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Updated: December 18, 2019
Hotel America – Easy breezy boutique hotel right in the heart of Cannes.
Hotel America combines four-star comfort, sleek design, and affordability. The location is unbeatable: on a quiet street in the dead center of Cannes. Another highlight is the fantastic service – the staff is genuinely friendly and happy to help. The twenty-nine spotless rooms range in size from modest to spacious; all are modern with comfortable beds, high-quality bed linen, and pretty touches like dramatic headboards or flowered wallpapers. The bathrooms are small though neat, in hygienic Corian, and most are equipped with large rain showers. Bear in mind there is a two-person maximum per room, so it’s a hotel for couples and solo travelers rather than families.
Hotel America – Location
- Address: 16 Rue Notre Dame, 06400 Cannes, France.
- Area: Couldn’t be more convenient. A townhouse on a quiet street right in the town center, sandwiched between the bustle of Rue d’Antibes on one side and the glamorous boutiques and beachfront hotels of Boulevard de la Croisette on the other (both just steps away). The Palais des Festivals is 3 minutes (0.1 mile) away. 5 minutes’ walk (0.3 mile) from the train station. Everything you want in Cannes is within walking distance.
- How To Get There: If arriving by train, Cannes train station is a swift 5 minutes’ walk (0.3 mile) from the hotel. From Nice-Côte d’Azur airport, take the train from the nearby Nice-Saint Augustin station; it’s cheap and takes only 36 minutes. There is also Express Bus 210, which also terminates at the Cannes train station; returns are €33. If flying into Cannes-Mandelieu airport, there are cheap local buses, the A and the 1, which will take you to Cannes train station in under 30 minutes.
- Handy To: La Croisette, the beach, Le Palais des Festivals.
Hotel America – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples or solo travelers on vacation, or professionals heading to a trade conference, usually aged 30+.
- Beach: No hotel beach, but the municipal Plage Macé is just 4 minutes (0.2 mile) away and far cheaper than the private beaches along La Croisette.
- View: Limited – one drawback of the great location. Ask for a room at the front overlooking quiet Rue Notre Dame.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Dry cleaning and ironing services are available (additional charge).
- Parking: No onsite parking, though you can park your car in front of the hotel to unpack your bags. The closest public parking is at Le Palais des Festivals, 3 minutes’ walk (0.1 mile) away, and costs €22 per day.
- Extras: 24-hour reception desk and concierge service. Minibar and safe in the room. Pretty lounge with a library of books for relaxing. Complimentary drinks, including fresh coffee and water with lemon available each day in the lounge. Beach towels are on offer and cellphones and computers available to rent.
- When To Book: Book 3 to 4 months ahead for the summer high season. Consider avoiding May (unless you’re specifically coming for the film festival) as accommodation gets booked up months in advance and prices skyrocket.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +33 4 9306 7575
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: hotel-america.com
Hotel America – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: One Classic room on the ground floor has been specially adapted to be fully wheelchair-accessible; it has a spacious bathroom with a roll-in shower and bathroom rails and wooden floors throughout. There is step-free access to the hotel from the street and elevators to all levels.
- For Families: The hotel has a 2-person maximum per room and so cannot accommodate families with children.
- Activities: The staff are friendly and more than happy to advise on and help organize restaurant reservations and other activities for you in the area.
Hotel America – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The hotel does not serve lunch or dinner. Numerous dining options are an easy stroll away.
- Lounge/Bar: No bar. However, the lounge located by the breakfast room is pretty and a nice place to socialize, with complimentary coffee and water available every day, and there are many bars just a short walk away.
- Breakfast: The breakfast buffet can be included in the room rate; otherwise, it is a reasonable €15 per person. Served 7:30-10:30 am daily in the breakfast room. The selection is good but not indulgent; as well as fruit juice, cereals, bread, and jams, there are omelets cooked to order.
- Room Service: Breakfast can be taken in the room.
Hotel America – Rooms
- Room Types: Classic Double/Twin • Superior Double/Twin
- Smoking Rooms: Hotel America is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The 4 Superior rooms give you more space, at 23m², with additional sitting areas.
- For Families: No family rooms.
Hotel America – Local Transport
- Walking: The most popular spots in Cannes are all easily walkable. Shopping on Rue d’Antibes and La Croisette and the beach are just steps away, and the Palais des Festivals just 3 minutes (0.1 mile) away. The train station is 5 minutes’ walk (0.3 mile).
- Subway and Bus: Local buses by Palmbus serve the town from a station by Le Vieux Port (0.4 mile, 9-minutes walk). Several buses stop on Rue des Serbes, 1 minute (50m) around the corner from the hotel, on their way to the train station. The A and 1 buses are an excellent option for getting from Cannes-Mandelieu airport to the train station and back. Lignes d’Azur buses go from the train station further afield, e.g. to Nice, Nice-Côte d’Azur airport, and Grasse.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Taxis from Nice-Côte d’Azur airport take around 30 minutes (17 miles) and cost around €80. Ubers are a bit cheaper, starting at around €50-60. Given the hotel’s excellent location and the busy streets, you will probably prefer to walk in the town center.
