Paris’s once down-at-heel Pigalle district in the ninth arrondissement is now an up-and-coming area, with trendy bars, vintage stores and food shops. The Grand Pigalle Hôtel is located in a lively side street in the south of the area, a 15-minute walk to Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge. Despite the area’s colourful history, the hotel has chosen to focus on its new-found appeal, one that is the epitome of Parisian cool.
The hotel captures the mood of the city, striking a perfect balance between bohemian boutique and cool cocktail culture. With 37 rooms, the hotel is intimate and the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Each room embodies the seductive nature of the ninth arrondissement in everything from vintage lamps, cloth headboards to bathroom ties. Guests can choose from four types of rooms, from the smaller Sopi to the more luxurious Grand Pigalle, complete with personalised satin bedlinen.
Its rooms and larger suites feature individual décor, with distinctive bathroom tiles, printed carpet and wallpaper giving a luxury feel to the rooms. The hotel is also equipped with the essentials of modern life: high-speed Wi-Fi, large televisions and coffee machines.
The hotel’s cool, understated style is the work of the up-and-coming young designer Dorothée Meilichzon, who fuses traditional elements such as old-school room keys with fun elements including pineapple door knockers and wine-glass carpets. The social ambience of the hotel is also impressive with the wine bar – the hub of the hotel – drawing in guests and outside visitors alike, all eager to sample its house cocktails and vast wine list. Renowned chef Giovanni Passerini, creator of the much-lamented Rino, has designed the new menu for the hotel, fusing his Italian origins with exceptional products. The buffet-style breakfast is served all morning, and offers a selection of French pastries, yogurt and fruit salad, ham and cheeses as well as egg options.
The small yet comfortable hotel is the perfect mix of vintage stylistic details and modern touches and is a true hidden gem.
Grand Pigalle Hôtel, 29 rue Victor Massé, 75009 Paris, +33 (0)1 8573 1202