Monday, 26 June 2017

The Time Capsule Railway Hotel (32 Pics)

Built by a local architect in the late 1920s, the Belvédère du Rayon Vert teeters above the railway tracks in the southern French town of Cerbère, near the Spanish border. It’s unique design makes it look like a ship setting out to sea– but over this years, this luxury hotel of the jazz age has become a little bit more of a ‘Titanic’ frozen in time…

The Spanish Civil War and then the Second World War would end this glamorous époque for the Belvédère and the hotel would spend the next few decades slowly falling further and further into ruin.

The Belvédère today offers ten of its original suites as refurbished self-catering vacation apartments that can by rented by the week at €350. Still owned by the same local family, the hotel recently underwent some modest restoration to the facade and the “concierge” tries to retain remnants of its lost elegance. After all, the building has been a registered historic monument since 1987.



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