Sitting majestically on the Promenade de la Croisette, between diamond-clad movie stars, Moët & Chandon jeroboams, and the breathtaking Esterel and shimmering Côte d’Azur, bathed in a dazzling spectacle of color and music, one thing became profoundly clear. After a two-year hiatus, Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel is back in the cleanest way.
Of all the places where Cannes glitz and glamor takes place, this hotel has always been the most coveted. From the set of Alfred Hitchcock To catch a thief with Grace Kelly in the 1950s to Sophia Loren hanging from her bedroom balcony, Brigitte Bardot wading through the beach club and Elton John in his I’m still standing music video, there’s not much this great lady hasn’t seen. Now, after a huge makeover, the original Dowager Duchess has entered the 21st century and what better way to announce herself back on stage than with a roaring party during the Cannes Film Festival?
She is back
This renovation catapulted the hotel into the tumult of Riviera glamour. Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel is a flagship property in IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio, with sprawling new studios, a 200,000 square foot penthouse, a serene garden courtyard that was once the parking lot of the hotel and the largest infinity pool in Cannes. There are new and rediscovered design elements everywhere that somehow manage to surprise and delight – petal-pink Venini chandeliers, turn-of-the-century painted frescoes lining the lobby domes that were uncovered during the renovation next door. gold leaf on the elegant staircases, with swathes of burnt sienna, creamy vanilla, shimmering gold and light seeping into every corner, all orchestrated by the French interior designer Tristan Auer and architect Richard Lavalle. Yes, this place is still buzzing with old-school glamour, but it’s fresher and better than ever.
Of course, that’s why I’m here – to celebrate its facelift during the most glitzy week in town. As I’m picked up by the VIP concierge at Nice airport, past hordes of photographers hoping to photograph Hollywood royalty (sorry), through the hotel’s famous revolving doors and the all-fancy skirt-clad staff flowing pleats and handkerchiefs in my hair, I realized this place, with its perfect service and fabulous movie star facade, makes even a duckling feel like a swan.