A Behind the Scenes look at La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
On a quiet tree-lined street in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the Champs-Élysées, is La Réserve, the hotel and spa that I wish I could call my very own Parisian mansion. Truth be told, I’ve been torn about writing this post as La Réserve is such a special place for me, I would love to keep it all to myself.
Those of you who have kept up with or et rosé, would know that I have had a great admiration for designer Jacques Garcia since I first started in interior design years ago. We’ve even traveled as far as Marrekech to visit properties he has worked on. So when I read that he was working with entrepreneur and hotelier Michel Reybier, it was instantly on the wishlist of places to visit. We stayed at La Réserve a few months after it first opened in May of 2015 and have not stayed elsewhere since.
From the first time I passed by those large red lacquered doors, it was a decorator’s love at first sight. I was completely smitten, first by the exquisitely designed spaces from the Salon Louis XV, where you are greeted and checked-in, to the guests-only Bibliothèque and smoking room, to the guest rooms and luxurious baths. Then I tasted the food at Le Gabriel, the two-starred Michelin restaurant and drank from the wine list, which features many of Michel Reybier’s own wines, and I knew it was a hotel after my own heart.
But beyond the lush and royal ambience, is the staff, who have now become our friends and whom we consider our Parisian family. Their happiness to see us at each visit, their attention to detail, their willingness to patiently listen to my broken French, they are the reason we continue to return again and again. This post is a big thank you to the entire family – Emmy, Marie-France, Léa, Paul, Claire, Laura, Grégory, Clémence, Olivier, Kader, Marco, Vincent, Marine, Jamie, Mitchie, Facira, Kevin, Grégory, Eddy and the rest of the team there.
Merci beaucoup! xx Michelle
Tour the Hotel
This Haussman mansion was originally constructed in 1854 and belonged to the family of the Duke of Morny, an aristocrat, a member of the Parliament, a racehorse owner, inventor of lobbying and the illegitimate son of Hortense de Beauharnais and half -brother to Napoleon III, among other things. In 1988, it became the residence of fashion designer Pierre Cardin. One hundred and sixty years after it was built, Michel Reybier and his family acquired it and through his vision created my dream Parisian home.
La Réserve Paris – In figures …
“250 tons of marble arranged in 155 different patterns laid in the course of 6 months by 12 accomplished artisans; more than 6,000 meters of fabric for hangings, drapes and net curtains; 2 years of work for 120 artisans from 38 companies.”
– La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa brochure