A new luxury hotel is opening today on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, one of France’s most visited attractions and the former residence of Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette.
The site of royal decadence and debauchery before the French Revolution, the Palace of Versailles – now a great museum – is one of the most visited attractions in France, just after the Eiffel Tower. With its chandelier-laden Hall of Mirrors and some 2,300 rooms filled with paintings, tapestries and other treasures, it’s a sight to behold. Even the landscaped gardens are a masterpiece.
From today, it’s the setting for a new attraction: one of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year. the Airelles Palace of Versailles, The Grand Control is a new 14-room hotel, led by architect and designer Christopher Tollemer, who previously partnered with the Airelles brand in the development of their five-star flagship hotel, the Alpine Airelles Courchevel. Designed in the style of the 18th century, inspired by the personal style of Louis XVI, the hotel has a private spa by Valmont and a restaurant by starred chef Alain Ducasse (of Le Jules Verne fame).
The luxury hotel is located on the grounds of the palace and will offer guests exclusive access to the famous castle “after hours” with private tours, including Marie Antoinette’s much-loved English Gardens and Louis XIV’s Grand Trianon . Each room has its own dedicated butler, and among the experiences on offer are secret dinners in the Orangerie gardens and private concerts at the Royal Opera Theatre.
Naturally, a royal sleepover on the grounds of Versailles doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at around €1700 (US$2070) for two adults per night. For more information, see here.
Those of us whose budget can’t stretch that far can still visit the palace and wander its magnificent 18th century rooms as the Palace of Versailles has finally reopened to the public after months of closure. Social distancing guidelines apply and protective masks must be worn indoors. Tickets can be booked online.
This article was first published on October 12, 2019 and updated on June 1, 2021.