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About Cannes

If your two great loves are glamour and sunshine there's no better place than Cannes. The city's main promenade, La Croisette, gleams gracefully under the clear skies of the Côte d'Azur, a row of beautiful boutiques, excellent restaurants and most of the best places to stay in Cannes. Behind this is more glitz and glamour and it goes all the way to the core.

But Cannes wouldn't have attracted the money and beauty which has made it wealthy and beautiful without its glorious bay, warm sandy beaches and sunshine. So if your tastes run to glamour but not excess Cannes will allow you to pace yourself.

There are plenty of beautiful harbours and beaches in the Med, but Cannes has carefully created the air of exclusivity without actually being exclusive. Cannes is where to come if you want to shop for couture alongside celebrities, but that's the point - you're there too. And you're very welcome!

Of course during the two weeks of the famous film festival many visitors are as wealthy and well known as you can imagine. But Cannes has managed to spread the sparkle generated by the festival around the rest of the year.

What not to Miss

If you're here for Cannes, you're here for La Croisette and the port, with its mind-blowing super yachts. But it's also worth strolling down the western side of the Palais des Festivals into Le Vieux Port and Le Suquet, into the calm, petanque-friendly squares where the locals live.

And don't be disappointed if it seems like all the beaches are private, keep heading along the coast and you'll soon find more welcoming stretches of sand.

If you left your own super yacht at home, don't worry, you can still get out on the waters by joining one of the regular cruises up to Monte Carlo!

Many of the best places to stay in Cannes are booked up very early so to make sure of your choice do plan ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Cannes

The Best Places to Stay in Cannes for a City Break

  • 1950s cool just a few minutes from the beach and La Croisette, Le Canberra says 'Cannes'. A cool hotel in a cool spot, Le Canberra has sea views and a vibrant bar, so you can see and be seen. It's definitely one of the best places to stay in Cannes for a short city break.
  • Metres from the beach, the Five Seas Hotel is a mid-sized hotel with it all. The restaurant has a Michelin star, the views are incredible - especially from the rooftop pool, the spa is excellent and the 45 rooms are beautiful.

The Best Places to Stay in Cannes for glamour!

  • Le Cavendish's Belle Epoque façade and open bar in the evenings hark back to a more glamorous era of bright young stars and glamour. The small size, location just a few steps from La Croisette and private beach make this a popular spot, so book ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in off the beaten track in Cannes

  • Les Rosées is in the hills above Cannes, a romantic, elegant, five room guest house which serves fantastic home-cooked food, but also has Michelin starred restaurants just a short walk away. Surrounded by lush gardens, this is a peaceful retreat.
  • Tiara Yaktsa is a 21 room, clifftop hotel just along the coastline by Théoule-sur-Mer. The style is very French, but spacious and airy with it and there’s a gorgeous outdoor terrace, serene pool, a gym and a private beach.

The Best Va;ue Places to Stay in Cannes

  • If you're visiting the Cote d'Azur for the sunshine and the beautiful coastline, then La Jabotte, might be the understated charmer for you. An intimate nine room sanctuary around an orange scented courtyard, this is a family friendly hotel with plenty of rustic charm, and it won't break the bank.

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Travel Information

  • Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is about 17miles from Cannes, and there are excellent UK connections and links to the rest of Europe. From there it’s only seven minutes to Cannes by helicopter. It’s a bit longer to take the train down from Nice. Cruise ships anchor directly in the bay.
  • If you want to hire a car - which is useful if you’re staying in Cannes and you want to see more of the Côte d'Azur - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars. Try to book your parking in advance wherever possible.
  • Cannes has a delightful Mediterranean climate which means it is mild and brilliantly sunny for most of the year - except winters which are cool and sunny. The Mistral winds keep Cannes from baking during the summer months and keep the rain showers moving, so that Cannes gets passing showers rather than days of rain - October and November are the rainiest months. Obviously Cannes is great during the film festival and in the weeks on either side when it’s all dolled up and looking its best. But of course it is busy.

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Best Hotels in Cannes

  • Villa Pruly Hotel Cannes (Prado - Republique) 14 rooms from £62

    Local exploring  -  This hotel is within short walking distance of all that Cannes has to offer
    Total relaxation  -  Escape the city and relax in the private garden or on the terrace
    City Style  -  The cosmopolitan glamour of Cannes is at your doorstep
    Quirky  -  An experience!

