A truly unique experience awaits visitors to the capital city of France until 12 December 2021. For only four months, the Monte Christo Hotel in Paris has been transformed into a Casa Particular, a private, genuine Cuban hotel called Eminente. The creative concept will amaze guests by its surprising originality and especially by the flavour of the new Cuban rum.
Anyone exploring the narrow streets of Paris and arriving at 20 rue Pascal in the 5th arrondissement will certainly be stunned. The classic Monte Christo Hotel with its tall, simple white facade has disappeared. Instead, there is only the lush Cuban greenery of the famous Viňales Valley and a small hotel in the foreground, with the name of the new Cuban rum – Eminente.
The transformation of the established 4-star hotel into Hotel Eminente is perfect. At first glance, guests will be captivated by the ochre facade, displaying the wealth of a past history. Walking through the great gate, the senses are intoxicated by the spirit of a Cuban market, the scent of sugarcane and the notes of Eminente rum. Each step leads guests a little deeper into the heart of wild Cuba.
Crocodile Island, named “Isla del Crocodilo” by the Cubans due to its shape, immediately entrances. It contains a perfect replica of a Cuban bar with faded ceilings, typical Cuban bedrooms as well as the hotel restaurant converted into a “paladar” (Cuban family restaurant), where island specialities can be shared and savoured.
The menu of Hotel Eminente is based on a pleasant surprise – Finca Tungasuk. This farm (finca in Spanish) located west of Havana uses organic methods to produce almost 2 500 kinds of different fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs. Annabelle Cantarero, trained at the Ferrandi Institute in Paris, prepares delicacies from these ingredients.
Moreover, the new Cuban Eminente rum plays a major role in the whole concept. According to César Martí, the youngest Cuban Maestro Ronero (Rum Master), this is a rich, full-bodied rum that draws inspiration from the 19th century Cuban sugarcane eaux-de-vie with all its complexity. Hotel guests can also taste it in five rum cocktails, specially prepared for Hotel Eminente.
Behind the magic of the entire temporary transformation of this Parisian hotel into an impressive and sensuously immersive visit to Cuba are interior designer, Pauline d’Hoop, together with Delphine Sauvage, as well as Athem city scenography workshop, which took care of the transformation of the building facade.
Hotel Eminente can be visited until 12th December 2021.
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