HOTEL: My Wife and I stayed here for 11 nights at the end of March/Easter 2013 to celebrate our 40th wedding Anniversary. We had booked a junior suite and upon arrival, the hotel had upgraded us to a full suite (Room 401). They also brought up a nice bottle of champagne on the evening of our actual anniversary. The staff were very helpful and friendly throughout our stay with good advice on travel/restaurants etc. (As others say, the lift is slow and small, and breakfast can be late if they are busy, but these were the only downsides we found)
The room was very good and large. Very Comfortable bed with a duvet, lots of pillows, and a feather mattress topping. Very clean room which was cleaned daily and the towels changed if required. The room dimensions were almost apartment like - i.e. settee, table and four chairs, sideboard with a 32" flat screen TV (only English channels were BBC World/CNN news though), fridge, large bathroom with shower and bath, separate WC (Not a bidet in sight either!), Bathrobes and slippers, a safe, desk, 2 balconies (Yes, it looks over a highway, but was easy to cross with pedestrian lights etc. AND entertaining when the police close 2 lanes to spot check tax discs/tyres etc.) The National Police Station is in front of the hotel, so felt really safe at night.
LOCATION: We found the location ideal for us - I agree not right for a beach Holiday as too far to walk with chidren. For us though, it was perfect - close to station/bus station (we went on several trips by bus/train), 2 minutes to the Rue Meynadier (cobbled, pedestrianised road with interesting shops), 5 mins to the Old Town/Market, 7-8 minutes to La Croissette, 3-4 minutes to Rue D'Antibes. We felt being nearer to the Old Town to be a more interesting area than the designer shopping on La Croisette, so it suited us.
TRIPS: Days out were great - bus costs 1 euro per trip (you could get to Nice for 1 euro if you can spare 90 minutes ! ) Trains give a 25% discount for over 60s too. We went to Antibes (twice) by bus, Mougins by bus (+ a 20 minute walk uphill to the old town, but worth it), Ventimiglia by train (for Friday market - took 90 minutes) and we stopped off in Menton for a walk around on the way back as you can break your journey.
RESTAURANTS: We were very pleased with the choice of restaurants too - We are not into gourmet dining/wine, or seafood and my Wife is a vegetarian and allergic to peppers, so expected a "challenge" eating out !!! but there was an amazing choice (having done some research on Tripadvisor first though) - The restaurants below all spoke English (or could understand our very poor/limited French) - The value in Formula meals (a limited choice of starters/mains/desserts give great value - for example the 23 Euro 3 course formula at L'Assiette Provencale inlcluded mains which were 19 euros, so a no-brainer !
We ate at:
• Cafe Boheme (twice) - great value and choice, and good atmosphere, near the harbour
• Le Jaipur - 2 minutes from the hotel - Indian, but slightly different to UK - poppadums, bit small and crunchy, more like supermarket ones, but curries etc. were good
• Le Hit - very close too to the hotel. Owner/Waiter very friendly and enthusiastic. Best value meal by far. Also, he was so rushed (although maybe only 8-10 customers !!), that he left the charge for deserts off our bill and when I pointed this out, he was so amazed/pleased. I suspect when busy/several locals there is music (guitar/piano) and a possible late evening/lock-in !
• Le Meissouniere - Almost opposite Le Hit. Very good food and a bit more refined. (See their website for menu) - Service and quality of food was first-rate
• L'Assiette Provencale (twice) - maybe a 7-8 minute walk, but well worth it - 23 Euro Formula Menu (Smoked Salmon Tartar, Sea Bream, Lemon Meringue pie (genuinely home made) -
• Le Cosi - probably the dearest meal (but not too dear) - 31 Euro (Vegetarian) and 33 Euro Classic Formula meals. The vegetarian meal was one of the best my Wife has eaten - vegetable flan/tart with the lightest pastry, lovely vegetables (and no peppers), vegetable risotto main which was so beautiful, and a mille feuile creation for dessert - wafer thin pastry base, then red fruit, middle layer of pastry, then dark fruit, top pastry + cream etc....AND the location is excellent - In the old Town on a cobbled walkway, with a "buzzy" feel in the evening. We sat on the decking and watched "passer-bys" and customers in the wine bar opposite.
• Cote Jardin - Again, a very good choice (on a par with Le Cosi) - The location is north of the Hotel away from the touristy parts in a residential area near a School, but do not let this put you off. The food and service are worth the 5 minute walk ! The menu is changed every 15 days. You can sit in the restaurant or adjoining conservatory (or the garden if the weather is good)
• Ristorante Angolo Italiano (twice) - Excellent pasta and service - a 10 minute walk from the Hotel but most of it is down the Rue D'Antibes, so great for window shopping (because the shuts are shut !!) The staff and chefs come from Naples and this gives an authentic Italian Atmosphere
WEATHER: The weather was not great - rained/drizzled a lot, but we had a terrific time due to the Hotel, its location and Cannes as a base.
We would strongly recommend considering the Renoir - If we return to Cannes, we would be hard pushed to choose somewhere else.
(Pricing of Hotels in Cannes seems to fluctuate with conferences/film festival dates etc. If you choose carefully, it is a reasonably priced area)
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