Incredibly luxurious, exquisitely decorated and with only the finest furnishings, La Réserve is one of Paris’s chicest destinations. The distinguished guests that stay in its 10 apartments — from three nights to a few years — value the unrivalled privacy, smart location, elegant interiors and superb service.
In Paris’s most elegant district, the 16th arrondissement, it would be hard to find a more refined location. Directly off Place du Trocadéro, the grand Haussmann-style building can only be found by those who are looking for it, with no large signs and only a subtle bell by the door.
The Trocadéro metro station is less than a minute’s walk away, while the nearby Eiffel Tower can be seen from many of the apartments. It’s surrounded by museums, with Palais de Tokyo, Musée Guimet and Musée Baccarat just a few of the choices that are within a 12-minute walk away.
Style & character
The grand building impresses from the moment you walk in, but despite the exclusivity of the experience, it’s unpretentious and subtle. Branded La Réserve candles flicker in the elegant entrance hall, beautiful artworks complement the rooms rather than dominate them, and everywhere you look, there are cultural books you’ll want to pick up and delve into, from tomes on architecture and art to volumes on travel and music.
The style is contemporary and tasteful but without ever being flashy, intimidating or polarising, with clean lines, lots of light and a focus on simplicity.
Service & facilities
Guests wanting to use the pool, spa and gym typically found in a hotel will need to take the free 12-minute shuttle to La Réserve Hotel & Spa, as there’s not a long list of facilities in the apartment building, however the service is second to none. The friendly but discreet 24-hour concierge can fulfil all guests’ requirements, from reserving taxis and arranging in-room fitness coaches to ordering takeaways and booking massage appointments. The level of service means that although this is very much a residential building, it still feels like a hotel, and explains why many guests stay for months and even years.
There are multiple iPads in each apartment, from which you can do everything: control the television and stream movies and films onto it, request a butler, order newspapers to browse at breakfast, ask for housekeeping services, book an in-room afternoon tea or request more bath products. There’s also a chat function where you can directly message the concierge, particularly popular with telephone-phobes who are used to WhatsApp rather than speaking on the phone. Technophobes need not fear, however, as there’s also a traditional in-room phone so that you can order everything you need in the old-fashioned way.
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There are 10 apartments, two on each floor, ranging from enormous one-bedroom flats to palatial four-bedroom suites on multiple floors. There’s an incredible amount of space considering the central location, and many flats also have large gardens, terraces or balconies overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Designed to be a home away from home, guests will find everything ready for them: smart office areas with printers, food and drink stocked in the fridge, plates, cutlery and napkins stored in smart cabinets, and crystal decanters filled with spirits.
Every apartment has been furnished with only the best of the best, from Quagliotti sheets and impossibly comfortable four-poster beds, to crystal soap dispensers and luxury products in the bathrooms. The kitchens are well kitted out, with Magimix food processors, washing machines and tumble dryers. There are large televisions in every room, iPads with which to control them, and plenty of fine details, from sophisticated floor lamps to nature photography on the walls. The sense of privacy and abundance of space in the apartments means that many business guests conduct meetings and events within the building, with all the organisational details taken care of by the concierge.
Food & drink
There’s no restaurant, but there’s no shortage of food and drink here. The apartments are stocked up in advance with every drink you could want: fresh fruit juices, soft drinks and water in the fridge, as well as elegant crystal decanters filled with vodka, whisky and cognac. This is all included, bar the wine, which is chargeable. There are also plenty of snacks around: bags of crisps, chocolates, nuts, sweets and more. The housekeeper can stock up on items in advance if guests want a full fridge when they arrive, as well as doing daily shopping.
Breakfast is prepared for you each morning on the grand dining tables: the most basic breakfast is fresh baguettes, pastries, yoghurts, juices, coffee and tea, though if someone prefers pancakes, omelettes or anything else, all they have to do is ask. The hotel also works with a number of restaurants around the area, so if you want a takeaway, you just have to call downstairs and they arrange it. If guests want chefs to cook meals in their apartments, that can easily be arranged, too.
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