Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d’Albion
What We Love
- Top spot for shopping, with easy access to the high street (Rue d'Antibes) and haute couture (La Croisette)
- One of the best private beach clubs in Cannes, with tons of watersports on offer from the jetty
What To Know
- Guests must pay an extra fee to use the hotel's private beach and club, open April through October (sunbeds and parasols are available for rent)
- Terrasse du Gray, their newest restaurant, is open for dinner in-season and for lunch and dinner during festivals and conferences
- Breakfast is an additional fee per day
- Guests will be charged for use of the hotel's public parking lot
- Free WIFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Gray d’Albion bridges the gap between the showy palace hotels that line La Croisette and the more down-to-earth digs off hip high street thoroughfare Rue d’Antibes. The vibe in the lobby is ritzy retro, with shag pile rugs, glass light installations, and Dalí-esque red velvet chairs that look like giant rose petals. Sister hotel to Majestic Barrière, this four-star property is more laid-back luxe than over-the-top opulence, but it still knows how to roll out the red carpet. Clean-lined guest rooms feature comfy beds topped with nude suede throws, Philippe Starck–style plexiglass chairs and lamps, and embossed sheet-metal artwork on the walls. Classic Rooms overlook the city; upgrade to a Superior for a balcony with a canopy that can be lowered for shade. Jane’s Bar, a clubby cocktail spot just off the lobby. It’s a quirky mishmash of styles, from hipster (bar stools fashioned out of retro bike seats) to hippie (mirrored ceilings). Relax on the sand at Gray d’Albion’s new-look beach club (an extra fee for guests), which feels elegant with touches of bohemian-chic. It’s considered one of the best on the strip for its Mediterranean restaurant and activities offered from the jetty including waterskiing, scuba diving, and banana boats.
In the Area
Pose and people watch along Cannes’s famous seafront boulevard La Croisette and gawk at the superyachts that fill the harbors. Public beaches bookend the strip, but most of it has been given over to private clubs that demand pricey day charges. All of the big-name designers have boutiques along La Croisette, from Dior to Dolce & Gabbana. Head to Rue d’Antibes to shop the best of the French high street (Petit Bateau, Blanc Bleu, Comptoir des Cotonniers). Wander the cobbled lanes of the old quarter, Le Suquet, and head up to the clock tower to scan the skyline. If you can’t snag an invite onto a megayacht, board one of the small ferries that depart from the old port and sail across to Ile Saint-Honorat, a gorgeous island inhabited by 25 Cistercian monks; the monastery has been making wine from the island’s grapes since the Middle Ages. Nice is just 30 minutes away by train (via an excellent route that cuts along the coastline), and you can reach Monaco in about an hour.
How to Get There
My friend and I booked this hotel via the British Airways January sales. From the pictures online I wasn’t so sure about the standard of the hotel however upon arrival, I was gobsmacked at how beautiful the hotel was. The lobby is luxurious and the rooms did not disappoint either (usually hotels put more effort into their communal areas than the rooms). We upgraded from a standard room to a balcony room. The view was not great but the weather was lovely it was nice to be able to sit outside. We had breakfast included in our package and wanted to have breakfast on the balcony but was disappointed to find that they would only offer you toast/croissants and tea/coffee. I do not think the continental breakfast was worth €29 pp because there was not much selection. I would much rather have visited local cafes for breakfast.
The location is amazing. Right in the centre of everything! You come out of the hotel turn left and you’re a 2 min walk from promenade de La Croisette with the beach and luxury stores. Or turn right and less than a minute walk from great high street stores and restaurants.
Im pregnant and one day I was exhausted after coming in from the hot Sun. The concierge noticed this and went into the staff area and handed me a bottle of water which was so kind. However we did encounter a situation which made us extremely uncomfortable. On our first evening in Cannes, we went for a walk and came back to the hotel. All the staff were staring at us as we walked past the reception. As we were approaching the lift, a member of staff came running behind us. We all entered the lift, however my friend and I were fumbling around in our bags to find our room key (required to use the lift). This gentleman did not take his key out, instead he waited for us to find our key whilst pretending to flip through some papers. Eventually we found our key, tapped it on the reader and pressed our floor (7th). All of a sudden he ‘realised’ that he was going to the 1st floor and quickly pressed the button. It was pretty obvious that we were followed and Im not sure if it’s because the staff did not recognise us- seeing as we were new guests, if it’s because we did not look rich enough to be staying at the hotel, because we are black or just a combination of all 3. We have chosen to not take this situation personally. However staff should consider how it makes people feel by profiling them and following them around.
Despite that situation we still enjoyed our stay and would certainly go back. Our overall stay at the hotel was great as The staff were all very professional, attentive and friendly.
I couldn’t speak more highly of this hotel. From the really warm greeting, lovely quiet room. The breakfast offered a wide choice and really good quality. All the staff deserve a special thank you. Everyone was so helpful. Hope to see you all again soon.
Even before we arrived we had great service from the Concierge (thank you Herve!) in arranging a private transfer from Nice Airport taking the coastal route to the hotel. We were met at Nice Airport by the lovely Jeremy who gave us a great drive, taking in the sights along the way (we also booked him for our return to Nice). On arrival, we received a warm welcome and our check-in was dealt with very quickly and efficiently. Our room was very good and had everything we needed. It was very clean and well maintained and we could not fault it. Of all the hotels we have stayed in, this is the first time we had come across a fully functioning heated towel rail in the bathroom for the towels!!! The lobby area was well furnished, as was the bar in the lobby, which we visited a couple of times during our 4 night stay. Very friendly bar staff who gave us a couple of recommendations for places to visit.
Breakfast was served in a very lovely restaurant area, with a courtyard to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Plenty of shade if required and tables inside if you prefer. The buffet itself was gorgeous and there was plenty of choice, together with the fact you could order eggs etc. as you wish (no extra charge) and they were served to our table. The waiting staff were so friendly and efficient and made breakfast an enjoyable experience to start a beautiful day in Cannes. What more could you ask? This hotel is in the most perfect position - it seemed that everywhere we went it was no more than 10 mins. walk to/from the hotel. It is just off of La Croisette (less than a minute's walk) and in our opinion, we could not have chosen better. We are already talking about coming back and when we do, we will definitely stay here again. Thank you to everybody - this was our first stay but it won't be our last!
Our hotel experience at Barriere was wonderful. But worthy of mention was Mr Michel from the concierge service. That man is worth his weight in gold. There was no request too large and always done with the most courteous manner. Bravo. Merci infiniment
We stayed here for 9 nights recently and this hotel is lovely. The room was spacious and spotless, the reception, restaurant and bar areas are modern and clean and the breakfast had everything and more. The staff were so friendly and helpful and added just that little extra touch to make our stay special and memorable. The hotel is perfectly situated, we travelled by train and the hotel was a five minute walk from the station and is around a ten minute walk to the beach. The only down side for us was it not having a swimming pool but it didn’t spoil our stay when the glorious beach (although can be expensive if you pay for sun beds) was right on the doorstep. Overall an excellent enjoyable stay we would definitely return :)