Four Seasons George V

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Address: 31 Ave George V, Paris, 75008, France

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.7

An ode to palatial grand hotel living quite out of its time.

The George V is one of Paris's grand hotel experiences, awash in chandeliers, fawning service, luxurious rooms and extraordinary flower arrangements. Indeed, I'd almost come here for the flowers alone, astonishing, outsize arrangements by in-house florist, Jeff Leatham, a superstar in his own right. Otherwise, though this is a place for traditionalists, it may have been built in the 1920s but since its Four Seasons redo, everything here harks firmly to a sybaritic vision of 18th-century pre-revolution France.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.2
90%
Leisure facilities
5
90%
Service
5
90%
Value for money
3
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

In Paris’s “golden triangle” of luxury fashion houses, grand apartments and corporate HQs, with the Champs-Elysées at the end of the street. If you want to fill your wardrobe you'll love the location, if you're after culture, the [node:168969] and Grand Palais are nearby.

Bedrooms

The 245 rooms, including 59 suites, were all decked out by Pierre-Yves Rochon, master of calm classicism, thick-carpeted, satin-clad cocoons with Neo-Louis XV furnishings, chandeliers and deep, king-size beds. All are good sized, many are positively palatial. I particularly like the eighth-floor Honeymoon Suite, with its wraparound terrace and great views on three sides. And the suites are also geared for high-flying business meetings.

Public areas

A marble floored lobby so shiny you can almost see your face in it, classical sculptures, flower arrangements like art installations. La Galerie is lined with 17th-century Flemish tapestries, Murano glass chandeliers and deep bergère sofas for reclining in.

Eating and drinking

La Galerie is an all-day rendezvous for eating and people-watching, over breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea or dinner, though we have heard some complaints about the limited choice of bread at the (very expensive) breakfast. Le Cinq is a luxurious gastronomic restaurant with two Michelin stars. Lighter meals are also served in the garden courtyard in summer, while Le Bar keeps buzzing late into the night.

Leisure facilities

The spa is a Marie Antoinette-esque fantasy of toile de jouy and misty landscapes, with 11 treatment rooms and any number of anti-ageing, body shaping and detoxifying treatments, including special gold and chocolate packages. The good-sized indoor pool and gym are reserved for hotel guests only. The hotel also has its own Rolls Royce, fitted out by Hermès, which can chauffeur you around town for a price (if you need to ask how much you shouldn't be staying here).

Service

This is what many people really come here for: Four Seasons US-style service with uniformed doormen, concierges and receptionists galore; rooms inspected twice a day with turn-down at night.

Who stays there

It's very international, though Brits and Americans head the list: a mix of business magnates and shoppers (and, of course, Carrie in Sex and the City).

Price advice

If you're worried about the price then you wouldn't (shouldn't) be staying here. It's sometimes possible to get a room upgrade.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Fabulous flowers
  • Buzzy bar
  • The service
  • Too slick for some
  • The price
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