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Hello Martinn,

We love Paris, and enjoyed our stay.   Your location is excellent, so many good eateries nearby, and a window shoppers delight! 
A special treat, also Matamata!  Such happy people, and excellent coffee breakfasts,
We will always remember.
We are in Haarlem and just connected to WiFi, so have not posted our thanks and review to FB....promise to do so when we rest a bit!

Elisabeth and Williams, USA Florida, May 2018


We have just returned from our 8-day sojourn in the apartment on Rue d' Argout in Paris, our third visit there. For us, young-at-heart in our 80s, it is the perfect location.
It is in walking distance of the Louvre, the Opera Garnier, passages, and many of the must-see sites in Paris.

The apartment is ground-floor, quiet and safe, entered through 2 security gates and a charming courtyard. It is within a block of a popular pedestrian-only thoroughfare with many services and restaurants.

That said, the best part of staying at the apartment is Martinn, its owner. She is thorough in her orientation of the area, her amenities are excellent--she provides breakfast for the first morning, (Ours lasted 3 days). A gourmet cook, she is a delightful Parisienne and wants only for her guests to enjoy their visit. She is always ready with help and information. Since we found this dear lady, she has enriched our visits to Paris and to France in so many ways. We feel privileged to call her Friend!


Alice and Kermit, St Louis USA, April 2018


email from martinn in April 2018: Hello, as you know I listen to my guests suggestions… when realistic and possible.

I had a request for a darker bedroom at night, not being bothered with lights going on and off in the courtyard.

So last night I had new blinds installed on top of the former ones. You are welcome b(l)ack.


All my best for now, hoping this e-mail will find you healthy and happy. martinn


Your lovely apartment will now be perfect.
We are healthy. It has been cold here but it is starting to warm up.
I imagine Paris is beautiful, we miss it and you.
Simon and Nancy, USA   came in February 2018



Hello Martinn,

It was lovely to meet you and thank you for making our stay in Paris so good. I just wanted to acknowledge your email because we finally arrived home at 4.00pm  and at the moment we are unpacking and trying to get ourselves organised for work tomorrow.
We will send more about the macaroons soon.
Thank you once again, Best wishes
Dean and Jenny UK, April 2018


“Charming Parisian apartment, charming Martinn, and of course charming Paris.”
My husband and I stayed at Martinn's lovely BnB for a week, celebrating our 20th anniversary. Everything was perfect, the apartment is in the 2nd arrondissment off a quaint cobblestoned street. The Area is quiet and safe, the courtyard is lovely, and the apartment has a French feel to it. The kitchen has everything a serious cook would want. We ended up not cooking however as the Montogueil area abounds with restaurants, cafes, bars, boulangeries, and specialty shops. Plus, Martinn provided us breakfast upon arrival, which lasted us for 3 days, and included pancakes, granola, yougurt, fruits, an egg dish and juice and coffee.
Martinn was a wonderful hostess, explaining the ins and outs of the apartment, the surrounding area, being available of we needed her, but was never intrusive.
She is very knowledgeable about Paris and the history of the area.
Because it was our anniversary we arranged for Martinn to make our dinner, and what a culinary treat it was. In a city famous for it's food, her meal was the best we had in Paris.
We will definitely be visiting Paris again and will definitely stay with Martinn.
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?   Yes.

Nancy and Simon , USA, NC  February 2018


 Martinn, You are so welcome. I was raised to care for all property! We are safely back in the States and are spending the night near the airport. It will be good to get home tomorrow. We have 2 kitties and I miss my bed cats! Thank you again for giving us a beautiful place to call home!

Miriam and Jon Robert

December 2017, USA Virginia


I had such a wonderful time with you, being in Paris and staying in your lovely apartment. I have wonderful memories if my time in your apartment and with you.  It made my time in Paris very memorable. I just didn't have enough time there. I do love your city.
I'm so glad I got to know you better and I will be happy to pass on your information.
I hope all is well with you. You do have a charming place and a great location.
We'll keep in touch.

Carol , USA Chicago , September 2017


Hello Martinn

We are at Chez Georges tonight
Jilly had the salmon. I had the duck
Both were superb
Many thanks for this and the other recommendations
Bon nuit
We had s very long trip to Beaune because the train engine needed to be replaced. However it was worth it as the town Is very nice and the weather is warm
You are quite right I am always anxious to get going when I am travelling
It had nothing to do with our enjoyment of your lovely apartment
We will be sure to recommend Key2Paris to our friends
Thank you for you great hospitality and for all the "tips" in Paris and around Carcassonne
Very kind regards
Stephen & Gillian  , AU September 2017


Hi Martinn,

We have arrived into Amiens & the sun is shining! We've met up with the rest of our family & have spent the afternoon wandering around the town which is very pretty & interesting
Thank you once again for sharing your lovely apartment with us, we really enjoyed staying there for our wk in Paris & would not hesitate to stay again when we return! Also for all your help, wonderful walking tour & countless information which we so appreciate. I hope your new guests enjoy it as much as we have,
Best wishes
Annie  and Patrick, Melbourne, AU  August 2017


Bonjour, Martinn.
Arrived safe and sound, and we've been busy unpacking, doing the laundry, trying to get over the jet lag and just talking about our wonderful experience with you, in your apartment, around Paris and our affair with the food!
Thanks for your compliments and we'd like to treat things on loan to us as though they were our own. You've been a great, knowledgeable and detailed host, and that certainly added to the experience.
We'll definitely post our positive reviews
May Yin & Jason , Singapore,  July 2017


Hello Martinn
 Thank you for your email.   Yes, the chocolate was very, very delicious - thank you. 
Our taxi trip through Paris to St Cloud was calm, uneventful and reasonably priced - and the hire car pick up was all very straightforward.  (One never knows whether complications will arise.)
 We have now arrived in a little gite in Maison Ponthieu, after a few days in a splendid B&B in Fontaine-sous-Jouy.  (It’s called Aulnaie Gardens B&B, if you’re ever looking for a place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Paris).
 Curiously, the wifi has been intermittent and unreliable since we left Paris (is that usually the case in rural France?) – hence not replying to you sooner.
 Thank you again for the lovely breakfast, your information about Paris and your kindness.  We will certainly recommend your apartment to our friends.
 Kind regards
Lindsey and Tony,Auckland, New Zealand July 2017


My husband and I stayed for three weeks in Martinn's wonderful apartment in late April - mid-May. We have been to Paris more than a dozen times, so we know the city quite well, and have stayed in various locations on both the Right and Left Banks. We prefer staying in an apartment over a hotel because one of our favorite activities to do is to visit the incredible markets, and, for me, it's impossible to see all of that lovely produce, fish, meat, and not want to cook! Also, an apartment is more spacious than a hotel room.
A few of the many advantages of Martinn's apartment are:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Two steps from rue Montmartre, and one block from rue Montorgeuil, a world-famous market street, with every kind of prepared food, specialty food shops, and restaurants imaginable.
EASY WALKING DISTANCE: The Marais, for example the Pompidou Centre, is a 10 minute walk; Les Halles (with Alain Ducasse's new brasserie, Champeaux), is a 5 minute walk; the #3 Metro line on rue Reamur is a 5-minute walk; the Bourse is a 5-minute walk (don't' miss Daniel Rose's new bistro (actually he took over a classic bistro, whose owner retired after many years), La Bourse et La Vie); Palais Royal and the Louvre are a 10-minute walk; and the Jardín de Tuileries and l'Orangerie is 15 minutes. We walked to all this and more. We used the metro only to meet with friends in the 5th and 12th, go to the Musée Marmottan in the 16th, and to go to the Musée d'Orsay, although we could have walked to that, too.
WELL-EQUIPPED APARTMENT: Everything one could imagine (especially if you enjoy cooking -- a kitchen scale a food processor, French press AND drip coffee makers, etc.) are there. A bathroom with a tub and shower. A washing machine AND a dryer. A phone with free calls to the U.S. Lots of guide books, area information, etc. I really like the fact, too, that the apartment is 2 rooms (a bedroom and a living room with kitchen & dining area), rather than a studio with the bed always visible.
I could go on, but don't want to bore you! Suffice it to say that I am happy to respond to emails about our experience, but before I sign off, I need to tell you that the very best thing about Martinn's apartment is Martinn herself. Her knowledge of Paris is just staggering! I had the privilege to join in a tour she had organised for friends in the Haut Marais. Her knowledge of the history, the special "foodie" places, etc. is incredible. I couldn't more strongly recommend putting yourself in Martinn's hands (and her apartment), if you are a first-time visitor to Paris, or, like us, long-time visitors. I know that Martinn will have some wonderful tips and insights for you to really enhance your experience of the City of Lights.
Kim (and Jim), Santa Fe, NM, USA. April May 2017

Bonjour! Nous sommes rentres  sans problem mais un peu fatigue!
Merci beaucoup pour toutes vos assistance en Paris - vous nous avez fait sentir très bienvenue, et nous avons passer un tres agreeable fin de semaine dans un de nos plus prefere ville.

