Need to know
40, including 26 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $1083.98 (€1,000), 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.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (pick from Continental and American options, from €41 a person). Minibar soft drinks are on the house.
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.
Unusually for Paris, the hotel has an indoor pool: it’s attached to the spa, shielded from sight by strategically placed ruby-red cushions.
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.
Bring outfits – and swimwear – worthy of an emperor’s eyes.
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.
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… Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Paris.
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).
This hotel has a conscience: light-bulbs are energy-efficient; cleaning products are earth-kind; everything that can be recycled is.