Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
Opened in June 2021, this prestigious property is exclusively situated within the grounds of the iconic Château de Versailles and features 13 luxurious rooms and suites, a signature Alain Ducasse restaurant and a restorative spa by Valmont.Contact Mason Rose
Why Stay Here?
As one of the most sought-after addresses in the world, Le Grand Contrôle is the first hotel to open within the grounds of the iconic Château de Versailles with views over the Orangerie, the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses and the Château. Guests can take an exclusive peek into the enchanting world of Versailles, exploring the 2,000-acre gardens and palace halls and apartments as walked by Europe’s elite over the centuries. Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle has been listed as one of the best new hotels in the world in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2022 Hot List.
The hotel is housed within three historic buildings: Le Grand Contrôle, Le Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon des première cent marches, built in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, Jules-Hardouin Mansart. The property has recently been meticulously restored by architect and interior designer, Christophe Tollemer to reveal 14 regal rooms and suites, each of which are named after prominent individuals who had a strong association with Le Grand Contrôle or the Palace of Versailles. Larger suites are located on the lower floors including signature suites complete with four poster beds, striking chandeliers and spacious bathroom with views onto the Orangerie garden and a generous living area. On the first floor is The Grand Salon providing an inspiring place to relax, read a book or simply take in the majestic 18th century surroundings.
At the heart of the guest experience is the aristocratic culinary offering provided by the internationally-acclaimed chef, Alain Ducasse. With 20 Michelin stars to his name, Ducasse takes guests on a journey through time experiencing gastronomic delights from both past and present via a tantalising menu inspired by the flamboyant nature of Louis XIV’s meals.
Guests can relax in a truly regal fashion in the tranquil surroundings of the Valmont spa, featuring a hand-painted fresco and Carrara marble checkerboard floor, directly inspired by the Palace’s marble courtyard. It features an indoor pool, Hammam, sauna and a restorative programme of spa treatments from Swiss skincare experts Valmont.
Airelles has curated a number of exclusive experiences, providing access to areas of the Château and grounds that are normally closed to visitors. There are also boats and golf carts on hand to explore the Grand Canal and gardens at leisure. Each stay includes a private tour of The Trianon, the Château and unlimited access to the Orangery Gardens. There are also a selection of incredible paid-for experiences available including after-hours access to the Hall of Mirrors, a Marie Antoinette-themed day including a costume fitting, a private performance at the Royal Opera, private dining with a string quartet in the former apartment of Louis XV’s daughters and the chance to follow in the footsteps of former head gardener to the royals, André Le Nôtre.