LE NARCISSE BLANC
This plush, 37 room boutique hotel defines the true Parisian elegance, with its 5 star services and cheery restaurant in the heart of a historic neighbourhood in which was written the legend of Paris, the ‘City of Light’. The furniture, artwork and architecture of the establishment makes this hotel-spa a hallmark in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, with rooms that overlooks the Eiffel tower and other key sites. Le Narcisse Blanc offers a genuine plunge into the culture, art and well-being of Paris.
Muse to Klimt, Lautrec and Marcel Proust, the dancer Cléo de Mérode stole the hearts of Belle Epoque Paris. Her friend, the composer Hahn Reynaldho, is said to have called her the “pretty little narcissus.” Designers Laurent Bardet, Laurence Jean, Thierry Martin and Thibaut Fron took inspiration from this muse of Parisian café society to create a space as luxurious and tasteful as it is sultry and tempting. With the dancer’s portraits hanging in the corridors and embellishing the airy vitrine lounge, the hotel is sensuous, playful and utterly Parisian.
Drawing on a decidedly feminine design, the hotel interior is composed of silky neutrals in beige, black and white, with soothing accents of sky blue, pale rose, and gold. Glaringly luxurious black-marble bathrooms in the hotel suites are bathed in natural light and equipped with bespoke toiletries, plush bathrooms and slippers. The thirty rooms and seven suites are designed for comfort; an abundance of pillows adorn the many armchairs and sofas, and the beds are as soft as clouds.
Suites on the hotel’s top floor provide varying views of the sweeping Paris skyline. Depending on which direction you face you might see the top of the Eiffel Tower rising above the rooftops, or else the large ferris wheel at Concorde and the Sacre-Coeur Basilica perched atop Montmartre in the hazy distance.
The intimate spa in the hotel’s lowest floor boasts a small but beautiful pool with waterfalls, alongside which luxurious little sofas are perfect for lounging and sampling infused water, dry fruits and nuts. The spa offers a simple menu of facials and body treatments using products by Carita, with treatments including massages like a relaxing and soothing Californian massage or a probing and deep-muscle Swiss massage. A hammam and sauna provide a perfect moment of relaxation after long days of strolling the French capital.
Chef Zachary Caviller presides over the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant Cléo. A Montreal native, Caviller cultivated his talents at The Sparrow and The Lawrence before taking up at Frenchie To Go in Paris and pioneering their much-loved pastrami sandwich. His cuisine features organic products, scrupulously sourced from local suppliers and emphasising seasonality and freshness. Homemade cured meats are his own personal touch.
Staff at the hotel are friendly and gracious, warmly offering anecdotes about the hotel’s history and design, and insisting to pour your grapefruit juice at the breakfast table to alleviate the burden of lifting an especially heavy juice pitcher.
- Sound proofed rooms
- Complementary water bottle, tea, and Nespresso coffee
- Welcome products with exclusive fragrance
- Housekeeping twice a day including turndown service
- Rain-effect shower, hair dryer, luxury bathrobes and slippers
- Reverse cycle air conditioning
- Free high speed WiFi
- Flat screen TV (video library available)
Rate - Start from 229 euros per night
Location - Near the Seine and the Invalides, in a neighbourhood of charming streets and classic bistros surrounding the Eiffel Tower
Suitable for - couples, girls weekend, wellness retreat
Tips - Don’t miss the decadent “french” grilled cheese sandwich and the chef’s pastrami on rye offered on the room service menu.