Lorsque vous nous avez vu, nous cherchions deux tasse pour souvenir et aussi pour buvons du bubbles pour le train :) Il etais tres difficile le lundi du paque mais nous avons trouver deux jollie petit tasse tres francais (nous pensons!). Et les enfants se trouvens les chocolates tres bons - jamais incertin!

J'ai recu un lien pour TA et je vais certainement ecrire un revu tres positive (mais demain parceque il est trop tard ce soir)

Alors Merci encore pour tout! Et tout bon regardes et milliers voeux d'Angleterre (toujours European!)

Alan et Philippa, UK, April 2017


My answer : bonjour Philippa et Alan,

merci BEAUCOUP pour cet email bien sympathique. Et je suis ravie que vous ayez aimé Paris, le quartier, l'appartement et mon accueil...
La prochaine fois, je peux vous donner des adresses pour trouver de jolies tasses mais je suis contente que vous ayez pu en trouver cette fois-ci et un lundi de Pâques !
Je vous souhaite un belle vie en UK, en Europe ou pas…
En espérant avoir de vos nouvelles parfois et peut-être vous revoir, mais avant 30 ans…😋
Cheers !!!!


We are sitting in the departure lounge at CDG. I have a glass of champagne and a bowl of Wonton noodles.
Thank you Martinn for your generous hospitality wonderful birthday dinner and guiding us to the Pissaro exhibition. We miss you and we miss Paris.
Until we meet again,
A Bientôt
       Peter and Karen, Canada  March 2017


Thank you very much.  The journey went very well although the train was a little late. 
We had a delightful stay and we would very much like to thank you for all your kindness and in particular for the delicious little supper of cheese and wine last night.  It was very nice to have a chance to talk to you. We hope we may be able to come again when we next come to Paris
Andrew & Jackie, UK, Kent, January 2017


We arrived home safe and sound, but just a little bit tired.  Thank you for making our stay so wonderful.   I look forward to the new Facebook page.
Jennifer and Bryan, USA, Philadelphia, January 2017


  Truffle exchange ....Hello Martinn
I wanted to ask you where I might find fresh truffles in Paris?  Lisa and I are back in Paris and I was hoping to pick some up before I go. ...


hello Trevor and LIsa,
in this area here are 2 places for fresh truffles =
- comptoir de la gastronomie rue Montmartre
- Terroir d’Avenir rue du Nil  Open tomorrow Tuesday
 Melanosporum = rabasse ....
This year they are quite expensive because of the weather this Summer. They are very seldom. I have ordered through a friend in the South a small one  30€ for 27gr  ( 1100-1200€:kg, cheap, You’ll probably have to pay more here) I know they are quality.  You may find some less expensive ones but they are coming from China and not good. If you invest, take real, quality ones.
I wrap the truffle in aluminum foil and put it in a glass jar in the freezer
When you need some, you scrape it with a thin Microplan. I had one from last February that I finished for XMAS.

Make sure it is not Chinese. Tasteless.They have to be firm., no holes, not in soil.  The color should be chocolate with regular white marble grain. Use a small sharp nice to check the color.
If color is light brown or black, it has frozen or not mature
In an omelet, in a root vegetable broth, Jerusalem Artichokes, risotto, pasta,  end of cheese fondue …. 
Bonne appétit et bonne année gourmande


Hello Martinn

Thank you for the recommendation. We went to Comptoir de la gastronomie.  
Not as good of a price as you got but still not the worse I've seen.
Just curious how many dinners did you make with your 27 grams worth of truffle?  I got that amount as well.
Thank you again for all the ideas and your wonderful home. We had a wonderful time. We defiantly will be back and coming to you for room and board.

Bonjour Martinn,

Thank you for your recommendations in Lyon.  We are looking forward to more great food.
Dijon is very beautiful and we are enjoying our stay very much. Today we will take the train to Beaune to visit for the day.
Tomorrow off to Lyon.

Lisa & Trevor,  Canada, Vancouver  December 2016, January 2017


Martinn, it was a absolute pleasure meeting you. Paris was amazing, I loved it. Thanks for all you did for us, we really appreciate it. I will for sure stay in contact! Have a good new year's and thanks for everything.


 We are home after a fairly easy trip. Thank you again for everything . Bonne année.  Mark


 Home so fast, but at least Rhone and I have a few more days to savor our memories.  Poor Mark has to work today.  It was a lovely week of introducing Rhone to Paris, and it is starting to feel like Rue d'Argout is a second home.  Christmas Eve at your home is memory our little family will cherish, the food was delicious of course, and so was the conversation and ambiance of your home.  Than you for another week to cherish. Carolyn                               USA, Idaho, December 2016


Hi Martinn,
 We arrived on November 9th and have been busy ever since. There was a lot of cleaning to be done after Hurricane Mathews.
 We had a great stay in Europe. Everything worked out as planned, except the transfer on arrival in Paris, which of course was not your recommendation.
 Thank you very much for providing the apartment. It was superbly stocked and at a wonderful location. We had a great time in Paris and hope to be back.
 Once again, many thanks and best wishes for the upcoming holidays,
 Udo & Natasha,  USA Florida, September 2016


My answer : Thanks for your comments. Even belated, they are welcome of course. I feel reassured.  And as you know and happily experienced on your way back to the airport, I recommend Blacklane, reliable, on time, clean and polite... Hope you could get reimbursed by the company you had mistakenly booked for arrival.


Linda and I, (Anne),  want to thank you not just for providing a very comfortable and pleasant flat, but for all the information about shopping, etc.  And for arranging the car to the airport !!!  The driver is a very nice young man who dropped us at our respective terminals...  The breakfast was lovely,  after that super rich hot chocolate, Linda had to leave her portion to the next day. ..

Paris is such a beautiful city.  On our last afternoon, we took a very slow bus trip back from the Petit Palace along the Seine.  Even in the rain, the city is beautiful!!


Dear Martinn,
 We loved your place.  If I had had my way we would have spent our entire trip there.   We felt very well looked after by you and appreciate your extra tips.  My husband still has a hankering to see Paris again and I know just where we will stay!
 The taxi wove his way through the backstreets with great aplomb and we reached CDG in about half hour so my worries about not enough time were totally unfounded.  I should have trusted you.
 I left a review on Flipkey. 
 I hope your trip to visit your friend went well.  Linda

Linda (USA) and Anne ( AU), on a sisters' trip  October 2016


Bonjour, Martinn,

Yes, we made it back home without any problem, suffering from jet lag a little, but not too bad.    We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your lovely apartment.    Thank you again so  much for the lovely dinner and breakfast you left prepared for us, the wine, and of course, the lovely gift.    We enjoyed Paris very much, and found everyone very friendly.   
Again, thank you so  much for your hospitality and your lovely apartment.

Best regards, Pat and Mindy, Texas, USA  September 2016


Was a pleasure to host you and help you celebrate these important birthdays.  Hope Mindy could handle going back to work without too much jet lag.  Martinn



Comments received  in September 2016


We continue to be so grateful that we found you and this apartment! Thank you so much for the thorough directions to the places we hope to see!    Stohrer fed us this evening.  Chantilly tomorrow if all goes well, following your directions.  All so appreciated!  Kermit is reading the information you sent about the passages.  Keeps commenting how great it is!  You are a treasure


We found you on TA !  We were so impressed by your individual responses and personalization!  You've certainly been a blessing these last two trips.  


Will stay in touch.   Bisou, 2 times!


