Le Narcisse Blanc Resort & Spa, Neighbour To Seine And Parisian Museums


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Impressed by well-known muse of Belle Époque period Paris-ballet dancer Cleo de Merode, thought-about the primary celeb icon and nicknamed ‘fairly little narcissus,’ Le Narcisse Blanc Resort & Spa is a mere five-minute stroll from the Seine at Pont de Invalides and Quai d’Orsay.

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From there, metropolis sights such because the exhibition centre of the Grand and Petit Palais, the Museum of Fashionable Artwork and the Fluctuart boat bar, bookstore and gallery are inside a simple stroll. 

Even the Eiffel Tower and Musee d’Orsay are lower than two kilometers away. As for close by eating places, merely wander over to close by Rue Cler and also you’ll have loads of selection.

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This boutique-style lodge evokes basic French design with a contemporary decor. Our room, 306, designated ‘superior’ of the 4 classes obtainable, featured partitions paneled in white wooden with hints of gold with painted ornamental narcissuses and smooth furnishings in heat, impartial tones. Whereas some rooms overlook Parisian streets, ours granted views over an inside courtyard adorned with potted crops, so be particular about room location when reserving. Bigger rooms comprise sitting and residing rooms, furnished non-public balconies and fireplaces. 

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One of many highlights of the lodge is its spectacular spa positioned within the basement space and bathed in pure gentle flowing by way of a glass ceiling. It encompasses a 13-meter pool bordered by tall pillars, a sauna and hammam at one finish and a big jacuzzi on the different, plus gymnasium and therapy rooms. I spent a most gratifying morning leisurely swimming, then stress-free on spacious oh-so-comfortable beds that line all the pool. We didn’t expertise the therapies so can not touch upon the standard of the massages and facials.

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A continental-style breakfast is served within the lodge’s ground-floor, glass-ceilinged Cleo Restaurant, tucked discreetly away from the road in an inside room in the direction of the rear of the lodge. Right here, my companion and I loved a tasty lunch – a pleasant starter of leek roasted with wild garlic, with smoked caviar and seafood cream introduced creatively boat-like on a blue plate adorned with borage flowers, the of completion being a lemon cream sauce poured by the waiter. 

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Our mains comprised filet of veal, introduced as peppercorn and honey glazed cubes, with candied lemon, roasted white onion and samphire, caramelized shiitake mushrooms, and seared octopus flavored with cumin oil, with mashed candy potatoes and Bourbon barbecue sauce. Dessert was fully unavoidable as I’m positive you’ll clearly agree – chocolate mousse with salt flowers and mini-mounds of caramel peanuts with a twist of spices.

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Rightly proud her her work, we watched from our vantage level with amusement because the chef rigorously photographed her culinary creations. 

Somewhat than eat within the restaurant, we selected seating within the prolonged foyer beside the inside courtyard. From right here we had direct views on to the road by way of the lodge’s entrance door. 

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An uplifting atmosphere right here is completed by vivid furnishings comparable to smooth, pink-colored seating, crisp white tablecloths, recent roses, marble flooring with lush carpeting in elements and globe-like lighting on a gleaming black desk. 

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