Paris, France

Grand Pigalle Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$188.07

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR172.91), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cosmopolitan art deco

Setting

Bobo South Pigalle

At Grand Pigalle Hotel, the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club have captured the casual hedonism of trendsetting SoPi (South Pigalle) and distilled it into a buzzing hotel and bar. It’s retro-styled by Dorothée Meilichzon, with art deco angles sitting happily alongside geometric tiles, brassy pineapple door knockers and martini motif carpets. Celebrated chef Giovanni Passerini crafts Italian sharing plates in the sociable restaurant, with a choice of 200 wines to accompany them. Here the ethos is ‘bed and beverage’, so even though Montmartre is round the corner, you may put the sightseeing on ice and settle in for one more round…

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Two cocktails from your minibar and VIP access to Paris-set Experimental Cocktail Group bars

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

37, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in is 2pm, also flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $188.07 (€157), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.48 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR172.91), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include breakfast. €19 gets you full access to the Continental buffet, including pastries, cakes, ham and eggs.

Also

Find out where it all started for the trio of friends behind the hotel, with a trip to their original venture, the Experimental Cocktail Club. The esteemed New York speakeasy-style bar is in the 2nd arrondissement, at number 37 on Rue Saint-Sauveur.

At the hotel

Restaurant and wine bar, laundry service, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: HD TV, Revo sound system, minibar with Experimental Cocktail Club drinks, free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities, plug adaptor and own-brand bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The top picks are the Parisian Roof suites; they have under-the-eaves charm, high ceilings, and oeil-de-boeuf windows looking out on Montmartre. Otherwise, ask for a room with a terrace balcony (there are some in each category) and enjoy some Parisian people watching from on high.

Packing tips

Bring a notepad and pen in case you’re inspired by the storied past of Pigalle.

Also

All communal areas are wheelchair-accessible. There is a wheelchair lift to rooms; one Sopi and one Grand Pigalle room are designed for guests with mobility issues.

Children

All ages are welcome. Interconnecting rooms can be booked on request, and a cot can be added to all rooms except Sopi; highchairs are available in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For Parisian people-watching, ask for a table by the streetside window.

Dress Code

Casual clean lines, jaunty angles and geometric patterns.

Hotel restaurant

Neighbourhood favourite Wine and Dine is the restaurant and bar that stretches along the ground floor of the façade at the Grand Pigalle Hotel. Rich velvet upholstery and smooth dark woods punctuated with buffed brass fittings give a hint of Orient Express grandeur, but intimate tables and a lively atmosphere ensure the approachable feel of a Paris troquet. In the kitchen is Giovanni Passerini, Le Fooding’s chef of the year for 2017. His menu is an all-Italian affair including smoked burrata, lamb meatballs and pizzetti served up as sharing plates to match the convivial atmosphere. And yes, there’s a reason why wine is in the title; 200 reasons in fact, all of them from Italy.

Hotel bar

The Experimental Cocktail Club owners wouldn’t have it any other way – the bar is the chatter-filled centrepiece of Wine and Dine. First down the hatch should be the aptly named Experience No.1, a fragrant blend of vodka, elderflower, basil and lemongrass. The Panamerican Clipper will pick you up and quite possibly drop you off somewhere else entirely: it’s a potent mix of calvados apple brandy, home-made red-fruit syrup, lemon juice and every introspective boho artist’s favourite, absinthe. DJs are in residence on Fridays and Saturdays.

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am to 11am; lunch is from 11am to 3pm; dinner is from 7pm until 11pm.

Room service

Light bites and pastries are available on request, 24 hours a day.

Location

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Address
Grand Pigalle Hotel
29 Rue Victor Massé
Paris
75009
Paris
France

Planes

Charles de Gaulle (www.charlesdegaulleairport.co.uk) is Paris’ main airport for international flights; it’s half an hour away by car (if the traffic behaves itself), and a taxi costs €45 to the hotel. The smaller Orly airport is the same distance in the other direction; cabs also cost €45. To arrange a transfer in advance just ask the hotel.

Trains

The closest Metro station is Pigalle, on the main drag, Boulevard de Clichy, two minutes’ walk from the hotel. From the Eurostar terminal (www.eurostar.com) at Gare du Nord the hotel’s less than 10 minutes away by taxi, or take the Metro line 2 from La Chapelle (which is connected to Gare du Nord by a tunnel) to Pigalle.

Automobiles

Driving in Paris is not for the faint-hearted, but if you do arrive by car, there’s a place to park on Rue Mansart, two minutes’ from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel is fairly close to the red light district, so plan your excursions somewhat carefully if you'd rather not end up somewhere saucier than you'd planned. For boutique shopping, head to SoPi’s fashion street, Rue Clauzel; Troc en Stock at number 6 has vintage and second-hand threads, while at number 9 is L’Oeuf, for cult sweatshirts and much else besides. Climb the cobbled streets through the artists’ quarter of Montmartre, and your reward is a face-to-face encounter with the gleaming-white stone of Sacré-Coeur basilica, and a not-half-bad view across the City of Lights. Once you’re fully enamoured, amble to Le Musée de la Vie Romantique to admire the villa of artist Ary Scheffer and swat up on George Sand (among others), the enigmatic, Romantic (yes, with a capital ‘R’) writer who lived and loved in 19th-century Paris. By night, allow yourself to be seduced by the bright lights of Le Moulin Rouge and enjoy a good old-fashioned knees-up.

