Le Grand Contrôle is the only hotel in the Palace of Versailles and allows guests to have days worthy of French royalty, with exclusive access to the royal estate's facilities.
Imagine staying in a luxury hotel inside one of the richest and most beautiful palaces in the world. It must be a dream, right? And that dream can now be realized with the inauguration of a hotel in the Palace of Versailles, at France.
THE Le Grand Contrôle, from the luxury chain Airelles, is located in one of the buildings of the palace, dating from 1681, and offers a stay worthy of royalty for those who have always wanted to experience this sensation. But that's not all, in addition to the super luxurious accommodations, featuring 18th century antiques, the hotel organizes exclusive tours for its guests around the Palace of Versailles.
To enjoy all this, however, you need to prepare your pocket: the daily rate for a couple at this luxury hotel does not cost less than €1,700 – approximately R$ 10,000 – and includes a butler service and an electric cart to get around the palace. . The investment in this hotel in France, however, is worth it and I will prove it to you.
Hotel at the Palace of Versailles
The opening of Le Grand Contrôle took place in June this year, after having been postponed a few times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea of a luxury hotel in ancient palaces and castles in Europe is not new, but the hotel at the Palace of Versailles is surprising precisely because of its exclusive location, in the most famous palace in the world.
Le Grand was installed in the building that housed the Ministry of Finance during the reign of Louis XV and Louis XVI. In fact, one of the accommodations, which measures 120 square meters and has four meters high walls, was the apartment of Finance Minister Jacques Necker, an important figure in the French Revolution.
The hotel at the Palace of Versailles has 14 rooms, decorated with antiques and maximalist wallpapers that perfectly recreate the accommodations of French royalty. Each is uniquely decorated in an elegant 18th century style with authentic colors and fabrics, period furniture, chandeliers, artwork and decor. The interior design was signed by architect and designer Christophe Tollemer, who says he was inspired by Marie Antoinette's property in Versailles, the Petit Trianon.
But Le Grand's attractions aren't just restricted to the actual location and accommodations. The luxury hotel has a restaurant overseen by award-winning chef Alain Ducasse, holder of the highest number of Michelin stars in the world, which offers guests a theatrical dinner inspired by the banquets of the Sun King. Here, waiters wear period attire and serve the meal in five stages. The menu includes contemporary adaptations of 18th-century favorites such as venison à la bourgeoise.
The hotel in the Palace of Versailles also has a spa by the Swiss brand Valmont, which offers treatments based on the beauty rituals of Queen Marie Antoinette and has a 15-meter long, covered and heated swimming pool.
The highlight of a stay at Le Grand, however, is the exclusive tours of the Palace of Versailles. Guided tours take place in the gardens and in the main areas of the complex, including the Gallery of Mirrors. These tours take place before or after the period when the palace is open to the general public and go beyond the areas allowed for common visitors.
Those staying at Le Grand can attend a private concert at the Royal Opera, have dinner in the former apartment of the daughters of King Louis XV, have a photo shoot wearing the costumes used in the television series Versailles (available on Netflix) and even retrace Marie Antoinette's footsteps: with a tour of her domains at the Petit Trianon, beauty treatments and macaron tasting and a dinner at the French Pavilion.
So, what do you think: is it worth investing in this experience worthy of royalty or not?
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles impresses with its beauty and grandeur. It is no wonder that it is the most famous in the world and receives 8 million visitors a year. Built in the reign of Louis XIV, the palace was the residence of the French court from 1682 to 1789, also housing Louis XV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Out of curiosity and for you to better understand why the Palace of Versailles is so impressive, I will give you some numbers:
- The land that houses the palace is the largest royal domain in the world, with 860 hectares (more than a thousand football fields).
- The palace has 63 thousand square meters, which corresponds to 15 football fields.
- In total, the palace has 2,300 rooms, 2,143 windows, 352 fireplaces and 67 stairs.
- The Gallery of Mirrors – which can be visited by Le Grand guests – has 357 mirrors, 17 windows, 12 meters high and 400,000 gold leaves. A luxury!
- The palace gardens have 43 km of corridors, 300 statues, 55 fountains and took 40 years to complete by around 30,000 workers.
The Palace of Versailles is open to the general public and, among what there is to see and do there, you can discover both the interior of the castle and the royal domain.
Inside the castle, it is possible to visit the King's Office and Apartment, the Queen's Apartment, the Mirror Gallery, the War Hall, the Peace Hall, the Royal Opera, the Royal Chapel and the Carriage Gallery. Already in the royal domain, you can see the Gardens of Versailles, the Great and the Lesser Trianon, the Farm of Marie Antoinette and the Temple of Love.
How to get
The hotel at the Palace of Versailles is 22 km from the center of Paris, in the city of Versailles. To get there from the capital of France, the cheapest way is by train: take the RER C5 – train called VICKY – with final destination at Versailles Rive Gauche station, the closest station to the Palace. It passes at several metro stations, such as Saint Michel – Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Invalides, Pont d'Alma, Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel.
Another option is to take the bus to the Palace of Versailles. The ParisCityVision tourist bus leaves from central Paris – 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001- and goes to the door of the Palace of Versailles. You can also hire a private transfer. There are even companies that have Brazilian drivers to travel between Paris and Versailles.
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