France's most opulent palace that once housed Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette is emerging from the pandemic with a new luxury experience. Versailles has launched the hotel Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle featuring period 18th-century furnishings and meticulous design reproductions inspired by the palace's archives in each themed guest room.
Located in the heart of the Domaine du Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle was built in 1681 by the favorite architect of Louis XIV, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. It was a gathering place for elites during the Enlightenment.
The new on-site Le Festin restaurant promises guests an "experience of life at Court" complete with a view of Parterre de l'Orangerie, and an option for tea time with hot chocolate scented with orange blossom, Marie-Antoinette's favorite drink.
Rates are at a super-luxe level, starting from 1,700 euros ($2,082) a night, which includes perks like private tours of Versailles, special entertainment and various transport options, such as electric boats on the Grand Canal.