For a true Parisian hotel experience, you simply can’t go past Four Seasons Hotel George V. With its impeccably chic clientele, friendly service and outstanding restaurants, George V brings an old-world feel to The City of Lights. Angela Beitz checks in...
Originally opened in 1928 in honour of George V, the hotel was changed to a Four Seasons in 1999. A small walk away from the Champs Élysées in the eighth arrondissement and a ten minute walk from e Ei el Tower, this hotel is in the perfect spot and you’ll have everything quite literally on your doorstep. We arrive at the stunning property and are promptly greeted and showed inside to the lobby. e lobby is simply breathtaking and it would be wrong to write this article and to not mention the owners at this beautiful hotel. You smell them before you see them.
The hotel is known for its phenomenal oral displays. Celebrity Florist Je Leatham is the man behind these stunning creations and has been working his craft at the Four Seasons in Paris for 16 years, where he works with a million-dollar budget to create these arrangements that are works of art. The arrangements are large and vast and follow a theme (based on seasonal flowers) that are updated every three to four weeks. On our particular visit they were the most vibrant fuchsia orchids displayed in a waterfall shape accented with Spring foliage and green buds.
Offering 244 Paris luxury hotel guest rooms and suites, the rooms, many of which feature private terraces overlooking the city – sparkle with unique architectural details. In the eight-storey landmark 1928 building, you’ll revel in unique design details, luxurious features and unique Parisian views just o the Champs-Elysées. The rooms are simply beautiful and have a feel of days gone by with replica period furniture, chaises lounges and extra-large closets to take care of all your shopping from the high end boutiques nearby. e look is completed by rich drapes and reproductions of Renaissance art. The marbled bathrooms are large and decadent whilst the duck egg blue and and cream colour scheme will instantly make you feel grand. We were greeted with a beautiful arrangement of fruit and chocolate with an amazing edible chocolate replica of e Ei el Tower with macarons at the base. Perfection. With three presidential suites and two royal suites each boasting a lounge, an office, a dining room and a kitchen area, primed for business meetings or indeed entire families, George V certainly has a very high end clientele – a lot of them repeat guests.
Paris is known for its gastronomic delights so it’s no surprise that the hotel boasts some of the best restaurants in the city. Not only does the Four Seasons George V have one of the city’s best wine cellars but it is the only luxury hotel in Europe with three Michelin-starred restaurants (for a total of five stars). Le Cinq has three Michelin stars and the menu draws upon classic French culinary techniques and also embraces newer, lighter cooking styles, always using the freshest regional ingredients. Le George has one Michelin star and offers a light and modern Mediterranean-style cuisine designed for sharing, with many dishes available in half portions, and a balanced, healthy cuisine bursting with flavour and freshness.
It’s elegant gourmet fare is perfect for special occasions and on the day that we visited the restaurant it was full of a chic yet lively crowd. The convivial, gastronomic experience takes guests on a journey between the French Riviera and northern Italy. L’Orangerie has one Michelin star and is an extension of La Galerie the hotel’s third signature gastronomical restaurant. Chef David Bizet’s menu exemplifies the traditional French contemporary cuisine “of elegance, refinement, femininity and respect for nature. The service in these restaurants must also be noted as the staff are impeccably well mannered. Their professionalism is exemplary and testimony to their vast expertise in there retrospective fields.
This month, Four Seasons George V is planning to unveil a brand new spa and we were lucky enough to have a sneak peek. All has not been revealed yet but we can tell you it was one of the most incredible spa spaces we’ve ever been in and they’ve signed on some amazing therapists and spa brands. It’s sure to be as impressive as the rest of the hotel. In the meantime, the hotel has opened a Je Leatham designed pop-up spa on the fourth floor where we enjoyed an incredible massage using Argan oil for our dry skin, which was the perfect pick-me-up after our long flight.