Staying in the former artist’s village of Montmartre means wandering the cobbled streets once inhabited by Picasso, Dalí and Van Gogh, and being on the doorstep of the Moulin Rouge cabaret, for that all-important selfie. These hotels represent the pick of the bunch for a stay in this hilltop Paris neighbourhood – bookable with Culture Trip.
Overlooking the glittering Paris skyline, the Grand Pigalle offers the quintessential Parisian experience. Rooms and suites include original features such as ornate fireplaces and exposed beams, combined with quirky touches like gilded pineapple door knockers. One of the Grand Pigalle’s high points is the Frenchie restaurant, offering a creative menu devised by Michelin-star chef Gregory Marchand.
Once a private house belonging to the Hermès family, Hotel Particulier has been lovingly transformed into one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. Each of the five eccentric guest rooms has been designed with a distinct personality, ranging from the Arbre à Oreilles (with gilded mirrors and a Japanese tapestry) to the Eiffel Suite with exceptional views across the city to the Eiffel Tower. Staff are always willing to go above and beyond, with handy recommendations for the best places in Montmartre.
Perched on the scenic Place des Abbesses, Hôtel Régyn’s is a characterful hotel for those on a budget. Large windows flood the rooms with natural light, and soundproofing ensures a good night’s sleep. Ask for a room on the top floor for the best views. Complimentary breakfast comes as standard, plus the concierge desk is open 24/7. Hôtel Régyn’s is just a stone’s throw from the Abbesses metro station.
Bright pop colours against cool white walls characterise the Arvor. Classic suites are snug, perfect for couples, plus there are two family suites with bunk beds for kids. The gourmet breakfast is a real highlight, with bread and pastries from the local organic bakery, smoked salmon, ham, cheese and eggs to order. At 10.30am, the juice bar opens, while afternoon tea is served at 3pm. These personal touches and the friendly staff make for a delightful stay.
First opened nearly 50 years ago, the family-run Môm’Art Hotel pays homage to the city’s long relationship with high fashion. The 24 guest rooms and suites range from the Cosy rooms, perfect for romantic weekends away, to the Parisian Suite. The latter is styled like an apartment with special amenities including a Nespresso coffee machine and in-room Marshall speakers; it’ll make you start feeling like a true local.
It’s no secret Paris has a reputation as a city for lovers, and Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour is passionate about preserving it. As the name suggests, this small but luxurious hotel cultivates amour à la française; lucky guests can begin the day by tucking into the Buffet of Love, which includes heart-shaped waffles drizzled with honey, and the theme extends to the stylish interiors by Sandrine Alouf. You can also add amorous messages to heart-shaped slates while tucking into a “lovebox” intimacy kit that includes items such as a “ring for a kiss” bell.
Just a stone’s throw from the legendary Moulin de la Galette, Best Western Plus Hotel Littéraire Marcel Aymé is perhaps the quirkiest hotel in Montmartre. This 39-room literary hotel flaunts retro 1950s decor inspired by the popular novels of Marcel Aymé, a well-loved French novelist and playwright. Literary sculptures adorn the walls alongside book extracts, offering pearls of wisdom at every turn. Expect well-stocked bookcases and comfy chairs to curl up in with a page-turner, but if socialising is more your thing, enjoy a drink in the cocktail lounge.
If you’re looking for intimate luxury away from the hubbub, Montmartre Résidence is the place for you. This art-deco, four-star establishment offers stylish studios and private two- and three-bedroom apartments designed to make you feel like you’re at home. If you fancy treating yourself or a loved one, order a home massage, hairdressing or beauty treatments by Olivier Lecocq. There’s no better place than your own private living quarters to enjoy a moment of peace or, indeed, the chef à domicile experience.
If you fancy a dose of high-class luxury, try the five-star Maison Souquet. Named France’s top hotel for romance in the 2020 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards, this might just top the rest for the best romantic getaway. Treat your special someone to a “rain of roses” in the morning and spend the evening sipping champagne in a cosy private spa, with five-star butler service on tap. Be sure to reserve early, as this highly coveted hotel books up fast.
Looking for a getaway with the kids? Check out the best family-friendly hotels in Paris, now bookable on Culture Trip.
Jade Cuttle contributed additional reporting to this article.
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