French casino operator Vikings Casinos is relocating its license in Vittel in the Vosges region to an old spa hotel, which has been abandoned for years. The move could take up to three years.
Vikings license was recently renewed for 20 years by the municipal council. Last year, the city spent €500,000 buying back the hotel establishment, located in the center of Vittel, near the Palais des Congrès and the thermal center, from its owner, Israeli businessman Amnon Leshem, who initially wished to reopen the building under the name Dolce Hotels.
Vikings will now invest between €14 and €17m to renovate the Hôtel des Thermes with local architect Stéphane Deloy transforming it into a luxury establishment. The Vikings group usually works with Accor group as its hotel.
The future casino will also be on the ground floor of the Hôtel des Thermes. It will occupy an area of 1,108 m2, with a hundred slot machines and traditional games. The restaurant will occupy 363 m2, while 68 parking spaces are planned in the basement. About €3.5m are planned to transfer the casino from one hotel to another.
Vittel Casino generated gross gaming revenue of €6.9m at the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, up 3.11 per cent, placing it 111th place out of 202 French casinos. It welcomed 99,403 visitors during this period. The casino offers 75 slot machines are available, with two black jack tables and two electronic English roulette.