Maison Souquet Hotel in Paris

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Updated: April 12, 2022

Essentials
• Location: Trendy South Pigalle at the edge of charming Montmartre, with the Moulin Rouge just around the corner.
• Hotel website: maisonsouquet.com
• Hotel phone: +33 1 4878 5555
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Luxury Paris hotel in South Pigalle

The luxurious and intimate Maison Souquet hotel is located in the South Pigalle area of Paris’ 9th Arrondissement.

Maison Souquet – Former bordello turned intimate and sassy boutique hotel.

A lux and edgy space in Paris’ most up-and-coming area, South Pigalle. Guests are treated to an intimate experience – granted a personal butler, lavish individualized room decor, and a private key for the gorgeous cobalt blue (and celestial-ceilinged) swimming pool. Steps from the Moulin Rouge, this lavish brothel-turned-boutique-hotel’s twenty guest rooms are named after famous courtesans and each exudes a unique and decadent luxury replete with sumptuous details such as peacock feather walls and headboards. In the hotel’s salons, a speakeasy-like hidden bar is lavishly decorated with velvet banquettes and a huge cast iron fireplace.

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Maison Souquet – Location

In trendy South Pigalle at the edge of charming Montmartre. Surrounded by great bars and restaurants, with Moulin Rouge just around the corner, but tucked away on a relatively quiet side street.

  • Address: 10 rue de Bruxelles
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Blanche and Place de Clichy.
  • Taxi: Airport taxis to central Paris are charged at a flat rate. Fare from Charles de Gaulle Airport is €55, fare from Orly Airport is €35.
  • Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €61 from CDG and €57 from Orly, but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.

Maison Souquet – The Basics

  • Ages: Families with children are welcome but this hotel is definitely geared towards romantic, grown-up stays.
  • Pet Policy: No pets are allowed.
  • View: Rooms either look out onto the street, or into the interior courtyard.
  • Parking: There is no parking at the hotel but public parking can be found nearby.
  • Nice Perks: Personal butler service. Hermès bath amenities.
  • When to Book: Maison Souquet is a small hotel and rooms sell out quickly. Book well in advance (2-3 months), especially for the high travel seasons of April to October and December.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +33 1 4878 5555
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: maisonsouquet.com

Maison Souquet – Amenities

  • Pool: A beautiful and private 10m swimming pool, set beneath a celestially-decorated ceiling, is available (complimentary) for guests by request.
  • Spa: In addition to the pool, the hotel spa features a private steam room and treatment room; all are available to guests by request. Massage, facials, mani/pedicures, makeup, and hair dressing are offered.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • For Disabled Guests: Rooms designed with mobility issues in mind are available.
  • For Families: Baby cots are complimentary but due to the intimate nature of this hotel and suggestive courtesan theme, it may not be the best option for families with children.
  • Activities: The hotel can help arrange just about anything, including specialized tours.
  • Other Facilities: The 3 connecting salons and outdoor garden patio on the ground floor are sumptuous places for a drink, reading a rare book from the library, or playing an antiquarian game.

Maison Souquet – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No restaurant.
  • Lounge/Bar: Cocktails, light lunch, and dinner are offered in the hotel’s sumptuous red velvet salon. The main bar area is where (after moving from the first entry lounge) men would come in to meet and mingle with the courtesans. The décor has stayed true to form with round couches, nude paintings, and food and drink to get you in the mood – from signature cocktails to caviar.
  • Breakfast: Included in the room rate, breakfast is available from 7-11 am in the hotel’s winter garden (interior courtyard), or served in-room.
  • Room Service: 24-hour room service.

Maison Souquet – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe • Junior Suite • 2-bedroom Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Guest rooms are non-smoking.
  • Best Room: Each of the hotel’s two 2-bedroom suites, La Païva and Liane de Pougy, come with 2 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, and luxurious bathrooms that feature both a bathtub and walk-in shower.

