I can't imagine a better Air BnB experience than staying in Marc's apartment. Marc isn't just a great host, but he is an exceptional person. He is a very kind man who is committed to the comfort of his guests. When I got lost trying to find my way to the apartment, Marc went to look for me. He then spent plenty of time explaining how things in the apartment, like the washing machine, the stove, and the TV, worked. By the way, the cable TV carried both French and English language shows. Marc had bought cereal, cookies, several bottles of water, and orange juice for guests to use. He set up the WiFi with me and asked me if there were questions I had or things he could do to make me more comfortable. He texted me every few days during my first week (I stayed a month) to make sure I was happy with the place and enjoying my time in Paris. He sent me a long, personalized list of restaurant recommendations. Marc also showed me around parts of the Marais and Bastille, which was really helpful because the Marais is a historic district of weaving streets and alleys. Marc isn't just the best imaginable host, he is a wonderful person and a great conversationalist.
The apartment itself was absolutely spotless. It is situated on one of the best streets in the Marais. One enters from the street through an enclosed courtyard and walks up three manageable flights of stairs to find a normal-sized apartment by Paris standards. The bathroom is a good size with a strong shower and plenty of hot water. The living room and kitchen are very comfortable, with large windows that bring in a nice breeze. Because of the courtyard, the apartment building is cooler than the street. The bedroom has plenty of drawers and hangers to put away all one's clothes. For someone like me who wants a firm mattress, the bed is fantastic. I slept very well. There is no street noise, again because of the courtyard. Though the building is almost two hundred years old with original floors, there is little noise in the building. Overall, it's a great place to stay. The value of the apartment is greatly magnified by its location. Marc told me about an award-winning bakery (best croissants in Paris awards) down the street, and there are loads of good bars, bistros, and cafes nearby. The Picasso Museum is about five minutes away, the Pompidou Center about ten minutes away, and Notre Dame Cathedral a fifteen minute walk across the Seine. Travel by foot or Metro to places like the Louvre are easy. The apartment and area are fantastic, but the best thing about the apartment is Marc's graciousness.