Occupying two Haussmann buildings near the Marais, Hotel National des Arts & Métiers in Paris draws inspiration from arts and engineering. The space blends industrial precision with smooth French style for spaces that are as creatively styled as Paris couture, including contemporary rooms overlooking the iconic Paris rooftops, and a restaurant with a wall of clustered pipes over velvet booths. Near some of the city’s hippest and most artistic neighborhoods, the hotel is ideal for tourist must-sees, but it’s also one of the nicest places to linger, ideally over spritzes and antipasti in the Italian restaurant or cocktails in l’Herbarium bar.
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Double rooms from $203.44 (€181), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.88 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (buffet breakfast is available, from €25 a person).
Yoga classes cam be arranged on request (from €25-45 depending on the teacher).
At the hotel
Fitness centre, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Desk, minibar, free bottled water, Nespresso machines, Racines bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Set on the higher floors, l’Atelier rooms are spacious, with natural light and views over the Parisian rooftops. An in-room bar awaits would-be mixologists eager for pre-dinner aperitifs or nightcaps on the terrace.
Massages, manicures and pedicures are available by appointment.
The lobby boutique offers travel-inspired trinkets to enhance Parisian strolls.
The hotel has dedicated wheelchair-accessible rooms, and the public areas are accessible.
Take a table by the veranda for an airier meal and the best people-watching vantage point.
Silk and leather are ideal for matching the artsy industrial vibe.
There are two. Ristorante Nationale, the primary dining space, creates an Italian trattoria experience in the heart of Paris, in a striking space featuring velvet banquettes and a striking wall of pipes. Run by local Italian expert Julien Cohen – of local favourites Pizza Chic and Grazie – in partnership with Jean-Pierre Lopes and Thomas Delafon, the restaurant serves house-made pastas, Tuscan meats and a wine list that draws from the best of the boot. For snacks throughout the day, Cicchetteria National specialises in Venetian small plates, including cheese, meats, croquettes and sandwiches, all ideal with wine, espresso or an Aperol spritz.
The moody l’Herbarium bar is open each evening from 6pm until 2am, and has become a favourite hangout for in-the-know locals. Inspired by the aromas of the ingredients, each drink has an olfactory identity – such as floral, fruity or herbaceous– designed by mixologist Oscar Quagliarini, who studied perfumes to master the cocktail craft. The bar also offers a selection of Italian small plates.
Ristorante Nationale serves breakfast from 7am to 10:30am, lunch from noon to 3pm and dinner from 7pm until 11:30pm. Chicchetteria National is open from 11am until 11pm.
A selection of Italian snacks, antipasti, meats and cheeses are available for delivery daily from noon to 11pm. A continental breakfast of infused water, coffee, juice, breads, yogurt and spreads is available from 8am to 10am.
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.
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 Falafel (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 cafes for lingering.
Head 10 minutes down the road from the hotel to Beaubourg, home to the Centre Georges 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 cavernous 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 baghettes, eclairs 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 mid-day cafes 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 whole-grain mustard, ideal for slurping and sipping at tiny sidewalk tables.
On some trips, you know your hotel is just going to be a crash pad; a place to bed down while the real adventure happens out in the wilds of the city. The kind of trip you take in your 20s maybe. And then there are other trips, when the hotel matters. Like, say, the first time you and Mrs Smith have been away without the children for three long years. A bolthole won’t do. You want it all. Comfort. Glamour. Romance. Probably Paris as a backdrop. Certainly a late-serving breakfast. Ideally, really, the Hotel National des Arts et Metiers.
We arrive from Gare du Nord after a blissful journey, which involved no raisins jammed up noses, no fights over felt tip pens, no ill-timed expulsions of bodily fluids. But we’re still yet to slip into holiday mode.
‘Any word from your mum?’
‘Is it even time for her to pick them up from school yet?’
Then we round the corner and there it is, the Arts et Metiers, and instantly we know that everything is going to be alright. Sometimes the simple use of a font lets you know that you’re in safe hands and the sign above the door – upper case, san serif, elegantly evocative of a stupendously expensive perfumery – is an iron-clad indication of good things to come.
We saunter under into the welcoming arms of Rodrigo on reception and any last doubts dissipate.
The lobby has low sofas where guests idle over magazines. A small shop sells tasteful, reassuringly expensive things. Rodrigo beguiles us, books us in, and books us tables. And then up we fly to our sixth-floor studio room.
Roomy by Parisian standards, the light-filled studio makes best use of its space and location. Out our window we can see the mediaeval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs latterly converted into the Metiers Art Museum. Inside the look is polished industrial. Cement walls. Black ceramics. Modern furniture. Framed prints sit on a custom shelf. It’s super-smart but extremely liveable.
As is the whole hotel. In the basement there are treatment rooms, a gallery and a fitness space. In the summer, they open up the rooftop sun-trap of a terrace. It’s just all very comfortable and you find yourself thinking you could very happily pootle about the place all day.
Of course we don’t because we’re in Paris without the kids (did I mention that already?) and we need to make use of every minute.
We fly to the Musée Rodin and marvel at temporary show of his stupendous (and often pretty sexy) cut outs. We stroll arm-in-arm through the garden and then amble through pretty-pretty St Germain, stopping for a street-side carafe before the siren call of the hotel bar lures us home.
