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The former marshland of Le Marais is almost certainly Paris’ trendiest neighbourhood. The historic Parisian district set on the Right Bank, between the Pompidou Centre and the Bastille, is brimming with everything from fashionable cafés, intimate restaurants and funky bars, to gorgeous museums and some of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries. The area is also presided over by some gorgeous golden stone mansions, transformed over the centuries from noble residences into a variety of uses including workshops, factories and Chinese wholesalers, and nowadays stunning synagogues and desirable apartments.
Just a few years ago, the reopening of one of Le Marais’ most magnificent buildings, the Musée Picasso, grand siècle Paris at its best preserved, gave visitors yet another reason to spend time in this historic district.
On the fringes of the Marais, Hotel National des Arts et Métiers combines industrial edginess and innovation in two updated Haussmann buildings, drawing its name and inspiration from the nearby Musée des Arts et Métiers, the city’s esteemed engineering and manufacturing institute. This is fashion magnate Samy Marciano’s second property on Rue Saint-Martin, where neighbourhoods Sentier and Le Marais meet, following the success of his striking Art Deco Hôtel Bachaumont down the road.
Jerusalem-born Paris-based designer Raphael Navot has furnished Hotel National des Arts et Métiers with intensely seductive interiors of hand-crafted natural materials, soft lighting and plenty of greenery, juxtaposed with industrial accents that include oxidised pipes and classic French wrought iron furniture.
Upstairs, 70 rooms including 10 suites are bright and modern. Beds are made with the finest Parisian linens (naturellement), many rooms have balconies which overlook the classic rooftops of Paris.
Budget permitting (your holiday cash will buy you a lot more here than it will at Hôtel de Crillon!) book the oak-floored 100sqm penthouse for magnificent sprawling vistas plus your own sitting room with fireplace, dining area, kitchenette and rooftop terrace cum suntrap.