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Versailles Palace is France's most visited sight, and staying near the palace will inevitably make your visit easier (not to mention avoiding Paris traffic and congestion).
In case you don't have enough time to read this entire article, here are my top 3 hotel picks near Versailles:
The Palace of Versailles is on most people's "must-see" list on a visit to Paris. At least once.
More than anything, it symbolizes the grandeur (some would say waste) of the days of the French monarchy.
From its ornate interiors to its intricately designed gardens, Versailles is one of the best examples of how human skill can be applied to extraordinary results.
It's absolutely worth the visit, at least once, and frankly, many times. Staying in a Versailles hotel will place you close to the palace, making your visits easier and removing the stress of getting there from Paris.
And for times when all those Paris hotels are full, Versailles is the perfect overflow destination, with the Eiffel Tower only 25 minutes away by public transportation (not to mention a price tag that is significantly lower).
Something to be aware of, and this applies to Versailles as much as it does to Paris and France in general: hotel rooms here are on the small side, and the more budget-friendly options often do not have air conditioning.
2 bis Avenue de Paris, Versailles
This modern 4-star hotel marries what I'd call contemporary design with touches of tradition. And it works. If you're keen on design, you'll love the contrast between the modern chandelier over the bar and the traditional chandeliers you'll find throughout the hotel and in many of its 152 rooms.
If you've come to see Versailles Palace, you won't get much closer: you're literally around the corner from the equestrian statue of Louis XIV, which marks the palace's entrance.
This is a spa hotel, so after a long day of hiking or biking the grounds of Versailles, you can enjoy the steam room or sauna, or, if you have any energy left, go a few rounds on the exercise equipment.
The hotel is very central, a leisurely 10-minute walk to Versailles Palace and Gardens, and only a 2-minute walk to the Versailles Château Rive Gauche Transit Station.
This proximity means you can get to the palace early, before the crowds, or hop the train for Paris and be downtown in less than half an hour.
If you happen to be driving, there is paid parking at the hotel.
14 Rue d'Anjou, Versailles
The building that houses this hotel was originally built in 1727 as a private mansion for Sieur Louis Delalande, the keeper of the royal dishes (yes, this was an actual profession under the monarchy).
It has now been fully restored, although it has managed to maintain its sense of history through a few architectural details: the "trumeaux", or doorway pillars, as well as wood beams in some of the rooms.
Right across from the hotel is the Café des Arts, a family-style bistrot that serves homemade traditional French dishes using high-quality products.
This independent hotel doesn't belong to a chain but is labeled "Logis de France", my favorite network in France. These hotel-restaurants are known for their good value, their welcome and their quality (this is the only hotel in Versailles that carries the Logis de France label).
For something completely different, head for the bar and its classic billiard room.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Saint Louis not far from the palace, Hotel La Residence du Berry is perfectly located in a part of town that is both central and historic.
This compact 38-room hotel is a couple of blocks behind the King's vegetable garden at Versailles. It is a short walk to the chateau's entrance gates, and 5 minutes from the Versailles Château Rive Gauche Transit Station. There's also paid parking nearby.
1 Boulevard de la Reine, Versailles
If you're in the mood for a total 5-star splurge, this is it!
Originally built as a luxury hotel in 1910, the Waldorf Astoria sits on a magnificent 8-acre park that borders Versailles, right near the Queen's Gate.
It looks like a palace itself, not as grand as Versailles next door but, with its clipped hedges and carefully manicured lawns, it certainly belongs in the family. It's almost like a stay in Versailles Palace itself!
In fact, it is two hotels in one: the 5-star Trianon Palace, which I've just mentioned, and the 4-star Trianon Pavillion right next to it. Should you book at the Pavillion, you'll still have access to all the Trianon Palace's facilities, such as the Guerlain Spa and the Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
Consider reserving a seat at the chef's table and watch the kitchen experts weave their culinary magic right in front of you.