Alice and Kermit USA, St Louis September 2016





Hello Martinn,


I accept the price you quoted.indeed, I thought it to be quite generous of you.


Win and I have truly fallen in love with your apartment..


You in particular have made our stay in Paris so wonderful, which is why we keep coming back.


Merci, Walter





We had such a good time. Dinner was delicious as always. . Kermit and Alice are delightful; we loved meeting them.  Many many thanks. 


Anne North Carolina USA with Caroline and Bob from California



Hi Martinn:  Peter and I drank the wine and ate the rillettes, unpacked and then fell into bed.  Bed wonderfully comfortable and we had a marvelous sleep.  Up this morning and enjoyed your breakfast enormously.  Thank you so terribly much for both the eve welcoming snack and the breakfast.  You have been most kind and generous to us.  All goes well.  We will be away early tomorrow to go to the Bastille market.  We are truly very content here   So very happy to be back in this flat and in Paris again.  Bon soir ........ Back Home, we want to tell you again how much we enjoyed our stay.  Certainly, the highlight for me was the Foundation Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne.  Let me know what you think after you make your journey.  Both Peter and I enjoyed our  conversations with you.  Next time, we must talk longer.  Meanwhile, take care of yourself.  All our best, Karen   Karen & Peter, Canada August 2016


Dear Martinn,

We had such an incredible time -- we keep talking about it, and planning our next stay -- hopefully next year!
I can't say enough about your excellent hospitality and intelligent recommendations -- you really spent time and effort making sure we had a wonderful time (it definitely worked). I would love to stay in touch -- we would so love to stay with you again in Paris. :)


Also, that taxi driver Vincente -- was just marvelous. I'd definitely recommend him. He got us to the airport as quickly as he could

Make sure you stay cool in the hot weather!
Warmest regards,
Claire & Jeff , USA, Boston July 2016


Dear Claire and Jeff, was a real treat for me to host you. I already put Vincente in my address book. Will check the Sunday traffic as usually  it is not that bad (no business traffic).

Thanks for your enthusiasm, for taking care of the "nest".

Thanks for your "warm" regards, but not too warm please :-) Joking... Living in old buildings with insulation is helpful. And yes come back, send friends and family ( if they are as nice as you). Be aware that next Spring is already quite busy. Check the availability chart before getting your tickets. Au revoir, à bientôt  Martinn


Bonjour Martinn,
Thanks for the opportunity to stay at your fabulous apartment.
The taxi service was on time ( 5min early), clean Mercedes and 35 euro. A very good service. Will post a review on the links proved in the next few days when I get home.
Thx again,
Kerry and Peter  AU Sydney  June 2016


Bonjour Martinn!!

We already miss Paris and want to come back!! Our trip to Cologne went well. We enjoyed staying in your apartment and dinner . We definitely will recommend your apartment to our friends, and I'll write review as soon as I'll get back home!!
Good luck to you and hopefully we'll see you in 2 years!! Stay in touch!!
Mila and Stan :) USA Florida  May 2016




What a great vacation we had!  We definitely fell in love with Paris and I have no doubt that our next European trip will include Paris again.   I would never even consider staying anywhere but yours as long as it is available.  We both love the neighborhood.  Rue Montorgueil, Montmartre, and Argout were the perfect place for us to be.  We never got tired of just wandering those streets.  (Especially after you introduced us to some of the shopkeepers and pointed out some of the beautiful architecture found everywhere.)  


My boss visited Paris a couple of years ago and she said that  they will be going back there someday.  She has been asking me all kinds of questions about Key2Paris and she loves all of the pictures that we have shown her.  Who knows, maybe some day they will be giving you a call!


All of my family love the book that you made for us.  I knew that they would.  Their favorite pictures from Paris are not of Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, but the food that we ate at Martinn's!


 Thanks again for making our "trip of a lifetime" possible.Most of all it was a pleasure meeting you and getting to spend a little time with you.  It is because of you and this great city that this trip has been the best we have ever taken. Merci beaucoup!


Carol and Roy.  Phoenix, USA April 2016


 PS : Bordeaux was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect.  Thank you so much for recommending it. Thanks for sharing the travel tips




Bonjour Martinn:
Oh yes we have lovely memories of Paris, of meeting you, of living in your darling little apartment with the really cute yard, of walking all over the neighborhood and visiting the Louvre.  A very nice bus trip all around Paris most famous places.  We really enjoyed it all.  But you really made it special for us and we thank you.  It was fun to live like a local and in such a lovely neighborhood.

Carole and Tom, upstate NY, USA  April 2016


Bonjour !
We were not ready to leave Paris and your wonderful apartment. I just finished my review on Flip Key/Trip Advisor.    I hope I did it correctly.    My words just kept falling short of my feelings!    We truly loved being there.    The neighborhood, the apartment; all was just what we were looking and hoping for in Paris.     Paris is our favorite city and now we have a home away from home there and a good friend!     
We had a nice time in Geneva and Zurich but we left our hearts in France! 
Take care of yourself.     Please stay in touch!!
Au revoir. Fondly,
Wanda and Mark, USA  February 2016


Dear Martinn, Sorry for the late response I tried not to look at my messages for a couple of days as this email address also includes all my workmail and I just could not bear seeing how may there were awaiting me........
Thanks for the lovely photo! We just had such a wonderful time in Paris and traveling by train is just amazing, within 6 hours we were back in Selby (near York). A good way to go and we will certainly do it again, perhaps even sooner than the 4 years, and if course we have a good address now!
Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality and fantastic food, I will certainly have a go at the recipes you sent and gave me.
With all best wishes, Josine and Walter, February/March 2016, UK


Dear Martinn,
Thank you for your message.  I’m sorry I have not been in touch since our return at the beginning of the week.  Life has been very hectic catching up with an accumulation of work and post after being away for two weeks.
 Our journey home went very well and we have wonderful memories of our week in Paris.  Not only was the apartment perfect, the area of Paris around Rue d’Argout charming and interesting as well as close to so many wonderful places, but we also gained a new friend in yourself.
 We are most grateful to you for sharing your love of Paris and for all your helpful suggestions and advice.  It was very much appreciated.
Again … thank you for all you did for us to make our stay so memorable.
 With grateful thanks,
 Ruth and Len, Scotland UK  January 2016


Bonjour Martinn

Thank you for your email. We had a really wonderful time in Paris and much of that was the location right in the centre of Paris. 

And you  not only provided enough food for our dinner that night but for a few days afterwards but also provided us with all the information that we needed to make our stay as wonderful as it could be.
I have recommended the apartment to a colleague who is hoping to travel to Paris next year  so who knows you might have more Aussie visitors.

All the best for the new year and I am glad for the skiers that winter has arrived at last in Europe.
Eleanor and David, Dec 2015- January 2016, AU


You are the sweetest, Martinn! Thank you so much for checking on us


Thanks so much for being such a fantastic hostess!

Angela, USA, December 2015



Dear Parisians,


As you can imagine, we have not been able to stop watching the news.  We have contacted friends living in Paris, and they are O.K.  But the news is heart-breaking.   Attacking Paris is like desecrating a shrine.


Paris is so much more than just a city.  It’s a way of life, the way life is supposed to be.  It’s both an inspiration and an aspiration for the rest of the world.  It’s an ideal that many people only dream about.  Paris embraces and encompasses its visitors.  When we are in Paris, we use the same caution and common sense that we would in any other city, and we have never felt unsafe in any arrondissment, day or night.


Paris eludes easy definition.  It is living, exciting, energized, welcoming, amazingly beautiful, richly historic, impeccably cultured, and deeply civilized.  It is a sweet, sexy and sophisticated celebration of life at its best.


Even the victims of the terrorists were all living and celebrating life in different ways: Sports.  Music.  Food.  Wine.  Friends.  Laughter.  Love.  Paris as usual.  That anyone should ever even think of doing this is a crime against humanity.


(Our favorite holiday is the Festival of Music on June 21st when all these qualities that make Paris so vibrant and alluring and romantic seem to be fully on display.  Just walking across the bridges near Notre Dame lighted in the evening sky, watching lovers strolling and embracing, listening to the music floating softly over the Seine.  These are memories of a lifetime that Paris shares with the world.)


