REGION : Paris 8th Arrondissement
ATMOSPHERE : City
STYLE : Distinguished sanctuary
CATEGORY : 5*
ROOMS : 46 rooms and suites
A white chocolate, matcha, and redcurrant cookie and an Alain Milliat juice
Monsieur George is one fine fellow. And a grand, mysterious chap to boot. Installed in the building where Raimu, 1930’s giant of French cinema lived, the place has kept a certain flare for staging and the cult of a distinguished elegance associated with gentlemen of days bygone. Among them, George Washington, the first president of the United States. He gave his name to the hotel and to the street, one of the best placed in the French capital, as it opens onto the top of the Champs-Élysées, a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, while being secluded enough to maintain a sense of calm. Like a true private hotel in the heart of Paris’ 8th arrondissement, the first 5-star hotel belonging to the Adresses Hôtels Group, which also includes the Ponche, Monsieur Aristide, Monsieur Cadet, and the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, is a dandyish address of exquisite refinement.
TO MEET MONSIEUR GEORGE, you must first go to the other side of the Haussmannian facade where you’ll discover a world of chiaroscuro devised by Lady Anouska Hempel, the famous London interior designer, who imagined an opulent and distinguished address that inspires sophistication. Grandiloquence personified, the place is dressed in marble, velvet, aged mirrors, heavy fabrics, engravings and zellige tiling. We could be in London, in the home of a lord returning from a world tour, perhaps on the shores of Lake Como at the home of another famous George. In reality, we are in Paris, a few steps away from the most beautiful avenue in the world, invited to stay with a gentleman who is always dressed to the nines.
MASCULINE, LUXURIOUS, “Jamesbondian”, the George style is confidently expressed across the establishment’s 46 rooms, which includes 3 suites. The Junior and Franklin suites, both plush and cozy, are nestled under the roofs to offer guests a superb panorama, while the Garden suite, on the other hand, is located on the ground floor and is a duplex with a private interior garden. The ensemble is grandiose but not always oversized (rooms range from 16 to 45 m2), with George and Paris having more to offer than just a corner bed. The twilight décor is adorned with gray, carbon velvet, black lacquer, gold and brass, forming a world that is as dark as it is bright. An oxymoron full of delight! There, glass windows and quilted mirrors reflect the Parisian sky. Here, the dormers and balconies open onto the Eiffel Tower or Sacré-Cœur. All blends into a superb mansion where taste is found in all of your senses (ex: restaurant Le Galanga), at the bar and in the cellar, Monsieur George’s secret room full of enchantment, where he reveals having treated himself to a spa and a fitness room.
SPA & FITNESS – Private in-room yoga classes and the treatment menu (relaxing or energizing massages and Japanese facials) are designed by Le Tigre and give access to a Japanese hammam, a sauna and a fitness area hidden in the basement.
RESTAURANT – Inspired by Mr. George’s travels, Chef Thomas Danigo’s Galanga offers two gastronomic menus, in 5 or 7 courses, focusing on vegetables, fruits and tubers, macerations, fermentations and fire-cooking. The result? Original proposals like a burned leek, guanciale, pecorino and smoked sabayon, a roscoff onion, smoked eel and herbs broth, or salsify with black garlic and fermented pear…
BAR – Enjoy the experiential setting while sipping tea or a house cocktail, Windsor, Chequer, Lady Anouska (champagne, Earl Grey tea, pear) or Monsieur George (Bombay Saphire Gin, elderflower, matcha) while snacking on truffle and parmesan fries, a Caesar salad, or a warm chocolate mousse.
CELLAR – Tastings and private dinners for up to 6 guests are organized in the cellar, a secret refuge where fine bottles of wine lie dormant, with an excellent selection of Bordeaux vintages.
BRUNCH – Every Sunday from 12 to 3 pm.