What We Love
- Free drinks served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night in the salon
- All the elegance of Cannes’s storied festival hotels without any of the snooty attitude
- The hotel prides itself on its huge selection of teas, with exotic varieties from China and one inspired by Napoleon
- The friendly and accommodating staff is always on hand to offer favorite spots to drink, dine and stargaze
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast is available to Jetsetter members for $17 per person (normally $34). Payable at the hotel; specify in the Special Instructions field after purchase
- A city tax of $1.50 (€1.30) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- READ MORE: How to see Cannes on a budget
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set in a striking Belle Epoque rotunda building with curved wrought iron balconies, and close to the glittering beaches of the Côte d’Azur, Le Cavendish feels like a trip back to the glitz and glamour of the early 20th century. A beautiful original cage elevator is set in the middle of a curved Carrara marble staircase, and simple chandeliers, gilt-frame mirrors, dressers stuffed with old books and rich red curtains bedeck the comfortable salon.
Bed and Bath
The circular Rotunda rooms feature decorative ceilings, heavy curtains, richly polished wooden floors, marble-clad bathrooms and curved balconies, which are the perfect spot for sipping a chilled glass of wine in the late afternoon sun. Deluxe, Superior and Standard rooms are smaller but still comfortable, with plush bedding, large armoires and desk areas (without the frustrating search for outlets that you find at other historic hotels), and they have little balconies that offer views of the town.
There’s no restaurant as such, but be sure to take advantage of the hearty breakfast that’s served in the salon; it includes traditional French pastries, hard-boiled eggs and fruit and yogurt selections to fuel the day. Come evening, the staff sets out a full bar (which serves free drinks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night), so you can start the night off right with a glass of Cabernet before hitting the streets.
In the Area
Check out the brilliant travel photography and paintings at the Fragonard Museum, in Grasse. It’s in a historic perfume factory that’s been open since 1782; don’t leave without stocking up on some of its beautiful perfumes and soaps. For a daytrip, hop on a boat to Ile Sainte Marguerite, which is the largest of the Lérins Islands and is home to a community of monks who make red and white wines and liqueurs. For delicious Italian cuisine and fresh produce try AI 20, with its exposed brick bar and simple decor, or pick up your own fresh produce at the traditional Forville Market, which is open every morning in the old town and sells fish, fruit, vegetables and flowers. A trip to Cannes isn’t complete without taking a stroll along La Croisette , Cannes’s seafront promenade, and checking out its famous designer boutiques.
How to Get There
I was in town for a business fair at the Palais des Festivals, just a healthy 5mn walk away. I loved it.
Unpretentious yet very professional team looked after me during my stay. The owner Christine is there every morning (and evening) to great guests at breakfast or happy hour.
Rooms are clean and comfortable. Breakfast is delicious, with an excellent selection of teas. They have dining option on order but I did go out to enjoy local restaurants. One can enjoy complimentary happy hour in the evening too.
Don’t miss it next time you are in Cannes.
One of the best hotel I ever been! During last 4 years always choose the hotel to stay during big professional even. Very clean, cozy, perfectly welcoming, very tasty breakfast and open bar fro, 6 to 9 pm. Location is great as well!
Great hotel in every way. Location centrally in the city close to central bus and railway to go anywhere near cannes and beyond. 7 minutes walk to the sea front and the cannes film festival. Breakfast is very good ,staff and receptionists are greatand cannot do enough to please and make your stay most enjoyable. Rooms are very good,clean with a very nice bathroom with soft clean bedding,linens every day.
After a warm and attentive welcome at check-in, the overall service and facilities were a bit hit and miss throughout our three night (mid-week) stay.
Generally the staff were charming, polite and attentive and our superior room / ensuite were clean, if very small.
However the following issues (in no particular order) should be addressed for a 4 star hotel…
1. Mechanical external metal roller blind / shutter got stuck in the mid way position on being shown the room on check-in. It went up with a firm push and eventually broke all together on the morning of day three, crashing down as it worked its way out of the casement. Could have been serious if a head or hand was in the wrong place! Staff removed the blind / shutter with no offer / mention of a change of room other than “we would move you to another room but it is your last day / night”.
2. No iron or ironing board allocated to each room. Had to ask reception for the “loan” of these (no notice in the room to say this was the policy so I imagine many guests put up with creased shirts etc.) and once we had fished ironing what we needed each day (who wants to do the whole pile in one go on holiday) we had to leave it outside the room for collection presumably so it could be loaned out again.
3. Housekeeping knocked and walked straight in unannounced on the first morning as we were in bed.
4. Housekeeping appeared to have take our empty champagne bottle (half) from the wast paper bin in our room and left it on the side table, as if to say ‘you can find your own bin for that’.
5. When I got up to leave after breakfast with my cup of tea (to finish in the room) I was told it would have to be decanted into a cardboard cup as “the manager has said no crockery to be taken into the rooms”. Glad we didn’t order room service.
6. The night porter barely looked up from his phone as we returned back late one evening.
7. The night porter woke us up by dragging stuff across the corridor / hall way outside our room, letting the doors band closed at least three times at 5.30AM. This went on for 10 minuets before I got up and asks if this was the best time of the day to be doing this.
8. Asked reception on return to hotel for water in our room and had to phone down 30 minutes later.
9. Continental breakfast was good, though no toaster for the bread etc.
All in all our stay was comfortable if lacking the small, basic and arguably simple touches would have made all the difference to our stay. That said the open bar in the evenings was a great starting place for pre diner drinks with excellent self service!
We were four days in Cannes and stayed at Hotel Le Cavendish. Personnel was helpful and Service minded. Rooms were nice and clean. There was five minutes walk to Cannes city centre and beach. I like hotels old style charm and style.