Billed as a “voyage around the world in 25 rooms,” the Hôtel du Continent is the fourth Parisian hotel to be given a makeover by Christian Lacroix.
Located on Rue du Mont Thabor in the city’s first arrondissement, a stone’s throw from the Place Vendôme, the historic three-star establishment with its new design takes visitors on a journey through the continents, seen through the eyes of “yesterday’s travelers,” according to Lacroix.
“Today, the Hôtel du Continent not only encompasses the continent of Europe, it also includes all the others. One on each floor. But there are six floors and five continents! We could have considered splitting the Americas into North and South... However, we chose instead to invent a sixth continent, the North and South Poles – Arctic and Antarctic,” said the designer in a press release.
“Naturally, all six continents were designed without any attempt to provide a faithful ethnic or anthropological portrait, but rather with the whimsical distance of yesterday’s travelers, who brought back not just scientific information, but also countless fables and fantasies, plying the Parisians of the time with as many legends and [utopian] folklore as genuine facts.”