We decided to celebrate my eldest 10th birthday recently by having a weekend away in Paris but rather than saying in the city itself we stayed in the rather sumptuous Trainon Palace Hotel in Versailles. The Trianon Palace Hotel is part of the Hilton Groups top end Luxury Hotel Brand, the Waldorf Astoria.
Because we were driving we wanted a hotel on the edge of Paris and the Trianon Palace Hotel is perfectly placed as it’s only 30 minutes to the centre of Paris by train and the train station is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel!
On top of that the hotel is on the edge of the beautiful town of Versailles and set on the edge (just a few minutes walk) of the magnificent Chateau de Versailles. The Chateau itself is worthy of a weekend visit but be aware although you can walk around the grounds every day of the week the interior of the Chateau is closed to the public on Mondays!
It’s a children friendly hotel with families making up a fair portion of the guests. A children’s menu is available in Restaurant La Veranda and Room Service, kids can swim in the pool until 7pm, there are extensive out-door grounds and even some rather special kids clubs you can book into.
I should also mention that about the hotel was a last-minute after thought so I don’t have as many shots of the hotel as I would like…we were there to celebrate my eldest’s birthday after all. But hopefully these photographs should give you a feel of the hotel.
The entrance to the hotel is stunning with a long marble floored corridor (called the Gallery) running down the length of the hotel lined with large chandeliers and comfy high-backed chairs. It oozes grandeur but is stylishly relaxed, being used as a place to eat breakfast, read the paper, drink afternoon tea, indulge in an evening tipple or just to meet and chat about that days events.
Our room was in the newer build part of the hotel that runs directly opposite the main older building which meant that our view in the morning was rather lovely as it looked directly at the old quarters (the two buildings are connected via a fun underground tunnel).
Eating areas run around the whole of the oblong old building.The rectangular shape really does help to pull the vibe of the hotel together creating a warm and intimate space for guests to be in.
Connecting rooms are available which is a must for us having youngish children, with the adjoining room having the same size and layout.
The bathrooms are functionally stylish containing a combined bath and shower.
Breakfast is a feast and something to be had at a leisurely pace. My girls rate a hotel based on the breakfast available and they were not disappointed. Buffet style full english and continental was available along with fresh crepes and beautifully thick fresh fruit juice.
It was a great weekend and a fabulous base for visiting Paris. My tip would be to book a table in the hotel restaurant if your planning to eat there as it gets very busy but there are plenty of restaurants in the town of Versailles as well which are just a few minutes walk away.
If you’re looking for a little touch of French luxury, with a country feel, in a town setting, then The Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles is perfect.