Maison Souquet – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Tifinagh – Traditional French bistro with an excellent (and affordable) 3-course meal option.
  • Café des Deux Moulins – Corner cafe/bar made famous by the Movie Amelie. Nice for breakfast.
  • À La Cloche d’Or – Traditional French in a Provincial-style interior, historically (and still) a post-show dinner spot for artists and musicians performing nearby.
  • Les Apôtres de Pigalle – Small but incredible restaurant featuring tapas that blend French with Mexican and South American flavors. Reservations recommended.
  • La Villa des Abbesses – Black and dark wood décor with red curtains makes this classic French bistro feel a bit Belle Epoch.
  • La Mascotte – French brasserie specializing in seafood, with Art Deco interiors and sidewalk terrace seating.
  • Le Grenier a Pain – Fantastic bakery well-known for their award-winning baguettes. Great stop for sandwiches and sweet baked goods as well.
  • Le Sancerre – Great, classic French café restaurant for breakfast or a quick afternoon bite.
  • Luz Verde – Mexican gastropub with excellent tacos and margaritas.
  • Buvette Gastrothèque – Classic French with a modern twist, buzzy but cozy vibe, hip interior.
  • La Pantruchoise – Good value, classic French, friendly neighborhood feel.
  • Le Coryllis – Charming neighborhood Italian spot on a small side street near Sacré Coeur.
  • Relais de la Butte – Lovely spot with ancient stone walls and tables spilling out over a large patio area off the sidewalk. Nice for a coffee or their specialty escalope of veal.
  • Pizza di Loretta – Roman-style, pay-by-the-pound pan pizza goodness.

Best Nearby Cafe

  • Le Pain Quotidien – Simple and fresh pastries, toast with toppings, fruit salad, and great coffee.

Best Nearby Bars & Breweries

  • Brussels Beer Project – Belgian beer tap room.
  • La Machine du Moulin Rouge – Large and very popular dance club connected to the iconic cabaret.
  • Le Boucan – Fun and laid-back neighborhood bar, friendly staff.
  • Wall Street Pigalle – Concept bar in which drink prices, displayed on a screen, change every 100 seconds, like Wall Street stocks. Also serves tapas.
  • The Harp Bar – Classic Irish sports pub, reasonabe prices.
  • Baton Rouge – Cozy and convivial atmosphere for classic and creative cocktails.
  • Dirty Dick – Tiki bar with strong drinks; a fun place to start a night out.
  • Les Justes – Sophisticated, but not stuffy, with well-crafted cocktails.

Nearby Shopping

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Causses – Fresh fruit, cheese, meats, bread, and snacks; great place to stock up for a picnic.
  • Bio c’ Bon – Organic supermarket with fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, dairy products.
  • Au Verger des Abbesses – Fresh fruit, vegetables, and snacks.
  • Carrefour Market – Standard supermarket with a good selection and decent prices.

Nearby Attractions & Things to Do

  • Moulin Rouge – Paris’s most historically famous cabaret is still a circus of cancan kicks and outrageous costumes, even if the crowd is less Toulouse-Lautrec and more tour-bus kind.
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique – Housed in the home where George Sand and Ary Scheffer once lived, this museum re-creates another very romantic era in Paris.
  • Place Pigalle – Public square with lots of history, painter studios, red light districts, shops, bars, cafés, and karaoke places.
  • La Cigale Concert Hall – A historic landmark re-decorated in the 1980s by Philippe Starck. Come here for big-name live music acts.
  • Montmartre Cemetery – Lovely cemetery where Alexandre Dumas, Degas, Émile Zola, and many others are buried.
  • Wall of Love – A monument to amore, “I love you” is written on this wall in 250 languages.
  • Dali Paris – Don’t miss this if you’re a Dali fan – over 300 works are displayed here.
  • Sacré-Coeur – One of Paris’ top sights, the views from this beauty are incredible especially if you climb the 300 steps to the top.
  • Opéra Garnier – A grand 19th-century opera theater hosting regular ballet, opera, and chamber music performances, as well as exhibitions and guided tours.

Maison Souquet – The Hotel

The hotel has a discrete entrance.

