As promised, here’s a deeper dive into our stay at the hotel Airelles Versailles. The hotel is located on the actual palace properties of The Palace Of Versailles. From private tours of the palace to historically decorated rooms and historically […]
As promised, here’s a deeper dive into our stay at the hotel Airelles Versailles.
The hotel is located on the actual palace properties of The Palace Of Versailles. From private tours of the palace to historically decorated rooms and historically dressed staff, our two-night stay was memorable to say the least.
When it came to booking this leg of our honeymoon, I had the hardest time deciding on which room to stay in on the palace property. They have a variety of rooms, with different themes, at a variety of prices to choose from. Matt and I decided on a lower cost room and it did not disappoint!
The room had such stunning details. Don’t worry, I took so many pictures to use as inspiration for New England Interior posts down the line.
Just look at that bed canopy and yellow velvet chairs – I was in French antique decor heaven!
After our afternoon tea session – we went back to our room, changed into dinner attire and prepared for our dusk tour of the king’s quarters within the palace. Our butler walked Matt and I – along with our small group – up the The Hundred Steps monumental staircase to the back of the palace.
The staircase is what connected the Airelles Versailles to the palace gardens.
The sunset view was gorgeous! It created the most stunning light that bounced off the fall flower blossoms in peak bloom. I had Matt take pictures of me the entire way to the palace gate. Simply because I could not get over how tranquil and ethereal everything was in the brisk fall breeze.
After a quick five minute walk we entered the palace for our evening tour.
We went on two evening tours of the palace of Versaille; one to view the kings quarters and one to view the queens quarters. This allowed us to really soak in the each room. Including all of the ornate detail and gold-leaf-filled ceilings while learning more about each king individually and their unique decor style.
Funny enough the rooms started off ornate (as you can see below) with painting ceiling murals, gold framed portraits covering – often of the king himself – colorful patterned wallpaper, and a very specific color theme like royal red or hunter green.
Versailles was the home to three kings.
Starting with King Louis XIV to his great-grandson King Louis XV and than King Louis XVI. With the reign of each new king came the transition of design starting from the baroque and the rocaille style to the neoclassical style, which was near the end of the reign of Louis XV and thanks to Marie-Antoinette. This furniture style eventually was coined, Louis XVI furniture.
Characterized by elegance and neoclassical style, the furniture gives off clean, simplistic bright energy. It is still extremely popular today.
Beyond the bedrooms and their unique styles there was one room that the kings all loved equally – The Hall of Mirrors. With 357 individual mirrors trimming the 17 arches opposite the windows, this room was not only a work of art but also a statement of French artisanship for the time.
It was truly stunning to see in person. It was also really special to take in the view without the crowds and at dusk. Watching the sun set from the grandiose windows that overlooked the gardens in their entirety was magical.
On an unrelated note, I was obsessed with the pattern used on the hardwood floors. Every surface from the ceilings to the floors was filled with detail and thoughtfulness. Not to mention this room is where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, marking the end of World War I, in 1919.
When Matt and I completed touring the palace, we headed out to our FAVORITE dinner on our trip.
Our butler recommended we go to Le Limousin in the quaint downtown area of Versailles. Matt ordered the house special duck dish and I ordered a beef filet that was out of this world! I could have married the potatoes they served at this restaurant!
Overall, I highly recommend Airelles Versailles. The experience was fun, relaxing, and special – the perfect way to experience Versaille for the first time!
The hotel experience would make a great birthday celebration or girls overnight trip too.
On that note, I have one last post with pictures taken at Versailles. The post is coming to the blog next week.
After that, we wrap up the honeymoon guides with our last destination – the South of France. Stay tuned!
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