Palace of versailles

Opening of the world’s first hotel in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles

For the first time ever, a hotel has opened within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France – and it is surely on its way to becoming one of the most sought-after stays in the world.

A night in this ultra-exclusive spot on the outskirts of Paris, as you’d expect, doesn’t come cheap. Rates start at £1,470 a night (1,700 euros) – but you’ll likely feel like royalty and there are wonderful extras, such as private tours of the main castle.

The hotel is called Le Grand Contrôle and occupies a building constructed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favorite architect, Jules-Hardouin Mansart.

For the first time, a hotel (photo) has opened its doors within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles

The hotel is called Le Grand Controle and is housed in a building constructed in 1681 by Louis XIV's favorite architect, Jules-Hardouin Mansart.

The hotel is called Le Grand Controle and is housed in a building constructed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favorite architect, Jules-Hardouin Mansart.

In 2016, the Public Establishment of the Palace of Versailles entrusted the famous group Airelles and Ducasse Paris with the contract for the development of a luxury hotel within the Grand Controle

In 2016, the Public Establishment of the Palace of Versailles entrusted the famous group Airelles and Ducasse Paris with the contract for the development of a luxury hotel within the Grand Controle

The property has been

The property has been “meticulously restored by architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer”, with 14 “royal rooms and suites”.

From Louis XV to the reign of Louis XVI, the building functioned as the equivalent of today’s Ministry of Finance, hosting Europe’s cultural elite, who would discuss some of the most important political and economic issues of the time. , including the first steps towards American independence.

In 1857, the buildings were handed over to the Army and an officers’ mess was established there until it was decommissioned in 2004.

In 2016, the public establishment of the Palace of Versailles rewarded the famous Airelles group – which manages some of the most beautiful hotels in Europe, including Mademoiselle in Val-d’Isère, Les Airelles in Courchevel 1850 and La Bastide de Gordes in Provence – and Ducasse Paris the development contract for a luxury hotel within Grand Contrôle.

Airelles said in a statement that the property has been “meticulously restored by architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer”, with 14 “royal rooms and suites”, including a 120 square meter (1,290 square foot) signature suite. , ‘an exceptional dining room by Alain Ducasse’ – which has 20 Michelin stars to its name – and a spa by Valmont with a 15-metre swimming pool.

The rooms were named after prominent figures who had a strong association with Le Grand Controle or the Palace of Versailles

The rooms were named after prominent figures who had a strong association with Le Grand Controle or the Palace of Versailles

The rooms have been decorated

The rooms have been “individually decorated in an elegant 18th century style” with “authentic colors and fabrics, chandeliers, artwork and objects”.

Pictured is one of Grand Controle's exquisite common areas

Pictured is one of Grand Controle’s exquisite common areas

Evening meals will be a 'theatrical affair, reminiscent of the King's royal banquets, with the restaurant staff in period costume serving a range of gold, silver or vermeil domed dishes'

Evening meals will be a ‘theatrical affair, reminiscent of the King’s royal banquets, with the restaurant staff in period costume serving a range of gold, silver or vermeil domed dishes’

The rooms have been named after prominent figures closely associated with the Grand Control or the Palace of Versailles and have been “individually decorated in an elegant 18th century style” with “authentic colors and fabrics, chandeliers, works of ‘art and objects’.

Airelles added: “The property is largely furnished with original period furniture and Tollemer has worked closely with Emmanuelle Vidal-Delagneau, a highly experienced specialist in French heritage and art in the selection of art and authentic objects from the 17th and 18th centuries.”

Evening meals, meanwhile, will be a “theatrical affair, reminiscent of the King’s royal banquets, with the restaurant staff in period costume serving a range of dishes covered in domes of gold, silver or ruddy”.

Airelles continued: “A bell rings at 8:30 p.m. to signal the start of dinner, where guests are treated to a five-course gourmet feast beginning with a selection of soups and entrees followed by roasts and salads, then desserts and finally of fruits.”

A bell rings at 8:30 p.m. to signal the start of dinner, where guests are treated to a five-course gourmet feast

A bell rings at 8:30 p.m. to signal the start of dinner, where guests are treated to a five-course gourmet feast

Each morning, before the general public arrives, guests can visit King Louis XIV's Grand Trianon retreat in the grounds.  Pictured is one of the hotel's grand staircases

Each morning, before the general public arrives, guests can visit King Louis XIV’s Grand Trianon retreat in the grounds. Pictured is one of the hotel’s grand staircases

Al fresco dining at Grand Controle will be a very refined affair, judging by this image

Al fresco dining at Grand Controle will be a very refined affair, judging by this image

This image shows the main facade and entrance of the Grand Controle

This image shows the main facade and entrance of the Grand Controle

Each evening, after all visitors have departed, hotel guests can enjoy an intimate tour of the Palace itself

Each evening, after all visitors have departed, hotel guests can enjoy an intimate tour of the Palace itself

The exclusive free experiences are also gourmet.

Each morning, before the general public arrives, guests can visit King Louis XIV’s Grand Trianon retreat in the grounds and the Queen’s Hamlet (Le Hameau de la Reine), a retreat built for Marie Antoinette.

And each evening, after all visitors have departed, hotel guests can enjoy an intimate tour of the palace itself, visiting the King and Queen’s State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, as well as “unpublished living spaces for sovereigns”.

Visit airelles.com/fr/destination/chateau-de-versailles-hotel for more information.