Lonely Planet Writer

Want a taste of the high life? New luxurious (of course) hotel at the Palace of Versailles

It doesn’t get much fancier than plans for a luxury hotel and restaurant at the Palace of Versailles in France, and fans of the high life will only have to wait until 2018 for it to happen.

Palace of Versailles, France.
Palace of Versailles, France. Image by Jimena Contreras

Alain Ducasse, a famous Michelin-starred chef, has been selected to create a new restaurant on the palace grounds, along with a luxury hotel by LOV Hotel Collection, according to the Wall Street Journal. The palace is famous for its magnificent landscaped gardens, the enormous palace dating back to the reign of Louis XIV the Sun King, the famed Hall of Mirrors, and its place in history as the home of the Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Guests of this impending hotel will likely get a taste of the life of luxury the royal family led for a time, as the project will offer 20 hotel rooms and fine dining, with the décor in keeping with the palace’s luxurious style.

Last year, the palace was in need of funding and invited bids from private companies to create a hotel in three mansions located not fair from the main building, according to an Irish Independent article from August. The buildings have been empty since 2008, reports CTV News. The palace, a Unesco World Heritage site, is currently undergoing a €400 million restoration program that will be completed in 2020. The hotel is expected to open in 2018.