The reason the city of Cannes has become so famous and a top tourist destination is due to its location on the French Riviera, but also, of course, to its International Film Festival which, ever since 1946, has attracted a host of movie stars and positioned the city as a global influence. When the Embassy hotel was refurbished, it was renamed the Patio des Artistes, with a movie-star theme running all through the building. Each room is named after a film director, a film star or a famous author, and most striking of all are the images, everywhere, that recall some of Cannes’ greatest moments. In the breakfast room, Louis de Funès and Bourvil share a light-hearted moment on the Croisette, and a little further along, Romy Schneider and Alain Delon are seated on a terrace. In the lobby, portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Gérard Depardieu hang on the walls. From the moment travellers check in, they can be in no doubt that they really are in Cannes, cinema city.
Less than 300 meters from the sea, in the heart of the liveliest area of the city, the Patio des Artistes has 64 rooms, in categories from “classic” to “executive family” through “superior” or “deluxe terrace”, not forgetting its couple of suites, with the option of double or twin in each case. Everything here has been designed for maximum comfort and convenience: warm fabrics, practical furniture, ample space, harmonious colours, sophistication throughout. Air conditioning and soundproofing are standard, together with a range of services such as free Wi-Fi, docking stations for iPhone and iPod, widescreen TVs with satellite connection, safe, minibar with selection of complimentary refreshments, espresso machines and even a very handy, cleverly built-in ironing board and iron.
On the ground floor is the hotel’s fitness centre, which includes a large jacuzzi, a multi-sensory shower, sauna and hammam, and is open 24/7, while out in the sunshine, the top-floor terrace offers a rare treat – relaxing in a hot tub or on a lounger while enjoying views over the bay and the Esterel massif. Every afternoon, the lounge bar is open for you to have a drink while you dip into one of the books from the extensive library.
In the mornings, a breakfast buffet with something to suit every appetite is set out in the relaxing setting of the breakfast room. Carefully-selected gourmet and vitamin products are provided to make sure your day gets off to an excellent start.
And, just beyond the lobby where the staff are always on hand to offer advice for a specific visit or tips on authentic places to eat, you obviously must not miss the lovely patio that gave the hotel its name. A beautiful garden with a fountain, statues and plants typical of the region is the perfect setting for a dreamy interlude or a spot of sheer relaxation, the hallmark of this hotel where wellbeing is top of the agenda.
Best Western Plus Patio des Artistes four-star hotel
- Car park
- Room rates: from €68 to €550 as per terms and conditions and excluding conference dates
- Breakfast: €20