I’ve written before in these pages about one of Europe’s top hotels, the Four Seasons George V in Paris, which made my extremely selective top tier list, Hotels I Love, the highest honor I bestow on any property (read here). I’ve visited several times over the past 20 years, including for my 20th wedding anniversary, and each time it gets better. Last year the hotel added a very special array of free and one-of-a-kind Parisian activities for guests, a program no hotel in the city can rival (read more here). For 2017 the Georges V has once again upped the ante for its loyal guests, this time making culinary history.
The hotel’s two newest restaurants, Le George and L’Orangerie, were each awarded a Michelin Star each in the new 2017 guide, joining the flagship French fine dining spot, Le Cinq, which was (belatedly) elevated last year from two to the highest possible three Michelin stars. This makes the Four Seasons in Paris the first and only hotel in all of Europe to house three Michelin-starred restaurants, and while the reliability and consistency of the Michelin Guide has declined as it expanded worldwide, it is still the traveler’s fine dining bible when it comes to France, its area of special expertise. Le Cinq also got 5 Toques and the rating of 19/20 in the 2016 Gault & Millau Guide, besting very other Paris eatery. Staff have also won both Best Sommelier in France and Best Sommelier in Europe (the collection has over 50,000 bottles). The hotel itself also earns the highest possible rating from the Forbes Travel Guide, Forbes 5-stars (the guide does not rate the restaurants), making it the top overall combined choice for lodging and dining in a city full of standout luxury hotels.
José Silva, the hotel’s General Manager said (via release), “We believe that a memorable stay would be incomplete without an extraordinary dining experience. As a gastronome myself, I have always had the highest culinary aspirations for our team who have worked to continuously innovate and exceed our guests’ expectations. I believe the five Michelin stars awarded today are a testament to this commitment to excellence brought to life by our Chefs, Christian Le Squer, Simone Zanoni, David Bizet and their teams. We are honored to be the first hotel in Europe to hold this designation and look forward to many more years of culinary excellence.”
Guests can now look forward to experiencing the cuisine of three chefs with their own individual identities and distinctive styles. I’ve dined at Le Cinq and was blown away, as good or better than the other 3-Stars I’ve visited in France, but I haven’t been to the two newer eateries yet. Le George opened in fall 2015, featuring a lighter, more modern Mediterranean-style cuisine, representing flavors of the French Riviera and northern Italy with dishes that are designed for sharing, balanced and healthy, flavorful and fresh. Chef Simone Zanoni came six months ago, after an eight-year stint with Gordon Ramsay at the celebrity chef’s eponymous 3-Michelin Starred eatery in London and 2-Michelin Starred restaurant in Versailles.
L’Orangerie opened last May, promoting David Bizet, who spent 17 years in Le Cinq. Bizet achieved his first Michelin Star in a remarkable eight months and draws inspiration from nature and the changing seasons, using the best seasonal and local garden produce. Bizet describes his menu as “a traditional French contemporary cuisine of elegance, refinement and femininity.” Bizet’s artistically and elaborately designed culinary creations are served in a new space overlooking the hotel’s Marble Courtyard.
There are few cities better for a long weekend than Paris, and now the Four Seasons George V has a tempting dining option for every day of a visit.