in Paris. The apartment itself is beautifully decorated.
You can tell an architect designed it. We loved the open floor concept. Full kitchen and
bath. Lots of storage for your stuff. Amazing wood-beamed ceiling and large windows
make the space cozy and warm. It's a studio, but it felt SO much larger than the one-
bedroom we had to transfer to the second week. A little coffee shop is right across the
street, and the elderly woman who owns it was so friendly - she even asked what kind of
coffee maker we had so she could grind the beans to the proper finish. We only wish it
had been available for the full two weeks we were there! We will definitely be back next
time we are in Paris."
Sunray and Gene Pena, October 2009
"This well designed studio on a wonderfully quaint street exceeded our expectations. It’s
conveniently located near many small boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and a farmers market.
The streets were filled with locals and the area was not too touristy. We were greeted by
the property manager who patiently waited for us after our flight was delayed for a
couple hours. He gave us a tour of the studio’s amenities and recommended a few of his
favorite places as well. We felt at home. The studio is located very close to the metro
Bastille, wtih three different lines that stop at that station. This made a big difference
when we were exploring Paris and made going home a lot easier because we had many
metro lines to choose from. Many bus lines also cross this famous round-about, which
allowed us to see more of the city above ground. We will definitely come back!"
Steve Dean, October 2009
San Jose, CA
"This was our first trip to Paris together, and we were initially overwhelmed with all the
choices - where to stay? We thought it would be nice to rent, but didn’t want to forego
hotel guest services and amenities (especially being unfamiliar with Paris). Starting with
our initial inquiry, we knew we were in good hands. Melinda was extremely pleasant and
answered our many questions (and more). The level of service and attention to detail was
extraordinary, from start to finish. She worked hard to ensure our stay in Paris was the
best possible. We were impressed how the apartment was situated in a private gated alley
outside bustling Place de la Bastille (providing a sense of tranquility and extra security).
We shopped along nearby Rue de Rivoli. The Louvre was minutes away by Metro (which we
used extensively - the Bastille metro access is right outside the gate!). It was an easy walk
to the cool shops on Ile Saint Louis and the Notre Dame Cathedral. We definitely made the
right choice renting this apt."
Enid Perel Rawlings, July 2009
Sun Valley, Idaho
"Our recent trip to Paris could not have been better! The combination of an
amazing city with an amazing apartment to come home to made it perfect. We
had all the luxuries we needed at the apartment. It is a little oasis; cozy
and comfortable with every detail beautifully designed. Cour Damoye is one
of the most charming cobblestone streets we saw...peaceful and secluded yet
the city was just beyond the gates. Great stores and restaurants were within
a few minutes walk. We especially enjoyed the open-air market just around
the corner with fresh produce (some of the best I've ever tasted). I
traveled with my 13 year old daughter and we felt comfortable and safe the
entire time. I was perfectly comfortable having her explore the neighborhood
on her own. I could not recommend the apartment more. I hope to be back very
soon. Thank you, Melinda!!"
"We can't stop raving to friends and family about the fabulous time my girlfriend and
I had at your place in Paris.The location was great and we really appreciated all the
little details that you and your husband have considered in making it feel really
comfortable – truly a home away from home. Even if it was our own place I think we
would be challenged to think of anything else you would need in that apartment. We
are hoping to go back again next year and part of me really hopes you don't spend
too much time promoting the place... Congratulations on creating a place that is so
Lauren and Zak Hardage
Corpus Christi, TX
"We're here, and SO happy! Oh, we are having an AMAZING time – my heart is already
absolutely aching to plan our next visit! The studio, of course, is gorgeous – even better
than in the pictures! And Cour Damoye is heartbreakingly beautiful! We feel so lucky to be
here. When we first got off the metro at Bastille and popped up into that huge round
intersection we couldn't imagine that there would be such a quiet little hidden treasure
of a street tucked just steps away! Thank you again for sharing your perfect little diamond
of a house with us. We are convinced it is the best place to stay in Paris--we cannot wait
Mark and Renee Oostra
"We loved being here – so much better than a hotel! We love the ceiling beams! The
apartment is clean, inviting, well equipped and it stays bright inside even when it is grey
outside. The location is amazing: night life, shops, restaurants. We easily jogged to Notre-
Dame via the seine--again, what a great location! The atmosphere inside and out is great.
