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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Ever since it opened in 1911, this grand hotel – with its landmark domes, allegedly modelled after the breasts of courtesan La Belle Otero – has been the stuff of Riviera legend. Scenes from Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief were filmed in the hotel, and during the Cannes Film Festival it still fills with stars, thanks to its pole position on La Croisette.  

Some suites have movie star names and curious features: the Sean Connery has a bathroom under its dome, while the luminous Grace Kelly has a reading nook by a porthole window. Champagne breakfasts on the sunny terrace add another layer of glamour. It’s a splurge, but great fun for film fans. 

The hotel’s private beach, jetty and restaurant are still the see-and-be-seen spot in Cannes. 

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France[0.8 miles]

The world’s top film festival, held in the South of France. Though designed for professionals, it can be just as fun for fans with free and ticketed screenings.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 11 days

Perfume in Grasse

Grasse, Cote d'Azur, France[14.4 miles]

Discover the secrets of French perfume at some of France’s oldest perfume factories, in the fragrance capital of Grasse.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

Maeght Foundation

Nice, Cote d'Azur, France[18.2 miles]

An architectural jewel, this museum between Nice and Antibes is filled with world-class modern and contemporary art, inside and out.

Best for ages: 18+ | £14

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Coastal promenade at Cannes, with port on one side and luxury shops on other

La Croisette Promenade

Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France[0.7 miles]

Join the locals by shopping the luxury boutiques, then stopping for a drink and people-watching at one of the many canopied cafés along this iconic seafront promenade in Cannes.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Close up of the train stopping outside of some shops

Movie Train

Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France[0.8 miles]

Discover Cannes the easy way on the Movie Train, starting from the Palais des Festivals: it takes in the Forville Market, Le Susquet, La Croisette, the casinos, and Rue d’Antibes.

Best for ages: Any | £5 | 1 hour

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Forville Market

Forville Market

Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France[1.2 miles]

The big covered market in the heart of Cannes dates from the 1930s, and overflows with the fresh produce and flowers of Provence. It’s open until 1pm and closed Monday – although sometimes there’s a flea market in there instead.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 1 hour

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View of medieval Castre Castle. External view of a castle looking up the stone walls. Castre Museum was set up in former Castre Castle, built in 11th century and once inhabited by the Lerins priests

Museum of World Explorations

Cannes, Cote d'Azur, France[1.4 miles]

In a medieval castle with superb views over  La Croisette, rare items from the Himalayas, Arctic, Pre-Colombian America and the Pacific islands, along with the ancient Mediterranean artefacts, musical instruments from around the world and historic paintings of the Riviera.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay


Cote d'Azur, France

Sister city of Hollywood and host of the famous film festival, Cannes, with its palm-lined La Croisette, golden beach and five star hotels oozes cinematic and pure Riviera glamour.

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French Riviera

Cote d'Azur, France

Money, glamour and bombshell looks: this beach-trimmed stretch of French coast offers decadent hotels, lounging in beach clubs, fine restaurants and world-class art.

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