Opening of the new Versailles hotel
Inaugurated today, the new Versailles Hotel is a modern, luxurious retreat in the heart of downtown Versailles, Ohio. With a “heritage meets hospitality” mentality, the hotel offers a refreshing perspective on a site that holds over 150 years of hospitality history, as hotels have occupied the land since 1865. A destination in itself, the upscale and boutique property is the only full-service boutique hotel in central Ohio and features 30 spacious, well-appointed guest rooms and suites; Silas, celebrity chef Aaron Allen’s seasonal restaurant; and ample meeting and event space for up to 200 people in room 1819.
Location and design
Hotel Versailles’ roots are intertwined with industry, machinery and a strong French heritage, all of which play into the inspiration for this historic revival design orchestrated by acclaimed local businesses from Ohio, Design by Kimberly O and architect DK. The hotel’s French-inspired sophistication and elegance, combined with a striking architectural design, give this property a distinct sense of history, which comes to life through everything from the building’s simple brick exterior structure. to the large glass and steel windows, to the artistic patterns and color palette of textiles and furniture. Rooted in Ohio pride, with a commitment to hyper locality, some of the design features include the focal point’s private dining table in the restaurant designed by Hayrake Furniture Company in Minster, Ohio; the central window bench chandelier created by Glass Asylum in Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and locally sourced furniture and artwork that adorns the hotel, its restaurant, and private event space.
The nostalgic yet modern design extends to the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, including the 350-square-foot Spa Suite, which features an expansive, immaculate bathroom with an oversized soaking tub, spacious double sinks, and designer bathrobes. All rooms include plush bedding, comfortable sitting areas, large windows, and carefully selected bedroom amenities.
Hotel Versailles is located at the intersection of Center and Main in the heart of downtown Versailles and features on-site courtyards and gardens, which provide respite to gather near the growing village core. The property is minutes from major area attractions like Eldora Speedway, Stillwater Valley Golf Club, The Winery at Versailles and popular restaurants, museums, nature preserves and shopping. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Dayton, Ohio, and less than two hours from neighboring cities in Ohio, Columbus and Cincinnati, and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Silas Creative Cuisine + Cocktails
Executive chef Aaron Allen, whose 14-year career has taken him across the country cooking and leading teams at famous restaurants, is collaborating with the Hotel Versailles’ own farmer, Katie Bensman, to bring a real restaurant fed from the farm to the hotel with Silas. Restaurant, in-room dining and event menus are all carefully created using consistent quality ingredients available seasonally and sourced directly from nearby Sycamore Bridge Farm, with meats supplied through local partnerships with Winner’s Quality Meats and King’s Poultry Farm. Additionally, Silas offers a selection of creatively crafted cocktails, many of which recall the city’s heritage and all with a modern twist.
Inaugural menu samples include:
- Blue crab salad // endive, avocado, aguachile sauce, coriander, puffed wild rice
- Roasted chicken // stuffing with pine nuts, honey, bacon, asparagus, smoked potato, raclette, mustard seed, pickle, chicken jus
- Smoked BBQ carrots with curry // sumac, candied lemon and yogurt
Historically inspired with a modern twist, signature cocktails include:
- Golden Eagle Old Fashioned – Hotel Versailles American Whiskey Blend, Piloncillo, Hotel Versailles’ Bitters Blend
- Snow Collins – Watershed Citrus Peel Gin, Creme de Flora, Lemon Elixir, Seltzer, Bolivar Bitters
- Esther’s Scotch Bonnet – Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Bark Vanilla served on one of Esther’s own cocktail napkins
Silas can accommodate 100 people in its dining room, 60 in the bar and lounge and 40 on its outdoor terrace. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also offers in-room dining for guests. Full menus and additional information are available at hotelversaillesohio.com.
Room 1819 at Hotel Versailles is a spacious room that can accommodate up to 200 people, designed to accommodate special occasions such as meetings, weddings and unique events. Served exclusively by Silas Creative Kitchen + Cocktails, the space is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, noise-canceling features, a built-in bar, a mudroom, a babysitting room, and a private courtyard. overlooking the historic square of Versailles. . In addition to event space, hotel amenities include free parking, an updated fitness center equipped with a Peloton bike, in-room massages, local shuttle service, and airport shuttle Dayton International. Programming will include farm tours, cooking classes, special dinners and tastings, outdoor activities and much more.
22 N Center St
Versailles, Ohio 45380