Le Grand Hôtel Cannes
Le Grand Hotel Cannes is one of the most intriquing hotels in Cannes and one of the most comfortable. A true green oasis on the famous Croisette, the hotel enjoys a unique and exceptional setting. The oldest hotel along this famous stretch, it has been completely revamped in a 1960s style. These days, Le Grand Hotel Cannes not only continues to offer luxurious 5 star accommodation, it has also kept its original interior design. If this matches your tastes, you will be in 7th heaven, because the hotel could almost classify as a museum of 1960’s decorative arts, as well as offering services to match its lofty category.
This was the first hotel to be built on the Croisette and it was in keeping with the style of 1960 even after the the renovations in 2006 took place. The design of the place is typical from that time: the hotel building is a large 11 storey block whose balconies form little compartments in the façade. The green space dotted with palm trees that separates the building from the pavement gives a more pleasant and summery feel to this impressive ocean liner of a building. As soon as you enter the lobby, the size of the spaces and the pale colour of the omnipresent marble make it feel as though you are on the set of an old movie. The marble, combined with the brown shades of the cavernous lobby, lacks warmth and the chrome in the designer furniture chosen to adorn the place does little to brighten it up.
The hotel offers spacious rooms, drenched with natural light and a fabulous, very 60s ambiance. Le Grand Hotel Cannes has 75 guest rooms and is one of the flagship establishments of the Croisette. If you are a fan of 1960’s-based styles, you will think you have arrived in heaven. Designer light fittings, luxury bedding, elegant furnishings and Bulgari welcome products plunge you into an atmosphere of sweet sensual delight. Orchids freshly cut from the hotel’s greenhouse add that finishing touch of elegance to your room. Whether you are in a superior room, a Junior Suite, a Prestige room, an Executive Jacuzzi, the Penthouse Suite or the Penthouse Executive Jacuzzi, every last detail in the decor has carefully been seen to. In the bathrooms, the 1960’s style gives way to the sophistication of grey marble. Nothing could be more classic.
The rooms at the hotel open onto terraces overlooking the sea, the gardens and its palm trees, over Cannes and the surrounding hillsides. Why not settle into an armchair and peacefully look out at the sweep of the Mediterranean landscape from Le Cannet to Grasse and beyond. The serene light colours of the elegant designer bedrooms offer a sense of tranquillity. Outside, the clear blue skies of the Côte d’Azur beckon while, inside, the room is bathed in Mediterranean light. Luxury and sun, the two magic ingredients in your stay on the Riviera. The room offers the following amenities: free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with Pay TV, mini-bar, safe, en-suite bathroom with luxury toweling and slippers and Bulgari bathroom amenities.
Once you’ve made your way through the gardens of the hotel, either on foot or by golf buggy, come to the reception area and let their friendly, helpful staff guide you. Escape from the hustle and bustle of La Croisette and retreat to your room or suite. Although they do not have a swimming pool, this hotel has something that the others do not, an oasis of green in the immaculately maintained gardens. The only garden on this stretch of the popular Boulevard de la Croisette. It provides a nice change to the sand and sea to be able to relax and enjoy the views, a cocktail or a snack in the lush garden setting.
With a dynamic ambience Le Park 45 is an elegant restaurant with an outdoor terrace and views over the gardens. Run by top Chef Christophe Poard, Le Park 45 proposes a fine and delicate contemporary cuisine. This accompanied with a range of desserts created by Head Pastry Chef Pascal Picasse and wines selected for you by sommelier Corentin Guyard, ensure you will have the perfect meal. Just read the menu is a mouthwatering experience. All dishes are served in a setting that brings together the spirit of the 60’s and classic, contemporary furniture. The terrace is quite the agreeable place during fine weather, and the bar, Le Cercle, is also very pleasant, because it is the ideal place where you can enjoy a selection of cocktails and light meals in a jazzy ambience seated in funky retro armchairs in the interior or a relaxing seat on the terrace.
Across the road is Le Plage 45, the hotel’s popular private beach. There’s a bar and restaurant, sandy beach, waiter-serviced sun beds and loungers, and even an over water jetty with comfortable divan day beds. While access to the beach itself is complimentary for hotel guests, usage of the sun loungers, beds, and jetty comes at an additional price, a standard gripe for nearly all Riviera hotels.