Coming back to the apartment each evening was a pleasure. We hope to return soon!
Renting this place is a very good deal; worth every cent! If you ever want to sell it, we
want to buy it!"
Kristin and Erik Adkins
"Couldn't have asked for more! Great location, ample space and lovely owners. Super comfy
bed, washing machine, dishwasher, wireless Internet, TV, and free local calls to the
states. We would stay there again in a second. Thanks Melinda and Arnie for providing
such lovely accommodations!"
“A charming, remodeled studio apartment on a quiet, gated, characterful courtyard near
the Place de la Bastille. Tranquil building, lively neighborhood, perfect for one or two
people, full kitchen, fast Internet connection, within easy walking distance of the Marais,
the Ile St. Louis and Ile de la Cite, and the 5th arrondissement. Convenient access to the
Metro. Highly recommended.”
San Francisco, CA
"Thank you so much for allowing me to rent your terrific apartment In Paris, April 2009.
The apartment itself is modern, clean and tastefully decorated. It also has the benefit of a
great location, close to the Metro, restaurants, shops, grocery stores and tourist sites. The
rent is very reasonable in comparison with hotel rooms, plus has the advantage of a full
kitchen to avoid unnecessary restaurant expenses if one chooses. The on-site manager and
recommended airport-to-apartment-to-airport driver were the finishing touches to a
terrific vacation. I hope to be able to visit again in the future! I have already
recommended you to several friends, and will continue to do so for anyone who is thinking
of visiting Paris."
"Though the photos try to capture the beauty of the exquisite Parisian apartment, I
never imagined the feeling of stepping foot into "our" apartment every day of our
vacation. We laugh that it is certainly the only time on vacation that going "home" to
our apartment was as exciting as getting out each day to see the city. Every evening
when we came home, I would lie on our heavenly bed and meditate on those ancient
ceiling beams. The peace, pleasure, and pure luxury of being in that gloriously
perfected minimalistic space is with me still. Somehow the design of the space
preserved its antiquity while being as ridiculously comfortable as spoiling myself in
Paris should be. Thank you so much. I have told all of my design friends about this
treasure and about you."
"We had a great time in Paris and really appreciate the beauty of your
apartment. It's hard to imagine anyone being able to do a better job with the design -
brilliant efficiency combined with a design aesthetic that is beautiful in its simplicity
and attention to detail. Thank you again for a great stay."
New York City
"Thank you ever so much for making such a wonderful apartment available for rent.
My brother and I had a terrific time during our one week stay and definitely intend to
return next year. The property exceeded my expectations. I knew it was beautiful
from the images on your website, but it is even more impressive once you actually arrive.
Everything was perfect! The decor is lovely and immaculate, the bathroom is large
and the beds are very, very comfortable. There is so much room to move around
and feel comfortable. It truly feels like a home away from home.
Not only was the apartment great, but the location is ideal!! The central location
allowed us to walk if we desired, but also take the metro which was right
outside the Cour Damoye gate. Also, there are so many great restaurants and shops
right in the area. All in all, we had a wonderful time. Thanks again for making our
first trip to Paris a fabulous and memorable one."
Margaret Hastie and Gunta Gupta
Vancouver B.C., Canada
"Perfect Paris Rental indeed! The title is no exaggeration. This quiet hideaway amid the
bustle of the Bastille was a welcome comfort after a delicious 4-course meal; and a
veritable sanctuary in the morning as the sun rose over Cour Damoye through the tall
windows, bathing the entire space in a heavenly glow. The studio has everything you need
and is light and spacious with more than enough room. The kitchen is a cook's dream using
fresh ingredients from the nearby twice weekly outdoor market! And the architecturally
designed counter is perfect for sipping a cafe and munching a morning pastry from the
boulangerie on the corner!"
