La Réserve Hotel & Spa in Paris, France

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Updated: November 24, 2019

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Review of La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa in Paris, France.

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – Feel like royalty at this palatial mansion.

This opulent hotel was initially Napoleon III’s step brother’s mansion, then later the residence of Pierre Cardin. Most recently, it’s been graced with a make-over by celebrated Paris designer Jaques Garcia. The result is a subtly opulent and historically respectful Belle Epoque stunner that makes all who enter feel like royalty. The royalty theme continues with the magnificent service, a personal butler, an on-site 2 Michelin star restaurant, and a cozy library with a collection of ancient books. Well-loved by the fashion jet set, La Réserve fills up with a stylish circus during fashion weeks. The setting – in a leafy corner of Paris’s most high-end district, steps from the Jardin des Champs-Elysees, a short walk to the Grand Palais, and close to myriad other sites and shopping – is simply perfect.

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – Location

  • Address: 42 Avenue Gabriel, 8th Arrondissement, Paris.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Franklin D Roosevelt (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk).
  • Area: Right across from Jardins des Champs-Elysees and near high-end shopping, many of Paris’s premier sites, and interesting upscale art galleries. A few more minutes farther on foot are bistros and cafes away from the tourist crowds. Hop on Metro lines 1 and 9 close by to explore the rest of the city.
  • How To Get There: The Paris Metro is the easiest option although there are always taxis available in front of the hotel, and there’s plenty to explore nearby on foot.
  • Handy To: Grand Palais, Champs-Elysees, Jardin de Tuileries.

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – The Basics

  • Ages: Varied. A few of the 40 rooms here can connect and are good for families.
  • View: All rooms have decent views. The best are on the Avenue Gabriel side of the hotel which look out over the Grand Palais and Eiffel Tower.
  • Parking: Valet parking for €45 per day.
  • Extras: Personal butler service and 24-hour access to the entire mansion, including the library, lounge, gym, and secret cigar room.
  • When To Book: Fashion weeks in February, June, and October are the busiest periods, but for other times, a month in advance should suffice.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +33 1 5836 6060
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: lareserve-paris.com

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Indoor 16-meter long lap pool.
  • Spa: 24-hour luxury spa with a hammam and long menu of treatments, including many for men.
  • Fitness Center: Small but excellent fitness center open 24 hours and with fitness coaches available.
  • For Disabled Guests: Rooms that can accommodate wheelchairs are available.
  • For Families: Several connecting rooms are available, stuffed elephant and coloring book on arrival, organic children’s bath soaps, and personalized bakery treats are just a few of the many things offered. Babysitting and special family-oriented tours are also available.
  • Activities: There are a number of bespoke tours available with the hotel, including ones geared towards families and some with special access to rarely visited Parisian mansions.
  • Other Facilities: Secret cigar lounge with outdoor terrace and a lovely garden.

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: After opening to great acclaim in 2015, La Réserve’s finest restaurant, the classically French Le Gabriel has already garnered 2 Michelin stars and is aiming for more. Executive chef Jérôme Banctel overseas this gem as well as the more laid-back but still quite upscale La Pagode du Cos with patio dining and a grill in warmer months. Children’s menus are available at both. At La Gabriel, lunch is served from 12:30 to 2:30 pm every day but Saturday, and dinner every day from 7:30 to 10 pm. $$$$. • La Pagode du Clos is open daily from 11 am to midnight. $$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: Le Bar excels in fine wines and elegant cocktails served in an opulent lounge, or enjoy the drinks more quietly in the adjacent library. Regulars can get their own signature cocktails and there’s also an elegant lunch menu for €39. Open daily 7 am to 1 am.
  • Breakfast: May or may not be complimentary depending on room packages. Guests choose between set American, Continental, or Healthy options, or a la carte. All options can be made for special diets and are served in-room.
  • Room Service: Available from the 2 restaurants and bar menu.

