The Paris hotel scene is in full bloom this year with the introduction of the official Palace distinction that luxury hotels in the city now have to aspire to, and this year’s flurry of hotel openings. Both the Shangri-La and Mandarin Oriental chose Paris for their first ventures into the lucrative French hotel, only to be met by fierce competition from other newcomers such as fashion design house hotel, The La Maison Champs Elysees Paris. But the Grand Dame of Parisian hotels, the Four Seasons George V, refuses to be intimidated by the new kids on the block.
Located a stone’s throw away from the Champs-Elysées and in Paris’ famous Golden Triangle, the hotel’s 244 guest rooms – a quarter of which are suites – were refurbished in 2008 when the Four Seasons Group took over management of the hotel. We are currently hearing loud rumours that the hotel is undergoing a discreet stage by stage refurbishments to better meet the stiff competition recent newcomers are giving it.
The room LTB’s correspondents slept in was decorated with Louis XVI and Napoleon furnishings, 18th century Florentine chandeliers and portraits of empress Eugénie and her husband Napoléon III. The sum of all this was an understatedly luxurious yet homely feel. This should have been our cue to the fact that the hotel had been touched by the Midas hand of the hotel world, interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon . The Four Seasons George V is also famed for displaying the work of yet another legend, flower sculptor Jeff Leatham, whose elaborate flower arrangements, in addition to being the center of attention at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and on the Oprah show, grace the hotel’s lounges.
But it is the George V’s Michelin 2-starred Le Cinq, which offers classic French gourmet haute cuisine with a contemporary twist, that is the hotel’s pièce de résistance. Here, head chef Eric Briffard works in sync with Eric Beaumard, who is considered one of Europe’s best sommeliers, to ensure guests have one of Paris’ best dining experiences.
Stay here if:
- You’d like to be in the heart of Paris’ famous Golden triangle, the area between the Champs Élysées and the river Seine that is renown for its high concentration of designer stores.
- You need a spa break. George V’s spa has been voted the Best Spa in Europe four consecutive times by Travel and Leisure Magazine’s readers and aims to make one feel as if they were in Marie Antoinette’s private boudoir.
- You love Paris but could do without the high nose-in-the-air factor the city is famed for. The hotel’s concierge team demonstrates the hospitality and friendly service-mindedness the Four Season hotel group is famed for.