TOP CHEF: Alain Ducasse is rolling up his sleeves to set up a luxury hotel in Versailles.
The Michelin-starred chef and his company Lov Hotel Collection have been commissioned to transform an ensemble of three buildings called the Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon des premières cent marches, situated next to the palace’s Orangerie, the management said on Monday.
The hotel is to comprise some 20 rooms as well as a restaurant offering French haute cuisine thought up by Ducasse himself.
The premises, originally built in 1680 by the Sun King’s architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, have stood empty since 2008.
A spokeswoman for the palace confirmed that the 30,000-square-foot venue would open doors in 2018.
Renovation costs are estimated to hit between 4 million euros, or $4.5 million at current exchange, and 7 million euros, or $7.9 million. An additional 4 million euros are to be allocated to the interior design sporting an 18th-century decor.
The Lov Hotel Collection currently boasts six historic addresses, including Les Airelles in Courchevel and La Bastide de Gordes in Luberon.