Bear with me, this will be a long one. Pay close attention to the restaurant portion at the end.
Showed up at 1:00 PM with a reservation (one of 13 rooms booked in our party) and they did not have several of our rooms available. Granted, check-in is supposed to be 3PM so I don't ever get mad for them not having my room available if it's not check-in time yet. But then 3:00 rolled around. Several of our rooms we're ready yet. 3:30 rolled around, several of our rooms weren't ready yet. Then slowly rooms became available. While dealing with all of the the front desk was rude and short and not accommodating at all. The consensus was basically "There's nothing I can do" (and then walk away).
Okay, finally I get to my room. I'm not bragging but I've stayed in 5-Star hotels all over the world. This, I assure you, is no 5-star hotel. The room is incredibly small, the television is incredibly small, the view is terrible, etc etc.
The bed is made up of two twin beds and if you're by yourself and you move around on it at all they separate so in the morning I woke up in the canyon that was my "king bed". The toilet is in a separate room from the sink so the process is: Use toilet, use two door knobs, wash hands. The television is a 21" LCD that, while lying in bed, is about 8 feet from you. This wasn't such a big deal here because the only English-speaking channels are 25 different news channels so entertainment is out.
The pressure and temperature of the shower is great but I am still at a loss as to why overseas hotels assume that a 24" piece of glass is enough to protect the bathroom from getting flooded while using the shower. I'm 6'5" tall so I can't cower in tiny glass cave provided so I have to aim the shower-head out, which means the bathroom floods. Oh, and the drain didn't work terribly well.
Also, normally a 5-star hotel will at least provide drinking water or at least a kettle free of charge but neither of those exist in this room.
Now on to the restaurant: This is one of the worst restaurant experiences of my life. My company was paying for two dinners and two breakfasts so I can't turn down a free meal so I had to (dis)pleasure of having four meals here.
The "high-speed" internet access they advertise is half-right. It is internet access. And God help you if you lock the screen on your smart phone after using it because every time you wake it up you'll have to log back into your internet access.
French people have a stigma of being rude and unaccommodating. I know this is a stereotype so I will refrain from using the words "you know, French". The waiters at dinner were rude, dissident, and snide. We did not have a choice in the menu as they had some kind of deal with my company where we had to eat one entree and no options. Meaning if you were allergic to shellfish (which they served as our only option) you either didn't eat, or you at it and died. If you could only eat fish, you had to eat the chicken, or you didn't eat. If you're a vegetarian, yeah you don't eat.
They feature a singing duo during dinner which one night was really good, and the other night was really bad so cross your fingers you don't get the 30-something, cane-wielding, ponytail-sporting, singing pimp.
At breakfast the service was fine because it's buffet style so there isn't much interaction. The food, however, is terrible. The omelette was raw in the middle, the eggs are always undercooked no matter how you order them, the sausage is dry, the juices are warm. Basically almost all of it is inedible. The bread, on the other hand, was quite good. Well, you know bread here, it's, well, French. (dammit)
All in all this is one of the most unpleasant experiences at a so-called 5-star hotel I've ever had. The location does not warrant a good review and the fact that you're on prime real estate and you have an ugly blue Lamborghini in the driveway does not allow you to call yourself luxurious.
Find one of the many other beautiful hotels in Cannes or Cap D Antibes. You won't regret it.
One last thing, I didn't pay for my room so I can't comment on the price but what I did see was NOT worth whatever you're thinking of paying.
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