Where to stay

Riviera_Eden_Palace in Cannes

Riviera Eden Palace in Cannes

Tips about where to stay in Cannes

There are two main options when choosing a place to stay in Cannes for events such as Midem, Mipcom, Mapic or the Cannes Film Festival: within walking distance of the Palais or further afield. This is because the town of Cannes is broadly split in two.

Good value hotels close to the Palais

The inner ring

A dual carriage-way (voie rapide) separates the two sides at the level of the railway track. This is about 7 minutes by foot from the Palais at its shortest distance. However it stretches in the direction of Nice. The last reasonable walking distance is about at the Jardin Alexandre III near the end of the Croisette. You are now about at about 25 minutes by foot if there are no crowds. In the other direction, the inner city stretches over to the tip of Le Suquet, about 15 minutes by foot (again, without crowds).

Within this broad sweep, there is just about every grade of hotel from the expensive Croisette “Palaces” (Martinez, Intercontinental Carlton, Majestic Barrière and Palais Stéphanie, formerly known as the Noga Hilton), to more accessible hotels and holiday flats. These latter are used by companies during the festival as offices and homes and tend to be booked out very far in advance. There are also a large number of one- or two-room “studios” and apartments to rent in this area.
Waikiki Modern Hotel Cannes bedroom

Good value hotels outside the centre:

Where to stay beyond the ring
Prices beyond the ring drop, and again the options are very wide. The choice now lies between uptown or the outlying suburbs. As accommodation is always an issue, the major trade fairs organise shuttle buses from the “résidences” (sometimes called apart-hotels) in places such as Le Cannet and La Bocca. Ask about them when booking. These holiday flats are handy as they mean several people can share accommodation, making them a good option for people running stands. However, the actual state of the apartments vary, as they are sometimes rented out to school groups. If they say “sleeps up to six”, count five.

A word of advice about the morning shuttles: get an early one! As they run every 30 minutes, it’s best to plan to get to the Palais earlier. Between 9 and 10, the buses are frequently full. So the only other option is calling a cab if you want to be on time. Also, people running stands should ensure that someone is at the Palais from 9 sharp. If you’re in Cannes La Bocca, a bus trip into Cannes takes about 15-20 minutes rush hour (7 in the evening!) and costs €1.50.

People staying in Juan-les-Pins should bear in mind that bus n° 200 is often full on weekends. Check the train timetables. If you run late, the hotels have preferential calls to the taxis. But getting into Cannes centre could set you back €30 as opposed to €1.50 on the bus. My advice: leave well on time!


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Michael Leahy

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10 comments to “Where to stay”
10 comments to “Where to stay”
  1. I agree with Martin. Forget the agencies – how do you think they afford the rent of glass front offices on the Croisette??!

    I hear a new company called Chez Corniche is the one to use. They’ve been recommended many times through different contacts now. Apparently their rates vs quality on apartments and the on site service are exceptional, without the fine print charges or tedious, broken English communication you get with most agencies and direct owners online.

    The suggestions on apartments they sent us the last weeks look fantastic and their team has been great. After 7 years of organizing the Cannes trips for our chaps I am ready to be impressed by them. We’ll definitely give them a shot for MIPCOM this year…

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  3. Hi,

    We go to Cannes for MIPCOM and use an agency that specializes in Congress Rentals, Born To Host (www.borntohost.net) we have also recommended them to our friends who go to the Lions Festival and they too have been very happy with the service and quality locations.
    The entire team speaks fluent English and provide excellent service along with their well located apartments… Enjoy Cannes !!

  4. Some good advice especially about the 200 bus, many people are unaware how busy the bus gets! Also, to be wary of French public holidays as public transport schedules reduce – I remember this past year there were a few dates that coincided with a handful of events and people staying outside of Cannes were caught out with trains not running as frequently.
    A friends colleagues usually attend Cannes Lions yearly and they always rave about superb service from Bespoke Yacht Charter as they always combine a yacht stay with presentation lunches on board so it saves arranging more elements of their visit all over town.
    The Marjolaine in Juan les Pins is a great little place as is Les Strelitzias though the best rooms (and less noisier ones) we’ve found are located at the back of the hotel. Also, we stayed at La Villa which was a pleasant place and the owner is also a co-proprietor of a champagne business too which is also useful after a long day of meetings!

  5. Consider smaller family run apartment rentals – here you can book direct with the owner and avoid paying the ‘booking fee’ the agencies charge. We are a small property rental company and we rent direct to the client. We have our own apartments and townhouses right in the centre of Cannes sleeping up to 11 people in the biggest (a 6 bed / 6 bath) and all our properties are less than 4 mins walk from the Palais. Please visit: https://www.accommodationcannes.com

    Also check any rental you book has a rental reference from the town hall which is obligatory now in Cannes

  6. I see the VIlla Francia is getting pretty much the same reviews I gave about 7 years ago! Beautiful location but very, very basic comfort!

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