I'm going to Paris in a few weeks with my sister and have no idea what part of Paris to stay in! We're used to staying in hostels or */** hotels, and there seem to be a few scattered right across the city, but we are finding it hard to make an informed decision as neither of us have been there before and most of the places we can afford seem to have mixed reviews. I've heard that women shouldn't walk alone at night by the Gare du Nord, is that true? Lots of the hotels seem to be around that area, but we would pay a bit more to stay in a different area if its not safe. Can anyone help? any suggestions as to either just the general area we should be looking in, or any specific hotels that are quite cheap and safe would be very much appreciated! thanx!! oh and we would also like to be quite central if possible to cut down on taxi fares, if we stay out after the metro closes!