The Renoir has the façade of a sumptuous private residence and a red carpet leading up its entrance steps. After all, this is Cannes that we're talking about! Add to this a few little palm trees and the heavy door adorned with forged arabesques, and you've pretty much got the complete star treatment. All that's missing is the paparazzi contingent!
The red carpet is a deliberate reference to the annual film festival held in Cannes, and as such it provides the first hint of the theme chosen for the hotel's decor.
This is soon confirmed when you see the lobby, a vast, long space with the reception counter to one side and the bar and breakfast room to the other. The walls are white, and there are flashes of gold on the photo- and mirror frames, the legs of the armchairs and the mouldings on the walls. The armchairs are upholstered with red velvet, and the same material is used for the rug on the floor, creating a chic, designer setting. Moreover, the bar and reception desk are resplendent with their illuminated gilt openwork.
With all this gold and the red carpet, the cinema reference is now clear, but anyone still in doubt should put two and two together when they see the big, impressive black and white photos dotted around the space - provided they recognise the faces of the film stars.
The breakfast area with the bar at the far end is furnished with five tables and red velvet bench seats, and although it opens onto the reception, it has a cosy, intimate feel. It is lovely in the morning, when the sun pours in over the tables, but is just as pleasant later in the daytime, and in the evening for a drink before going out for dinner.
The corridors leading to the guest rooms might be decorated all in white, but they do not feel at all cold, thanks to the leather padding and black and white photo, which help recreate the chic appearance of the lobby.
The final touch as far as the film theme goes is the palm leaf accompanying the room number on the little gilded plates attached to each door...