This year will see the opening of the ponderously named Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, a hotel of 14 rooms and apartments, housed within three buildings located just outside the gates of the stupendous palace. Originally designed in the 17th century by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the favorite architect of the Sun King, Louis XIV, the structures have been converted and meticulously restored by interior architect Christophe Tollemer and subsequently appointed with original furniture and artworks, along with Aubusson carpets and fabrics from Maison Pierre Frey.
The accommodations will be complemented by an Alain Ducasse restaurant and a Valmont spa with a 45-foot indoor swimming pool. Le Grand Contrôle, the main building of the complex, was originally part of the Ministry of Finance, and today, it contains a small museum that features, among other things, Madame de Staël’s marriage contract, signed by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. Besides being able to survey the parterre of the Orangerie from their rooms, guests at the hotel will have privileged access to the palace grounds, as well as being able to choose from a menu of exclusive and personalized experiences not available to the general public.