A Parisian friend responded to our concerned email saying, “Don’t worry.  We will never change.”  He was right.


Paris is to experience, to share, and to love.  We would never say we are afraid to go to New York because 9/11 happened there.  And we will never be afraid to go to Paris.  We would go tomorrow if we could.


The music of life and the poetry of Paris live on.


To all the lovely people in the magnificent city of Paris, we embrace you!


And we send our loving prayers,

Bob and Nit , Hawaii




Stay in Paris & your apartment was a real pleasure.
It was a real pleasure to meet Anne & Frank,thanks for the nice evening.
May our path cross again.
Kay, October 2015


We also spent a special evening with Martinn, Martinn was kind enough to include Kay and Popat in our get-together, a California couple who were staying with her this time. Kay had contacted Anne via our blog many months ago and sent Anne an email asking for Paris recommendations. 

Naturally, Anne recommended Martinn’s, and now we were all together drinking wine here in Paris. Isn’t life grand?
We left Paris all too soon.  There is always something more to see and do in this grand city.  But then, we'll be back another time.  Certainly, just as soon as the current stash of fine chocolate bars runs low!!  Heh, heh.

Anne and Frank, Kay and Popat  USA  October 2015


Yes,we have finally reached home last night around 9 P.M.Woke up early due to time difference & slept a lot on the plane.
We really enjoyed your hospitality & our temporary home in Paris.I think it is at a great location with easy city transport & wonderful acess to many attractions.You have a great apartment.

Kay & Popat, USA  October 2015


Hello Martinn
Thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable you are a lovely warm and welcoming lady, the evening meal we had with you was 5 star I will try to replicate it (some hope), how nice to meet your son and Sally two lovely young people. We had a good trip home arrived in Perth at 6.30pm it was great to catch up with our family, and my little dog who was also happy to see us.  I will send you the photos when I get around to down loading them.
All our love and best wishes to you
Janet & Colin ☺  AU, September 2015


Hi Martinn
Thank you for being such an excellent caring host.
We had a very easy trip home but I confess to being very jet lagged.
It is always worse in this direction
I am also suffering from returning  to a winter climate - I am much happier in the warmth
I would be pleased to keep in contact.
I am trying to convince my husband to return to Paris with me very soon . ..

Carole and Susan, Au, July 2015


Hi Martinn
I am back in work today in a wet and windy Ireland – but thank you again for your kindness in welcoming us to Paris and for your many excellent recommendations
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to recommend the apartment
 Paul, Orla, Louise  Ireland  July 2015


Hello Martinn,
I am glad the apartment was easy to clean. We wanted to leave it the way we found it.
The wine is yours. We could not pack it. Please enjoy.
I will definitely leave a positive review on trip advisor! We had a wonderful time in Paris. We could not ask for anything more!
We have made it back safely. Thank you for everything Martinn! We very much appreciate everything!
Heather and Sydney, New jersey USA  June


Win and Walter, Toronto Canada June 2015


Hi Martinn yes the bus trip no 48 went well and was easy, thanks for your help. We have arrived in Brugge to rain but are looking forward to getting out and about tomorrow. We would definitely stay at your apartment again and enjoyed our time in Paris  Thanks  Laura

 nice"Kiwi"   Family  May 2015


Dear Martinn
Thank you for your email and your loverly thoughts , we had a wonderful time with you and in Paris !
We just got home after Singapore which was hot but very relaxing and a great way to finish our holiday .
We are planning our next holiday and part of that might be to get the train from Paris to London so we may see you then for a short stay !
Again thank you for your help and being so welcoming .

Richard & I did have a lovely time in your Apartment,
we always looked forward to coming "home" each night.
Take care, Kind regards
Richard and Sharon, Australia, May 2015


Now home after a fab week in Martine's sweet and perfect little rental apartment. Fantastic location and a great welcome. Many thanks Martine for the breakfast, the local tour and all the help and advice. Would definitely recommend!!!!

Kathy and David  UK, March 2015

Hello Martinn~

We landed in Dallas in a snowstorm.  Had to stay overnight & we r hoping our flight leaves this morn for Tucson & home.  We enjoyed our time in your lovely apt & had such a restful time in our favorite city.  Thank u again.

Carol & Jerry, USA  February 2015


Thank You Martinn, I had a wonderful time in Paris (how could you not in such a wonderful city) The apartment was really lovely everything one would need for a comfortable stay such a pity we couldn't have stayed longer. If I am lucky enough to return to Paris I will certainly contact you to see if your lovely apartment is available. Thanks Pat, Ireland February 2015


As an octogenarian (just!) couple, it was perhaps foolish of us to attempt to avoid the tourist hoards by taking a Paris holiday break in early February.  When we heard that icy cold weather was forecast for the whole week, we were particularly concerned by the possible foolhardiness of our plan.  However, after an easy flight to Paris Orly Airport and onward travel by speedy, comfortable and efficient RER train service to central Paris, we walked to our "Special Place to Stay" and were  welcomed and put at ease by our waiting and delightful hostess Martinn, who had prepared an excellent meal ready for us on our arrival.

The warmth of our reception was fully matched by the warmth and comfort of her  compact, very fully equipped apartment, with everything exactly as illustrated and described in the presentation.  The location, very close to the historic Rue Montorgueil with its compelling food shops and cafés and with easy access to transport connection, could not have been better for exploring the delights of Paris: museums, galleries for art and historic buildings.  The famed "covered galleries" were a special delight for shop window gazing, taking light luncheons or sipping on coffee.

We thoroughly enjoyed our week and have returned enriched by our experience and determined to visit again.  Thank you Martinn!
Jenny and William,  UK  February 2015


Hi Martine

Thank you for making our stay in Paris so wonderful. We enjoyed every minute of it: the walks, the museums, the food and you.

Judith and John, New Jersey, US  January 2015


Bonjour Martinn
Happy new year! Firstly, we are sorry for the delay in replying to you. The new year has been a hectic start, but we have not forgotten our piece of paradise over Christmas. We had the most fabulous time in your beloved Paris and the apartment which was just perfect.
Thank you for all of your recommendations and organising for our luggage to be stored across the road. We have been telling everyone we've seen since our return, how excellent your recommendations were and how we needed more time/to come back to explore them all! One day....!
We would be happy to write a glowing recommendation on Alistair Sawdays.
I hope you, your family and friends are safe in Paris after the events of this week. We are all shocked and horrified and fully support those marching today- #jesuischarlie
All the very best
Julie and Simon, London,  December 2014


Dear Martinn,
Our pleasure!!!!  We really appreciated your unit, your efficiency and most of all your friendliness!!!
Thanks you again for the wonderful stay and we hope you have a safe and happy Xmas and new Year.
Take care,  Au revoir,
Chris and Ron, AU, November 2014


Bon Noel, Martine. Nous avons passe, en mars, une semaine magnifique a Paris dans votre appartement.
WENDY & JOHN,  UK March 2014


Hello Martinn
 Gianna and I are now back in Australia and back to work – does it ever end?
 We really enjoyed staying in your place and the location was so convenient.
 Thank you for your help
 Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Gianna and Gary  Australia, November 2014


Bonjour Martine,


Well we have now been home for 2 weeks and I thought I would send you a photo which we took from your apartment window. All our friends tell me "that is a very French photograph" and of course it is.

We have lovely memories of our stay in Paris and in your lovely apartment. We also appreciated your hospitality very much.

The remainder of our holiday took us to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue which was the most idyllic place on earth and we were so happy to have spent almost 3 weeks there.

Our stay in Padua was wonderful, highlighted by the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, then on to Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Prague. What an experience we have had!

We have now almost settled back in to the usual routine and are looking forward to the summer months.

I do hope you are in good health and that the winter is not too severe for you.

With kind regards,

Rosalie and Tony, Australia, August 2014 email sent mid-november :-) what a trip !


Bonjour Martine,

                                     We're organizing our photos which are such good ways of remembering the details of our travels.

 Paris is so many things: Museums. Culture. History. Romantic views. Beautiful churches. Wonderful cafes. Michelin-starred restaurants. Amazing architecture. The Seine River. The best wines and cheeses on the planet. And gracious people living and sharing the good life!!

 We loved all of it, but one of the truly special experiences was something completely off the tourist track, that very few people get to experience. That was the delicious homemade dinner and your welcoming hospitality!

