Fodor's Expert Review Le Grand Contrôle Versailles

12 rue de l'Indépendance Américaine, Versailles, Île-de-France, 78000, France Fodor's Choice

Set in the 17th-century quarters of Louis XIV's finance minister, this exquisite hotel—which actually abuts the château grounds—faithfully recreates the "palace" experience, from bathing (your personal butler will draw your bath for you) to dining (with Alain Ducasse--designed menus) to the staff (dressed like footmen). The gorgeous common areas and guest rooms—all with period antiques and bespoke fabrics and wallpapers—hew to the epoch, with the exception of the state-of-the-art amenities. Rooms are blessedly TV-free, but anything seems to be available for guests if you just ask. The lovely Valmont spa includes a 50-foot indoor pool, sauna, hammam, and a small fitness area. France is full of château hotels, but this is the only one that offers views of Versailles's orangerie gardens from your bathtub and exclusive before- or after-hours visits to the palace.

PROS

  • truly a royal experience
  • before- and after-hours visits to Versailles and free rein of the palace gardens
  • excellent restaurant and spa

CONS

  • minimum two-night stay
  • the servant thing is not for everyone
  • incredibly expensive

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01–85–36–05–50

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Aug., No Meals

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