La Réserve – Rooms

  • Room Types: Grand Palais Suite • Elysée Suite • Suite Imperial • Presidentiel Suite • Duc de Morny Suite • Eiffel Suite • Prestige Suite • Deluxe Suite • Eiffel Junior Suite • Prestige Junior Suite • Premier Junior Terrace • Premier Room • Prestige Room
  • Smoking Rooms: The property is smoke-free except for the cigar room.
  • Best Room: While every room is incredible at La Réserve, the Grand Palais Suite takes the royal treatment a step further. At over 200 square meters, this apartment has 2 bedrooms with their own private bathrooms, plus there are guest bathrooms and even a wine cellar. There’s a pervasive sense of space and light with views of the Eiffel Tower and a balcony to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. If you ever wanted to feel like a French Duke or Duchess for a few days, staying in this suite may be your best option.
  • For Families: All the rooms here are large apartment-sized and offer the combined space of a few normal hotel rooms. For even more privacy, a few of these connect and are an excellent choice for families.

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – Local Transport

  • Walking: This is a very walkable area with major sites plus interesting neighborhoods to get lost in right out the door.
  • Subway and Bus: The Franklin D Roosevelt metro station is a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile). It services lines 1 and 9, making it very easy to get around the city.
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Taxis are always available and Uber services Paris.

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • GetYourGuide.com – The best website for booking tours and tickets in Paris.
  • Romantic Paris – On foot or by vintage Citroen 2CV, these private tours takes guests to some of Paris’s most romantic locations, including a special look at the Musée d’Orsay. Start location: the hotel.
The hotel also offers customized tours for its guests, and especially for families.

  • Paris With Your Family – Tours geared towards children including a treasure hunt through Paris, meeting urban beekeepers with a view of the Eiffel Tower, and a private show in your own suite by the Petit Théâtre comedy troupe. Start location: the hotel.
  • Unseen Paris – Several options including tours of Paris’s private mansions, a trip back to post WWII Paris in General De Gaulle’s actual car, flea market and vintage shopping tours, and a private tour of Yves St Lauren’s studio with transport in the designer’s own Jaguar. Start location: the hotel.
  • Parisian Experiences – Choose from a number of exclusive experiences such as creating your own perfume, private romantic picnics on the Seine and tours of Montmartre including the normally private vineyards accompanied by a winemaker. Start location: the hotel.
  • Best Nearby Restaurants

    • Laurent – Michelin-starred, modern French gastronomy with a superb outdoor dining and world class wine list. 1-minute walk (100m).
    • 24 Le Restaurant – Creative French gastronomy, very popular with locals. Service and food are excellent. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
    • Le 114 Faubourg – Michelin starred brasserie at Le Bristol Paris Hotel serving beyond delicious, classic brasserie dishes, plus an elaborate interior with a grand staircase and gilded columns. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
    • Epicure – A 3 Michelin-star gem that’s the epitome of French gastronomy, also at Le Bristol Paris. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
    • Le Boudoir – High-end patisserie that’s like a boutique of sweet style. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
    • JJ Restaurant – Classic French bistro with reliably good food and reasonable prices for the area. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
    • L’Avenue – Popular, busy, internationally-inspired dishes and a good place to look for celebrities and people-watch. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
    • Mini Palais – Next to the Grand Palais, this is an elegant place for a meal or afternoon tea. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
    • 86 Champs – Froufrou, elegant-modern patisserie serving amazing macarons. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
    • Bistro Marbeuf – Bustling bistro with classic food in a convenient location for shopping. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
    • Maxim’s – Historic, very famous French restaurant with fantastic art nouveau design. Go here for romance, nostalgia, and décor. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).

    Best Nearby Cafes

    • Honor – Australian-style coffee house and easily the best Java in the vicinity. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
    • Bert’s – Simple sandwiches, soups, and coffee are a nice change after eating rich food – light on the pocket book too. 12-minute walk (0.5 mile).
    • Pret a Manger – Salads, espresso, breakfast sandwiches, and light meals to eat in or take-away. 12-minute walk (0.5 mile).
    • Ladurée – Beautiful French Art de Vivre décor, amazing pastries, and a fabulous place for afternoon tea. 12-minute walk (0.5 mile).

    Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

    Nearby Clubs, Cinemas and Live Music

    Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

    Nearby Attractions

    • Grand Palais – A striking, grand, and ornate building housing exhibits, an event hall, and an art museum. During the 2024 Summer Olympics, the taekwondo and fencing events will be held here. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
    • Palais de la Decouverte – Science museum with permanent exhibits such as a glass man with colored veins and more showing the working of the human body, a planetarium, and a rat maze. Also lots of temporary exhibits. Great for kids. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
    • Petit Palais – Another outrageous building, just across from the Grand Palais with a museum containing elegant sculptures and historical art. And what’s amazing about it is that it’s free. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
    • Champs-Elysées – Paris’s most famous boulevard, choc-full of upscale shopping, restaurants, and cinemas. Many of Paris’s most important events take place here, including the finish of the Tour de France bicycle race. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
    • Jardin de la Nouvelle France – Lovely English-style gardens with a waterfall and pond, perfect for escaping the city, lounging, or having a casual picnic lunch. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
    • Musée Maxim’s – Also known as the Musée Art Nouveau, this museum recreates a Belle Epoch apartment with lots of sumptuous art from artists including Tiffany and Massier. It’s located above the iconic restaurant of the same name. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
    • Place de la Concorde – The largest square in Paris. Check out the view down the Champs-Elysée to the Arc de Triomphe. The Tuileries Gardens start just beyond and lead to the Louvre. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

    Nearby Market or Grocery

    La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa – The Hotel

    The hotel is based in an erstwhile palace.

    La Réserve is in an actual palace, previously owned by French designer Pierre Cardin. Doormen greet each visitor as they enter the hotel.

    Le Bar is popular among the guests.

    Have your own signature cocktail made for you at Le Bar, a chic place for an evening drink or a quiet place to sit during the day.

    Le Bar features exquisite decor.

    The details of the hotel are a joy to discover – like these golden elephants in Le Bar.

    Check-in is done by this small desk.

    Check-in is a discrete affair, done with a laid-back ease and usually a drink by this small desk.

    Original art hangs in the hallways.

    Hallways are lined with an impressive collection of original art.

    Park-facing rooms have Eiffel Tower views.

    Rooms facing the park have beautiful Eiffel Tower views, and some have gorgeous balustrades.

    The mini-bars are free and well-stocked.

    All rooms have well-stocked, free mini-bars.

    Suites are very spacious.

    Every suite is impressively spacious with room for living and entertaining.

    A helpful iPad is given to all guests.

    Guests get an iPad with everything they need for information and service at the hotel.

    The marble bathrooms are very luxurious.

    Bathrooms are fine marble, spacious, and incredibly luxurious.

    Rooms are uniquely designed.

    Every room is different and furnished with a mix of antique and bespoke furniture and original art pieces.

    La Pagode de Cos is the in-house restaurant.

    La Pagode de Cos is the hotel’s smaller restaurant that serves all-day French delicacies, plus a grill on the terrace on warm nights in the spring and summer.

    The library is the hotel's best area.

    The library is one of the most incredible areas in the hotel and perfect for a book or a relaxing drink.

    The cigar room is very elegant.

    The secret cigar room is an exceptionally elegant area for a smoke.

    The cigar room features an outdoor terrace.

    The cigar room also has an outdoor terrace area.

    The spa and hammam are very luxurious.

    Make an appointment for luxurious spa treatments or enjoy the hammam any time.

    The indoor pool is open round the clock.

    The beautiful indoor swimming pool is open 24 hours.

    The fully-equipped gym is open 24/7.

    Sweat it out at the fully-equipped gym any time, day or night.

    The staircase is just as elegant.

    Sometimes it’s just better to take the stairs – when they look like this anyway.

    Most rooms offer great views.

    Open the doors, take in the views, and sip a coffee from your terrace. Paris doesn’t get much better than this.

    The restaurant features a grill in the outdoor area.

    The terrace of La Pagode de Cos gets lively on summer evenings when the chef brings out the grill.

    In-house La Gabriel has 2 Michelin stars.

    Le Gabriel is the hotel’s 2 Michelin-starred restaurant.

    Place de la Concorde is a short walk away.