The Herbarium is tucked away at the back of building and has become a go-to stop for in-the-know locals. We sit at the bar next to a ludicrously chic French couple in their late 50s of the kind that really, even if you were to search the whole world over, you would only find in two or three arrondissements of this fair city. In front of us, on the bar, are samples of the innovative perfume-inspired cocktails kept cheekily in diffusers so you can then spray on to testing strips and sniff them as you might in the fragrance department of Liberty. We choose a Negroni-like Enfleurage de Florence, which is light and delicate and utterly lovely.
Our glasses drained, we float through to the Ristorante National Cucina Italiana with its velvet banquettes and industrial finishes. Our seat is up at the bar allowing us to keep a beadyish (post-cocktail) eye on chef Julien Cohen and his team and they turn out plate after plate of hearty but pretty Italian delights. We split an Italian-style parmesan soufflé with black truffle, and creamy polenta with sautéed mushrooms which we wash down with a very interesting natural wine from the Jura. After that comes linguine cacio e pepe for me and a perfect piece of sea bass for Mrs Smith. No one screams at me for not letting them watch Peppa Pig on my iPhone and the evening passes in a gorgeous boozy, creamy, cheesy haze.
We wake the next morning and linger over breakfast. The paper is read. Coffees are sipped. Feather-light pastries are consumed with gay abandon. Mrs Smith raises an eyebrow at my plate as I return from the buffet bar with a madeleine and two financiers.
I roll from the restaurant out the double doors to discover Paris is crowned with a perfect blue sky. We decide against our original plan to explore the Centre Pompidou (a five-minute stroll from the hotel) and instead decide to amble along the Seine to the Jardin des Tuileries where we eat chestnuts and lounge in deck chairs, scarcely able to believe our luck.
We lunch in Montmartre and then spend the afternoon exploring the Musée Gustave Moreau. Formerly the house of the French symbolist painter it became a museum when he died at the end of the 19th century and is Paris’s answer the John Soane’s Museum.
That night we head over to the 11th to super-cute La Buvette where we chug natural wines until we find ourselves drawn back to the hotel for a light meal in the relaxed café-like part of the restaurant and another night of gorgeous sleep in our sixth-floor idyll, the pitter patter of tiny feet blissfully absent.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel National des Arts & Métiers’s Guestbook below.
We loved so much about this hotel – the location, the high quality decor and gorgeous rooms.
The beds to be so comfortable.
Stayed on 8 Feb 2019
Everything! Lovely rooms, friendly staff and the hotel itself smelt amazing! A real treat of a stay and will definitely be returning.
Stayed on 31 Dec 2018
The vibe and location, great design and cool neighborhood.
A large sleeping area, but the bathroom was a nice size.
Stayed on 9 Nov 2018
We loved this hotel – it was in such a great location for walking and ticked all the boxes when it came to service, style and comfort. We were a bit hesitant about trying the restaurant (we're in Paris, shouldn't we be eating French food?!) but it was incredible and well worth a go. We'll stay again the next time we're in Paris.
Stayed on 2 Nov 2018
Has become a staple hotel for my Paris trips. Why? well the rooms are both spacious and light rooms - and particularly well sized for Paris. The hotel is well located near plenty of restaurants and nearby Metro station, but on site is a great restaurant and hotel bar.
To float into the restaurant and get a table for two – it's busy and very popular, so booking ahead is helpful.
Stayed on 16 Oct 2018
We loved the chilled, relaxed vibe and immaculate decor. It's a lively modern hotel that attracts locals too. Book the restaurant in advance, as it's very popular.
Stuffiness and chintz, be prepared for some noise as it's busy place.
Stayed on 6 Sep 2018
The rooftop bar, location in Paris and the laid back atmosphere.
A usable balcony on our 'balcony room'.
Stayed on 21 Aug 2018
The decor is the best thing in this hotel. It is really, really pretty. Especially the public spaces are enjoyable. The location is very good with many metro stations nearby and the lovely Marais on your doorstep.
The service in reception is not what you expect from this level of hotel. I did not get the room I reserved, there were problems with the bill and hassle with taxis.
Stayed on 4 Aug 2018
The happening scene and rooftop patio. The cleanliness of this hotel, great value for money, fun location and great decor helped make the stay fantastic. The location was great for walking to Le Marais, Republique and the up and coming areas of Paris. We loved exploring the little side streets, the Marche Les Rouge Enfants, and trying the many boulangeries, cafes and restaurants that are a little off the beaten track. The metro was quite accessible for some of the further locations, such as the Eiffel Tour. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Peace and quiet - this is a happening place with line-ups out the door for the rooftop bar and restaurant.
Stayed on 26 Jul 2018
By Paris norms, these rooms are well sized. The hotel restaurant is lively but the Italian inspired food is great. Cocktails in the bar in the early hours.
Peace, quiet – it's become a place to be seen especially in the summer in the rooftop bar.
Stayed on 16 Jul 2018
The hotel's fun and hip atmosphere, the decoration, the minibar drinks and snacks, the location near lots of cool cafes, shops, restaurants and galleries, the well designed bedroom and bathroom and very comfortable bed. Friendly and helpful staff, lively bar in the evenings. Would definitely go back.
Stayed on 11 May 2018
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