Hotel Ivoire © Abdallahh
Once the picture of innovation and modernity for Abidjan, the Hotel Ivoire is now an empty shell of what was. The hotel complex used to include more than ten tennis courts, a casino, grocery store, curio stalls, a bowling alley, nightclubs, sauna, restaurants and swimming pools. However, Hotel Ivoire as it stands today is testament to the ruins of civil instability in the country. The swimming pools are empty and have weeds growing where the water used to be, restaurants are closed and very few guests choose to stay in this eerie sixties-decorated hotel.