Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

 For old Parisian ambiance coupled with the luxury and services today’s guests expect, this is your place

 

For a slice of the Paris of yesteryear, you can’t beat Four Seasons Hotel George V. With its impeccably dressed, very European clientele, friendly and discreet service and epic flower installations, George V brings an old-world glamour to travel.

 

Originally opened in 1928 in honour of George V, it was reincarnated as a Four Seasons in 1999. A hop, skip and a jump away from the chichi Champs Élysées in the eighth arrondissement, private terraces afford the type of rooftop views that artists go gaga for.

 

The plush décor of its 245 rooms (including 61 suites) is inspired by the life and times of Louis XVI, so you’ll find replica period furniture, a patterned chaise lounge and extra-large closets to take care of all your shopping. The look is completed by rich drapes and reproductions of Renaissance art. The marbled bathrooms are suitably decadent and the sunny lemon and white colour scheme will instantly make you feel cheerful. As will flower displays courtesy of the floral design team that flies in 15,000 blooms a week. Duplex suites – bigger than most city-centre apartments in Paris – have sleeping quarters at the top of a small staircase.

 

With three presidential suits and two royal suites – each with a lounge, an office, a dining room and a kitchen area, primed for business meetings or entire families – it’s a given that at George V you’ll be hobnobbing with high-flyers.

 

In Paris’s competitive playing field, it’s imperative that a hotel’s head chef is one of the best in this city of gastronomic excellence. In late 2014, Le Cinq snapped up Christian Le Squer, a three-starred Michelin chef who previously ran the kitchen at Pavillon Ledoyen and was named Chef of the Year by a panel of his peers in 2016. His canapés at Le Cinq include delicacies such a tart of wafer-thin pastry with a filling of whipped chicken liver mousse – délicieux.

 

At Le George, meanwhile, chef Marco Garfanini whips up popular Mediterranean favourites, and La Galerie, which spills into the gorgeous courtyard during the summer months, is a wonderfully convivial spot, complete with a pianist. Chef David Bizet can take the credit for putting La Galerie back on the map, thanks to his innovative compositions, which include green asparagus with black truffle, and smoked egg with caviar, watercress cream and a drizzle of hazelnut oil.

 

Indulgences not of the food variety include an entire basement area dedicated to a heavenly spa, complete with a pool, hot tub and relaxation area; we strongly recommend you find some time to unwind.

 

With the hotel conveniently situated just off the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly known as Place de l’Étoile) and near the Champs Élysées, not only are you a hair’s breadth away from the city’s most famous sights, the concierge also holds the golden ticket to many of its major attractions, with VIP access letting you skip the queues. If you flutter your eyelashes enough, the concierge might even be able to get you in to that restaurant everyone’s talking about – you know, the one with the 100-year waiting list.

 

Rooms from AED 4,817 night; 0033 149 527 000; fourseasons.com/paris 

 

Source: Condé Nast Traveller Middle East

 

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