I dreamed about staying at the Carlton for years. It is such an iconic hotel, and I love grand hotels with history, like the Savoy, the L.A. Biltmore, and Raffles in Singapore.
At the Carlton, the staff were very professional, and warmly greeted us. We had breakfast included in the room charge, and it was a huge and magnificent event, with fine champagne. Our room, a sea view, was large, but the bed cover, the rug and curtains and wall paper looked spotty, worn and tired. There is not a spa or sauna, and the fitness room is pretty small. But there is the beach, most of the year.
We stayed at the Carlton to celebrate a very special occasion, and had phoned a ahead to ask the concierge to book a dinner reservation at one of the most scrumptious restaurants in Cannes. On the evening of the dinner, we got all dressed up, and we went down to the concierge to get a taxi to the restaurant, but concierge informed us that the booking had not been made because the restaurant was closed for holidays. But they hadn't told us when we checked in, even though we had arrived at the hotel over a day before. It was truly very disappointing, and we didn't really have time to research an other restaurant. So the concierge suggested a nice bistro close by, which was ok. Not the mega-wow factor, but it's not their fault the restaurant was closed. Still, would have been nice to have known when we checked in, and/or it would have been nice to have been compensated for this disappointment, even with a bottle of wine. But no.
The Carlton Hotel can afford to charge outrageous prices, especially during Festival times. In October, mostly business people were at the hotel when we were there, Porsche. I think we were the only ones on holiday. I'm sure if someone else is paying for it, it's all good. If you can afford it, why not. But, a short stay was sufficient.
Its a gorgeous grand hotel, with a stunning location.
I had a wonderful, short time in Cannes.
Glad for the privilege, but once was enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Carlton In Cannes, one of the best-known cities in the world, is one of the world’s most mythical hotels. Since 1913, in the heart of the Bay of Cannes on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the InterContinental Carlton Cannes has demonstrated its savoir-faire in a tradition of matchless hospitality still carried on today by the men and women who are its inheritors. In the Mediterranean sunshine, immerse yourself in an elegant and refined atmosphere where the charm and tradition of yesteryear live on in harmony with the demands of modern life. With its 343 rooms and suites, its restaurants and bars, its famous terrace and private white-sand beach, the Carlton invites you to join in writing its continuing history each day. ... more less
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