A hotel for a thousand and one nights in the Palace of Versailles

Who has not dreamed of dressing up at least once to spend a night at the Palace of Versailles to be seduced by the beauty of halls, corridors, rooms and mirrors? Today this desire can come true: it has opened The Great Control, the first hotel inside the castle with a view of the Giardini de l’Orangerie and the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses.

Housed in a building finely restored by the architect Christophe Tollemer, the hotel delivers 14 regal rooms and suites – one of which is 120 square meters – all meticulously reconstructed to convey the original atmosphere of the King’s Court. The names of the rooms pay homage famous people which have had a liaison with Versailles, the interior design features the original colors and fabrics, a large part of the property is furnished with period furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, while parquet, wood panels and stones have the same characteristics of the epoch. The tapestries signed by Pierre Frey House they were created on the basis of the original drawings taken from the castle archives.

Photo Renée Kemps

The story continues in the kitchen, entrusted to the starred chef Alain Ducasse. For Le Grand Contrôle he has developed a menu that traces the same flavors and traditions of the meals of Louis XIV. The dinner is thus transformed into a real show, announced at 9 pm by the sound of a bell and served by waiters in livery.

Five courses on plates covered with gold or silver domes accompany guests in a rich tasting, which begins with a selection of soups and appetizers, continues with roasts and salads and ends with desserts and fruit. The regular Sunday event is the royal brunch, inspired by “Le Grand Couvert”, when the king and queen dined in front of the public. To satisfy the eyes and palate, a buffet of classic dishes with seasonal ingredients, together with some courses served directly at the table.

Savor the gourmet experience, lucky guests can relax in the spa Velmont, with its checkerboard floors in Carrara marble inspired by the courtyard of the Palazzo and a hand-painted fresco, and regenerate in the pool or among the steam of the hammam and sauna.

To experience the outdoors in an exclusive way, however, Le Grand Contrôle allows its guests to access areas normally closed to visitors thanks to a series of ad hoc tours. Like that of the Trianon, in the morning, before the arrival of tourists: every day different, it allows you to visit places such as the English gardens of Marie Antoinette and the Grand Trianon of Louis XIV.

In the evening, however, when the tourists have left, you can visit the state apartments of the King and Queen and the Hall of Mirrors. While I Gardens of the Orangerie they are accessible at any time of the day.

A mind-boggling experience, like the price, starting from 1700 euros per night, including dedicated butler, day tours, park access, use of boats to visit the river, golf cart, breakfast, afternoon tea and minibar. For truly special occasions.

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