Luxury Hotel to Open At Versailles

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Soon, visitors won't need a royal title to spend the night on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.

Officials have announced an outlying building at the chateau will be turned into a 23-bedroom luxury hotel, with plans to open next year.

The regal Hotel du Grand Controle, traditionally home to the palace treasurers, looks out over an elaborate greenhouse, the "Orangerie," and a Swiss ornamental lake.

A Belgian company, Ivy International SA, has been contracted to renovate and develop the building over the next 30 years. The 18,000 square foot building dates back to the 17th century and was left in disarray until 2006.

"The building was given to us in a very dilapidated state," says Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of the Chateau de Versailles, to AFP. "I've been given the task of saving it," he adds.

Ivy will pay for the renovations at an estimated cost of 5.5 million euros, or 7.3 million dollars. The company will also pay Versailles an annual fee to lease the building.

The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most famed tourist attractions in Europe, known for its chandeliered Hall of Mirrors where the treaty that ended WWI was signed in 1919.

Amongst all the extravagance, visitors will feel like royalty in no time.

Read Full Story

People are Reading

Travel Deals

The latest from Healthgrades

Friday, September 30th

Choose your sign:

Relationships take center stage, so brace yourself for some excitement in both personal and professional alliances. The ambivalent Libra New Moon occurs in your 8th House of Intimacy, provoking...

See full horoscope

The company you keep at work is more important than ever while the diplomatic Libra New Moon emphasizes your 10th House of Career. How you connect with your colleagues influences your current...

See full horoscope

You may be quite content in your own bubble, so preoccupied with theory that you miss the more practical considerations. Although the creative Libra New Moon dances in your 9th House of Big Ideas,...

See full horoscope

If you've been patiently waiting for the clouds to clear, the fair-minded Libra New Moon's presence in your 12th House of Destiny could offer you the answers you seek. The Sun-Moon conjunction to...

See full horoscope

Powerful waves are washing over you as extravagant Jupiter joins the gracious Libra New Moon in your 11th House of Dreams and Wishes. You might, as William Blake wrote, "See infinity in a grain of...

See full horoscope

You might appear to be a party in motion, brightening up any place you go now. You're assertive but not offensive; however, you must pay attention to the reactions of others and adjust your...

See full horoscope

Don't expect to be fully rational when explaining your motives to others, even though you're trying to empathize with both sides of a family squabble. The fair-minded Libra New Moon agitates your...

See full horoscope

Keeping things simple is an uphill battle now as your mind is cluttered with stories that complicate communication and impede cooperation. Although the evenhanded Libra New Moon in your 3rd House...

See full horoscope

A more objective picture of your current financial situation begins to emerge as the equitable Libra New Moon lands in your 2nd House of Possessions. However, the proximity of expansive Jupiter...

See full horoscope

A surge of creativity feeds your optimism and inspires you to overcome obstacles. The social Libra New Moon brings marvelous possibilities from its close association to propitious Jupiter in your...

See full horoscope

You are so driven to resolve a relationship issue that you could appear overly aggressive to others now. Compromise sounds like a good idea on paper, but it's not easy to make a deal with your...

See full horoscope

A normally comfortable relationship with your coworkers is more awkward now as your long-term goals clash with those around you. The creative Libra New Moon touches down in your 6th House of...

See full horoscope

See All

Powered by
More to Explore