Photography: Renée Kemps

Francophiles can live out their Marie-Antoinette fantasies by spending the night at the Palace of Versailles’s first ever hotel.

Opened on 1 June, Le Grand Contrôle is a 14-bedroom hotel designed by Christophe Tollemer at the national landmark. Tollemer drew on the gilded opulence of Louis XVL’s 18th-century court while creating its interiors and facilities, which include pattern-loaded bedrooms overlooking the gardens, a large indoor pool and a restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse.

Rooms start at around $2,000 a night – and guests will have access to the famous gardens as well as a private tour of Château de Versailles, including areas normally off-limits to visitors, and will have the service of a personal butler during their stay.

Photography: Renée Kemps
Photography: Renée Kemps
Photography: Renée Kemps
Photography: Renée Kemps

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