The authorities managing the Palace of Versailles just announced the winners of a call for tender launched in August 2015 to create a hotel and restaurant in the famous royal Château. Alain Ducasse and Stéphane Courbit, two celebrities of the French luxury hospitality industry, will not be in uncharted territory among Versailles' opulent apartments.
According to statements of the Authorities managing the Palace of Versailles, the "Lov Hotel Collection" brand will benefit from operating rights over a 60-year period, in exchange for annual fees. Located in a group of buildings overlooking the famous Orangerie (the "Grand Contrôle", "Petit Contrôle", and "Pavillon des Premières Cent Marches", all classified as Historical Monuments), the future hotel will offer twenty-three rooms, as well as a gastronomic restaurant managed by the star chef Alain Ducasse. The hotel's opening is officially slated for 2018, which information should be taken with a pinch of salt in light of the nature of the project (classified buildings for which renovations require approval from preservation experts, roof needing to be fully repaired, upper upscale FF&Es required by the property's positioning...). The renovation project's budget is estimated at 14 million euros, including an investment of more than €600,000 per room (dedicated to works alone, with no ownership of real estate). The goal will undoubtedly be to give this future hotel a luster worthy of today's crowned heads.
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