"My wife and I were looking for a quality apartment that would let us feel like we
were part of an interesting neighborhood. The Cour Damoye studio was perfect for
our one-week stay. The studio has been thoughtfully designed and lovingly furnished,
which makes it very comfortable in terms of living space. Everything in the place is
top-notch quality. The light from the enormous windows, the comfortable couches,
the easy-to-use WiFi, the kitchen that I used to cook dinner for 6 -- everything was
superb. The Cour Damoye street itself is as charming as it looks in the pictures. The
local market (twice weekly, about 50 yards from your front door) is apparently one of
the best in Paris, with fruit and tomatoes and cheese as good as I've found anywhere.
The location was very good for exploring the Marais, the Bastille, and central Paris in
general. We plan to stay at the Cour Damoye studio on our next visit to Paris."
"I can't say enough good things about the apartment. You manage it with impeccable
efficiency and every detail has been attended to. I wish I could get you to manage my
apartment here in Chicago!"
"What a unique and wonderful apartment in an amazing area! Close to all, quiet when you
need romance, vibrant when you want to be near Paris nightlife."
"The neighborhood is very lively and has everything one wants. The Cour Damoye is just
the perfect little "hideaway" to escape it all and find tranquility. I read your red booklet
and followed your restaurant recommendations. It was so generous of you to put that info.
together for your guests! I also love that the Bastille Metro is two minutes away. How
"I just spent a fabulous week alone in Paris in the Perfect apartment! It was so clean,
bright and airy. What I needed was a vacation away from my students and the clutter
in my own home. I got just what I wanted. Everything is absolutely new and efficient.
There was lots of storage so I could put all my things away. The library was stocked
with wonderful reading (not just great guidebooks). Right on the corner was an
excellent patisserie, tabac, cafe, grocery, creperie, farmers' market and ATM. I liked
living in the Marais so much that I didn't leave it for 4 days! I highly recommend the
Katrina and Chris Goldsmith
“A wonderful place to stay! Your apartment on the lovely Cour Damoye was an elegant,
airy and especially comfortable retreat during our week in Paris. The location is great, we
couldn’t have been happier! We loved the place from top to bottom: it is brand-new and
completely modern with a great kitchen and a good, new bathroom, but there is still a lot
of Old World character with the original wood beams exposed and the lovely view of the
charming alley. The alley is quiet and even gated at night, but just around the corner are
really great shops, excellent places to eat and dozens of fun bars and other nightlife in an
area that doesn’t feel touristy. It will be our first choice of apartment when we are lucky
enough to make a return trip and we would highly recommend it and this part of town to
"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Place de la Bastille...within the Cour Damoye at "Les
Philosophes J." When you see the pictures you think it is an isolated part of Paris but
beyond the gates lies the grand Bastille. The centrality of the Bastille is amazing.
The Metro station is outside the gates. The neighborhood is delightful. There is a
FNAC where you can shop for CDs and DVD's, beautiful Cafes, and a plethora of
International restaurants at every corner. The gorgeous St. Paul is a mere five
minutes walk. The Metro lines are the most central - in minutes you can go anywhere
- even the RER was a simple connection away. My biggest surprise was that I did not
need to take the metro - I could walk to the Louvre, Notre Dame…the historic sites.
The apartment is bright, and clean and light all over. The logistics are brilliant. A
bookshelf of Paris Guides was indispensable. The WI-FI was brilliant. I could call the
US / Canada free every night on the phone…the windows are gorgeous. The outlets
have adapters so that you can plug in your American appliances (chargers, ipods etc.)
The apartment is spacious - and the kitchen is lovely. The bathroom worked
brilliantly…You have arranged everything ergonomically and centrally. It is a
beautiful place and it makes you know how Parisians live. My stay was very happy
and I wish to thank you again for your clear organization and meticulous attention to
Walnut Creek CA
"Magical - is the only way to describe the Cour Damoye. My husband and I found the
cobblestone court lined with wisteria enchanting. The apartment is clean, well lit,
beautifully appointed and conveniently located. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will
recommend it to friends. Thanks for being so attentive to details Melinda."
