I am a 25 year old female travelling to Paris with my mum this European summer. We are staying for 5 nights and would like to see the sights, visit restaurants and cafes, museums, shops, galleries and see the beautiful streets of Paris.
We are looking at booking a hotel rather soon and I have tried to do some research as to which arrondissement to stay in Paris but I am still undecided!
I have been told by some to stay in 1-4. I have been looking at the Westin Paris Vendome which seems like a rather nice hotel which apparently is smack bang in the middle of the sights. I have been told by others to stay in Saint Germain or Marais as they have great cafes etc but I haven't really been able to find any decent hotels. I was also looking at staying in the Champs Elysees arrondissement (maybe a few nights at the Shangri-La) however I was told that this area is really not central and not very exciting. It is more an area you would visit for the day. And lastly when looking online there are all sorts of reviews also!
Can anyone recommend a nice area. We would like to walk outside and be in the hustle and bustle. I would love to be able to walk down the road and be able to find something to do but we are obviously also willing to have to catch taxis or catch trains to other places. I would love to see some beautiful little neighbourhoods and the areas of Paris that are what makes it Paris but I don't want to sacrifice convenience to be in these areas when we would probably like to see a different area each day anyway. I really like to be central and in a decent sized hotel when I travel so I can really get my bearings as to where I am. It's then easy to be somewhere central if you aren't interested in walking far at that moment but are able to quickly get up and go to a new area and explore.
Any help would be much appreciated.