Versailles boasts a history as rich as the city it inhabits.
It sits on grounds that first housed a religious order
and then in the 18th century a fort and château,
designed by Abbé Vachon de Belmont to pay tribute
to the original Château Versailles. A new incarnation
brought townhouses to the site (inhabited by the owner
of Montréal's first automobile and a Lieutenant
Governor General, among others). One of these townhouses
was turned into the small Versailles Lodge in 1958; later,
with the addition of three more townhouses, the Château
Versailles was born.
the property (and its sister, Le Meridien Versailles-Montréal,
across the street) received a facelift to the tune of $8.5
million, hotelier Vikram Chatwal of New York City's The
Time fame managed to infuse a breath of fresh air while
respecting the building's past, hanging onto original
details such as moldings, fireplaces and Art Deco lamps.
He enlisted architect Edward Hercum for the renovations
and designer Patricia McClintock for the interiors. Bornand
raised in Southeast Asia, McClintock has a flair for the
exotic, and her signature touches grace the 65 bedrooms
and suitesshades of saffron and tangerine, Arabesque
fabrics and Matisse-inspired paintings. Adding local color
are contemporary artworks from Quebec artists.
hotel has all the modern amenities, including a restaurant,
in-room data ports and Nintendo, a business center, and
a gym and sauna.