What a great treat!

 Have a wonderful autumn in Paris!


Bob and Nit again, remembering August in rue d'Argout



Dear Martinn,


I know it's been awhile since we have returned to Australia but as they say better late than never!


Obviously we've been very busy and lots has been happening for us here hence my delay in contacting you.


All that aside I would just like to pass on to you from myself and Grahame what a wonderful time we had in Paris and staying in your apartment.


The convenience of its location was great and allowed us easy walking access to all the wonderful sights that Paris has to offer.


The provisions that you left in the apartment for our convenience was very comforting and your instructions for obtaining more from the local area were helpful indeed - breakfast, lunch and dinner were never far away and easily accessible and delicious too!


Having chosen your apartment from a book I don't think I could've made a better choice for a home away from home in Paris. I would wholeheartedly recommend it and in fact have done so to friends in Sydney who I'm hoping you may hear from later this year as they plan their trip to Paris for next year.


I really enjoyed the wealth of information you were able to impart about food provisions and general information of Paris and France.


The best part about our stay while in Paris was your advice on touring the 'Inside Passages'. This was a real insight for me into what I was personally looking for while in Paris - the peoples Paris. The arcades were beautiful and how they wove through the city was fascinating. I know I wouldn't have found them on my own and with your wealth of knowledge once again it made for a most memorable day.


Martinn, it was a pleasure to meet you and if we ever have the opportunity of visiting Paris again we would certainly choose to stay in your apartment.


Thank you and kind regards,


Maija and Grahame, Australia, May 2014


Bonjour Martine,

Thank you so much for giving our time in Paris a personal touch that the usual, casual visitor never sees! We had a wonderful time. Paris is work, but if you make the effort, the rewards are ten-fold: absolutely beautiful memories of a lifetime.

You do so well enhancing and personalizing the experience for visitors. (By contrast, we stayed on rue Cler a month and never even met the owner once. He -- or she?? -- was completely anonymous.) Thanks for all the recommendations and insider tips and a beautiful home-cooked meal! On the last day, you even brought over a book with the history of street names and a beautiful Canavalet Museum reference book to inspire a future visit. And because you probably had a hand in it, thanks for arranging such good weather for us!

We just returned to Hawaii 3 days ago after a great visit with family and friends on Cape Cod. Back to work.

Have a wonderful autumn!

Much aloha,

Bob and Nit, Hawai August 2014


Thank you soooo much for such a wonderful comment !

You made my day, my week, my Autumn. I do my best for my guests and am so pleased when they enjoy. As for the weather, I'd love to have a hand on it but ... If guests to be read this, if weather is not "so nice" when they visit (it happens ...) they could think I did not give them as much care as I did for you :-)

My turn to thank you for being you, for your enthusiasm, for taking great care of the apartment, for cooking some authentic Thai food for me....

Come back for Carnavalet, more cheese, more streets, more Paris when you want. You will be welcome as friends.





Bonjour Martine,

Yes, our departure from Paris was very smooth. The taxi arrived on time and we were in plenty of time for the train to Avignon. Our apartment in L'Isle sur la Sorgue is delightful and in the centre of all the 'activity'. It is a very pretty village with streams and water wheels. We ate at an outdoor restaurant last night with a lovely warm breeze to keep us company. It is quite hot here.

We drive to Uzes on 12th and after a few days there fly from Marseilles to Venice/Padua. Our journey from there takes us to Budapest, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, krakow, Warsaw and finally Prague. This is a 10 week holiday, one which will leave us with so many wonderful memories.

Thank you again Martine for being a generous hostess. We will always remember our little Paris apartment in Rue d'Argout.

Best wishes,

Rosalie and Tony, Australia August 2014


Dear Martine

Thank you so much. We had a fabulous last morning in Paris. Our bags were safe and sound. Thank for arranging that as well.


We had a wonderful week. Your apartment is perfect for us. The location could not be more perfect. We only took one taxi and no metro the entire time (and that included walking to and from Montmartre)

Paris remains one of the World s greatest cities

 Enjoy the rest of your summer.


Jill and David, Toronto Canada August 2014


Dear Martine,


Tom and I want to thank you for your kindness and hospitality during our stay at your apartment in Paris. The location is perfect and very quiet . It was so good for us to take the tour the next day as we understood the layout of the area rather quickly. We are also delighted that we opted for dinner and breakfast. Both meals were absolutely delicious. Thank you for gift with Fragonard as a memento of our trip to Paris and the Rococo Period in French art.

We returned home about a week ago to 30+C so we fondly think of cooler days in France. We do hope that you are well,

Carol and Tom, Alabama USA April 2014


Thanks again for making our stay both memorable and comfortable
Best wishes
WENDY & JOHN,  UK March 2014


Dear Martine,

Thank you very much for your email and it was very good to meet you too. Our journey back was very easy and we will try to stay relaxed as long as possible!!


We had a very lovely stay in your apartment.

Thank you for making us so welcome and also for helping us to find our way around as well as guiding us towards some very good and drink!


Until next time...

Rosy & John, London, UK, February 2014



Bonjour Martine


 We arrived home this morning after what seems like an eternity in planes and airports! We miss Paris already....


 We will write a review for you - it was pure joy to stay at your apartment!

 Take care and we will hopefully see you again in a few years time - we will start saving $ now!


 Kind regards and au revoir


Angela and Pete, Au, December 2013, January 2014



Dear Martine,

I apologize for the delay in writing but we want you to know how much we enjoyed our two weeks in your apartment. The apartment fit our needs perfectly and the location was just what we were looking for. You are a charming hostess and your attention to your visitor's comfort and enjoyment is much appreciated. From the wonderful welcome basket to your lists of favorite neighborhood restaurants and shops, you made our stay a memorable one. We hope to see you again when we return to Paris.

Thank you for your hospitality,

Cris & Bob , USA, October, November 2013


Dear Martine,


A Happy New Year to you!

Nine hours after you, we are safely home and have a peaceful first day of 2014.


Thank you so much for being such a wonderful hostess of our winter vacation in Paris. Charles and I both enjoyed the stay at your nice apartment, and of course, the time we spent with you.

We hope you will have another healthy and full of fun 2014!



Charles and Mariko, Portland, Oregon December 2013



... I arrived early. Not wanting my hostess to feel rushed, I waited near her apartment sitting on a bench watching the Parisians on a Friday night while drinking my latte.

 At 8pm I entered her complex.

Martine is a professional hostess. Her years of running a B&B was evident in her flawless ability to converse, flowing between topics and showing her acumen for American life and customs.

 Over appetizers, shrimp salad, fish, cheese and tarts offered in 4 courses, we compared French to American life, politics, and family. At the end, near 11pm, we exchanged emails and contact information just before my taxi arrived. I believe I have a new friend.

My night was perfect.  The perfect way to experience Paris.


Karen, US September 2013








Thank you for your kind words.


We very much enjoyed our stay in your lovely apartment and would not hesitate to stay with you again. We are already missing going to the local bakery for our breakfast bread and seeing all those beautiful cakes, pastries and chocolates in the shop windows.


Thank you once again.


Alicja and Richard,UK, November 2013


Thank you for your kind words, Martine! We have come to think of the apartment as our Paris home and you as our special Paris friend. Any planning for future trips to Paris will revolve around availability of the apartment! We're home, unpacked, ...I have a pot of potato soup on...


The young man at Stohrer was a charmer.

Included too is a copy of the card from the restaurant we spoke of near Notre Dame. We had a gourmet meal beautifully presented and I would certainly recommend it.


As soon as I'm over jet lag I will write for Trip Advisor.


Alice and Kermit

Saint Louis, USA October 2013


Hi Martine

We have absolutely loved our week in Paris and loved our home on rue D'Argout! It was a perfect place for us.

See you in the morning!

Sleep well ….


We are safely checked in and waiting for our flight. Unfortunately I forgot that my lavender honey from Provence was in my backpack and it was taken from me! C'est la vie! Thank goodness I packed the honey you gave to us in our checked luggage!!

Thank you again for your hospitality and generosity. Our day with you was the highlight of our week. We do hope to return to Paris someday to visit with you. Until then let's keep in touch!

Enjoy your concert tonight!

