A Visual Symphony - La Réserve Paris Hôtel and Spa, Paris

Poetry moves from the pavements of Paris into La Réserve Paris Hôtel and Spa at Avenue Gabriel. This luxurious hotel has been a smash for two reasons. First are the fabulous interiors, courtesy of French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia; think clean lines, calm colours, and design touches that nod to Avenue Gabriel’s history. Then there’s the location overlooking the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon, the Grand Palais, and the Concorde obelisk. The icing on the cake? The 25 suites and 15 rooms that have been designed to suit the historic eighth arrondissement admirably, with damascene brocade taffeta, waffle weave fabrics, herringbone oak parquet, velvet drapes, and unique antique furniture.

Michel Reybier and his family cleverly created an authentic Parisian apartment vibe in their five-star hotel. Elegance and style are their trademarks, and here they’ve effortlessly blended old with contemporary touches. A cutting-edge attitude encompasses impressive service, and each room and suite has a dedicated butler. And state-of-the-art mod-cons abound, including a magnificent spa, a tranquil subterranean pool, hammam, and fitness centre. The splendour extends to the Michelin two-starred Le Gabriel, and Jérôme Banctel’s La Pagode de Cos, which is always packed. Celebrities tend to hide away in the discreet Le Bar – if they care to leave their suites at all. And why would they, when they come adorned with such luxuries as a private lounge area and private bar, and a bedroom with its own deluxe dressing room? If it’s paycheck day, book one of the stunning Grand Palais suites.