Hotel du Continent
30, Rue du Mont-Thabor, 75001 Paris, Closest Metro: Concorde, 500m
It is nearly thirty years since we last stayed at the Hotel du Continent so it has been interesting to see how it has been reinvented as an up-market boutique establishment. With decor by Christian Lacroix, the hotel has upsized its rooms to small suites which are a far cry from the somewhat cramped accommodations of the past. We stayed in the sixth floor junior suite which stretches across the top front of the building and takes in three dormer windows with balconies. The sixth floor celebrates the Americas. Each floor has a different continent as its theme. The Lacroix trademark is unmistakeable with bold block colours, contrasting textures and unrestrained use of prints on walls.
Furnishings and fixtures are up to date; the beds are comfortable and the bathrooms well thought out. Rooms are serviced daily and a light (French) breakfast is available downstairs daily for 10 Euros pp. The rooms have minibars and there is an honesty bar and coffee brewer available in the lobby lounge.
Value for money? Despite being conveniently located, for the casual visitor/tourist, the Continent is probably overpriced, but for the business traveller, especially those doing business in the fashion houses of The Marais, the Continent is an iconic "must do". After all, "It's Lacroix, Sweetie!". Discounts for multiple night stays are available when booking on line and the response to our booking enquiry was very prompt.
A small word of caution to future occupants of suite 64; when getting out of bed on the right hand side, beware of the inward sloping wall, painted black, which is very hard to see at night. Also, the elevator only goes as far as the fifth floor, so keep in mind that last flight of stairs if you are lugging bags.
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- Also Known As:
- Du Continent Hotel
- Du Continent Paris