The Palace of Versailles turned into a luxury hotel

The Palace of Versailles, specifically one of its dependencies, will be converted into a luxury hotel. This is the beginning of a series of projects that are related to the exploitation of the economic potential of protected French buildings, thus ensuring their renovation. The Hotel du Grand Controle It is going to become a "luxury hotel," said Jean-Jacques Aillagon, president of the Palace of Versailles.

The opening The 23-room establishment, with some rooms facing the «Orangery», is scheduled for the end of 2011. The palace, considered one of the greatest achievements of 18th-century French art, is one of Europe's most popular tourist attractions. important. Famous for its Hall of Mirrors and as the home of the French court of 1682, the complex was transformed and expanded by King Louis XIV making it a monument to royal greatness and absolutism.

It remained the official seat of power until the French Revolution in 1789, when Marie-Antoinette fled the palace through a secret passageway. The concession has been awarded to the Belgian company Ivy International SA, which has been in charge of the renovation and development of this type of buildings for more than 30 years. Built in the decade of 1680 by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the 1,700 square meters (18,000 square feet) of the Hotel du Grand Controle was officially used as a casino until 2006.

Aillagon explained that the building was handed over to them in a very deteriorated and that in reality, their task is to "save" him. Ivy will pay for the renovation works, about 5.5 million euros. The company will pay an annual fee to Versailles for the lease of the building.

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