Paris, France

Monsieur George

Rates per night from$338.10

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR302.73), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Monsieur du monde

Setting

The stately 8th

Steps from the Champs Elysées, hotel Monsieur George captures the globetrotting glamour of Paris with interiors that borrow from East and West alike. From the pavement of Rue Washington, the hotel’s Haussmanian exterior gives little away – bar a good dose of 18th-century splendour. But step inside and you’re in a world fashioned by designer Anouska Hempel, who has used marble, mirrors and sumptuous fabrics to create rooms reminiscent of Paris’ finest homes. Orient and Occident overlap in quintessential Parisian style, with the interiors influenced as much by Asian palaces as English gardens. The worldly theme continues into the restaurant, Galanga, where the dishes flaunt the flavours of Japan and Indochina.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

46, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from £298.61 (€333), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.75 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast (€26 for the Continental menu; €32 for the American).

Also

Designer Anouska Hempel has founded several hotels (including fellow Smith stay Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London), designed furniture for the Louis Vuitton flagship (a short stroll from Monsieur George) and created interiors for townhouses, country manors and palaces all over the world.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV with a Playstation 4, minibar, tea and coffee kit, free bottled water and bespoke Monsieur George bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Book a room overlooking the interior garden and you’ll be enfolded in a forest of greens inside and out. Ascend to the upper floors, on the other hand, and the decor turns as white as the dome of the Sacré-Cœur, visible above the rows of Hausmannian roofs.

Spa

The spa is run by Le Tigre, a Parisian yoga and wellness club with a cult following. There are two treatment rooms, a hammam, a sauna and a studio for private yoga sessions.

Packing tips

A woody, spicy fragrance that’ll make you as chic as the locals – and transport you to the jungles of Indochina.

Also

All of the public areas are accessible for wheelchair users, and two of the Classic Rooms are adapted.

Pet‐friendly

Pets under 5kg can stay for €25 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Paris.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the hotel is best suited to teens and adults. Babysitting is available from €35 an hour; 12 hours’ notice is needed when you book.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Request a table beneath the foliage-flanked skylight.

Dress Code

You’re in the 8th, so dress to the neufs.

Hotel restaurant

Galanga channels a peaceful garden with its emerald zellige tiles, marble-topped tables and bottle-green velvet banquettes, all of which are bathed in light thanks to vast Crittall windows and an octagonal skylight. Head chef Thomas Danigo has created a menu that weaves its way from East to West, capturing the the relationship between the French capital and Indochina. Try the cod with coconut milk and galanga, or the dry-aged beef served with Asian mushrooms, broccoli and algae teriyaki. For dessert, order the poached pear drizzled with honey and sakura sauce.

Hotel bar

The bar is part of the restaurant, and has a glass cabinet filled with spirits from the four corners of the Earth (the gin selection is particularly impressive). Wine gets its due too, of course – the cellar is 1,000 bottles strong.

Last orders

Breakfast is available from 7am to 10.30am; lunch from noon to 2.30pm; and dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm. The bar staff mix drinks from noon to 1am.

Location

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Address
Monsieur George
17 Rue Washington
Paris
75008
France

Monsieur George is on the corner of Rue Washington and Rue Chateaubriand, placing it within a minute’s walk of the Champs-Elysées.

Planes

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.

Trains

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.

Automobiles

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.

For more things to do in Paris, check-out our private, insider-led SideStory experiences.

Local restaurants

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.

Local bars

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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Anouska Hempel hotel in France and unpacked their macarons from nearby Ladurée, a full account of their break in the 8th arrondissement will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Monsieur George in Paris…

Anouska Hempel knows a thing or two about hotel design. Not only has she created interiors for boutique boltholes from New York to Istanbul, she’s also founded a few stays of her own, including Blakes Hotel in South Kensington (an early Smith favourite in London). For Monsieur George (so named for its proximity to Avenue George V), she captures the essence of Paris by looking beyond its boundaries, embracing the many styles, fashions and schools of design that have swept through the French capital. If there’s an overriding theme, it can be best described as ‘the great indoors’ – Hempel conjures up forests and gardens with tiles, marble and fabrics in deep shades of vert. In the lobby, bar and restaurant, the look leans more towards townhouse than hotel – it’s like stepping into the home of a well-travelled friend. This isn’t a hotel to see and be seen at; it’s more of a place to retreat to – the perfect curtain call for a Parisian day, like a last glass of Burgundy before bed. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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