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To most of us Versailles really means the incredible château built by Louis XIV, but the leafy, well-to-do suburb around it is the name behind the name. Outside the palace, Versailles is a charming little walk-able city, with a collection of other historic buildings, graceful boulevards and a bustling cafe and restaurant scene. Many people would argue that the best places to stay in Versailles are those closest to the palace, but if you’re here for more than just a short break then you might find some of the best places to stay in Versailles are in amongst the cafes and restaurants by the Place du Marché.
Splendid beyond many people’s imagination, the Château de Versailles is still a wonder, despite being almost empty inside, aside from a scattering of furniture. What remains are the incredibly detailed decorations, the great paintings, the mouldings, the frescoes, the marble this and that, the parquet floors the gilt, the woodcarvings, the mirrors…
And of course the wonderful exterior; grand on a grand scale, with gardens and parklands to match, a feat of engineering which dried marshlands, felled forests and flattened hills, only to relate them all to a slightly different position. Marie-Anotinette even had a little mock village of thatched cottages built. The fountains are incredible. It’s all incredible. And if you come during the summer months you can also enjoy the sound and light show - including fireworks and around 200 people dressed in period costume - which is on almost every evening. Magical.
Most of the other attractions of modern Versailles have something to do with the palace. The Grandes Écuries for example were just the stables for the king’s dancing horses, which hasn’t changed much, although of course they’re no longer the king’s. There’s also the Potager du roi, where the king’s vegetables were grown, or the local library, which was once Louis XIV’s ministry of foreign affairs. Just north of the palace is the Musee Lambinet, which houses many items from the palace’s collection during the 18th Century and revolutionary period, including furniture, ceramics, paintings and sculptures.
Versailles also has a few nice churches and some interesting small boutiques.
The town is a popular year round destination, so if you want to ensure a room in one of the best places to stay in Versailles, get organised and book early.
- The Trianon Palace is a stunning 18th Century hotel set by the parkland of the palace. The rooms and suites are modern and there’s an award-winning, two Michelin-starred restaurant headed by Gordon Ramsay. There’s also a luxurious spa, tennis courts and acres of garden.
- The Villa de la piece d’eau des Suisses is perfect if you’re looking for a homey vibe, with a comfortable room and friendly hosts. The location is superb and the breakfasts excellent.
- The Hotel le Versailles is a classic hotel with 45 traditional rooms just minutes walk from the palace. The larger rooms can accommodate two adults and two children. There are bath tubs in every room and you can have breakfast in the dining room or on a leafy terrace. There’s also an elegant bar.
The best value places to stay in Versailles
- The Hotel du jeu de Paume is a well priced urban hotel in the heart of the city. There are double, triple and family rooms available and all of them have soundproofing and cool art. There’s also a library and a lounge. Plus you’re close to the markets and within a short walk from the station. Rooms start from around £110 per night.
- For even less you can stay at Les Versailles B&B. It's a charming chambres d'hote in the centre of town and the two rooms are clean and smart with crisp white linen and parquet floors. Prices from as little as £90 per night.
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Best Hotels in Versailles
Hotel Le Versailles 45 rooms from $154Versailles (7 Rue Sainte-Anne)
A classic hotel, moments from the Palace of Versailles. Contemporary, with traditional décor and bath tubs in every room. Breakfast can be served either in the dining room or on the leafy terrace. Spend an enjoyable evening sipping on cocktails in the elegant bar.City Style - Rooms ooze luxury and old world style, with all the modern amenities needed by the city traveller.Local exploring - Located in the heart of the city, easy access to all important sights, shops and restaurants.Sights nearby - Moments away from the Palace of Versailles, wander her lovely grounds and soak up the history inside.Local markets - Versailles is home to numerous antique shops
Villa de la piece d'eau des Suisses 1 rooms from $160Versailles (6 Rue de la Quintinie)
Come for the homely vibe. The owners are welcoming and helpful, the location is superb and the breakfast delicious. The rooms are comfortable with great views overlooking the city and spacious showers in the bathroom. A garden to enjoy breakfast outdoors in summer months.Local exploring - In the heart of the historical district of Versailles, it is close by to important sights, restaurants, shops and markets.Families - Ideal for families- plenty of games and dvds available, reserve Leon's Room along with the Louise's Room.Sights nearby - The Palace of Versailles and The Cathedral, located moments away, are both must see's!Local markets - Hunt for unique antiques at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel du Jeu de Paume 12 rooms from $137Versailles
An urban hotel in the heart of the city provides luxury mattresses and complete soundproofing in rooms. Double, triple and family rooms available with cool wallart, and a lounge area with a library to relax in. Chic and stylish, ideal for both individuals and families.Local exploring - In a lively street with restaurants, bars and shops, also within walking distance to the train station.Local markets - Explore the local markets in the area to pick up some souvenirs.Sights nearby - Close to the famous palace and gardens, a must for all visitors.Full of character
Les Versaillaises B&B 2 rooms from $114Versailles
An intimate two bedroom property located within striking distance of Versailles Château Rive Gauche Train Station for direct links to Paris. The design is simple with crisp white bed linen and modern bathrooms. A small kitchen provides guests with a hearty breakfast. A convenient resting place.Local markets - See a typical french market and sample the local produce at Place du Marche Notre-DameSights nearby - Visit the majestic Chateau de Versailles
Charmilles des Cordeliers 5 rooms from $171Versailles
The historic Charmilles des Cordeliers makes a delightful peaceful B&B. The rooms are appointed with charming bespoke furniture, feeling rustic and homely. Explore the captivating city of Versailles or take a day trip into Paris. Perfect for a intimate, romantic break in France's old royal capital.Local exploring - Perfect for exploring the rich history and culture of Versailles, the former seat of the French monarchy.Local markets - Bargain hunters will enjoy a trip to the Saint-Ouen Flea Market.Sights nearby - Take a day trip into Paris city centre, twelve miles away.Full of character
Trianon Palace from $213Versailles
A stunning hotel set in Versailles' parkland. An 18th century building with refreshingly modern rooms and suites. Award-winning restaurants headed by Gordon Ramsay boast two Michelin stars. Highly luxurious spa, bar, tennis courts, and acres of garden. Very romantic, gourmet, and palatial.Romantic Break - A beautiful setting for a romantic holiday or visit to Paris.Foodies - Gordon Ramsay's restaurant has two Michelin stars.Spa breaks - An unrivalled spa with utmost luxury.Luxury