Of all the destinations in the world, Paris radiates elegance like no other. Effortlessly, too. The proof is in Four Seasons Hotel George V, the iconic hotel perfectly placed in the city’s 8th arrondissement.
Greeted by smiles and pleasantries before even stepping out of the transport, each and every guest is swept away to a dream world of magic as check-in draws near. Bright and inviting lobbies make way to amenity-filled suites that transport the traveler to a luxurious home-away-from-home for a few days or, weeks if you’re lucky. As for me, I only stayed at the George V for a few days, but I’m going to go ahead and call myself beyond fortunate to have been welcomed as a guest into the establishment that redefined luxury for the City of Light.
The eight-story landmark was originally built in 1928 and after undergoing a massive renovation, reopened its doors in 1999 with 244 beautiful guest rooms. Wait. Scratch that. They aren’t simply beautiful, for this adjective could describe any 5 star hotel on the street. They are lavish and expansive and opulent and regal and deserve to be singled-out, as the hotel houses the largest guest rooms in all of Paris. With additional items ranging from hypoallergenic pillow menus to in-room bread toasting services (they know their pastries), choice is a beautiful thing here at Four Seasons Paris.
Suite 631 would spoil even North West and Prince George’s love child. Would they take in the Eiffel Tower view from the bedroom, the bathtub, or the wrap-around terrace? I took it in from all three and thought this was one of the most unique room features I’ve ever come across. Who gets to wake up in a billion thread count sheets, pull back the curtains and see the world’s most iconic landmark? Lucky guests who are booking rooms at the George V, that’s who. Probably North West and Prince George…
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve most likely already seen my Four Seasons Paris twitter tour, so bear with me for a moment. Upon gracing this corner suite, you’ll walk into a living area complete with office space, lounge quarters, makeshift yoga studio, what have you. The space is generous, coming complete with a full bar and culinary delights on arrival.
Sliding doors materialize the continuation of the calming blue hues, a massive bed, and the focal point of the room: the Eiffel Tower view. If you’ve missed it, you’re the most unobservant person on the face of the planet. Lastly, yes, this bed is as comfortable as it looks, and it’s extremely hard to get out of in the morning.
Moving past the ample closet space is the marble-clad bathroom stocked full of Bvulgari products and, oh my…a second Eiffel Tower view worth soaking for. The longer one soaks, the more wrinkles one receives. After wrapping up in a plush terry-cloth robe and slippers, head on out to the spacious terrace and take in the Parisian skyline, the third Eiffel Tower view from suite 631.
Think back for a moment on what’s been the best dinner of your life to date. Go on. Think. It’s a fun game to play, going down memory lane conjuring up the most memorable steak houses, homemade cooking, romantic dinners for two. Whatever you have in mind, I assure you Le Cinq will outshine the dishes any day of the week, any month of the year. The hotel’s critically acclaimed eatery even outshines most Michelin Star restaurants by having been awarded not one, but two. Only a couple of months after opening, the kitchen and best tables in town were awarded the first star. Within the first year, a prestigious second star came along. In my book, it deserves three.
The furnishings are grand, the linens fine, the silverware immaculate, the food spectacular and yet the atmosphere emits a very humble elegance made possible by the warm and welcoming staff that I was given the opportunity to know over the nine course dinner, excluding the carbohydrate basket that I absolutely devoured. First the food, then the service.
Bread: I couldn’t leave this out, not this pretty, elegant, diverse bunch of bread. Baguettes, grains, olives and raisins continue to pop up in my dreams, even after check-out.
Course 1: Champagne rosé with a ginger bubble ball accompanied by orange, Campari, and some open-mindedness.
Course 2: Smoked eel with beetroot. Have you ever seen a course so miniature yet confident? I appreciate the pop of color amid the contrast of the serving plate.
Course 3: Green asparagus with black truffle. Need I say more?
Course 4: Sea scallop with a pancake of buckwheat and celeriac water scented with truffle.
Course 5: Line-fished sea bass with caviar.
Course 6: Caramel ice cream with lemon jelly and sugar hair.
Course 7: Mini pastries on large blocks of chocolate.
Course 8: Strawberry ice cream with coriander and creme brûlée .
Course 9: Treat trolley with cakes, nougats, caramels, and much much much more.
There you have it. Gluttony at its finest and cuisine at its best. The time came to drink the last drop of Bordeaux and finish off the caramels, but not before we were gifted with a box of chocolates to-go, yellow roses and a framed picture taken earlier in the dinner.
Our wait staff went above and beyond to make sure everything on the table was top-notch, sending us up to our room with treats for days. I believe this same attention to detail is much admired in many luxury hotels around the world but not easily replicated. Franck et al, thank you from the bottom of my heart to the top of my full stomach. Blessed are those who can stumble upstairs to their bedroom, stuffed, tipsy and happy.
