Pigalle has been rewarding hardcore revellers for more than a century now and the good times keep rolling at Hôtel Rochechouart, an art deco escape for artists and absinthe lovers, established in 1929. Melodrama awaits up on the roof, the proud owner of one of the best views in Paris – and precisely where you can pretend you’re Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (no singing necessary). Some of the rooms may as well be artist garrets, where the Sacré-Coeur is visible from the bed, and when you are ready to venture out, can-cans, cabaret and cocktails are on hand to keep you up all night.
Noon, but flexible for a fee. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £172.26 (€203), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.88 per person per night on check-in.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast.
If you thought the bath products smelt amazing, it’s because they’re made especially for the hotel in Grasse, the world’s undisputed perfume capital.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Chromecast TV, WiFi, air-conditioning, filtered water, Dammann tea and Nespresso coffee machine, and bespoke bath products.
Our favourite rooms
For the most glamorous garret in Pigalle, go for an Executive Room with a sloping ceiling on the top floor – tortured types will especially enjoy the melodrama of staring out at the Sacré-Coeur from bed.
Packing tips Velvet, lace, a predilection for absinthe and an ability to stay up all night.
Also If you thought the bath products smelt amazing, it’s because they’re made especially for the hotel in Grasse, the world’s undisputed perfume capital.
Velvet, lace, a predilection for absinthe and an ability to stay up all night.
There are four rooms that have been adapted for disabled guests, including alarms and phones for visually impaired people.
Hide out at the tables at the side of the bar for the most seclusion, people-watch from the corner or gather some friends and squeeze into a group-size banquette.
Ladies (and gents) of the night.
Fittingly for a quartier known for its nightlife, Hôtel Rochechouart gives you an excellent (and so-French) restaurant that you won’t even have to leave the front door for. And you might not have left the building, but it’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto an ocean liner as you settle into a tan banquette for classic seafood and steaks. A buffet breakfast is served here each morning, or you can order a smaller selection up to your room.
The Pigalle party might be raging down below, but an excellent evening could consist of sundowners in sight of the Sacré-Coeur up on the roof, before descending for a meal at Rochechouart and heading straight back up again. The bar opens every evening for drinks with a 360-degree view of Paris.
Breakfast hours are 7am to 10am, lunch is on offer from noon until 2.30pm and dinner is served between 7.15pm and 11pm. The rooftop bar’s hours are from 5pm to 1am.
Dinner can be ordered to your room between 7pm and 11pm.
The hotel is in the Parisian district of Pigalle, close to the can-cans and cabarets of the city’s naughtiest nightlife and the world’s most famous windmill.
Both of the French capital’s main airports are within 30 kilometres of the hotel – the drive should take between 30 and 45 minutes. Hotel-arranged transfers cost from €35.
Eurostar-disembarking arrivals will be able to reach the hotel within a 15-minute walk, with €20 transfers available for those who don’t do luggage. The quarter’s Pigalle Metro stop is a few minutes away on foot.
You’d need to be brave to take on the Parisian traffic – stash your wheels away at the public car park, 500 metres down the Boulevard de Rochechouart.
Worth getting out of bed for
Paris is no stranger to tourist-tickbox sites, but you won’t have to go very far to see them here – instead of trampling around at ground level like everyone else, spy them from the comfort of the hotel’s romantic rooftop (with added cocktail potential). Pigalle is one of the city’s most happening ’hoods, with livelier-than-even-the-late-19th-century (and a whole lot more sanitised) nightlife, effortlessly cool (in the way only French people can be) cocktail bars and, of course, can-cans and cabarets. Don’t miss strolls to the Sacré-Coeur and the rest of artist-approved Montmartre.
As long as it’s not the weekend, Le Pantruche will serve up French bistro favourites; Buvette, meanwhile, will feed you any day of the week, from your morning espresso all the way to evening espresso martinis – the SoPi (South Pigalle) institution has Francophile-pleasing siblings everywhere from NYC to Tokyo.
Dirty Dick on Rue Frochot is officially one of the world’s 50 best bars – it’s near the Moulin Rouge and mixes up a tropical Parisian take on tiki. Don’t expect anything as mundane as a glass: the cocktails are served in artist-designed ‘bespoke vessels’. Yago on Rue Victor Massé may look like someone’s house from the outside and a bordello from the inside, but it’s a great spot for cocktails and Nikkei cuisine. And if you thought Pigalle couldn’t get any rowdier, you clearly haven’t been to Sister Midnight, which has nothing to do with nuns and everything to do with glam rock, drag nights and burlesque.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this art deco hotel in Paris and unpacked their can-can clothing and bottles of absinthe, a full account of their boutique break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hôtel Rochechouart in Pigalle…
If you’ve always wanted to live in Paris, you should definitely move in to Hôtel Rochechouart in Pigalle, the quartier once known for its gaudy windmill and gaudier cabarets, and now full of the city’s hippest cocktail hotspots. Handily for those who’d rather not travel far for good times, Paris’s most romantic rooftop is just a rickety, old-school escalator ride away – there’s no finer place in town for an apéritif with a view than up on the monument-showcasing terrace. Guests can descend briefly to board the art deco ocean liner of a brasserie on the ground floor.
If you’re too hungover (along with the rest of the neighbourhood) the morning after, you’ll be pleased to know that you can see the Sacré-Coeur without leaving your bed in some of the rooms. Once you’re ready to start all over again, head back up to see the City of Lights shine from the roof or head out into the night in search of absinthe and adventures. A votre santé.