Custom built in 1970 as a timely recreation of France’s renowned Palace of Versailles, this Gaslamp Quarter hotel exudes European luxury (and is brimming with lavish finds, including a desk from Versailles itself). Find ornate detail throughout, from Baccarat crystal chandeliers to marble bathrooms—an opulence that decorates the first-floor restaurant Westgate Room, as well. Here, chef Fabrice Hardel serves French-inspired cuisine with an eye on local ingredients, with orders like togarashi-crusted Baja prawn or day boat sea scallops. However, don’t skip dessert as the pastry team excels in their daily orders of French favorites like macarons and chocolate mousse. And for something low-key, head to the recently opened Veranda, the hotel’s al fresco spot featuring modern American fare and live music four nights a week.”
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