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“Adequate for the money”
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Hotel Splendid
Ranked #23 of 126 Hotels in Cannes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2013

At some point in it's past, this hotel was undoubtedly quite a special place. It's a very imposing building in an absolutely prime location by the marina. That having been said, the grandeur is now somewhat faded and my room was definitely on the small side for the money that I paid.

The staff though were very friendly and the location could hardly be more perfect. It is probably more 'Hotel Adequate For The Money' than 'Hotel Splendid'.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Don't be fooled by the photos you see on Hotel Splendid's website. We purchased a room and the day we arrived found out it was NOT one of the beautiful, balconied rooms fronting the harbor, but a tiny room overlooking the street-side of the building. When we asked if we could change to a room on the harbor side, and pay more if necessary, the reception said they were all sold out.

The traffic in this little town is ridiculously backed up due to construction and overcrowding. When you pull in, you have to stop in the middle of the street so you can move the barriers for the check-in temporary parking and no one steps out to help or greet you. Then the female receptionist greets you with a distant glare as if you interrupted her important routine? Then you re-park the car in a private garage for 24 euros a night. And finally when you enter the tiny room you notice some street noise. Well you REALLY notice the street noise after some carousing, shouting youths wake you up hour after hour until dawn. Seriously, when we retrieved the car the next morning these idiots were still fighting and yelling in the street below, which is VERY audible in the hotel rooms above.

The rooms on the harbor side may be nice but we'll never know. Buyer Beware if you want a good night sleep or a beautiful balcony view over the harbor!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Liz and Jan H
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Reviewed 15 May 2013 via mobile

I have to start by sayin that the rooms are pretty small & old
But the location of the hotel is absolutely fantastic
Incredible value for your money
I guess a lot of people like the hotel since its practically impossible to book over my last 3 visits to Cannes though i try months in advance
Super cool place for a short term get away

A+

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank Dizaster81
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

This hotel was chosen for it's situation in the heart of Cannes, next to the Marina. We had travelled there for a stag trip, and have to say the hotel was in a superb position. Breakfast was fine, on a balcony overlooking the marina, and the staff were fabulous. The only slight cirticism I would have is the bathrooms some of which lack walk in showers, and only have baths with hair washing shower units.
Other than that, I would have no hesitation in returning there.

Room Tip: Ensure you ask for a room with a shower, as we had to bathe.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Wayne S
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We stayed for 6 nights and had a 3rd floor privilege room overlooking the old port - worth the extra money. It is a family-run hotel with friendly staff who appear to stay with the hotel and remembered us from previous visits. The room is delighful with full length opening windows. The location is ideal - only a few minutes walk from the train and bus stations, and the boat service to the Lerins.

Two mnor complaints. Half way through our trip they began to refurbish the rooms above and there was some noise problem when we wanted to use the room in the middle of the one rainy day. This is a difficult issue for hotels but I think they tried their best to minimise the disturbance.
Second - most places have stopped charging for Wi Fi. However, it is available free in the cafe below!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Beirniad
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We've stayed in the Splendid 4 or 5 times, and always enjoyed it. If you're looking for a chain hotel or a fancy Kimpton-type experience, the Splendid is not for you. It is a traditional European, family-run, homey place, a little behind the times - the movie stars in the framed pictures outside our room were Patrick Swayze and Andie McDowell - but very clean, very welcoming, and very well-located. The view of Cannes is lovely, and it's close to the Marché de Forville, a fantastic outdoor market where we purchased 2-3 of our meals each day...fresh pastas, wonderful fruits and vegetables, great local cheeses. I recommend a room with a kitchenette, although you will have to wash the dishes yourself. We love the Splendid and will be back.

Room Tip: It's worth splurging for a seaside room. Ask for a balcony if one is available - it doesn't...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Thank KayDenmark
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

