La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa

La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa

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photo by Michelle Lin Greenip

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.

In front of the red lacquered doors. Photo by Paul Émile
The Salon Louis XV, where you are checked-in
Front Entrance - Photo Courtesy of La Reserve Paris

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

Interior designer Jacques Garcia drew inspiration from French painter James Tissot, who depicted fashionable bourgeois life in Paris during the mid-to-late 1800’s. Of course, the designer’s signature color – red – is found throughout all the main spaces – the bar, the Pagode de Cos and the Salon Louis XV. No detail is overlooked in recreating the ambience of that time. From the luxurious fabrics of silk, velvet and taffeta, the leather panels, the Versailles parquet, the marble, the gilded carved moldings, black and gold lacquered doors to even the greenery at the entrance, terrace and courtyard, every detail has been considered.

Le Bar

I got to spend an afternoon on our last visit behind the bar making a few of the bar’s signature cocktails.

Name

Grégory Rasser

Occupation

Chef Barman

Watch Grégory make NOUN, a signature cocktail featuring: Vodka Grey Goose, Saké, Sirop de Yuzu “1883”, Sirop “Maison”, Blanc d’œuf, citron vert and topped with dried roses 

The Elephants in the Room

My favorite design elements throughout the hotel are the beautiful golden elephant statuettes that you will see here in the bar. They were modeled after the ones found at the Cos d’Estournel wine estate in Bordeaux, which was acquired by Michel Reybier in 2000. The founder of the winery, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, who inherited it in 1791, traveled the world in his pursuit for new markets. As early as 1838, he was introducing his wines to British officers stationed in India. His passion and trips to Asia earned him the nickname of “Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe.” Not only are the elephants found throughout the bar but each one of the La Réserve Paris’ signature cocktails are inspired by the Maharajah. Grégory Rasser, Chef Barman, and mixologist Roxanne Remmery start each signature drink with an ingredient from the Bordeaux region and incorporate influences from Asia, whether it be a spice, liquor or in its name.  

Restaurant Le Gabriel
Le Gabriel dining room, photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris

We’ve had some wonderful meals here. In February of 2016, just a year after the restaurant opened, the Michelin Guide awarded Le Gabriel 2 stars. Executive Chef Jérôme Banctel’s creations are a gastronomic feast for the eyes and mouth, French cuisine with touches of Asian inspiration from the time he spent in Japan.  Of course, the lover in me of all things beautiful also delights in dining in the gilded ambience created by the cuir de Cordoue (embossed leather) upholstered wall panels. 

Le Gabriel, photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
Small bites served with brunch, photo by me
Love the cocoa elephant in my latte, photo by me
With Executive Chef Jérôme Banctel, photo by Claire Gathy
One of my favorites and a signature of the chef's - Foie gras de canard, Pomme vert au verjus, Gelee de yuzu. Photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
Le Vin

We have really enjoyed exploring the extensive wine list at La Réserve – from dinners in Le Gabriel, leisurely lunches in La Pagode de Cos and drinking champagne with friends on the terrace. Because of our stays there, I’ve discovered the wines of Michel Reybier’s own estate in Bordeaux’s Saint-Estèphe. Château Cos d’Estournel produces 4 wines : the grand vin Cos d’Estournel, the Pagodes de Cos, the Cos d’Estournel Blanc and the Goulée by Cos d’Estournel.

A bottle of the Cos D'Estournel
I took this of one of the wine crates I came across
The wine cellar on-site in the restaurant
The rooms & suites

With just 26 suites and 14 rooms, the hotel is quite an intimate environment. What struck me the first time I stayed at La Réserve was that hotelier Michel Reybier truly wants his guests to feel at home, and I was surprised to learn, when I commented that I liked the photos that line the hallways, that they are in fact Reybier’s own family photographs. It is a detail that is so thoughtful and welcoming from an entrepreneur who is reputed to be incredibly private and discreet. Each of the rooms are beautifully designed with silk brocade upholstered walls, antiques thoughtfully placed throughout, high tech sound and tv systems. Each suite is equipped with mini wine cellars and each room is assigned a dedicated butler. The bathrooms are spectacular: enveloped with Carrara and Turquin blue marble, soaking tubs, waterfall showers and Toto toilets. The Presidential Suite even houses a Steinway grand, just in case you fancy playing a few notes while admiring the view of the Eiffel Tower. As an avid traveler though, one of the things that I consider to be an extremely elegant touch is the fully stocked bar en chambre where all of the non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are included in the stay. 

Bedroom - photo courtesy of La Réserve
The Pool and Spa

Jacques Garcia’s signature red is at it’s fullest potential in this full-service spa. These red lacquered walls! So bold yet so refined and elegant. And, of course, I love the golden elephant statues surrounding the check-in desk. The spa boasts a 16-meter indoor pool and three treatment rooms, a fitness room and a hammam. The beauty product junkie in me appreciates the Nescens-Swiss anti-aging products they offer. My favorite souvenirs are the candles and the La Réserve nail polish which was fashioned after Garcia’s signature red found at the main entrance and throughout the hotel. 

The indoor pool - photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
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The spa welcome desk - photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
The gym - photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
The golden elephant statues - photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
The apartments
View of the Eiffel Tower from one of the La Reserve Apartments, photo courtesy of La Reserve

Just 15 minutes away at Place du Trocadero, the La Réserve Paris Apartments were actually developed first before the Hotel and Spa. They were designed with interior decorator Rémi Tessier with a distinctively different atmosphere from the hotel. The 10 spacious apartments have a much more sleek, minimal and contemporary feel. With spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower, these private pied-à-terres are perfect for long term stays as well as for family holidays.  I had a chance to tour the apartments with the Director Facira Mercenier.

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Bedroom, photo by me
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Living area, photo by me
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With Director of La Réserve Apartments, Facira Mercenier, on one of the terraces with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower
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View of the Eiffel Tower from one of the apartments, Photo courtesy of La Réserve Paris
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One of the fully equipped kitchens, photo by me
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Another living area, photo by me

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa

42 Avenue Gabriel – 75008 Paris – France

La Réserve Paris Apartments

3  Avenue d’Eylau – 75116 Paris – France