Hidden behind an ornate wrought-iron door lies a secluded bolthole that travellers can escape to after a day exploring the buzzy boulevards of Paris. Tucked away on Île Saint-Louis — a natural island in the River Seine dating back to the 17th century — the Hollmann apartment is located in the 4th arrondissement, a charming district that’s home to narrow streets lined with medieval buildings.
Sitting in the shadow of Notre-Dame, the chic apartment is a short walk from numerous Parisian icons, from the historic Bastille to the Pompidou Centre, an architecturally innovative ‘inside-out’ gallery famed for hosting exhibitions of cutting-edge art. Some of the city’s most stylish shops can be found on the apartment’s doorstep, or guests can head over the Seine to discover Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés or the Quartier Latin. After a day exploring the area, foodies should hotfoot it to the Lower Marais district, an old-world pocket of lively bars and top-flight restaurants, dishing out everything from classic crêpes to French bistro favourites with a modern twist or wine-and-cheese pairings, often served, in the Parisian style, around large communal tables.
Sleeping up to six guests, the apartment has been completely renovated by Hollmann, which operates a handful of exclusive hotels and apartments across Europe and Asia. Flooding interiors with natural light, floor-length French windows in the living area look out onto the city’s iconic river, while a TV, DVD player, hi-fi and a low-slung sofa welcome weary travellers after a long day of browsing boutiques and strolling past all the sights.
Each of the three spacious double bedrooms features glass doors opening onto the inner 172sq ft courtyard — the perfect spot to sip on a café au lait. Two luxurious bathrooms with bathtubs and showers plus a fully equipped kitchen complete the picture.
A relaxing stay in Hollmann’s stylish apartment is the finest way to experience the magnificent French capital, enabling travellers to live like a local, with all the comforts of home, while enjoying la vie Parisienne.
The Marché Bastille, one of the city’s busiest markets in Paris, on Thursday and Sunday, and the daily Marché Aux Fleurs.
– 3 double bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 people
– 2 bathrooms, with showers and tub
– Private inner courtyard
– Fully equipped kitchen
– Living area with TV, DVD internet-radio