LE CAVENDISH

Boutique Belle Epoque in downtown Cannes

MIXING CLASSIC RIVIERA CHIC with splashes of its aristocratic past, Le Cavendish is a haven of civility with all the feel of a private residence. Its splendid curved and balconied facade gives a clue to some of the fine interiors awaiting as you step inside – just check out  the 1920s museum-piece lift, antique-filled salon and Carrara marble staircase.

Lord Cavendish was declared ‘the most intelligent of rich men’ back in the mid 19th century, and such a forward-thinking gentleman would surely approve of the grand design created in this chic Cannes boutique hotel to which he has lent his name just a few minutes from La Croisette. Now newly refurbished, Le Cavendish has been brought alive with the fiery rainbow reds and violets, blues and yellows redolent of Provence.

Bag a wicker chair in the lounge for English-style afternoon tea (choose from 15 blends) or return later for complimentary drinks – they’re on the house to Le Cavendish guests in a happy hour that lasts most of the evening.



Hit the Spot
A few minutes from La Croisette in downtown Cannes.

Bedtime
Rotunda rooms hark back to the grandes demeures of the fin-de-siècle Riviera.

Be Savvy
The street outside can be lively, but all's calm within.

Be Smitten
Riviera chic with a dash of right-at-home charm.

Cannes-do staff

Each floor at Le Cavendish is themed in a different colour: chocolate on one, olive and gold on another, lilac and grey on a third. Bedrooms are pure 19th century Provence, with all the extras and electronics today's travellers demand. Super-fresh bathrooms and a sprig of fresh lavender (plus a nibble of chocolate) on the pillow lend added appeal.

The circular, soaring ceilings, king-size beds, marble showers and balconies of the coolly opulent Rotunda rooms are well worth splashing out on. Breakfast is worth getting out of bed for, with home-made jams and pastries and plates of strawberries heaped high. Needless to say, you can choose from dozens of chic eateries for dinner – and friendly, Cannes-do staff will be more than happy to help.


Le Cavendish was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North
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Dining in
Breakfast is served, together with English-style afternoon tea. And guests at Le Cavendish get free drinks on the house at cocktail time.

Dining out
Cannes has plenty of places to eat out, both super-smart and trendy. If it's a special occasion, push the boat out at le Palme d'Or at the Hôtel Martinez.



Where?
Le Cavendish

What's cooking
Afternoon teas and complimentary cocktails – santé!

Dress the part
Cannes is slick and cosmopolitan

Top table?
At home in the comfy bar lounge

See & Do
Cannes is synonymous with its film festival and all the glamour of the Côte d'Azur. Even if you're not among the big invitees getting the red-carpet-and-limousine treatment, it's fun to watch the action if you're in town. Check out the sandy private beaches of La Croisette and people-watch or window-shop along the famous promenade.

Shop
Designer stores line La Croisette – just look out for the shopfronts of Dior, Chanel, Gucci et al. Be sure to pop into Chez Bruno in Rue d'Antibes for some choccies or marrons glacés, and check out the fresh blooms on sale in colourful Marché Forville or the neighbouring fish market.

After dark
Casinos stay open till 4am, so you can gamble the night away if your plastic is burning a hole in your pocket. There are also plenty of late night bars, including Le Legend Café, but if you just fancy a stroll along La Croisette, you'll soak up plenty of late-night buzz.

Dates
November
Come out of season and get tickets for a show marking the Cannes Dance festival.

May
Cannes and the Cannois turn on the glitz big time for Europe's glitziest film festival.
GETTING THERE

Location
Boulevard Carnot, 06400 Cannes

Parking
Garaged parking is available at EUR 20 a night: bring your car to the front door for valet parking.

Trains
Cannes TGV station – five minutes

Bus
Take the city shuttle from Nice Airport, alighting at Place Vauban.

Taxis
EUR 70-90 from Nice Airport, depending whether it's after dark.

Airport
Nice – 40km



Rooms and suites
34 rooms

Special features
Soundproofed rooms come with wi-fi connections, satellite TV, bathrobes and and evening turndown.

Also…
You can help yourself to free drinks in the evening, and relax on the hotel's private beach (EUR 15) during the day.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Rates guide
EUR 200 - 310

Open/closed
Open all year

Check-in
2pm

Check-out
Noon

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast
Breakfast is served until 10:30am (Charged at EUR 20)

Room service
Mornings only

Children
No restrictions

Pets
No

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Languages
French, English and some Italian, Russian and Arabic are spoken

Wedding license?
No

Your contact
Christine Welter – owner



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