Maison Montespan, a private hotel residence in an upscale residential neighborhood of Paris, consists of five floors with an elevator and offers an expansive 4,000-square-foot space with five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a formal dining table seating 10, an oversized living room, a gym and an indoor swimming pool. Travel Agent was given a tour earlier this month by Nicolas Zimmermann, director of sales and marketing for Heloise’s Choice, a company with a portfolio of luxury properties primarily in western Europe that includes the management and operation of Maison Montespan.
Heloise’s Choice is owned and operated by Olivia and Didier Le Calvez, who personally choose each property with much care and attention. These properties include two hotels in Ile de Re, an upscale island resort in France, a five-star hotel in Milan, luxury ski chalets in Courchevel and Megeve, and a beach and spa resort in Tangiers, Morocco.
We met Nicolas at the discreet, unmarked door to the residence. Once inside at the street level we were shown the gym room, with up-to-date equipment, and then to another room, which had a wall-to-wall screen. Before visiting Maison Montespan, we had heard that there was an indoor swimming pool. Curious to know where it was, we asked, and Nicolas responded that the screening room doubled as the pool room. He proceeded to press a button, causing the floor to electronically sink and fill with water, thus creating a lap pool.
Bringing us through the bedroom suites, Nicolas told us that the interior designer Thomas Lange used custom-made furniture in each suite, accompanied by complementary antiques, and that all the bathrooms have Carrara marble with toiletries by Frédéric Malle, the top fragrance artisan in France.
Nicolas said that many of their clientele regard privacy and safety as one of the most important issues when inquiring about the hotel, and that there was a Panic Room device and an alarm button in every room.
Entering the spacious living room suite, we felt we were in a Parisian salon you would see in an upscale shelter magazine, filled with plush couches and club chairs in a neutral palette, parquet floors, art works and sculptures, and the centerpiece, a Steinway grand piano. We were told that the dining table can be extended to have up to 16 guests and that a private chef can prepare dinner.
Saving the best for last, we took the private elevator to the top floor, where we marveled at the pergola and terrace: an 800-foot oasis overlooking the Paris skyline. We thought this would be a great spot to entertain, and we were told that guests can invite up to 50 people for gatherings and that the staff at Maison Montespan can provide catering and drink service.
Amenities include personal butler service from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily housekeeping services, full continental breakfast service for up to 10 people with pastries baked by pastry chef Benoît Castel and daily newspaper, a fully stocked refrigerator with guests' preferred foods, and an outdoor parking space in front of the private entrance door.
Maison Montespan is family-friendly and can arrange experiences such as cooking and baking classes, piano lessons, magic lessons, on-site yoga classes, city tours and museum treasure hunts and tours.
Rates range from €5,000 to €10,000 per night (approximately $5,500 to $11,000) for the entire residence, depending on time of the year.