recently I had the opportunity to stay in this classic, little and cosy hotel. A place which reminds you of the old films of Monsieur Hugó. When you enter the 5 (or 6) story building, you will notice the blue and white tablecloth on the summerly decorated gardentables (and the chairs of a French Bistro). Here you are welcomed (I presumed) by the owner and his wife....not very warmly (if you look a bit foreign - or do not speak french), but in a friendly way.
The room I got, was told it is small, was nice, had a window (I hate all these moderne hotel with full a/c and no fresh air) - yes could be a bit noisy - but you are in the middle of everything....anywhere you want to go - walking is the shortest, fastest and most inexpensive way. The bathroom was a bit tiny - lucky I am slim, but anyone with 10 pounds more on their ribs....want be able to use it. But, as said, ok for me - and all very clean! Pricewise also a match for location, time (peak summer holiday) and service. An easy plus could be, if the owner (he did at the end of my trip) and his wife would be more talkative with their (foreigner) guest and show the savoir vivre - Monsieur Hugó would love it!
Very cheap, very central but abominable loud incessant live music until late on Friday and Saturday nights at least comes from some bar close by or outdoor venue. We were only there for the weekend. All other reviews are spot on re the basically clean and good rooms and the very friendly and helpful staff but you just cannot sleep when vocalists are YELLING into a microphone with swirling keyboards and drum machine pounding away. We were in room 103 so you could walk up and avoid the small lift. Windows were claimed to be soundproof but they made virtually no difference when shut. Double glazed but the seals must be shot. A pity because it ruined our experience of Cannes completely.
I've been to Cannes regularly for the advertising festival and this is frankly the best among all the places I've stayed in.
My room was effectively a garret with a low ceiling and a small window. While my initial reaction was on the lines of "what the hell?!", I quickly amended my rating from 'cramped' to 'cosy'. This was on discovering there's ample space to put your luggage away, a quiet, functional air conditioner, TV and free Wi-Fi and exemplary cleanliness. I've been at rooms in Cannes where the door between the room and the bathroom had no lock but this hotel, though small, is in a great state of repair.
The staff are extremely friendly, willing to go quite far to get past the language barrier - something that is not as common as you'd like it to be at Cannes. The breakfast (included in the price of the room) functional but fulfilling consisting of an assortment of breads with jam and butter, orange juice and your choice of tea/coffee/hot chocolate.
The location is absolutely stellar - two minutes from the Croisette and about 4 from the railway station. There's an absolutely spectacular ice cream store some 30 seconds away filled with some of the best flavours I've had and a very enthusiastic staff.
Since I was booked in during the festival, the rates were at a rather steep 115 Euro a night. And yet, by the end of the trip I felt the price was absolutely worth it given the friendly attitude of the staff, the fact that the rooms were clean and the bed so incredibly comfortable, it was quite a struggle to get out and go about work.
2 mins away from the croisette and great staff. Room was clean and en suite shower was ok. Prices were reasonable given the excellent location. Recommended if on a budget.
The reason I've given the Albe 3 stars is it's location & the fact that, despite being extremely basic, it seemed clean.
This hotel has a pretty little entrance lobby & is a very short walk to the 'Palais des Festivals' with its famous red carpet/Film Festival association & is therefore very near to the beaches & all the shops, restaurants etc. The rooms were so basic however as to remind me of my daughter's university halls of residence. The tiny shower room had such a small cubicle with only a small sliding door attached to fixed glass that anyone quite a lot bigger than average size would find it very tight if not impossible to squeeze in but I don't know if that was the case in all rooms.
We were on the second floor - there was the tiniest lift I ever saw so we sent our cases up in it & went up the stairs to meet them! On the plus side the hotel & room seemed clean and as I said the location is amazing - pretty much in the heart of everything at Cannes & close to the railway station. The street is fairly bustling so there was some noise from neighbouring bars/restaurants although not really enough to disturb me. We were on a driving holiday & there was no parking nearby (1 space in front of the hotel but that wasn't available to us) & in fact it was quite a long walk from the only available carpark we found but then August is the busiest month.
In summary it's fairly well priced for such a central location but on balance I'd have preferred a slightly longer walk & some creature comforts!