Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles
The Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles is a luxury hotel just steps away from the famous Versailles Castle. While the hotel looks truly impressive from the outside, I wasn’t totally happy about my stay as you’ll read in this review.
While Paris is an outrageously expensive city when it comes to hotels, Versailles is actually not too bad in that regard. That’s also true for the Waldorf Astoria, which usually costs between 200 and 300 Euro per night.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Pavillon Room with Garden View
- Month of Stay: August
While that’s still a lot of money, you’re sleeping in a really beautiful building just steps away from the castle. Well, that’s at least what I thought, but the two lowest tier room categories are actually in a different building, which doesn’t have a lot to do with the beautiful building right opposite.
Pavillon Room at the Waldorf Astoria Versailles
For my stay at the Trianon Palace Versailles, I had booked the lowest room category including breakfast. While I got upgraded to a Pavillon Room with Garden View, it still meant that it was the same room, just with a different view.
The room itself was fairly spacious and had a King Bed with two nightstands, a daybed with a small table and a spacious working desk with a chair.
Located on the working desk, there was also a flat-screen television and in the corner of the room, there was a large wardrobe, which had the minibar and a coffee machine.
The design of the room made a decent enough first impression on me, but I was shocked on how few attention to detail was paid. If you compare my pictures with those of the website, you’ll see that all decorative pillows and other items giving the room some charm have been removed.
However, that’s the minor point of criticism I have. What was worse is that the bed wasn’t properly made at all and the room itself hasn’t been cleaned up to any hotel standard, not speaking of Waldorf Astoria standard. Plus, the furniture looked really damaged.
After complaining, we were given a different room of the same category with a two hour delay, no apology given. Sadly enough, the room was only slightly better cleaned and still in a rather bad condition for a Waldorf Astoria.
Let’s speak about something else: the bathroom. It looked fairly nice to me in both rooms and came with a luxurious feel thanks to lots of marble. However, there was just a single sink, a toilet and a shower-tub combo. The shower pressure was okay, but I somewhat expect more than that of a Waldorf Astoria.
The views of the main building were quite nice though and maybe the best part of the Pavillon Rooms “with Garden View” at the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles.
Other than that, I really wasn’t impressed.
Breakfast at the Trianon Palace Versailles
In the morning, we had breakfast in the main restaurant of the Waldorf Astoria Versailles. The breakfast room itself feels palatial and is a nice place to enjoy breakfast, but the atmosphere isn’t on the same level as it was really crowded when we went for breakfast. Weirdly, the buffet was located in the hallway. Nevertheless, the options available were quite good with several high quality items.
There was a nice selection of cheeses, cold cuts, bread rolls, bread, muesli, yogurt, fresh fruits and other cold items.
Then there were several hot options at the buffet, which weren’t really hot anymore, sadly.
I’d rather recommend making a little detour and using the live cooking station, where you can order hot dishes of your choice. Here, you can also find some sweet options like pancakes or waffles.
Coffee and juices are brought to your table upon request, but service was only mediocre when we visited. For example, an order for eggs benedict got lost and was only available 30 minutes later after we asked for it repeatedly.
All in all, breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles is nice enough, but not even close to the levels of luxury hotels like the Le Bristol Paris.
Pool & Gym at the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles
Something that makes the Waldorf Astoria Versailles a great option for a weekend away is the recreation area located in the main building. Here, you can find a large spa area, which has a big swimming pool and several loungers.
In summer, you can also use a large “solarium” with several further loungers. The pool area also has a sauna and a steam bath, but I personally didn’t find this area to be very welcoming.
You can also book several treatments in the spa, but those are quite overpriced in my opinion. The gym on the other hand can be used without a charge and comes with very modern equipment. It’s decent enough for a quick workout, but there aren’t too many machines. Sadly, the gym also lacks views.
In summer times, you can also play tennis on the hotel’s court, which is another great option to do some sports when staying here for leisure. The gardens on the hotel grounds are very nice, too.
All in all, the recreation facilities of the Trianon Palace Versailles are quite good and definitely better than in most other hotels in and around Paris. I’d still say that the Hotel Molitor Paris has the cooler pool though.
Overall impressions of the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles
My conclusion regarding the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles are mixed. The hotel looks brilliant from the outside and has a great location. While the room looks very nice on the pictures, at least the Pavillon Rooms don’t do this justice as they are in a bad condition and don’t seem to get cleaned all that well. The bathrooms are not really on a Waldorf Astoria level either. While the recreation facilities are nice and the breakfast selection is up to the five-star-level, I thought that service was somewhat indifferent and not particularly friendly at most times. While I wouldn’t say that you shouldn’t stay here, I also wouldn’t recommend the hotel totally.