Thanks to a school program, we decided to discover the Château de Versailles with the princess. Always enthusiastic when it comes to beautiful hotels, she obviously deserved a room at the Trianon Palace: adjoining the park of the castle, we probably couldn’t do better as an introduction.
We chose the Trianon Palace for several reasons: its location, of course, but also its reputation as a luxury hotel combined with excellent catering. Prestigious, this is probably the word that came to our mind when we chose to book there and not elsewhere.
We admit, however, being a little bit disappointed: the place is big, maybe too big for us, travelers who tend to love cocoons, calm places and personalized service. Queuing on arrival, waiting for long minutes when leaving … Why? Just because the Trianon Palace obviously hosts many seminars and conferences and suddenly the charm disappears…
Our family experience
Which room with a child?
The Pavilion rooms with a view of the garden are large enough to accommodate the whole family if you have a child. With 20 to 25 m2, they can be equipped with a folding bed. There are also Family Pavilion rooms for two adults and three children. The bathrooms are spacious, with a shower and a bathtub.
The princesse loved
The princess loved the pool, which is huge and is rather hot for a hotel pool. With natural light, it is a relatively calm place when there are not too many children jumping all over the place … She also liked the child’s room service pizza because she loves room service. Last but not least: being able to feed the goats with grass from the garden of the Trianon Palace.
On the plus side…
What about breakfast?
Breakfast is served in “La Veranda”. Whether it is sunny or not, it is very bright. The children have their own buffet and the adults have a very wide choice: we really enjoyed being able to eat sweet and savory, even as a vegan, with Asian dishes, many breads, excellent jams, fruits …
We’ll be back for …
If we were to return, it would undoubtedly be for two aspects only: the pool which is very beautiful and very large and the starred restaurant, which we have not yet had the opportunity to test.
At the hotel
The Trianon Palace has a huge Guerlain spa overlooking the pool. The treatment was very professional, but we can regret the lack of soul of the place.
Another black spot, the very commercial side of the venue, that tends to push you into buying perfumes … The pool is also surrounded by two gyms with state-of-the-art machines and equipment. Practical and well thought out, they are very pleasant.
Close to your hotel
Of course, your main activity will be the visit of the Château de Versailles.
Several tips in that matter: book your tickets online (ideally cut-file tickets), be there very early, avoid weekends and holidays and … be patient. Before 6/7 year old, the visit of the castle itself has little interest, head towards the gardens.
App. 350 euros off season as first prize, with rates that can double or triple during the holidays, especially during summer.
Trianon Palace Versailles
1 boulevard de la Reine, 78000 Versailles, France
Phone number: +33 (0) 1 30 84 50 00