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October 27, 2021
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Versailles: have an imperial roll

Democracy is coming to the Château de Versailles. Beginning in 2012, plain old commoners like us will be able to bed down in what used to be the office and home of the king’s treasurers. The 17th-century mansion just outside the main palace will undergo a $7-million reno that’ll transform the building into the 22-room, five-star Grand Hôtel de l'Orangerie. Some bedrooms will look onto the elaborate greenhouse that’s home to thousands of orange, lemon and palm trees.

The project has been criticized because it entrusts the French landmark to a private Belgian company that’ll pay Versailles a percentage of the hotel’s profits. Without the company, however, the château doesn’t have the money for the revamp.

In the meantime, those seeking regal digs can head to the Trianon Palace Versailles, a four-star hotel that's a 15-minute walk away and has views onto the château, along with a Gordon Ramsey restaurant and Guerlain spa. Doubles start at €179.

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