Hôtel Mayet

This offbeat art hotel offers stacks of free post-cards with stamps included and features colorful abstract murals by local artists.

By Valerie Rains, Friday, Mar 18, 2011, 2:00 AM

(Christian Kerber)

Hôtel Mayet

About this Hotel

Price From $177

Raised by two hoteliers in the Alpine resort town of Val d’Isère, Laurence Raymond, owner of the Hôtel Mayet in Paris’s Les Invalides neighborhood, has hospitality in her blood. So it makes a certain kind of sense that her own foray into the family business would take tongue-in-cheek inspiration from an office building. Upstairs, the 23 rooms stick to a bold gray-and-crimson color scheme, with oversize analog clocks, and file cabinets instead of bedside tables. Downstairs, the Mayet’s lobby serves as the office building’s no-rules break room. Two brightly colored, abstract murals—one by graffiti artist and bad-boy-about-town André, featuring his signature “Mr. A” motif; the other a swirling, fantastical work by another big-name local tagger, JonOne—instantly set a playful tone. The twin lounge areas flanking the front door are filled with Raymond’s flea-market finds (a metallic saddle-seat stool at the computer station), art-show objects (wing-shaped pendant lamps), and stacks of books and magazines. Add to those surprising touches a rainbow-striped floor in the breakfast room and a stack of free postcards (with stamps included) at the reception desk—and it becomes quite clear that the Hôtel Mayet is anything but institutional.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Doubles from $177 including breakfast.