You can’t come to Paris and skip Palace of Versailles — it’s a must-see. But you got to do it right. Because the palace is outside the city, requiring you to take public transport for about one hour to get there, and because it’s a very busy place, staying nearby is a great idea to make your visit easier. By booking a hotel near the palace, you can purchase the first slot for the timed-entry ticket, be at the gates before everyone else, and spend as much time as you wish inside the estate (maybe even catch a fountain show) without having to worry about getting the train back into Paris. But ordinary hotels won’t do. What you want is the stuff of royalty. Luckily, there are plenty of luxurious Versailles hotels to put you in a palatial mood.
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- Where are the best Versailles hotels located?
- The best Versailles hotels
- How to get from Paris to Versailles?
- Who built Versailles?
Where are the best Versailles hotels located?
The best Versailles hotels
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Waldorf Astoria Versailles
The Waldorf Astoria Versailles is a luxury hotel that consists of two buildings: the five-star Trianon Palace and the four-star Pavillon du Trianon, both of which offer beautiful accommodations and amenities. The Trianon Palace consists of 85 rooms and 15 suites and has the advantage of providing guests with views of Versailles’ stunning park. It is also the building where the pool, the gourmet restaurants, the bar, and the phenomenal Guerlain spa are located. The Pavillon du Trianon has 99 rooms, overlooks the hotel’s gardens, and is linked to the Trianon Palace by a pathway, so it’s very easy and quick to get from one to the other. The rooms and suites are decorated in the same elegant, comfortable, and simple way in both buildings, making the choice between them even trickier. But no matter which one you choose, you’ll be staying in the lap of luxury just 10 minutes on foot from the entrance to the Palace of Versailles.
Where: 1 Bd de la Reine, 78000 Versailles, France
Price per night: From $370
Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château MGallery
The highest-rated Versailles hotel on Expedia, the Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château MGallery is located a couple of minutes’ walk from the Cour d’Honneur, the spot where visitors line up to enter the palace. But the property’s ideal location is only its second-best asset after its beautiful interior decor. This jewelery box of a hotel is undeniably modern, but it is not cold or minimalist like so many other modern properties out there; instead it has warm-colored wooden floors, sparkling chandeliers and mirrors, soft and light-catching velvet fusnishings, and a palette of deep and luxurious golds, greens, and greys that make the space feel intimate and lavish. If you want to feel like you’re staying in a palace, this hotel will certainly do the trick.
Where: 2 Bis Av. de Paris, 78000 Versailles, France
Price per night: From $211
Hôtel Le Versailles
The Hôtel Le Versailles is a four-star property located steps away from the visitor entrance to the palace, making it a very convenient place to stay for those eager to spend one or two days exploring the estate. In fact, it is the closest hotel to the palace! While the property is modern, with elegant and contemporary furnishings, there are many classic touches that remind guests of the Palace of Versailles, including heavily patterned textiles, gold-colored details, and large, blown-up photographs of the palace and its gardens. There is a bar and a cozy terrace where guests can relax after a day of visiting the estate, and while there’s no restaurant on side, there’s a buffet breakfast available every morning.
Where: 7 Rue Sainte-Anne, 78000 Versailles, France
Price per night: From $165
Hôtel Mercure Versailles Château
Located 15 minutes on foot to the palace and less than a 10 minutes’ walk to the Versailles Rive Gauche train station (where the RER C train will get you to Paris), the Hôtel Mercure Versailles Château is an affordable and modern property for short-term visitors. With only 60 rooms, the hotel, which was fully renovated with taste in 2020, is on the small side, but provides guests with everything they may need, from room service to a lovely breakfast buffet, WiFi, laundry service, a bar, and air conditioning. The decor in this property is simple, comfortable, with modern furnishings and uplifting touches of colors and patterns.
Where: Angle, 19 Rue Philippe De Dangeau, Rue Montbauron, 78000 Versailles, France
Price per night: From $138
Hôtel Des Lys
The Hôtel Des Lys is a small, three-star hotel of 39 comfortable and modern rooms. It is located only 15 minutes from the palace and 10 minutes from the Versailles Rive Gauche train station. While the rooms are simple and without much frills, they are modern, spotless, and the art displayed was carefully chosen to remind guests of the big local attraction: the Palace of versailles. A daily breakfast buffet is available, and there is free Wifi.
Where: 16 Rue Richaud, 78000 Versailles, France
Price per night: From $133
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
The Hôtel du Jeu de Paume is a very small, charming property of 16 rooms located just 10 minutes from the palace on foot. The affordable hotel looks more like a large and fun family home than a hotel, and is reminiscent of a contemporary alpine chalet, with modern furnishings, bright touches of color, and warm wood accents. The common areas — especially the lounge area and its fireplace — are simple and cozy, making guests feel comfortable instantly. Breakfast is available, there is free WiFi, and you’ll find a king-size bed in every room.
Where: 5 bis Rue de Fontenay, 78000 Versailles, France
Price per night: From $130
How to get from Paris to Versailles?
Versailles is a city located 13 miles southwest of the city of Paris. It takes just one hour by train to get from one to the other and trains are very frequent. The train you want to catch from Paris is the RER C which is indicated in yellow on the map of the Parisian local train network. The RER C connects with multiple metro stations throughout Paris so it’s easy to get on board. In Versailles, you’ll want to stop at the station Versailles Rive Gauche/Versailles Château (the last station on the line) to be as close as possible to the palace — from there it’s a 10-minute walk.
Who built Versailles?
The Palace of Versailles’ story began under Louis XIII who, in 1623, decided to built a humble hunting lodge at this very location. In 1631, he rebuilt it to be a little grander, but it remained a place of retreat rather than a royal home. Hi son, Louis XIV loved Versailles very much and commissioned a multitude of major building projects on the estate, starting in 1661 until his death in 1715, and turned Versailles into the main residence of the French court. Louis XV continued to work on the palace and so did Louis XVI, who was the last king to live in Versailles.