Luxury Hotel to Open at the Palace of Versailles?

Cannes, France
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Chateau de Versailles
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The talk of the town in Paris these days? There’s a possible new hotel development slated for the Chateau de Versailles, and it might soon be possible to spend the night at the fairytale palace that awes three million visitors every year. Recently the palace’s management called for bids for transforming three buildings just outside the palace gates. Dating from the 1680s, these buildings—the Hôtel du Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon—have impressive views over the Orangerie.

Reuters reports that it would require a 4 to 7 million Euro investment to restore the historic roof and walls, and an additional 4 million for the interiors. (The buildings have been unoccupied since 2008 and are in a dilapidated state.) The Huffington Post France reports that Accor Hotels is interested in bidding on the 60-year concession to manage the property. This is not the first time that a hotel was envisioned for these buildings; a former project for a 23-room hotel was granted to Ivy International in 2010, only to be abandoned later.

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