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Step back in time and enjoy the lavish life of French luxury that Louis XIV is famous for at the new Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle — the first hotel to open on the grounds of the magnificent Palace of Versailles and one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings in the world.
The 14-room property made its dazzling debut on June 1 and is set in a building originally designed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favorite architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Now, more than two centuries later, you can stay like Europe’s political and cultural elite once did — only with a few more contemporary comforts. Architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer lead the restoration and design of Le Grand Contrôle, ensuring the property is fit for royalty.
Each room is named after a prominent person who had ties to the Palace of Versailles or Le Grand Contrôle, and each room and suite is decorated in 18th-century style suited to the Sun King’s liking, with period furniture, décor and artifacts so that guests can appreciate the splendor and opulence for a truly authentic stay. Guests can also take in unparalleled views of the grounds including the Orangerie, the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses and the Château, as well as access to the more than 2,000 acres of gardens, palace halls and apartments. Every guest is assigned a dedicated butler too, with no request too big or small.
But the royal treatment doesn’t just stay behind the gilded doors of Le Grand Contrôle, as guests will have access to behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive experiences at Versailles’ sites that aren’t available to the general public. Guests can explore different parts of the palace after hours with complimentary private tours, including the King and Queen’s state apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Trianon.
The grandeur of this alluring destination is continued with royal relaxation at the Valmont Spa and decadent dining from 20-time Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse, presenting palate-pleasing gourmet dishes from the past and present. Dinner is an immersive experience inspired by royal feasts, with dish after dish served up lavishly in gold, silver or vermeil dome-covered dishes. You can also partake in a Sunday brunch fit for a king or Marie Antoinette-themed afternoon tea.
A stay at Airelles Château de Versailles Le Grand Contrôle is truly indulgent, authentic to life at court and the spirit of Versailles. In addition to the luxuries included during a stay at Le Grand Contrôle, guests can book additional unique experiences that will bring them even closer to life at the palace, including a private concert, a Marie Antoinette-themed day and more.
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Address: Le Grand Contrôle,
12 rue de l’Indépendance Américaine