20 May 2011

Where the celebs stay in Cannes

Anyone who's anyone in the film industry has been in Cannes this week and the place is choc-a-bloc. Stay in certain hotels there's a good chance you're going to be surrounded by celebs wall-to-wall too. Hollywood's favourite at the mo is the Hotel Martinez on the Croisette - Mediterranean über-glamour at its best. Uma Thurman and Robert De Niro were spotted there this weekend chilling out on one of the balconies. The stars love it because it offers a bit of respite from the paps with its own private beach and the hotel's restaurant La Palme D'Or has two Michelin stars, so there's chance for some pretty fine dining. Some of the best parties of the festival are usually here. Rooms are from £280 per night. 

Just down the road, the Intercontinental Carlton is a popular choice with the Europeans and it's façade is a Cannes landmark - Penelope Cruz loves it here, apparently.  It too has a private beach and the Bar des Célébrités really is full of them during the festival. There's a gym and spa as well as a private pier where the stars can get into their wetsuits and waterski. Suites in the hotel are named after stars who love the hotel including Sean Connery, Alain Delon and Sofia Loren.  Rooms cost from £143 per night off season, but expect to pay double during the festival.

- Nicholas Kynaston, Travel Editor


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