Boutique Apartment Cannes

Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
Funky apartment sleeping 2-9 in the epicentre of Cannes, 200m from the beach and its famous promenade, La Croisette
Cannes is a one-off, a long-standing bastion of style and glamour, the glitziest town on the Riviera. It hits the headlines every May when its impossibly glamorous film festival passes through, but there’s so much more to it than that: its old port, where you can eat overlooking the water, its lovely Old Town climbing the hill, its marina packed with million-dollar boats, and its gently curving beach, home to thousands of sun-worshippers. Best of all is La Croisette, the seafront boulevard flanked by palm trees, one of the coolest catwalks on the planet, where beautiful people dressed to kill gather each evening to stroll in the setting sun.

As for this quirky apartment, it stands a mere 200m back from the sea, bang in the middle of the action. It occupies part of the 3rd floor of a 19th-century tenement block, which is mostly home to locals. It was recently refurbished in modernist style and now comes with vintage wallpapers, retro furniture, then a red carpet in the long hall with movie-star portraits hanging on the walls. An attractive sitting room has big windows that fold back on themselves, pretty much turning the room into an interior balcony (you can sunbathe on the daybed in the late afternoon). Pastel-coloured bedrooms are on the small side, but if you’re here for the beach, the restaurants and the nightlife, you won’t mind for a minute. All have ensuite bathrooms, and Apple TVs stocked with movies and music.

Highs

  • Having your own pad in this gorgeous town is a seriously cool way to visit
  • You can’t beat its central position - you’re a 3-minute stroll from the beach
  • Great for a group of friends, a family with older children, an extended family or 2 families; there are 4 double/twin bedrooms, plus a single bed in the lounge
  • There’s loads going on - markets in the morning, the beach in the afternoon, fabulous restaurants and bars in the evening
  • Good value for Cannes, though be aware that you'll need to pay a damages desposit and a service charge on arrival to cover final cleaning, linens, and an on-call concierge in the event of problems

Lows

  • Book early - it's often full!
  • In an age addicted to contemporary splendour, not everyone will take to the retro feel
  • The bedrooms are funky but small - if you need something fancy, look elsewhere
  • The apartment block is a touch dishevelled, but there’s a tiny lift to sweep you up
  • This is a privately owned apartment run by its owner, not a hotel business, so it may take a while to get a reply to your enquiry

Best time to go

Cannes is a bone fide year-round destination, with festivals and conferences most months. The MIDEM music festival takes place in January, the shopping festival in April, the Film Festival in May, the International Firework Festival in July, the Russian Art Festival in August, the International Boat Show in September, and MIP-Com, an enormous film and TV market, fills the town in October. In short, there is always something going on and the weather is usually good, even over winter.

Our top tips

The weekend brocante market takes places on Saturdays and Sundays down by the boules pitch at the old port, and is well worth getting up for. You’ll find all sorts of stuff down there - anything from gold and silver to lost masterpieces and WWII uniforms.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Family
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartment
  • 4
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

There are 4 ensuite bedrooms, which are all on the small side, but it’s worth remembering the rest of the apartment is yours to roam and you're likely to spend most of your time in the big airy sitting room, where giant windows bring the outside in.

As for the rooms themselves, the comfy designer beds were made especially for the apartment and they make the most of the space with room underneath to hide a suitcase. They come as twins or doubles (the latter attach securely) and you get smart linen and colourful throws, then pastel colours, art nouveau floor tiles and eclectic furniture.

On the walls you find photographs of Cannes, then flat-screen Apple TVs offering a bank of movies, TV shows and music; you can also access the internet. Three have wardrobes, while the biggest room has space for a couple of orange tulip chairs. They all have ensuite bathrooms (the biggest room has a bath, the others have showers, and all have a sink and toilet).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Apple TV
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Film and music libraries
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The kitchen opens onto a large dining room that doubles as a meeting room, hence the boardroom table and city-slicker wallpaper. It’s a lovely room, with double doors that open onto the corridor and sitting room, so the feel is open-plan and you float around from one room to another. Back in the dining room, big windows fold back on themselves bringing the outside in, so fling them open for breakfast in the sun; the room faces east with views over rooftops.

You’ve got all the kit to whisk up a 3-course meal, and with 2 fantastic daily markets close to home, there’s no need to slog off to big supermarkets. i-escape guests receive a breakfast starter pack (milk, coffee, fruit), and basics are provided (salt, pepper, washing up liquid, sponges, bin bags).

The friendly owner can arrange a chef for a special occasion, but you've got a whole heap of great restaurants on your doorstep if you want to eat out. A few worth considering are Le Pastis, a cool little brasserie 4 blocks west at 28 Rue de Commandant André. For something special, try Le Palme d’Or at Hotel Martinez on La Croissette, though you might want to stop off at the Carlton first for a cocktail on the terrace; the people-watching opportunities here are quite something. If you fancy eating down by the water, head west to Pizza Crescci at 3 Quai Saint-Pierre, which overlooks the old port; it’s very popular and you can’t book, but the food and setting are equally good. Finally, no trip to Cannes would be complete without lunch on the beach. All the private beaches have restaurants attached, and on the whole the food is excellent. Expect to pay north of €40 per person (price correct in 2011).

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Cannes has 2km of sandy beach curving round the bay. Some parts are public, others private. At private establishments you can hire sunloungers and parasols and soak up the sun all day long. However, the central beaches are much more expensive, so we’d advise you jump on the Number 8 bus and spin east along La Croisette to Port Canto (5 minutes). Here you find family-run Bijou Plage and the chic L’Ecrin next door. Both are lovely, the water is cleaner, and you can eat lunch on the beach

  • Head down to the old port and take the ferry to St Tropez. It’s the best way to get to St Trop - the traffic there in summer is appalling. It’s not cheap (about €40 return in 2011), and takes a couple of hours each way, but the journey is lovely. Market day in St Tropez is Tuesday and Saturday

  • Browse the markets. Forville market is about 800m west of the apartment on the far side of the old port. It’s open every day (not Mondays in winter) and there is no more beautiful place to shop for food in town. Gambetta market is closer (500m) and as well as great food sells clothes, jewellery and shoes

  • Wander over to the Old Town and Le Suquet, a narrow lane that climbs the hill, overflowing with restaurants on both sides. A good spot for lunch on weekends

  • One of the grooviest places in Cannes is Z Plage at 6pm. It’s the beach bar to Hotel Martinez (on La Croisette), where cool tunes and cocktails are the order of the day. A great spot to start the evening

  • Go shopping. You are surrounded by some of the best shopping on the planet. Rue d’Antibes is 25m away; La Croisette, a 2-minute stroll

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Festivals
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome, and there is a baby cot and highchair. It would be perfect for a family of 4-8 with older kids or teenagers, an extended family, or even 2 families travelling together. There are 4 double/twin bedrooms plus a single bed in the lounge. The main bedroom has a tub; all others have ensuite shower rooms.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

6/
Rooms
8/
Service
8/
Value
7/
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