5 Things To Do In Paris While Staying At The Four Seasons Hotel George V

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The view from the penthouse suite at the George V in Paris
The view from the penthouse suite at the George V in Paris

Photo Credit: Gregoire Gardette

There is a certain something about Paris. It is one of the most magical cities in the world. Having lived there for 10 years, I became intimately acquainted with the City of Light’s charms. Not only the iconic architecture and beauty of the physical surroundings, but also the French savoir-vivre–their ability to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, whether it be food, art, fashion, or a simple conversation at a sidewalk café. The French insist on taking time to enjoy life.

The lobby with decor by Jeff Leatham
The lobby with decor by Jeff Leatham

Photo Credit: Four Seasons

I started my career in Paris as part of the pre-opening team when the Four Seasons took over the fabled Hotel George V property in 1999. Everything about the Hotel George V exudes old-world glamour. The hotel dates back to the 1920s, and much of the decor is inspired by traditional French style and Art Deco influences of that time. Lush floral arrangements by Jeff Leatham greet guests who enjoy modern state-of-the-art technologies. The Four Seasons Hotel George V team is dedicated to providing a luxurious and memorable experience and is constantly debuting new packages, programs, and amenities.

The new spa
The new spa

Photo Credit: Four Seasons

In particular, the brand new spa is set to debut this month. From award-winning interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon, the new relaxation center features an indoor lap pool, fitness room, hairdressing salon, and six cutting-edge treatment rooms. The resulting spa is the perfect place to indulge in a massage or facial after a Parisian shopping spree or day of sightseeing.

Eric Beaumard
Eric Beaumard

One of the stars of the hotel is my dear friend, Eric Beaumard, chief sommelier and director of the hotel’s renowned three-star Michelin restaurant, Le Cinq. Beaumard was recently awarded France’s highest civilian honor and made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. One of the highlights of your trip to Paris could be a private tasting with Beaumard in the famed wine cellar, located 12 meters below ground and carved out of the original limestone used to build the Arc de Triomphe.

Wondering what to do when you come to the George V? Here are my top five favorite things to do in Paris:

The Hermes store in Paris
The Hermès store in Paris

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1. Visit the secret Hermès Museum.

CuratorMenehould du Chatelle de Bazelaire will give you a behind the scenes look at this storied French fashion house. Note that an appointment is necessary.

Jean-Charles Rochoux’s chocolate bar
Jean-Charles Rochoux’s chocolate bar

Photo Credit: Jean-Charles Rochoux
2. Sample Jean-Charles Rochoux’s chocolates.

You’ll find this delightful chocolate shop in the heart of St. Germain. The Ephemeral Chocolate Bars, made with seasonal fresh fruit, are divine.

The Klimt experience
The Klimt experience

Photo Credit: Atelier des Lumieres
3. Lose yourself in the light.

The Klimt experience at the Atelier des Lumieres is absolutely amazing.
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4. Discover a new part of the city by renting an electric boat.

Marin D’eau Douce makes the little-known tour one of Paris’ best-kept secrets.

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5. Dine at The Canailles.

There are two locations of this wonderful contemporary French bistro—in the 9th and 20th. You can’t beat their delicious choose-your-own-adventure three-course dinner.

If you would like someone with the keys to Paris’ hidden treasures and the expertise and network to open the right doors, contact Stephanie d’Aboville ([email protected]). A native Parisian, D’Aboville spent 18 years in luxury hotel sales before starting her own company  Voie Privee.

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