Montmartre, in the 18e, is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Paris and makes an ideal base. Every taste and budget is well catered for and the hilly streets mean many hotels have a view – of Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur or the Paris skyline stretching away to the south; check top-floor availability when deciding where to stay. Accommodation in Pigalle, which straddles the 18e and the northern part of the 9e, continues to up its game, with a brilliant choice of stylish and boutique 'lifestyle' addresses on offer.