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    Elegant Escape at Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace

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    The Waldorf Astoria Versailles-Trianon Palace welcomes guests through its stylish revolving entrance doors into a world of elegance and luxury.

    Step inside to find yourself in a magnificent corridor with marble floors, exquisite flower arrangements, sparkling Murano chandeliers, and elegant display cases showcasing perfumes.

    Designed by Fiona Thompson, the hotel’s interior seamlessly blends Art Deco elements with contemporary furnishings and grand touches reminiscent of the Ancien Regime, such as majestic columns and gold leaf accents.

    For a serene ambiance filled with natural light streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable armchairs line the corridor inviting guests to relax and soak in the atmosphere.

    Discreetly placed reception and concierge desks allow for an uninterrupted view down the corridor towards the historic Clemenceau Room where crucial peace negotiations leading to the Treaty of Versailles took place to end World War I.

    Dating back to 1909, this century-old 5-star hotel boasts 100 rooms spread over six floors. Originally envisioned as a “fresh air retreat” for high society, the hotel has hosted esteemed guests over the years including King Edward 7th, actress Sarah Bernhardt, and novelist Marcel Proust. Keeping up with its legacy, the hotel still attracts celebrities who prefer to remain unidentified.

    Owned by French businessman Michel Ohayon, the Waldorf Astoria gets its name from the lavish pleasure palace of Louis XIV, located just a 15-minute walk away. Situated within acres of lush grounds next to the former estate of Queen Marie Antoinette, the hotel shares its premises with the 4-star, 100-room Pavilion constructed in the 1980s.

    Acquired by the Hilton chain in 2010, the hotel underwent a transformation into a Waldorf property following modifications and upgrades. Notable British chef Gordon Ramsay oversaw the culinary offerings, ensuring a delightful dining experience for guests.

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    Room 122, where we stayed, exuded classic French charm with a stucco ceiling, striped cotton drapes, plush beige carpeting, and a welcoming open marble fireplace. The room was furnished with a writing desk, twin armchairs, and a coffee table, offering a cozy retreat. A stone balcony provided picturesque views of the surrounding gardens and the Pavilion in the distance.

    The bathroom boasted luxurious features such as underfloor heating, a separate bath and shower, twin marble sinks, mosaic flooring, and a rejuvenating rain shower. Toiletries by Aesop added a touch of indulgence, complementing the supremely comfortable bed for a restful stay.

    A standout feature of the hotel is its impressive three-story spa, complete with a glass roof. Spanning over 3,000 square meters and bearing the renowned Guerlain brand, the spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, steam room, fitness center, and even tennis courts. The swimming pool is accessible to children until 7 pm.

    Clemenceau Hall, located at the end of the main corridor, serves as a charming venue for events with its grand chandeliers and lavish stucco ceiling adorned in gold leaf. The hall can accommodate around 150 guests for dinner and boasts a terrace of its own, with a plaque commemorating the historic peace talks of 1919 that preceded the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    The pet-friendly hotel allows one dog per room and features a ‘Kid’s Club’ offering various activities for young guests to enjoy.

    Dining options at the Waldorf include the one-star Michelin Au Trianon restaurant and Bistro Le Veranda, situated conveniently on the ground floor for guests to savor culinary delights.

    Our evening at the bistro began with regional aperitifs followed by a delightful menu curated by Chef Frederic Larquemin. We indulged in starters of foie gras confit and green pea soup, followed by tantalizing mains of tuna tariki and ossobuco paired with exquisite wines. The dining experience was further enhanced by a selection of fine wines that complemented our meal perfectly.

    The following day, we relaxed in the Bar Galerie, lounging on plush armchairs beside a striking globe, while indulging in a traditional afternoon tea. The elegant ambiance of the bar with its high ceilings, chandeliers, and cozy fireplace, along with a variety of teas and delectable sandwiches and desserts, made for a memorable experience.

    Opting for Blacklane, a renowned carbon-neutral chauffeur service operating in over 50 countries, added a touch of luxury to our arrival at this historic property. With transparent, all-inclusive rates and English-speaking chauffeurs, Blacklane ensured a seamless and stylish journey.

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    Thanks to its proximity to the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site of the Versailles Palace and its verdant surroundings, the Waldorf Astoria provides a convenient and luxurious hideaway for those seeking a relaxing escape just outside of Paris.

     

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