Attic Apartment, Paris

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  • Extremely quirky roof-level apartment in the Marais which makes up in charm and ingenuity what it lacks in headroom

    You feel as if you’re floating among the Paris rooftops in the upturned hull of a boat, painted white and lined with windows.

    Thick white beams run through it like ancient bones, waiting for a wayward head or toe. Tiny side hatches lead to unexpected loft-like spaces, one with a pair of mattresses on the floor for kids.

    In the main bedroom, a huge oval bathtub snuggles amid the woodwork, beside an antique secretaire and shelves of glossy magazines. And the ingenious kitchen feels like a yacht’s galley, with flip-up tables and dinky appliances on a central island.

    It’s quirky, cosy and great fun for kids – but definitely not for everyone. It’s not for very tall people, clearly, nor for the unfit: you’ve got to hike up five flights of wonky stairs. And you shouldn’t expect high levels of service: it’s essentially an unstaffed, self-catering flat, though the maid lives one floor down and the manager nearby. But the sitting room is a wonderful refuge from Paris’ noisy streets, the location is superb, and the novelty value is unbeatable.

    The Attic Apartment, Paris is a roof-level flat which sleeps 2-4 costing from €175 for room only. 

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