Hotel Highlights

  • Privileged private apartments
  • Anything-goes concierge service
  • Incredible Eiffel Tower views

Overview

Sleekly neutral and extravagantly roomy, La Réserve Paris is a top-drawer set of serviced apartments facing the Eiffel Tower, perfect for travellers who come with family, friends, entourage or bodyguards.

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Here's what you get for booking La Réserve Paris with us:

A bottle of champagne; for stays of three nights or more, a plate of cheese from the Androuet fromagerie, and a bottle of Pagodes de Cos from the owner’s vineyard Château Cos d’Estournel

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

10 suites on four levels: five flats with one, two or three bedrooms; three duplexes with two, three or four bedrooms; and a pair of triplex apartments, each with two doubles and a twin.

Check–out

12 noon; earliest check-in, 3pm – both are flexible, by arrangement.

Rates

Double rooms from $1886.02 (€1,364), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include Continental or à la carte breakfast, served in the apartment by your maid.

Also

Laundry and grocery-shopping services are available on request. There are pillow menus and walk-in dressing rooms in the top suites. In-room treatments can also be arranged.

At the hotel

In-room beauty treatments, valet parking, on-call chef, trainer, tutor, butler, hairdresser and so on, free WiFi throughout, gardens. In rooms: fully equipped kitchens, multimedia centre with printer/scanner, flatscreen TV, CD/DVD, iPod dock, minibar

Our favourite rooms

Best for family trips, Apartment 1 has plenty of space spread over three levels, with its own private entrance, a garden, a huge master suite with walk-in dressing room, and a view of the Eiffel Tower from the dining area. Apartment 2 is also vast, with a big garden and a fabulous view. Apartment 4 has just one double room, but it’s still good and big with a living room and dining room for up to eight. Apartment 7 has three doubles, a twin and a dining room in the building’s rotunda – ideal for groups of friends. Apartment 10 has an open kitchen and a wonderful terrace where you feel as though you virtually own the Eiffel Tower.

Poolside

Guests can use the pool at Villa Thalgo, very nearby, which also has exercise and treatment rooms.

Packing tips

Cashmere loungewear; any DVDs you've never got round to watching; binoculars to spy on the tourists climbing the Eiffel Tower.

Also

Clean, quiet pets allowed. Smoking is fine on the terrace or in the garden. No wheelchair access.

Children

Cots, extra beds, high chairs and baby monitors are provided, and babysitting can be arranged with a few hours’ notice.

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Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but all the apartments have superbly equipped kitchens, and dining tables seating eight to 10, so you can either shop for groceries, spending a squillionth of the cost of a gourmet restaurant meal (try Bon Marché’s La Grande Epicerie) and cook your own dinner, or have a chef called in.

Hotel Bar

No bar, but you can pre-arrange the drinks cabinet of your dreams.

Last orders

No such thing.

Room service

Not as such, but deliveries from neighbouring restaurants can be arranged during their opening hours.

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Dress code

Silk Yves Saint Laurent pyjamas.

Top table

The apartment is your oyster. In summer, the terrace of apartment 10 is fabulous for aperitifs.

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

On spring/autumn evenings, throw on a jacket to dine at the glamorous, crystal-strung Café de l’Homme in the Musée de l’Homme, 17 place du Trocadéro, 16ème (+33 (0)1 44 05 30 15; www.cafedelhomme.com), which is a two-minute walk from La Réserve Paris. If not, the fabulous terrace, with its incomparable eyeful of Eiffel, can be a bit chilly. Halfway up yer actual Iron Lady, Le Jules Verne (+33 (0)1 45 55 61 44) is a super-exclusive Alain Ducasse restaurant, where alpha Parisians dine on foie gras, turbot, soufflé and a praline 'nut' (as in bolt), among Patrick Jouin-designed luxury and Pininfarina chairs. A classic bistro nearby, La Fontaine de Mars, at 129 rue Saint-Dominique (+33 (0)1 47 05 46 44) leans toward the southwest of France, so you might eat black pudding with apple, cassoulet and rum baba. Aim to dine alfresco in summer. Chez l’Ami Jean at 27 rue Malar, 7ème (+33 (0)1 47 05 86 89) is the oldest Basque restaurant in Paris, now run by star chef Stéphane Jego, and beloved of a true cross-section of gourmets, who know their cochonnaille (major ham time), milk-fed Pyrenéan lamb and Basque wines. Another hotspot in the 7th, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon on rue de Montalembert (+33 (0)1 42 22 56 56) serves exquisitely sized and crafted dishes to glossy couples perched at the counter; no reservations. Back on the Right Bank, Le Cristal Room, in Place des États-Unis, 16ème (+33 (0)1 40 22 11 10) is a glittering dining room in the historic Baccarat brand HQ, with witty Starck decor and a lobstery, caviary menu. At the other end of the scale is Granterroirs  at30 rue de Miromesnil, 8ème (+33 (0)1 47 42 18 18; www.granterroirs.com), a deli/lunch spot where smashing produce (800 foodie items in stock) and communal oak tables are a big hit. Another relaxed favourite, just off the Champs Elysées and open for lunch until 4pm during the week, Lô Sushi at 8 rue de Berri, 8ème (+33 (0)1 45 62 01 00; www.losushi.com) is an upmarket kaiten sushi joint, with plates priced €3 to €11.

