We spent nearly all of our time in Paris on the 244-room 4 Seasons George V, which is likely one of the most well-known 4 Seasons properties on the planet, and for that matter probably the most effectively regarded luxurious properties in Paris.
Whereas the Ritz-Paris and Cheval Blanc have been each spectacular in their very own means, to me the 4 Seasons supplied the all-around greatest expertise. The resort is attractive, has impeccable service, and options three completely different Michelin-starred eating places. Moreover, whereas the resort little doubt caters to exterior friends as effectively, I appreciated how resort friends have been made to really feel like a precedence (which isn’t a sense I obtained on the Ritz Paris, by comparability).
With that out of the best way, let’s get into the assessment.
The way to guide the 4 Seasons Paris
Full disclosure — whereas we pay the going charge for a overwhelming majority of our resort stays (together with the one night time stays we did on the Ritz Paris and Cheval Blanc Paris), on this case Ford had gained a prize by work with 4 Seasons, for a week-long keep at any 4 Seasons property. We determined to do 4 nights right here and three nights some place else (which I’ll assessment individually). So on this case we didn’t pay for the lodging (together with breakfast).
So far as reserving the 4 Seasons George V goes, charges differ all year long (and there are typically promotions that may supply further financial savings), although typically you possibly can anticipate that entry degree rooms begin at round 1,200 EUR per night time. This resort is in the identical worth vary because the Ritz Paris — each resorts have wonderful reputations and are Paris establishments, they usually cost accordingly.
Anyway, one of the simplest ways to guide any 4 Seasons property is thru a journey advisor affiliated with the 4 Seasons Most well-liked Associate program. You pay the identical charge you’ll discover immediately on 4 Seasons’ web site, however you’ll obtain additional perks, together with issues like room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, a resort credit score, and roundtrip airport transfers.
Reserving 4 Seasons properties by Most well-liked Associate is healthier than reserving by packages like Amex Nice Lodges & Resorts. That’s as a result of upgrades are typically prioritized for Most well-liked Associate friends, and on high of that Most well-liked Associate perks may be stacked with nearly any publicly out there 4 Seasons charge.
You may’t beat getting all of those additional perks only for reserving by an eligible journey advisor. Ford is in fact very happy to assist anybody guide 4 Seasons properties by Most well-liked Associate, and may be reached at [email protected] He doesn’t cost any reserving charges for 4 Seasons properties.
4 Seasons Paris location
The 4 Seasons Paris is situated on Avenue George V (therefore the title). That is within the coronary heart of the “Golden Triangle,” in Paris’ eighth arrondissement. There’s a lot of high-end procuring within the space, and the resort is inside strolling distance of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and so on.
Everybody can have completely different location preferences inside Paris. Ford and I like to get our steps in, so for us this was an ideal, central location. We didn’t use a taxi as soon as, however quite may comfortably stroll in all places from the resort.
4 Seasons Paris foyer & public areas
The 4 Seasons is definitely huge on first impressions, because the resort is thought for its over-the-top floral preparations. Jeff Leatham is the resort’s creative director, and a giant a part of that’s the flowers. Final I heard (this dates again to earlier than our keep), this resort spends over $1 million per 12 months on flowers (as one does). New flowers are added every single day, and the resort goes by roughly 12,000 stems per week.
Personally I really like the distinction between the gorgeous historic constructing and the colourful and modern flowers, as it is a mixture that you just gained’t usually discover. Anyway, inside the doorway to the resort is the “grand” foyer space, with the reception desk to the left and the concierge desk to the fitting.
Instantly previous the primary a part of the foyer are the hallways connecting varied wings of the resort, which additionally characteristic fairly just a few flowers.
The bottom flooring of the 4 Seasons has an unbelievable stream, as all 5 of the property’s meals & beverage retailers (together with the three Michelin-starred eating places) are situated right here. There’s a central courtyard, after which an outlet on all sides. We’ll discuss extra about these in a bit.
For the reason that 4 Seasons is in a historic constructing, there are a number of units of elevators, every of which is completely different. The elevators to our room have been situated to the left of reception.
If you wish to get your steps in, there’s a fairly staircase on this space as effectively.
4 Seasons Paris suite
We have been assigned room 331, a 4 Seasons Suite (that is the resort’s commonplace suite) on the third flooring. Whereas I wouldn’t need my house furnished like this, I discovered the decor of the hallways to be charming, and have an actual sense of place.
Inside the doorway to the suite was a half bathtub instantly to the fitting, after which a lounge straight forward.
