Chef Alain Ducasse to operate new luxury hotel in Versailles

Chef Alain Ducasse and the LOV Hotel Collection reportedly have been chosen from 20 contenders to lead a project that will turn three buildings on the grounds of the historic Palace of Versailles in France into a luxury hotel and restaurant.

The luxury boutique hotel, expected to open in 2018, will feature about 20 rooms and a fine dining restaurant led by the Michelin-starred chef. The €14 million (US$16 million) renovation will remain faithful to the opulent style of the 18th century.

The buildings chosen for the project served as the king’s Ministry of Finance and a military mess for soldiers since opening in the 17th century. It spans 2,800 square meters and have stood empty since 2008.