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Some say, "Paris is for Lovers", and while that's totally true, we might also say that the city is for lovers...of awesome hotels! A newbie to the French capital is the Hôtel du Continent and it's not only a comfy place to stay on the Right Bank, but it offers up new travel inspiration with your stay.
Designed by the French master himself, Christian Lacroix, the hotel has a different theme for every floor, based on the earth's continents and each of the 25 rooms in this vintage building play into that theme. The first floor is stylized with Europe in mind, where the second is Antarctica and so on and so forth, finishing up with Africa on the fifth floor.
Guests can expect a departure from the literal design aesthetic that comes with each continent. Instead the rooms have a modern take enveloped in whimsy with the use of antique maps, fabrics, patterns, colors and finishes. Lacroix notes that the design of each room is
"...far from any anthropological or strictly ethnic preoccupation, but rather with this fanciful distance known to ancient travellers who brought back with them not only scientific information but tales and dreams too."
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It makes sense for a French hotel portfolio, such as Accor to recruit a French fashion designer such aslike Christian Lacroix to design not only the rooms, but the uniforms for their ultra hip Sofitel So Bangkok. As expected, these digs and outfits are So over the top while managing to maintain traditional Thai themes.
Lacroix married East and West elements into his unique designs that make each staff member a walking fashion plate. Using traditional Thai silk and silhouette the designer brings a little Paris runway show to the streets of Bangkok with his brightly colored uniforms for both men and women. Each piece is different from the next by using the basic elements and mixing and matching tops, bottoms, and sashes so everyone looks like a top model.
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Why, isn’t this just the prettiest darn little breakfast room you ever did see? It’s the vision that greeted us in the morning at Hotel Le Bellechasse in Paris recently.
The hotel was designed by Christian Lacroix, meaning that the rooms are really something – butterflies, horses, zodiac signs on the ceilings, for example – but the public areas are just as special.
The walls were amazing – Roman columns and Pompeian frescoes here, orange trees and parrots there, a still life, a medieval picture of a grocery store, and an Impressionist lady sitting at a table in the corner by the entrance.
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We were rather cheeky about the Hôtel Bellechasse in our review of design hotels in Paris. But we take it back, as if you're looking for a special hotel on a buzzing street, seconds from the Orsay Museum, a pop across the river to the Louvre, and only a short, nice walk along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, this is the place you'll find love.
The Bellechasse is a Christian Lacroix baby, a thing which you see immediately on entering the small foyer - unmistakeable bold, bizarre mixtures of colours (including a yellow ceiling) and deep, plush fabrics. The staff are super-helpful, if rather brusque in a very French way.
Tight jeans and large sunglasses are what you mostly see entering and exiting The Hotel du Petit Moulin, a 17-room creation from fashion designer Christian Lacroix on Trendy Street, aka rue Poitou, in the middle of Edgy Area, aka the Right Bank's Marais area.
The translation - small windmill - is misleading, because it's actually housed right inside an old boulangerie, or bakery. They've kept the colourful old boulangerie sign outside, which can be confusing if you're not paying attention.
Thankfully, there's no confusing the place for a boulangerie inside - instead of bread it smells strongly of a heady perfume, Chanel no 5 perhaps. Something expensive, anyway.