Friday, May 10, 2013

HOTEL CHECK FRANCE, Four Seasons Paris

We looked down from our AMAZING private terrace at Four Seasons on spring trees lining avenue George V, and across to the glittering white of Sacre Coeur. Paris called, but it was hard to leave this mesmerizing spot....

On the L-shaped terrace of Premier room 801 you have it all.

Round table with four chairs, two sunbeds -
and the views in all directions.

You can even see the Eiffel tower above the roof of the facing wing.

Premier room

Like all Premier rooms ours was very spacious, and the decor fresh and shimmering with pale and delicate pastels. The bathrooms as you expect - full marble - and Bulgari amenities designed to turn the roughest skin to silk.

Not all the 244 rooms have terraces - many have narrow French balconies or French windows - but the rooms are always spacious and always fresh. The views vary from room to room. So it is a matter of asking for what you want: Eiffel Tower? Montmartre? Inner courtyard?

Superior room

Four Seasons Suite

Four Seasons Suite - plenty space for entertaining

View down of the courtyard from a room

The inner courtyard was being decorated most expensively with tree orchids, hung in their dozens, with their roots dangling as they do when the plants nest in tropical trees, drawing moisture from the air - in this case coming from the courtyard's decorative waterfall. This is a great place to hang socially. So is the lounge-style restaurant adjoining the more formal Michelin 2-star restaurant Le Cinq. Most perfect place for lingering over an "American breakfast".

Then if you think about lingering exqusitely in this enclave of exclusivity - don't leave out the Spa. It's done in Versailles style. And here you can really enjoy a swim (free for guests) in another extraordinary world.

Of course - discerning couples and families. This hotel is built 1928 and the walls themselves give a feel of the rich heritage of Paris - with tapestries, paintings, etchings ... and plenty more art out there...

The whole world of Paris is at your feet when you can leave this enclave. The avenue George V is lined with designer shops, and you are steps from the grand sweep of the Champs Elysees. A mere stroll to the Seine. You can walk (half an hour) to the Louvre along the legendary river.

There is a little competition to get space by the famous smile

It  is an easy taxi ride from Four Seasons up to Bohemian Montmartre and a climb or funicular up to the landmark ... we walked back from here to the hotel (50 min).

Magical in and out -  Sacre Coeur

It is only 10 min by taxi to Blvd Saint Germaine (45 min walk) for shopping and dining. Away from the crowds and city heat, a heart lifting excursion is to Auvers-sur-Oise - the charming village where Vincent van Gogh spent his last days. About an hour by train. Here you see many scenes that inspired his last paintings ...

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