It’s been buzzed about for years, and now the highly anticipated hotel project is becoming a reality. Back in 2015, the management of the Chateau de Versailles called for bids for transforming three buildings just outside the palace gates. Dating from the 1680s, these buildings—the Hôtel du Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon—have impressive views over the Orangerie. Ultimately, Airelles and Ducasse Paris were awarded the contract to develop a luxury hotel on the property. And, now, the opening of Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle has been announced for spring 2020.
Over the last four years, interior architect Christophe Tollemer has pored over the Chateau de Versailles’s archives to ensure the property’s meticulous restoration. His team has handpicked original antiques and art, inspired by the nearby Petit Trianon Palace. Expert French artisans were commissioned to replicate the parquet and wood panelling, while Maison Pierre Frey and Royal Manufacture of Aubusson created bespoke upholstery and fabrics. This 18th-century splendor will be on full display in The Grand Salon on the first floor.