When in Paris: stay at the discreet chic Hotel Le Narcisse Blanc
Le Narcisse Blanc is certainly the best recently-opened hotels of the French capital. This has to do with the fact that it boasts a fantastic spa and pool and an impeccable service. But not only!
Located between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, from walking distance to the Bon Marché, Rue de Sèvres, Avenue Montaigne and Hôtel Matignon, Le Narcisse Blanc encapsulates the concept of discreet luxury. For those who are in need of cultural activities, the 5-star venue is also very close the Musée Rodin, Gulbenkian Foundation, Napoleon I’s Tomb and Le Grand Palais which proves useful if you are attending FIAC or a Chanel show. It is very easy to access and at the centre of everything. Funnily enough, Rive Gauche is seriously turning hype. But what would Paris be without its History? The celebrated 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition was staged on Champs-de-Mars, Trocadéro, and the magnificent golden Alexandre III Bridge remains an excellent reminder of Paris’ rich artistic and cultural past. These landmarks are very close to the hotel.
The Haussmannian architecture of the typically-Parisian building is instantly recognizable with its fine white stone facade. The subtle external signage is very inviting. You guessed it: celebrities and regular guests can relax at Le Narcisse Blanc, no one will bother them. There’s an immediate sense of calm and luxury as you cross the beautiful entrance. The hotel is a haven of peace. The lobby features elegant details such as marble flooring, Klimt and Monet books, high-ceilings, a plunging view over the restaurant, a charming glass conservatory as well as delicate fresh flowers.
A very private couple fell in love with what used to be boring offices and decided to breathe a new life into the space. Their entrepreneurial leitmotiv was to keep the soul of this residential area and relayed on Creative Directors Laurent & Laurence, Interior Decorators Thierry Martin & Thibaut Fron and Architect Anne Faivre-Duboz from Atelier d’Architecture Jean-Luc Bras to make their dream come true. Le Narcisse Blanc wasn’t designed as an investment but for a long-term life. This is obvious in the attention to details: from the furniture, the timeless style of the interiors, the impeccable service and the quality of the materials. Art Deco meets contemporaneity, comfort blends with couture. The result is magic.
The romantic figure of aristocratic ballet dancer, muse and cultural figure Cléo de Mérode served as the inspiration for the design of the logo and the interiors of the hotel-spa. In her time, Cléo was portrayed by Pygmalions such as writer and photographer Nadar, painter Edgar Degas, and writer and poet Marcel Proust among many others. This is an interesting nod to an unsung episode of French culture. Composer Reynaldo Hahn loved to nickname Cléo his “pretty little narcissus”. Hence the name and common theme of the hotel today. Hints of the mystery in which she shrouded her private life and of her free spirit can be found throughout the hotel. Cléo de Mérode never married and the only reported scandal was of allegedly posing nude for Nadar. She embodies the spirit of the Paris Universal Exhibition with a slice of rebellion. And suddenly everything falls into pieces when looking closely at the style and architecture of Le Narcisse Blanc.
37 spacious bedrooms, including 7 suites, some with fireplaces, others with their own terrace garden offer breathtaking views on the entire City of Light – including a stunning suite with its bathroom directed towards the Eiffel Tower. They are designed mainly for couples or young families. All the rooms and suites boast a distinctive classicism elaborated in a refined palette: here an armchair with distinctive Art Nouveau curves and three couture buttons, there beautiful heavy curtains and the contemporary lines of a brass table lamp. Guests may also come across the unexpected charm of a delicate pearl moulding or a cloud of narcissus in corridor handlers. Specially-designed packages for bathroom beauty products add to the charm of the fancy cream-coloured rooms.
Le Narcisse Blanc also offers a library, two cosy sitting rooms and a charming discreet terrace garden which can be privatised. Vogue magazine and all the daily international newspapers are available. The finest fabrics, from tweed to velvet, duchesse satin, silk faille are juxtaposed with dappled rugs in graceful grey-beige, cream, champagne, sand, ash, and powdered rose tones.
The big bonus is obviously the picture-perfect, marbled and golden-tap Spa with its own 13-metre swimming pool, hydrotherapy massage jets, and elegant ivory poolside loungers. A sauna, hammam, fitness centre, massage, and Carita spa treatments are also available.
Should guests be hungry, chef Zachary Gaviller cooks amazing dishes in the intimate restaurant located on the ground floor of the building. Caviar Petrossian is one street away, the fine cuisine of David Toutain can be enjoyed at the French chef newly opened restaurant, and lastly Rue Cler transports you into a real life version of Amelie Poulain with traditional “patisseries”, “boucheries” and cafés. Who said the 7th arrondissement was sleepy?