Located on the border between the neighborhoods of Montorgueil and Le Haut Marais, the Hotel National des Arts & Métiers is the latest addition to the Paris scene from the owners of the Hôtel Bachaumont. This new establishment makes a bold statement with its timeless design, and offers a new way to experience the Parisian lifestyle.
By choosing a location next to the Centre National des Arts & Métiers, the Hotel National des Arts & Métiers aims to pay tribute to that century-old institution devoted to engineering and the teaching of manufacturing techniques.
Raphael Navot, the designer in charge of the project’s artistic direction, thus took the bold step of complementing the building’s historic character with an innovative design and exceptional craft expertise. This daring combination has created a hotel without precedent, where the work with materials and shapes is highlighted in each of the spaces. The building’s seven floors thus house some 70 rooms of various types, each one unique: with or without a terrace, overlooking the street outside or the patio, but above all boasting finishing touches – and dimensions – worthy of a bespoke Parisian apartment.
On the ground floor is a range of places to eat and drink (restaurant, bars and a cicchetteria), open to guests as well as the public, and offering a gastronomic menu where Italian cuisine meets creative mixology, and party vibes meet well-being without going over the top. Overlooking a tree-lined square with a village feel, the hotel is designed to blend in with the cityscape of the neighborhood, with a large terrace that offers an ideal place to catch some rays as soon as the sun comes out. Reflecting the hotel’s commitment to sustainable development, an ecological policy covering the products and consumables provided for guests, and processes ranging from recycling to utilities management, was put in place at the outset in order to ensure that this initiative would be built into the project’s DNA.
The Hotel National des Arts & Métiers has designed its rooms as places of sanctuary where comfort takes priority. A place of hospitality, where Parisian heritage meets architecture and innovation to create a sense of timeless charm. The 70 rooms at the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers are spread across the six floors of the two Haussmannian buildings that make up the establishment. Overlooking a tree-lined square, Rue Réaumur or the establishment’s large inner courtyard, there are ten or so different room types ranging from Double Room (20 sqm) to Penthouse (100 sqm).
The hotel, therefore, has a wide variety of accommodation to fulfill every need or wish, with the spaces laid out in a unique way. Each room has its own configuration, and the furniture has been carefully chosen (Moroso, Tatra), so guests feel like they are staying in an individually designed.
The atmospheres in each space have been developed using carefully chosen materials that deliver a natural shade all of their own. The colours are not added on but are provided by the very essence of the material used: cut Paris stone for the lobby, oxidised copper tubes acting as cladding for the walls in La Cicchetteria, natural coatings in the corridors, terrazzo for the bathrooms, heat-blackened steel for the bookshelves, burnt wood for the bar counter. The sheets are the only white element in the whole design scheme.
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