Leading luxury Parisian Four Seasons George V Hotel will unveil the first of its new-look rooms and suites in the middle of April, the redesign works being supervised by French designer Pierre Yves-Rochon. The designer was also the creative force behind the city’s Shangri-La, the newly re-opened Four Seasons Park Lane in London and several newly opened Kempinski Hotels.
General manager of the George V, Christopher Norton, said: “We have identified around 12 touchpoints we thought needed to be worked on. “These include everything from doubling the size of the mirrors in the bathrooms and adding in-mirror TVs, rewiring the entire room to accommodate guests’ needs for more sockets for devices, moving the mini-bar up to eye level, installing coffee-making machines and redesigning closet space.”
Work also includes the development of a new eighth-floor honeymoon suit,e due to open on June 1, with five terraces and 360-degree views of the city. “Everything the guest can see will be new – every room has to feel like a guest’s private pied a terre in Paris. Once the last of these new hotels has opened its doors in Paris, we have to still look fresh.”
The George V is one of Paris’s existing so-called palace hotels, which are in the process of classification to determine whether they will maintain this label officially under new measures by the French government. The currently accepted seven palace hotels of the capital have earned their moniker for history and location by default over the years, with the exclusive circle made up of Le Bristol, Le Meurice, Hotel de Crillon, The Plaza Athenee, Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, The Ritz and the George V.
A five-star rating for hotels was only introduced into France for the first time in 2009, and the move to officially classify the palace hotels as a category above five-star will take place this year, with the decision made by an elite panel of judges who are expected to meet early in April. France’s secretary of state for tourism intends to introduce the official “palace” label for 20 establishments from among a hundred or so five-star hotels in the country.
The George V’s Norton, said: “When we opened 12 years ago, we redefined Parisian luxury hotels and the others back then took notice. Now all of us are very aware of the newcomers on the scene and of the government’s move to classify officially those of us deemed to be true palace hotels.” He added: “Previously, it was only really the market which decided which hotels were considered palaces, but now there will be some official criteria applied. These so-called palace-type properties are said to be able to charge as much as 50% higher than other upscale hotels in Paris
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