Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, new design hotel

hotel_des-academiesDesign hotels are popping up in the strangest places. A year ago it was Philippe Starck’s MaMa Shelter in the 20th. Now it’s Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, in Montparnasse.

Montparnasse has a great artistic heritage – Modigliani, Man Ray, Giacometti, Soutine, Chagall, and Brancusi all spent time here in the early 20th century.

The three star hotel mixes classical design with contemporary paintings, sculpture and fabric. Gorgeous rooms pay tribute to the Parisian spirit, the stage, Man Ray, and Art Deco furniture-maker Emile-Jacques Rhulmann.

The hotel also offers a unique take at contemporary art, with murals by popular Paris pochoiriste (stencil painter) Jérôme Mesnager. (Technical point: Mesnager is not really a pochoiriste , because he paints freehand, but you wouldn’t know it to look at the work.)

Mesnager’s luminous white man adorns fireplaces, and interior and exterior walls. Specials from 169 euros per night.

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If you go…
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, 15, rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006, Métro: Montparnasse or Vavin