Located in France’s gorgeous Domaine de Chantilly, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume is an elegant hotel offering groups the highest level of luxury surrounded by 1,900 acres of pristine forests. The 65-room estate opened as a hotel last September, but it was the home of royal families from the 1330s until the mid 1800s.
The estate is one of the largest historic properties in France, only an hour drive from Paris and 20-minutes from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Upon entry, feel your aristocratic fantasies come to life in the extravagant lobby filled with furniture and fixtures designed for groups of royal stature. Between meetings, engage in onsite polo matches, museum tours, golf tournaments and spa treatments. And the signature La Table des Connétables restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star only five months after opening.
We emailed Nicole Wilms, director of marketing, to learn more about royal meetings at Auberge du Jeu Paume.
Prevue: Can you describe the vibe and design of the Auberge du Jeu Paume?
Nicole Wilms: The Auberge du Jeu de Paume is the epitome of French elegance and refinement. The façade is simple, with no fussy embellishments. The hotel is all about understated sophistication. Luxury pervades its 92 rooms and suites, each of which offers the utmost in comfort. The same luxury is echoed in its restaurants, lounges and spa.
What are some unique features on property?
The exceptional location within the estate of Chantilly allows visitors to experience the Château de Chantilly, learn about its history at the Condé Museum, visit the Living Horse Museum housed in the Grand Stables, experience the thrill of a race at Chantilly Racecourse, stroll through the grounds and discover the historic Maison de Sylvie and the Jeu de Paume.
The environment offers the royal French hotel tradition combined with a range of leisure facilities that is unrivalled in the region—a spa and fitness suite, horse-riding, a golf course and nearby theme parks.
Lovers of fine foods will appreciate the delights served at La Table du Connétable, a gourmet restaurant run by Arnaud Faye, our executive chef, which recently received a Michelin star.
Can you tell us about the award winning La Table du Connetable?
The atmosphere exudes elegance. The chevron parquet flooring is scattered with sumptuous rugs, the armchairs are in the Louis XVI style and rich shade of beige and burgundy are draped throughout. The large studio windows show the onsite gardens with fresh ingredients, used in the remarkable culinary works of art prepared inside. Groups will savor cuisine that is creative and comfortable, combining tradition and new ideas. The innovative interpretations of traditional recipes and signature dishes heightened by the talent of the sommelier’s impeccable wine selection.
Does the restaurant offer buyouts for groups?
Yes, we offer private events on an exclusive basis. The dining room holds 50 pax.
Is there a customizable group menu?
Our chef Arnaud Faye offers a seasonal menu and also tailors menus for groups with requests.
What type of unique events have you done in the outdoor space?
We have done a reception in the English Garden of the Château de Chantilly, we have held a private dinner in the gardens of the Chateau with fireworks. We also planned a group picnic in the garden.
Are you able to utilize the stables for group events with an equestrian theme?
Yes, the stables can be used for private dinners and receptions. It’s a very special experience.
What about the surrounding theme parks/cultural attractions?
Guests can visit the museum at the Château de Chantilly, or see a stunning example of 18th-century classical architecture at the Grand Stables & Living Horse Museum. The Jeu de Paume houses magnificent paintings and outstanding temporary exhibitions, while Le Hameau is said to have served as inspiration for Marie-Antoinette’s magnificent Hameau (“hamlet”) in the Petit Trianon Gardens at Versailles.
What types of experiences are there for groups visiting the hotel?
Groups can enjoy treatments in the spa at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume, which has a gentle Moorish feel, with colorful mosaics, zelliges, white stone flooring, Turkish bath and sauna. There is also a prestigious golf course nearby, and groups can explore the beauty and attractions of the Domaine de Chantilly, including private tours of the Chateau, private equestrian events, introductory polo training and rides in horse-drawn carriages.
What special activities are offered onsite for large groups?
Chantilly is an incentive destination filled with cultural experiences, sport activities and historic equestrian themes throughout.