Cannes may be well known for the glamorous film festival it hosts every year, but the small town’s Palais more ordinary hosts mundane conferences. That means there are few truly luxurious hotels in the city and competition for the city’s best suite is exceptionally tight.
With the festival this year running until May 19, we look at the hotel’s suites and villas that the world’s most powerful stars and film-industry titans will be jostling over in the days to come.
Directly beside the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the epicentre of the Cannes Film Festival, the Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes is one of the best hotels in Cannes and a popular choice among visiting film stars – previous guests have included Robert de Niro and Matthew McConaughey.
One of the most coveted rooms is the Suite Majestic which features an expansive rooftop terrace, cinema room, fitness centre and personal butler.
Sea views from the Suite Majestic’s lounge
The hotel also features a Christian Dior suite, the only suite in Europe to be designed by the fashion brand.
It again comes with butler service and is decorated with pictures of celebrities affiliated with the hotel and the label, such as Charlize Theron.
One of the Christian Dior Suite’s two bedrooms.
At the InterContinental Carlton Cannes, seventh-floor “prestige suites” are named after celebrities with a long-standing association with the city. Notable guests at the hotel include Grace Kelly, who filmed parts of To Catch A Thief locally with Cary Grant.
Pictured here, the Sean Connery suite features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a private lift, and terrace with panoramic sea views. It costs from €10,000 to €15,000 per night.
At the JW Marriott Cannes, two presidential suites offer the most exclusive experience. Each with two separate balconies, they offer sea views, separate dressing rooms and kitchen, and guests enjoy a mass of amenities and special privileges such as complimentary beauty treatments.
Sea views from one of the presidential suite’s spacious lounge areas. Accommodation starts at €13,500 per night.
At the Five Seas Hotel Cannes, the two-bedroom Terrace Suite is best enjoyed in good weather. A private, 38sq metre terrace features a sleek Jacuzzi made of steel and glass and looks directly onto the Notre Dame de Bon Voyage church. It costs from €500 in low season, and up to €3,000 per night in high season.
Though the film festival endows Cannes with an undeniable glamour each summer, celebrities often venture slightly further afield in search of accommodation that meets their expectations.
About 30 minutes from Cannes, the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc has an age-old allure like no other and regularly hosts exceptional parties that attract the most high-profile names in the industry.
Particularly notable is the amfAR gala dinner which accommodates 1,000 guests and raises funds for AIDS research.
Previous visitors to the hotel include Leonardo di Caprio, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey and Helen Mirron. One of the most popular places to stay is the hotel’s Eden-Roc suite, which features a private terrace with Jacuzzi with views of the Lérins Islands and Mediterranean. It costs from €5,000 per night.
The hotel offers even more exclusive accommodation at Villa Eleana, which stands on the Eden-Roc grounds but apart from the main hotel.
Previous residents include the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lopez, who would have had full use of the private outdoor pool and cabana, alongside activities such as baking lessons with the hotel’s pastry chef. B&B rates start from €11,300 per night.
About an hour from Cannes and now managed by Four Seasons, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat offers a number of suites that cater handsomely to visiting glitterati.
Chief among them is the Palace Sea-View Suite, which was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and is more spacious private apartment than a conventional suite. It costs from €3,196 per night.
The hotel also offers its own standalone villa to privacy-seeking guests. Four-bedroom Villa Rose-Pierre features a private pool and tennis court and interiors by Alberto Pinto.
It’s just one of many standalone villas now operated by high-end hotels keen to provide their most privacy-conscious guests with a more exclusive option than a conventional hotel suite. It costs from €;6,506 per night.
The most impressive suite in Monaco, meanwhile, is the Princess Grace Suite at the Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo. The two-storey penthouse is stretched over an immense 910sq metres (9,800sq ft)and features two bedrooms, three lounges, sauna and a vast terrace with elevated infinity pool, granite hot tub and sweeping views of the Mediterranean.
Also featured in are artworks by Princess Grace herself, while the hotel promises to tailor the service and amenities to guests’ requirements. Opened in March 2018, the suite costs from €30,000 per night.