After two years of extensive renovation and restorations, the iconic CARLTON CANNES has re-emerged as as one of the finest luxury hotels on the French Riviera, IHG firmly positioning the REGENT Hotels brand at the highest luxury tier – Peninsula Hotels, Raffles Hotels, Langham Hotels, Mandarin Oriental etc. The metamorphosis of the hotel is impressive – and it goes beyond a renovation and a redesign.
With an ideal but rare chemistry between IHG, Katara Hospitality and architect / interior designer Tristan Auer, Carlton Cannes is an abundance of elegance and good taste, with a superlative quality of furnishings (many bespoke) and finishes. In 15 years and over 430 luxury hotels reviewed, this is probably a model for what a renovation of a luxury grand dame heritage hotel should be.
The property has maintained intact the soul of the property while adding timeless details, with an exquisite mix of understated and WOW factor. An expansive garden has been recreated in the courtyard of the hotel as well as an infinity pool (guests only) and 37 luxury branded residences. The degree of consistency and coherence is second to none – many details are flawless. The courtyard has never been used since the hotel opened in 1930.
Besides the impressive new lobby, Tea Lounge, Bar and restaurants including a Chef’s Table and the only outdoor terrace on the Croisette, all accommodations reflect the same obsessive attention to quality and details – the colour palette is beige, white, grey with subtle brass / bronze touches. All accommodations are brighter, with the highest luxury standards for the bed, bathroom, technology, soundproofing. Comfort levels are impeccable.
During the pandemic the hotel has succeeded in retaining a great part of its staff, while adding new talent with the reopening. In less than 2 months from opening, service is at very high standards – genuine, personalised, consistent, reliable and utmost attentive. The team is already well bonded, motivated, enthusiast and energetic – even if guest profile also includes very demanding locals as well as foreign travellers, some of them returning but also new to the property
Expect to be pampered, appreciated and recognised – not to mention the care and attention extended by each and every staff You encouter. Anticipation, intuition and experience will feel effortless !
A comprehensive review will follow up on CPP-LUXURY.COM on May 9, as well as an interview with General Manager Giuseppe Vincelli
Oliver Petcu in Cannes
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