Le Grand Contrôle Hotel Now Open at Versailles
Have you always wondered what it would be like to live at Versailles? Well, now you can get your chance at the newly opened five-star Le Grand Contrôle Hotel from the Airelles hotel group which sits within the gates of Versailles.
Le Grand Contrôle was built in 1681 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Louis XIV’s favourite architect and an icon of French classicism. The hotel’s name comes from the Grand Controle building which is one of the three buildings it occupies, along with Le Petit Controle and the Pavillon which housed France’s ministry of finance for most of the 18th century. It was initially intended for the Duke of Beauvilliers, a French government official under King Louis XIV and a son-in-law of Colbert.
Architect and interior designer Christophe Tollemer set about renovating the abandoned buildings and creating a hotel where “the 21st century would disappear—except for its comforts.” The curtains, door drapes, and upholstery for the public spaces and 14 rooms and suites were designed by Maison Pierre Frey to allude to styles in the Petit Trianon while paint colors reflect the queen’s preferences for pastels. No detail was spared and Tollemer even approached the grand families of France and Europe for permission to copy some of their period paintings.
One of the most splendid features of the hotel are the fabulous views of the palace’s famous Orangerie, a garden building that features orange, lemon, oleander, palm and pomegranate trees, as well as the private morning and evening tours of the Trianon and Versailles that are complimentary with your hotel stay. If that’s not enough, there is also a signature Alain Ducasse restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, Valmont spa, and other private events that will be exclusively for guests.
Feeling like a Queen for a weekend without a pesky revolution? Sounds parfait!