'Versailles is a mirage, a sumptuous and theatrical entertainment. It is also a manifestation of glory and power imposed to a great extent by art, luxury, and magnificence' writes Valerie Bajou, a modern-day curator at Versailles, in her book "Versailles" (Abrams, 2012).
Versailles is one of the first cities you should visit in France if you want to explore its culture. Versailles is very well-known for its palace as well as famous worldwide for its local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Woman's clubs, Historical Society and Theatrical Arts Association. This magnificent city has a reputation of 'quaint community' which is the result of entire community's vision and thoughtful planning and participation.
Stay in Versailles and save money
If you wish to see Versailles and want to save some money you can definitely do it - just save some money on accommodation, you can find Versailles hotels here from 100 EUR per night. The available choices of cheap hotels are Hotel Richaud, Hotel Le Home Saint Louis or hotel d'Angleterre which are, of course, further away from a center, but neatly arranged.
The luxury spirit of Versailles
However, there is a huge variety of luxurious hotels in Versailles. You will definitely be able to enjoy breakfast included and luxurious surroundings in Versailles hotels such as Trianon Palace Versaille, Hotel de Versailles or Les Etangs de Corot which are very well-known in the city for their luxury. The mentioned hotels are located in special places, such as next to a center or surrounded by magnificent nature. Of course, if you are a luxury-apartment-lover, you should be prepared to spend some more money on accommodation, as the prices of rooms in such hotels begin from 110 EUROS and they are usually booked with no discounts. By the way, Pullman Chateau de Versailles is considered one of the most expensive and one of the best hotels in Versailles. Consider the opportunity to take a room there if luxury is what you're after.
Being a tourist in Versailles
There are a lot of things to do in Versailles if you happen to travel there. You should not lose the chance to see the Chateau de Versailles, a monument of French classical architecture. The Trianons & The Hamlet (Le Hameau) should also be visited by every traveler. That is definitely the best place for you to get away from the pomp of the center of Versailles.
The Hall of Mirror, the Royal Opera and the Grand Canal are also the places that are worth visiting. If you are keen on history, you should go to temple of Love or Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, as their history is distinctive. There are, of course, many more places to visit regardless of the mentioned ones, such as Galerie Ici et Ailleurs or Cathedral Saint Louis. Make sure to check out these places to enjoy Versailles to the fullest.