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Live Like a Local in a Paris Apartment Hotel

Living like a local in Paris is a dream for many. See what it’s like to turn the dream into a reality by staying in a Paris apartment hotel.

Cheese at Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel

Paris is a favorite destination for food travelers. Filled with cutting edge restaurants and charming cafes, France’s capital is a theme park when it comes to its dining scene. However, some of the best food in Paris isn’t available at the city’s restaurants and cafes.

Instead, Parisian locals shop for wonderful cheese and tasty meats in small shops and bustling markets. They buy takeaway food at neighborhood traiteurs and artisan baguettes for a euro at boulangeries throughout the city.

We’ve long dreamt of living like locals in a Paris apartment with a functioning kitchen. Though we transferred this dream to Portugal where we currently live like and eat like Lisbon locals, we recently jumped at the chance to stay at a Paris apartment hotel. Thanks to Cobblestone Paris Rentals, our Paris dream came true during a two-night stay in the glorious City of Lights.

Our Stay in a Paris Apartment Hotel

2foodtrippers in Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
Staying in a Paris apartment hotel allowed us to live and eat like locals. We shopped at neighborhood shops and markets and then enjoyed the bounty at our temporary home.

Locals live all over Paris and we lived among them in a cozy one-bedroom apartment on the border of the 8th and 17th arrondissements (districts). Named Le Triomphe Elysees, the apartment, just a short walk to the iconic Champs Elysees, lived up to its name.

Though we typically spend our time in Paris neighborhoods like the Marais and Pigalle, we enjoyed exploring the tony expat-filled neighborhood. We quickly discovered streets like Rue Poncelet filled with local shops as well as favorites like Eric Kayser and La Pâtisserie des Rêves. We then filled our canvas shopping bag with all sorts of edible treats.

Living Space

Living Room in Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
We spent most of our time in the living room where we lounged on the couch and ate at the dining room table.

Blending old world charm with modernity, Cobblestone has renovated this antique Paris apartment to include all of the perks we expect when we stay in an apartment hotel. However, the owners have retained distinctive features like hardwood floors, chandeliers and crown molding.

This apartment can accommodate up to four guests, with two sleeping on a pull-out couch. However, we were happy to enjoy the space on our own.

Chandelier in in Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
Located directly over the dining room table, this chandelier provides an elegant touch to the apartment’s living area.

Within minutes of our arrival, the kitchen, with a full range of appliances as well as basics like coffee, tea, sugar, oil, vinegar and spices, became our happy place. We also fell in love with the bathroom due to its generously sized bathtub and washer/dryer combo.

Pro Tip
Stop at a market and buy milk if you plan to drink coffee or tea during your stay. You’ll be happy to have fresh milk in the morning.

Bedroom in Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
Though we didn’t spend a lot of time in the bedroom, we slept well in its queen-sized bed

Checking into the Paris apartment hotel was a breeze. Our greeter met us at a nearby cafe and spent time making sure we were comfortable with all of the unit’s features and equipment. A fellow American, she communicated well and quickly answered all of our questions.

Pro Tip
Pay close attention to the check-in and check-out times since this apartment hotel does not have a front desk. With a 10 am check-out during our stay, we had to make separate arrangements to store our luggage until our flight left later that night.

Amenities

American in Paris in Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
These two Americans in Paris love French desserts. We bought these beauties at a nearby branch of La Pâtisserie des Rêves.

Designed for comfort and convenience, our Paris apartment hotel included special touches that enhanced our stay. We especially appreciated the bottle of wine, Lindt chocolate bar and complimentary tickets to a one-hour Seine river cruise.

From a technology perspective, the apartment has a flatscreen television, WIFI, unlimited international telephone service, DVD player and Paris-themed DVD movie titles. For those who prefer to get information the old-fashioned way, the apartment also has Paris guide books and French cookbooks.

Nearby Attractions

Arc de Triumphe
The Arc de Triomphe lights up at night at the end of the Champs Elysees. The site is nothing short of magical.

One of the many things we love about Paris is its walkability. Though just minutes from a metro stop, the apartment hotel is within walking distance to Paris’ most iconic sites including the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

This proximity makes Le Triomphe Elysees an ideal base for exploring Paris for the first or fortieth time. Visitors can hit all of the major attractions.

As for us, we didn’t visit any attractions during this Paris trip. Instead, we reveled in the opportunity to live like locals. And it was good.

Logistics and Transportation

View from Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
We never tired of the views from our Paris apartment hotel.

Have we convinced you to plan a trip to Paris and live like Parisian locals?

To quote the late Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea”. Start planning your trip now!

Logistics

Books in Cobblestone Paris Apartment Hotel
We’ll always have Paris. If you plan a trip now, so will you.

Savvy travelers will find Cobblestone’s booking process to be easy. The real estate company’s website is both user-friendly and filled with information like photos, prices and pertinent details.

Pro Tip
When booking one of Cobblestone’s 26 apartments online, you can remit payment by Visa, Mastercard Discover, American Express or PayPal.

Transportation

Metro Station Sign in Paris
With a station right near the apartment hotel, the Paris metro is the best way to traverse the sprawling city.

Paris’ metro system is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Le Triomphe Elysees is just a short walk to a line 1 metro stop. During our stay, we easily used the metro to explore the city as well as to travel to and from the airport. We also took advantage of a nearby bus stop at the advice of our ‘friend’ Google Maps.

Hungry for More?
Check out our Paris Pastry Guide with 40 of the best Paris patisseries, boulangeries and chocolate shops.

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We thank Cobblestone Paris Rentals for hosting us to facilitate this article.

About the Authors
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Olivia Dejeu

Saturday 1st of June 2019

This place is beautiful! Oh it reminds me so much of Paris, such an amazing place..miss it with all my heart <3

Deborah

Monday 27th of May 2019

What a lovely way to see the city! (Also, that photo of your pastries from Patisserie des Reves lost me in a ten minute google search of pastry photos.)

Susanna

Monday 27th of May 2019

Great descriptions, you guys. The location sounds perfect for a short visit. And the apartment very desirable. The kind one dreams of owning in Paris.