What We Love
- Free daily cocktail hour between 6 and 8 p.m.
- With just 11 rooms, the hotel feels like an exclusive hideaway
- Stellar service — your breakfast can be served in-room, and the friendly concierge’s suggestions are authentic
- The hotel has a private beach on the Croisette, a 10-minute walk away
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What To Know
- Although the hotel is on a busy thoroughfare, there’s no street noise
- It's a 10-minute stroll to the Croisette
- The spa has one treatment room; be sure to book at least 24 hours ahead
- Free WiFi
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the property at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Villa Garbo, on tony Boulevard d’Alsace in the heart of Cannes, puts all that’s sought-after on the Riviera — Beach! Sand! Beautiful people! — at your fingertips. Just a 10-minute walk from the Croisette, the city’s seafront promenade filled with restaurants and shops, the hotel puts people watching and prosecco sipping within easy reach. The original 1884 exterior evokes a Renaissance mansion, and the interiors are done in muted tones with Edwardian-style furnishings. The entrance is through a private locked gate, and the lobby feels more like a living room than something you’d see in a hotel.
Bed and Bath
With just 11 guestrooms (no more than three to a floor), the hotel is quiet and intimate. Spacious and inviting, the rooms feel like apartments, with kitchenettes, full sofas and separate, carpeted bedrooms. Bright colors match the sunlight that streams in from the sunny Cote d’Azur: oranges, pinks and purples, offset by muted furniture and flooring.
Meet fellow guests in the cozy lounge during the morning breakfast hour or the evening cocktail hour — both are a good time to chat up the knowing concierge for dinner or sightseeing recommendations. Elsewhere, there’s a small fitness center, spa and screening room. But we suggest you head down to the beach to catch some rays — and stay on the lookout for a movie star or two.
In the Area
Cannes has no shortage of flash restaurants, but for good home cooking without the pretense (or the sticker shock), try La Brouette de Grand-Mère. The roast quail is the house specialty. Arrive early to avoid the lines at Astoux & Brun, a Croisette stalwart serving just-caught mussels, oysters and prawns since 1953. Every May the world’s cinema gods descend on Cannes for the annual film festival, the world’s largest international movie event. Even if you’re not in town for the 12-day star-studded showcase, the red carpet stays out year-round, so be sure to strike a pose.
How to Get There
We stayed in the penthouse apartment for our week's holiday in Cannes. My husband and I shared the apartment with my son and his girlfriend. We absolutely loved our rooms, the shared living space, and the roof terrace. We frequented daily the two hour cocktail slot that the wonderful hotel team put on each day. We very much enjoyed being looked after so professionally - many thanks particularly to Mr Welter and his son Johan. The hotel is perfectly situated, just a 10 minute walk to the Croisette, and we used our hire car to explore the beautiful area. We really could not recommend this hotel highly enough. It was a major factor in our perfect holiday.
Spent last weekend in Cannes. The positive experience with Villa Garbo started the day before we arrived with an email asking whether we needed a transfer from the airport arranged...we did!
We arrived early and were offered breakfast.....that doesn't happen often in my experience. Really nice....
Checked into an upgraded room with separate lounge and kitchen. This was just beautiful. Elegant and just perfect. Good air con on a very hot weekend - it was quiet.
Reservations made by Garbo for dinner ( on both nights ) that were outstanding.
Very short walk to the beach and directly on the main shopping street. 10 mins walk to the railway station.
This was one of the nicest weekends I have every had. We will be back.
Lovely hotel in the heart of Cannes. I only stayed here one night but was impressed with the amount of amenities. More like little studios than hotel rooms. I strongly recommend staying here. Fjufufhtifjfjfitjfnf