Its annual film festivals helped shoot the French southern city to international recognition, but Cannes also sees a steady flow of visitors all year round, hosting an average of 200,000 visitors a day. It is also known for its glamorous lifestyle and beautiful beaches, and it is also a popular golf destination. Visitors to Cannes this year will have the Boccacabana to look forward to – a seaside promenade with plenty of green spaces to relax and play sports in.
There are picturesque beaches like La Croisette, with plenty of glamorous attractions like Palais des Festivals, but the city also comes with plenty of history. Its villas like the landmark Villa Fiésole reflect 19th-century Cannes. Museums like Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence house artifacts from prehistoric times to the present, with objects from the Pacific Atolls, Peruvian relics and Mayan pottery as part of its exhibitions. Cannes is also the starting point to other surrounding islands in the French Riviera. These include the Lérins Islands, St Marguerite Island and St Honorat Island.
If you’re thinking of making a trip to Cannes this year, here are five hotels you need to consider.
Living up to its name, the Grand Hotel on Boulevard de la Croisette is mere minutes from the Palais des Festivals, where the annual Cannes Film Festival is held. Surrounded by luxury retail and dining establishments, its location in the Cannes City Centre makes it one of the prime spots to visit.
Guests also get to enjoy a private beach exclusive only to them, and need not travel far for quality dining. The hotel has its own Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Park 45, which is headed by chef Sébastien Broda.
Le Grand Hotel Cannes
Address: 45 boulevard de la Croisette
Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Facilities for disabled guests Express check-in/check-out Bar Meeting/banquet facilities Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Water sport facilities (on site) Internet services
If Jay Gatsby were French, Cannes would be his West Egg. Keeping in line with the city’s association with the rich and famous is JW Marriott, which sports cream and chocolate interiors with a film festival theme. Guests who enjoy excellent views will not be disappointed here. From a rooftop swimming pool to rooftop bar Le Panorama, there are sweeping views of the bay and the nearby Lérins Islands. Some rooms even come with balconies for guests to enjoy them from the comfort of their room.
“The complimentary breakfast was fantastic! The staff were very friendly and were very knowledgable about the area. The room itself was clean and a very nice bathroom. After driving there, parking was very easy since it’s just next door and has access directly to the hotel, we paid 28eur for a day. Just an exceptional hotel, especially for a couple.” - Evan, France
The air of charm is noticeable the moment you walk through its doors. Built in the 19th-century, Hotel Lutetia still maintains its old world allure. Located well and truly in the city in Carnot, guests can go for ambient city walks, including to the Rue d’Antibes, the renowned shopping district. Hotel Lutetia is also conveniently placed in the middle of everything. It is only a short walk away from the Gare de Cannes station and attractions like La Croisette and Palais des Festivals.
“Owner Sylvia was delightful; she let me practice my broken French with her. She was very friendly with our two children and we would. Love to return. 5-10min walk to beaches/restaurants. Highly recommended.” - Marco, USA
Staying in a beachfront hotel doesn’t mean it comes at a premium. Azurene Royal Hotel is just 50 m (164 feet) from the La Croisette and Cannes beaches, where guests can take up fishing, diving and snorkeling.
It’s also located in the Cannes City Centre, where visitors can find excellent retail, luxury and dining options. Close to the hotel is also one of the city’s renowned golf courses, where avid golfers can head to for a relaxing round of 18.
If you’d prefer being away from the crowds, yet still remaining near the action, Hotel l’Olivier provides comfortable accommodation with great views. Decked in traditional Provençal-style interiors, the rooms are guaranteed a view of the sea, flower garden or the Notre Dame d’Esperance church. In proximity to Cannes’ beaches, its old port and Rue du Suquet, the city’s old quarters, the location is still perfect.
Guests feeling adventurous can also take a recommended day trip to the Lérins Islands, a cluster of four islands in the French Riviera that is only a 15-minute boat ride away.
Hôtel l'Olivier - Piscine & Parking
Address: 5 Rue des Tambourinaires - Le Suquet - Quartier Historique
Water park Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Free WiFi Bowling Airport shuttle Safety deposit box Physical distancing rules followed 24-hour security
So much more than just a festival host
There is so much more to Cannes than what has been mostly depicted in the media. It is indeed a charming city that is rich in culture and Hollywood glamour, with sparkling picturesque beaches in the background. However, the city also has a rich history, one which once consisted of violence, before it became one of the gem French cities with its earned reputation today.
If you are in Cannes, be sure to allow yourself a few extra days to explore its surrounding islands. Much of Cannes’ tourism is during the summer. The best time to visit is from May to September, but it also happens to be the busiest time of the year, so be sure to book your rooms early. Whether you’re staying by the beach or in the heart of the city, Cannes will most definitely be one of your most memorable trips you will take.
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