    This charming hotel offers a relaxing stay in the heart of Cannes. Each room has its own unique, eclectic style with bold murals, retro style furniture and marble bathrooms. Superb continental breakfasts are served in the tropically inspired dining room. Well located and well priced. See More

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  • Villa Claudia 06400 Cannes 18 rooms from £74

    Local exploring  -  Surrounded by tranquil gardens yet just a short stroll from Cannes' central buzz, great for both exploration and relaxation
    Value chic  -  With small doubles starting from only €85 per night, Villa Claudia is excellent value on the Cote d'Azur!
    Great walks  -  Stroll down the palm shaded promenade of La Croisette for a flavour of Cannes' luxury scene, and end with a dip at the beach
    Local markets  -  Wander around Marché Forville, Cannes' busy food market

    An idyllic villa with a leafy garden and a pretty terrace. Interiors are classic and elegant featuring high ceilings, a grand central fireplace and chesterfield sofas, while chic rooms in earthy colours have minimalist, modern furniture and framed prints of film stars. A gem, and great value too! See More

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  • Hotel America Cannes Cannes 29 rooms from £85

    City Style  -  Situated in a prime central location ideal for exploring Cannes' luxury retail scene, buzzing bars and restaurants
    Local markets  -  Wander around Marché Forville, a covered market, to browse the array of Provencal produce
    Sights nearby  -  Go to the gothic-renaissance Église Notre-Dame-de-l’Espérance
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    A charming hotel in a handy location offering superb breakfasts. Interiors have an elegant feel with high ceilings, natural hues, plenty of light and smart contemporary furniture. The bathrooms are minimalist and stylish. The real highlight is the location, just steps from the beach. See More

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  • Villa du Roc Fleuri 06400 Cannes 5 rooms from £86

    Local exploring  -  A lovely hilltop location overlooking the town, very close to the central buzz and to beaches
    Great walks  -  Head to La Croisette palm-lined promenade for a lovely stroll amid the glitz and glamour followed by a dip at the beach
    Back to Nature
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A hilltop B&B surrounded by a leafy garden, with a pretty terrace and verandah area. Interiors are chic with contemporary design pieces, fun mismatched retro furniture. Rooms are attractive and homely with jute rugs, plenty of light and fine wood furniture. A charming home-away-from-home. See More

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  • Okko Cannes Center Cannes City-Centre 125 rooms from £103

    City Style  -  Located in the centre of Cannes with rooms dressed in unique, designer pieces, this hotel has reams of chic city style
    Romantic Break  -  The luxurious hotel linens and the cosy bar make this hotel popular with couples
    Local exploring  -  The hotel's central location makes it a great base for exploring Cannes
    Great walks  -  Walk down La Promenade de la Croisette, Canne's most famous street and host to the renowned International Film Festival

    This design hotel is located in the centre of Cannes, a stone's throw from La Croisette. Rooms are simply dressed, with modern furnishings, Italian linens and organic cotton towels; design pieces are available for purchase through the boutique. Guests can enjoy breakfast in the Club. A chic hotel. See More

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  • Le Grand Hotel Cannes (Boulevard de la Croisette 45) 75 rooms from £113

    City Style  -  With a stand-out location and stylish, contemporary feel, this hotel makes a great modern stay
    Beach Life  -  With its own coveted private beach, this hotel makes a great base for a beach holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Book a suite with a private jacuzzi for a romantic getaway with added luxury
    Sailing  -  Yacht clubs abound in Cannes; book an exclusive sailing trip and enjoy a relaxing day on the sea
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This five-star hotel is located on La Croisette in Cannes. Set within verdant gardens, the hotel's rooms are bright and airy with modern interior design and comfy beds. The best offer a private terrace and jacuzzi with sea views. Dine at the exclusive gourmet restaurant. A luxury seaside getaway. See More

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  • Hotel Cristal, Cannes Cannes 53 rooms from £113

    City Style  -  A bright, friendly base from which to enjoy the delights of Cannes
    Great walks  -  Stroll down the palm-lined La Croisette promenade leading to La Croisette beach for a taste of the luxury life
    Local markets  -  Wander around the local central market and soak up the sights and smells of Provence
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    A modern hotel in the centre of Cannes, with a lovely terrace area and eye-catching pool ornamented with fine classical-style sculptures. Whitewashed rooms have accents of vibrant colours and some have pretty terraces with views over Cannes. A handy base, that won't break the bank! See More

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  • Le Cavendish Cannes (Cote d'Azur) 35 rooms from £117