The lounge was generously sized, and featured a sofa with a TV, two chairs, after which a desk with a chair.
The minibar was in the lounge, and in contrast to on the Ritz, there was an in-room espresso and tea setup (4 Seasons basically does a superb job with espresso, as most 4 Seasons properties even have a complimentary morning espresso & tea setup within the foyer).
Ready on the lounge desk was a welcome amenity consisting of a bottle of water, fruit, and a few candies.
There have been double sliding doorways separating the dwelling space from the bed room. The bed room had a signature 4 Seasons mattress, which I discover to be probably the most snug resort mattress on the market.
The bed room additionally had a chair with an ottoman, in addition to a TV.
Our room had views of the encircling neighborhood, and from one window we may even see the highest of the Eiffel Tower.
Behind the bed room have been some closets, after which the lavatory. The lavatory featured double sinks, a soaking tub, a walk-in bathe, a bathroom, and a bidet.
Toiletries have been the Eau Imperiale assortment from Guerlain, and the merchandise felt top quality.
Wi-Fi within the room was quick and free, and housekeeping was supplied twice a day and had nice consideration to element (4 Seasons properties have some constant housekeeping practices I recognize, like inserting cleansing cloths beneath glasses, for instance)
In fact we lucked out and have been grateful to have a collection. Past that, I beloved the final design of the room — it was immaculately maintained, and had a lighter colour palette than another historic resorts, which made it really feel a bit cheerier and brighter.
4 Seasons Paris eating places & bars
In the event you love nice meals and ambiance, the 4 Seasons George V is an unbeatable property. To offer you an summary of the meals & beverage retailers on the resort:
- There’s Le Cinq, the 4 Seasons’ three Michelin-starred restaurant, which is open for dinner
- There’s Le George, the 4 Seasons’ one Michelin-starred restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner
- There’s L’Orangerie, the 4 Seasons’ one Michelin-starred restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner
- There’s Le Bar, the 4 Seasons’ bar, which is open within the evenings
- There’s La Galerie, the resort’s all day eating lounge, open for all the pieces from breakfast, to lunch, to afternoon tea, to dinner
The retailers on the resort usually are not solely all individually high quality, however all of them complement each other superbly. In the event you’re into high-end eating, you can completely spend two days at this resort having nothing however wonderful meals (in fact you’d additionally ideally need to depart the resort, however quite I’m merely saying that this resort has actually nice eating places).
I don’t assume there’s one other resort in Paris with three completely different Michelin-starred eating places. For that matter, a number of high Paris resorts don’t have any Michelin-starred eating places. For instance, Plaza Athenee not too long ago misplaced its Alain Ducasse Michelin-starred restaurant.
4 Seasons Paris La Galerie (breakfast)
The 4 Seasons Paris serves breakfast both at La Galerie from 7AM till 11AM, or it’s additionally out there by in-room eating. In the event you guide a 4 Seasons Most well-liked Associate charge (which is one of the simplest ways to guide), then you have got your alternative of having fun with breakfast within the restaurant or by way of room service.
As I hinted at above, I recognize that there’s a morning setup within the foyer with complimentary espresso, tea, juice, croissants, and granola bars. That is such a fundamental factor that also means a lot to me when staying at a resort — it shouldn’t be a combat to get your first cup of espresso, and that’s one thing 4 Seasons persistently nails.
La Galerie is situated simply off the foyer and to the fitting, and it’s a beautiful room that makes you’re feeling such as you’re in a special period. I believe the images roughly converse for themselves.
We had breakfast within the restaurant two mornings, and you’ll discover the La Galerie breakfast menu right here. We had the “wholesome breakfast,” which retails for 62 EUR (although once more, breakfast is included should you guide by Most well-liked Associate). To start out this included espresso, a recent detox juice, and a matcha latte. Yum, yum, and yum.
Then there was some gluten-free bread, served with peanut butter and a chocolate unfold (I’ll simply belief the 4 Seasons on this and imagine that the chocolate unfold is wholesome). 😉
Subsequent up was a scrumptious avocado toast, once more on gluten-free toast.
Then there was a tasty acai bowl.
4 Seasons Paris room service (breakfast)
We additionally had room service breakfast two days on the 4 Seasons (you possibly can discover the in-room eating menu right here). One morning Ford had the American breakfast, whereas I had the wholesome breakfast (this time with an egg white omelet quite than avocado toast), and the opposite day we each had the identical wholesome breakfast we had within the restaurant.
