If it’s your first visit to the French Riviera and looking for a glitzy resort then a good place to stay would be Cannes. The reason for this is that the resort has excellent public transport systems and is on the main coastal rail line which runs from St Raphael to Monaco.
Cannes lies slightly more to the West and is nearer to St Tropez. Like Nice , there is easy access to all the resorts from St Raphael to Monaco although of course the journey to Monaco in the East will take slightly longer. If your plan is a series of day trips then Nice is probably the best option and an added bonus is that it’s next door to the main airport of the area – Nice Cote D’Azur. Please see our page on French Riviera Sightseeing for more information on day trips.
Cannes as you would expect is a more glitzy resort where you can dress up during the evenings and be seen strolling along the famous Croisette and walking past the glorious Carlton Hotel. Indeed, the Croisette is a wonderful place to be in the evenings with it’s many restaurants facing the sea. Cannes also boasts some magnifent hotels such as the Majestic Cannes Barriere and the Hotel Martinez and the Carlton.
The Carlton Inter-Continental with its international reputation is located at the heart of the Croisette. A universally acclaimed centre of business travel and tourism, the hotel has over 300 luxurious rooms
The Majestic Barriere.
In 1863 the Beau Rivage opened which was the ancestor of the Majestic. Rebuilt in 1926 in Art Deco style the hotel became the crown jewell of the Lucien Barriere hotel group.
Hotel Martinez Cannes France
The Hotel Martinez opened in 1929 and is one of the most attractive hotels on the French Riviera. Located on the Croisette in Cannes, it lies in a perfect position for a luxury stay on the Riviera. It has over 400 rooms including over 20 suites. There are also two luxury appartments complete with roof gardens.
Photo taken by FrenchRivieraVisitor from under fascade at front of Hotel Martinez in Cannes. All rights reserved.
The hotel has an indoor heated pool, a private beach with restaurant, and inside the hotel you will find the famous Palme d’Or restaurant. Needless to say, the hotels also houses a gallery of luxury boutiques.
There are also many reasonably priced hotels in Cannes and if you want to be near the Croisette then its probably best to stay in one of the hotels south of the Voie Rapide motorway. The next choice would be to decide whether to say at the west or east side of the resort. If you don’t mind walking then it does not really matter as its quite easy to walk from one end of the Croisette to the other. Hotels such as Hotel Eden with it’s indoor pool (133 Rue d’Antibes,06400 Cannes), Hotel Splendid , 4 Rue Félix Faure,06400 Cannes and Croisette Beach Hotel, 13 rue du Canada, 06400 Cannes are good choices for hotels at affordable rates.