Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers
243 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris, France
Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers is located near the Marais, in the 3rd Arrondissement of Paris.
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is a 50-minute drive from the hotel; Air France, British Airways and EasyJet fly direct from major European cities, and Delta, United and Air France offer direct flights from the US and Asia. Paris Orly airport is 40 minutes south of the hotel, with options via Air France, EasyJet and Vueling. Contact Smith24 for transfers from either airport.
Gare du Nord, the busiest railway station in Europe and the Paris hub, is 2km from the hotel, with service to London, Brussels and Amsterdam, via Eurostar and SNC.
Driving in Paris is an adventure all its own, and most visitors prefer taxis, walking and public transport. Those who choose to drive can pay to use the public car park in front of the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel’s masterful arts- and industrial-inspired redesign could occupy architecture buffs for an entire day, ideally with a fresh-pulled espresso in hand. The hotel’s close proximity to the hip Marais district, means that more exceptional design is a short stroll away. For an interiors spruce in French fashion, try Made in Design, bold and bright Sentou Marais or À demain... on Rue de Turenne for antiques.
Visit the Musée Picasso for thousands of works from the prolific Spaniard, including gorgeous pieces from his blue period. The Marais is renowned for its beautiful street art, boutiques, bookshops and parks. Wander down the Rue des Rosiers, pausing for falafels from L'As du Fallafel (32 Rue des Rosiers) to get the lay of the land. Fortified, head north to Merci, a concept store that stocks linens, notebooks and fashion for men and women from coveted French labels like Isabel Marant and Roseanna, and has three cafés for lingering.
Head 10 minutes down the road from the hotel to Beaubourg, home to the Centre Pompidou, for a look at some of France’s best modern art housed in one of its most outlandish buildings. The Atelier Brancusi preserves the voluptous sculptures of Constantin Brancusi in a space designed by architect Renzo Piano with a walled garden.
A few blocks west of the hotel, in the 2nd, La Bourse et La Vie is the perfect bistro for Parisian date night. Tuck into foie gras with toast points, steak frites in peppercorn sauce or classic roast chicken. For dessert, coffee-spiked chocolate mousse is ideal to split. Near the Opera, Frenchie serves a set tasting menu at lunch and dinner, featuring immaculate contemporary takes on French culinary traditions, all ideal with wine. Tables in the tiny space are tough to come by, so those who haven't booked ahead should queue for a table at the wine bar across the alley for terrines, smoked fish, pasta and meat dishes with creative, often natural wines in a roomy space that feels like a wine cave.
For buttery croissants that would impress even Julia Child, head for Tout Autour du Pain (134 Rue de Turenne), a 10-minute walk east of the hotel. Stock up on baguettes, éclairs and perhaps a sensible sandwich to enjoy in the Marais. Visit Breizh Café for nutty, savory buckwheat crepes filled with ham and cheese or smoked duck. Stop into The Broken Arm (12 Rue Perrée) for midday cafés au lait with pastries, all best enjoyed in the bright space or across the street on benches in the blocks-long park.
Head for Le Mary Celeste, an oyster bar with cocktails punched up by cassis or wholegrain mustard, ideal for slurping and sipping at tiny sidewalk tables.