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The Carlton Cannes: Icon of the Riviera

Reminiscing The Carlton

I could write about every corner of the Carlton Cannes. Equally, I could happily reside in any corner of this Regent Hotel. Ask me to choose just one, I would hesitate.

Yet, amongst the many scenes that reel through the cinematic experience the Carlton journeys it’s guest through, I come back to a moment at the Riviera Restaurant. A day-to-evening, breakfast-to-fine-dining restaurant, plush with marble interiors that sweep onto a terrace fashioned on an epitome of the 1950s Riviera. It overlooks the azure waters, the pedestrian flit of La Croisette and it’s palms, and the revolving doors of the Carlton itself as coloured supercars slide in between the comers and goers of the most popular destination on the Boulevard.

I’m waiting for my family to join me for dinner, and had vied to catch the rich August sunset colours as they contrast a backdrop to the white and yellow striped pastels of the restaurant’s canopies.

A young man with a beautiful, rounded accent seats me at my table and accompanies me in conversation as I wait. Later that evening I appreciate this as a gentle gesture, when we hear in passing that the staff can manage 300-500 covers an evening; of course you would never feel it. Roberto and I, establishing what brings us both to this time and place, quite quickly land on our joint love for the French Riviera. “I’ve wanted to work here since I was a little boy.” The words deeply strike me, as I too, growing up spending family summers in the region, felt an age-old draw that would one day bring me as guest 

to the Carlton Cannes, wondering how possibly to remain. I asked him where he was from, imagining where he would return to as a little boy, with those dreams of coming back to the Carlton. He simply said: “From here. Cannes.”

In that moment I understood the Carlton. You could be on her doorstep, call her your neighbour, or yourself her townsfolk, day in day out. You could, in one way or another, see her every day. Even then, like the young girl looking forward to seeing her on summer trips across the Channel, you would yearn to grow up and find proximity to the Carlton; a way to reside within her walls. That is the Carlton Regent.

Icon of the Riviera Reborn

The Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel, stands proudly as  the reborn icon on the French Riviera’s famous La Croisette Boulevard. With its Belle Epoque charm and modern twists, this hotel beautifully captures the essence of the Côte d’Azur. It’s not just a place to stay, but an experience that immerses you in the luxurious energy of La Croisette while providing a serene ambiance that is unparalleled.

Getting to the Carlton Cannes is a breeze for guests arriving by air. Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is only a 30-minute drive away, or you can opt for a scenic 50-minute train ride followed by a short taxi ride to the hotel. Whichever way you choose to arrive, the hotel can arrange a transfer at your request.

The history of the Carlton Cannes is as rich as its luxurious offerings. It has been the most famous hotel in Cannes since it opened in 1911 on the prominent La Croisette. After a sumptuous top-to-toe renovation, the Carlton reopened its doors in March 2023, with additional wings, a spectacular spa, and a conference centre. The original building’s design has been mimicked in the new wings, which enclose a once-open car park that has been transformed into a beautiful garden and an outdoor pool.


What sets the Carlton Cannes apart is its undeniable character and charm. The meticulous attention to detail in the design and decor creates an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. The hotel’s commitment to preserving its history is evident throughout, from the original marble columns to the terracotta powder that pays homage to its legacy as the site of the world’s first red clay courts. The warm and attentive staff go above and beyond to ensure that every guest’s stay is truly exceptional, offering personalized service that is second to none. 

Stepping into the lobby of the Carlton Cannes is a mesmerizing experience. The designers have retained the old layout while adding touches of modernity, creating a space that is both familiar and refined. The dominant theme throughout the hotel is one of light and elegance, with a palette of white and light tones that perfectly complements the Mediterranean just outside its doors.

Panoramic Views Steeped in Excellence

The beachside splendour of the Carlton Cannes greets you with the most breath-taking sea views in Cannes. The rooms and suites are a blend of refinement and luxury, featuring high ceilings, calming pantones, artisan fabrics, and every modern comfort you could desire. With a total of 332 rooms and suites, including 72 with sea views, and 37 residences, the world-renowned interior designer Tristan Auer has created intimate cocoons that seamlessly blend the finest Belle Epoque charm with contemporary elegance.

The Carlton Cannes boasts the best sea views in all of Cannes. As I entered our sea-view suite, I was greeted by a refined ambiance, with high ceilings, soothing colours, and artisan fabrics. The rooms are a series of intimate cocoons that seamlessly blend Belle Epoque charm with modern comforts. Day after day, the full length windows in my room allowed the sparkling rays of the blue coast to flood in, creating a truly magical atmosphere. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury experience, I highly recommend booking one of the rooms with a sea view.