The prologue associated with our stay at the Hotel Splendid is contained in a previous review entitled Hipark Hotel, Nice and Qwerty Travel.
When booking I had requested a superior room on a high floor with a sea view and so, 4 weeks before departure and without printed confirmation of our booking (Qwerty Travel issue Hotel Vouchers 1 week before departure) I had telephoned Qwerty travel to enquire what type of accommodation we could expect. I was speaking with Sam (the trouble shooter who had literally booked this hotel for us and supposedly listened to my requests) her attitude was very aggressive, she was telling me her opinion of what I had requested but not what I could expect to get, as politely as possible I terminated the call.
I telephoned the Hotel Splendid direct and spoke with receptionist Natelle who was very helpful with a pleasant and bubbly attitude. She confirmed I was in a superior room on the 3rd floor with a balcony and sea view. I said I would prefer a higher room. She offered 4th floor but without balcony, she explained all sea facing rooms were classed superior, some with, some without balconies, my booking hadn’t included a balcony, the hotel had allocated a balcony to me. If I wanted the 5th floor with balcony it came with a premium of 15 euros per night extra, I agreed to pay on arrival. The cost continues to climb.
Our son in law transferred us to the Hotel Splendid. First impression was that reception is small with a small seating area to the side. On entering our room I was disappointed with the small size, about 10ft X 12ft with a 6ft X 6ft en-suite (bath/shower,toilet,basin) off from it. The room contained a small double bed, 2 side tables, wardrobes (one cupboard holding kettle, teacups and makings, very useful) and an armchair? There was also a side table about 12” deep making the space at the bottom of the bed even narrower. The balcony was small 10ft X 3ft 6” but the outlook was fantastic, a splendid view over the marina, the harbour and the casino and conference/festival centre. The view made up for a lot of discrepancies, in fact the view was the only thing the hotel had to its credit. There is no doubt in my mind that anything detrimental I could write about this hotel would have absolutely no effect because of its location and its popularity with the yachting fraternity but it is not of 4* standard. It is a family owned hotel and it needs some updating. The breakfast is very mid- range, there is a nice terrace with 8/10 tables and a view over the marina, it is O.K. if you don’t mind the pigeons, we tried it one day but ate inside the remaining days. When it rains (which it did) everybody is squeezed inside. There is one small, very slow antiquated lift. Reading the hotel 5th floor plan, I noticed the rooms to either side of ours were 50% larger and when I questioned this with reception was told these were ‘privilege rooms’ and demanded an extra premium. We had not been made aware of this option and as there was a regatta running this particular week and the hotel was full we could not buy an upgrade as all rooms were taken. My wife suggested the room was for sleeping, true but it is nice to have space to move about. She said the bed was comfortable, true but small. She said the view from the balcony would be the same, true. When the weather permitted, it was nice to sit on the balcony with a glass of wine and watch the regatta. We were not blessed with good weather and there was about a 50/50 mix of sunny periods and heavy squally showers, on the inclement days it was good to watch the tall yachts, in the distance, filtering in and out through the low cloud and rain, it was reminiscent of a real life Turner sea’scape . There were races each day of different classes and on clear days the view was fantastic. Walking around the marina was interesting to watch the crews mopping the decks and polishing the brass, they sparkled. I talked with one crew member who seemed to be giving instructions and he told me that whilst the yacht (medium sized) was registered in Portsmouth, England it spent all year in Cannes, it was insured for £4 million and it cost £1 million per year to operate/maintain? There was the additional interest of watching the cruise ships drop anchor and the passengers being ferried ashore. Dining and drinking in Cannes is expensive, we found a small restaurant on Rue Jean de Riouffe ‘La Avion’ Pizzas and mains ranged 12/18 euros and they had a plate of the day about 12 euros but these were snatched up by 13.30hrs, we were always too late but they did look good. Service was good and friendly but at our final meal there Friday 28th Sept. the wife of the owner told us that the business was sold and from Monday it would open with new owners. If they continue in a like manner, they cannot lose? We went to look at the catering arrangements and menu at the Casino and everything appeared reasonable, we wanted to take the family there but we had to sign in with I.D. (passport, driving licence etc) at the door and we were unable to ascertain the policy for children? We gave up on the idea. On Saturday our daughter and son-in-law were delivering us back to Hotel Hipark in Nice, we had said that we wanted to take them to lunch and they came up with a restaurant en-route, 1 kilometre Nice side of Antibes ‘La Toscana Sarl Sici’ 1791 Route de Nice. It was a busy, bustling restaurant with a series of menu options to choose from. We each opted for the 3 course menu with several choices of the main course. For starters it was help yourself at the salad buffet with a selection of meats, pies, fish, vegetables, salads etc, etc. A first class meal could be made from just the buffet but it was cold. We each had different mains, I had suckling pig with chips, it was delicious and an ample portion. We also had a sweet, I was the only one drinking wine and had half litre of red. The bill for 4 = 62.20 euros. Best and cheapest restaurant meal we had had in a week.
We were now back at the Hotel Hipark for 2 nights, one way or another we had had a very hectic week and we planned to do nothing except eat, drink, read and view for the next day and a half. The idea of preparing a meal on Sunday appealed to me so we did our shopping at Carrefour. 2 nice fillets of fresh sea bass, risotto rice, some other tantalising bits and pieces and we had a delicious Sunday lunch washed down with a nice white wine. It was the most relaxed I had been for a few days, visiting with family is pleasurable but can be hard work fitting everything in. The kitchenette facilities worked perfectly.
This review is, I admit, is not only a review of the hotels but also a criticism of Qwerty Travel. My opinion is they are more interested in the profit they are making than ensuring their clients get a satisfactory deal. They are best served selling other providers 2/3 day packages for their 10% rather than creating anything bespoke. My mistake was continuing to book with them after being given the opportunity to bail out, I trusted them. I have learned a fairly expensive lesson but I can live with it. As I have previously stated, it is much cheaper, easier and interesting to be involved in making your own flight, hotel, carhire arrangements booking on the internet, you, yourself are in charge of your requirements and reading hotel reviews will help in your decision, if you have missed anything it is down to you and you learn, at least you haven’t paid a third party for it and phoning your chosen hotel direct with any enquiries before you commit is a safe option.

Room Tip: If you can afford it and you enjoy space the privilege rooms are the ones to go for. A seaview room...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 4 rue Felix Faure, 06414 Cannes, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Cannes
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 126 Hotels in Cannes
Price Range: £74 - £210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Splendid 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This residence was built in 1871 and became "Hotel Splendid" in 1905.Since 1974 its owner has been continuously developing the establishment, combining yesteryear charm with modernism. Hotel Splendid**** has an extraordinary location in the heart of Cannes, in front of the Palais des Festivals in the old Yacht Port, facing the "Suquet" at the beginning of la Croisette.The Splendid Hotel is a romantic hotel which really lives up to its name. The wonderful facade of this boutique hotel looks almost exactly like it did in the 19th century. Also inside this romantic hotel a lot of value has been placed on authenticity. Drapes, furniture, materials, fitting.The hotel has 62 bedrooms, most of them have a wonderful view of the sea. Breakfast is served in the "Offenbach" lounge which has a flower-decked terrace ... more   less 
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