Cynics say that one of the most amusing sights in Cannes is the view from under the grand gate of the Carlton. Here you'll see vehicles of every description dropping off huge amounts of baggage and numbers of fashionable (and sometimes not-so-fashionable) guests. It's the epitome of luxury and has become such a part of the city's heartbeat that to ignore it would be to miss the resort's spirit. The twin gray domes at either end of the facade are often the first things recognized by starlets planning their grand entrances, grand exits, and grand scenes in the hotel.
Built in 1912, the Carlton once attracted the most prominent members of Europe's haut monde. Today the hotel is more democratic, booking lots of conventions and motorcoach tour groups; however, in summer (especially during the film festival) the public rooms still fill with all the voyeuristic and exhibitionistic fervor that seems so much a part of the Riviera. Guest rooms are plush and a bit airier than you may expect. The most spacious rooms are in the west wing, and many upper-floor rooms open onto waterfront balconies. In 2004, the hotel converted what had been a casino into seven of its most luxurious suites. The large bathrooms are in the grand luxe style, with tub/shower combinations.
- © Frommer's 2013
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