Welcome to SoPi (South Pigalle), a once risqué area that became a cocktail paradise a few years ago. Expect to find everything from tiny hidden restaurants, sex shops, trendy drinking dens (which were once hostess bars) and neon - lots of neon.
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The best hotels in Pigalle
Le Pigalle is the direct opposite of impersonal, it was built to be a neighbourhood establishment and still functions like a local business. The place is filled with groups of friends meeting up to put on records and spend hours chatting on the sofas.
Go back in time by ascending the spiral stairs, treading the velvet carpets and climbing up to your room. In the corridors of the Grand Pigalle Hotel, it seems as if time has stopped. Just hit the golden pineapple knocker to access another universe.
This former brothel is hidden away from the world and keeps the Belle Epoque Pigalle of yesteryear alive – at least in spirit. Through the discreet frontage, don’t be fooled by Jacques Garcia’s Belle Epoque meets orientalist decor.
Wehn it comes to Parisian nightlife, Pigalle or SoPi (South Pigalle), is the place to be. A stone’s throw from the iconic Moulin Rouge, with plenty of cocktail bars in the vicinity, the Trinité Haussmann is in the perfect lively neighbourhood spot.
If you’re allergic to hype, you might be better off closing this tab. Since opening ten years ago, Hotel Amour has enjoyed a reputation for being a stronghold of Parisian trendiness.
In an adorable little Parisian courtyard hidden from the world, is the Alba Hotel. Everything is unique here, from the carpet to the wallpaper, with decor that is constantly evolving and fun to discover. Little touches are the highlight, such as a Christmas tree covered in Barbie dolls and gauze veils.
The 9th arrondissement is well-equipped when it comes to hotels, owing to its geographical situation and its lively reputation. Rue Clauzel, a stone’s throw from rue des Martyrs, boasts several addresses including the great boutique shop Nous at number 19, the vintage store Zach & Sam at number 13, and of course hotel Matins de Paris at number three.
The superstitious might want stay away from this one, as there’s a black cat on every floor. On the first floor you’ll find the common room, which sets the tone of the rest of the hotel – cosy and warm. You can come for breakfast or just relax and have a drink among the melange of businessmen and tourists.