The city of Versailles is renowned worldwide for the châteaux, Palace of Versailles and its gardens. Located in the western suburbs of the French capital, just over 10 miles from the centre of Paris, Versailles is a popular day trip, but it’s worth considering an overnight stay. There’s a lot to explore, the Palace of Versailles, often referred to as simply Versailles, is one of the most famous historic monuments in the world and the landscaped gardens are simply spectacular. After a long day admiring the opulent architecture, strolling through the Orangerie and soaking up the history, settle into an Airbnb Versailles rental property and enjoy the city like a local. The Airbnbs below showcases the very best options for solo travelers, couples, families, and groups, who would prefer to enjoy Versailles at a leisurely pace.
The best time to visit Versailles
The best time to visit Versailles, and Paris in general, is from April to June and October to November. The weather during these months is typically mild and pleasant. However, if you’re looking to see the palace at its least crowded, you might want to consider visiting in November or March.
It’s very common for tour groups to visit Versailles from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM every day. If you want to avoid these crowds, it might be best to plan your visit outside of these hours. Also keep in mind that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, which can result in an increase in visitors from Paris.
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Villa with outdoor space, a ten-minute walk from the palace
Escaping for a country getaway to Versailles is perfect for those who enjoy cities, but only in small doses. Many nip into Versailles for its many cultural attractions on a day trip, yet the town is worth exploring at a slower pace. On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sunday mornings, you can stroll around Notre-Dame open-air food market and pick up some local produce, rent a boat and row the Grand Canal, picnic in one of the many public gardens or horse ride through the historic streets and the countryside.
This Airbnb makes a great base for such explorations. The villa is located a few meters from the train station, or if you are arriving by car, there’s a parking space available. The palace is a mere 800 meters away, meaning you can get up early and beat the crowds of buses coming in from Paris. It sleeps ten, with four bedrooms and one suite. Outdoor space is plentiful, too. Three bedrooms have access to a large terrace with a ping-pong table, and the fourth takes you out onto the rooftop.
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $674 per night
18th-century apartment, ideal for a group or family
On the first floor of a building dating back to the 18th century, this apartment is in the historic Notre-Dame district, close to shops and the Notre-Dame market. This area is north of the Palace of Versailles and is centered around the church, which gives the district its name. It’s a popular part of the city with locals and visitors. Aside from Musée Lambinet — a local history museum housed in a former mansion — you’ll find antique dealers, art galleries, and cafes spilling out onto the grid-like streets. The Airbnb is split over two floors. On the first level, there’s a kitchen-dining room with a fireplace and bedrooms. The third bedroom is tucked into the charming attic on the top floor. There’s a complimentary parking space in the building’s basement — which is a real luxury in Versailles.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $1,523 per night
Townhouse with views over the historic city
A more affordable option for a group is this townhouse with a magnificent terrace. If arriving by train, it’s a short seven-minute walk to the station. The palace is 20 minutes away on foot. And even if you have your own vehicle, a lot of the city is pedestrianized, and the walk through the historic streets is an experience in itself. Close to the Airbnb are a host of superb restaurants. Les p’tites canailles has outdoor seating on the terrace and serves seasonal plates. It’s a ten-minute stroll from the house and worth booking in advance. If you’d prefer to prepare meals at home, the townhouse has a kitted-out kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $381 per night
Two-bedroom apartment metres from the Neptune Fountain and The Queen’s Gate
This apartment, called Le Neptune, is in a quiet area of the city a few meters from the Palace of Versailles, The Neptune Fountain, and The Queen’s Gate. It’s one of the more luxurious stays, and the chic, light-drenched interior peppered with antiques and artwork might not be suitable for a family with young children. That said, if you’re traveling with a group of adults, this is a superb find. There are two private terraces with outdoor seating and a dining table. Access to the balconies is via the kitchen and bedrooms through tall French windows.
Six guests, two bedrooms
Price: $1,578 per night
Opulent apartment overlooking a French style garden
Situated in the Saint Louis district, this 200-square-meters-three story apartment is within a listed French heritage building. Original features such as beautiful moldings and 3.8-metre-high ceilings can be found throughout. Large windows look out over a French-style garden, the Palace of Versailles, and Saint-Louis Cathedral. It’s also just one minute from the rue de Satory, where you will find a wide variety of outstanding restaurants. This Airbnb also comes with the option for adding on extra luxuries typically found at a hotel, including a knowledgeable concierge service.
Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $2,720 per night
Elegant loft in the historic district of Notre-Dame
An ideal place for a solo traveler, a couple, or a small family, this loft is situated in the heart of the Notre-Dame district. From the front door, it’s a one-minute walk to the aforementioned open-air market, a butcher, a bakery, cafes, and other lovely local stores. The decor is fresh white throughout with dots of vibrant green, which bring some zest to the bright space. There are two bedrooms and a modern bathroom equipped with a bathtub. The dining room is spacious and can accommodate up to six guests — just in case you cook up a feast from your produce haul at the market.
Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $323 per night
The top Versailles family Airbnb
Hands down, this lovely apartment is the best option for families visiting Versailles. It’s a great idea to spend a night in town if you are traveling with young ones. Visiting the palace can be crowded, and after a day of walking around, you’ll be grateful to have a safe base close by to relax and unwind. There are lots of fun things to keep kids entertained. The house is packed with toys, games, and comics, and the two children’s bedrooms have a beautiful cot and single bed (both reached via a ladder.) Outside, there’s a charming fenced-in patio with outdoor seating.
Five guests, three bedrooms
Price: $816 per night
The top things to do in Versailles
Palace of Versailles: This is the top attraction in Versailles and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Trianons & The Hamlet: These smaller palaces were places of respite for the royals from court life.
The Hall of Mirrors: This grand hall is a highlight of the Palace of Versailles, known for its numerous mirrored arches.
Gardens of the Versailles: The gardens are as impressive as the palace itself, with intricate landscaping and numerous fountains.
Equestrian Academy of Versailles: A must-see for horse lovers, this academy showcases the art of horse riding.
King’s Kitchen Garden: Once the king’s personal garden, it is now a place where you can learn about historical gardening methods.
Lambinet Museum: This museum houses a collection of artworks and historical artifacts from Versailles.
Queen’s Hamlet: A small rustic village created for Marie Antoinette, it’s a charming retreat within the grandeur of Versailles.
Carrés Saint-Louis: A picturesque neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants.
Versailles Cathedral: An important religious site in Versailles.
Notre-Dame Market: A bustling market place where you can buy a variety of goods.