Hôtel Martinez

Art deco glamour on the French Riviera
During the annual Cannes Film Festival, the iconic Hôtel Martinez's neon rooftop sign makes an appearance on just as many pages of magazines as the stars themselves.

With a rooftop terrace looking over the famous Boulevard de la Croisette below, the art deco hotel has gained notoriety as one of the most exclusive spots on the promenade. Not only is it a stunning backdrop in Instagram shots, hundreds of A-Listers call the hotel home during the festival (Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, to name just a few).

The property dates back to the late 1800s, but was opened as its current iteration in 1929 as one of the largest art deco palaces on the Riviera. Nowadays, the hotel has just as much charm and allure as it did back then, serving up a modern-day spin on the Roaring Twenties lifestyle with plush rooms, acclaimed restaurants and a private beach.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon updated the spacious rooms with the blue, yellow and white hues just outside and a modern art deco feel. All have large windows providing glimpses of the city, its rolling hills or the Mediterranean.
  • La Palme d'Or just might be the pièce de résistance at the Martinez — it’s also a favorite among stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
  • Martinez Bar is an ideal place to start the evening, with live music and barmen whipping up craft cocktails with showman-like skill.
  • Open seasonally, La Plage du Martinez serves fresh-pressed juices, cocktails, local fish and international cuisine, but the beach club really comes to life at nightfall with fireworks and a DJ and concerts on weekends.
  • One of the largest suites in Europe, the more than 12,100-square-foot Penthouse offers the ultimate in luxury. It combines the two best suites in the luxury hotel: the cream and gold Suite Isabelle Huppert  and the bolder, darker Suite Thierry Fremaux. The Penthouse boasts bathtubs overlooking the sea, a movie room and "well-being areas" that can transform to fit your needs, like a yoga or fitness room, a massage area or a hair salon.
Things to Know
  • The chef at La Palme d’Or studied ceramics at the school of Beaux-Arts in Vallauris — the same spot that influenced Picasso's ceramic work — and creates his own plates alongside his wife.
  • Cross the Croisette and you'll find La Plage Beach Club, which has more than 400 lounge chairs stretching from a rotunda bar and onto the pontoon.
The Rooms
  • The 400-plus rooms and suites look crisp and contemporary with details like white lacquer furniture, white terrazzo floors and door handles made my master glassmakers on the Ile Bréhat
  • Bathrooms are adorned with white marble and mosaics and stocked with toiletries from French perfumer Fragonard.
  • Bask in the sun at the French Riviera hotel in the Suite des Oliviers, which come with its own terrace overlooking the water with a dining table, loungers and sofas. 
The Restaurants
  • The renowned La Palme d’Or, named after the Cannes Film Festival's top award, offers gorgeous sea views and gastronomic delights. The top-notch restaurant centers its menu around "movements," where chef Christian Sinicropi interprets one ingredient three different and delicious ways. 
  • Soak up the sun on Le Jardin Du Martinez's terrace amid palms and grapefruit trees while enjoying Mediterranean dishes.
  • Head to Martinez Bar for cocktails (check out the extensive gin collection) and tapas made on a plancha teppan.
  • La Plage du Martinez serves drinks, food and entertainment beachside.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
73, Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France, 06400
NCE (30-35 min)   CEQ (18 min)  
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