Author: Rima Al-Mukhtar, [email protected]
Wednesday 16 March 2011
The hotel’s location and great view is what makes it unique and exceptional. In addition, the royal standard of service, which all guests benefit from, puts the hotel in a league of its own. Its lobby represents a great introduction to the place and the rooms are spacious, comfortable and well fitted.
The original George V was designed in the 1920’s and opened in 1928, setting new standards in the hospitality industry. When it opened, this famous venue was described in press coverage as: “conceived in the spirit of modern and elegant luxury and endowed with the latest technological innovations.”
As of 2008, the hotel has been managed by Four Seasons Hotel, which are owned by Kingdom Holding Company — the investment company controlled by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Also unusual for 1928 was the innovative layout of the main floor. The kitchens were set on the same level as the main restaurant, rather than below, which was customary Paris hotel style. The restaurant opened in a courtyard and offered a separate dining room for children where nannies could tend to their needs and leave parents in peace to enjoy the most important business of the day.
These nannies, as well as valets and other attendants, were accommodated in a total of 70 “maids’ rooms,” representing a significant percentage of the Hotel’s original 300 guest rooms. Furthermore, the flexibility in design permitted configuration of suites with up to five rooms. The luxurious appointments of these as well as the salons and public areas attracted international acclaim. Indeed, Sotheby’s declared the George V to be “the Parisian hotel which contained the most works of art.”
The hotel has approximately 10 different suites, which offer different services with different decorations, views, space and rates. The best suite that the hotel offers is the Royal Suite, which has a nightly rate of 15,000 euros (taxes and services included). The Royal Suite is decorated with the characteristic furniture of luxurious Parisian apartments combined with state-of-the-art luxurious service. The marble bathroom with its private steam room and sauna features the uppermost amenities to fulfill every need. Connected to the private room area is a large dressing room. A superb living room area with a beautiful marble fireplace connects to a spacious dining area, which comfortably sits eight guests. In the elegant entrance area, you will find a guest bathroom, dressing room and a separate office.
The other suites —the Presidential, the Empire, the English, the French, the Honeymoon Suite, the Premier, the Deluxe, the Superior and the Four seasons Executive Suite — also have the best kinds of furniture and services that all visitors recommend. Prices for those suites start from 1,895 to 12,000 euros a night.
The hotel also has reasonable prices for rooms that start from 850 euros up to 1,150 euros a night with the same standards of the suites but in a smaller space. The hotel’s best room is the Premier Room, which features Louis XVI style furnishings and mirrors the traditional grace of French living. The marble bathroom offers a full range of comfort and conveniences, such as a separate shower and bathtub. The room is attributed with a comfortable sitting area, a convenient desk for business purposes and a large king-size bed or two twin-size beds. Other rooms include the Deluxe and Superior.
At the far end of the Galerie two beautifully designed doors in typical Art Deco ironwork open up on the restaurant, Le Cinq. Spacious and bright, the restaurant is decorated in soft tones of gold and gray and is reminiscent of a dining room in a private chateau. In a classical Anglo French style, the decoration combines two Louis XIV cupboards and golden Louis XVI “medallion” chairs with regency tables and mahogany console tables. The restaurant also features classical French draped curtains in gray damask, gold and gray fabrics on walls and gold embossed velvet armchairs. Two massive Regency mirrors in sculpted golden wood confer depth to the space by reflecting the Marble Courtyard, and two grand Regency console tables separate the main restaurant room from the “table d’hôtes,” which seats 10.
Executive Chef, Eric Briffard, with his team of 70 cooks make sure to offer guests at Le Cinq the most refined French Cuisine, which is not surprising, as the restaurant has been awarded two prestigious Michelin stars.
La Galerie lounge is both the heart and soul of the hotel, and is the best spot for people watching. It showcases beautiful Flemish tapestries, 19th-century paintings and furniture, as well as many exquisite objets d'art. The atmosphere is of elegance and genuine peace and features a pianist who plays daily at 3 p.m. La Galerie can seat up to 45, and in the summer, the lounge serves cocktails in the courtyard from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
From the outset, the George V was an oasis of calm in the center of Europe’s most sophisticated and busy metropolis. A garden on the roof of the reception hall and ballroom offered guests a quiet retreat, while various salons were dedicated to specific activities. Among them were a tearoom with Chinese decor, a smoking room, a barbershop and a beauty parlor. Known as the “Prince of Wales Salon,” the grand ballroom quickly became a favorite venue for Parisian society parties, attracting leading couturiers as the ideal backdrop to showcase the season’s collections. Among them, Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne and Louis Féraud have launched their confections here over the years.
For the ultimate in pampering and luxury, guests of Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris simply need to put on their lush bathrobes and head for the elevators, which will guide them directly to the 850 m Spa — entirely dedicated to wellness and beauty. The Spa houses 11 treatment rooms including one for couples, a pool (9x6m), saunas, steam baths, two rooms for hairstyling, makeup, manicure and pedicure as well as a relaxation room, fitness area and juice bar.
The Spa was voted the “Best Hotel Spa in Europe” in 2010 by Travel and Leisure for the fourth consecutive year.
Guests at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris now have the pleasure of a unique experience with the world’s only Hermès-inspired hand-built Rolls Royce Phantom. Custom made to the Hotel’s specifications by the famous English luxury car designer in collaboration with legendary French fashion house, Hermès, the partnership has resulted in an amazing automobile that combines elegance, power and comfort. Five drivers have been appointed by the Hotel and specially trained by Rolls Royce to operate the car.