converted into an aparthotel, the Saint-Denis chapel attracts crowds

converted into an aparthotel, the Saint-Denis chapel attracts crowds
converted into an aparthotel, the Saint-Denis chapel attracts crowds

The challenge was monstrous, agrees Clément Thibault, works manager for the Viano company, which carried out the renovation of the Saint-Denis chapel in Châteauroux. “For such a project, it usually takes twenty-five months of work. We managed to complete it in fifteen months,” he reveals.

One week before the arrival of the first tenants, all that remains is to complete minor finishing work and undertake the final major cleaning. “Everything must be ready for the 1is July. We know that we will accommodate three foreign Olympic delegations, but we do not yet know which ones. Paris 2024 has privatized the entire site until August 9. After this date, everyone will be able to rent an apartment for a night, a week and even a month,” explains Johann Hamard, to whom the community has delegated the management of this new equipment.

Johann Hamard is the manager of the new Saint-Denis aparthotel.
© (Photo NR, Martine Roy)

A formula for tourists and employees

With his wife Sabrina, he created his company City Inn 36 to carry this “true life project”. After several years spent in the Vosges – where they managed, for ten years, a company specializing in the rental of furnished tourist accommodation – the couple decided to return to Indre, their native land, with their four children.

“When we heard about the project to transform the Saint-Denis chapel into an aparthotel, we immediately decided to respond to the call for tenders. The result is magnificent. It’s a superb piece of equipment, underlines Johann Hamard, who is eager to embark on the adventure. We are given the keys on Tuesday June 25. Our team is ready: we have recruited two full-time employees for reception and maintenance, two apprentices and a night watchman. All we have to do is get our bearings! »

The couple will nevertheless wait a little before putting their personal touch on the interior decoration. “We’ll see after the Olympic Games. Paris 2024 comes with its own decoration. It’s normal. They will be at home for forty days,” he explains.

The 25 apartments are equipped with a kitchenette and a bathroom.
© (Photo NR, Martine Roy)

In any case, the new hotel site is already arousing enthusiasm among Castelroussins. Saturday June 22, 2024, four hundred people registered for the four visit slots organized in the old Saint-Denis chapel. Many were local residents interested in housing family there on occasion.

Enough to give a little more comfort to a manager already convinced of the advantages of his equipment: “The apartment hotel formula is very popular with employees on business trips because it offers them total freedom. It can also appeal to tourists who appreciate this type of autonomy. »

Johann Hamard and his wife have planned to develop specific services: a shuttle service for travelers arriving by train (from October) but also a “full fridge” option to relieve tenants of the “drudgery of food shopping ” upon their arrival.

The Saint-Denis aparthotel, located rue du 3e-Rac in Châteauroux, will open its reservations from 1is July, on its future website or by telephone at 02.54.60.05.16. Prices: from €50 to €120 per night depending on the size of the accommodation (studio or T2).

in numbers

  • Renovation work on the Saint-Denis chapel began in March 2023. Twenty-five aparthotel-type apartments have been created on the site: 13 studios and 12 T2s, all equipped with their kitchenette and arranged on three levels with an elevator. The equipment is 80% accessible to people with reduced mobility. In addition to these 25 apartments, there is an independent gîte for six people, bookable through the managers of the Saint-Denis aparthotel, which brings the total capacity of the equipment to 77 beds.
  • This project, motivated by the prospect of the 2024 Olympic Games, cost the community €8.6 million, which was able to benefit from subsidies (up to 42% of the amount, or €3.5 million). The delegatee, who has committed for seven years, will pay rent consisting of a fixed fee of €106,000 excluding tax per year and a share equivalent to 3% of its turnover.
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