The Palace of Versailles and gardens are a must-visit from Paris. This famed retreat once hosted Louis XIV's epic masked balls and was the centre of French scandal and sophistication. Today, it’s the perfect daytrip for couples and families during an Originals Hotels stay.
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Visit Château de Versailles’ lavish garden estate
The Palace of Versailles, or Château de Versailles, is one of Europe’s most impressive regal estates. Its grounds are filled with impressive artefacts. From its gold-tinted décor to its decadent marble features, the palace’s 1,200 rooms are a treasure trove of French 17th-century nobility. The gardens at the Palace of Versailles are not to be missed.
Sprawled over 800 hectares, the gardens at the Palace of Versailles contain a manicured mix of formal French aesthetics. Ornately tree-lined paths and picturesque ponds await. The gardens of Versailles fountains boast a baroque Great Musical Waters show, and the scenic Jardins du Petit Trianon contain tranquil English gardens. The infamous Domaine de Trianon is home to Hameau de la Reine, a faux pastoral village where Marie Antoinette entertained herself with rural dress-up. The spectre of Antoinette continues at the Queen’s Groves, a garden of exotic plants that have been restored.
Where to stay when visiting Versailles
Nestled in Paris’ sumptuous southwest suburbs, Versailles is easily reached by metro, train and road. In the picturesque 10th arrondissement, Hotel Parisiana provides a delightful, central stay near Gare du Nord. Guests are treated to warm and welcoming rooms complete with delicious French breakfasts. In the hip 3rd arrondissement, the elegant 19th-century Hôtel Paix République is a picture-postcard hotel on the right bank. Enjoy stately crimson interiors with views across the Grands Boulevards.
Hotel du Vieux Saule provides an excellent base with sauna rooms and cute honey-hued features close to metro links to Versailles. You can also situate yourself away from the bustle with the charming Hotel Saint-Laurent, a romantic 17th-century hotel in Montfort-l'Amaury. It’s a short 25-minute drive or bus journey to palatial Versailles. The hotel itself possesses eye-catching rustic interiors and manicured grounds of its own.
Whether you’re staying within view of the Eiffel Tower at Hotel Lecourbe or chasing the quiet life in Paris’ scenic suburbs, the Palace of Versailles gardens are an essential daytrip. Book Originals Hotels for a romantic meander around one of Europe’s most storied and beautiful estates.
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Hotel du Vieux Saule, Paris le Marais
6, rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris
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- Air-conditioned room
- Pets admitted