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Hotel du Panthéon

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Hotel du Panthéon

Hôtel du Panthéon is a hotel that immediately transports you into that mythological "city of eternal celebration". Its 35 rooms are like a hymn to legendary French women: passionate, venerated, free, independent. It is also a hymn to their likewise passionate and stormy love affairs. Like the majority of Paris' old buildings, the hallways of Hôtel du Panthéon are small and narrow, making that trip to your pocket-sized bohemian-style room with a large suitcase a veritable journey back in time. One whole floor of the hotel is devoted to the love affair between Edith Piaf and the French boxer Marcel Cerdan. They were together for just under a year before Cerdan died in an airplane crash, but the relationship has been immortalised in countless photographs and later in Claude Lelouch's film "Edith et Marcel". Far from banal, the 1950s-style interior contains no direct reminiscences of the couple (such as the famous photos of the two of them happily together), only two stylised punching bags on the wall and general photographs of couples in love on the streets of 1950s Paris, calling to mind the bliss of Edith and Marcel. The photo series is titled "Days of Happiness".

Another floor of the Hôtel du Panthéon is devoted to the legendary 19th century courtesans known as cocottes -- women whose business was wealthy men. Drowning in red velvet and with a bathtub in one corner, the rooms resemble a fishnet stocking. The bedside table even holds a typical object of a courtesan's "work room", namely, a small box of napkins, while the window provides a view of that necropolis of men, the Panthéon. Say what you will, but the owners of the hotel have a good sense of humour. Seeing that the Hotel Les Grands Hommes is just nearby, they must have decided that this area has enough glorification of the male.

19 Place du Pantheon
75005 Paris
www.hoteldupantheon.com

 

10/2013

 

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