Local bars

Pershing Hall's Lounge Bar (+33 (0)1 58 36 58 00) is a dead cert for glamour and atmosphere, with its contemporary rococo decor, DJs and a stylish crowd. The restaurant is highly recommended, too. A space-age place to pose with a cocktail, in one of the city’s grande dame hotels, Le Bar in Plaza Athénée (+33 (0)1 53 67 66 00; www.plaza-athenee-paris.com) combines a long, blue-lit glass bar and high stools with comfortable leather armchairs. For something more dressed down, head to well-worn, retro Café le Basile at 34 rue Grenelle, 7ème (+33 (0)1 42 22 59 46), a favourite among students from the Sciences Po faculté over the road.

Local cafés

The cakes served at Galerie des Gobelins at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée (+33 (0)1 53 67 66 65; www.plaza-athenee-paris.com) include macaroons shaped like frisbees and religieuses on chocolate skateboards. The famed Ladurée, whose macaroons may be the holy grail of sweeties, has a fabulous Second Empire-style tearoom at 75 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8ème (+33 (0)1 40 75 08 75; www.laduree.fr), where you can let yourself eat cake. At Mariage Frères on Rue des Grands Augustins (+33 (0)1 40 51 82 50; www.mariagefreres.com), you can sit down for a brew and also, transportingly, choose and purchase packets of their dozens of teas, in a ritual that never palls.

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La Réserve Paris

10 Place de la Trocadéro et 3 Avenue d’Eylau, 75116, Paris, France

Planes

International travellers touch down in Charles de Gaulle, 30km from La Réserve. Internal and intra-European traffic comes into Orly airport, 22km away. Those with their own wings can fly to Le Bourget private airport, 19km from the hotel. You can hop into a taxi at the airport. Buses and trains run regularly into town from both CDG and Orly – PER/TGV services run between CDG and Gare du Nord every 15 minutes and take a little over half an hour.

Trains

All trains from London and mainland Europe chug into Gare du Nord, Paris’ biggest rail hub, 6km from the hotel. Eurostar is the quickest and easiest way to travel from London, with trains zipping between Kings Cross, St Pancras and Gare Du Nord. You can take the Metro (www.ratp.fr) to at Trocadéro, La Réserve’s nearest station on lines 9 and 6.

Automobiles

If you choose to brave Parisian traffic – and we wouldn’t recommend it – La Réserve has parking space availability free to guests, as well as valets on hand day and night.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rasmus Michau , Social entrepreneur

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

'Is this really a hotel?’ Mrs Smith asks, as we approach the discreet entrance to La Réserve Paris, just off the Place du Trocadéro. High-status location notwithstanding (the...

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La Réserve Paris

Anonymous review by Rasmus Michau, Social entrepreneur

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

'Is this really a hotel?’ Mrs Smith asks, as we approach the discreet entrance to La Réserve Paris, just off the Place du Trocadéro. High-status location notwithstanding (the Eiffel Tower looks near enough to touch from here), we could be walking up to any old door of any old bourgeois 16th-arrondissement mansion block. Nothing indicates that we’re about to embark on one of the most amazing hotel experiences a Mr and Mrs Smith could ever know. An inconspicuous bell and an even less shouty sign bring us, clueless lambs that we are, to a place of understated elegance where world travellers – CEOs, rock stars, crown princes – who are used to the best and need a place to call their own will feel more than at home in Paris.

