We needed to stay just one night in Cannes last September, and we selected Hotel Lutetia because of the good reviews on TripAdvisors, which made we think this the hotel was almost deserving the status of a three star hotel. TripAdvisors had been either too enthusiastic, or we were not so lucky just for that single night. Let's start with the (very) positive side: free parking outside the hotel. But don't rely on that: Rue Michel Ange is a small and short street with just a dozen or so of public car places along its side; if they're taken I guess that it becomes a pain to find other public free spaces around. The lady at the reception is surely friendly, but isn't that what any hotel owner/manager should at least be? The room we got in was on first floor, facing the street, and its appearance can be just described as old and shabby. Just a detail is worth any description: the shower is made into a nice of what once might have been a wardrobe or the like, and ....opens directly into the room. Ok, a folding screen if there is you like a bit of privacy while having your shower... And, oh, a last thing: some other reviews were glorifying the breakfast at an additional 8 or 9 euros (I can't remember the exact price): coffee, milk, bread, butter and jam is all we got. A breakfast at the nearest bakery would have costed less, with much more pleasure with one of those famous French butter croissant, mmmm... And the price for the room was over 100 euro, but since we booked through a web agency, the owner greeted us while leaving saying that it have costed us less if we called her directly. Perhaps we were unlucky with the period, perhaps the web agency charged too much, perhaps the lady had a bad day or she couldn't get a fresh croissant for us that very morning... fact is, this is a two star hotel which shows the full essence of a two star hotel. If it were priced half of what we paid, it would be a perfect cheap choice for many casual or budget travellers, but not at the price we paid.
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