Hotel National des Arts et Métiers
What We Love
- The retractable roof at Le Ristorante National, the onsite Venetian tapas joint
- A perfume-inspired cocktail menu at L’Herbarium, the hotel bar
- The property houses an outpost of Le Kasha, a family-run Parisian knitwear company
- Massive walk-in showers in all guest bathrooms
What To Know
- One of the hotel suites is decked with an atelier-style glass roof
- The property’s charming rooftop bar, with Sacre Couer views, is on the petite side, so get there early to claim a seat
- The hotel has wheelchair-accessible rooms
- Though there’s no formal room service menu, Italian antipasti and snacks are available from noon to 11 p.m. daily
- Free WiFi
Artsy, industrial escape within strolling distance of Paris’s hippest arrondissements, featuring refined guest rooms and a trendy trattoria
When designer Rapahel Navot (of Club Silencio fame) embarked on overhauling a pair of Haussmann buildings at the intersection of Sentier and Le Marais, he looked to its neighbor—a museum devoted to engineering and technology—for inspiration. That’s why the interiors, which include heat-blackened steel bookshelves, burnt-wood bar counters, oxidized copper tubes, and concrete table legs, recall madcap science experiments. Rooms, dressed in wood and velvet, feature classic parquet floors and views of a 17th-century Gothic church and (with the exception of the entry-level category) all come with a balcony or a small planted terrace. The low-key but sultry bolthole lures the city’s creative set: you’ll find them in the blue banquettes at Ristorante Nationale lingering over Tuscan charcuterie, house-made pasta (don’t miss the linguine with sheep’s milk), and wine; sipping floral cocktails crafted by mixologist Oscar Quagliarini, who stores his tipples in vintage perfume beakers; or enjoying an espresso while taking in Paris’s zinc rooftop panorama at the top-level bar.
In the Area
The hotel’s funky Marais backdrop is what brings most people here, so be sure to spend an afternoon or two wandering the district’s boutiques, bookshops, and falafel joints. You’re also equidistant from the modern art exhibits of Centre Georges Pompidou in lively Beaubourg. Fulfill your café au lait and croissant fantasy at The Broken Arm, a chic concept store and restaurant hybrid, or inhale plates of buckwheat crepes at Breizh Café, a neighborhood stalwart. True foodies will want to take a hearty bite of Montorgueil: the dynamic pedestrian quarter, about a five-minute walk from the hotel, is often skipped by tourists but lined with family-owned fishmongers, cheese shops, and off-the-beaten path brasserie-bars.
How to Get There
This hotel separated the restaurant from the hotel reception, allow more privacy to guests who just want to stays in the hotel. Design was very nice with arts. Loved the door panels at the entrance. The hotel is easily accessible to the surrounding areas
Let me say right off the bat, that what was best about the hotel was the staff. They were kind and friendly at every turn - from check-in to the concierge who helped us with lunch, to the breakfast staff.. So, the National is getting this right, which is arguably the most important part.
But as for the actual physical hotel, I don't get what the big deal is about this place. It photographs well on the website, but it's actually very cheesy closeup. At least in the rooms. Public spaces are better. I'd say they owe the photographer big time for making them look good. What looks like nice modern-rustic fabrics and furniture online, are actually polyester bedskirts, sheer metallicy polyester curtains, 90's black wood tables that look like Ikea, and Hallmark-ish photos perched above the bed. One of mine was still covered in a thin film of plastic that reminded me of pre-done framed posters you get in a gift shop. Looks like they were trying to go for a high end, look, but cheaped out on all the materials. Also, they should re-light the reception area. I arrived at night, and the restaurant to the right of the entrance was all warm lighting and inviting, and then the reception on the left was weirdly fluorescent. Just made a bad first impression. Ditto the gym. I see now why there are no pictures of it. It was a treadmill, a stairclimber I think, a couple balls, weights, cheap plastic water dispenser-Underwhelming at best. Anyway, the location was nice enough, and I'm sure the roof terrace is nice in the spring and the muted colors of the breakfast room were pretty, but I don't think this hotel will stand the test of time.
For what its worth, In a head to head comparison of the Hoxton and HNAM, Hoxton gets my vote hands down. I stayed in the fall and would have stayed again had they not been booked. But in my opinion it was prettier, higher quality, more authentic and all around a better value in the matrix between style, service and substance . Just one person's opinion. Looks like most people love the Hotel National des Arts et Metiers, but I really didn't feel inspired by it.
We stayed at the hotel during a trip for a work conference. The hotel is absolutely beautiful. Very modern and the rooms are surprisingly large. The area around the hotel is great, there is lots to see in walking distance and lots of great spots to shop and eat.
We had a great stay here and really loved the view from our room balcony! It is conveniently located and not far from many different Metro lines. The rooftop bar also has beautiful views overlooking the city.
I’ve stayed here once before and came back because I enjoyed my stay the first time around. However, this stay was not an enjoyable one. The music from the hotel bar is incredibly loud and doesn’t shut off until around 1:30am. We stayed two nights and both nights were the same. If you don’t mind that, then this would be a great place to stay. I felt unrested and tired after my stay here and won’t be coming back.