We want quiet for sleeping and nearby cafes for breakfast., but will most likely leave our arrondisement once or twice for dinner elsewhere. We plan to go to Louvre, Museum d’Orsey, Luxemburg Gardens as well as see the Eiffel Tour and visit the Champs de Lycée. . Since we want to walk to sites as much as possible such as the Seine, Norte Dame, do we still need buy the Paris Viste Pass?
We stay in the 7th. Loads of cafes; walked to sites and easy access to the metro.
If your budget allows, find a place in the 1st through 7th arrondissement. Generally, the closer to the river the more it will cost. Look for someplace near a Metro station, preferably where lines intersect to increase your mobility. The Champs d'Elysees neighborhood is among the most expensive and least enjoyable, I think. Given your priorities I'd suggest somewhere in the 6th or 7th. Cafes will be everywhere, no worries there. For quiet sleeping, ask for a room that doesn't face the street, or else one on a high floor (remembering that in France the 1st floor is what Americans would call the 2nd). The higher the floor, the more you'll appreciate an elevator (ascenseur).
We stay in the 7th. Great location can walk to most things and also easy metro access. Lots of great places to eat as well, and markets.
I stay around Place de la Republique. It has none of the famous tourist sites, although the adjacent Canal St-Martin is great for strolling. But it is served by five Metro lines and is not far from Gare du nord so it is easy to get to everywhere else. The neighbourhood is very lively with no sense of tourism overload. Lots of cafes and boits.
We stayed at Hotel Victoria Chatelet, 2nd arrondissement, one block from the Seine, Metro outside our door and most important need few transfer on Metro to visit sites. Modest, great breakfast, perfect location. We walk everywhere, rode home twice and did not buy a pass.
We stayed in the 4th, on Ile Saint-Louis. If we couldn't walk where we wanted to go, there was bound to be a metro stop nearby which took us there. It was pretty quite except for morning trash trucks.
We did not get the Paris Visite Pass - we were there for most of a week and used 10-packs of tickets, which are less expensive than buying them one at a time. Over the week my husband and I used most of two packs of 10 and left the rest with the hotel reception desk.
We are really enjoying the centrality of our Ile-St-Louis location. Our room is quiet (4th level, window facing a courtyard). Our hotel has a tiny elevator if you’d rather not climb ~60 stairs. I love that our walk “home” every day includes the Seine and Notre Dame.