If you are looking for a premium sea view, the King or Double bed options in these spacious rooms are the perfect choice. With 37 sqm (398 sq ft) of space, you can step into your own alcove curated with every modern indulgence. From the furnished balcony, you can immerse yourself in the cinematic light and marvel at the beauty of the Mediterranean.

For those seeking a classic city view with a balcony, the King bed rooms offer 27 sqm (290 sq ft) of space. Sink into a space bathed in light from dawn till dusk and enjoy enviable views across Cannes. The intimate balcony provides the perfect spot to linger and take in the beauty of the city.

If you crave the ultimate luxury, the Sea View Suites with balconies are the perfect choice. Step into your private haven with vistas from Port Canto to Palais des Festivals, bathed in light due to it’s 3 sweeping iconic floor-to-ceiling windows. These spacious sanctuaries, 81 sqm (870 sq ft) in size, offer every modern amenity against a backdrop of reimagined Belle Epoque heritage. The furnished balcony promises an unforgettable finale to each day’s adventures.

Whether you choose a standard room or opt for a luxurious suite, the Carlton Cannes promises discreet luxury and every modern convenience. Cream furnishings, black cabinets, and rattan-style touches create an atmosphere of understated elegance. The bathrooms are stocked with five-star amenities, including Dyson hairdryers and luxurious Acqua di Parma toiletries. For a truly indulgent experience, the penthouse offers a spacious retreat complete with a private hot tub.


Dining & Facilities

The dining options at the Carlton Cannes are nothing short of exceptional. The Riviera Restaurant, steeped in cinematic heritage, offers an intimate and fresh dining experience. The chefs are dedicated to celebrating the finest local terroir, presenting guests with perfectly crafted brasserie fare. For a taste of Anatolian classics, make sure to visit Rüya Restaurant. Inspired by Turkish traditions, the seasonal menu showcases sophisticated and contemporary dishes from regions stretching from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. The Carlton Beach Club is another culinary gem, offering Franco-Italian dishes that capture the spirit of the Blue Coast. Whether you choose to enjoy your meal while basking in the Mediterranean rays or lounging on plush sofas, this beach club is a must-visit.

After a day of indulgence, find solace in the hotel’s spa and fitness center. Le C Club offers tailor-made fitness programs, high-tech machines for bodybuilding and cardio training, and even boxing classes. The pampering treatments at the spa range from makeup applications to body massages and facials using innovative beauty products.

Finally, unwind at Bar°58. This sleek and stylish bar pays homage to the hotel’s history and offers a menu of classic wines, Champagnes, and creative cocktails. For cigar aficionados, the Viñales Cigar Lounge is a haven of old-world charm. Here, you can enjoy a collection of cigars, whiskeys, and cognacs alongside exquisite bites.


The service and facilities at the Carlton Cannes are nothing short of exceptional. The Carlton Beach Club continues to thrive with its fantastic restaurant, energetic team and live-music, as well as it’s watersports and pontoon, extending into the Cannes Bay. On one glimmering evening we witnessed the set up for a beautiful wedding; a dream destination for any and all. The staff, both at the restaurant and reception, go above and beyond to ensure excellent service, making your stay truly memorable. The Le C Club fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment and tailor-made fitness programs, while the spa offers a range of pampering treatments using innovative beauty products. The infinity pool, the largest in Cannes, is surrounded by handcrafted cabanas and recliners, offering the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. 

Iconic Moments, reimagined

On top of all the incredible amenities, the Carlton Cannes has a fascinating history. This iconic hotel, opened in 1911, has played host to various luminaries throughout the years. From Alfred Hitchcock filming “To Catch a Thief” with Grace Kelly to hosting world leaders for the G20 summit, this hotel has witnessed all manner of iconic moments. The recent renovation has breathed new life into the hotel, while still retaining its original charm. The lobby, with its high ceilings and stunning frescoes, evokes a sense of timeless elegance; the interior courtyard, once a car park, transformed into a beautiful garden and outdoor pool. It’s the perfect all-encompassing palatial ground to relax and soak in the serenity of your surroundings.

The Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel, is a true gem of the French Riviera. With its unrivalled location, luxurious accommodations, exceptional dining options, and impeccable service, this hotel exceeds expectations. Whether you’re staying for a romantic getaway or a business trip, the Carlton Cannes will envelop you in its character and charm, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the Riviera.

Marvels of the coast, a sparkling Mediterranean, day-long cinematic light, timeless grandeur. Comfort, colour, fine food and wines. Kind staff, proud to be a part of both the heritage, history and future of the Carlton; I recently tried to summarise my stay in one sentence. I simply said: it must have been a dream.


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