As you enter Suite 335 you find a hallway (painted in a delicate bird and branch filigree design) directly to your right, leading you to the guest bathroom at the end. You first pass the minibar and Nespresso machine on one side (we were pleased to find real cream in that minibar and not the fake powder or liquid stuff) and the entrance to the rest of the suite on the other.
Unlike the opulent lobby and Le Galerie, for instance, the suite feels serene with a color palette of pale Wedgewood blue, creams and greys, with complementary gilded objets d’art and artwork, that all work together to create a very French pied-à-terre.
The large sitting area is equipped with a desk (painted white and gilded), bookcases, interactive flat-screen TV, a sofa and two chairs, with a view outside to the marble courtyard.
You enter the bedroom through painted wooden doors off of the sitting room to find a high king-size bed, a large walk-in closet, vanity table and second TV.
Through French doors, you pass the threshold into the large master bathroom done in cream marble with a grey marble countertop. Here you have the ubiquitous TV-in-mirror that’s found in luxury hotels now, a deep soaking tub and walk-in shower. Toiletries are the luxe Bulgari Green Tea brand. The water closet is cordoned off from the rest of the ensuite by a sliding door.
We felt terrifically at home in the suite even though our real lives don’t resemble the elegance of George V in any way — proving that, while this may not be the way you live your normal life, if you can swing a night or two, it sure is a nice place to visit.
Rates in August for a Superior Room are €1,190 and a Four Seasons Suite are €2,450 and yes— yikes!—but someone's doling out that kind of coin; this designated Palace hotel was not short on guests while we were there.
[Photos: Janice Tober]
Disclosure: Janice stayed here as a guest of the hotel.