Hotel Carlton Intercontinental – Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France

Epitome of Belle Epoque Luxury

It is impossible to visit the Riviera and ignore the allure of Cannes, and if you miss a visit to the grand doyenne Hotel Carlton, you’ve missed the spirit of this resort city. Best known as a glittering command post for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the elegant white-turreted Carlton presides over the Promenade de la Croisette—the palace- and palm- studded seafront boulevard that is the main focus of city life.

The Carlton’s strip of beach is Cannes’s nicest, and sauteed bodies have cavorted there since Coco Chanel first made sun­bathing fashionable. The Carlton’s lobby, bar, and beach are the ultra-sophisticated magnets for the haut monde. You’re apt to glimpse a face from Paris Match, a movie mogul, mav­erick, or nubile starlet.

Unless you’re related to Jack, Sharon, Mel, or Bruce, settle for a drop-in visit at the terrace bar or for tea, before or after the film festival frenzy. Even on an off month, this is the most colorful hotel in Cannes, your best shot at mingling with the Riviera’s beautiful set.

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