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Radisson Blu1835 – Cannes, France

  • Cannes once suffered a dirth of modern, boutique hotels, preferring to rely on her grand palace establishments to keep its hoards of visitors happy.
  • A flurry of renovations across the glamorous city has seen the Radisson Blu 1835 (formerly the 1835 White Palm) recently open on the site of the old Sofitel hotel, located on the opposite corner of the Vieux Port to the Palais de Festivals.
  • The airy lobby is spacious with lots of sofas, and the welcome is warm with the hotel’s experience manager taking time to arrange check in and give a mini-tour both of the hotel and the room itself.
  • Bedrooms have wooden floors and are nicely, but not imaginatively, decorated.  The bathrooms are cool, with sliding doors allowing the entire bathroom to open up and seamlessly become part of the room.
  • Check-out can be very flexible and as late as 4pm.

SCENE:

  • A mix of international business people and holiday-makers, mostly late thirties and upwards.

 

FUEL:

  • Café – Breakfast is served downstairs in a small café-style restaurant.
  • Le 360° – With stunning 360° views of the Vieux Port, out to sea and across Cannes, past the old town and beyond, the rooftop-level restaurant is a stylish alternative to the usual dinner spots in town.  The cosy soft grey velvet booths are especially nice.  Food is good – not amazing – and service is standard but the views make up for it.  Not much in the way of non-meat options.

 

PLAY:

  • Bar & roof terrace – With spectacular views along the coast to La Napoule, the wooden-decked terrace is a stylish refuge at the top of the hotel.  The black sun beds are comfy, with some doubles available, there is a good bar and the mirrored water feature, while sadly not a swimming pool, is soothing and attractive. 
  • Spa – Les Thermes Marins looks fantastic in the brochures, on the posters in the lift and on the website but it was never taken advantage of, in part because it was so well hidden within the hotel.  There is a daily charge, even for hotel guests.   
  • Beach – The beach, and one of the nicest swimming spots in Cannes, is literally steps away from the hotel.

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • 1835 White Palm Hotel – (La Croisette, 2 boulevard Jean Hibert, 06414 Cannes / t: +33 (0) 4 92 99 73 20 / www.1835-hotel.com)

VISIT DATE:

  • 1-9 October 2010

WEATHER:

  • Warm and sunny during the day at around 25C, cooler in the evenings.  Massive thunderstorm one night/day.

ACCESS:

  • Fly to Nice and either take a taxi (30-mins) or the train direct.  From Paris, take the TGV direct (5-hours).

 

TOP TIPS:

  • Get to know the hotel’s ‘Experience Manager’; stay in a de-luxe ‘mer’ room with a small balcony looking out to sea; book ahead for a good table in the restaurant.

 

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Possibly the best modern hotel in stuffy Cannes; friendly concierge/experience manager; good location & stunning views.
  • The Bad – The lilac accent colour in the lobby; the charge for the swimming pool/spa; no business centre (although two Apple Macs available in a quiet space adjacent to the lobby).

 

MACARON RATING:

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