The Best Hotels in Cannes for Every Traveller

Live like a film star and experience the glamour of a stay in Cannes, the heart of the Côte d'Azur
Live like a film star and experience the glamour of a stay in Cannes, the heart of the Côte d'Azur | © RossHelen editorial / Alamy Stock Photo
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22 December 2020

Cannes and the French Riviera have long drawn the stars of cinema with their palm-fringed paths, grand hotels and miles of winding sand – think Grace Kelly and Cary Grant curling around cliffside roads in To Catch a Thief, Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline in the aptly titled French Kiss. Live like a starlet – and maybe even alongside them – with a stay in one of the best hotels in Cannes, the pulsing heart of the Côte d’Azur.

Five Seas Hotel Cannes

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Dripping in old-world glamour – this is the French Riviera, after all – the Five Seas specialises in unabashed luxury. Sure, the sprawling Presidential and Terrace Suites don’t need stainless steel jacuzzis on the terrace, but it’s nice to have them anyway. The three on-site eateries follow a more Balearic aesthetic with white-washed walls, rattan lampshades and plants plonked in every corner. The Roof, which serves cocktails alongside posh street food and DJ sets, is especially loyal to this theme; scatter cushions are plentiful, and a plunge pool is slap bang in the middle, à la every trendy hotel that attracts a largely young clientele.
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La Bastide de l'Oliveraie

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In contrast to Cannes’ cerulean waters, palm-thronged boulevards and buildings the colour of a bruised peach, La Bastide de l’Oliveraie is an oasis of soothing oyster tones with a scattering of punchy accents – a hot pink feature wall here, a dusky rose armchair there. Throughout this honeysuckle-strewn garden hotel, there’s an air of tranquillity that’s echoed in the fuss-free decor and array of spa features. Swim laps in the infinity pool overlooking the Lérins Islands, soak in the Bastide garden jacuzzi, or go full pamper and saunter from the hammam to the sauna, before finally making your way to the city centre, a short 10-minute walk away.
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Hôtel Martinez, Unbound Collection by Hyatt

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Glitz, glamour and an inordinate amount of marble come together to create this Pierre-Yves Rochon-decorated super hotel. Leaning heavily on its art deco roots – the Hôtel Martinez opened in the late 1920s and came to prominence alongside the launch of the jet-set lifestyle – this serene seaside hotel is the height of French Riviera style. Designed to evoke a “Mediterranean dream”, the undeniably luxe hotel is awash with aqua blue and white lacquer furnishings. The Bay of Cannes and La Croisette sit at the sandy feet of the Martinez – but for the best view, you’ll have to spring for the panoramic Penthouse Suite.
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Hôtel de Provence

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The towering Hôtel de Provence, with its charming eggshell blue balconies and garden walls, feels distinctly like an urban abode. The air-conditioned rooms, featuring cupboard beds and partition walls, are compact and cleverly laid out. While there’s enough to keep you comfortable – full French breakfasts and an on-site shop – the real selling point is the hotel’s location. The Croisette promenade, yacht-lined marina and the many beaches and boardwalks of the Côte d’Azur are all nearby. Sure, you can push the bed back into the cupboard and order a tipple from the 24-hour bar – but with the beach right outside, you’ll easily find more scenic places to enjoy a glass of Provence rosé.
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Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic

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You can’t call a hotel “Majestic” and not be prepared to pull out all the stops; fortunately, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic doesn’t fall short on its promise. Silver service, a sumptuous spa specialising in Biologique Recherche beauty care, a private beach club and the Champagne Cinema Club come with the starry territory. A wood-decked infinity pool overlooks the glistening bay below, where sun-kissed Alain Delon types jet ski across the glassy water. The influence of the Cannes Film Festival can be deeply felt and given that the Palais des Festivals – the hub of the festival – faces this art deco manse, it’s to be expected and also the reason celebrities keep coming back.
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B&B Villa Blanche

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This pristine B&B, translating as “white villa”, resembles something between a Swiss ski lodge and a Provençal cottage. It serves up quaint countryside vibes by the bucketload: expect cutesy ornaments, watering cans stuffed with flowers and plenty of gingham. Outside, you’ll find Carnot Boulevard, which runs right down to the ritzy port and sun-bleached Croisette Beach. Meanwhile, the reliable and reasonable public transport – bus and train – provides easy links to Monte Carlo, Antibes and Nice, and all are worth a day trip should the pageantry of the yacht-strewn marina and buzzy Croisette prove too much.
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  • Loft de Cannes B&B

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    Unlike the palatial hotels that line the promenade, Loft de Cannes is a cool, parquet-floored, plant-heavy escape that is more in keeping with California than Côte d’Azur. The terrace is an urban jungle, with palms spilling out of terracotta pots and bamboo deck chairs waiting to be Instagrammed. The private car park, washing machine and cooking facilities make it an ideal stop for travellers doing the full Riviera circuit, or for those who prefer low-key cool to the usual opulence of Cannes.

    Notre Dame

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    Expect all the usual amenities at Notre Dame, a fuss-free apartment in the Californie Pézou district of Cannes that’ll bode well for travellers keen to keep things affordable. The spacious living area and full cooking equipment make for cosy evenings in, before hitting the bars along the fabled Croisette, a few minutes from your door. The hosts are quick to reel off the attractions worth your time, so if you find yourself spoiled for choice and able to make the most of the expertise at your disposal.

    Hotel Verlaine

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    There’s a Floridian air to Hotel Verlaine that extends past the colourful balcony shutters, tropical decor, and yuccas and palm trees which run contrary to the Belle Époque main building and art deco façade. Going against the grain of traditional Riviera style, this vibrant hotel bursts with exotic flair – and this is especially true in the glassy conservatory that overlooks sprouting desert plants. Fill up at the generous – and gluten-free – buffet before heading to the private C beach of the hotel’s sister site.
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    Boutique Hôtel Couleurs du Sud

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    The plaque outside Boutique Hôtel Couleurs du Sud reads “only for positive people,” which might bristle weary jet-lagged travellers – though not for long. Inside, owner David Guilhaud’s warming Mediterranean palette of ochre and burnt umber creates a cosy, and cheery, atmosphere. Patchwork quilts and kooky paintings enhance the arts and crafts aesthetic, which is in keeping with the rustic touches and walls the colour of Van Gogh’s sunflowers, while the tonal theme continues with another yolk-yellow room that appears to be modelled on Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier. Make the most of the offbeat abode’s central location, and expect the usual suspects on the amenities list.
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