In taking over a stately 1854 hôtel particulier (private mansion) in the well-heeled 8th arrondissement, hotelier Michel Reybier sought to revive the high elegance of 19th-century Paris and an era of grand travel. For this Paris outpost of his revered La Réserve property (the brand already has well-established institutions in Geneva and Ramatuelle, near St. Tropez), Reybier enlisted the talents of acclaimed interior designer Jacques Garcia, whose penchant for 19th-century Napoleon III style dovetailed beautifully with Reybier’s vision for a quintessentially Parisian abode befitting the neighborhood. The hotel is complete with a library of antique books and a smoking room that recalls a winter garden—both reserved exclusively for guests. The interiors are done up in gold leaf embellishments and silk taffeta drapery. Rooms feature Toto toilets, and private butlers are on call for late-night cravings. Even the newer design elements, like the black-and-white tiling on the ground level, are distressed to deliver the wonderfully worn-in sheen of an old family home.
Guests are welcomed in the luxurious Louis XV reception lounge, with its crimson sofas crafted by Henryot, repurposed pieces of Versailles parquet, and antique wood furnishings. Begin your stay with one of the 450 exceptional wines on the menu in the Belle Epoque–inspired grand salon bar.
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Situated within the heart of the 8th arrondissement, between the Champs-Elysées and the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré shopping street, La Réserve is close to the Grand Palais museum, directly across the street from the Jardin des Champs-Elysées (perfect for a morning jog), and a lovely walk from the Tuileries Gardens. Some of the city’s best neo-bistro dining spots, such as Verjus or La Régalade Saint-Honoré, are only a short cab ride away.
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Rooms: 14 rooms, 26 suites. From $820. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Le Gabriel, helmed by Jérôme Banctel, the former executive chef from L’Ambroisie and Senderens, both Michelin-starred Parisian institutions, is a master of modern, uncomplicated French fare. Banctel anchors his cooking in French tradition but riffs on classics like marinated pigeon and fresh codfish by infusing Japanese flavors like yuzu, curry, and black sesame. The wine list deserves special attention for its selection of bottles from Cos d’Estournel (Bordeaux) and Tokaj Hétszölö (Hungary), both vineyards owned by M. Reybier. Spa and gym details:The 16-meter pool—surrounded by candlelight—and the fitness center are open to guests only. For an extra fee, personal fitness coaches can develop outdoor or indoor workouts for guests. Nescens Spa treatments are offered to guests and non-guests, with special services geared toward men (barbering, revitalizing facial).
Who it’s best for: Luxury travelers with a penchant for Old World Paris, and those searching for exclusive experiences. Our favorite rooms:While each room has a different spirit, the second-floor suite boasts a rare view of the Grand Palais, and thethird- and fourth-floor rooms facing the Avenue Gabriel and the Rue du Cirque have private balconies and excellent views of Parisian rooftops. Plan ahead: Le Gabriel is one of the hottest restaurant openings of 2015, so make reservations for dinner or consider the lunch service, which tends to be more relaxed.