Beginning December 2010 the old hotel of Grand Controle will receive its first guests. The sign outside of the building claims Mansart to be the hotel’s architect. It is number twelve on the west side of the Avenue d’Independance Americaine. The back windows open onto Orangerie of Chateau de Versailles. The location would support the Mansart claim by contingency, every other building here is by Mansart, but some historians question it.
The building is leased from the French Army and is going to become a luxury hotel. As you can judge from my pictures, it doesn’t look like much right now, yet the proximity to the Chateau and the view from the back windows have all the potential.
The Chateau itself is expected in the near future to open 2,500 rooms! These rooms replicate the living conditions of the XVII century, and only those who observe the dress codes of the century will be allowed in. A carefull examination of the candidate’s attire has to decide which room he is to occupy. If dressed as a royalty, he or she will be treated as such. If graded below that, the guests are allowed to move in with the other courtiers. If your attire came from some Hollywood second-hand store, you may be assigned to the servant quarters. And don’t forget that the XVII century had no underwear. Don’t let them catch you!