The traveller’s inside track on Cannes
As the jewel of the French Riviera and home to the annual film festival in May where celebrities and paparazzi descend in all their glitz and glamour, it’s no wonder Cannes will spoil you for choice when it comes to premium places to stay, gourmet dining and luxury shopping. Year-round, Cannes is an exuberant and lively destination, attracting the likes of French, Italians and Brits who fall in love with its glamourous appeal, according to data from Booking.com.
If you’re looking to be seduced by the wealth and glamour of this seaside town, surrounded by natural beauty, then here is the inside track to Cannes’ top accommodation, from idyllic apartments to beautiful villas and hip hotels, according to Booking.com users who’ve spent time in this star-studded destination:
1.Residence Gameau - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/residence-gameau.en-us.html
Idyllically located right by the beach and less than a mile from Palais des Festivals, Residence Gameau offers self-catering accommodation with a private furnished terrace. The apartments and studios come with a fully equipped kitchen - but if you wish to eat out, there’s a choice of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
2. Hôtel de Provence - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/hoteldeprovence.en-gb.html
With traditional French decor, the Provence is set in a quiet area, a five-minute walk from La Croisette, Cannes Beach and 10 minutes from the Palais des Festivals and Cannes Marina. Serving regional wines and a variety of refreshing beverages, guests can enjoy drinks and the hotel’s French breakfast in the garden or on the terrace and patio. There are numerous restaurants and boutique shops in the nearby side streets.
3.Hotel Albert - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/albert-1er.en-gb.html
This elegant French colonial villa radiates beach vibes and is just a 10-minute walk from the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the Croisette Beach. Most rooms overlook beautiful views of the sea and the Lérins Islands or the hills of Cannes.
4.Okko Hotels Cannes Centre - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/okko-cannes-centre.en-gb.html
Ideally located just a five-minute walk from the Croisette Promenade and the Palais des Festivals, this hotel with its modern décor style rooms is at the very heart of Cannes. The Rue d'Antibes, a road brimming with shops and restaurants, can be found in the immediate vicinity and a further ten-minute walk and visitors can reach the Old Port or the Le Suquet district.
5.Cannes Villa St Barth - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/cannes-villa-st-barth.en-gb.html
Set amongst beautiful tropical gardens and located a five-minute drive from the centre of Cannes and Boulevard de la Croisettte, this guest accommodation features an infinity pool, a hamman and a hot tub. Guests can enjoy views of the Lérins Islands from their rooms and make the most of the spa and wellness centre. The restaurant offers breakfast throughout the day, tapas prepared on request, as well as Asian and Mediterranean dishes.
6.Five Seas Hotel - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/five.en-gb.html
Indulge yourself in the contemporary designed rooms of Five Seas Hotel, located just 100 yards from the sandy beaches of la Croisette and the Palais des Festivals. With a Spa, Hamman and roof-top terrace with an outdoor swimming pool, Five Seas is the perfect place to relax. Sea Sens restaurant on the 5th floor offers views of old Cannes and world-fusion gastronomic cuisine.
7.La Bastide de l'Oliveraie - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/villa-toboso.en-gb.html
Soak up the Mediterranean life at La Bastide de l'Oliveraie with its outdoor infinity pool, spa facilities and hot tub on the roof offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. The rooms are individually designed in Mediterranean style and guests can enjoy continental breakfast every morning in the dining room or in the shade of a patio.
8.Apartment Art Deco - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/apartment-art-deco-cannes.en-gb.html
Located walking distance from the Palais des Festivals de Cannes and Forville Market, this apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom and a hot tub. It’s also the perfect location to explore Cannes by car with Lérins Abbey less than four miles away and Fort Royal less than three.
9.Cannes à 100 mètres du Palais et des plages - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/cannes-a-100-metres-du-palais-et-des-plages.en-gb.html
Enjoy beautiful views of the city in these stylish apartments. Just a five-minute walk from the beachfront and the Palais des Festivals and conveniently located close to a range of restaurants and grocery shops, it’s the perfect base for truly immersing yourself in this exuberant city.
10.Hotel Chalet De L'isere - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/chalet-de-l-isere-cannes.en-gb.html
Previously owned by French writer Guy de Maupassant’s, each room has been designed according to a certain moment in his life. Located in a quiet area, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from Cannes's train station, the beach and the Festivals Palace. The hotel’s restaurant provides a daily buffet breakfast and regional cuisine, or you can easily venture out into Cannes city centre for some fine dining and luxurious shopping.
If you want to stay in the heart of Cannes, book a room at Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez - http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/martinez.html. It happens to be the same property that Chompoo Araya A. Hargate, the celebrated Thai fashion icon is staying at while attending this years’ Cannes Film Festival.
On the famous La Croisette Boulevard in Cannes, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a 5-star hotel with a vast private beach. It features a heated outdoor pool, a piano bar and a spa. Guest rooms at Hotel Martinez are decorated in a classic Art Deco style and have a sitting area. Each air-conditioned room features a marble bathroom and some have a private patio with views of the Mediterranean Sea.