Local restaurants

Waxed woods and royal-green banquettes give Le Pantruche the cosy feel of a classic Parisian bistro, but kitchen starlet Franck Baranger’s menu is altogether more contemporary – think pot-au-feu fired up with wasabi cream, black-truffle risotto, and gravity-defying grand marnier soufflé. The wines are good in taste and value, and the waiting list can be lengthy, so book well ahead. Les Afranchis is a neighbourhood favourite with hearty and homey dishes including lavender-roasted pigeon and caramel panna cotta with a plum and rosemary jus. For a lazy lunch drop into self-styled ‘gastrothèque’ Buvette, an earthy bistro with mismatched furniture and smash-hit menu imported from its big sister restaurant in New York.

Local cafés

For morning pastries and, well, anytime macarons, pay a visit to boulanger extraordinaire Arnaud Delmontel’s boutique bakery. Family-run and fiercely authentic Sébastien Gaudard is the go-to for homemade chocolates, ice cream and perfectly formed puddings. Mesdemoiselles Madeleines is dedicated to the art of baking the classic French bite-size cake, rethought with myriad gourmet flavourings.

Local bars

South Pigalle is alive with the sound of cocktail shakers. Light-flooded L'Entrée des Artistes serves them up with a backdrop of white-washed brick walls and an all-vinyl soundtrack; and it’s handily located opposite the Grand Pigalle. The menu at vintage-styled Artisan is divided into those that are shaken and those that are stirred, but in any case the result is an expertly crafted and charmingly presented. To live it up like a local, try Glass for late-night dancing and DJ sets.

Reviews

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Melissa Hemsley

Anonymous review

After years of visiting and trying out a lot of places in the city, I’ve finally found my perfect spot in Paris. The Grand Pigalle Hotel is brilliantly located in the newly revamped and trendy SoPi (South Pigalle) neighbourhood, nice and close to the Gare du Nord train station. From here it’s easy enough to wander; everywhere I wanted to see was within a reasonable 40-minute stroll. Like any flâneur worth her pumps, I like to walk in Paris, because it’s the best way to see it and I just can’t face the city’s chaotic traffic. While staying in SoPi, be sure to wander up to the art district of Montmartre, just a few minutes away from the hotel by foot, and check out the Sacré-Cœur basilica. This is one of the most important monuments in Paris, from which there’s a beautiful view of the city laid out below its hilly perch. If you're lucky like us, a street musician will play classic, romantic French songs as you gaze adoringly at the City of Light.

Our room in the Grand Pigalle is modestly sized with very limited wardrobe space, but what it lacks in elbow room, it makes up in glamorous Gallic design. Our little hideaway is super stylish with vintage furniture and – my number-one hotel desire, duly checked off – a greatly-sized bed with a firm mattress. I love having a bath tub in the elegantly tiled, dark-green bathroom, and I thoroughly enjoy a relaxing, pre-dinner soak accompanied with an excellent Negroni ordered up from the bar downstairs. The terraced balcony is furnished with a little table and two chairs; and, as it’s situated on a corner, the people-watching opportunities are excellent. I immediately create a Pinterest board populated with lots of the room’s features as inspiration for my future house renovation. There are some charming touches, including a radio next to the bed and very flattering lighting, which is always appreciated…

The scent wafting in from the highly rated bakery next door ensures you wake up ravenous, so it’s a welcome treat that breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant is delicious, with great coffee to wash it down. A surprise birthday party we attend runs rather late, and the next morning my boyfriend runs down to catch the last call for breakfast (which – I think – is a very generous 11am on a weekday); the lovely staff load him up with a heaving tray of eggs, bacon and fruits to bring upstairs for me to eat in bed.

For later dining, the restaurant serves tempting Italian food all day and night, we arrive to find it thronged with hip Parisians who add a buzzy ambience. We plunder the menu and decide to share several plates: figs with burrata with artichokes, fried mushrooms with hazelnuts and smoked ricotta, and lamb meatballs with garlic and capers. The restaurant are justly proud of their vast wine selection and the drinks list is, it must be said, ‘mega’ (the liquid-connoisseurs behind Grand Pigalle Hotel are the brains and talent behind the Experimental Cocktail Club). Of course, one must try the city’s other gastronomic hotspots, so when we decide to eat out, the receptionist marks up a map with some of his favourite cafés, bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets. We can highly recommended Le Pantruche bistro, and if you overindulge, there’s a petite health-food shop with organic wares close by (if that’s your kind of thing…) – it’s a very cool little neighbourhood; SoPi is deserving of its hipster cachet. On the day you leave, before you head home, be sure to go down historic Rue des Martyrs, a extremely attractive boulevard (scandalously immortalised in Emile Zola’s novel Nana) lined with cheese, wine and charcuterie shops. Fill a bag, or several, for a reverie-inducing nip of nostalgia for Paris and the Grand Pigalle back home.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Grand Pigalle Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooms were beautiful and spotless. Very hip. Pain Pain has the best bread – on the way up to the Sacré Cœur. 

Don’t expect

It is near some more colourful establishments but also a short walk up to the Sacré Cœur. 

Rating

Stayed on 26 Aug 2017

We loved

The room, the breakfast, the surrounding area.

Don’t expect

A large breakfast, but it is delicious.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Apr 2017

We loved

Stunning decor and really well-considered design and fittings. Great advice on local food stops in the area.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Feb 2017

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