by Hannah Lewis

Le Pigalle

Chic, homely haunt in the heart of the former red light district.

Absolute Highlight

Sipping on a cocktail watching the Parisian streets, perfectly accompanied by the La Pigalle playlist.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
40
The design aesthetic is...
the perfect blend of homely, retro and modern.
The typical guest is...
a music loving urbanite.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
do free condoms count? I guess it will limit the world’s over population.
The location is...
right in the action (aka plenty of drunk people spilling out of nearby clubs).
Interaction is encouraged by....
the cosy ground floor where you can read a book on the couch or dance the night away while the resident DJ plays.
You should stay here because
it is Paris in a nutshell - good food, great fun and beautiful architecture (and people).
What took you there?

I wanted to escape the cold of the Finnish winter and have a solo weekend void of responsibilities. And what better place to do this than Paris?

What was your room like?

Karma must have been on my side because I got a free upgrade when I arrived. The friendly staff showed me to my room and gave me a full rundown – how to use the record player, the iPad (full of La Pigalle playlists and travel tips), and most importantly the mini bar stocked with housemade old fashions. The random assortment of furniture, well curated art & design books and historical photos of the neighbourhood made it feel like home. I spent lots of time in my arm chair, french doors open soaking up the sun and watching the world go by.

What about the venue

La Pigalle pride themselves being a neighborhood hotel, and they have done a damn good job in making it feel that way. When I checked-in I was greeted by the staff sitting at the dining table which acts as a coworking space. From then until check out, they made me feel right at home. The lobby acts like a living room – I was able to enjoy a meal, read my book, chat to people, and enjoy cocktails come saturday night all in this one cosy room.

Tell us about the destination

The hotel is nestled in the neighbourhood of Pigalle – a little rough around the edges, but that is part of its appeal. As their website says, “The neighborhood has always attracted bad boys and artists, musicians and adventurers.” I can attest to this after watching many people getting kicked out of the day club across the road all afternoon providing me with plenty of entertainment. But this bad-boy neighbourhood is only a short walk from the picturesque area, Montemarte, that looks like it has been ripped right off the front of a Parisian postcard.

Who did you meet there?

Local Parisians who were enjoying a Sunday brunch, a collaboration between the hotel and a local chef who specialises in vegan food.

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Surrounding Activities

Canal Saint Martin

Grab a baguette and a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset on Canal Saint Martin with the locals.

Merci Paris

Go shopping at the epic concept store, Merci.

Merci Paris

La Mascotte

Enjoy a french feast of rose and mussels at La Mascotte.

La Mascotte

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