Paris, France

La Réserve Hotel and Spa Paris

Rates from (ex tax)$1,009.37

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR1,050.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Antiques-load show

Setting

Grand Palais perch

Live life like a Belle Époque emperor at palatial La Réserve Hotel and Spa Paris, set in a Haussmann mansion built for Napoléon III’s half brother, the Duc de Morny. Taking the hotel’s history into account, nobody should be uttering ‘quelle surprise’ on account of its swellegant feel and furnishings. Princely touches include butler service, silk-clad walls, priceless antiques, Damascene brocade, taffeta, bathrooms kitted out in Carrara and Turquin blue marble and herringbone parquet flooring. A two-Michelin-starred restaurant, dreamy spa and hard-to-beat location complete the regal French fantasy.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

40, including 26 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $1009.37 (€955), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.40 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR1,050.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (pick from Continental and American options, from €41 a person). Minibar soft drinks are on the house.

Also

Each room and suite boasts the services of a brilliant personal butler. Guests can also request private yoga, pilates or training sessions in the fitness centre (for an extra cost, natch).

At the hotel

Library; smoking lounge; spa with indoor pool, three treatment rooms and a hammam; fitness centre; patio garden; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: on-loan iPad, Playstation 4, Nespresso coffee-maker, TV, DVD player, iPod dock, desk, minibar, La Réserve bath products. Suites have mini ‘wine cellars’.

Our favourite rooms

The Imperial Suite is particularly gawp-worthy: its fifth-floor location yields ravishing views of the Eiffel Tower, the glass roof of the Grand Palais and Notre-Dame’s steeple from the private balcony; decor riffs on a Napoléonic theme, with sartorial flourishes including black lacquer, gold filigree, precious inlays and Damascene silk brocade wall hangings, embellished with medallion motifs.

Poolside

Unusually for Paris, the hotel has an indoor pool: it’s attached to the spa, shielded from sight by strategically placed ruby-red cushions.

Spa

Who says time waits for no man? It does at La Belle Réserve’s spa, whose focus is on anti-aging. Treatments champion Nescens-Swiss products developed at the Centre for the Prevention of Aging at the Clinique de Genolier (Switzerland) by Professor Jacques Proust, a wizard/pioneer in anti-aging medicine. Unwind in one of three treatment rooms, clustered around the pool. There’s also a little fitness centre.

Packing tips

Bring outfits – and swimwear – worthy of an emperor’s eyes.

Also

The Prestige Junior Suites have been adapted for wheelchair-users. If you like the hotel’s style, check out its sisters: La Réserve Paris Apartments and La Réserve Ramatuelle.

Pet‐friendly

Diminutive doggies weighing in at 10kg or less can come too, for €50 a night. You might want to train them in the art of restrained tail-wagging pre-arrival, due to La Réserve’s stash of priceless antiques… See more pet-friendly hotels in Paris.

Children

Technically, Little Smiths can come, but this is a very grown-up getaway: they’ll need to be on their best behaviour, and capable of entertaining themselves (quietly, and carefully: #antiques).

Eco‐friendly

This hotel has a conscience: light-bulbs are energy-efficient; cleaning products are earth-kind; everything that can be recycled is.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

There are no duds in this bunch; sit by the window at Restaurant Le Gabriel, by your favourite antique at La Pagode de Cos.

Dress Code

The emperor’s new clothes. Gents: don a jacket for Le Gabriel.

Hotel restaurant

Any Parisian hotel restaurant has to work pretty hard to keep you from the city’s bistros. La Réserve Paris has two not-so-secret weapons on its side, both courtesy of acclaimed chef Jérôme Banctel: the double-Michelin-starred Le Gabriel and spice-loving La Pagode de Cos. Opt for Le Gabriel’s tasting menu for a thorough introduction to whiz-bang seasonal French cuisine; dishes that have previously knocked diners’ metaphorical socks off include line-caught mackerel cooked over cedar and served with caviar, blue lobster with sweet-onion carbonara and coffee, and suckling pig with mango, curry sauce and avocado. Take your tastebuds on a tour of the spice route at La Pagode de Cos (don’t miss the steamed scallops served with lemongrass soup).

 

Hotel bar

Sip fine wines, champagne or creative cocktails (a cucumber fizz or gin and rice libation, perhaps) at Le Bar, a vampy space designed for liaisons dangereuses or otherwise. If you get peckish, order petites bouchées (light bites); truffled croque-monsieur or miso-salmon sashimi, perhaps…

Last orders

The restaurants close around 10.30pm; Le Bar whets whistles until 1am. The honesty bar in the library means you can stay refreshed as late as you like.

