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  • Writer's pictureAlexa Bouhelier-Ruelle

The Carlton Cannes reopens, revealing its stunning renovation

With a renewed interior and a renewed spirit, the 2-year renovation preserved the history, glamour and heritage of the ‘Grande Dame’ of the Croisette.

The Carlton Cannes

A familiar sight returned to the Carlton in Cannes this March: a red carpet. This one did not signal the arrival of a world-famous A-list celebrity, a political dignitary or a cocktail party associated with the hometown film festival. Instead, the circumstance marked a major moment for the iconic French Riviera hotel located on the Croisette — the official unveiling of the property following a two-year, “grand-scale” renovation. The Carlton Cannes, now a Regent Hotel and part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts portfolio debuted the results with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the new grounds and intel on what’s still to come.

The remodel preserved the hotel’s historic facade while adding two new wings spanning more than 215,000 sq. with luxury residences, an enclosed garden landscaped with 22,000 plants and flowers, sunbathing decks, custom cabanas, “the largest infinity pool in Cannes,” and a fitness and spa complex called ‘The C Club’ that includes a full-sized boxing ring and state-of-the-art gym, yoga and Pilates studio. Meeting spaces also received a facelift. Excavated below new gardens and pook, a massive subterranean conference centre can host any number of corporate events Cannes festivals can throw at it. The space includes the Croisette Salon, the biggest hotel ballroom in the city (without columns or pillars), and the Grand Salon, all of which offer classy and flexible event space.

The luxury residences are being referred to by the hotel as the “grandest additions,” and there are 37 in total. All are said to be designed as Mediterranean homes with amenities for extended stays, and all of the residences have access to hotel offerings like room service, the pool and the state-of-the-art wellness centre. The crown jewel is an opulent penthouse that is more than 10,700 square feet and includes a private landscaped rooftop and private jacuzzi. The main hotel features 332 rooms and suites, many with views of the Mediterranean. The seventh floor of the hotel, always a buzzy hub during the film festival, hosts four signature suites, including ones named for Hollywood icons Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Kirk Douglas. The sixth floor is home to the Alfred Hitchcock Suite.

Bar 58, The Camélia Tea Lounge and the new inner gardens with infinity pool. © Carlton Cannes.

The Carlton has three restaurants, three bars, a tea lounge and a cigar lounge. Still yet to come is Rüya, a new restaurant that will launch in time for the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off May 16 and continues through May 27. Rüya is described as “a wondrous take on Anatolian cuisine underpinned by the warmth of Turkish hospitality.” It follows other locations in Mayfair London and Dubai. Also new: Bar 58. With a name inspired by the hotel’s address, the watering hole will feature seasonal cocktails “guided by farm-to-bar philosophy.” The warm setting features Venini chandeliers and a custom bar of Raku ceramic made by local artist, Fabienne L’Hostis, in Mouans-Sartoux.

The fact that the doors are now open should come as welcome news for Hollywood and the international film, TV and advertising communities. The Carlton has for decades been a central meeting place during the many festivals and conferences that take place in Cannes, bringing with it parties, premieres, black-tie galas and even outdoor advertising. All of that was on hold over the past two years while renovations were ongoing. French interior designer Tristan Auer, who has previously worked with luxury house Cartier, is credited with the remodel. His team worked in collaboration with VINCI Construction and Constructa. Carlton general manager Giuseppe Vincelli said they are “thrilled” to reopen the doors of the property following the renovations. “What we have in this building now is a stunning blend of heritage and modernity, between our legacy and the many innovations we cannot wait to unveil,” he added. “This beauty of contrasts has been our leitmotif. It mirrors that of this timeless Riviera elegance and the effervescence of the world-leading festivals in the city.”

Make sure to stop by to see the numerous changes, including all the historical pieces and architectural elements that were not only preservedFrench interior designer Tristan Auer, who has previously worked with luxury house Cartier, is credited with the remodel but also spotlighted. The ‘Grand Dame’ has officially returned to the Croisette.





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