The celebrated Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris is the epitome of Parisian elegance, housing an exquisite art collection, decadent fine dining options and elegant accommodation.
The Perfect Paris Location
Perhaps the hotel’s most desirable feature is its premier location in the Golden Triangle (or Triangle D’or), one of the most upscale neighbourhoods in the city. Just steps away from landmarks such as the River Seine, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, it is the ideal base for navigating the culture, art and shopping of the French capital. Fashionistas will delight in the abundance of luxury shopping in the area, where the headquarters of Christian Dior, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and other iconic Parisian houses are located, while gourmands should visit both L’Avenue on the chic Avenue Montaigne, the place to see-and-be-seen, and Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées, bound to tempt palates with its famous macarons.
A Feast for the Eyes
George V first opened its doors in 1928 and immediately set new precedents in the hospitality industry, but it was the hotel’s second owners, Mr. and Madame François Dupré, who made it famous for its decadent décor, when they began to enrich the property’s vast collection of artwork. Together, the couple purchased many of the extravagant period pieces that can be seen throughout the public areas and guest rooms today, include glittering 18th century Florentine chandeliers, 17th century Flemish tapestries, sprawling Savonnerie carpets and classical French furnishings (Louis XVI, Napoleon I). Even the hotel’s vintage lift has been preserved, and still works to this day.
During the period when the hotel converted to a Four Seasons hotel in 1999, following a two-year, $125 million renovation, the original 300 guest rooms were reconfigured to reduce the total number to 244, creating unusually spacious accommodation – even the entry-level Superior and Deluxe Rooms are impressively large here. Decoration-wise, rooms and suites are, unsurprisingly, grandiose, and contain an elegant mix of perfectly restored antique pieces and chic, modern furnishings, such as the wall-to-wall marble bathrooms. Most of the accommodation has either a balcony or terrace and thanks to the building’s U-shape, even courtyard-facing rooms, generally, have a view over the city.
Hidden Wine Cellar
The entire property sits above a historic wine cellar, 46 feet underground, where around 50,000 bottles of the finest vintages from France and around the world are stocked in a perfectly controlled atmosphere. The oldest bottle is a 1792 Madeira, and the most expensive is a magnum of Petrus 1964, ringing in at 40,000 euros. Take a tour of this legendary wine cellar and enjoy exclusive wine-tasting with Eric Beaumard, Director of the Hotel’s Le Cinq restaurant, who is considered among the top sommeliers in the world.
A Penthouse with a View
The 1,630ft2 Penthouse imparts the sense of staying in a private Parisian residence, filled with luxurious finishes, furnishings and sumptuous amenities. Luxurious features include a plasma-screen television hidden behind a black mirror, remote control window coverings, bedroom walls covered in gold-toned silk, and an infinity bath fitted with jets and a relaxing chromotherapy system. The crème de la crème of the Penthouse, however, has to be the private terrace accented with manicured box trees, boasting sweeping views of Paris’ architectural icons, including the Eiffel Tower, American Cathedral, Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the roofs of the Opéra, Madeleine, Pantheon and Les Invalides.
Step into the hotel lobby and be blown away by the lavish floral displays by Jeff Leatham, who has been voted the best florist in Europe for three consecutive years. The celebrated artistic director and florist extraordinaire, who was brought over from the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, creates a new floral theme each week with his team of nine assistants, refreshing and rejuvenating his flower sculptures on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. With some 14,000 blooms ordered from Holland every month and an annual budget of $1 million, Jeff designs 24 major arrangements, along with 150 smaller bouquets. The hotel also offers guests the opportunity to participate in an exciting floral arrangement class, hosted by the man himself, offering a rare occasion to meet the famous floristry artist and discover his truly unique way of creating a flower bouquet.
Restaurants Le Cinq, Le George and L’Orangerie have been collectively crowned with a total of five Michelin stars, making Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris the first luxury hotel in Europe with three Michelin-starred restaurants. Sample classic French gastronomical cuisine by Christian Le Squer in the three-Michelin-starred Le Cinq, where highlights include four or six-course lunches, a nine-course evening taster menu, and delicious signature dishes including scallops browned in Colombo spices and a partridge, duck and grouse pithivier. Meanwhile, Le George restaurant serves light, Mediterranean-style cuisine prepared by chef, Simone Zanoni, while breakfast, lunch and dinner, imagined by Chef David Bizet, can be sampled in L’Orangerie. There is also La Galerie lounge, the hotel’s heart and soul, where a pianist contributes to the perfect ambience, and the plush Le Bar, which attracts a mix of Paris’s well-heeled and discerning travellers.
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