Every year thousands of tourists head to visit the iconic Palace of Versailles – the former estate of the French monarchy, which is situated just outside Paris and is Dior's choice venue, most recently with Rihanna for the Secret Garden campaignThe opulent palace allows visitors to explore the luxurious home and perfect gardens, but soon it will also provide the chance for an overnight stay – as the Palace of Versailles announces that it will open a hotel... 

A new luxury hotel is being planned for the palace grounds in a bid to raise some much needed revenue for the palace. Versailles have opened the bids for hotel groups and private companies to pitch for the new hotel, which will be situated inside three former 17th centry maisons which are currently not in use.

The winning company will be granted a 60 year license to operate the new hotel, and a percentage of its profits will go to the palace. Would you love to stay the night at Versailles? Stay tuned for more news on this story on Buro 24/7 Middle East...