In Paris, It’s the Four Seasons George V, Or Nothing
To some travelers, spending 1700 euros on a night is pocket change. For them, there is only one choice in the City of LIght–The Four Seasons George V Paris, on the swanky Champs Elysees. The bloggers on our trip met for the first time in this over the top luxurious property for a very elegant lunch. As we sat in their flower-bedecked garden, over across from us was a famous basketball player named Michael Jordan, sort of incognito in a Nike bucket hat and sunglasses. Only a few fans came up, because at George V, you don’t have to deal with that sort of thing.
Everything at the V is accented with flowers. We learned about their unlimited flower budget from the very charming and beautiful Helene Avril, their PR manager, who joined us for lunch. That means there are so many flowers you might think you’re at a mafia funeral, but they are just so plentiful it’s hilarious–and very pretty. We had a sumptuous lunch, four beautiful perfect courses, with foam draped fish, perfectly arranged egg and caviar, fruit and then chocolate dessert.
But Helene had a surprise for us–we were taken downstairs to the restaurant’s massive wine cellar, where more than 50,000 bottles await. First we snaked through the corridors to the kitchen, passing a bulletin board where employees children were pictured, then past the man in charge of making thousands of croissants each day, to the locked vault, “Le Cave,” and down a long curvy stairway.
What I wanted to see, of course, I found–Romanee Conti which is the most expensive wine made in France. Yep, they had plenty of that. Helene also showed us the empty bottles of Petrus that a certain South American gentleman frequently orders. It’s all another day in the life of the most fabulous hotel in Paris. Four Seasons George V Paris: If you can manage to reserve a room (they’re almost always sold out) it’s the ultimate splurge.