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
- 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
I really could not fault this property. The location is great - right at the top of Rue Antibes, and a pleasant stroll from the Croisette. The old town is also doable on foot. We were made to feel at home by the lovely team (especially by the owners' son - I am afraid I cannot remember his name), who were extremely accommodating with any requests, and most helpful with restaurant reccommendations, advice about day excursions and such like. Our suite was clean, comfortable and spacious. They also held a 'happy hour' for two hours each evening which featured a great choice of beverages and some lovely snacks - all complimentary - and most enjoyable in the cosy lounge area. I would certainly stay here again.
Villa Garbo is the Absolutely Perfect Place to stay in Cannes. I'm a seasoned traveler so my requirements are few but important and I can say Villa Garbo exceeded them all.
First centrally located within walking distance 15 minutes to shopping promenade, beach, harbor, restaurants, casino, train station. This unique BOUTIQUE Hotel combines Style and Convenience with its apartment suites that are completely furnished with all utensils for dining in or cooking. Which is most compelling as the Temptations from Marche' Forville (Local Open Market) are irresistible. Having the ease of Room Service as well makes this my #1 choice is Hotels. When Johan welcomes you upon arrival you feel as if you have returned to your Hoilday Home and are among friends. The decor is tasteful, the suite is furnished efficiently and comfortable. I could enjoy a glass of wine from my balcony and feel the pulse of the city. Paying attention to detail the windows are sound proof so when closed you have returned to your own private haven. I have found my Fall ESCAPE. I will be returning.
We travelled to Cannes in early November and had the fortune of staying at Villa Garbo for two nights. We enjoyed exceptional hospitality and Johan and the rest of the staff made us feel at home every step of the way. Johan indicated to us that we were supposed to feel like we were on vacation and that he’d do anything he could to make our stay that much easier. He made reservations to one of the best local restaurants and would have did much more if we had asked. Villa Garbo is located within walking distance of everything to see in Cannes. Given how they make their customers feel, we would not look anywhere else to stay if we ever have the opportunity to go back to Cannes.
Our stay was exceptional and could not fault it. Hospitality extremely overwhelming. Outstanding staff, both Costa and Juan were extremely phenomenal and were attentive and professional from the moment we arrived. The rooms are very tasteful, the lovely breakfast freshly cooked and not forgetting the beautiful fire lit during the complimentary open bar. Great location. Can't wait to return. Definitely recommend to family and friends.
We spent a lovely three days in Cannes last week. I am ready to go back immediately. Johan and his entire staff could not have been more welcoming. The hotel is beautiful and chic. It felt like we were houseguests rather than hotel guests. Johan had great restaurant recommendations, too and suggestions of things to do.