When I was traveling professionally, I always used to stay at the the George V because it was so luxurious and centrally located just off the Champs Élysées. The Four Seasons Hotel George V was built by Joel Hillman at a cost of $31 million and opened in 1928 in honor of King George V. Its next owner was François Dupré who also owned the Plaza Athénée at 25 avenue Montaigne in Paris and the Ritz Carlton Montreal. It is one of the most famous hotels in Paris, Le Cinq restaurant has two Michelin stars. It was bought in 2008 by the Four Seasons Group. The flowers at the hotel have a special story. Jeff Leatham is the superstar florist who has been named best hotel florist in Europe three years running. He is the official artistic director of the George V and has often been compared to an abstract artist. Jeff’s work is a combination of his love for flowers and his passion for design. His creations are bold statements, using shape, color and simplicity to produce a dramatic effect. Breathtaking and unforgettable, Jeff’s flowers and design essentials are always integral to the setting, never merely a backdrop.
We decided to have tea at the Georges V since we had heard it was great and we wanted to see the latest flower show of Jeff Leatham. The Four Seasons has a high tea in Las Vegas but this room was much more elegant. The tea is held in La Gallerie, next to the lavish flower show in the marble courtyard.