With a name like Le Grand you expect just that. But like many of the "5 star" hotels in Cannes, this is just another over-priced hotel that doesn't deliver. Although the hotel is on La Croisette opposite the beach, the hotel itself is set back from the road with what looks like private apartments to one side of its grounds which I thought was a bit odd.
The lobby is small and lacking in impact. The hotel amenities are a joke for a five star hotel. No pool, no gym, no spa. In fact, the downstairs of the hotel just seems to be a reception and a small restaurant.
In terms of the room, having visited a few hotels in Cannes, I'd say this was one of the larger rooms witb a huge bed. And the sea-facing rooms do have a good view over the garden and beach.
However, the room lacked that five star feel with scratchy thin towels and a light duvet. I prefer fluffy bedding that you can sink into. The shower was over the bath which would have been ok, although a little dated, except the cleaner kept moving my screen outside the bath so it would flood the floor every time I showered. Just as well they came back to change the towels every evening too! The shower also took a good few minutes to heat up.
The air conditioning in the room was the biggest problem. It really wasn't possible to sleep with it on as it was too noisy. Guess that explains the thin duvet!
The service in the hotel was also nowhere near five star. My dirty glasses in my room were not changed for 2 days, the food in my mini bar was not restocked until my last day, and the choice of food consisted of a box of Pringles, a packet of nuts and a Toblerone. There's also no coffee making facilities in the room. Breakfast was not served until 7am which is too late for the business traveller. And room service ended at 10pm - although not sure I could stomach €7 for a yoghurt anyway.
All in all i'd say this was one of the most disappointing and expensive five star hotels I've ever stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A true green oasis on the famous Croisette, the Grand Hotel enjoys a unique, exceptional setting. It is the oldest hotel on the Croisette and it has been completely revamped in 60s style. It is a haven of peace for epicureans. A drink in the bar "Le Cercle", lunch on the huge, spacious terrace or simply relaxing in your suite with its panoramic view of the bay. How good it is to stay with us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grand Cannes
- Hotel Le Grand