I don't like old and overdecorated hotels and the Belle Epoque style in general so finding a proper modern hotel in Cannes was not easy. But thanks to trip advisor, I did it.
I arrived at Le Grand Hotel after Swissotel Metropole Geneva which is old, overpriced, unhip and boring like most Geneva hotels. The check in was the fastest I had ever seen, my credit card swiped once and that's it. No forms, passports, signatures and within two minutes of walking into the hotel, I was up in my room. The receptionist lady did her job very fast and to my pleasure there were no fake smiles, "oh you are so welcome", "you are a special guest" kind of talk.
When I walked in to my suite on the 11th top floor I had a big, big surprise. My jaw probably dropped as the room is really and I mean really cool, decorated very tastily with 60's retro style and I had super fantastic panaromic sea views over a huge terrace. For such a long time I had not come across such a nice hotel (excluding Park Hyatt Milano) even though I routinely stay in expensive hotels where you find fake smiles and boring rooms.
Did I tell you the ceiling height is 4 meter or so and the undivided windows are almost as high ? When I say the view is super fantastic this doesn't mean I am a hillbilly who sees sea for the first time in my life and so I over exaggerate. No, the views are of the highest quality to the degree that they can not get any better.
LGH has a very nice location, on La Croisette, the main street in Cannes and the building is not adjacent to the main road but there is a huge garden between the two. This reduces traffic noise to zero and anyway there are not much cars on this road.
The hotel facilities are fine as I have used them. Room service is fast and efficient. The staff have somehow been trained to deliver food and then...run away really fast so if you will tip make sure you have money in your hand otherwise by the time (5 secs ?) you get the banknote out from your wallet they will have made it to the elevator. Once I received breakfast within 5 minutes of placing an order. I do not know if the garcons were hand picked from local athletic clubs but things really work fast here :-)
The bathroom selections are better than other hotels who tend to put alcohol smelling cosmetics. Everything is bulgari so if you do not have your own cosmetics or enjoy collecting hotel cosmetics you will not suffer. I always carry high quality cosmetics thanks to my wife who made me a cosmetics addict so here I only used the soap which is of a decent quality.
Is it all positive in the hotel ? Well, there are almost 15 arabic tv channels but only 3 in english so this is a bit strange for me. The owner may be an arab but why not add in a couple more english channels ??
There is also a small beach here for hotel customers only.
Cannes is an expensive city and should you have money to spend then you will enjoy some serious quality time. This suite is around 800 euros but it is woth that price given how gorgeous it is.
First time in Cannes as I had prejudices against coming here for things would be superficial and French people would be rude and I would suffer for not speaking French and so on. How stupid of me ! Everything and everyone is very nice here. Cannes is Cannes and is not Paris after all.
That's why I like to travel. You get rid of your stereotypes and be more of an international person.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A true green oasis on the famous Croisette, the Grand Hotel enjoys a unique, exceptional setting. It is the oldest hotel on the Croisette and it has been completely revamped in 60s style. It is a haven of peace for epicureans. A drink in the bar "Le Cercle", lunch on the huge, spacious terrace or simply relaxing in your suite with its panoramic view of the bay. How good it is to stay with us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grand Cannes
- Hotel Le Grand