Cannes, perhaps the best known city in the south of France, attracts travellers with its history, beauty, shopping and beaches. The "Cannes Film Festival" became synonymous with sun, sex, and celluloid!
The sight to see is La Croisette, the splendid long boulevard along the seafront. Most of the beaches are private, which means you have to pay to gain access, but your money will buy you the comfort of a sun-bed, parasol and drinks at the bar. This is also the site of Cannes' most prestigious and palatial hotels, including the famous Hotel Carlton, the Majestic and my preferred hotel, the Martinez, which is also home to most of the film stars during the International Film Festival. During the event huge crowds gather at the hotel entrance, hoping for a glimpse of the stars. Stylish boutiques, famous restaurants and café terraces are all close by.
The Martinez' interior is elegant and luxurious, featuring a superb Art Deco reception with impressive mirrors and glorious lounges. In January 2003, the hotel lobby opened after complete refurbishment. However, the grand sweeping staircase, geometric carpets and walnut commodes retain the original 1930s style of the hotel.
The Hotel features 397 guest rooms and 26 suites. Rooms are decorated with original art deco furniture, marble bathrooms with separate shower for junior suites and executive sea-view rooms. Some of the renovated rooms have a splashy neo-Deco look, so be sure to ask for one of these, as well as one on the seaside with gorgeous views. The hotel now features two penthouse suites, with stunning private terraces overlooking the Bay. My preferred one is No.718!
No other suites in Cannes compare to the size and calibre of the luxurious master suites of Hotel Martinez. Opened just in time for the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, the suites incorporate the best of the hotel's Deco style and modern amenities. The entire penthouse has been devided into just two 8,000 square-foot suites fit for royalty. Sitting on the seventh floor atop the hotel's 395 guest rooms, the suites, designed for entertaining, have two bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen, a sauna, and massive living areas, dining room and fully furnished terrace with whirlpool spa. Those staying in the Master Suites also have access to a private butler, limousine transfers, open bar and cigar box, and the option of combining the suites to enjoy 16,000 square feet of luxurious space.
All guests of the Hotel Martinez can take advantage of the new Givenchy spa, the state-of-the-art security systems, video-conferencing devices, personal computers and colour laser printers, infra-red keyboards, Internet access, fax, remote-controlled heating, cooling and lighting systems, satellite televisions, home theatres, DVD players and a DVD library and games console.
The Martinez is also best for the beach. Arriving one sunny lunchtime, I dined at the Beach Restaurant located on the private sandy beach of the hotel, the largest one in Cannes. Here you'll meet the world's rich and famous. The hotel has several other restaurants overlooking the sea, including Le Relais Martinez, the piano bar L'Amiral, and the fully refurbished famous La Palme D'or gourmet restaurant, a gastronomic festival in an extravagant ebony 1930s decor. That's where Christian Willers, who has two Michelin stars, delivers his unique dishes (modern Mediterranean cuisine).
The Martinez is the only hotel on the Croisette offering a heated outdoor pool (80 degrees year round) and seven tennis courts. Various golfing options at reduced fees are on request for area golf courses. It is an excellent hotel from top to bottom and a luxury choice with everything needed for memorable holiday or prestigious business trip.
73 La Croisette;
F - Cannes 06406
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The Martinez is owned and operated by The Concorde Hotel Group
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