The idea started during Christmas when I was deciding what to get my sister. We like to buy eachother experiences rather than an actual item, so I tried to rack my brain. Knowing that we had an upcoming trip to Paris I decided to try and get us in to the Ritz. After finding out the place was entirely closed for a refurb I had a slight melt down – but after a little search I found an even better alternative – the Four Seasons based just off the Champs-Êlysées.
The two of us left the rest of the gang and headed off excited to see what the place would be like. It is very easy to find, but to make things easier, it is just down the street that Louis Vuitton corners.
In some hotels as fancy as this one I sometimes get an uneasy feeling that the staff aren’t too pleased you have come in for a little visit, but as soon as we stepped inside the front door we were greeted so warmly.
The reception area is so impressive – the flowers are beautiful and they alternate large sculptures throughout the year.
We missed the Christmas display…
However, we were more than happy to see these cuddly fellows..
After we were done playing around with these guys, we headed down to La Galerie for our afternoon tea booking. Before I even got near, a member of staff came up to ask my surname – once I told her she began to call me by my first name (she obviously has every booking memorised, but it was such a lovely touch). She led us to our table in the most beautiful lounge. I tried not to blow my cover and take my camera out so I have borrowed this from their website..
This is exactly what it looked like when we arrived, just with a lot more people!
We were seated beside the pianist who was exceptionally brilliant and even played a few songs from titanic.
After a quick look through the menu we ordered the ‘celebration afternoon tea’ and had a selection of green teas placed in front of us.
The Japanese tea was the clear favourite so our very attentive waiter kept them coming throughout our entire visit.
The food was far better than I expected from afternoon tea after many disappointing experiences before, but I was very impressed. Every part of it from the sandwiches to the macarons, to the pastries and scones were delicious and the two of us ate every last bit.
But if afternoon tea isn’t your thing, I would definitely advise you to come regardless. The place is just very special and being there was one of the highlights of our trip.
We really wanted to try the bar as well but by the time we were done with our afternoon tea we were late for our dinner reservations, now I have an excuse to come back..
Before we left we couldn’t resist a little nosey around and ended up in the garden..
The garden surrounds the hotels two michelin star restaurant Le Cinq. We nearly thought about staying for our meal but after receiving the valentine day menu in our bill we realised that certainly won’t be happening any time soon… just a cool 650 eur per person. We might come back for breakfast though, it seems a great deal more reasonable.