A fashionista favourite in Paris’s coolest neighbourhood could be your new go-to
If you consider “boutique hotel and wine bar” five of the happiest words, you will love Grand Pigalle. It is intimate, elegant and ineffably Parisian, with an excellent yet low-key bar and restaurant so you can have a great night out without even leaving the premises. It makes sense when you learn that Grand Pigalle is the first hotel from the people behind Paris and London hotspots, the Experimental Cocktail Clubs.
There are just 37 rooms, and for a Parisian hotel they are surprisingly roomy. Some even have bathtubs – normally a rarity here in anything but a five-star. The satin-sheeted beds are among the best we’ve slept on, and the minibar is Instagram-worthy, with a lineup of the Experimental Cocktail Club’s own pre-mixed numbers. The interiors were overseen by ‘It’ designer Dorothée Meilichzon, whose talent in combining textures and patterns can be seen in the mix of blues, greens, brass, marble and geometric wallpaper. The effect is calm but memorable. For an even more Parisian experience, ask for one of the eaves rooms, which look out over the rooftops of the city.
THE FOOD & DRINK
The wine list is enormous to the point of overwhelming, with a focus on Italian quaffs – nowhere in Paris can rival here for Italian wines – and the menu leans that way too, having been created by acclaimed Roman chef Giovanni Passerini. Can you eat prosciutto, burrata and pizza in Paris? You can when they’re this good.
Pigalle has a long association with artists, bohemians, burlesque and the seedier side of life. While these days it’s on the up, there’s still enough ‘atmosphere’ to lend character, but not enough to scare you. The Grand Pigalle sits at the epicentre of Pigalle’s nightlife, directly across from avenue Frochot, a gated community that was once home to artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, best known for painting the girls at the nearby Moulin Rouge. During the day, wander amid the fashion and jewellery boutiques, vintage shops (you haven’t really shopped vintage until you’ve shopped it in Paris), cafés and delis.