1. It’s The Four Seasons
First of all, it’s very difficult to go wrong at a Four Seasons hotel. This exclusive eight-story hotel was built in 1928 and has had a few owners over the years. But in 2008, the company controlled by HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia hired the Four Seasons to manage it. You can bet that with them in control, everything is in tip-top shape.
The Four Seasons Hotel George V is located in the heart of Paris’ most upscale shopping district — The Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle includes Avenue George V, Rue François 1er and Avenue Montaigne. Every single designer name (Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy and Chanel, for example). More importantly, it’s just two blocks from the Champs-Élysées and walking distance to Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and all the other Paris attractions you dream about.
Four Seasons is known for its service and George V doesn’t disappoint. The moment your ride pulls up, not one but two doormen appear and assist you out of the car. They effortlessly retrieve your bags and escort you to reception. From there, the staff go out of their way to make guests feel welcome. Everyone you encounter will greet you with a smile and a few even will remember your names. Note: Like all good hotels, the rooms come with twice-daily housekeeping service and when you return from dinner, the crumpled up pile of clothes left on the chair will be folded neatly.
We’re betting that when you walk into the lobby you will first be taken aback by the spectacular flower arrangements. There are 180 vases around the lobby alone and they switch the colors and arrangements every few weeks so that frequent guests never see the same floral design twice. Jeff Leatham, the artistic director was brought over from the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and is the real deal. In fact, he’s been voted best florist in Europe for three consecutive years and many celebrities try to hire him for their private parties.
The Four Seasons Hotel George V has 244 luxury hotel guest rooms and they are filled with exquisite art and bright Louis XVI styling. Your king-size bed will come with sheets that feel like a billion thread count and a light comforter which makes for a perfect night’s sleep. The only negative You may find is that you may hear your neighbors’ kids running around before dinner.
As for the wall-to-wall marble bathroom, it has a deep soaking tub, separate shower and Bulgari toiletries. The only thing missing thing is a Toto toilet and heated floors.
6. Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is an experience. It’s not formal like in London and you will even see a few diners (men and women) enjoying tea alone. Tea is served in La Galerie, which is great for people watching. La Galerie showcases beautiful Flemish tapestries, 19th-century paintings and exquisite furniture. There’s also a pianist who sets the casual but elegant tone.
Then comes the featured attraction of afternoon tea, in three tiered trays. The bottom level is filled with finger sandwiches: cheese, ham, cucumber, foie gras and smoked salmon.
The next level will have an assortment of fine savories including two hockey puck size macarons that will no doubt be the best in the world. I know what you’re thinking: That that’s a bold statement. And I would be thinking the other thing you’re thinking … what about Laduree? Well, after sinking your teeth into one, You will realize the rumors about Laduree’s macarons being frozen (how else can they produce so many thousands) are true. These will be so fresh and tasty that tea at the Four Seasons Hotel George V is worth it alone, just to try them.
Like you really need more treats after level two of the three-tier tray. But it will be tough to resist the bite-size brownies, carrot cake, cookies and homemade scones that are served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. As if all of this aren’t enough, to end things off, they will bring over the restaurant’s famous flavored caramels.
Le Cinq! The dining room is exquisite. The tablecloths, china and silver are all created specifically for the hotel. And the menu draws on classic French culinary techniques but also embraces newer, lighter cooking styles.
Just like in the fancy restaurants in Monaco, one of the waiters will greet you with a cart that has an oversized bucket filled with fine champagne on ice. Then comes an amuse bouche of olive tempura, salmon and some kind of fancy potato chip. Of course any main course here is to die for!
If your with a partner ask to be set up with a love seat. It will be set up just beautifully, just like the desserts: try George V Style Fraisier (35EUR) and Chocolate & Peanut Crunchy Iced Delight with Pastis caramel sauce (30EUR). Then try the mignardises cart (filled with bite-sized candies and chocolates). You will also be given a box of their caramels to go.
8. Crème brûlée for breakfast
Try le Cinq again for breakfast. To your surprise and delight breakfast will begin with a mini crème brûlée! Is that insane or what? Service at breakfast isn’t as good as dinner but the food is equally divine.
The spa at the Four Seasons Hotel George V is nothing short of dreamy. The waiting room is filled with skewers of fresh fruit, bowls of dried fruit (dates, apricots and apples) and stocked with bottles of Evian water. There’s also a strange but delicious concoction of orange, passion fruit and vanilla bean juice. Between all of this and the unfathomably soft disposable slippers and robe, You will feel like Eddie Murphy in Trading Places. As for your spa treatment, Try a Sodashi Aromatherapy couples massage. It’s described as “a time to de-stress both mind and body with a relaxing, detoxifying or energizing massage enhanced with Sodashi’s Wholeness, Purity and Radiance ritual. Natural essential oils treat your specific body-care concerns, promoting an immediate feeling of well being.” And they aren’t kidding. 50 Minutes = 195EUR
10. View from window
Looking out on to a Parisian avenue is better than most views You’ve had at other hotels. But having the Eiffel Tower, all lit up, standing there like an observant giraffe in a city jungle, is beyond words. You just have to see it and feel it. FYI: (it’s not as pretty during the day)
Obviously, the Four Seasons Hotel George V is a remarkable hotel. Not everyone can afford it but for those who can or who save up for it for a special occasion, it’s worth it. You won’t be disappointed.