Stays in hotels along the Cote d’Azur, and especially in Cannes during Film Festival season, can rack up quite a bill. If you take the time to look, though, you can actually find some pretty impressive deals, both in May and throughout the rest of the year. If you will be here in May, though, just remember to book well in advance!
The Hotel Splendid is a perfect example of a good deal. Located just blocks from the Palais des Festivals, many rooms in this hotel have balconies that offer impressive views of either the Old Port (Vieux Port) harbor, the Old Quarter (Le Suquet), or both. It’s also within short walking distance of a public beach, a bus station, and a metro station. The hotel itself looks luxurious; a white facade with elaborate awnings and railings covers the entire building. The rooms, however, are clean and airy but simple, and a number of them even have a kitchenette so you can stockpile on food at the Marche Forville and save some money on eating out.
Another perfectly located hotel is the lemon-yellow Hotel la Villa Tosca. It sits in the Rue d’Antibes area, and is in easy walking distance from La Croisette and the Vieux Port as well as a bus station. The rooms, halls, and elevator are all pretty typical in size for a European hotel (read: small), but they’re all clean and well-kept as well. The hotel is on Rue Hoche, which is a pedestrian-only street, so while it’s busy and energetic during the day the noise dies down in the evening and it’s actually quite quiet at night. Rooms near the front have more light.
Another great steal is the Hotel Alnea, which is much more like a bed and breakfast than a hotel. It’s small and simple but the rooms are relatively large and smartly decorated. The location is prime, right in the heart of Cannes and within a short walk of the beach, shopping, restaurants, etc. Best of all are the owners, whose gracious hospitality extends to providing excellent restaurant recommendations and helping arrange day trips, transportation, and more. Bikes are available for rent for a cheap and fun way to explore the coastline. And they provide free beach umbrellas and towels, which may not seem like much but will definitely be an appreciated service once you arrive. Free wi-fi internet and air conditioning here as well.
[photo courtesy of fr.zil]