Between the monumental solemnity of the Invalides and the steely airiness of the Eiffel Tower, set two courtyards back from the road, the unfussy Studio Eiffel, on the first floor of a nice old building, has a leafy, birdy tree peering over the neighbour’s wall and everything you could need to be properly independent. The living space contains a good bed on parquet flooring, a couple of pretty pieces of painted oriental furniture, a writing table, a dining table between the two double windows and a very decent fitted kitchen. The cleverly designed little shower room comes complete with pink towels and slippers and has shelves for your things. And there’s a door between the hall and the living room to guarantee total quiet from the staircase. With nothing pretentious or over-studied, it is a neat and very central little space in which to put your feet up after tramping from 15th-century church to 20th-century pyramid to ephemeral fashion house. Just round the corner, bustling rue Cler provides market stalls, people-watching cafés, laughter and local life. It is central, quiet and spotless.