Palace of versailles

You can now book a stay at the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles in France is now accepting overnight reservations for the first time, as part of the operations of the Airelles Château de Versailles, Hôtel Le Grand Contrôle.

L’escapade royale – the Airelles’ seventh luxury hotel property – is home to a spa, an indoor pool nearly 50 feet long, and a kitchen helmed by chef Alain Ducasse, whose menu is inspired by the exquisite flavors of the court. France of King Louis XIV. The most enticing amenity, however, is exclusive access to the palace, which includes areas that are usually off-limits to visitors.

Nightly bookings start at €1,700 (or $2,014) and include tours through different areas of the palace complex, including the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments as well as a Hall of Mirrors. Guests also have the option to explore other parts of the grounds, including the 2,000-acre Orangerie Gardens, the Grand Trianon, and the Hameau de la Reine, which was built for Queen Marie Antoinette.

Le Grand Contrôle was first designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart as a hunting lodge in 1861 for King Louis XIV. Transforming the decades-old building into a present-day hotel, architect Christophe Tollemer led a meticulous restoration process, which included the implementation of historic elements like parquet, masonry and woodwork, as well as collaboration with a French heritage and art specialist to decorate the hotel with period work, furniture and other details that recreate its 1788 French ambiance.

Additional Le Grand Contrôle experiences include a dedicated butler, breakfast, afternoon tea, and a stocked minibar. For dinner, the hotel aims to recreate the traditional royal banquets at Ducasse at the Palace of Versailles, where waiters ring a bell to call guests to their tables for a five-course meal at 9 p.m.

Take a look at the pictures of the hotel above and head to Grand Control website to make a reservation.

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