At any time when I go to Paris one in all my priorities is to have a superb magret de canard for dinner. Duck tastes higher in Paris: the environment of town permeates the fats; the nonchalant stylish of her inhabitants is infused within the sauce.  

Regardless of this clearly being romanticised nonsense which I’ve utterly imagined, once I defined it to Romaine – the pleasant and educated concierge at Maison Albar Accommodations Le Vendome – she didn’t bat an eyelid at my silliness. As a substitute she made a rapid, discrete cellphone name and inside two minutes knowledgeable me I had a reservation that night to eat what she assured me was “the most effective duck within the metropolis”.  She was proper.

Why keep right here?

Along with the considerate private touches and spectacular native data of the workers, the placement of Maison Albar Accommodations Le Vendome makes it a great selection for exploring Paris. Discovered within the coronary heart of the ninth arrondissement, within the Opéra district, you’re inside strolling distance of all the primary vacationer locations. The resort itself is about behind a wood-panelled façade relationship from the late Eighties – a remnant of the constructing’s earlier incarnation as Le Lyon d’Or, one in all Paris’ unique cabaret eating places – however as soon as contained in the aesthetic is sharp and trendy.

The Golden Lion homage continues all through the décor, with sculptures within the public areas and motifs on every room door paying tribute to the legacy. There’s a relaxed magnificence to the foyer and lounge; plush velvet furnishings makes for comfy areas to sit down with a espresso and plan your day. Rooms are kitted out with opulent marble loos and cutting-edge know-how – they’re not large, however beneficiant by central Paris requirements. Area is at a premium on this metropolis, and lots of different lodges within the space have sacrificed an additional metre right here and there to squeeze in additional than the 51 rooms and suites discovered at Maison Albar Accommodations Le Vendome.

Descending the steps from the foyer to the decrease floor – the stairwell itself is one other restored interval characteristic, with stunning mosaic work initially put in when the property housed the Russian Financial institution for International Commerce within the Thirties – leads us to a health centre and spa. Parisian luxurious cosmetics model Carita offers the therapeutic massage therapies, and the pool is about below an enormous skylight. The power to get pleasure from a swim below pure gentle is a uncommon deal with on this a part of city, and the right option to energise the physique within the morning.

Yakuza Paris serves exciting Japanese cuisine blended with European flavours

Consuming and consuming

On the coronary heart of the resort is Yakuza Paris by celebrated Portuguese chef Olivier Da Costa. The restaurant serves an thrilling and intriguing array of Japanese delicacies blended with south European flavours. Friends are supplied the choice of sitting across the open kitchen, permitting them to marvel on the knife abilities of the group as they put together the recent sushi in addition to having their picks personally offered and defined by the cooks. This method presents an attention-grabbing perception into the thought behind the pairings, making the eating expertise really feel a little bit extra collaborative and private. Highlights embrace the nigiri engawa and taco sakana.

Yakuza Paris can be the place breakfast is served every morning, with the choice of consuming al fresco within the Kyoto Backyard if climate permits. The backyard is a wonderful use of the vestibule on the centre of the constructing, and the wind chimes ringing out delicately from the timber make this area a peaceable oasis at any time of day.

Outdoors of the resort’s partitions, the streets of the encompassing space provide loads of choices in any respect ranges of the gastronomic pyramid. That magnificent duck situated for me on the primary night time was solely ten minutes’ stroll away at French Paradox within the Passage des Panoramas. Basic Parisian cafés are throughout, however Café de la Paix has the most effective view of the Opéra; if that’s a little bit too tourist-obvious, strive Chez Marianne on Boulevard des Italiens for a bit extra native environment.

The Spa Vendome has a partnership with luxury brand Carita

What to do

If a therapeutic massage and swim within the spa adopted by a tranquil tea within the backyard haven’t fairly crammed sufficient of your day, a stroll by way of the native structure absolutely will. The Opéra Garnier subsequent door is without doubt one of the most spectacular buildings in a metropolis recognized for grandeur, however it’s removed from the one gem inside strolling distance of Le Vendome. A brief stroll to the east brings you to the smaller and lesser recognized, however equally spectacular, Opera Comique. Boulevard Haussmann is residence to Les Grands Magasins – the well-known shops of Paris – and following this road to the west will see you arrive briefly order to l’Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées. Simply ten minutes’ stroll south from the resort, down Rue de la Paix and previous the magnificent Vendôme itself, will convey you to Rue de Rivoli and all of the globally-significant museums and galleries which encompass it.

Paris is a metropolis crammed with cultural alternatives and hidden gems to find. The situation of Le Vendome makes it the right launchpad from which to uncover as a lot of them as attainable; the excellent data and private consideration to element of its group will allow you to discover some you by no means even knew existed. This can be a younger resort occupying a grand outdated Parisian constructing, and this mix of modern modernity and basic allure creates a heat and welcoming environment. You’ll be glad to deal with it as your second residence when you hunt down sides of the French capital beforehand solely recognized to residents.

Rooms on the Maison Albar Accommodations Le Vendome begin from £354 on a B&B foundation. 7 rue du Helder, 75009 Paris, France; maison-albar-hotels-le-vendome.com