Monsieur George is just a stone’s throw away from the Champs Elysees, the city’s most famous shopping street, which houses some of the world’s largest luxury stores which all converge at the majestic Arc de Triomphe. It simply doesn’t get more Parisian than this.
The lobby, decked in stylish pieces from Anouska’s Hempel House and Hotel Collection, is oozing with casual opulence. Deep green marble tiles, black walls, her signature yardstick lamps and plenty of exotic foliage evoke the feeling of entering a garden of earthly delights, with every detail crafted in a sleek black and gold colour-way.
We stayed in one of the Deluxe Windsor Rooms which expertly balances the glamour of Anouska’s indulgent touches, with plenty of warm textures, offering a luxurious home away from home in the heart of Paris. Designed as the Grand Siècle in a cocoon, the deluxe room boasts rich velvet curtains, stitched mirrors, gold-mirrored shelves and coffee tables, all in a delightfully-sensual grey colour palette.
The Windsor Rooms, an homage to the Duke of Windsor and his beloved Wallis Simpson, are decked out in greyhound-coloured velvet and silver taffeta from floor to ceiling. These one of a kind rooms evoke glamour and romance, just like the famous couple once did!
Monsieur George conceptualised these light-filled rooms infused with a “home away from home” atmosphere. The vintage mirrors and bevelled glass play with the light coming through the windows.
A bubble of tranquility, these rooms feel as though the Golden Age has been preserved in a cocoon. Within these walls you’ll find only calm, quiet elegance. Most of these rooms come with a balcony or a bow window, where you can see the emerald-green courtyard below, dotted with iron wrought arches and plenty of lush greenery offering plenty of privacy and oozing plenty of ambiance.
There is nothing sexier than breakfast in bed, and the vegan and gluten-free breakfast at Monsieur George, created in collaboration with French bakery Le Tigre, doesn’t disappoint. Here, you can enjoy a selection of freshly baked breads and pastries, avocado on toast, coffee, and a fresh smoothie to start the day.
The Galanga Restaurant, located in the hotel’s dazzling lobby, is faultless from start. Inspired by Monsieur George’s travels around the world, the Galanga restaurant combines Asian fusion with classic French dishes. The menu, crafted by Chef Thomas Danigo, is delicious par excellence, and celebrates locally-sourced ingredients and touches.
The Seabream Ceviche, sophisticatedly prepared and served like a work of art, was an excellent starting point to Galanga’s culinary voyage around the world. The Yellow Cod Fish Curry was executed perfectly while the Ramen with Buckwheat Noodles served as the perfect comfort food for a rainy mid-autumn afternoon in the city of love. For dessert, don’t leave without trying the Roasted Figs with Sakura and Vanilla Ice Cream — a revelation of crunch, cream and juicy caramelised figs.
From top to tail, the Monsieur George in Paris is undoubtedly one — if not the — most fabulous boutique hotel in the city of love. Across each room (and there are a few different styles to discover), Anouska Hempel’s inimitable style and influence can be felt and her distinctive take on showcasing Pari’s distinctive ‘sense of place’ truly come alive. It has surely been a pleasure to meet you Monsieur George — Enchanté.