For impeccable service in the city’s golden triangle.
Hotel address: Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 Av. Georges V, 75008 Paris, France
Price: From around £ 1,025 per night
Set the scene
An entourage of staff members greet you by name every time you walk through the revolving doors of the lobby, made up of pink ferns and checkered marble. Lavish floral displays change with the season – the vision of star florist and artistic director Jeff Leatham, and the rooms are a concentrate of golden fabrics and Louis XV Rococo craftsmanship. The George V is one of the officially listed Parisian palaces and it’s easy to see why.
This Art-Deco monument was built in 1928 and bears the name of the then reigning King of England. It was reopened as a Four Seasons hotel in 1999 and has since drawn an increasingly glamorous global crowd. At breakfast, you’re sure to bump into a famous footballer or actor picking their fruit platter alongside Four Seasons devotees who would never stay elsewhere.
Bedrooms are extravagantly upholstered – gold-embroidered curtains are trimmed with cream tassels, and thick rugs are a swirl of yellow and gold under elaborate chandeliers. Large marble bathrooms are tucked away with Bulgari minis, and the best suites have terraces overlooking the Eiffel Tower across the Seine.
Food and drink
First and only hotel in Europe to receive a total of five Michelin stars under one roof, food is a huge draw, with Parisians booking months in advance to reserve a table at the three-star Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer . Here, he roasts blue lobster in salted butter, topped with wagyu beef and mozzarella, and garnishes a green salad with a truffle vinaigrette. There are two other Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from for those who cannot get a reservation at Le Cinq. One is Le George à l’italienne for a chewy focaccia with peppery olive oil and crispy saffron arancini with tuna tartare or aubergine and burrata agnolotti. The other is at L’Orangerie, where the nicely served tasting menu is Pescatarian. Still lukewarm slices of bread are served with a delicate swirl of seaweed butter on a pearly shell, the crispy-skinned sea bream is perfectly cooked, and the meringue eggshells are filled with iced kefir. For those who come after an excellent Croque monsieur or a burger and fries, room service is your friend.