Famous Palace of Versailles will soon pass through outbuilding, after which luxury hotels in France will have one more competitor. The hotel in Versailles will have 23 rooms and is planned for opening in the end of 2011.
Palace de Versailles (20 km from Paris) is a traditional French chateau-type family mansion. After the conversion, which is done by a Belgium-based company Ivy International, this accommodation in France will be named Hotel du Grand Controle. The approximate cost of works connected with this conversion estimates 5.5 million of Euro. In order to turn the property into a hotel, Ivy International will pay the annual fee, the sum of which is not disclosed.
The palace is widely known as the residence of the country’s rulers from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. Palace de Versailles is included into the UNESCO World Heritage list and is often recognized by its Hall of Mirrors.
After crisis France has started considering turning its palaces into high-end lodgings. Today many historical buildings, including even royal chateaux, have been turned into luxury hotels. This is made in order to generate additional income as maintaining of historical sites usually comes from the country’s budget. Currently several castles are proposed to be turned into hotels. Among them are Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chambord and Rambouillet chateaux.