4 Seasons Paris Le Bar (drinks)
Le Bar is the 4 Seasons’ signature bar, and it’s situated subsequent to La Galerie, not removed from reception. The bar is intimate, however tables are nonetheless properly spaced out.
There’s additionally a piano subsequent to the bar, and for a lot of the evenings there’s dwell music, which is a pleasant contact.
You may discover the drink checklist for Le Bar right here. Very similar to on the Ritz, cocktails are within the vary of 30-32 EUR, so that you’re positively paying for the scene and ambiance (as you’d anticipate). On the plus facet, the cocktails have been wonderful, and got here with olives and almonds.
Whereas Le Bar has a pleasant mixture of resort friends and outdoors friends, I appreciated that some tables have been at all times held again for resort friends. We visited the bar just a few instances, and as quickly as we knowledgeable them we have been resort friends a desk was instantly out there.
This was true throughout retailers at George V, which is in distinction to the Ritz Paris, the place it felt like there was no precedence service for resort friends.
4 Seasons Paris Le George (lunch)
Le George is likely one of the 4 Seasons’ one Michelin-starred eating places, serving fashionable Mediterranean delicacies from Chef Simone Zanoni (who has fairly a following, by the best way). The restaurant is all about native sourcing and sustainability. I really feel like each restaurant says that, besides right here:
- The restaurant has its personal backyard in Versailles, the place a overwhelming majority of the greens come from, in order that’s form of cool
- The restaurant encourages friends to drink complimentary nonetheless or glowing water from a purification system within the kitchen; I really feel like nearly each fancy restaurant tries to revenue off promoting bottled waters, so kudos
We had lunch at Le George sooner or later. The restaurant was bustling, with a pleasant mixture of enterprise individuals and leisure guests celebrating particular events.
You may discover the Le George menu right here. We had an unbelievable testing menu right here, which began with a scrumptious pumpkin soup.
That was adopted a crimson tuna crudo, in addition to a tuna crispy rice dish, each of which have been mouthwateringly scrumptious.
Subsequent up was a ravioli dish, which we beloved.
Then there was a roasted sole with basil and vinegar sauce, served with greens on the facet.
We have been additionally supplied a choice of desserts, together with a tarte tatin, panna cotta, and shades of hazelnuts.
I couldn’t put into phrases how scrumptious (or filling!) our lunch was. I’ve to be sincere, I’m not somebody who has traditionally sought out Michelin-starred eating places, since I’ve usually felt just like the meals has been overly fancy and never terribly approachable. This expertise modified my thoughts about that.
4 Seasons Paris L’Orangerie (dinner)
In our quest to take a look at all the pieces this resort has to supply, we determined to have dinner one night time at L’Orangerie, the 4 Seasons’ one Michelin-starred restaurant that has an emphasis on vegetation and fish. The restaurant has simply 17 seats, and it’s mainly the glassed in space of the La Galerie lounge setup.
L’Orangerie solely has tasting menus within the evenings, and you’ll select between a 5 or seven course tasting menu. You may discover the L’Orangerie menu right here. We determined to do the seven course tasting menu (165 EUR per individual), as a result of why not — you solely dwell as soon as, and it was a particular journey.
Service started with some canapés (which have been artfully offered), bread with seaweed butter, and an amuse bouche.
The primary course consisted of recent herbs tartare with goji berries.
The subsequent course consisted of a smoked salad of braised onions with tarragon.
Subsequent up have been salt crusted bay prawns garnished with a bouquet of Oscietre caviar. This was plated tableside, and it was a fairly cool presentation.
The primary of the 2 mains was sea bream with cucumber tapioca and a spicy juice.
The second predominant was turbot with broth.
These 5 dishes wrapped up the appetizers and mains, so at that time there was a palate cleanser.
The primary dessert consisted of lemon and sheep milk kefir, with a salty shell.
Then there was a pumpkin and keenness fruit gavotte with a cinnamon fragrance.
And as if that wasn’t sufficient, there have been a pair extra small desserts on the home.
4 Seasons Paris Le Cinq (dinner)
We determined to have fun Ford’s thirtieth birthday by having dinner at Le Cinq, the 4 Seasons’ three Michelin-starred eating places. We’ve by no means knowingly sought out Michelin-starred eating places, however after two wonderful meals at one Michelin-starred eating places, we couldn’t assist however need to attempt a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant. How on earth may this be extra over-the-top than the opposite eating places?!?
Le Cinq is simply open for dinner, and it’s situated behind La Galerie.