Room service

Napoléon never went hungry; nor shall you at La Réserve Paris, thanks to the hotel’s room service: order breakfast to your room between 7am and 11pm; nibble delicacies between 11am and 10.30pm; pick nocturnal treats from a night menu, on offer between 10.

Location

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Address
La Réserve Hotel and Spa Paris
42 Avenue Gabriel
75008
Paris
France

Planes

France’s main international airport, Charles de Gaulle (aka Roissy) is 33 kilometres away, an hour’s drive (www.charlesdegaulleairport.co.uk). Hotel transfers (in a Mercedes E-Class, if you don’t mind) cost €175 a person. You can also fly into Paris Orly Airport, 20 kilometres away (www.airport-orly.com).

Trains

Gare du Nord station is a half-hour drive from the hotel, connecting Paris to London, Brussels, Amsterdam and other European hot spots thanks to the Eurostar (www.eurostar.com/uk-en). You can also catch SNCF services to a host of French destinations (www.sncf.com).

Automobiles

The hotel has on-site parking spaces for guests (€45 daily).

Worth getting out of bed for

Broaden your cultural horizons at the Grand Palais on Avenue du Général Eisenhower. Check the museum’s website for regular events, concerts and performances. Take a romantic stroll in France’s most famous formal garden, Jardin des Tuileries, at 113 Rue de Rivoli. The gardens were re-landscaped in 1664 by King Louis XIV’s favourite gardener, André Le Nôtre; highlights include statues by Maillol, Rodin and Giacometti, two relaxing ponds and the Musée de l’Orangerie, south-west of Tuileries, where visitors can admire the works of Monet. Step back in time (to 19th-century Paris, to be precise) at the opulent Jacquemart André Museum on Boulevard Haussmann. The hôtel particulier (private mansion) was built by Henri Parent for the insanely wealthy André family: Edouard André and his artist wife, Nélie. Together, they amassed the collection of art and artefacts that guests can admire today. Back at boutique basecamp, try one of the spa’s pampering packages; La Belle Époque, for example, which includes a hammam session for two, two aromatherapy massages, a dip in the pool, two facials and either a champagne afternoon tea by the brilliant chef, or two champagne brunches. Oh là là…

Local restaurants

Flottes at 2 Rue Cambon has an excellent set menu; stretch your legs at nearby Tuilieres after your meal. Just reading Chez Monsieur’s menu is enough to have you reaching for your passport; typical dishes include Burgundy snails cooked in garlic and butter, roasted scallops with truffle sauce, roast pork with chorizo, carrots and honey, and baked apple with vanilla, Breton shortbread and salted caramel. Le Clarence is set in a handsome townhouse on Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008, boasting a Christophe Pelé menu that showcases the Bordeaux wines of Domaine Clarence Dillon. Expect dazzling, inventive dishes worth dressing up for.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this opulent hotel in the 8th arrondissement and unpacked their macarons and monocles, a full account of their aristocratic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside La Réserve Hotel and Spa Paris…

We like our French historical figures a little on the salubrious side: Charles Auguste Louis Joseph, the Duc de Morny, doesn’t disappoint. The illegitimate son of Hortense de Beauharnais and Charles-Joseph was clearly ambitious: he adopted the fictitious title of Comte de Morny, and was made a duke in later life. His favourite thing in life was pleasure, although he also found time to organise a coup in 1851 and get his half-brother, Charles Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, established as Emperor Napoléon III.

We’re chiefly interested in his taste in homes though. Having amassed an admirable fortune via speculation and manufacturing sugar beet, Charles raised enough coin to invest in a handsome Hausmann pile of bricks: the opulent townhouse where La Réserve Paris stands today. Despite the passing of time, the hotel has held onto its Belle Époque swagger: herringbone-parquet flooring, marble bathrooms, priceless antiques, gem-bright pops of colour, busts of emperors, rich brocades and eye-wateringly expensive works of art decorate rooms and corridors. Modern additions include a double-Michelin-starred restaurant and a pampering spa that is as likely to halt the cruel hand of time as any wizard we’ve ever encountered. Indulge in a Parisian romance at La Réserve: if you’ve ever wanted to play the parts of dilettante, debauched duke or duchess, now’s your chance…

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