The adventure began in 1993 for Mr Denis Kuentz, when he opened his first establishment in the commune of Sausheim, 5km from Mulhouse. The hotel had 83 bedrooms and is classed in the 2* category.
Mr KUENTZ, Alsation by birth, an ex-manufacturer of pasta, became involved in the hotel industry without ever having worked in it before.
But at a time when the budget hotel industry was booming, he had a simple idea: offer hotels with excellent comfort, in the 2* category, at a good price.
Why? So that people on business trips would have the right to enjoy the same comforts as at home.
Mr Kuentz devised and developed the concept of a simple, efficient building which is easy to maintain.
The hotels are built of cellular, 36.5 cm thick concrete bricks, which gives them excellent thermal and phonic insulation. The buildings comply with anti-seismic standards and look like comfortable hotels.
Roi Soleil is the Prime Contractor for construction of establishments.
Four people working full-time are in charge of structural works.
Finishing works are carried out by local enterprises.
All the hotels are constructed by the same technical team managed by Avelino Pinheiro, Technical Director of the whole chain.
The Roi Soleil hotel chain today has 6 2-star category establishments and 2 3-star establishments.
They are based in Alsace/Lorraine and have a total capacity of 761 bedrooms.