The famous French Palace of Versailles is for the first time ever taking overnight bookings thanks to the Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle hotel.
This getaway features more than just a stay in a palace but includes a spa and a 50-foot swimming pool which makes this an ideal summer holiday if you’re feeling regal. You also get unprecedented access to areas of the palace that are usually blocked off to tourists.
After you’ve enjoyed your swim and toured the grounds, you can have an exquisite meal prepped by chef Alan Ducasse whose menu is inspired by the foods of King Louis XIV’s court.
Le Grand Contrôle is actually not a new building on the grounds. It was originally built in 1681 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, an icon in French classical architecture and Louis XIV favourite. It used to play host to the European cultural and political elite whose guests ranged from writer, to ambassadors, to scientists. And now to you.
The building has been completely restored and has 14 rooms and suites that come with period furniture and fittings. Everything looks like it came from the 18th century, even the staff who welcome you are wearing period accurate uniforms.
Now on top of all this, you get a dedicated butler, breakfast, afternoon tea and a stocked mini bar. Even dinner is a proper royal affair with waiters ringing a bell to call the guests for their 9 o’clock five course meal.
This truly is a great opportunity for those who enjoy the finer things in life and a little history. Nightly reservations are €1,700 EUR (or $2,014 USD) which includes the tours and meals.