Versailles is much more than the gilded palace that was home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This opulent royal residence is a dream home, and now you can now borrow the keys for a night or two. The newly opened hotel Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle features 14 regal rooms on the grounds of the Versailles, which is just an hour’s drive from Paris.
The hotel is in Le Grand Contrôle, a building built in 1681 that hosted guests—from diplomats to ambassadors and artists—during the Age of Enlightenment. These guest houses have been fully renovated to their 18th-century splendor and are featured alongside a pool, restaurant, and spa.
The gardens at Versailles are one of the most iconic settings in the world.
Each hotel room is named after notables who had close ties to Versailles. One room is named after Baron de Staël Holstein, a Swedish diplomat who was the ambassador of France during the French Revolution, while another is named after Jules Hardouin-Mansart, a French architect who designed the Grand Trianon, a château on the grounds of Versailles.
Expect luxury in the highest order. The stately 18th-century rooms with period furniture inspired by Louis XVI’s personal style. Each room has luscious fabrics, chandeliers, and old-fashioned clawfoot bathtubs. Among the historic artifacts in each room, find a love letter from Madame De Staël to her lover, Louis, Comte de Narbonne-Lara, a French soldier.
The building used for the new hotel was built in 1681 and hosted guests—from diplomats to ambassadors and artists—during the Age of Enlightenment.