What We Love
- A glamorous four-star hotel on the French Riviera – includes breakfast and a welcome cocktailThe hotel's grand, ornate architecture – it’s a real Belle Époque gem
- Staying right in the center of this sun-soaked town, overlooking the harbor
- Having breakfast on the terrace and gazing out to the iconic Palais des Festivals
What To Know
- The hotel is well-situated just blocks from the public beach and a 5-minute walk from the train which runs to Montecarlo and Nice
- Some guestrooms experience more street noise than others
- Free WiFi can be hit or miss
Splendid by name and splendid by nature, the Belle Époque-style Hotel Splendid, on the Cannes waterfront, overlooks the yacht harbor and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Needless to say, you’ll be joining the high rollers with a stay here. Start your days with breakfast in the Offenbach Lounge or, better yet, on the terrace, with views across the harbor to the world-famous Palais des Festivals, host of the city’s seminal film festival.
The historic hotel, located on the iconic Croisette boulevard, dates back to 1871. Thankfully, the blockbuster view over the harbor hasn’t changed, so Hotel Splendid still boasts Cannes’ best views. What’s more, it’s just steps away from the beautiful waters and stunning beaches of the city. If retail therapy is your preferred method for unwinding, you’re in the right place; there’s a plethora of luxury shops here, too, just waiting to be perused.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1.80 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.
Superior rooms come with a view out over the azure sea. Each room features an inviting color palette and charming décor that typifies the South of France.
Breakfast is served buffet-style, with a wide range of pastries and cooked dishes available, either in the lounge or on the sun terrace facing the Palais des Festivals. Outside the hotel, Cannes is bursting at the seams with restaurants and bars, both along the waterfront and in the shopping streets behind the hotel, so you won’t have much difficulty finding top-notch French cuisine nearby.
Cannes is a glamorous resort town on the French Riviera. Hotel Splendid overlooks the city’s famous harbor and is just steps from the Palais des Festivals and Promenade de la Croisette, which runs along the waterfront. The city’s stunning beaches are also nearby, and the center of town lies just behind the hotel, where shopping enthusiasts will no doubt spend most of their time.
How to Get There
This is a very central hotel, although old and badly in need of repairs, rooms are smaller than expected. However the staff is very helpful and friendly, they do their best.
Make sure you ask for a room with a harbour/sea view.
Breakfast is slightly better than average, and the hotel has a lovely terrace with a view of the seaside and the promenade.
There is a very convenient public parking nearby
Everyone we met (Check-In staff, Breakfast room staff) were magnificent. Very friendly and super-helpful. The location (opposite the Marina) is great and if you can grab a sea view, it's wonderful. The breakfast is very good and you can eat it on a terrace overlooking the Sea. On the less positive aspects, the single 100 year old elevator is small, slow and delaying. There is no restaurant or Bar. No parking facilities, and difficult to get to the front door. The shower was a metal retracting appliance that you hold in your hand. But, bathroom aside, the room was large and had a great bed.
Location: yup. One way lies La Croisette and the other the Vieux Port.
Rooms: yup. I’d booked a sea view room and was fortunate to be upgraded to a balcony. Comfortable bed. Modern but tasteful decor. Good bathroom. Yes, with window open you know you’re in the city but then close the window, right?
Staff: yup. Friendly, helpful.
Parking: yup. Plenty of public lots if outside film festival and July/August.
Restaurants: yup. Throw a stone in any direction.
I highly recommend but then I had the best of the place.
I recently made reservations at Hotel Splendid using booking.com. Unfortunately, I was not aware that it was nonrefundable. Something very bad happened to my family and I had to cancel my trip. Unfortunately, the management at the hotel would not give me a refund. I had several emails with them and I received one saying “it is canceled with no penalty”. I tried to find out about it but all the e-mails responded that they would not credit me. The even suggested I change my dates! I can understand they have a non-refund policy but in cases like mine, where a member of your family is now gone, they should make exceptions. If this is their customer service, I wonder how the hotel works
The hotel Splendid is overlooking the yacht harbour in Cannes, at the western end of La Croisette, one Street away from Rue d'Antibes and just at the start of the old town. So for location is it perfect. The hotel itself is a beautiful old building, very well maintained. It's original entrance on the front has long been given over to a very good mid market restaurant, New York new York, and the entrance to the hotel itself is at the back of the building on Rue Félix Faure. So there is no grand entrance as befits such a grand old building, only a small but nicely furnished lobby. It's only when you emerge from the lift onto a corridor that is wide and majestic, that you begin to get the true feel of the building. We had a lovely spacious room on one corner of the fifth floor which had two floor to ceiling double doors leading onto a large furnished balcony with a great view over the port and up to the old town on the right. It was nicely furnished and decorated with two very comfortable armchairs which we pulled to the windows to look out as the weather wasn't good while we were there. Unfortunately the large double bed was very hard indeed and we could not get a comfortable nights sleep for the four nights we spent there. That was a big drawback and the only thing that would definitely stop us from returning. A minor irritation that could easily be addressed is that the hotel only has baths in it's bathrooms. Nice for those who enjoy a long soak, but not for anyone over sixty who is starting to struggle with climbing in and out of a bath as we are. Our bathroom had a splendid corner bath but the positioning of the taps and handheld shower tap on the only accessible side of it, made it very difficult to get in and out of, despite the provision of a grab rail on the side wall.
Breakfast had the exact same offerings as another four star hotel we had come from in Nice but was not up to the same standard of quality. The bread for toast was stale one morning, on another both juices ran out and were not replaced, and on the Sunday morning at five minutes to the final hour, an elderly lady who we presumed was one of the hotels owners, was ordering her troops to clear everything away, obviously she had a pressing engagement elsewhere that took precedent over her guests! The lady who set and cleared the tables and took our orders for tea or coffee however was very pleasant, efficient, and welcoming every morning.
There is something not quite right about the ethos of this hotel. While the reception staff are very pleasant and the aforementioned breakfast room server is particularly so, the overall impression of the Splendid is of a hotel run more for its owners benefit than for its guests. Somewhere along the way the family that own it have lost sight of the most important thing. Not their beautiful building, nor the rigid thinking behind keeping only baths, but the comfort of their guests, surely what any good hotel keeper knows should be their number one priority.