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
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- 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
Our two night stay at Le Cavendish was full of pleasant surprises. Firstly, our check-in with the charming, welcoming Mariagrazia - a glass of champagne never goes astray, but she also provided a myriad of helpful hints about the hotel and staying in Cannes. Every staff member we met was equally friendly and helpful - thank you to Alisa, Armen and Gabriel. And an extra big thanks to Rita who had a great sense of humour and went out of her way to help us when we lost some very valuable travel documents. This is a gem of a hotel in many ways (lovely old building, central location, great breakfast, free flowing drinks in the evenings), but for us it was the staff who made it so special. We dropped in a week later, and were greeted like old friends! We definitely recommend this hotel.
This hotel is a 5 minute walk to the heart of Croisette beach.
The hotel is sitauted on a main road but I could not hear any traffic from my room at all
The staff were very very friendly and made us feel so welcome
We stayed in the Rotunda room which was spacious for 2 people and light with a balcony
Breakfast was great croissants cereal, , pan o chocolates, bread cheese, ham, cold boiled eggs coffee juice water. You can pay extra for hot eggs I.e scrambled fried etc.
Free bar between 6.30-8.30 with tapas olives, chorizo, cheese, crisps, pretzels, peanuts the waiters were so friendly and attentive
Hotel quite quirky inside a bit gothic/1930,s with old fashioned style lift
5 mins walk from train station and and where bus stops from airport which in the heat is a godsend
I can really recommend this hotel. Only downside is no pool but you can use sun loungers on beach as part of the deal
Rooms have air con
Just got back from a 4 night stay at this lovely hotel. I felt like I had gone back in time - so charming and staff couldn’t do enough to help. The beach bed deal was really worth it - a lovely beach with great staff, you won’t get near the front but still worth it. The free bar was a hit and we met a lovely couple during this time.... We loved Cannes and will definitely stay here again...
Just returned from another wonderful stay at the Cavendish. Superb location and brimming with understated elegance.Lovely free gift of lavender honey in our room (430) on arrival. The staff are professional and very friendly especially Rita at reception and Gillian and Rahaul at breakfast and evening drinks. We availed of the facilities at Le Goeland Beach during our stay and once again found them excellent both in terms of service (Victoria and Didier) and quality of food - expensive but worth it. They reserved us seats at the restaurant for the screening of the World Cup final - a great time to be among so many lovely French people on a wonderful occasion. Vive le France - we will be back
Great small independent hotel set about a fifteen minute walk from the sea. Excellent friendly staff provide a lovely welcome. Rooms comfortable with excellent air conditioning and everything you would need. Good breakfast, excellent free pre dinner drinks, secure parking round the corner. Chose the beach package which gave us access to an excellent private beach with full service and restaurants. A great choice for a good value stay in Cannes.