At certain times of the year, the price difference between the two is relatively small, so definitely take a look at both. Just know that some of the Palace rooms have a Versailles Palace Gardens view, while most hotel guests at the Pavillion will look onto the hotel's own garden.
If you're arriving by train, beware that the nearest station is the Versailles Château Rive Gauche Transit Station, about 25 minutes on foot, not ideal if you have luggage.
While there are often taxis available at the station when you exit, that's not always the case so best reserve one or book an Uber to get to the hotel.
18 rue Benjamin Franklin, Versailles
This modern boutique hotel is a perfect choice for a comfortable stay in Versailles. The hotel features modern rooms, whose contemporary colors and clean lines are a marked contrast with the ornateness of the palace.
Many hotels in France lack air conditioning so if you're visiting at the height of summer, this will be ideal for your stay.
Hotel Versailles Chantiers has some balcony rooms available, perfect for a morning coffee or to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Breakfast is also available on the 6th floor of the hotel which has a lovely balcony overlooking the city.
Hotel Versailles Chantiers is in the newer office and residential neighborhood of Versailles, the Chantiers. It is a 10-minute walk to the Versailles-Chantiers train station, and a 20-minute walk to the entrance of Versailles Palace. It's easier to hop one of the buses near the hotel. Most will leave you within 5-10 minutes of the Palace (you can't really get much closer on public transportation because the walk from the street to the Palace was designed for carriages, not pedestrians!)
The Chantiers train station allows for an easy connection to the center of Paris. You'll reach the Gare Montparnasse in under 20 minutes by train or the Eiffel Tower in 25 minutes with the RER C express commuter subway.
23 rue Royale, Versailles
Royal Hotel Versailles has 34 modern but smallish rooms. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere and is a great budget-friendly option in Versailles.
For a longer stay in Versailles, consider their Standard Studio room, which is equipped with a small kitchenette, bed, desk, and a small table.
For those traveling with children, the Royal Hotel Versailles offers a family room that consists of one comfortable double bed and two twin beds in the same room. Traveling with kids can be expensive and this room is one of the best budget-friendly buys near the Palace.
Royal Hotel Versailles is located in the St. Louis Quarter of Versailles, an historic neighborhood built under Louis XV to house the increasing number of officials and civil servants working at court.
It still has a small-town feel and although many streets are residential, it is also home to many picturesque cafés. Its main highlight is the lovely 18th-century Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Versailles. This is an artistic part of town, especially around the former market, whose stalls have been taken over by crafts and boutiques.
7 rue Sainte-Anne, Versailles
If proximity to the palace is what you're looking for, the Hotel Le Versailles's 47 luxurious rooms will surround you with French history. It's opulent without being too ornate.
Some of the rooms are decorated with floor-to-ceiling murals that depict an aspect of Versailles or of French history in general, like Marie-Antoinette, or the Hall of Mirrors.
Another highlight of this hotel is its lovely lounge area and outdoor terrace, which is a great place for a nice glass of wine in the evenings.
The location of Hotel Le Versailles is one of the best aspects of this hotel, as it is located just outside the palace. After a day exploring the palace and its extensive grounds, your feet will thank you for having to work this little to get you home.
19 Rue Philippe De Dangeau, Rue Montbauron, Versailles
Mercure Versailles Chateau is a modern hotel with 60 rooms located in the heart of Montbauron, a residential district of Versailles where the original water tanks feeding the palace fountains was located. The area is cobblestoned and filled with atmosphere.
Many of the rooms have been recently renovated, and are quietly modern, without being jarring. For those traveling with pets, this hotel is a great pet-friendly option. The hotel also has a breakfast buffet that is available daily starting at 6:30 am.
The Versailles Château Rive-Gauche Station is a good ten-minute walk, and the chateau itself a pleasant 15 minutes away.
There are also a variety of restaurants nearby.
16 rue Richaud, Versailles
Hotel Des Lys is a modern hotel with 39 simple but comfortable rooms.
