Photos courtesy of Château d'Ermenonville
Double rooms: 110–170 euros
Suites: 215–295 euros
Rates do not include breakfast
Open: all year
Ermenonville is about 50 km northeast of Paris, or 22 km northeast of Charles de Gaulle Airport. From N2, take N330 exit toward Senlis. Follow signposts. Your own car is the best way to get there.
On site: rowboats; poker room
Nearby: golf; Park Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Asterix theme park; Senlis; Château de Chantilly
Nestled in a beautiful wooded park alongside a small river, this château just oozes history. The style here is very old school, a throwback to another era. Don’t come here and expect a modern 21st-century hotel, but rather a sedate, somewhat funky, château hotel experience.
You’ll want to spend a little time exploring the surrounding woodlands or even try rowing a boat around the moat. Even French philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, found inspiration here in the the remaining six weeks of his life.
Several of the guest rooms have been renovated, while many of them still need updating—including the bathroom plumbing. That said, rooms are in keeping with the setting of the château. They’re plenty comfortable and most are quite spacious. The best rooms overlook the lake.
A formal dining room offers well regarded classic cuisine. Be sure to make a reservation. Like most hotels in France, dining and breakfast prices are high. The hotel is a popular venue for conferences and meetings.
Great historical setting