Greeting us impeccably, with genuine smiles, staff convey to us that we are not only expected but seriously welcome, treating us a) as though we are returning from faraway lands and b) as though we own the place. There aren’t many establishments that have the capacity to make you feel so relaxed and so important at the same time. The lobby is tiny – La Réserve Paris has only 10 suites/apartments – and serves purely as a landing pad where staff can greet you and find out what you need from them that day. The premises are full during our visit but we never hear a whimper, and barely cross paths with a fellow guest, though we do end up on nodding terms with someone’s avuncular-looking bodyguard. We’re thinking hip-hop platinum-seller plus entourage.

No time is wasted at check-in. We are whisked to our quarters by staff who disappear discreetly once they’ve imparted knowledge. We’re agog. La Réserve may be anonymous from the outside but, inside, this chic stay is surely anyone’s fantasy Parisian home. Our two-bedroom suite has a view that doesn’t merely include the Eiffel Tower – it is the Eiffel Tower. Balconies that give you an authentic encounter with the Iron Lady are as rare in Paris as big, ugly dogs.

The bathrooms have Jacuzzi tubs spacious enough for two, as well as robes befitting Henry VIII, and the kind of slippers that Serge Gainsbourg might have padded around in. The living room is fitted with the most enormous flatscreen TV and, of course, there are Bose speakers all around. An Eileen Gray book is nonchalantly exposed on a low coffee table, suggesting one of the designer’s sources of inspiration, perhaps. The decor can best be described as simply luxurious: a blank canvas, with the bare minimum of colourful detail. What this means is that, if you were to take an apartment for a few months, you wouldn’t be living with someone else’s taste; it’s more like a very swanky furnished rental, and not remotely like being in someone else’s house. It’s like being in your own house. If you’re in the habit of keeping a residence here, there and everywhere.

Neutral is nice for us northern Europeans, so it’s especially easy for us to feel at ease here. Even better, the kitchen is equipped with every possible accoutrement for the home chef. How many hotel rooms come armed with five different kitchen knives or a fantastic Nespresso machine, may I ask? More than a mere suite, this is a super-serviced five-star apartment. La Réserve proclaims it has ‘all the advantages of a palace, without the inconveniences’ and it’s hard to express it better. Every room has a full-time gouvernante on call (by the way, that’s French for housekeeper – not a strict governess, whatever you might hope), catering to your every need. From unpacking your luggage to repacking it, to helping you organise private events, this is true ‘your wish is our command’ stuff.

Keen to share our delight in our plush pied-à-terre, we decide to throw a Saturday brunch for our Paris friends. As we spend Friday night in the nearby Blitz Bar, partying until the wee hours, we wake up late – extravagantly so. I don’t know if there are sensors in the room, but it seems our resident angel detects life between bedroom and shower, and starts preparing breakfast. We don’t even have to formulate hungry thoughts: the minute we emerge into the living area in our bathrobes, fresh coffee and orange juice, little pastries and delectable jams – the works – is waiting.

Our friends are due to arrive within an hour and we haven’t been to the shops to get the wherewithal for brunch, let alone done any chopping, whisking or devilling up. No problem at all, thanks to Anna, our lovely gouvernante. She sits down with us to makes a list of what we want to serve and, 45 minutes later, our requirements are all in the kitchen. This isn’t just supermarket fare, either. Every item has been sourced from the best neighbourhood épiceries. Amazing. Anna then melts away, leaving us to get on with the preparation. Four hours later, when the last of our guests has left this magnificent Parisian apartment of ours, she reappears, as if by magic, and offers to clean up. Discretion is not only the watchword of the hotel, but it also applies to the La Réserve way of making things happen.

We’ve never felt so at home in Paris. We’ve found a place to stay where we, the guests, are what ultimately matter. At La Réserve Paris, everything is perfect, as it should be, but never overwhelming. Comme il faut, you might say. The proportions are just right, from the space and light of the rooms to the excellent service, even the very good but relatively simple breakfast. The thing is, you know that if you desire something a bit (or a lot) more ostentatious than croissants, the staff can probably get you a baby grand piano or a Warhol by teatime.

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