Carlton Cannes reopens following two-year renovation

15 Mar 2023 by Hannah Brandler
Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel (image supplied by IHG Hotels and Resorts)

The Côte d’Azur’s renowned Carlton hotel has reopened its doors following a two-year renovation.

Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel overlooks the town’s famous La Croisette beachfront promenade, and has seen the likes of movie stars, diplomats and presidents staying over the years.

The hotel was formerly an Intercontinental property but rebranded under the Regent Hotels and Resorts portfolio in late 2022, which joined IHG Hotels and Resorts in 2018.

The property’s recognisable Belle Epoque façade, framed by twin domes, was built in 1911 and has been restored during the refurbishment, while interiors have been reimagined by designer Tristan Auer.

The renovation includes the addition of 37 branded residences, located in two new 20,000 sqm wings at the rear of the property. With this has come an enclosed, landscaped garden with 22,000 plants and flowers, peristyle alcoves, sunbathing decks, cabanas and the largest hotel infinity pool in Cannes. The residences range from 85-500 sqm and include room service, a pool and wellness centre.

The hotel also has 332 rooms and suites, including a collection of suites named after former custodians and visitors – from Grace Kelly to Kirk Douglas and Alfred Hitchcock.

F&B venues include Riviera Restaurant, which offers traditional French cuisine and overlooks La Croisette, three bars, the Camélia tea lounge, a cigar lounge and a beach club which opened in 2020.

Looking forward, the hotel will also open a new restaurant in May 2023, just before the Cannes Film Festival. Rüya will offer Anatolian cuisine and mark the first of its kind on the French Riviera, with restaurants to follow in London’s Mayfair and Dubai.

Additionally, the hotel has a new 900 sqm fitness and spa complex which includes a full-size boxing ring, gym and yoga and Pilates studio.

Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel (image supplied by IHG Hotels and Resorts)

The property also has 1,800 sqm of subterranean conference space, including the biggest hotel ballroom in Cannes without columns or pillars (at 765 sqm) which also has direct vehicle access. There are also five meeting rooms, ranging from 70 to 152 sqm, named after towns and villages along the coast including Cap d’Antibes, Grasse, Mougins and Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

Tom Rowntree, vice president of luxury brands at IHG Hotels and Resorts, said:

“The return of Carlton Cannes and the launch of the new era of Regent marks the next chapter being penned, where history melts into the future. Regent and the Carlton are coming together to characterise a spectacular long-lasting legacy. Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel will incite curiosity for generations to come with forward looking luxury experiences. This hotel blends Belle Epoque joie-de-vivre, impeccable craft and the energy of the ultimate destination in the way only the Regent brand can.”

Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel will join Regent Chongqing, Regent Shanghai, Regent Phu Quoc and the soon-to-open Regent Hong Kong in the portfolio. The opening is set to be followed by Regent Bali and Regent Shanghai On The Bund in late 2023, as well as the brand’s first hotel in North America, located in Santa Monica.

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