What a fabulous hotel: stylish yet comfortable, opulent yet tasteful, with the best staff I've ever encountered in a French hotel - or any hotel, come to that. As for its location, it really can't be beaten for easy access to the grounds of the Château de Versailles. Turn left at the hotel gates & the Porte de la Reine is right in front of you, with free access to the estate. The Queen's Gate has the added advantage of putting the hotel at the end of a virtual cul-de-sac, which means no noisy traffic passing at night.
My sister & I followed the advice of other Tripadvisors & booked a garden-facing twin room in the original Palace hotel for our 4-day stay. On arrival we were upgraded to a balcony room on the 3rd floor, which was swiftly changed to a larger 4th floor balcony room (with profuse apologies) when we discovered that the mini-bar fridge in room 304 didn't work.
Our daily Room Service breakfasts were beautifully presented & quite delicious. My only complaint was that I always received pains au chocolat instead of the brioche I'd ordered the night before. Since the other items I'd ordered arrived correctly, I didn't feel the need to complain officially - I can only assume the kitchen's brioche specialist was on holiday during our stay.
We dined in the hotel's Verandah Restaurant on our final evening: our meals were filling & delicious & again the staff were friendly, courteous & professional. Our table in the restaurant faced west, giving us a delightful view of goat- & sheep-filled fields & a glorious sunset while we dined. Afterwards we enjoyed coffee & macaroons in the Gallery.
We utilised the hotel's private car booking service to get us to & from CDG airport more smoothly. It wasn't much more expensive than our airport taxi fares at this end, but the drivers were uniformed & the vehicles were Mercedes, with fresh bottles of water & umbrellas inside, for our comfort & convenience. It seemed a safer way to travel, especially during the Paris rush-hour. Neither journey went without a hitch, though: we lost an hour trying to locate our driver on arrival at CDG (he'd been told we were flying in from Rome to a different terminal); & the driver for our return journey arrived an hour early to collect us from the hotel - again, he'd been given the wrong information, although I suspect from within the car firm rather than from the hotel.
Unfortunately, his unexpectedly early arrival meant I didn't have time to tip all the hotel's wonderful staff individually before our departure. Instead I left a large sum of euros at Reception, to be distributed amongst all the staff who had looked after us so royally. I just hope it didn't mess up the system too much!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Distinctive Grand-style Palace & Pavillion building situated in 8-acre park bordering the Palace of Versailles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trianon Palace Hotel Versailles
- Versailles Trianon Palace Hotel