Grand Pigalle Hotel
The clubby, hipster-chic vibe of the Grand Pigalle Hotel attracts young, moneyed travellers in droves. And so it should. The modish interiors mix sleek, whimsical elements (pineapple door knockers, we’re looking at you), geometric patterns, and retro sensibilities. It’s a style that’s recognisable from the owners’ other properties, among them the Experimental Cocktail Clubs in London, Paris, and New York, where you’ll also see designer Dorothée Meilichzon’s seemingly signature vintage-cum-contemporary style. There are stuffed headboards, brass mirrors, satin bed linens and gleaming tiled bathrooms. And from the windows, guests are treated to views right across to the nearby Sacre Coeur. The Grand Pigalle Hotel is, after all, found in the fashionable SoPi (or South Pigalle) neighbourhood.
The Restaurant and Wine Bar, meanwhile, is the place for small plates of Mediterranean-inspired morsels like smoked burrata with artichoke and wild mint, and larger dishes featuring everything from ravioli to veal tartare. It’s a menu crafted by none other than acclaimed Roman chef Giovanni Passerini. So here the flavours are clever and creative (think: espelette pepper ice cream with passion fruit, fennel and hazelnuts) and stand up well to being washed down with a glass or two from the curated wine list. And, found at street level, it’s the perfect starting point for exploring the nightlife of Montmartre and Pigalle. Show at the Moulin Rouge, anyone?