The four-star Palais Stephanie hotel in the Provençal city of Cannes has officially re-opened following a 38-million-euro renovation, which the hotel says is the most extensive renovation of any hotel in Cannes in decades.
Palais Stephanie is located in the center of Cannes’ famous waterfront Boulevard de La Croisette, steps from the beach, with views of the Bay of Cannes and the Lerins Islands. The seaside city of Cannes ― home of the world’s most prestigious film festival and located at the heart of the French Riviera ― is situated on the Mediterranean below the Southern Alps, a few miles west of the larger but equally charming city of Nice.
Palais Stephanie says its major renovation has completely transformed the classic hotel, using modern design elements that reflect its glamorous film heritage.
Palais Stephanie sits on the original site of the Palais des Congrès, where the first Cannes Film Festivals were held until the new Palais des Festivals was inaugurated in 1983. The redesign of the hotel pays tribute to the legendary film stars of festivals past, such as Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Liz Taylor.
An impressive “Palme d’Or” sculpture acts as a focal point as guests enter the lobby, and the use of contemporary furniture, muted creams and contrasting colors define the hotel’s new look. The renovation extends to the hotel’s 261 rooms and suites, each having been completely redecorated and refurbished. The rooms now feature hand-stitched leather accents, upholstered walls, and dramatic black and white portraits of iconic film stars. Rooms have also been upgraded with flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access.
“Our aim was to restore this magnificent hotel to reflect its unparalleled location and embrace its unique film history with modernity and style,” says Richard Duvauchelle, general director of the Palais Stephanie.
A soft opening of the renovated Palais Stephanie took place in time for the May 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
The rooftop at Palais Stephanie features a heated swimming pool and jacuzzis, with views over the Bay of Cannes, the Lerins Islands and the Esterel Mountains. Le Panorama Rooftop Bar is designed for sunbathing and as a retreat for those seeking an oasis from the bustling city below. The menu serves cocktails and an organic selection of snacks and homemade pastries. The Palais Stephanie also offers convenient access to one of the city’s famous sandy beaches just steps away, and provides beach services for guests.
La Scena Lounge Bar and Restaurant is the hotel’s main dining option. Patrons lounge on wicker chairs under the shade of canvassed umbrellas overlooking the sea. The eclectic menu serves a selection of specialties from Italy, Japan and France.
Palais Stephanie has a full casino, which offers 150 slot machines and 19 gaming tables. Night revelers can retire to the casino’s VIP lounges for cocktails and privacy.
For business travelers, Palais Stephanie offers an 820-seat auditorium, suitable for any type of professional gathering or high-profile film screening. In addition, the hotel has 16 meeting rooms with 12,900 square feet of flexible space.
For more information about Palais Stephanie and reservations visit www.PalaisStephanie.com or call +33 (0)4 92 99 70 00.
The four-star Palais Stephanie is located in the heart of Cannes at 50 Boulevard de La Croisette, on the waterfront. Additional services include a shopping gallery, concierge, luggage room, and car rental.
The hotel is located within walking distance of the old city, the Palais des Festivals and the old port and approximately 30 minutes by car from Nice International Airport. Palais Stephanie is also less than a mile from the Cannes TGV train station for convenient travel within Cannes to other destinations.