Cheers Jacquie & Graham

September 2013, Canada


Bonsoir Martine,


Nous voilà de retour et le voyage c’est très bien passé. Personne n’a dormi pendant le trajet et Pierre Olivier a quitté pour son travail à 8h45 ce matin (c’est beau la jeunesse !)


Nous revenons la tête remplie de beaux souvenirs. Quatorze jours à Paris a découvrir, visiter, explorer et apprendre sur votre histoire. Et comme tout bon touriste nous nous sommes gâtés.


Notre pied à terre dans votre appartement a rendu notre séjour des plus agréable. La proximité de tout, une belle vie de quartier et la gentillesse des Parisiens. Nous vous remercions pour tout…votre accueil, vos bons conseils, vos petites attentions, le confort , la propreté et les facilités de l’appartement. Tout était parfait, nous avons même du la chance de vivre une canicule à Paris, oh qu’il faisait chaud.


Merci bien d’avoir participé a rendre notre séjour à Paris de plus inoubliable !

Au plaisir,


Esther, Clément et Pierre-Olivier

Quebec, Juillet 2013


Bonjour Esther,  Clément et Pierre Olivier déjà reparti travailler,

comme c'est gentil  de prendre le temps d'écrire alors que vous avez tellement de choses à faire au retour et que vous êtes certainement prête à vous écrouler...
cela a été un plaisir de faire votre connaissance même brève car vous étiez bien occupés à TOUT découvrir !
Je suis ravie que mon appartement et moi-même ayons contribué à votre bon séjour et à célébrer ces anniversaires.

Je vous attends pour les prochains dans 10 ans ? !

Portez-vous bien et je ne manquerai pas de vous tenir informés des bonne recettes que je ferai avec le sirop d'érable, le vrai que vous avez eu la gentillesse de m'apporter de votre beau Québec.
 Je remercie ici les amis qui vous avaient parlé de mon appartement
A bientôt, via les électrons



Hello Martine.


Yes we arrived back safely. Trying to settle back into normal life.

Thank you again for letting us rent your apartment, we were very lucky to have had a very beautiful, central spot.


Your hospitality was great, and made our trip more memorable.Your tour was informative, and your meal excellent.


Hope you are well.

You mentioned you were booked out, so no doubt you are busy.

Hope the weather has improved.


Thanks again ( Merci).Love


David & Frances, Australia June 2013


Bonsoir Martine,


Forgive me for my late reply. Catherine and I spent a lovely evening with you and Sophie on Saturday evening. The dinner was wonderful. Thank you also for the information you provided about Paris. It was all very helpful. Good luck with your future endeavours and again thanks.




Theresa, Toronto, Canada May 2013

Comments From Previous Guests.

Good Morning, Martine!   Mark and I are both back at work this morning, sadly without our morning tartines and café crèmes.  What a wonderful week it was-we can’t thank you enough.  Really, dinner with you on Saturday night was the very best part-not only was your food spectacular, but the conversation was a pure pleasure!  It has taken its place in our top favorite dinners of all time (what kind of people keep such a list?!)  Thank you also for sending the picture, I was regretting on the flights home yesterday that I didn’t have some pictures to remember the evening . Mark’s forgotten clothing definitely represent a subconscious wish to return!   We made it home safely, and all was well at home.  Thank you for everything, we are already plotting our return!


    It was a true pleasure meeting you. Paris, like the few very special things in life, was better than we remembered. The people, the fashions, the food, and the joie de vivre are unsurpassed. What made it even better was meeting you and having such a wonderful dinner together. The evening was the highlight of our trip; filled with great food and conversation.  
Have a nice spring, à la prochaine,

Carolyn and Marc, Idaho USA April 2013


Dearest Martine,

We arrived safely home, our heads full of Paris, art, music, new friends and our stomachs full of wonderful French food, most of it from you! Thank you for our heavenly holiday. We loved the flat, how cozy and comfortable it was and how central. It was a perfect hideout from the cold and the busyness of the city. We both feel restored and ready to face the world again.

Lucy, the Birthday Girl, and Pete, UK  February March 2013


"Because of health issues we have had to cancel our much-anticipated trip to Paris and our stay in Martine's apartment (in June 2013)

It was no surprise that Martine was understanding and very accommodating of our situation because she had already set a very high standard with her frequent and very welcoming communication.

At a time when we are having to adjust to a few changes in our lives we are warmed by the compassion and support Martine has shown

We wish her well and hope to return to beautiful Paris soon"

Our thanks and very kind regards

Stephen and Jilly (Sydney, Australia) February 2013


Let me please answer your very kind comment : First of all,  of course I am sorry about this health situation and I know you are sincere.  You booked a year ahead and could not know Jilly would need a surgery in between. You were able to tell me a way ahead (Febuary for June).

You were very polite and you sent the medical certificate.

So I don't know how I could have refused such justified cancelation.

But there are rules and relationship. Dealing with this issue when the guests are so kind and respectful, I could not say it is a pleasure to receive a cancelation, but it makes it easy.

          Now I wish Jilly to go through this surgery as smoothly as possible, to get a new hip and come to Paris soon being able to stroll the  beautiful streets and artful museums. It will be a treat for me to meet you for real.

My very best regards,







Martine, Thank you for your lovely email!!!!...yes I am home safely and now after a week feeling a lot better... I had a wonderful time and thank you so much for your hospitality... You certainly made my stay in Paris wonderful...Will certainly keep in touch.. and look forward to hopefully visiting you agsin very soon.. Take care and thank you so much for everything.. I really appreciate all you did for me..

Michelle Australia,  January 2013


Dear Martine


Thank you ever so much for the use of your lovely apartment and also for being so helpful with your advice. We had a marvellous week in Paris and, of course, the fine weather was a great bonus.


Our trip home went smoothly. This was my first experience of Eurostar and it was very positive both going and returning. However Gare du Nord is rather tatty compared to St Pancras station! Perhaps this reflects the relative importance of Europe to Great Britain and vice versa?


We would like to return to Paris, but maybe not for 2 or 3 years, as we have so many plans for travelling both in the UK and abroad. We hope your apartment will be available when we decide to next visit Paris.


We have told our friends about your apartment and we will write a review. I am sorry that we haven't responded sooner, but we have been preoccupied by a close friend who is very ill.


With best wishes, Stephen and Kate

October 2012 , UK



"One of the highlights of our trip to Paris this summer was the time we spent with Martine for a wonderful tour that included culture, history, and food! We met at the Place des Victoires by the statue of Louis XIV and from the very first moment we were thrilled that we decided to schedule a tour with Martine. She brought us to several local passages and shared stories and local history that we would never learn on our own. She made reservations in advance at the Grand Colbert, a grand restaurant indeed, where she explained items on the menu and helped us make delicious selections. After our lovely lunch we continued our tour of medieval landmarks, cooking shops, and other local highlights and worked up an appetite to thoroughly enjoy more tasty food! Martine had arranged a tasting at a local cheese shop followed by more treats in a nearby chocolate shop. All this was accompanied by a delicious red wine and brought a wonderful end to a fabulous time with Martine. When you visit Paris, make sure to schedule a tour with her. You'll be glad you did!"

Now we need to return....


Pat & Barry, NJ, USA July 2012


Hi Martine,
I'm finally able to contact you and let you know I arrived in Canada safely.  We had a great time and was glad the taxi came to get us. Thanks for everything and enjoy the rest of the summer in your beautiful city of Paris!  I miss my time in France already!
Lisa , Canada  July 2012



Thanks, Martine! We had a great time today. The tours, lunch, cheese, wine, chocolate - and coffee at your place were all fabulous!


Pat and Denis, New Jersey, USA

July 31st  2012


Hi Martine,

We had a wonderful time....... The weather was fine for walking, which we did a lot. The apartment location is so central you can walk in any direction to see most if not all the sites. We sometimes walked one way and took the Metro the other way for farther out places.

In addition, the proximity of restaurants, food stores, etc in Montorgueil offset any rain problems as we never had far to go. We used the quincallerie, pharmacie, newspaper store as well as the grocery store across the street.....all convenient and good.

