It’s been buzzed about for years, and now the highly anticipated hotel project is becoming a reality. Back in 2015, the management of the Chateau de Versailles called for bids for transforming three buildings just outside the palace gates. Dating from the 1680s, these buildings—the Hôtel du Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon—have impressive views over the Orangerie. Ultimately, Airelles and Ducasse Paris were awarded the contract to develop a luxury hotel on the property. And, now, the opening of Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle has been announced for spring 2020.
Over the last four years, interior architect Christophe Tollemer has pored over the Chateau de Versailles's archives to ensure the property’s meticulous restoration. His team has handpicked original antiques and art, inspired by the nearby Petit Trianon Palace. Expert French artisans were commissioned to replicate the parquet and wood panelling, while Maison Pierre Frey and Royal Manufacture of Aubusson created bespoke upholstery and fabrics. This 18th-century splendor will be on full display in The Grand Salon on the first floor.
There will be just 14 rooms and suites, with the larger suites situated on the lower floors according to tradition. Sprawling over 1,300 square feet, the Signature Suite will come with a four-poster bed, living area and bathroom overlooking the Orangerie. All rooms will showcase 18th-century chandeliers and antique wall lights.
Enticements will include the Valmont spa, 15-meter swimming pool and Alain Ducasse restaurant, complete with terrace for dining al fresco. The best part of all? Guests will be privy to exclusive, personalized experiences at the Palace of Versailles and its sprawling gardens.
Airelles, the luxury hotel brand of the LOV Group, is a collection of exceptional properties including Les Airelles in Courchevel and La Bastide in Gordes—both awarded the prestigious palace hotel recognition by Atout France. Other projects in the pipeline include the soon-to-open Mademoiselle in Val-d’Isère and the ongoing renovation of Château de la Messardière St. Tropez, before it becomes part of the Airelles portfolio.