Chateau Hotel Mont Royal
What We Love
- A beautiful and luxurious château stay in a picturesque location near Chantilly ForestDelectable gourmet cuisine at L’Opéra, which was once the château’s ballroom
- Swimming beneath sparkling chandeliers at the spa’s indoor pool
- Being just a 35-minute drive away from Paris
What To Know
- There’s an indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and fitness center
- Superior rooms – the smallest of options – start at 323-square-feet and have marble bathrooms
- Free WiFi
For château cool with a touch of five-star splendour, this swanky castle-hotel is just half-an-hour north of Paris. Built for a French composer in 1911 and set right by the Chantilly Forest – once the hunting ground for France’s elite – there’s plenty here to delight; from its sublime setting on a hilltop surrounded by scenic woodland to its proximity to the charming medieval city of Senlis.
Whilst the picture-perfect location is fabulously rural and rustic, the interiors are anything but. Expect thorough luxury in each of the 108 rooms and suites, many of which have furnished balconies for awe-inspiring forest views. All rooms are individual in style and design, kitted out with lavish fabrics, striped wall furnishings, smatterings of period décor, and much-appreciated modern gadgetry such as iPod docks, LCD TV, and a DVD player.
The château’s old ballroom is the site of L’Opéra, the signature fine dining restaurant that serves up first-rate cuisine under the watchful eye of gourmet chef Benoist Rambaud, while the old smokehouse is now the Stradivarius Bar – a wood-panelled lounge with a brick-lined fireplace, velvet fabrics, and soft lighting. Further temptations include a tennis court, fitness centre with cardio and weight-training equipment, and peaceful spa where you can take a swim under glistening chandeliers and get royally pampered.
How to Get There
If you drive for less than 10km from Chantilly, you'll reach a gorgeous 18th-century palace on a hilltop nestled in the scenic woodlands of the Chantilly Forest. Every inch of the property is steeped in history and dripping with royal splendour from top to bottom, from the simplest double room to the Royale suite. It's a thoroughly contemporary luxury hotel, beneath the regal surface. The old ballroom that once hosted nobles now serves lip-smacking delicacies at its fine dining restaurant - L'Opéra. And, the castle's old smokehouse is now home to the Stradivarius Bar, the stylish lounge decked with old books collection, panelled wood walls and brick-lined fireplace.
We stayed at this hotel simple as a close place next to CDG airport for our departing international flight the next day. The property is nice, I can't tell if it was originally was an old Chateau and they added on new construction or not. The rooms for being on the outskirts of Paris were fairly small. The client was mostly business people and mostly French business people. We tried repeatedly with numerous mistakes in ordering dinner. The young server said he could speak English but his command of the language was not as strong as our servers anywhere else in France if they person said they could speak English. I realize as not speaking the native tongue the language barrier problem is my own but if the person says they can speak and accept something I say as understanding it, I don't expect repeated mistakes. Eventually the front desk person had to come get and understanding of what went wrong and at his point the entire table had finished their dinners so there really wasn't an option for me but to go to bed hungry.
This is a stunning hotel with great food and excellent staff. We chose it to stay the night before catching our flight, but next time would stay longer. Enjoyed biking in the woods. The hotel was full due to conferences, but as the only private guests, they gave us special treatment. Very quiet and comfortable, excellent sleep.