By the way we did get into Frenchies which was great, as you said it would be.....the Grand Vefour was an experience too. I particularly liked the 'do it yourself' steak tartar(they don't mix it do) at Les Petite Carreaux, plus they have the best frites of all the places we ate and I consider myself an expert having grown up in Quebec that definitely have the best! A nice neighborhood place. Stohers was best for take home food and I even took home one of the rotisserie chickens available in several places....better than ours. Patisseries were all good. We'll be back.....thanks for your hospitality.


Diane and Gord, USA July 2012


Martine's  comments :


So happy you enjoyed my recommendations, the district, the apartment.

Thank you for taking care of it, I will welcome you back with pleasure.

Until then, take care and if you have some photos, do not hesitate to share them with us.


Hi Martine

Just to say thank you we had a great time in Paris sorry we missed your phone calls . The apartment was lovely and the area was fantastic so much to see . We were invited to Rungis Market by our suppliers so we spent some time there which was very interesting .

Roberta was very nice even helping us with the taxi so please will you say thank you to her . We loved Paris the people are lovely and we have so much more to do and see so if you will have us back we would love to book again and hopefully get to speak to you or even meet up .

Thank you again

Diane & Chris, UK July 2012

Wendy & Greg June 2012
Wendy & Greg June 2012

"Highly recommended."

Fantastically convenient. Quiet, yet central to major sights, with restaurants and supermarkets close by. Clean and everything works. Ideal for singles who like a little extra space or a couple. Friends who stayed at a hotel paid more and had half the room. Free Wi-Fi excellent and bed very comfy.


Peter  AU,  May 2012



We had an enjoyable walking tour with Martine on our trip to Paris in May of 2012.. She was very interested in giving us a personalized tour, and kept in constant touch with us beforehand. She took us to places we probably would not have visited or found, and gave us a lot of history of the area (Le Marais). We felt we learned a lot, and gained an appreciation of that part of Paris. As a contact, I also asked her a lot of questions about Paris, the Metro, and the area around the Louvre where we were renting an apartment. She was happy to respond eventhough the questions had nothing to do with her tour.


Sherry,Tom, Dee and Jack San Antonio USA May 2012



We stayed at Martine's lovely apartment in Paris. We were met on arrival with fresh croissants and advice on some things to do and see. Friendly yet professional and ensured we were comfortable and had everything we needed before leaving us to enjoy Paris! Everything was in top order in the apartment, comfortable bed, clean and very French! The location is incredible - wonderful bars and cafes right outside the door and a 10 minute walk to the Louvre and the Seine - just beautiful. Highly recommend


Lyndal, Australia, March 2012

review on Flipkey


Dear Martine,


I wanted to thank you again for our wonderful stay in Paris. You have been so helpful to us – from my initial emails with my hundreds of questions, to when you turned up early so that we could meet our train in the morning.

Paris was a highlight of our trip, and we do so hope to return one day.

Again thank you. It really was a pleasure meeting you. When you release your cookbook – please let me know.

Best regards and all our love

Michelle, John and Emily AU March 2012


review on Flipkey



If you ever dreamt about visiting the Paris that you have seen in a movie, this is the place to stay. The area is great. One street away is an amazing street where you will find a cheese shop, lots of delis with local produce, fish monger, patisseries, cafes, markets. You will feel like a local shopping in these amazing food shops. The unit is perfect. We stayed for one week, 2 adults and our 15 year old daughter. You did not want for anything. Martine is wonderful and helpful. She was there to meet us and there perfectly on time for us to leave to catch our train (even though it was early morning). She even organised a taxi for us on our final day, and rang during the week to make sure everything was fine. Internet access was a bonus. The only bad thing I have to say about this unit - is that we had to leave and come home!! If ever we are lucky enough to return to Paris, this is the only place I will stay.


Dear Martine


David and I have just arrived home from our 5 week European holiday which commenced in Paris.


Thank you for your lovely apartment, we enjoyed our stay immensely and found the apartment to be in a great location and so nice to be away from the noise of a main street, but so close to some lovely restaurants and cafes and to all the sights of Paris.


My apologies for not calling during our stay as I was unable to use my phone too often as the international Sim I had organised proved to be quite expensive. I did try on your phone in the apartment but had no success.


I will gladly recommend your apartment on Sawday's website where I found you and to all our friends thinking of travelling.


I mentioned in my note on leaving the apartment that a folder with all the apartment information would be helpful keeping it all in one place and some instructions in English and perhaps a few other languages for the appliances like the washing machine.


These are only small details and in no way affected our enjoyment of our stay.


We look forward to one day returning to Paris and would love to stay in your apartment again.


Give our best wishes and thanks to Ada who was lovely and most helpful.


Warm regards


Narelle & David, AU September 2011


Martine's answer to your suggestion :


you are 100% right and I did write a booklet in French and English now.

I am sorry no one spent enough time with you to explain and show you the drawer with all the "how to use" booklets.

When I host personally, I do spend at least 45mn with my guests to explain everything and I now have the booklet in case they could not memorize it all.

it is better for all of us if you know and master all.

from now on, I will be in charge of welcoming my guests personally most of the time.

if you were to come back, I'd be thrilled to get to know you personally.




Just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU. We had a wonderful time in Paris and enjoyed our stay very much. Will definately come again sometime soon and will recomend to our friends.
Thank you and best regards
Teresa, Brian and Katie. July 2011

Chere Madame,
Just to let you know we had a splendid time at your apartment, although to be honest we were not in it very often during the day - so much to see in Paris - but the time we did spend inside was really comfortable and enjoyable.An unexpected highlight was a performance of Mozart's Requiem at Eglise Saint-Eustache with a choir and orchestra totalling 300 performers.
Many thanks and I hope we will have an opportunity to return at a future date.
Derek June 2011.

Dear Martine,
Michael and I wanted to thank you. We had such a beautiful time in Paris! And we loved your charming apartment!!! We were near every great place. Walked and walked and got around everywhere. Thanks also for your yummy basket :)
Hope to be visiting in the near future. We are happy to recommend your place to all our friends and family. What a gem!
Big hug to you,
Michael and Patricia, New York USA June 2011

We did not call because we were being real tourists and trying to see everything we could see in four days. We LOVED the apartment and would want to stay there again if we come back. What an oasis in the heart of busy Paris. I will post reviews later today. Ada was very nice and helpful.
Thanks again for allowing us to stay in your beautiful place.
Randy and Sondra,
New Mexico USA May 2011

Just writing to let you know that we had a very enjoyable stay in Paris. The apartment is really lovely and in a great location. We really enjoyed staying there and hope to stay again on another trip to Paris.
The apartment has great facilities and the kitchen is very well equipped. We did think it would be nice to have an ipod docking station and as so many people have ipods these days maybe your other guests would like this too.
Thanks to you and Ada for accommodating our arrival on Thursday. Eilís & Liam UK May 2011

Dear Martine,
We have returned to the Cévennes after a magical week in Paris and St Germain en Laye (our bride wore a prettier dress than the other, more publicised one...!!), and I write to thank you for the privilege of using your apartment for much of that time.
We were made most welcome by a delightful Ada Brandolani and quickly discovered that not only did your apartment - a real haven of peace - contain everything we needed for a comfortable stay (including sharp kitchen knives, a rarity in a rental property!), but it was also perfectly positioned for everything we wanted to do in central Paris. We walked everywhere - Jardin des Tuileries, Rive Gauche and the Marais district, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of each district we passed through.
On the practical side, the district in which the apartment is situated contains all a human being would reasonably need to bring comfort to body and soul after a hard day's tourism: a super bakery, greengrocery and mini-supermarket, as well as some good restaurants. No big-city anonymity here - we found the area hugely welcoming and fascinating.
In short, a very rewarding trip, which we look forward to repeating when we've earned a few more pennies!
Sarah and I wish you a very happy and successful season in the South-west.
Best wishes. John and Sarah April 2011

Hi Martine,
We had lovely time in France, and enjoyed the apartment very much. Thank you. It was lovely and homely, and very peaceful and quiet in the middle of a very fun, bustling and convenient location.
Ada was lovely too, really helpful and nice.
Thank you. Fiona, from UK, April 2011

