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Where to stay when in Cannes for the Festival

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The Intercontinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes

The Intercontinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes

So you have flown into Cannes for the festival.  You have a screenplay to sell, people to meet, hands to shake and numbers to take.  Just where will you find Mr Spielberg or Mr Bruickheimer?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to follow me..

The interior of the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel

The interior of the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel

This magnificent facade is the Intercontinental Carlton hotel.  Thought by many to be the flagship hotel of Cannes and one of the four ‘Grand Dames’, this is the place that has hosted Prince Ranier and Sophia Loren.  It has the finest cuisine in Cannes.

It hosts one indoor restaurant and one beach restaurant with ingredients always bought locally and prepared fresh on the day.  No awards or Michelin stars were mentioned, maybe they are just modest.

It also has three bars, the Petit bar, the Terrasse bar and the Bar de Celebrities.  Well where else would you be likely to find them?  Here’s a tip: try one of their Lady Carlton cocktails.

Tha Majestic Barriere

Tha Majestic Barriere

Further down the Croisette you have the Majestic Barriere, recently refurbished and still with that sexy new carpet smell.  it comes complete with private beach and luxury boutiques.  It is located further down the Croisette, not far from the main venues for the festivals.

Restaurant @ Stephanie

The Palais Stephanie is the next on our tour.  With it’s timeless art decor and heated rooftop swimming pool it is easily a match for it’s more established sisters and very popular with movie stars and directors.  It has played host to many fashion shows,after-show parties and television programmes.  The hotel boats many fine views of the bay of Cannes and it’s islets.

The Martinez Hotel

The Martinez Hotel

Our final stop on today’s tour is the Martinez hotel, the last of the Grand four dames.  Now this is my personal favourite.  It has it’s own glorious beach club, with a long pontoon and waiter service for those cool juice drinks.  It has a large reception area that is uniquely organised to provide maximum efficiency.

Martinez 2

Martinez 3

It’s Palme d’Or restaurant has two Michelin stars, and it’s spa takes it’s cue from two experts, Lancaster and Soothys.

To stay at any of the four hotels check out their websites here.  I recommend you book at least six months in advance.


Written by Nick Gilmartin

May 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

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