Four Seasons George V claims leadership position in Paris and welcomes competition
In an interview to Les Echos, Christian Clerc, General Manager of Four Seasons George V Hotel, Paris and Regional Vice President in charge with properties in Milan, Florence, Geneva, Marrakech has proudly defended the leadership position of the Parisian hotel among the Palace Hotels, a distinction which is awarded since 2012 to ultra-luxury hotels.
Clerc also said 2012 and 2013 have been years of exceptional performance for the Four Seasons George V, attaining record levels of occupancy. While other luxury hotels such as Ritz, Plaza Athenee and Crillon have closed for renovations, Four Seasons George V started such works gradually, much earlier, culminating with the launch earlier this year of the Penthouse Suite, a unique ‘Apartment Parisien’ which offers a once in a lifetime experience of Paris.
Speaking about the predominant guest target, he cited Americans as the number one clientele, followed by British, European, Russian and Brazilian. As for competition, such as the upcoming opening of The Peninsula, the first European outpost of the Hong Kong based luxury hotel group, Clerc said that competition is a great challenge and will only contribute to the overall improvement of the Parisian hospitality luxury market.
Four Seasons George V Hotel Paris and Four Seasons Hotel Toronto are the only properties in the Four Seasons chain fully owned and operated by the Four Seasons, both owned by Prince Al Waleed of Saudi Arabia, one of the major shareholders in Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.