“A cool, kitsch hotel with a nod to 1950s glamour, set a short stroll from the beach in Cannes”
There are 35 rooms and suites scattered over 4 floors. They’re split into categories according to view (street or pool) and size, but all are minimalist and chic, with 1950s-style statement furniture including curved chairs from renowned French designer Pierre Paulin. You’ll also find chrome anglepoise lamps, voile curtains, quilted leather stools and at least one black and white photo depicting Cannes’ starry heritage. Bathrooms are sleek and, apart from a spotlight casting a pink glow over the shower or tub, entirely monochrome.
The smallest Tradition Rooms overlook the street, while larger Privilege Rooms (2 with a private terrace, thus a bit more expensive) sit above the pool at the rear of the hotel. There are also several Junior Suites - some poolside, some streetside - with sitting areas and sofabeds that are ideal for children; one also has a terrace. The Suites aren’t particularly big, but they come with separate sitting rooms, again with sofabeds. The largest Prestige Suite has a private patio and a bedroom with round windows resembling a ship’s portholes.
We much preferred the rooms overlooking the pool as you can open the doors to let in fresh air (streetside rooms have windows only and can feel stuffy) - it’s worth paying extra for one of these, with a terrace if you can get it.
Breakfast is served in a glass-walled room at the rear of the hotel, or on the terrace overlooking the pool. It’s a buffet-style affair, so you help yourself to everything, even tea and coffee. We found ourselves going back more than once for the delicious apple Danishes and tempting bite-size pastries; there's also a selection of cheeses and cold cuts, plus fruit and glass dispensers filled with cereal.
There's no formal restaurant at the hotel, but cocktails, coffee and light meals are available from the lounge-bar, Le Café Blanc. The menu is short but well chosen, with cheese boards, club sandwiches, beef carpaccio, smoked salmon, tapas plates and a few dessert options.
It doesn’t actually matter that more sizeable meals aren’t on offer because there are so many great restaurants right on the doorstep. A few streets away are 2 excellent French restaurants, La Cave and L’Affable. Astoux et Brun is a famous fish restaurant that has people queuing out of the door every night, and you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Old Town, where there’s a multitude of pizzerias and informal family-run bistros. There’s no need to book; just stroll past, look at the menu and see what takes your fancy. For lunch, try one of the restaurants attached to the private beaches - they’re pricey, but sitting back and watching people pose on the sand is a real Cannes experience.
Children of all ages are welcome, and families will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to the beach. Breakfast is free for under 12s.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Junior Suites and Suites have sofabeds for older children. Some rooms interconnect. There is a charge for extra beds and baby cots in Privilege Rooms, but they are free where available in all other room types.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking