Hotel National des Arts et Métiers [Paris]

Between Marais et Montorgueil, a curious traveller can come across a new Parisian gem – Hotel National des Arts et Métiers. Designer and architect, Raphael Navot, has searched for a balance between city’s tradition, modernity and famous French savoir-faire. The  interiors feature an eclectic mix of design details. Terrazzo surfaces are juxtaposed with wooden wall panels. Velvet turquoise couches bring a pop of colour to the sober interiors of the rooms furnished with black shelves and grey desks.

Lush plants  in the lobby are a corridor to hotel’s  Herbarium – a bar reminiscent of a dark grotto where cocktail magic happens. In fact, gastronomy is an important element of the hotel’s identity. Serving the best of Italian cuisine, chefs Julien Cohen and the duo of Jean-Pierre Lopes and Thomas Delafon make the adjacent restaurant a culinary destination in its own right. On the top of that, inside the hotel, Navot has conceived a grand gallery space that can be rented – a great idea to bring in the genuine artistic spirit.