The Continental is a chain of hotels located all around the world that function as a neutral territory for members of the criminal underworld. They are frequented by many hitmen and notorious murderers.
The Continental of New York is way older than we thought. It is located at Manover ST. Block 23 207 7, Special District: Lower Manhattan of New York City. The Continental of New York was incorporated and opened on April 4, 1904 and was registered on the same date. The date and pic of opening clearly shows in Parabellum.
While appearing to be a chain of luxury hotels for normal guests, these hotels also serve as a neutral sanctuary for hitmen, assassins and other members of the criminal underworld and prohibits killing of any kind. Eventually, the Continental spread around the world with their own chains runs by other members internationally.
When Winston and John both refused to kill each other, where the Adjudicator talks to the Administrator while giving the order of Deconsecrated, allowing "business" to be legal on its grounds. After the normal guests of the hotel are evacuated, Winston regrants John his privileges before he and Charon go to the armory to protect themselves from the High Table. Soon, a team of High Table enforcers in advanced bulletproof armor arrive and attack the hotel, killing most of the New York Continental's armed staff, except for Charon. After a tough gunfight, the defenders kills of the enforcers before John confronts Zero and his assassins, killing Zero and the rest of his assassins, safe for two of them who he spares honorably. After the supposed death of John at the hands of Winston, the Adjudicator re-consecrated the New York Continental one more, allowing the hotel to clean up and be back in business again.
The Continental Hotel has its own rules:
First and foremost is a sanctuary; no "business" can be conducted on the Hotel premises, including fighting and carrying out contracts on other assassins in the hotel; Ms. Perkins breaks this rule, resulting in her revocation and execution. Although the rules are strict, they are not unjust. When Perkins tried to kill John Wick in his room, Charon asked if John needed a Dinner Reservation, meaning John would have been allowed to kill Perkins since it was self-defense as she tried to kill him first. In John Wick: Chapter 2, John himself breaks this rule by killing Santino D'Antonio in the Continental lounge. However, rather than having him executed like he did with Ms. Perkins, Winston gave him a marker and a 1-hour grace period before marking him excommunicado. He likely did this out of respect for John.
Everyone on the premises must pay for their presence in order to qualify for a sanctuary; this is usually invoked by booking a room, but if a member merely desires to use the facilities before moving on the same day - say, for a private meeting - purchasing a drink at the bar will earn sanctuary until the day's end.
A blood oath, once sworn, must be carried out, or those who don't hold up their end of the deal will face the death penalty. Killing the holder of the blood oath is, of course, unacceptable, as well as running away.
Under the orders of the High Table, helping or assisting "excommunicado" members is prohibited with harsh punishments ranging from physical injuries to death. The Director has her hand stabbed for helping John and the Bowery King's men are killed and he, himself is severely slashed for assisting John before his ex-communication. Winston was stripped from his position of owning the New York Continental for John giving a 1-hour grace period. However, he later regains this position after seemingly killing John.
While The High Table is the supreme authority in most cases, The Continental is an autonomous organization, and its various branch managers — Winston in New York, Julius in Rome and Sofia Al-Azwar in Casablanca, among others — have complete authority over Continental business. In fact, Winston may even have a history of pushing back against The High Table.
The Continental’s concierge can provide for almost any needs of their exclusive clientele. Some locations even board pets — just not in the New York branch.
After the Adjudicator declares deconsecration on the New York Continental, killing and execution of contracts were permitted on the hotel grounds. This decision was later revoked after a parley between Winston and the Adjudicator.
The Continental Office is run and managed by a group of mainly tattooed female operators in vintage pink uniforms. They take orders from Winston in managing memberships of the Hotel.
To prevent hacking and ensure confidentiality, the office is outfitted with far-outdated Commodore 64 computer systems and wired rotary phone lines, although the screen output shows that the inner workings of the computers are not the original. The computers and phones are used to put out contracts, declare a member's excommunication, and perhaps send out all official communications emanating from the Continental.
The Continental Hotel has its own form of currency in the form of gold coins. These coins are only available for assassins, hitmen, mobsters, and other people involved in the underworld. Normal guests must pay by conventional means (i.e. money and credit card).
The Continental is also responsible for distributing more and new coins into circulation, acting as a sort of bank for the entire underworld.
- Hotel Services:
- Weapons and ammunition supply: The Sommelier
- Fashion and body armor: The Seamstress and The Tailors
- Mapping: The Cartographer
- Transportation service (disguised as a regular taxi).
- Medical service: an unnamed black market doctor
- In house Barber/Hairdresser
- Winston - Owner of the chain and Manager of the New York Branch
- Julius - Manager of the Rome Branch
- Sofia Al-Azwar - Manager of the Casablanca Branch
- Charon - Concierge
- Addy - Bartender
- The Sommelier - Gun service
- The Seamstress - Body armor service
- The Tailor - Fashion and body armor service
- The Cartographer - Maps and blueprints service
- An unnamed black market doctor - Medical service
- Administration: The exterior and interior of the Continental consisting of an outside courtyard and an indoor lobby. It is run by Charon.
Notes and Trivia
- As the hotel utilizes Commodore 64 computers, it is possible that the Hotel has a very long history of establishment since the retro IT system they use was discontinued in 1994.
- It seems that all Continental employees recognize John Wick.
- Charon, in Greek mythology, serves as the ferryman into the Underworld; his position as Concierge at the Continental reflects that role in the John Wick universe.
- The real-life location of the New York Continental Hotel is The Beaver Building at 1 Wall Street Court in New York City. However, it's interior scenes were filmed using the interior of Delmonico's located at 56 Beaver Street in New York City.