The restaurant is in what’s in all probability probably the most elegant rooms I’ve ever seen. The beneath image was taken within the morning, whereas within the night it was arrange much more exquisitely, with every desk having candles and flower pedals.
You may discover the Le Cinq dinner menu right here. As you possibly can inform, it makes the opposite eating places appear like a discount by comparability. Like I mentioned, it was a special day, and if we have been going to do it, we figured we should always simply absolutely lean into it and ignore the costs. In order that’s what we did.
Earlier than we even discuss concerning the meals, I simply need to say how a lot we loved this complete eating expertise. Eating at a restaurant of this degree is nearly like dinner and a present, as a result of the precision, ardour, and attentiveness that goes into that is subsequent degree. I used to be anxious that the servers could be snooty or that we’d really feel misplaced, however everybody working right here made us really feel so welcome, and was genuinely skilled, assured, and hilarious.
The quantity of effort that went into this meal simply made it all of the extra fulfilling. Whereas meals are costly, this actually is an expertise. We have been at our desk for over 4 hours, and we didn’t even do the tasting menu.
Our meal began with an amuse bouche. We every ordered a glass of champagne, and have been introduced some tasty snacks to go together with it.
We have been additionally supplied a choice of bread.
After which there was one other amuse bouche, only for good measure.
Attending to the a part of the meal that we truly ordered, we began with gratinated onions and the wild porcini mushrooms roasted with thyme. They have been pleased to separate the appetizers in two, so we may share them whereas getting two separate plates.
For the primary course, I had the blue lobster roasted with salted butter and avocado crepes, whereas Ford had the ham, truffle, and spaghetti gratineur.
Subsequent up was a cheese course, served off a trolley.
Then for dessert we ordered the crunchy grapefruit, which was as soon as once more break up in half so we may share it.
We have been then served a wide range of petit fours.
Then a cart was dropped at our desk with every kind of truffles and different sweets, and we may choose whichever we wished. We have been fairly stuffed at this level, so simply had a few the issues that our server really useful.
On the conclusion of our meal we got to-go baggage, with croissants and containers of candies.
What a memorable expertise. Whereas the meals was excellent (each by way of style and presentation), what actually set the expertise aside was the service. Going to a restaurant like that is virtually like attending a 4 hour efficiency, and we loved each minute of it.
4 Seasons Paris spa, fitness center, and pool
The 4 Seasons Paris has a spa on the basement degree, which is sort of spectacular. Whereas I didn’t get any spa therapies, I did use the fitness center and pool.
The fitness center may be accessed by friends 24/7, and is round 1,000 sq. toes. It had fashionable tools, for each cardio and weights.
The 55-foot pool was open day by day from 6:30AM till 10PM, and is a fantastic area. I don’t assume there’s a metropolis on the planet with as many spectacular indoor resort swimming pools as Paris. There was loads of seating across the pool as effectively.
Along with the pool, there was additionally a whirlpool with hotter water, in addition to steam rooms and hammams.
4 Seasons Paris service
Service on the 4 Seasons was phenomenal throughout the board:
- Each worker we interacted with was genuinely pleasant and wanting to please
- The resort did an incredible job delivering on expectations — every time we known as with requests they have been promptly taken care of, once we have been informed room service would arrive inside half-hour, it did in actual fact arrive inside half-hour, and so on.
- The concierges on the 4 Seasons are wonderful, and might seemingly get you a desk nearly anyplace, which we took benefit of
- Though the resort will get lots of exterior site visitors because of the eating places, I appreciated that the resort prioritized friends for seating
- Service in all three of the Michelin-starred eating places was next-level wonderful, however I suppose that’s to be anticipated at eating places of that caliber
The 4 Seasons Paris George V lives as much as its popularity. It is a phenomenal metropolis resort, with high notch amenities that mix previous world attraction with a little bit of aptitude, all whereas providing the facilities you’d anticipate at a contemporary property.
Past the great rooms, wonderful service, and nice fitness center and spa, meals & drinks are actually a focus at this property. The resort has three completely different Michelin-starred eating places, and we had the prospect to eat in any respect of them.
In fact I ought to point out that very similar to on the Ritz, it’s best to anticipate all the pieces right here to value you dearly. This resort is sort of a scene and it’s a vacation spot for a lot of, so anticipate it to be priced accordingly. On the plus facet, the resort did an incredible job prioritizing reservations and seating for resort friends, so staying on the 4 Seasons can be one of the simplest ways to get a desk at a restaurant or bar right here.
What do you make of the 4 Seasons George V? Have any OMAAT readers stayed there?