I really love this hotel, located directly across from the beach with super-nice rooms and a gorgeous rooftop view near the small swimming pool. My room was beautiful and nicely furnished with a "sliver" view of the beach (admittedly I had to press my face to the window, but hey - I saw the beach!) the walls were covered with beautiful leather panels and large B&W photos of stars from film festivals. The bed was very comfy and staff was extremely friendly and attentive.
Although this is a great hotel, it does need some improvements to make it even better. One complaint - common in too many hotels - is the poor layout of the bathroom, with a narrow area for the toilet, with a shower on one side and small glass panel on the other (serving no detectable purpose) which just cramped the opening. The TP dispenser is mounted too far back on the wall, making it difficult to reach. The bathroom looked great and had both a makeup mirror and hair dryer mounted on the wall. Although both were useful, they could have been mounted in more convenient locations, e.g., the dryer cord barely stretched enough to be able to look in the mirror when using it and the mirror was awkward to use only because of how it was mounted. Better design of the bathroom would make it more comfortable and user-friendly, which could be done without a major remodel (just remove the useless glass panel and relocate the TP fixture, hair dryer and mirror).
The other issue I have with this and all high-end hotels is the charge for using the Internet. If the Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn and budget hotels can offer free wifi - why don't the better hotels? Tis is ridiculous when paying nearly $400 per night for a room. Why provide a nice desk and workspace only to tack-on an up charge to use the Internet? This is as archaic as charging for local phone calls.
I didn't eat at the hotel, but was very disappointed that the bar would not provide our group 4 wine glasses so that we could share a bottle of wine purchased from a local wine store. The bar was already closing when we came in and wanted to have a glass of wine in the lobby before retiring. The server refused because "other customers might bring their own wine rather than order from the bar." Really?! This was pretty cheap and is contrary to what I've experienced at other Marriott properties. We ended up getting glasses out of our rooms and enjoying our wine on the rooftop patio under the stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the Southern Alps, JW Marriott Cannes boasts an incomparable cultural and artistic heritage. The hotel is located on the former site of the Palais des Festivals, placing it at the heart of a city that steps into the spotlight once a year, when shining stars and international events come together for a film festival that has made Cannes the annual showcase for French elegance. Among its many unique features, JW Marriott Cannes is the only luxury hotel on the Croisette to have its own auditorium seating up to 820 guests. It also offers 16 newly renovated multi-functional and totally flexible conference rooms (including 10 new rooms on the 1st floor). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Cannes Hotel Cannes
- Palais Stephanie Hotel Cannes
- Cannes Palais Stephanie Hotel
- Sofitel Cannes
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