As much as enjoy an indulgent hotel stay, sometimes I prefer to visit a new city or town and live like a local. Unless I've got a friend to stay with, the only way really to do this is to rent an apartment or house. While a dinner out on the town is always an option, some days I'll head to the farmers market and grocery store and cook dinner myself. This style of travel offers a perspective that's simply not accessible from a hotel, whether it's a Holiday Inn or the Four Seasons. It'll also save you a pretty penny, as weekly rates are generally much lower than hotel rates. The only trouble is, if you're renting from a Craigslist listing or a house swap, sometimes you'll encounter an apartment that's not up to the standards you're used to in your own home.
So when I learned about Cecile Apartments, six gorgeously appointed apartments in the heart of Paris that I'd kill to live in permanently, I had to share! Cecile, the owner and manager, is a chic French woman who has personally decorated each apartment with sophisticated furniture and elegant details in a classic-French-meets-modern-industrial style. The rentals are one- and two-bedroom apartments in either the Marais or St. Germain neighborhoods, both stylish, safe, and centrally-located areas. One bedrooms range from 990 to 1490 Euros ($1,280 to $1,930) per week, while two bedrooms run 1,790 to 2,490 Euros ($2,320 to $3,220) per week. If you'd like to hire a housekeeper, a babysitter, a driver, or need an extra mattress, Cecile will arrange all of that for you, too. Check out some photos of the très chic apartments below.
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