The Intercontinental Carlton Cannes is an icon; this hotel is one of the most famous buildings in the Côte d’Azur. The Carlton Cannes is a grand neoclassical style hotel located right on the French Rivera, with a gorgeous beach in front, and the Cannes town center behind. The beauty of this hotel is well-maintained both inside and out.
Just as opulent as the outside, the inside decor of the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes gives you that feeling that you actually could be staying in a palace. Everything is so magnificently tall and white; tall white ceilings, columns and walls, windows, draperies, tall and grand white marble spiral staircase with white marble floors and more. Every last detail has been thought of. I felt like royalty.
The Iconic Intercontinental Carlton Cannes
It was the end of May in the south of France. I checked into the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes for one night, at an extremely low rate of US$230 a night. I had to book this hotel it is never this cheap. The average cost for a standard room, in July or August, is about US$830 a night; more during the Cannes film festival.
Executive Room at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes
I was reluctantly upgraded to an executive corner room with views of the Mediterranean. The executive room at the Carlton Cannes is bigger than my first apartment, and just as beautiful as the rest of the hotel. The bed is gigantic, with an extremely comfortable mattress and soft linens; I could probably fit 10 of me in the bed.
The mini fridge must’ve been one of the most stacked mini fridges I’ve ever seen in my life. The room also had one of the largest wardrobes I’ve seen in a hotel. The best part of the executive room has to be the view of the sea…. or if you are an addict like me, the best part may be the Nespresso machine.
The Bathroom in the Executive Room
The bathroom is large, with a good size tub, lots of counter space, and bidet in the corner; the toilet is in a separate room. The shower has good water pressure, and the water stays in the tub (seems to be an issue these days with hotel showers). The bathroom comes complete with luxurious toiletries, and super comfortable robes; I love a good robe.
The only issues I had with the bathroom was there were no trash bins in the toilet room (women need this), and I wish there were more outlets next to the mirror.
Service at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes
Walking up to the hotel I expected to be greeted with that first class service. Unfortunately, I was left to carry my own bags up the stairs as a group of valet or bellhops were too busy chatting. Not a good first impression but I won’t hold it over them.
I was pleasantly greeted by a man who called me over to the desk. He quickly checked me in and upgraded me. I was upgraded from a standard room to an executive room with a view. Awesome.
The concierge was great they helped me with reserving beach chairs two days in a row and giving me some advice. They were super friendly always a smile on their face.
Food & Drink at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes
The Carlton Restaurant & Terrace
The terrace restaurant at the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes service was a bit slow especially for not being that busy. Drinks are extremely pricey (about US$20/$30 a drink), but I kind of anticipated that. We did get free snacks with our drinks, that’s always a bonus. The only major issue was the amount of pigeons flying around the tables and constantly bothering the customers.
The Carlton Beach Restaurant
Drinks were just as much at the beach as they were at the Terrace, but again I kind of assumed that they were going to be pricey. The staff at the Carlton Beach Restaurant were awesome; friendly, relaxed, making you feel more comfortable. It doesn’t hurt that the view is absolutely breathtaking. Views of the water, the beach, people sunbathing, boating and oh free snacks again!
The Carlton Bar
I had a latte in the lobby while they waited for my car to take me to the train station. The last it was served at the most perfect temperature not too hot not to croak cold. The seats were nostalgic these were royal blue velvet chairs I almost felt like I was Allison Wonderland. Service was a bit slow again not too bad but too slow for the few customers in there.
Carlton Cannes Room Service
There are a lot of options for room service I always opt to get room service in the morning for breakfast as it’s usually cheaper than the all you can eat breakfast that they provide you with the hotel and it’s more fresh and you don’t have to deal with crowds. I acted with an assortment of fresh fruit and bread the fruit was extremely delicious and fresh and I was displayed in a nice fun way. The best part of the room service was probably the excellent service that I received. There waiter brought in my food and asked if I would like to eat while watching TV or sit by the window I obviously need to get my morning fix of the news sell in front of the TV it was he said at the table in front of the television and brought a chair over in and pleaded everything. so professional so kind.
Intercontinental Carlton Cannes Hotel Review
I rank the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, all around, 3.5 out of 5 stars. This luxury hotel on the French Riviera nailed most aspects of providing service and quality but there are a few things this top hotel needs to work on.
The Intercontinental Carlton Cannes is an Icon in a central location with a beach in front, and the town center behind. The train station and ferry are about a 10 minute walk. While the rooms are spacious, quiet, and comfortable, they would benefit from additional trash bins in the toilet room, and additional outlets in the bathroom.
Service with check in, concierge, room service and the Carlton Beach Restaurant were all outstanding. Bellhops, doormen, and/or valet need to be more alert and service oriented, as they are the first people guests usually come into contact with. I had to carry my own bags up the stairs, in addition to this I watched a family carry their loved one in a wheelchair down the stairs as a group of workers stood in the corner chatting.
Furthermore I feel it would be beneficial to offer hotel guests or IHG members additional services such as private showers or discounted shares at the beach, free happy hour cocktail or welcome drink, etc.