Where lesser urban stays are defined by brisk practicality, at Pulitzer Paris Hotel – a newcomer to the ninth arrondissement – there’s an emphasis on sociable skulking that stands out in the Parisian crowd. Adjoining stuccoed townhouses have been overhauled into a cocoon of calm, clad in wood and suffused with a golden glow from clever lighting; deftly curated interiors adorned with art bolster its appeal. In addition to smart coffee-and-cream rooms and covetable suites in the eaves, eye-catching spaces to dine, drink and loiter include a cosy breakfast room, a den of plump sofas in the laid-back lobby bar and the hotel’s pièce de résistance: a plant-strewn covered patio that’s a seductive spot for cafés or apéritifs.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £173.39 (€202), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €8.13 per person per night on check-out.
Rates don’t include breakfast, but there are buffet and à la carte options at the hotel (from €22). Complimentary upgrades to the Signature Mansarde rooms are available for GoldSmiths staying in the Signature rooms (subject to availability).
There are lifts at the hotel and two wheelchair-accessible superior rooms with adapted ensuites.
At the hotel
Lobby bar and heated, covered patio. In rooms: free WiFi, flatscreen TV, free filtered water.
Our favourite rooms
Neutral-hued rooms of all sizes come with framed prints, textured wall panels and woven-string lampshades that lend interest. And what some rooms lack in square metres they make up for with a raft of modcons, solid soundproofing and helpful service on tap. Extra Mansarde suites have the best Parisian panoramas, space to sit and relax and a secluded spot on the fifth floor.
When in the French capital, accessories are your secret weapon: channel Parisian polish with designer scarves, hats, and a rotation of sunglasses, as well as a selection of coats and blazers.
This newcomer to the Ninth has sister hotels with Smith form in Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona and Hotel Pulitzer Buenos Aires.
Pooches (up to 8kg) are very welcome at this central Paris stay. For €30 a night, dogs can stay in the Pulitzer Suite, Pulitzer Extra and Extra Mansarde rooms; water, bowls and a bed are included. See more pet-friendly hotels in Paris.
Welcome. Under-14s are charged as children and there are connecting standard and superior rooms.
At the centre of the breakfast room a communal table basks in the glow of statement pendant lamps and the opportunity to nod bonjour at fellow coffee drinkers.
Anything smarter than jeans: tailored separates or linen pieces fit for a flâneur will do nicely.
Off the lobby, Pulitzer Paris Hotel’s restaurant will open for dinner in due course and we can’t wait to see what its Mediterranean menu brings; for now, breakfast is the main event in a cosy space across the walkway from the covered patio: a polished continental affair, it features syrupy petits cafés, butter-shiny pastries, granola made freshly in small batches, fruit, cheese and charcuterie.
Clad in mirror tiles with elegantly filed rows of spirit bottles, Pulitzer Paris Hotel’s bar is quite the glittering enticement: where you choose to enjoy your flute of champagne, gin-tonic or coffee is up to you, with plump sofas dotted around the lobby, tables beside the bar and of course the allure of the bench-lined covered patio.
Breakfast is served 7am–11am. The bar pours from 12pm till 11.30pm.
Once the restaurant is up and running, the room service menu will be, too.
A rising star in the capital’s Opéra district, Pulitzer Paris Hotel is on Rue du Faubourg Montmartre in the 9ème arrondissement of central Paris.
Paris-Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports are 40 and 50 minutes from the hotel respectively (www.parisaeroport.fr/en). Private taxi transfers from airport to hotel will cost €45–€60.
Gare du Nord is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9) and Le Peletier (line 7) are the nearest Métro stations.
Driving in central Paris is not recommended, but if you wheely must, there’s covered parking on Rue Chauchat, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
The ninth arrondissement around Grands Boulevards is rich in antique passages (covered arcades) housing one-off boutiques and the occasional tearoom and an architectural spectacle in their own right: on your wanders, check out Passage Jouffroy, Passage Verdeau, Gallerie Vivienne (behind the Richlieu library) and the original, Passage des Panoramas. Other grandes dames on your doorstep include Galeries Lafayette’s flagship store, stalwart music hall the Olympia and art deco cinemale Grand Rex (also a concert space and regular host of Hollywood movie premieres), as well as colonnaded opera housePalais Garnier. A bouquet’s throw from the latter is the Perfume Museum, which successfully makes sense of making scents. Art lovers should tee up a walking tour around Pigalle and the red light district’s Boulevard de Clichy, taking in the haunts of Picasso, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.
On Rue La Bruyère in the Ninth, chalkboard menus and chequered tiles create a classic setting for work-of-art French cuisine at Les Canailles – an upscale spot to enjoy dishes such as marinated sea bass in fennel cream, thyme-roasted rack of veal and Grand Marnier soufflé. As the name suggests, Bien Elevé on Rue Richer is all about responsibly reared meat (steak-frites, suprême de volaille and cuts of the day): but it’s also about delicate plates of fish, finessed desserts and assiettes du fromage, a French wine list long on Loire whites and Bordeaux reds and a smart teal-blue dining room in which to enjoy it all. For fans of fromage, Monbleurestaurants are the last word in curds and their Faubourg-Montmartre outpost is on your doorstep: everything from Comté-coated pasta to burrata salad, cheeseburgers, croquettes and tartiflette demonstrate why cheese is king.
For drinks, Copper Bay has an excellent array of cocktails made by three in-house bartenders. For those looking for something more discreet, head over to Pink Mamma and ask one of the hostesses to direct you to the No Entry speakeasy, hidden in the heart of this atmospheric Italian restaurant.
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 boutique Rive Droite hotel in the 9ème arrondissement and unpacked their Isabel Marant sneakers and Chloé sunglasses, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Pulitzer Paris Hotel…
A lively neighbourhood that’s well connected for taking in Paris’s prime sights, the capital’s ninth arrondissement easily entices. Its appeal is broad, too – a shared history with Degas, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec for art lovers; more than a hint of grit in its proximity to red-light district Pigalle, and covered arcades and colonnaded concert halls to delight romance-seeking flâneurs. On first glance, there’s an air of old-fashioned romance about Pulitzer Paris Hotel, too – its 19th-century townhouse facade on an elegant thoroughfare lending grandeur. But to focus on its history does a disservice to the modern seduction that awaits within. Matching practicality with panache, rooms are crisp, contemporary, comfortably appointed and well soundproofed. Then there’s the hotel’s strong lounge game… Confident this Opéra district address can compete with the bars and restaurants nearby (in which staff are well versed to assist sorties), the hotel has a spruce lobby bar, plant-dotted heated patio and cosy breakfast space (the subtext – you’re welcome to linger). And with a Mediterranean kitchen opening later this year, Pulitzer Paris Hotel is all set to sustain your interest beyond the bedroom.