New York has the East Village; London has Shoreditch; in Paris, Pigalle is the once-seedy area turned hip neigbourhood. South of the storied artist district of Montmartre and a stroll from the Moulin Rouge, this property shares a block with buzzing bars and restaurants. Follow the leopard print runner to one of just 40 rooms, each with its own record player and box of curated vinyl, art collection, bed dressed in white and Le Labo amenities. Laid-back and helpful staff (they’re all locals) work from a communal table in the terrazzo-floored lobby and the retro-styled cafe and bar is a hangout for as many cool Parisians as guests.
In the heart of the hip and gritty Pigalle district it’s named for, Le Pigalle is handy to Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge and other major attractions of the Right Bank: Sacre Coeur, The Louvre, Tuileries and Centre Pompidou. The closest metro stop (Pigalle) is a two-minute walk away with connections to metro stops across the city, as well as Gare de Nord for international rail journeys. Both Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports are a 40-minute drive away.
Combining mid-century modern style with classical Parisian charm, the property’s 40 rooms come in a range of sizes and layouts. Picture gallery walls of eclectic artworks, retro light fixtures, cool marble, crisp white linen, and teak furniture. All spaces come equipped with an iPad – loaded with playlists, room service menu and order form and an insider’s guide to the neighbourhood – and a record player with a collection of vinyl curated for each room. The smallest accommodation option is cosy at just 12 square metres (not much more than a king single bed or bunks and a petite bathroom) though a stocked mini bar and cool, clever design ensure maximum comfort. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Pigalle 35 is a 35 square metre suite with a king-sized bed, bathroom with soaking tub and double vanity and views over the district’s rooftops to Sacre Coeur.
Food and drink
The property’s lobby cafe, restaurant and bar are a hangout for locals as well as guests and – ideal in a neighbourhood that rarely sleeps – room service is offered 24 hours. Start the day with a classic breakfast of baguette, butter and preserves, or fruit salad, pastries and coffee, and then settle in to a booth and stay up late with a glass of something from the natural wine list and a table loaded with share plates such as fish rillettes with candied lemon, coriander and peanuts, homemade hummus or Galician beef sausage.
For business travellers
Though space is at a premium in guest rooms, downstairs in the lobby/restaurant you’ll see creative types working at laptops sipping a cup of coffee (or something stronger). Wi-fi is fast and free throughout the hotel.
For wellness travellers
There isn’t a spa or gym on site, however the helpful staff will happily recommend and book treatments across the city.
The fab factor
Laying in bed with a record spinning on the turntable makes a stay at Le Pigalle feel more like home than a hotel.
Best for: Couples
Number of rooms: 40
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: There are several car parks nearby
Address: 9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France
Telephone: +33 1 48 78 37 14
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