The Four Seasons George V: The Pinnacle of Paris

The Four Seasons George V is one of Paris' most legendary 5 star luxury hotels, with three Michelin starred restaurants, including the glorious Le Cinq, featuring the extraordinary 3 Star Michelin Chef Christian Le Squer.

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The front entrance to the Four Seasons George V, just steps from the Champs-Elysees. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The view from the 7th floor Superior Room terrace overlooking Paris.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The gorgeous lobby of the Four Seasons George V, with flower arrangements by Jeff Leatham.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Gloriously designed interiors exquisitely decorated by Artistic Director Jeff Leatham create an environment brimming with floral designs of unprecedented caliber.

The front desk in the lobby of the Four Seasons George V. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

Massive floral displays, including these magnificent orchid towers, are changed regularly at the Four Seasons George V. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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 inner marble courtyard at the Four Seasons George V surrounded by three Michelin starred restaurants. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

Well heeled Parisians and hotel guests indulge the senses at the legendary Le Bar at the Four Seasons George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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 deep burgundy interiors and dark woods of the legendary Le Bar.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The grand promenade of Le Galerie, with chandeliers, tapestries, antiques, and daily piano music. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The view of Le Galerie from the entrance to Le Cinq. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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 entrance to Le Cinq, featuring 3 Star Michelin Chef Christian Le Squer.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The view of Le George from the marble courtyard at the Four Seasons George V. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The luscious interiors of Le George, featuring Michelin starred Chef Simone Zanzone. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

Le George features Meditterrenean cuisine with an emphasis on the flavors of Provence and Northern Italy. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The art deco inspired exterior of L’Orangerie, featuring Michelin starred Chef David Bizet.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.”

The entrance to L’Orangerie in the center of Le Gallerie. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The elegantly spacious 7th floor Superior Room at the Four Seasons George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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 view of Paris from the terrace of the 7th floor Superior Room.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The marble bathroom of the 7th floor Superior Room at the George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Dinner at Le Cinq is a magnificent experience, in a massively extravagant room with 20 foot ceilings decorated in a beaux arts style.

The glorious dining room at Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The staff is immaculately precise during a three hour dinner at Le Cinq.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

We begin with an aperitif of Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvee Rose, a distinctive pink champagne of character and fullness with a delightful dry aftertaste.

Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvee’ Rose’. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

An extraordinary amuse-bouche of gelatin emulsion followed by a chilled raspberry ball.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Shelled spider crab refreshed with a creamy coral emulsion is spectacular, in both taste and presentation, the crab succulent, flavorful, and delicious.

Shelled spider crab in a creamy coral emulsion.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Large Dublin bay prawns from Brittany with warm mayonnaise and a crunchy buckwheat pancake is extraordinary, with a particularly sumptuous sauce.

Dublin Bay Prawns from Brittany before the sauce.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)
Then add a warm mayonnaise sauce.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Line fished sea bass with caviar and buttermilk is a fabulous taste treat, the
texture subtle, the combination of ingredients intoxicating.

Line fished sea bass with caviar and buttermilk.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

Crispy veal sweetbread over morel mushrooms.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

A sterling Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 1st Cru Poissenot from Domaine Geantet-Pansiot is the perfect accompaniment to a spectacular meal.

An exceptional Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 1st Cru Poissenot from Domaine Geantet-Pansiot.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The presentation of the fromage cart at Le Cinq.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

An exquisite selection of cow, sheep, goat, and blue cheeses at Le Cinq.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

A sculptured desert of Kiwi and pineapple with iodized syrup refreshed with plants at Le Cinq.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Crunchy coffee mouse with blackberries cooked in juice with a whisky infused caramel is equally beautiful, and equally delicious.

Crunchy coffee mouse with blackberries.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

3 Star Michelin Chef Christian Le Squer in the kitchen at Le Cinq.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

Chef Le Squer was gracious and enchanting as he greeted us in the kitchen of Le Cinq.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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 front entrance to the temporary spa at the George V, designed by Artistic Director Jeff Leatham. (Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The workout room at the temporary spa.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

Sunrise as seen from the terrace of the 7th floor Superior Room at the Four Seasons George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

The bells of Paris are ringing as the sun rises over the Seine and the “City of Lights” begins another day in European paradise.

The morning staff at breakfast at the George V
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The breakfast buffet, served in the art deco surroundings of L’Orangerie at the George V
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

Petit dejeuner never tasted so good as egg whites and fresh orange juice greet the day with a plate of fresh berries.

Checking out of the Four Seasons George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

The pinnacle of Paris, The Four Seasons George V.
(Photo by Alison Reynolds)

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.

www.fourseasons.com/paris/ @FSParis
www.restaurant-lecinq.com/en/ @LeCinqParis @ChefLeSquer

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Joel Berliner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles @JoelBerliner
All Photos by Alison Reynolds @BigAlPeoplesPal

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