The grand Palace of Versailles draws visitors from around the world to gape at the spectacular former living quarters of French royalty. Synonymous with Louis XIV – the Sun King – and later Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Versailles is a haven for history buffs and admirers of luxury looking for something to do beyond Paris. Manicured gardens and opulent architecture abound at this Unesco World Heritage site; we’ve found you some other little palaces to try on your trip.
Hotel du Jeu de Paume on the pretty Rue de Fontenay is just two minutes from the Palace of Versailles and a one-minute stroll from the Palais des Congrès. Spare, modern and bright furnishings lend this hotel a slice of eccentricity – think towering leather headboards, Wes Anderson-style bathrooms and traditional shuttered windows. In keeping with its offbeat vibe a breakfast of fruit, pastries and eggs is served in a scatter cushion-strewn yurt – a setup that’s more glamping at Glastonbury than Marie Antoinette but – c’est la vie.
Cheery decor and bold primary colours create a warming and relaxed environment here at Les Versaillaises; a refreshing contrast to the stiff grandeur of the nearby palace. This quaint guesthouse within easy stomping distance of the royal city’s many attractions has all the features necessary for a pleasant city break. Choose between two clean and spacious rooms kitted out with memory foam mattresses, walk-in showers with complimentary toiletries and speedy wifi.
The captivating, modern design of Le Louis attracts dozens of visitors each year, and the elegance exuded by its exterior gives guests a flavour of what life was like in bygone days. The renowned restaurant serves an array of traditional French dishes in a cosy, contemporary environment and lays on a popular brunch on Sundays. With its gym, fitness centre and sauna – as well as direct access to Paris – this is a top choice for a refreshing, relaxing and easy stay in beautiful Versailles.
Mischa Smith contributed additional reporting to this article.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.