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Hotel Le Carlton Hotel 4 star
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58 Boulevard de la Croisette Cannes, France -
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Welcome to one of Cannes' institutions. This historical, listed building is more than just a hotel, it is a favourite with legendary actors of the silver screen, attracting them in droves during the annual film festival. For the remainder of the year, it fulfils its purpose as a luxury establishment in the beautiful 'Belle Epoque' style.

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      Le Carlton   -   © Sylvia Sala Miguelez / EASYVOYAGE

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      Le Carlton   -   © Sylvia Sala Miguelez / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.29 /10

    The hotel is located right on the Croisette and overlooks the Mediterranean. Expect a 30 minute drive to get to the Nice Côte d'Azur airport and 20 minutes to get to the train station. The Carlton is positioned 800m from the Palais des Festivals.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The hotel has a total of 314 guest rooms, including 39 suites. The rooms (more or less) accessible to mere mortals are decorated in a neoclassical style, with carpeted flooring, curtains, and a neutral colour scheme denoting a style of times gone by. Needless to say, this old-fashioned style only applies to the appearance of the rooms, since their facilities are as modern as can be: a flat-screen television, air-conditioning, hospitality products made by a well-known brand, and the opportunity to select your pillow from a special menu.

    The bed is as big, soft, and comfortable as can be, and the only regret is the dimensions of the rooms in the classic and superior categories. It might not have been a bad idea to 'steal' a few square metres from the largest suites!

    The classic rooms only have views over the mountainside (in other words, over the inharmonious hodge-podge of roofs in the modern neighbourhoods of Cannes), and if you want to enjoy a truly fascinating sea view, you will need to move up to the deluxe category.

    The suites, which are named after some of the most famous actors in the history of cinema, are traditionally taken over by the jury when the film festival comes to town.
    The 7 suites that were renovated in 2004 are located on the 7th floor of the hotel. Not only are they undeniably luxurious, right down to the hospitality products, which belong to a range made by one of the big names in clothes design, they also all have a terrace overlooking the sea. The wood parquet blends in perfectly with the classic decor and magnificent black and white photos of actors who have stayed in the hotel. Everyone will find something to their liking, be it Sean Connery playing 007 or Sharon Stone's legs! The classic style conceived specially by architect Nicolas Papamiltiades is intended to recreate the style of the French Riviera in the 1950's.
    Unlike the classic rooms, space in the suites is not an issue. The largest suite in the hotel, the Sean Connery suite, covers 310m², while the Sofia Loren suite measures a relatively modest 115m².

    In the Sharon Stone suite, we liked the 'porthole' lounge area that takes up one part of the bedroom. Walking down a few steps to a level a bit lower than the rest of the room, you find yourself in an alcove with a large porthole in the wall where the sea views really make you feel like you are on a sailing boat. All that's missing is the seagulls!

    Apart from the magnificent black and white photos of Sean Connery in all his James Bond pomp, it was the bathroom in the Sean Connery suite that really grabbed our attention, its circular shape dictated by its position beneath the arches of the building's 'Belle Epoque' domes. With its sea views, a hydromassage bathtub, and original curvy shapes, what more can we say?

    New suites have also been added in the wings branching off the side of the hotel. Their modern designer style makes for quite a contrast in comparison with the original guest rooms, which are much more in keeping with the classic appearance of the façade. Designed in a safari style, these newer rooms boast dark wooden furniture and playfully designed fabrics in brighter shades than the neutral hues on display in the rest of the hotel. The fixtures in the bathrooms are also of a more angular design.

    We liked the details in the decor, for example the sprigs of dry lavender (we are in Provence, after all!) embedded in the thick glass partition separating the bathtub from the bedroom.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    The hotel is located in a splendid 'Belle Epoque' building constructed in 1911 by architect Charles Dalmas. At the time, most of the guests it received were Russian and British aristocrats. Take your time admiring the external façade of the building, which is a real gem of 'Belle Epoque' architecture. The magnificent entrance, which opens onto the Croisette itself, leads into the immense, bright, glittering lobby decorated with flowers. In keeping with the level of service offered by the hotel, as soon as you arrive, a staff member will check that you have everything you need.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The restaurant, 'Le Carlton', is known for its gourmet cuisine. Just like the hotel, it has become legendary in the area and its tables are some of the most sought-after in the city. Also, several years ago it started organising themed events like the 'Lobster and Champagne' evening, which proves to be a big draw with the rich and famous of Cannes and the surrounding area on Fridays. Another apparently not-to-be-missed event is Sunday brunch. Designed in a retro style that slots seamlessly in with current fashions, during the winter months the bar prepares various different kinds of soup for lunch.
    Another trendy destination is the beach restaurant, where an enormous buffet is served daily with hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Also, a few days a week it organises themed lunches like 'gourmet pasta' served with lobster or the chef's 'bouillabaisse' fish soup.
    The restaurant's two dining rooms are located close to reception, a section lined with big picture windows in the 'Belle Époque' style. It is an undeniably pleasant spot.

    Beach 9.20 /10

    The hotel has a private beach featuring a gleaming white landing stage! All of the standard equipment is provided, including a beach service. You just have to cross the street to get to it.

    To know

    Some of the suites are named after famous actors: Sean Connery, Sofia Loren, Sharon Stone, and Alain Delon, but rather than being a mere coincidence, these are just some of the celebrities who have stayed at the hotel. However, if you have the unlimited enthusiasm of a true fan, and really wish to sleep in the bed Sharon Stone has slept in, you should probably start saving up now!

    Even beyond the film festival, the Carlton is a historical hotel and has welcomed many major figures in French and European history, including Paul Doumer, before he became French president, as well as Aristide Briand and various foreign kings and ministers.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The view over the Croisette
    • Sleeping in one of Cannes' legendary hotels
    • The branded products in the bathroom
    • The pillow menu

    disadvantages

    • The size of the standard rooms
    • The views out of the back of the building overlook the city

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