It is convenient for both tourists and anyone traveling for business as it is in the center of Versailles and offers a private car park. Services also include a breakfast option with fresh produce.
Rather than banal still-life paintings on the walls, you'll find French historical figures here – quite fitting.
The hotel also offers a single-room option, which is perfect for solo travelers, and it allows pets.
Located in the antique dealers' district part of Versailles, the hotel is in a great neighborhood for exploring local shops, antique stores, and restaurants. Enjoy a nice stroll through the town of Versailles before heading to the Palace or taking the train to central Paris for the day.
2 B rue de Fontenay, Versailles
A budget hotel with only 17 rooms, Hôtel d’Angleterre is a great choice for those looking for a simple, less expensive hotel that is within spitting distance of Versailles, a 5-minute walk from the Louis XIV equestrian statue.
The rooms are quaint and have a minimalistic design with a splash of bright colors, although some might need a bit of a spruce up. The hotel does have a meeting room and a small breakfast service available. The hotel prides itself on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, its strongest selling point along with price and proximity to the palace.
Located on a quiet street, this hotel is a great place to escape for a comfortable rest after a day of exploring Versailles. You won't have to walk very far to get home.
It is also only a five-minute walk from the Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche station, to get into Paris easily.
This luxury VBRO is perfect if you're looking for a bright, professionally decorated apartment almost on the palace's doorstep. This two-bedroom apartment is ideal for groups or families and can sleep up to six people, two in each bedroom and two in a fold-out sofa.
The full-size kitchen let's you cook if you'd like to, and it has all the amenities – wifi, air-conditioning, and a washer.
Located only 50m from the Palace of Versailles, this VBRO is in an ideal location to visit the palace and its beautiful gardens. This area of Versailles offers plenty of cafés and shops as well. The one caveat: it's on the third floor and there is no elevator.
But if you don't mind the climb and what really counts is self-catering combined with palace proximity, this is for you.
Versailles is located 12km outside of central Paris, but it is easy to access using public transportation. The best way to get to Versailles is to take the RER C train to Versailles Château Rive-Gauche station, and from there, walk for about ten minutes to the Palace.
Beware of the stop: you're looking for Versailles Château Rive-Gauche. The next stop, Versailles Chantiers, is further along. If you miss your stop, you can still get off at Versailles Chantiers but it'll take you an extra 20 minutes or so to walk to the Palace.
Another option to get to Versailles is by transfer service, taxi, or Uber. This may be a convenient option for those traveling with luggage to one of the places to stay near Versailles Palace. There may be taxis at the station but you may also have to call one if none is available.
Just southwest of Paris, Versailles is close enough to the capital to go back and forth on a daily basis. This is why so many visitors come for the day to visit the Palace. Increasingly, visitors are choosing to spend a night or two in Versailles and give the Palace a more thorough visit. There is so much to see in what was originally a modest hunting lodge by Louis XIII. He would have been shocked at his lodge's metamorphosis in the hands of Louis XIV, his son.
Today, the giant palace has 2300 rooms and 800 hectares of ornate gardens, not to mention fountains and canals, the famous Hall of Mirrors and the rooms full of period furniture, along with visits to the Grand and Petit Trianon, which was built by Louis XVI as his wife Marie Antoinette's Versailles estate. The gardens are quite huge, so bikes and golf carts are available for rental.
You can visit the palace on your own but the lines are long, so make sure you at the very least buy a skip-the-line ticket, or better yet, take one of the many daily tours of the Château de Versailles, like these below:
Paris is a dazzling city, but Versailles is one of its jewels. Staying at a hotel in Versailles is one way to make sure you see it all.
There isn't as much accommodation variety as there is in Paris, of course, but there are enough choices to fulfil anyone's requirements and budget. Given the cost of Paris hotels these days, accommodation near Versailles, France, is a viable option not everyone has discovered yet.