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Lodge Like Royalty At This Little-Known Luxury Hotel Outside Paris

Contrary to popular belief, one of the best parts of heading to Paris is actually leaving it – for overnight trips to quaint surrounding towns, of course.

Versailles has long been a staple for day trips from the City of Lights and it’s no surprise why. The city’s rich history, relaxing ambiance, and royal connotations keep millions of visitors coming back each and every year.

And getting to Versailles from Paris couldn’t be easier. Simply hop the local train (RER C), rent a car, or best of all, board your own private helicopter for a quick 25-minute ride. Although you can’t actually stay in the famed Château de Versailles, who’s to say you can’t lodge like royalty anyways?

Enter Trianon Palace, the crown jewel of Versailles lodging. Located at 1 Boulevard de Reine (that’s Boulevard of the Queen, for some context), this 5-star property first opened nearly 110 years ago and has since seen numerous renovations and additions.

Operated by the Waldorf Astoria, this luxury hotel features two on-site restaurants, one of which is Michelin-starred, countless reception halls, a Guerlain spa, indoor heated pool, sauna and so much more.

Best of all, the property’s proximity to the grand Château de Versailles (and private walkway) allows for breathtaking greenery-filled walks and simple luxurious recluse. Leaving Paris never felt so good.

The rooms

There are currently types of rooms are available at Trianon Place: Pavillon, Palace, and Palace Suites, each boasting their own unique charm.

Rooms are contemporary yet elegant, equipped with spacious bathrooms, full-size bathtubs, flatscreen TVs, WiFi, comfortable work areas, and minibars stocked with wine, snacks, and chocolate treats.

Plush linens and down comforters allow for an excellent night’s sleep, perfect for refreshing for a day filled with garden picnics and strolls ahead.

Option for rooms with garden views available in each category.

The high tea

Tea time occurs every day from 2pm – 6pm at the Bar Galerie, featuring a broad selection of finger sandwiches, soups, scones, and other baked goods. Handcrafted cocktails and wines are also available (who would say no to a coupe of afternoon Champagne?).

Don’t miss the infamous Pastry Trolley loaded with goodies from on-site Pastry Chef Eddie Benghanem (weekends only, 3pm – 7pm). Getting your gourmand on in style has never been easier, or more convenient.

Weather permitting, post up on the outdoor patio and let the sun drench your skin as you sip in the lap of luxury.

The dining

A stay at Trianon Palace would not be complete without a meal at the hotel’s on-site Michelin-starred restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Au Trianon.

The intimate restaurant serves up classic French cuisine in a sophisticated setting, modeled after Ramsay’s three Michelin-starred restaurant in London. (The restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays.)

Indulge in classic yet superbly executed dishes, such as blue lobster, roast pigeon, or rack of lamb, washed down with baba au rhum or chocolate and lemongrass ice cream. A la carte dining, as well as a discovery menu, vegetarian menu, and signature menu are all available.

For an equally lavish meal, hit La Veranda by Gordon Ramsay, which serves up contemporary cuisine for all three meals of the day. Dine against a backdrop of stylish decor curated by English designer Fiona Thompson, or enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace during the warmer months. Starter & main or main & dessert starts at just 59 euros, with vegetarian options also available.

Come thirsty – the wine list is overflowing with a variety of regional selections.

The facilities

Working on the road isn’t easy, though with Trianon Palace’s extensive outdoor patio and lavish indoor sitting areas, getting the job done isn’t so bad. Be sure to grab an excellently crafted cappuccino, served up with two macarons on the side.

However, it’s the ‘playing’ part of the expression that Trianon does best.

Trianon Palace

Head to the 200-meter heated indoor pool, modeled after a traditional royal Grecian bathhouse, or even better, unwind at the luxurious Guerlain Spa, where a sauna, steam room, and on-site treatments are available.

The hotel is also home to an on-site gym, equipped with machines, free weights, and a Pilates room. 2-hour yoga sessions (50 euros each) are also available.

The surroundings

And of course, the best treat of them all: strolling through the pristine gardens of the Château de Versailles.

The world-renowned Château is located just 450 meters from the Trianon Palace, making access to the famed Hall of Mirrors, dancing fountains, and luscious lawns easier than ever.

Trianon Palace

Don’t forget to pop by the Petit Trianon, the mini-château belonging to Marie Antoinette (for which this Waldorf property was named, of course). Get your Louis XIV on and experience this unforgettable hotel first-hand.

(All images: Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles / supplied) 

Published 17 October, 2019