A Hipster Chic Stay at the Grand Pigalle Hotel Paris
I decided a European holiday was needed this year and what better than Paris? In Audrey Hepburn’s words, Paris is always a good idea, and she was right! Off I popped on the Eurostar for a 3 night trip to stay in 3 different beaut hotels, first up is Day 1 at the Grand Pigalle Hotel.
Saturday Night in Pigalle
The Experimental Group, owned by Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon and Pierre-Charles Cros – have launched their own hotel, Le Grand Pigalle which is situated in one of Paris’ hippest neighborhoods, Pigalle. These days the streets of the 9th-arrondissement are where it’s at. The Pigalle region has changed over the years and right now it’s the new hipster spot, even garnering a trendy new nickname ‘SoPi’ (South Pigalle)! If you’re into design, style, architecture, shopping and partying then this is where you want to stay. Full of hip new restaurants and bars, set alongside the dazzling lights of the Moulin Rouge, I knew Pigalle would be perfect for our first night in Paris.
After much searching, the Grand Pigalle Hotel was deemed perfect for our needs. Located just 600 yards from the Moulin Rouge and near Pigalle Metro station, it was in the perfect location to explore the area. There are so many amenities at the Grand Pigalle hotel I have listed them all below.
- Queen Size Bed
- Personalized satin bed linens
- Housekeeping twice a day including turn-down service
- Daily complimentary bottle of water
- Dry Cleaning and laundry on demand
- Ambient lighting dimmer
- Hair dryer and bathroom scale
- Room climate control
- Personal safe
- Luggage rack
- Minibar with local French products & signature bottled cocktails by Experimental Cocktail Club
- Room service 24/7
- En suite bathroom with custom tiling, marble shelving & bathtub
- High speed WiFi
- Adaptors and chargers on demand
- HD TV flat screen and REVO radio
- VoIP phone
- Non-smoking room
The Lobby, Restaurant and Wine Bar
Boutique hotels like the Grand Pigalle have the personality that makes my heart sing and a level of detail and personal service that you just can’t get from a chain hotel. The Grand Pigalle is a design lover’s dream from the moment you step into the lobby. The reception area leads on to the restaurant and wine bar which has a chilled out vibe in the daytime with a continental breakfast being served from 7am – 11am (with fabulous croissants), then it’s open to the public for brunch, dinner and drinks (see menu here).
For breakfast we went for strong coffee, soft, flaky croissants, pain au chocolat and fresh fruit salad, although there were plenty of other options available. In the evening we sampled a couple of glasses of rose which were delicious and the bar even has a nearby Pokémon Go stop, what more could any hipster want?!
To the side of the reception is a door that leads to the elevator and the stairs which took us through mysterious hallways with golden pineapple decorations to our beautiful room.
The hotel’s breathtaking rooms and super cool bar and restaurant were designed by Dorothee Meilichzon who has dreamt up beautiful interiors for bars and hotels all over Paris. The bar was inspired by the Orient Express which explains its dark wood paneling and velvet sofas, it was absolutely gorgeous. I loved sitting by the window, flung open to catch the evening Parisian breeze, and sipping on my drink, watching the world go by.
The Hotel Bedrooms
The 37 retro chic bedrooms are styled with funky patterned carpet, textured wallpaper, art deco geometric tile floors in the bathroom and vintage touches from old school radios to telephones. There was a discreet flat screen TV, beautiful light fittings and marble and brass touches which were so pleasing to the eye. The piece de la resistance was the amazing bed with a fabric covered headboard, luxurious white sheets and the coziest mattress and pillows I’ve ever slept on.
I loved the mix of retro and modern through the hotel, the colour ways and the tranquil vibes. The hotel is gorgeously decorated with attention to every single detail and service and staff very helpful though discreet and laid back. We didn’t hear a peep from outside or neighbouring rooms during our stay.
Within 30 minutes of arriving, we had checked in, got changed and were out on the town! There’s no waiting around and staff are incredibly efficient. There was no delay in us rewarding ourselves with a well-earned tipple. Fabulous nearby restaurants suggested by the amazing staff include Buvette, Le Pantruche and neo bistro Le Fooding . We also enjoyed La Bonne Franquette in Montremarte.
Overall Feelings About The Hotel
We stayed in the Henry Monnier room at the Grand Pigalle for 1 night and it was wonderful. The staff are incredibly kind and helpful and it’s in a fabulous location, perfect for sightseeing. The Pigalle neighbourhood was awesome and the hotel is only a short walk to Montmartre. There you can see the Sacre Coeur and many artists displaying their works and there are many bars and restaurants.
I tried to rack my brain for even one negative about this hotel. The only thing I could think of was that the elevator is a little small, and that’s it! The Grand Pigalle is of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.
Grand Pigalle Hotel
29 Rue Victor Masse
Room Prices Start from 96 Euro