Monsieur George is on the corner of Rue Washington and Rue Chateaubriand, placing it within a minute’s walk of the Champs-Elysées.
Paris’ Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports are both about an hour’s drive from the hotel. From Charles de Gaulle, transfers for up to three people can be arranged for €160 each way; from Orly, it’s €170 in each direction. You can also book a people-carrier for up to seven people for €205 each way.
Eurostar services from London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Lausanne all pull it at Gare du Nord, the city’s largest station. From there, hop in a cab or take Métro Line 4 (the magenta one) to George V, a two-minute walk from the hotel.
The wide boulevards of Haussmann’s Paris were designed for strolling, and the Métro has you covered when it’s too far to walk. If you do bring a car, the hotel has valet parking for €38 a night.
Worth getting out of bed for
Don’t skip the chance to try a yoga class or massage at the Le Tigre spa. Otherwise, the principle divertissements are the restaurant and bar, where cocktails worthy of Hemingway are shaken until the early hours.
Snaking its way through centuries of star turns in paintings, novels and poetry, the Seine is the lifeblood of Paris. Few activities speak to the flâneur’s soul like an evening walk along its much mythologised banks, which are studded with all sorts of Parisian icons, from the Notre Dame to world-famous bookshop Shakespeare and Company. On the other hand, you could save your feet by booking dinner aboard one of the luxurious vessels owned by Yacht de Paris, which hosts dinner cruises along the most scenic stretches of the river. Its seven vessels are like nothing on the river: the smaller yachts are reminiscent of 1930s pleasure craft and the larger cruisers look like miniature golden-age ocean liners. Board from either Port de Javel Haut or Port Henri IV. For a little ooh là là, book tickets for a cabaret show at the Lido de Paris, where the dinner shows are accompanied by dancers in dazzling costumes and colourful feathers. On a warm day, spread out on the lawns of the Parc Monceau, founded in the 18th century by the fabulously wealthy Duke of Chartres. Ringed by decorative railings, the English-style gardens are crossed by paths and studded with follies, including a Corinthian colonnade, a stone pyramid and a bridge modelled after the Rialto in Venice.
On Rue du Pont aux Chou, Boot Café was a cobbler shop in its former life, which explains the hand-painted ‘Cordonnerie’ sign emblazoned on its shopfront. It’s a pint-sized place with just six seats, but it’s in the Marais, so it’s no bad thing if you have to take your coffee and croissant to go. For lunch or dinner, try Parisian mainstay Le Boccador, which has been in business since 1971. The wood-panelled dining room at number 20 rue du Boccador has the effortless charm of an Italian film star – which is fitting, given the black-and-white portraits of Sophia Loren, Monica Vitti and co on the walls. After 35 years of service, chef Mario Nicolo has passed the reins to young blood: Marco Bucca has brought youthful energy to the kitchen without tampering with the timeless atmosphere. Spread over the ground floor of a former hôtel particulier, Apicius has Hausmannian grandeur galore. Vast windows, marble floors and golden chandeliers set a regal tone, but modern touches like animal-print upholstery save it from feeling stuffy. The food, cocktails and service are fittingly faultless, but the restaurant's real trump card is its garden, among the best alfresco dining spots in the city.
For after-hours frolics, try Mantignon, which has a late-night restaurant on the top floor and and a zebra-print bedecked club down below. If you find yourself hankering after a midnight snack, order the signature dish – slices of soft brioche with strawberries, raspberries and maple syrup.