Maison Souquet’s entrance is very discrete, just as it would have been when it was a bordello.

The back lounge area is popular for tea and wine.

The back lounge area opens to the winter garden and is the perfect place to sit with a cup of tea or glass of wine.

The fist salon is very opulent.

The first salon is the most ornate and is where men would have gathered, chatted, and smoked before meeting the courtesans.

The first salon is opulent.

Nowadays the velvet and gold first salon is a sumptuous place to sit with a cocktail.

The red velvet second salon has the main bar.

The red velvet encased second salon is the main bar area where you can get a signature cocktail or light but elegant meal.

Original art adorns the hotel walls.

Original, tasteful, yet seductive art graces every space of the hotel.

2-bedroom suites are very spacious.

The 2-bedroom suites are spacious sanctuaries.

The 2-bedroom suite has a cozy salon area.

Looking to the salon area from the bedroom of a 55 square meter 2-bedroom suite.

Rooms come with signature wallpapers.

Every room has its own signature wallpaper.

Rooms comes with rich color schemes.

Most rooms have rich color schemes, all chosen by master decorator Jaques Garcia.

The hotel is full of gorgeous paintings.

One never tires of viewing yet another gorgeous painting at this hotel.

Bathrooms are stylish.

The style and colors continue in the bathrooms.

The wallpaper is fascinating.

Some wallpaper is simple while others, like this one, you can get lost in.

The upholstery is remarkable.

And sometimes the design continues onto the upholstery.

Moulin Rouge is very close by.

If you turn your head to the left when you leave the hotel, you can see the red windmill of the Moulin Rouge – walk 2 minutes, crossing Blvd de Clichy, and you’re there.

Basilica du Sacré-Cœur is worth a visit.

It’s a fairly steep walk up back streets of Montmartre to get to the Basilica du Sacré-Cœur, but is well worth it.

Wall of Love is a monument for love.

Turn left out the door, pass the Moulin Rouge, and keep going up Rue Lepic, then turn left on charming Rue des Abbesses to find the Wall of Love, an ode to love in a pretty park.

La Sancerre is a classic French café nearby.

Again up Rue Lepic and left on Rue des Abesses, find the classic French café Le Sancerre 8 minutes from the hotel.

Le Grenir à Pain is a very popular bakery.

Pass the Moulin Rouge up Rue Lepic, turn left on Rue des Abesses, and a few minutes later you’re at the best bakery in the neighborhood, Le Grenir à Pain.

Relais de la Butte is popular for its outdoor seating.

Head down the Rue des Abesses again to the center of the neighborhood and turn left uphill at Rue Ravignan. Relais de la Butte is right at the park across the street.

La Villa des Abbesses is a classic French bistro.

Up Rue Lepic, left on Rue des Abbesses, and La Villa des Abbesses, a classic French bistro, is on the left about a minute’s walk afterwards.

The hotel loves La Mascotte.

Up Rue Lepic, left on Rue des Abbesses, and La Mascotte is on the right a minute or so afterwards. It’s the staff favorite at Maison Souquet.

Le Pain Quotidien is located close by.

Go up Rue Lepic and you’ll find this café on the left just before Rue des Abbesses.

Brussels Beer Project is opposite the hotel.

Brussels Beer Project is right across the street from the hotel.

Dirty Dick is a fun tiki bar.

Go up to the Moulin Rouge, turn left, and walk down the boulevard about 7 minutes to find Dirty Dick, a tropical tiki bar heaven.

La Cigale concert hall is a historic landmark.

Turn right on Blvd de Clichy and walk around 9 minutes to get to the amazing La Cigale concert hall.

La Butte Fromagere has an excellent cheese collection.

Down the Rue des Abesses once again, a few minutes later on the right hand side of the road is La Butte Fromagere which sells excellent cheeses.

Au Verger des Abbesses sells fresh fruits and vegetables.

Go up to the Rue des Abbesses, turn left, and Au Verger des Abbesses is a few minutes’ walk down the road on your right. Check rates and availability: Maison Souquet

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