Monsieur George – the newest hotel in the City of Love and Light – opened under the glowing lights of the Champs-Élysées in March 2020, and as fleetingly as a dream, as we left to return to London, it closed temporarily due to the unfortunate circumstances we are all now in the wake of.
This latest boutique luxury hotel born from the imagination of acclaimed interior designer, Anouksa Hempel, is a decadent retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy Champs-Élysées and the milieu of Paris’ 8th arrondissement. Its 46 rooms and 3 suites set in Haussmann-style architecture provide travellers with all the style and elegance befitting its historic location, with the intrinsic history of the surrounding districts forming an integral part of the adventure associated with the hotel.
In acknowledgement of the illustrious first president of the United States – George Washington – Monsieur George is located on the street that was named in his honour, and reflects a degree of the character, charm and personality of this great man who so greatly impacted history.
Beyond the majestic, stony façade of Paris and through the art-deco front door, a warm welcome is extended to each and every guest. An intimate, comfortable ambiance is immediately established, through use of abundant greenery, natural lighting, and gloriously sumptuous materials: marbles, thick piled velvets, and large mirrors. A unique, handmade chandelier greets you with its 18 twinkling candles reflecting all around the lobby – quite a first impression!
At Monsieur George, every space is designed to ensure that your stay in Paris is wonderfully unique. Everything has been well thought-out to make you feel at home, to experience a very personal, Parisian welcome with a detail-orientated and seamless service.
With classic dormer windows, the rooms are all carefully thought out as beautiful designer retreats set across 6 floors. The white-on-white Benjamin Franklin rooms are on the airy top floor, with views across the Parisian rooftops from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tour, while on the floors below, you’ll find the Windsor and Chequers rooms and suites, each with its own style and ambiance. There is a continuous elegance in every detail – from the bespoke side tables to the handmade taffeta and velvet curtains. Well-designed, understatedly simple and warm, each is a space designed to please the mind, the heart and the soul.
The hotel also boasts a bijou little garden, where guests can enjoy the Parisian afternoon sun, or perhaps retreat to for an after-dinner cigar, seated at one of the outside tables and surrounded by lush greenery. The focal point, a decorative green enamel stove, is an intriguing Art Deco artefact that adds a quirky touch to this enchanting outside space.
Gourmands will not be disappointed either, as the hotel’s 24-hour Galanga Restaurant, named after a rare ginger plant, offers a comfortable environment for all-day dining, inviting Parisians and guests alike to enjoy special moments in Paris from hearty breakfasts, to light lunches, afternoon teas, aperitifs, and naturally delicious fusion-style dinners.
Menus are constantly evolved by a young, enthusiastic duo: Head Chef Thomas Danigo and Premier Second Chef Simon Pinault. Both are under 30, and together they combine their experience in the business, bringing freshness, creativity, and tradition. They offer a full range of dishes from simple meals to world-renowned cuisine and are committed to delivering an interesting culinary experience.
The hotel’s Bar is again a signature of Anouska’s design style, with elegant green, velvet-covered chairs lined along the bar. The piano-black bar top reflects in the mirrored ceiling, picking up the twinkle and glitter of the three handmade chandeliers – all three a result of months and months of determination to get these made as sketched. If you leave the bar, there is casual seating in amongst the fronds, in green velvet niches created with the clever use of tall glass screens which allow for intimacy.
To top any stay, it’s always a treat to find a Spa, and at Monsieur George, guests can do just that. A short treasure hunt down to the basement takes you to a perfectly formed mini-spa created by Le Tigre (the ultimate benchmark for health and well-being), which offers custom programmes including special yoga courses, fitness sessions, therapeutic massages, and a wide variety of aesthetic services. Go straight from your room to the spa in one of the two swift églisomé glass lifts. Parfait!
Once this current lockdown lifts and it is safe to return to “normal” life, Monsieur George will throw open its elegant doors once again, and we can step back into this dream, all over again.
“When you wander along Rue Washington, you suddenly come across the glorious, gorgeous, sensational, extraordinary Monsieur George. Top hat and tails, feathers from beyond, a twinkling fantasy of a bohemian rhapsody in deepest, darkest green. Coco Chanel resided within this setting. Mata Hari had her heyday here. Gregory Peck left his Brasserie, Les Deux Magots, to sit on Audrey Hepburn’s lap, and Lady Gaga has just moved in – and within this scenario enters Monsieur George….” Anouska Hempel