*The* hang-out during the Cannes Film Festival
Huge - two-story. Insanely schmoozy during the festival, probably quieter otherwise. Service was a bit slow. Had the four-cheese pizza. I'm from Chicago, so this was not the best I've ever had, but it had gorgonzola cheese in it, and American four-cheese pizza rarely has blue cheese in the mix. Salty in that good way. Also had the vanilla ice cream with chestnut sauce, which seems to be big in Cannes (see La Mere Beisson tip).
Built in 1926, le Majestic is yet another legendary hotel in Cannes. It is another Art Déco landmark and a symbol of luxury on the curving corniche. The hotel is located on the Croisette opposite le Palais des Festival, and therefore is a convenient choice for some celebrities attending the Film Festival. The official hotel name is Majestic Barrière.
Lord Brougham's Villa Elinore
Queen Victoria's Lord Chancellor had this villa built and named after his sickly daughter, Elinore Louise. It's now tastefully converted into apartments in what was the heart of the 19th century British community in western Cannes, towards La Bocca. The villa is a short walk from the neighbouring Villa Rothchild, in a private road.
No Cannes Do
Now, it is a great thing to phone home saying, hey y'all (in my London accent), I'm in Cannes. And so I did, but I also added, I've decided not to stay the night. Cannes is not as great as I had imagined. Having been to Nice - a vastly nicer place - I was let down by the bulk of Cannes. I found it rather dirty, and seedy. Once you reach the seafront, however, it all becomes like a film set, with the actors included. I had the misfortune to go during a smaller festival, in January, when i think lots of celebs were there, because i have never seen so many journalists and autograph hunters. And it was crazy! Just no fun! I had expected to stay the night, but couldn't find a room I liked, then just didn't want to stay. I was disappointed.
But, the beach itself was beyond gorgeous. It was incredible, lovely sand, big hotels, palm trees, and a coastline to die for - it was hard to believe this was Europe and not the Caribbean. Cannes is worth it for the beach alone. I watched the Sun go down, and it lit up the famous Carlton hotel in a shot straight from Hollywood.