Undoubtedly the most luxurious spa in the city, George V’s will pamper you with its endless menu of treatments and indoor pool worthy of a few swims.
Tip: Go for the Marie Antoinette’s Spa Package if you have 2 1/2 hours to spare. The treatment includes a steamed orange-blossom body scrub, a relaxing massage with warm shea butter and a milky facial – all inspired by Marie Antoinette’s beauty secrets. The best part: Macarons at the end!
I was already having an extraordinary experience as one does while living the life at Four Seasons, but the luxury chain went a step further by unveiling a new exclusive collection of Extraordinary Experiences only available through the hotel. Four Seasons’ philosophy has a huge emphasis on constant creativity and innovation, and they delivered by offering bespoke luxury adventures, as unique and individual as the destinations where they take place around the world. Luxury adventures, eh? Sounds a lot like what The Road Les Traveled is all about. I knew we’d go together just right.
Ever wonder where Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris houses their inventory of over 50,000 bottles of wine? As a recent guest of the hotel, I know all the secrets! I’m fortunate enough to be part of those who’ve ventured 46 feet below ground to sample, sip and see the cellar’s extensive collection. Expertly curated by Eric Beaumard and a team of nine sommeliers, the cellar stocks around 3,000 wine labels ranging from German Rieslings to Burgundy Pinots for thirsty guests to imbibe. My favorite of the evening? A robust red chosen by our insanely knowledgeable sommelier, Victor, as well as a bottle of Terrantez from 1795 and a bottle of (drinkable!) Port the dates back to 1900! With a set up this romantic and picture perfect, it is easy to see why the George V wine cellar sees its fair share of proposals.
For more glamorous Four Seasons Experiences from around the world, read my Top 10 here.
The higher you go, the better the view, and as if my deluxe suite wasn’t chic enough, I ascended two more flights to arrive at arguably the most elegant, and expensive, hotel penthouse in the world. With 360-degree views of the city, fresh flowers from Artistic Director and Florist Jeff Leatham’s team upon arrival and a bathtub so unbelievably beautiful, the George V penthouse is a triple threat to any and all of its celebrity and wealthy inhabitants.
The 1,630 square feet are in every way a Parisian apartment rather than part of a hotel. Giving the interior a run for its money, the main terrace is reminiscent of the prow of a ship where you can stand before some of the world’s most notable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Coeur Basilica and the Panthéon, and where you can make the factual statement of being the King of the World, at least until check-out.
The ample space and grand furnishings of the master bedroom transform it into a true sanctuary. Moving into the bathroom, guests are surrounded by beige marble. If you know me at all, you know my affinity for bathtubs, and I can say with 100% certainty that I’ve found one I’d like to take home with me. Scratch that. I think I’ll just move on in. Forget infinity pools. Here’s the one and only infinity tub I’ve ever laid eyes on, and it’s safe to say I’ve found my hotel equivalent of heaven.
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements. The first one is in the center, while the following sectors spiral outward in a clock-wise direction. Set in the 8th arrondissement of the city, Four Seasons George V is perfectly placed for experiencing Paris’ finest cafes, boutiques, museums and landmarks. Guests can find themselves near attractions they’ve read about in storybooks, and get to many of them all within a day’s walk from the hotel.
Champs-Elysées: 2 blocks
Eiffel Tower: 10 minute walk
Arch de Triumph: 10 minute walk
River Seine: 4 blocks…just to name a few!
How to Arrive
All international airlines and Air France are served by Charles de Gaulle International Airport, 15 miles from the hotel. Many sites say travel time is around an hour, but I arrived to the hotel from CDG in about 40 minutes.
Domestic flights by Air France and some European airlines use Orly Airport, 9.3 miles from the hotel. Travel time from the airport to the hotel is around 30 minutes.
Taxis, rental cars and limo services are all available upon landing. If you want to arrive in style, Four Seasons George V can help. The final ride into town after an overseas flight can be daunting, but perhaps not so much in your Rolls-Royce Phantom. Designed by Artistic Director and Florist Jeff Leatham to complement the hotel, the Rolls can be booked for airport transfers, shopping sprees, sightseeing, or just a good ole fashioned joy ride.
Friendly Four Seasons Faces
I want to give a special thank you to the friendly faces that made me feel especially at home during my stay with the hotel. Thank you to Aya on site, Hélène in PR, Victor the Sommelier from the wine cellar, Eric Beaumard, Franck and Ghislain at Le Cinq for an unforgettable experience, Berengere from the front office and to all those working behind the scenes. I hope to see you again sometime soon at Four Seasons Paris!
Rates start at EUR 1,090/Night
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