La Réserve Paris Hotel And Spa Is The City’s Best-Kept Secret
In a Haussmann-style mansion in the city’s eighth arrondissement, La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa opened – much to travelers’ delight – in 2015. A quiet space, this elegant, under-the-radar property hits all the right notes, making it an ideal sojourning spot for those seeking a relaxing Parisian stay, despite being just off the Champs-Elysées. While centrally located within the city, its tucked-away address lends it the right balance away from the tourist trails, and the intimate scale of the premises open to public access offers guests at La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa a sense of privacy that they gladly welcome, as most of them are already well-acquainted with The City of Lights.
Erected in 1854 and owned by the family of Emperor Napoleon III’s step-brother, the building stands today as a 40-room hotel consisting of 26 luxurious suites courtesy of interior designer Jacques Garcia. Garcia’s signature touch reveals silk damask walls, velvet drapery and herringbone parquet floors, complemented by room balconies that offer stunning views of Paris’ monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the spires of Notre Dame, and the neighboring Grand Palais’ glass ceiling. For added pleasure, night tables are stocked with past “livres de chevet” – preserved books from guests’ favorite authors. With a private butler assigned to every room, guests can enjoy exquisite, over-the-top experiences such as custom-creating a scent in coordination with a local perfumer or arranging for a designer outfit at a couture fashion house for a night at the opera, or even a private concert in the suite.
With walls lined with over 3,000 antique books dating back to the 19th century, the hotel’s Duc de Morny Library allows exclusive access for guests to dine in the daytime, drink afternoon tea, or simply enjoy a cocktail. Come at 6:00 pm and the room is transformed into a jazz bar that is open to the public. Luxury also awaits at the three-room spa boasting a 52-foot indoor swimming pool, a rarity in Paris, and a cigar room reserved for hotel guests.
In keeping with the theme of a truly refined experience, Chef Jérôme Banctel helms the property’s two Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gabriel, as well as La Pagode de Cos for the best in fine dining.
La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is not just another hotel. It is an experience. A truly special, one-of-a-kind property with unparalleled service and luxury in the city.
Whether you’re creating precious memories with your significant other or looking for some time to unwind in the city alone, it is the ultimate destination for a relaxing stay in a serene and refined setting, in the very heart of Paris.
Starting room rate: €1,050/night.(approximately $1,200 USD)
Words by Kara Studzinski