20 September 2017


The most striking feature of newly opened Hotel National des Arts et Metiers in Paris is their rooftop terrace. Open from 5pm you can enjoy the view of Centre Pompidou, the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur. With of course a glass of wine in your hand.


Top team

The four star hotel just opened its doors and two companies run it. The hotel is part of la Cle Group, known for Hotel Bachaumont nearby and the restaurants are run by Julien Cohen (known for Grazie and Pizza Chic) and Jean-Pierre Lopes and Thomas Delafon (known for Bambou and Le Tres Honore). Together they’ve invited designer Raphael Navot to do the entire design of the hotel, who you may know from Silencio. A top team working together right in the middle of Le Marais and Montorgueil.


The rooms

There are 66 rooms situated around a courtyard. My room faces the courtyard, but you can also have a room facing the street or the beautiful church in front of the hotel. The minimalistic rooms have striking details like paintings above the bed, a lovely design sofa and a beautiful black-terrazzo bathroom. When you check-in you can choose for a room with a shower or a bath.


The restaurants

On the ground floor you’ll find the restaurants and bars. Although the hotel is only open for slightly more than a month it’s one of the most happening places du moment in Paris right now. You will especially be in for a treat if you love Italian cuisine. Go to Ristorante National for Italian cooking with the finest ingredients, go to the Cicchetteria for Venetian style tapas or go to the Herbarium for exquisite cocktails.


Attention to design details

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the toilettes in the basement. You will love their water sink. I love how designer Raphael Navot played with different kind of stones throughout the hotel. From the terrazzo bathroom, to the sink in the general toilettes, but also to the stairs going up from -1 to the soon to be opened gallery.


Check out: www.hotelnational.paris


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