Average (non-royal) folks have long dreamed of sleeping in Versailles, even going so far as trying to construct their own,. But now, that dream is now becoming a reality.
In order to generate extra income after severe budget cuts this year, the palace will convert three of its original buildings into luxe hotel accommodations: the Petit Controle,the Hotel du Grand Controle, and the Pavillon des premières cent marches.
Following the creed that you have to spend money to make money, the renovation will cost between 8 to 14 million euros ($9 million to $15.5 million) because the buildings need serious work, according to Forbes.
While not much else is known about the hotel conversion as of yet (except that the rooms will offer views of the estate’s orangerie), locals seem to have a “comme si, comme ca” attitude about the project.
“Turning these crumbling buildings into a hotel is a great way of getting them renovated – they are an important part of our heritage so we shouldn’t let them fall apart,” resident Fabien Martin told Forbes.