PARIS, FRANCE, June 6, 2017 – The Four Seasons George V is an exceptional, incandescently enchanting experience at the pinnacle of one of Paris’s most prestigious and acclaimed five star luxury hotels.
With 244 impeccably designed rooms, including 59 suites with panoramic views of Paris, and 3 separate Michelin starred restaurants with distinct culinary identities, the George V is an irreplaceable treasure in the pantheon of legendary grand Parisian establishments.
Gloriously designed interiors exquisitely decorated by Artistic Director Jeff Leatham create an environment brimming with floral designs of unprecedented caliber.
The lobby is like entering a sculpture garden overflowing with towering flower structures and fine art, intricately arranged with overwhelming beauty and stunning audacity, a tour de force of the integration of design and artistic aesthetic.
The entrance lobby gives way to an inner marble courtyard surrounded by the three dining establishments, each concisely different, all blending into a holistic gathering of the senses bonded by conceptual magic.
The historic Le Bar just off the main entrance is like entering Paris of the 1920s, with deep burgundy furnishings and interiors and dark woods emanating like the setting of an Ernest Hemingway soiree with Gertrude Stein.
Here is where legends are made, as well-heeled Parisians and hotel guests mingle in an environment that is as grand as it is gorgeous, the atmosphere serenely electric, dripping with style and elegance.
The sweet and gentle sound of piano rings throughout the lobby area, emanating from La Galerie, a grand promenade just outside of Le Bar that is the informal gathering place for guests and wanderers where the ivories are tinkled by a succession of talented musicians throughout the afternoon and evening.
With gorgeous Flemish tapestries, 19th century paintings and antique furniture, as well as many exquisite objects d’art, Le Galerie is where fashionable Parisians meet for a drink, a quick bite, or merely to socialize in the luxurious environment.
At the end of the hallway is the incomparable culinary establishment Le Cinq, where legendary Chef Christian Le Squer, who holds three Michelin stars, brings his devotion, character, and a lifetime of culinary wonderment to new heights of splendorous Haute Cuisine.
The other two restaurants, L’Orangerie and Le George, each hold one Michelin star, making the George V the only hotel in Paris with three Michelin starred restaurants.
Le George features modern Mediterranean cuisine created by Chef Simone Zanone in a gorgeous room designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, with Baccarat chandeliers and Lalique consoles, tables, and doors.
With an emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine Chef Zanone takes his guests on an elegant journey between the cuisine of the French Riviera and Northern Italy, all in a beautifully stylish setting filled with fine art.
L’Orangerie is an atmospheric dining experience overlooking the Marble Courtyard of the hotel from under a three meter glass and steel structure designed in Art Deco style.
At L’Orangerie Chef David Bizet has earned 1 Michelin star just 8 months after its opening by creating contemporary French cuisine “of elegance, refinement, and femininity, and respectful of nature.”
Our 7th floor Superior Room is like our own Paris apartment, with a crystal chandelier, and a sumptuous king size bed facing the terrace balcony.
From the balcony are stunning views overlooking Paris, and the elegant balconies of the other suites on the top floors of the hotel where some of the terraces are 60 square meters.
The bathroom is massive, full of gleaming marble and glass. Nothing is left to chance, and every detail, from the bedding to the laundry bag, is impeccably arranged.
Dinner at Le Cinq is a magnificent experience, in a massively extravagant room with 20 foot ceilings decorated in a beaux arts style.
Service is impeccable, and the staff could not be more precise and professional, walking us through a three hour extravaganza of Haute Cuisine that both delights and enthralls with its intensity and imagination.
We begin with an aperitif of Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvee Rose, a distinctive pink champagne of character and fullness with a delightful dry aftertaste.
The opening amuse-bouche of gelatin emulsion explodes in the mouth with a glorious surprise of taste and flavor, followed by a chilled raspberry ball that does the same. It is the precursor to an evening in culinary paradise.
Shelled spider crab refreshed with a creamy coral emulsion is spectacular, in both taste and presentation, the crab succulent, flavorful, and delicious.
Large Dublin bay prawns from Brittany with warm mayonnaise and a crunchy buckwheat pancake is extraordinary, with a particularly sumptuous sauce.
Line fished sea bass with caviar and buttermilk is a fabulous taste treat, the
texture subtle, the combination of ingredients intoxicating.
Crispy veal sweetbread over a bed of lightly cooked morel mushrooms is simply fabulous, the sweetbreads firm and crisp on the outside and rich and juicy on the inside, the morels pungent and soft.
A sterling Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 1st Cru Poissenot from Domaine Geantet-Pansiot is the perfect accompaniment to a spectacular meal.
As with any Michelin starred meal in Paris, the fromage, or cheese course, is always a highlight, especially with a cheese cart the likes of which they have at Le Cinq.
Choosing from a phenomenal array of cow, sheep, goat, and blue cheeses of all varieties, it is a wonderful treat to taste and be enlightened to the wide variety of fromage that is such an essential part of French culture.
Desert is a series of spectacles, most notably kiwi and pineapple with iodized syrup refreshed with plants is like a sculpture that is too beautiful to eat, and too delicious not to.
Crunchy coffee mouse with blackberries cooked in juice with a whisky infused caramel is equally beautiful, and equally delicious.
Chef Christian Le Squer made his name at the Ritz in Paris, then at the legendary Ledoyan for 16 years, where he held 3 Michelin stars for the last 10, and has been at Le Cinq since 2016, where he captured 3 Michelin stars the last two years in a row. It is easy to understand why.
He is a man who has not only left his mark on cuisine, but has redefined it with exceptional flair and a magnificent sense of imagination, pushing the boundaries of food reimagined as art.
As dinner ends he graciously greets us in the kitchen, where we witness firsthand the amazing three-dimensional choreography essential to the maintenance of a 3 Michelin starred establishment.
Commanding, charming and ebullient, it is a fabulous conclusion to an exquisite evening in the presence of culinary greatness which will never be forgotten.
The Spa at the George V has been temporarily relocated to a wing of the 4th floor while the new spa is being renovated in the lower level of the hotel, due for opening in 2018.
You would hardly know it, for the “pop up’ spa, designed by Jeff Leatham, is a hotel wing transformed, with a reception area, work out room, massage and treatment centers spread throughout the various rooms as if it had been there for years.
The bells of Paris are ringing as the sun rises over the Seine and the “City of Lights” begins another day in European paradise.
Breakfast in the grand chamber of L’Orangerie in the hotel is like a spring day, all fresh from the evening before and alive with the bright touches of greetings from the morning staff.
Petit dejeuner never tasted so good as egg whites and fresh orange juice greet the day with a plate of fresh berries.
The Four Seasons George V captures all that is exceptional about Paris and transforms it into its own existential experience quantified by its rightful place at the center of the Parisian universe.
Superior Rooms start at about $1100 a night, Deluxe Rooms are about $1200 a night, and Premier Rooms begin around $1450 a night, depending on the season. Suites start at $2000 a night, Deluxe Suites are about $2700 a night, Duplex Suites start at around $3600 per night, and Premier Suites begin at $5000 a night.
Pricing for their most extraordinary accommodations including the Penthouse Suite, French Suite, Royal Suite, Presidential Suite, Parisian Suite and English Suite are all available upon request.
Air France flies direct to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and from there to the rest of France and all of Western Europe from New York, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and a number of American cities.
Joel Berliner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles @JoelBerliner
All Photos by Alison Reynolds @BigAlPeoplesPal
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