*Please note that the photo above is not in Le Marais and that it is NOT the Airbnb we stayed at. Photo credit: stock image by Margerretta*
$262 for two nights in a studio in Le Marais
As mentioned in the planning section, we were fortunate to have a 7-night stay at a Marriott, but we still needed to find lodging for the first two nights in Paris. We opted for Airbnb as I needed a washer to do laundry since we were trying to travel light.
The studio we stayed in was in an excellent location in the Le Marais (4th arrondissement) district, just steps away from the Metro, shopping, restaurants, and the Seine. The place itself was pretty compact, as was to be expected in Paris, but had everything that one would need. It was cute, very neat, and clean, and situated in between the first and second floors, which was a rare find, as most listings I saw on Airbnb were on the 5th floor and up without elevator access. There was no A/C, which is also expected in Paris, but we couldn’t even open the windows due to mosquitoes finding their way in. And of course, we happened to stay here during the hottest days of our trip. Also, there was no dryer in the studio, which is also common, but the lack of a drying rack was unexpected. This kept me busy at nights after a long day of sight-seeing, having to be creative with finding ways to hang our laundry to dry. The heated towel rack in the bathroom was helpful, but it also created extra heat in the already warm studio, so that was not a viable option. One of the nights, I had to resort to blow drying the clothes to ensure that they would be dry by the time we checked out. Besides that, our stay was fine and uneventful. We never got to meet our host, an American college girl studying in Paris, as she was out of town, but her friend took care of the check in and check out process.