I'm not really a fan of busy, idiosyncratic Cannes myself (though I don't mind La Bocca), and may prefer to stay in Le Cannet if in this part of the world. But I wouldn't return to this hotel.
The strong points seem to be that the swimming pool is nice, there seems to be a highly regarded restaurant (though I didn't get to try it), the area is really nice and quiet with greenery views and the location is excellent for the old, artisan quarter of Le Cannet itself. That's a few minutes' or so walk away, and the excellent Bonnard gallery (dedicated to that man) is a few minutes further. Buses to and from Cannes centre are frequent and go close to the hotel and are easy to get to.
The real problems were with the accommodation. Starting with the name - the "park", I can't grumble, there are little bits of gardens that aren't really park like or well maintained gardens, but you can go for a quick walk around and sit there in quiet (no-one goes near it). It's OK actually, but the name is pretentious for this.
The next bit of the name is where everything falls down - "suites". The room for one person I stayed in I thought was a nice, large room. No problem, if that's what's advertised. My impressions were, I liked the room it was a good standard 2 star to lower 3 star room, spacious, comfortable, heating good as Le Cannet gets cold even just after summer in the evenings. However, there was no seating in the large room but for the hard desk chair. Also, the console desk was very thin indeed, fitting a flat TV at one part and not much more, and this was the only real platform in the whole, large room.
However, the hotel calls itself "Park and Suites" but the room was nothing of a suite. My booking said it was a self-catering apartment. I think all of the rooms, or nearly all are like this. I think what they've done is mis-sold the whole place, or most of it. Pictures of any room I saw were the same as the one I was given.
It was just a hotel room. In one corner there was a really basic, one star cabinet which they'd stuck a small, cheap microwave on top of, and there was a sink and a tiny fridge within the cabinet area (necessary). I don't know if the sink had drinking water. The microwave wasn't a combination oven - no grill, oven or hotplates anywhere in the room. If you were going to make dinner or something there wasn't even any space in the kitchen "suite" area to cut and make it, forgetting that there's nothing proper to cook it on.
Then, as I said, in this so-called apartment or suite, you can't even sit and eat, say even if you have a pizza or pasta or Asian meal delivered. There is no dining table. There is no food preparation space. The little console desk part could barely be eaten at by one person, a dinner plate would hardly fit. *** If there were any dinner plates!!! There weren't. There were no plates, bowls, knives, forks, spoons, cups or utensils. There were a couple of glasses in the room, though.
Though the standard price for a room I believe was over 100 Euros at this time of year, for one night, I saw you had to pay 20 or 25 Euros extra --- per night --- for a few plates, bowls, knives, forks and so on.
I don't know who would, however, because I don't know what on earth you would do with them. If you are going to go to a supermarket and buy a ready meal, a TV dinner, and then microwave it, I suppose you need something to eat it on, and with. But are you going to pay that rate per night for your microwaved meal?
Again, even if you could prepare (you can't) and cook (you can't) a meal in the "apartment", there is no table to eat it at (console against the wall not wide enough). I suppose if two people had been staying in the room there would may have been two of the hard chairs, but still no dining table there.
I either made salads, getting food from the little grocers store nearby, or ate out in Le Cannet. Cooking in that room was the last thing I would have attempted. I haven't used a microwave for years now, anyway, since I was told important health information about what microwaving food can do.
In short: for the large 2 star room and swimming pool, a standard price of 90 to 130 Euros per room per night would not be worth it. But there's nothing else really there. The restaurant was really quiet or empty, and it seemed catered mostly to locals anyway, that I saw.
However, again, that price is supposed to be for a self catering place. This was no suite, no apartment, no studio apartment. There was no possibility of self catering without paying a lot more per night, but only for salads or packaged TV dinners.
I actually think of this place, as it was last year anyway, as quite a scam.
It's clean, the ensuite bathroom was very good and toiletries great. I had a nice massage at good value in the hotel's massage rooms during my stay. The bedroom was large. The view was nice. But it's just a 2 star basic room hotel and nothing of a self-catering place or suites place. Nothing at all. It's a complete categorical error.
During my stay I saw a couple who had a very young baby which they were carrying around in a carry cot. I guessed they had booked specifically because of the description of self-catering suites or appartments and I imagined that many people coming here would be looking for that, or NEED it, and be very annoyed indeed.
Personally, I didn't mind too much not self catering. I love salads, and actually would have preferred to eat out more, but I was tired and missed lunch times and so on, and as a vegetarian, have much less choice of dining places.
But whether I minded or not is not the point. I was passing through the vicinity of Cannes and looking actually for a room rather than an apartment, at short notice. This is an expensive hotel at the accommodation rate plus utensils rate, and people will choose it for what it is advertised as, a self catering destination. It is not that, in my experience.
If it has changed, it needed to. If it hasn't, it needs to.
Also I had the room at the very front, above the reception, and there was noise and bright constant and flashing lights at all times of the night as cars came in and out of the hotel garage. I told the reception I was a frequent, severe migraine sufferer on the day I checked in, but, in a hotel that I knew had many unoccupied rooms, I was given that room. The side window didn't close, either, just above the garage, making things noisier and which would easily be a security problem. I felt bad leaving my laptop unsecured. The first floor side window couldn't be closed.
This hotel is a pretence. I don't recommend it at all.
I see there may be a sauna and Jacuzzi or small fitness room at some times here. It wasn't open during the season I was there, and all of summer to autumn 2013. I was told that when booking, and I personally booked through an agent at a reduced price. At the hotel's own price, there were no reductions though for these services not being included, and considering what's on offer as an "appartment", they would need to be offered for the prices charged here. I have checked at other times when I didn't stay, though, and the leisure services weren't offered then, either. Appparently they exist in a few basement rooms, but they just weren't opened for a long time.
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