L'Antoine by Christian Lacroix
A hotel must reflect its roots, the area choosing to welcome it.
For you, the “travellers”, the “customers”, or the “people passing through”, to truly feel at home, it must, in turn, itself be “at home” in this district Saint-Antoine, one of the most symbolic of popular, authentic, historic Paris.
That is why, right as you enter and head into the lobby, I have chosen to depict, on each floor, all the layers and periods of this little corner of eastern Paris, from its artisan origins (woodworking was, and still is, to a certain extent, the speciality of these streets and passageways where the professions of furniture and decoration prevailed, from upholsterers to plasterers) to the “fashionist” vocation of today.
Throughout the centuries, one after the other, we can still find the intermingling of artists’ workshops, “cafés-charbons”, traditionally selling coffee, wine and coal, along with contemporary art galleries and symbolic bistros or dance bars, like the Balajo.