Yes, the journey back was fine. In the end we did not try any of the restaurants nearby - though we did love Stoher and the bakeries. The first night we headed to Lisa's Lebenese it was very good but expensive to us - later in the week we did enjoy a takeaway Lebanese near Les Halles. We went to the pizza place that Ada recommended Golfe di Napoli and we found Cafe Constant by the Eiffel tower which was very good.
We loved the appartment and would love to come again - hopefully next year.
Hope you have a good summer.
Paul & I are trying to stay zen!
Best wishes
Sandy; April 2011

Hello Martine,
I am sorry I' didn't write you sooner. We really enjoyed staying in your apartment, it was perfect, I wouldn't change anything about it.
We didn't have any inconveniences there. We used the TV, the washer dryer and the phone. We didn't use the internet so if there was a problem I wouldn't have any idea.
We cooked every day at least one meal and we found everything we needed. We enjoyed the view of the courtyard from the living room. We enjoyed being so close to everything and at the same time being in a quite, secluded place. The last day I just walked to Les Halles with my two bags to take the RER to the airport.
I would really like to stay in your apartment again. I 'll write to your partners as soon as I can.
Sheila , February 2011

Hi Martine,
Glad you had a great trip in India. We are also catching up from our trip. We had a wonderful time and the apartment was great. The issue with the TV was no big deal. I think it was weather related and it resolved it self after Roberta left. Roberta was wonderful to deal with. She was able to arrange for the taxi for us since we had to leave so early on Sunday.
Our daughter had a great time and enjoyed all the sights. She is already planning her return trip! I have left a review on the trip advisor site. We would definitely recommend the apartment to others traveling to Paris.
Thanks again,
Felicia; Mark and their daughter February 2011

Un séjour inoubliable-Septembre 2009
Ce petit appartement confortable est idéal pour 2 personnes. Rien n’y manque. Extrêmement bien situé et facile d’accès, il nous a permis de profiter de tous les attraits de la vie parisienne . Alentour, la vie de quartier est animée. Rues commerçantes, restos, métro font partie de l’environnement immédiat.
C’est Ada qui nous a accueillis à notre arrivée. Un accueil sympathique, personnalisé comme on les aime. Quoique nous n’ayons pas eu le plaisir de rencontrer la propriétaire, nous tenons à souligner la rapidité avec laquelle elle a su répondre à nos interrogations, c’est un plus fort apprécié.
Bref nous recommandons cette location sans hésiter et conservons précieusement cette adresse qui fait partie de nos coups de cœur.
Martine et Jean, Québec, Prov de Québec, Canada

the weather here in Perth is great at the moment, but will probably get much hotter by Christmas.
I haven`t had time since our return to say how much we enjoyed your fantastic apartment. It was so central for everything we wanted to do. It was well equipped and we felt very safe. Many thanks to the lovely Ada for all her help.
Happy Christmas
The Corbishleys
September 2010

Thank-you so much for your kind hospitality while we were in Paris, we’ve told the story to all of our friends about your beautiful little apartment we found almost by chance in the heart of the city.
Attached are a couple of photos we took while there. We hope you have a very merry festive season!
Kind Regards,
Rach & Dave, September 2010

What makes this cozy apartment so wonderful is the generosity and hospitality of the owner. Too often apartments present a barren kitchen that is the opposite of true hospitality, but Martine's ideally located Paris apartment has a kitchen that is a delight for anyone who enjoys cooking with the exquisite produce France has to offer. Martine also showers her guests with a wealth of information about the many restaurants nearby. In short, Martine and her apartment are a treasure!
Merci beaucoup / Grazie tanto - Jason & Susie, Australia September 2010

Bonjour Martine,
Well, we are finally home. I have just had a cup of tea from supplies I bought at Dammann Freres in Paris- so have really been thinking of you.When I saw the shop, I was quite excited as I realised it was the one you told me about.
We loved your Paris apartment and the whole area.The apartment is small and I can understand why you can't live in it full time, but it is lovely and has a nice feel to it.I really liked the way you have set up the lounge /kitchen area with such nice pieces of furniture.
We met so many nice, warm French people this trip, that I said to Frank that I didn't expect that in Paris. However, when we arrived and were standing on Rue Etienne Marcel looking at the map, a man came up to us with his 2 little girls and asked if they could help us. He then told us that we had chosen a very nice area of Paris to stay and and wished us a lovely stay- so I was wrong !What a nice beginning!
Really liked Rue Montmartre. Had a lovely meal at LE Tambour- the waiter was so sweet. It was such a good example of a french bistrot. As we ate , I noticed that the wine was from the tiny village we had stayed in in the Medoc.
I didn't get anything to wear to my daughter's wedding, but.had coffee on the top of Le Printemps for the view.
Alors, au revoir pour maintenant.
Gail and Frank.
October 2010

Hi Martine,
Thanks, we are having a great time and the strikes have hardly bothered us at all. The metro isn't very tourist-friendly at the moment but we've been using Velib and that's great fun. The flat is comfortable and the location is perfect.
Best wishes, Sue
UK October 2010

Bonjour Martine,
Nous avons passé une excellente semaine. Votre appartement est vraiment très bien. Beau, confortable, bien équipé, tranquille et bien situé. Nous aurions bien aimé y rester plus longtemps, peut-être une prochaine fois. Ils nous fera plaisir d'y inscrire nos commentaires sur vos sites.
Merci aussi pour votre confiance,
Guylaine, Delphine et Martin Quebec, Canada. 22 Aout 2010

Bonjour Martine,
Nous avons donc bien apprécié notre séjour dans votre charmant appartement, très propre et très fonctionnel et bien situé.
C'est avec bonheur que mon séjour chez Martine, rue d'Argout à Paris (tout près de l'église Saint-Eustache), s'est passé. Ce fut en quelque sorte un voyage «aux sources» sur les traces de mes ancêtres parisiens de l'époque du roi soleil Louis XIV et de la reine Marie- Thérèse d'Autriche.
Car mon ancêtre Honoré Martel sieur dit Lamontagne venu de Paris, pour s'établir en Nouvelle-France (auj. le Québec) en 1665, fut baptisé dans cette même église en 1632. Il épousa en 1668, en Nouvelle-France, Marguerite Lamirault, une fille du roy (au sens pupille de l'État) de la paroisse Saint-Germain L'Auxerrois de Paris, tout près, qui arriva ici en 1667 avec sa propre dot en plus de celle du roi.
Les historiens supposent qu'ils se connaissaient déjà du fait qu'ils habitaient à Paris à quelques coins de rue l'un de l'autre et leurs parents étant dans le même domaine, le père d'Honoré était marchand de chevaux et celui de Marguerite était cocher de la reine...
Voilà pour ma petite histoire!
Notre séjour à Paris fut trop bref mais très occupé et ô combien apprécié!

Encore Merci pour tout,
Carole Martel & Jean Blanchette , prov. Québec, Canada.
Aout 2010

My dear Martine,
Do you know, it is the most amazing thing ..... I was planning on writing to you as soon as we got back home in Canada - and when we got had already written to us!!
Our stay went very well indeed. Your apartment was perfect, as indeed, we knew it would be having had coffee with you that morning in January. We loved Paris just as much as we had the first time, and found the Parisians charming and helpful.
We did a lot of walking and of course went back to the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. This time we also went to a lovely early music concert on Friday night in Notre Dame. Good acoustics and excellent music. Our only regret was that every restaurant in the whole city was closed for the August holiday!! Soooo .. we will have to come back....
all our best
Karen & Peter August 2010

Dear Martinne,
Hope you are well
Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in your paris apartment.
It was very comfortable and Ada was very helpful.
It is an area we know and like very much and your apartment is so peaceful after a busy day in paris.
We should like to return maybe September 2011 and will be in touch when we have sorted out our dates.
Thank you once again.

Liz and Graham 

Yes we had a wonderful time in Paris! Too bad we weren't able to talk on the phone... The apartment was great and we really appreciated the flowers, wine and pastery :) Thank you so much for that. Also the handover with Ada was smooth and perfect. The apartment had everything we needed.
We found a shuttle bus service from and back to the airport. It is 31 euro for two persons and really easy to use. They picked us up right at the apartment exactly on time. Recommended for your future guests :) Tel: 01 55981080 for reservations (also in english).
Thanks again for making our stay perfect and we will definitely stay there again when we are in Paris :)
All the best,
Sonny & Calyn, Singapore
June 2010