"I'll be sure to recommend your studio to anyone I know going to Paris!"
Mandy and Fred Hummel
Nevada City, CA
"Oh, my goodness...what a wonderful week we've had chez vous! The apartment is a light
and airy delight! And Paris was all at our doorstep! Melinda and Arnie, you've truly
created the perfect pied-à-terre in Paris! Thank you for letting us share it with you. We
can't wait to return."
"Thanks again for everything! You DO have the Perfect Paris Rental! I'm supposed to work
in Paris again in 2010, but the opera world is always changing its schedule, so I'll let you
know the minute I find out exactly when I will be back. I am leaving a little card, to thank
you personally, on the bookshelf. But thank you again and again!"
Sandi and Hugh Farrell
"Right from the outset, trawling the internet for our 10-day Paris stay, I knew Perfect
Paris Rental was THE apartment for us. Nothing else I viewed measured up! I received
prompt replies to every email I sent – there were lots of questions to be asked from
Australia, the other side of the world! We had spent time in Paris before but now wanted
to live the Parisian "lifestyle" in an apartment of our own.
The taxi Melinda helped arrange before we left Australia met us at the airport and took us
right to the the door. The apartment was more beautiful than the photos suggested, which
we found very hard to believe! We loved the apartment and its location, so central!
Each night I poured over the many guidebooks on the shelves and planned our adventure.
We walked lots and stumbled upon amazing sights: a Roman amphitheatre, off the tourist
track with only a guitar player and us admiring its beauty! The market is so close and we
became known to stall holders because of our terrible accents! Once they knew we were
Australians, conversations developed and my bad french was forgiven.
We had an absolutely wonderful time in this fabulous apartment and have already
recommended it to other Australians – I can't think of a better place to stay!
Oh, Melinda, we are already planning and dreaming and thinking of our next trip to
Lisa Lappe and Todd Meadows
"We thoroughly enjoyed Paris and our stay in your lovely apartment! We appreciated the
design and the details, plus the wonderful service you provided prior to and even during
our stay. So many places we've explored...too many to list, but hopefully we will be back
to enjoy more and repeat some favorites! Mahalo nui loa!"
Ellen O'Meara and Alex Perepechko
"Thank you, Melinda! We loved our stay in this beautiful place. We hope to return!"
Dr. John Moroney
San Francisco, CA
"What a great apartment! Wonderfully quiet and secluded yet close to the hustle and
bustle of urban life--it was close to everything!
Brendan O'Leary and Silvana Ferreira
San Francisco, CA
"Cour Damoye – a wonderful oasis in the heart of the Bastille! We were cozy and
comfortable in your lovely space: taking full advantage of the kitchen; playing music/
radio; referencing your many books about Paris (not to mention your guide to the Marais).
All the major sites seen, croissants consumed, and still we ran out of time! How nice,
though, to come home in the evening to the peace and tranquility of Cour Damoye!
We leave Paris, the city of light and love, newly engaged to be married: Cour Damoye will
forever hold a special place in our hearts!"
Shirley (and Madelaine) Williams,
British Columbia, Canada
"We had the very best time at your studio apartment!!
We devoured the travel commentaries you wrote and found them entertaining, useful and
insightful. Thank you so much for that special and very personal touch! And the decor is
lovely...so fresh and modern, at the same time charming and elegant...and so comfortable!
We will definitely recommend your apartment. Our entire week and a half in Paris was
quite perfect. We will be back next spring, or sooner, I hope. Many, many thanks, again,
Colleen (and Jane) MacLeod,
Charlestown, MA, & West Palm Beach, FL
"Melinda – We had a wonderful stay. Your lovely apartment made us feel both cozy and
safe, yet we were in the heart of everything. The beds were so comfortable, I don't even
remember falling asleep (the wine might have played a part, too). I can't think of anything
that I would change. I will be back and look forward to spreading the word about your
oasis. I can't thank you enough and look forward to returning soon."