|Address||29 rue Victor Massé; 75009 Paris
by rue Henry Monnier
|Neighbourhood||9th Arrondissement – SoPi | See on map|
|Metro||Pigalle [M2, M12]|
|Telephone||+33 1 85 73 12 00|
|Price||Doubles from EUR 200. Breakfast EUR 19. Dinner EUR 40-60|
Let’s state it upfront: the Grand Pigalle hotel, located in the hip SoPi district, is no place for recovering alcoholics. They call it a ‘Bed & Beverage’ and coming from the guys behind the Experimental Cocktail Group how could it ever be any different?
At its heart is all-day restaurant Wine & Dine, which also doubles up as lounge and cocktail bar. Conscientious about both product and its (très bobo) image, you won’t be disappointed if you’re a fan of ECC establishments. (And if you aren’t, why stay here?) But, for choice, you’ve got Buvette next door for a bite, and Lulu White, Dirty Dick and L’Entrée des Artistes across the street for more imbibement.
The actual hotel part has 37 rooms, all decorated by design guru Dorothée Meilichzon in her typical retro-contemporary style. They’re beautiful but, starting at a meagre 14 square meters and ‘suites’ topping out at just 23, also tiny for the price – even by Parisian standards. Fine for sleeping off your cocktail excesses, not so great if you were planning to throw a pajama party.
For fans, however, it’s probably more important that the minibar is well-stocked, and here it really is exceptional. With quality spirits, bottles of premixed house cocktails and Jacques Genin chocolates, who needs floor space or, say, a gym? Craft cocktail lovers may find themselves a new spiritual home in Paris here.