French palace to open for sleepovers

Guests will be able to experience a slice of royal life at a new luxury hotel at France's iconic Palace of Versailles. Photo / Getty
Guests will be able to experience a slice of royal life at a new luxury hotel at France's iconic Palace of Versailles. Photo / Getty

If you've ever fancied living the life of royalty, this could be your chance.

The Palace of Versailles, the mansion of ill-fated 18th century French Queen, Marie Antoinette, will soon house a luxury hotel.

Three of the grand buildings on the expansive French estate will be transformed into top-of-the-range accommodation by The Lov Hotel Collection, an elite chain that runs exclusive residences across Europe.

The sprawling Château de Versailles is a popular spot for tourists. Photo / Getty
The sprawling Château de Versailles is a popular spot for tourists. Photo / Getty

The palace's impending transformation will include 20 luxurious hotel rooms, as well as a restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, which will serve fancy French cuisine.

The opulent Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. Photo / Getty
The opulent Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. Photo / Getty

The plans have come under criticism from traditionalists, but the hotel has been given the green light by the French government, which needs extra revenue to support the expansive landmark.

The stunning  L'Orangerie at the Palace of Versailles. Photo / Getty
The stunning L'Orangerie at the Palace of Versailles. Photo / Getty

While guests won't be able to stay in the castle itself, some of the rooms will have a view of the L'Orangerie, the stunning landscaped gardens that were used to house King Louis XIV's 3,000 orange trees during the cooler months.

The opulent palace, which happened to be the venue of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding rehearsal dinner, was the centre of political power in France from 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.

The extensive renovations are set to be completed in 2018.

- nzherald.co.nz

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