    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A lovely townhouse hotel a few steps from La Croisette. Belle Epoque facade, Carrara marble floors and comfortable bedrooms, plus complimentary open bar every evening. Classic elegance and refined decoration. An intimate spot in a great location. See More

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  • Le Gray d'Albion Cannes City-Centre 200 rooms from £120

    City Style  -  With designer rooms and a coveted location on the most renowned street in Cannes, this hotel is both stylish and sophisticated
    Beach Life  -  With its own private beach including a sleek beach bar, this hotel makes a great base for a beach holiday
    Foodies  -  Foodies will be pleased at the choice of contemporary, gourmet restaurants on offer at this hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    This elegant, intimate hotel is located on the La Croisette in Cannes. Rooms boast Starck furniture and king-sized beds with luxurious linens; the best suites offer a spacious terrace with sea views. Drink at the bar on the hotel's private beach and dine at the contemporary restaurant. A chic stay. See More

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  • Le Canberra Cannes (Cote d'Azur) 35 rooms from £122

    Outstanding location  -  A few minutes wall from La Croisette and the beach.
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Loveely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A cool hotel in a great location. A few minutes walk from the beach and central attractions. 1950s style rooms and suites with private terraces and sea views. Swimming pool, gym and sauna. A vibrant spot in the city centre. See More

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  • Villa Garbo 06400 Cannes 12 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  In the heart of Cannes a stone's throw from the luxury shops, beaches and restaurants, ideal for relaxing exploration
    Local markets  -  Wander around the old city to see gems such as the Forville market and la Rue Saint Antoine, famous for its bars and restaurants
    Great walks  -  Go for a stroll under the palm trees on the glamourous La Croisette promenade
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Great Small Hotels

    A sleek hotel featuring a good balance of classic elegance and contemporary finishes, with chandeliers, sumptuous fabrics and stylish furniture. The rooms are decorated in smart grey hues with pops of colour coming from the soft furnishings. Well positioned for exploring Cannes. See More

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  • Five Seas Hotel Cannes 45 rooms from £163

    Restaurant  -  2 restaurants. Sea Sens has 1 Michelin star, run by chef Arnaud Tabarec
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa  -  Spa By Cinq Mondes has 4 treatment rooms with a range of services on offer
    Sights nearby  -  Located right next to the Palais des Festivals and La Croisette
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Beautiful rooms, views and food in one of the most luxurious locations in the world. Metres from the beach, yet in the heart of Cannes, this hotel really does have it all. Treatments and massages in Cinq Mondes, delicious food in SeaSens, and a rooftop pool with views to stun one and all. See More

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  • Hotel Colette Cannes (Cote d'Azur) 45 rooms from £167

    Local exploring  -  Situated on the main shopping street in Cannes, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring in the city
    Families  -  The family suites are designed for families travelling with children, offering extra living space
    City Style  -  With its contemporary interior design and central location, this hotel has lots of city style
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    This four-star, boutique hotel is located on Rue d'Antibes, Cannes. The modern rooms are individually styled with comfortable beds and unique design pieces; suites offer a separate living area perfect for a family. Sunbathe on the terrace after breakfast. A chic, stylish city hotel. See More

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  • Cannes Villa St Barth Cannes (Cote d'Azur) 5 rooms from £265

    Hideaway  -  Nestled within Mediterranean gardens just outside of Cannes' busy city centre, this hotel is a great hideaway destination
    Romantic Break  -  The beautifully appointed rooms and romantic infinity pool make this a perfect choice for a couple's getaway
    Spa breaks  -  The hotel's sleek on-site spa and outdoor pool make it a great option for a spa break holiday
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.

    This exclusive, five-star guesthouse is located just outside of Cannes city centre. Rooms feature modern interior design with either an Italian shower or bathtub; the best suites offer a terrace with views over the beautiful gardens. Relax by the infinity pool or in the spa. A luxury city bolt-hole. See More

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  • Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes City Centre 350 rooms from £291

    Families  -  With interconnected rooms available and plenty of activities for children, this hotel is a great option for families
    Total relaxation  -  With activities available to keep the children occupied, take a proper break with a stay at this luxury resort
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's private beach and the romantic restaurant and bar
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    This exclusive seafront hotel is located in Cannes. Rooms have period-style furnishings and plush carpets, with either sea or city views. The best suites are individually designed with ample living space, a private balcony and pool. Sample the menu at BFire on the hotel's private beach. A VIP stay. See More

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