Feel Like a King by Spending a Night at the Palace of Versailles
The latest luxury accommodation offering from the Airelles hospitality group may be the most opulent yet. The much anticipated Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, located on the grounds of the Versailles Palace in France, is now taking guests.
King Louis XIV commissioned Jules Hardouin-Mansart to build Le Grand Contrôle in 1861, using it as a hunting lodge. It’s now one of France’s most popular tourist attractions, so it only makes sense it would be turned into a hotel. Christophe Tollemer was the man in charge of revamping the accommodations into a luxurious hotel echoing the elegance of the 1800s.
“We’re thrilled to be finally opening the doors to Le Grand Contrôle, a project which started as an ambitious vision in 2016 is now ready to be shared with our much-loved guests,” said Guillaume Fonquernie, the CEO of Airelles. “This launch represents an exciting new chapter for Airelles at a very poignant time for the hospitality industry as a whole, as we begin to slowly recover from the pandemic and look forward to brighter times ahead.”
The first hotel on the grounds has 14 regal rooms and suites decorated with 18th-century style and furnishings from that period. Not only are the rooms a throwback to a bygone era, but the experience includes a dedicated butler, breakfast, afternoon tea, and a stocked minibar.
Guest will have access to areas the public can’t visit and the chance to explore the Grand Canal and gardens via boats and golf buggies. Each stay also comes with a private tour of King Louis XIV’s former residence, including taking in the King and Queen’s State Apartments and other living areas, and unlimited access to the Orangerie Gardens.
If you want to go all out there are a number of special experiences you can pay extra for, such as after-hours access to the Hall of Mirrors, a private performance at the Royal Opera, a Marie Antoinette-themed day, and the chance to attend a private dinner with a string quartet in the former apartment of Louis XIV’s daughters.
For those more interested in relaxing, there’s a Valmont spa, 49 foot indoor swimming pool, hammam, and sauna. Foodies will be wowed by the on-site restaurant, Ducasse at Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, headed by award-winning Chef Alain Ducasse. A five-course meal is served at 9 pm every night, with waiters ringing a bell to signify dinner is ready.
You can book at night at the Le Grand Contrôle hotel now with reservations beginning at $2,014.
Le Grand Contrôle
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