Cocktail receptions, garden parties, product launches, car rallies, fashion shows, publicity events, Le Grand Hotel Cannes is the ideal venue for all these events and more. Whether it’s a festive occasion or a professional event, they can adapt their services to meet your precise needs. Seminars, work meetings, symposia, talks, meetings: hold your event in their fully equipped meeting room. The meeting room is decorated entirely in white and can be divided into 3 sections holding up to 100 people. It is provided with all the necessary equipment (overhead projector and screen and a Wi-Fi connection).
Without any of the ostentation associated with Cannes, guests looking to relax will appreciate the Grand’s laid back, palm-springs vibe. Whether it’s an afternoon on the serviced private beach, or stopping for a drink and snooze on the hotel’s pretty lawn, Le Grand Hotel Cannes provides a chic, understated, contemporary stay in the Riviera’s most notorious town.
The scene-stealing location on the Croisette is always at the heart of the action, whatever the season. In summer, unwind under palm trees and parasols or cross the promenade to the private beach club. Whatever the weather, the glittering marina, the cafés and shops of rue d’Antibes and the hilly Old Town are under five minutes’ walk away. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Cannes Harbour and Museum of the Sea. As far as location is concerned, you could hardly improve the placement of this 5 star establishment. On the Croisette, it overlooks the sea and has unobstructed views of the beach. Rue d’Antibes, the main shopping street in Cannes, is a few metres behind the hotel, and is full of shops and restaurants. The Palais des Festivals and the historical district of Suquet are both just a few hundred metres away.
There are several things and places not to be missed at Le Grand Hotel, and particularly its restaurants!
– Le Park 45, is a gastronomic journey. It is an invitation to discover local flavors sublimated by the Michelin Starred Chef, Christophe Poard, know-how and creativity.
– The hotel private beach, La Plage 45 is the trend place during the summer in Cannes. This place dedicated to wellness is the perfect association between farniente and the pleasures of the table under the aegis of Beefbar, the famous Monegasque meat concept.
– Not to miss an experience on the Riviera, the Grand Hotel lends its customers a “Dring Me” mobile phone. This device gathers our concierges made selection of the most notable places, restaurants, bars and museums from Monaco to St Tropez.
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Wander through Aix-En-Provence, a small, classically Provençal town with a pretty pedestrian center of elegant fountains, bell towers and narrow streets lined with interesting architecture ranging from 17th century hotels to paved plazas like Place d’Albertas. Aside from fashion boutiques, two stores are of particular note, both offering local products. Jacquèmes has been a family institution for 101 years, offering a diversity of delicacies from caviar to foie gras to the most particular of Provençal liquors: pastis. Its whisky collection is also impressive, with dusty bottles dating back to the 1930s. A few streets away is the brightly-decorated La Coure Gourmande offering tantalizing calissons, the regional candied fruit with ground almonds topped with icing and multi-flavored navette biscuits (try orange blossom and anise). For a break away from the hubbub of town activity, have lunch at La Table du Le Pigonnet. A garden setting of chestnut and cypress trees, umbrella pines, flower-filled borders, ornate fountains and statues, the tranquil retreat rests at the rear of an elegant 18th century country-house hotel.
Special City Guide: Cannes
When Coco Chanel got a suntan here in Cannes, she startled the milk-white ladies of Parisian society. Today, there’s hardly an inch of sand along La Croisette’s beaches that isn’t covered with bronzing bodies in the summer. Cannes’s whitewashed luxury hotels, designer shops, and Michelin-starred cuisine all embody Riviera glamour. But away from the flashing cameras and Hollywood starlets who come for May’s International Film Festival, a tamer city charms all year round. Strolling along glamorous seaside promenade La Croisette is a requisite activity. Follow the celebrity handprints of Allée des Etoiles on the palm-lined La Croisette, climb the medieval slopes of the old town of Le Suquet, or smell the salty breeze as you admire the yachts along the Vieux Port. Forville Market is the place to fill your picnic basket with freshly caught fish, pungent cheeses, and tapenade (olive paste).
The promenade de la Croisette or simply La Croisette which curves along the coast, is lined by grand hotels (some dating from the 19th c.), boutiques and exclusive beach clubs. It’s also home to temporary exhibition space La Malmaison, which holds three major modern art shows each year. One of the best ways to get your bearings in Cannes is to climb aboard the Petit Train touristique de Cannes. The vehicles operate every day, depending on the season. Three itineraries are offered: Modern Cannes, with a ride along La Croisette and its side streets; Historical Cannes, which weaves through the narrow streets of Le Suquet; or the Big Tour, a combination of the two.