An extensive redesign has made Hotel Martinez (part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt) the most glamorous hotel on the croisette.
The classically 1930’s landmark hotel, Hotel Martinez hasn’t been renovated since 2016, and was closed completely for the past 6 months for a complete upgrade to the lobby, the 409 rooms, restaurant and courtyard.
The meticulously striking overhaul has breathed new life into the classically elegant, iconic property steeped in history, and has taken the Cannes Grande Dame to a new level as the most glamorous in Cannes, and one of the leading properties in the French Riviera.
From towering, thick, stately white pillars in the lobby finished with gold trim, to multiple patterns in various types of green wallpapers in the lobby area, white shutters, and gold artefacts scattered around the entrance, this is an astonishing hotel to spend time soaking up the very best and freshest of the French Riviera.
But the classic elements of the hotel remain, including the extra-ordinary staircase, and white, towering facade.
The new design feels like it encapsulates the Gatsby feel it would have enjoyed in the movie star days of the 1930s and 40s, and that it has brought this feel into the modern era.
There is even a mesmerising faux fireplace – for artistic effect- in the lobby.
There are huge blue-hued under the sea styled abstract artworks in the restaurant La Version Originale, and an extensive new alfresco garden sitting right on the Croisette, Le Jardin Du Martinez, perfect for summer breakfasts, or cocktails.
The hotel is nothing short of stunning at every turn.
The Art Deco feel remains, but a fresh, contemporary design with warm yet stately interior textures reflects the joys and wonders of the Mediterranean, and indeed of France.
The Parisian designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon was actually the man who designed the multiple award winning 2 star Michelin Restaurant Palme D’Or many years ago, (featuring extraordinary dishes from Chef Christian Sinicropi) and came back on board to completely beautify the majestic property.
The colour palette takes inspiration from the ocean, the sand and the elements of the French Riviera that have made it one of the most coveted places in the world to visit during the European summer.
Rooms overlook the meditteranean or Cannes surrounds.
The interiors feature a wide combination of prints and colours including various shades of blue, white, cream silver and even yellow.
Suites feature silk silver fish-patterned screens which can cover a window from the bathroom to the bedroom and overlooking the ocean.
Bathrooms are white and silver and flooded with light.
The feel of each room is absolute luxury, combined with a calming sense of art, philosophy.
The surreal essence of the French Rivera is reflected in the unique collection of artefacts and features in each room.
Bath and shower products are made exclusively for the property by French fragrance company Fragonard and come with luxe metal round screw tops.
The Martinez Bar is a favourite for the glamorous boating set, who appear at the bar to enjoy the live music and sophisticated cocktail scene each night of the week during summer, and to enjoy stunning cocktails.
The Zplage Private Beach is sublime, and will also be renovated over the next few months.
There is the spacious L.Raphael Beauty Spa, the ultimate place to de-toxify and de-stress.
A kids club will open in July.
As far as the French Rivera goes, this is as good as it gets.
Who should Stay here: Couples or families.
Who shouldn’t stay here: I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy it.
Location: Cannes, France. The French Rivera.
Best culinary delight: Two Michelin star restaurant La Palme D’Or is exceptional.
The Highlight: The feel of the freshly refurbished hotel.
The lowlight: There isn’t one.
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