Hôtel Costes is the name of Stéphane Pompougnac's compilations. Pompougnac was born in Paris to a psychotherapist and a dental surgeon. He spent his early life in Bordeaux.
His first job was as a waiter at the courtyard café of Hôtel Costes in Paris' Les Halles district, but his DJ debut occurred when he was 18, at such Bordeaux discothèques as Ubu, The Colony, and The Dream.
After finishing his studies and national service, Pompougnac spent six months in London before returning to Paris in 1992.