Since 1946, Cannes, world capital of cinema and partner of the Festival de Cannes, hosts the most famous movie stars. This May we decided to visit prestigious film festival and our host during this event was Le Grand, the oldest luxury hotel in Cannes. The hotel is ideally situated on the bustling Boulevard de La Croisette, a five minutes’ walk from the Palais des Festivals. This true gem of French riviera with its 60s retro style and feel made our stay really special and memorable.
Sea view suite
Le Grand hotel was originally built in 1862, alongside La Malmaison, the handsome white villa owned by Cannes Municipality, now used as a contemporary Art Centre. In 1957, the old building was pulled down and replaced with a new look, but of course they’ve kept the 60’s façade. Le Grand’s signature style is 60s retro look and feel to the inside, very chic and glamorous. It is a real oasis with its garden and view over the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This hotel has 75 rooms and suites, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a bar and a private beach. It feels remarkably intimate and has faultless service.
Prestige Room at Le Grand Hotel Cannes
We were situated in the prestige room with a terrace, our personal oasis where we enjoyed Sun, and view over sea and palm trees. It was a perfect place for relaxation, just minutes away from the festival’s buzz . At night we were drinking wine while we were curiously looking at people passing by La Croisette after the events.
Our personal oasis at Le Grand Hotel Cannes
There are three types of rooms and suites and you may choose either city/mountain view deluxe room or prestige/junior suite with a sea-view. They all have sensational marble bathrooms with amazing fragrant Bulgari products. Touches of Philippe Starck punctuate the decor. The Grand hotel is the only 11-floor hotel on the Croisette, with penthouse suites featuring terraces and panoramic jacuzzi, where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes. The Jacqueline suite, located on the 9th and top floor, has a living room overlooking the hills behind the city and a room with a balcony overlooking the sea.
The Jacqueline suite
Le Park 45 is an elegant restaurant with an outdoor terrace and views over the gardens. With locally sourced ingredients, Chef Sebastien Broda creates Mediterranean inspired dishes. This accompanied with a range of desserts created by Head Pastry Chef Pascal Picasse and wines selected by sommelier Florent Champanay, ensure you will have the perfect meal. The remarkable wine cellar, with a capacity for 700 bottles, adds to the convivial atmosphere.
A popular meeting spot Le Cercle bar offers you the choice of funky retro armchairs in the interior or a relaxing seat on the terrace.
Le Cercle bar
The private beach restaurant La Plage 45 is open for lunch from April to September.
Le Grand Hôtel Cannes
45 La Croisette 06400 Cannes
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