On the border of the 9th and 18th arrondissements of Paris, near the Sacré-Cœur and just a stone’s throw away from the famed Moulin Rouge in Montmartre, the Place Pigalle is a great spot for those seeking an eclectic dose of Parisian nightlife.
The Place Pigalle, between Boulevard de Clichy and Boulevard de Rochechouart, was named after the celebrated 18th-century Parisian sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, whose nude sculpture of Voltaire stands in the Louvre. To soak up all this neighbourhood has to offer, book one of these charming hotels to use as your city base.
A short walk from the Pigalle metro station, the Maison Souquet is the perfect couple’s retreat; it even received a 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for France’s top hotel for romance. Here, romantics can enjoy private spa treatments and five-star butler service. Sensuality oozes from the subversive architecture at every turn, with velvet furniture, wooden panels, huge mirrors and chandeliers – the perfect setting for a loved-up date.
For those who are on a more modest budget but want a dose of elegance and sophistication, the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards is the perfect alternative. Just a short walk away from Place Pigalle, this boutique hotel is chic and adorable, decorated by the renowned designer Dorothée Meilichzon. The hotel interiors mix the decorative splendour of the Louis XVI period (four-poster beds, glazed wardrobes and red marble countertops) with the more rustic, pastoral designs found in Marie Antoinette’s farm in Versailles. It’s the cosiest place on our list to enjoy a weekend getaway.
Just an 8-minute walk from the Pigalle metro station, Maison Lepic Montmartre boasts one of the most animated locations in Paris. While it might be at the heart of all the buzz, there’s also a relaxing garden, a terrace to soak up the sun and a cosy shared lounge. It’s a former residence of the legendary Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, so it’s a must-stay for art fanatics who want to follow in the artist’s footsteps. You also have major attractions such as La Cigale, the Sacré-Cœur, Théâtre des Mathurins and Palais Garnier within walking distance.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is a small hotel tucked down a cobblestone alley in this vibrant district. With a large, calming private garden designed by the very man who revamped the famous Tuileries Gardens, the hotel offers the perfect urban countryside escape. There are five suites to choose from, each decorated by a different contemporary artist. With decadently upholstered furniture and fabrics at every turn, this hotel is arguably one of the most sumptuous near Place Pigalle.
Given that Place Pigalle is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle and has always been a neighbourhood of painters’ studios and literary cafes, Hôtel des Arts Montmartre is as close as you can get to a truly authentic Parisian experience. Paying tribute to this unique artistic legacy, you’ll find the walls throughout the colourful hotel adorned with vintage prints and posters that celebrate the glorious jazz age of Moulin Rouge and the artists who flocked here to revel in the fun. The dining room is the highlight, with its rustic stone walls and antique jukebox blasting out old classics.
It might seem like bad advertising to name your hotel after the district it sits in, but Le Pigalle really does embody the party-until-dawn spirit of the area. The rooms have a cool retro vibe with striking red furniture, kitsch (and sometimes racy) art on the walls, vinyl players and even hotel-branded condoms. There’s a casual food hall with a simple but appealing menu (as well as a reduced late menu available until 2am), but the location also puts you within a short walk of several well-regarded restaurants.
The Villa Royale isn’t difficult to spot – it’s down the street from La Fontaine Pigalle and features a vaudeville-style red awning over the entrance. Red is a colour you need to get used to if you’re staying here, as almost all of the rooms are red from top to bottom, including the velvet wardrobe doors, curtains over the beds and all the other theatrical flourishes. It was a favourite of Picasso’s. Today, it offers plenty of communal space, including the breakfast buffet area, where the striking rococo-style continues.
Hôtel Rochechouart sits right on Montmartre hill and has been welcoming guests since 1929. While it underwent a renovation by legendary hoteliers Anouk and Louis Solanet, it’s lost none of that original charm. The art deco vibe is strong here, with mosaics in the lounge area, a vintage (but completely safe) elevator and a rooftop bar covered in greenery and offering a decidedly Instagram-friendly view of the Eiffel Tower. The rooms are similarly outfitted, with art books next to the memory foam beds and neat little accent pieces dotted around.
The Hôtel Le Cardinal is just off Rue de Clichy, a street populated by all manner of hot bars and bistros. Despite all this bustle, the hotel is neatly tucked around a dead-end side street, enabling it to carve out a serene existence. The rooms and the common areas have a bright art deco feel, with splashes of yellow, pink and green, as well as some funky artwork and furniture. There are 77 rooms, all with minibars, ethically sourced bathroom products and a gourmet room service menu.
Before Les Matins was a hotel, it was a brothel, which might furrow some brows, but today, none of that seediness is on display. You’ll find bright colours, framed photos of local landmarks, a cool lounge bar and a cute little basement swimming pool. The 33 rooms are all scented with fleur de coton perfume, and the ones on the upper floors offer a gallery-worthy view over the Parisian rooftops.
Môm’Art Hôtel and Spa has a fascinating history. The Sellam family bought it in 1971, and after the father passed away, his five children completely redesigned the hotel as a tribute to his legacy in 2018. The result is stunning, with art walls in many of the rooms, each of which has a unique feel. It also houses a restaurant with a closed outdoor terrace and a spa offering massages, manicures and more. All of this is just a short walk from Square Louise-Michel.