The opulence of 17th century France is actually only a short trip away from the capital.
Versailles, the legendary playground of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, is one of France's greatest achievements in 17th-century architecture. After the French Revolution, when the royal's lives of decadence and debauchery were brought to a swift end, King Louis-Philippe assigned the palace its current role: a grand museum devoted to the history of France.
Now, Le Grand Contrôle is turning back the clock and once again making Versailles the place for an opulent night of rest and recuperation.
The first hotel to open within the grounds of the iconic Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, with only 14 rooms, will likely be the most exclusive address in France for years to come.
Opened in June 2020, each room is individually decorated in 18th-century style and resplendent with authentic chandeliers, fabrics, artwork, and artifacts of the time, such as a love letter from Madame De Staël to her lover Louis, Comte de Narbonne-Lara.
Guests are in for an immersive experience. After-hours access to the famous Hall of Mirrors is an option, in addition to private tours to the Trianon or Marie Antoinette’s much-loved English Garden each morning.
Interested in private dining with a string quartet in the former apartment of Louis XV’s daughters? That's possible too. There’s even a Marie Antoinette-themed day on offer, including a costume fitting – sans the guillotine finale, presumably.
Let us know and we'll start planning a 17th century vacation fit for royalty.
All images by Renee Kemps, courtesy of Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle