2. Afternoon Tea in the Courtyard: The greenery-filled courtyard is the place for the George V High Tea. It comes with something savory, something sweet and the necessary scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam for 48 EUR ($65). You can while away a good three hours here and they’ll bring you a blanket if you start to feel a chill.
3. Spa Time: The George V Spa feels like an 18th-century petite Chateau Versailles. We tried the George V Massage for 220 EUR ($300) and, although it’s a more active massage with stretching and vibration, we can vouch that even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still sleep at the Georges V. Make sure to try the daily floral water: ours was composed of elderflower, cinnamon and cucumber. The pool is also part of the spa, so you can spend the rest of the day hanging out there.
4. Smell The Flower Arrangements: Jeff Leathem is the artistic director at the hotel who's responsible for the magnifique floral arrangements in the hotel. Each week he takes in over 12,000 flowers and every three weeks, he and his team of nine assistants develop, create and install two dozen major arrangements for the lobby and the Le Cinq restaurant. Best of all, it doesn't cost anything to smell the flowers. (But you might be asked to leave if you're hanging around too long.)
5. Dinner at Le Cinq: This is the ultimate extravagance just short of staying at the hotel. Décor is gold, more gold, and gold brocade. High-ceilinged with white tablecloths and gloves, green flowers and foliage act to offset and modernize the space. Service is professional but warm and the food? It’s a two-starred Michelin restaurant - 'nuff said. Your best bet is to order the eight-course Epicurean Escape for 290 EUR ($395) to take you through the evening. At the end they give you a little takeaway package filled with sweet treats.
[Photos: Janice Tober. For more hotel photos, check out the gallery here.]
Disclosure: Janice stayed here as a guest of the hotel.