Unique among other establishments, the Hotel du Continent promises its visitors a journey around the globe without the necessity of leaving Paris. Christian Lacroix, who created the interior design, wished for each floor to represent a continent:
"These days, whoever speaks of continents no longer considers only Europe, but embraces all others. One per floor? Yes, we have combined the Americas, and considered the Arctic and Antarctic together, the better to express our theme. All the six landmasses have, of course, been envisioned far from any anthropological or strictly ethnic concerns, but with the fanciful distancing effect known to travellers of yesteryear, who brought back with them from distant lands not only scientific information, but tales and fables, too, feeding the Parisians of the time with legends, traditions and fanciful folklore as well as absolute verity".