    It’s a lovely 10-minute walk through Jardin de la Nouvelle France and the other connecting gardens to get to Place de la Concorde. Make sure to look down the Champs-Elysée from here for a view of the Arc de Triomphe

    Grand Palais is worth the walk.

    Heading across the shortest part of the Jardin de la Nouvelle France, cross the Champs-Elysées to reach the Grand Palais and it’s many wonders.

    Petit Palais has a free art museum.

    Just across Avenue Winston Churchill is the Petit Palais and it’s fantastic (and free) art museum.

    Mini Palais is a great café in the Grand Palais.

    At the far end of the Grand Palais is the lovely restaurant and café Mini Palais with plants, fine sculptures, and a high ceiling. It’s a great stop for a meal or tea.

    Theatre du Rond-Point shows contemporary French plays.

    Again heading across the Jardin de la Nouvelle France, but this time veering right to Avenue Roosevelt, is this wonderful theater showing contemporary plays (in French) by living writers.

    L'Avenue is great for drinks and meals.

    Walk across the park then down the incredibly chic Avenue Montaigne to the always bustling L’Avenue. Grab a table, order a meal or drink, and enjoy the people watching.

    Dior is one of many shops in the area.

    This area is all about shopping, and Dior is only a 7-minute walk down Avenue Montaigne, alongside many other upscale shops.

    Pret a Manger is great for sandwiches and snacks.

    Just a little further along, and the next block up on Rue Marbeuf, Pret a Manger is a great stop if you just want to grab a sandwich or snack.

    Bistro Marbeuf is a classic French bistro.

    If you want a meal however, Bistro Marbeuf, just steps away, is a classic French bistro.

    Bert's is great for light meals.

    Another good stop for a light meal, but with seating as well, is Bert’s in the heart of the shopping district and only 12 minutes from La Réserve.

    Out the front door and a 4-minute walk up Rue de Cirque to Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré is this Pierre Cardin boutique.

    Au Bureau is great for beers.

    Heading across the park and down the Champs-Elyseé for 10 minutes leads you to Rue Pierre Charron. Turn left here and walk another couple minutes to Au Bureau for a post shopping beer.

    Bugsy's nearby is a fun pub.

    Back down Rue du Cirque to Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and then zig-zagging up Rue de Saussaies, you’ll find Bugsy’s only a 6-minute walk from the hotel with a lively, fun pub atmosphere.

    Galerie Aveline is an upscale gallery nearby.

    The streets heading to Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré are choc-full of incredible, very upscale galleries, one of the best of which is Galerie Aveline that blends the old with the new. It’s only a 5-minute walk from La Réserve.

    114 Faubourg is another Michelin-starred restaurant nearby.

    A 5-minute walk down Rue de Cirque and a left on Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré is the fabulous Michelin-starred brasserie, 114 Faubourg.

    Laduree is great for tea and pastries.

    Don’t miss a stop for tea and pastries along the Champs-Elysée at Ladurée, a brisk 10-minute walk from the hotel.

    Le Boudoir sells amazing baked goods.

    Craving sweets? Le Boudoir is a veritable museum of baked goods almost too pretty to eat. And it’s only a 5-minute walk straight down Avenue Gabriel. Just turn right after heading out the front door.

    Cartier is a 10-minute walk away.

    Ten minutes down Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, you’ll find Cartier for all your bling needs.

    YSL is surrounded by luxury brands.

    Back across the park and down Avenue Montaigne again, head to Saint Laurent that shares the neighborhood with other luxury brands.

    Galeries Lafeyette has shops selling almost everything.

    Forget your phone charger or need almost anything else? Galeries Lafeyette on the Champs-Elysées, an 8-minute walk from the hotel, is likely to have it.

    Daniel Lévy is known for its tailored shirts.

    Men should head straight to Daniel Lévy, literally just around the corner of Rue de Cirque (a 1-minute walk) to get fitted for tailored shirts that never go out of style.

    Gaumont Champs-Elysée features blockbuster films.

    For blockbuster films, walk 7 minutes down the Champs-Elysé to Gaumont Champs-Elysées.

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