If you're looking for an affordable place to crash near the Gare du Nord, Hôtel Maubeuge Gare du Nord fits the bill. You're a 3-minute walk from the busy rail station, where Eurostar and TGV trains come through, in addition to RER and metro trains.
Continental breakfast is served in a cheery, red-and-yellow dining room off the quaint lobby.
Colorful guestrooms feature baby blue walls and red accents. You'll have free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls are a nice touch.
Staff is on hand 24 hours a day to help with tour tickets or room issues.
You'll be close to Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur, 1.5 km north. It's an uphill walk, but it's worth it for the amazing views from the steps of the famous basilica. Moulin Rouge in the colorful Pigalle neighborhood is a 20-minute walk west.