What We Love
- The hotel’s funky design sensibility, which is a departure from many old-school Cannes properties
- Some rooms are adorned with cheeky portraits of starlets like Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe
- Luxe touches like L’Occitane bath products and afternoon tea on the veranda
- READ MORE: How to see Cannes on a budget
What To Know
- The hotel is located across from the Cannes train station, making it handy for those who wish to explore the Cote d’Azur without a car
- Hotel Colette is well located for film-festival events
- It’s a five-minute walk to the beach
- Basic rooms are tidy but relatively small in size; book a “Prestige” room or the Junior Suite if you’d like to spread out
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a town thronged by moguls and hangers-on during the Cannes Film Festival, it’s refreshing to find a property that doesn’t take it all so seriously. Beginning with the playful red neon sign that beckons guests inside to a welcoming reception area complete with pet goldfish, Hotel Colette reminds its patrons to pause and relax between power lunches and premieres. When they’re ready to get to work, there’s WiFi and plenty of nooks for wheeling and dealing. For those here simply for play, all the better.
In the Area
Stop in at the Chanel shop and buy a bottle of Chanel No. 5, the scent that was born from a meeting in Cannes. Or, imagine you’re a Bond villain at La Croisette Casino. Feel like something a tad more low-key? Explore the sleepy villages of the Riviera as you follow in the footsteps of Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald in Antibes and Juan les Pins.
How to Get There
For a 2- 3 night stay this hotel was very good. Prime feature is the convenience to the rail/ bus network and proximity to the center of Cannes for beach, shopping and dining.. Staff \were great and were fluent in English.
Right after the Cannes film festival, when all the prices dropped to normality, I checked into "Colette" and was nothing but pleasantly surprised. Although situated on a very busy street - exactly oposite of the Central Station, you don't get disturbed by noise because the windows/ doors don't let any unwanted sounds in. And when all gets quiet in the evening, you can sit on the balcony and contemplate. The rooms are spacey, well designed, and YAY to the bathtub! I also enjoyed the air-con temperature, which wasn't exaggeratedly cooled down, but was just perfect. The breakfast is good, not over the top - but the choice of fresh fruit is surprisingly good. But, what makes this place special is friendliness of its staff, so refreshing in France :-D
Location is not bad. Although not near the beach, there is a bus stop opposite the hotel which has a bus directly to Nice and we found it very convenient. We booked two rooms and the quality varied. One of them was older and less nice, but still good. We booked the hotel through easyjet holiday so it was super good value. Overall we recommended it!
I stayed here for 4 days and although I can see the benefit for being so close to the station and buses, I would not recommend it for a more than a night. Quite honestly, I have no idea how they have four stars!
A hop, skip and jump from the station and airport buses.
Friendly and helpful staff.
L'Occitane bathroom toiletries.
There is no bar, or restaurant except for a drinks trolley by reception and two chairs in the lobby.
My room was tiny and my bed ended thirty centimetres from the door which meant I heard every creak from the passageway. The walls are thin too.
The air conditioner/heater didn't work during the day.
There is a funny smell in all the passageways and it took a day to get rid of the smoke smell in my room.
The bathroom is teeny.
The carpets are stained with what looks like bleach.
The breakfast is self service and caters well for meat eaters with cold meats and bacon. It disturbed me as a vegetarian that the fork for the bacon was on the same plate as the spoon for dishing up eggs. Other guests used either implement for dishing up their bacon. The pastries were plentiful and there was a nice selection of fresh fruit. There was an excellent selection of teas to choose from.
We chose this hotel as we didn't have a long stay and we're travelling around by train. It was perfect as opposite Cannes central station. The hotel was quiet when we stayed and the check in was quick and efficient and the breakfast was as expected, nothing fancy but sufficient. The staff were friendly and helpful and the room we had was clean tidy and a good size. All in all I liked this hotel and would styay here again.