Hotel America – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Trans Côte d’Azur Cruises – One of the best ways to enjoy this beautiful coast is with a cruise. Trans Côte d’Azur boats sail across to the nearby island of Sainte Marguerite (a 15-minute trip for €15), a calm oasis of deserted beaches amid pine and eucalyptus trees, and the former home of the Man in the Iron Mask. Longer cruises depart for St Tropez and Monaco (both all-day excursions for €52 and €55 per adult). Boats depart from Quai Max Labeuf between June and September. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Food tour with La Serviette Blanche – This award-winning company now offers a 2.5-hour walking tour for foodies called Flavors of the Côte d’Azur. It is led by Chef Eliane and takes in around 10 different stops to taste food that represents Southern France and the Mediterranean, all of which are included in the €85 price. The meeting point is in front of the Tourist Office, next to the Palais des Festivals, a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile). La Serviette Blanche also runs cooking classes and dinners at a chef’s table.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Le Roof – Chic cosmopolitan bistro, wonderfully located on the 5th floor of the Five Seas Hotel. Enjoy the panoramic views as you dig into a healthy ‘roofbowl’ at lunch (€29 for 2 courses). Alternatively, enjoy the ‘sharing cuisine’ at dinner, inspired by the chef’s travels. 2-minute walk (150m).
- BFire by Mauro Colagreco – The private beach of Hotel Barrière Le Majestic now boasts this restaurant from a twice-Michelin-starred chef. The menu showcases wood-fired dishes inspired by his Argentine roots – hence the name – and changes seasonally. Very chic, with prices to match. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Da Laura – Unpretentious, authentic Italian food. Think fresh pasta, bold flavors, and local specialties from Piedmont, such as risotto with truffles. Locals love it, so be prepared to wait for a table. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Le Grain de Sel – Seek out cosmopolitan flavors at this elegant bistro on pedestrianized Rue Hoche. The Asian-influenced menu features such delights as octopus with coriander and beef tataki alongside fresh gnocchi with truffles. There is also a kids’ menu for €11. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bobo Bistro – Very cool place serving delicious European cuisine using local, organic produce. The décor is arty, the crowd ‘bourgeois bohemian’ (as the name suggests), and the atmosphere, buzzing. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- L’Affable – Behind a curtained door, this contemporary French restaurant is elegant and ever-buzzing. The menu is seasonal and features highlights like tempura king prawns and the signature Grand Marnier soufflé. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Le Park 45 – Le Grand Hotel’s high-end gastronomic restaurant. The location is just lovely – an elegant dining room and terrace overlook gardens that slope down to La Croisette. The menu by chef Hervé Busson promises surprises in fine dining. The dinner set menus start at €65; the summer-only lunch menu is good value at around €30 for 2 courses. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- La Brouette de Grand Mère – A cozy, red-walled bistro where traditional Southern French food is the star. There’s only one generous menu – for €49, you get a welcome drink, starters to share, then salmon and a vodka shot, a choice of 6 main dishes, and finally, a choice of dessert, all accompanied by half a bottle of wine per person. There is a separate kids’ menu for €19. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- La Toque d’Or – Modern, inventive cuisine combining French and Asian flavours – think escalope of foie gras in Asian broth or wild turbot with saffron – and the freshest of ingredients from the neighboring Marché Forville. Check out the good value lunch menu – €19.90 for 2 courses or €29.90 for 3 courses. Book ahead. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Table 22 – Chef Noël Mantel, who trained with Alain Ducasse, delivers inspired gastronomic food based on local ingredients. The venue, up in the old town of Le Suquet, is simple and chic, and the service, fantastic. The set menus are great value – from €39 for 3 courses to €60 for 4. There is also a great apéritif hour with small plates. Reserve in advance. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- L’Antidote – Chef Christophe Ferré’s place is laid-back and welcoming, located in a townhouse with a lovely sunny terrace. Expect modern, seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. The menu is excellent value too – lunch starts at €18 for 3 courses and dinner at €31. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- La Palme d’Or – At the Hotel Martinez, diners look out from a lovely balcony onto La Croisette as they enjoy Cannes’ fanciest table – the only one to hold 2 Michelin stars. Chef Christian Sinicropi’s food is refined and based on Provençal flavours. Book well ahead. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Le Roof Bar – Spilling out onto the roof of the Five Seas Hotel itself, this bar is the place for cocktails and street food with friends. A bit less exclusive than other hotel bars, it also offers Afterwork or happy hours and nightly DJ sets from 7 pm (except Sunday). 2-minute walk (150m).
- L’Épicurieux – Wine bar and restaurant in a central location near Rue d’Antibes. A great place to sample local French wine especially, with knowledgeable and friendly staff. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Zoa Bar – Lively sushi bar within sight of the Palais des Festivals. Locals come for the wine and the fun atmosphere. The food menu is big on sushi and Asian dishes, and there is often live music or a DJ till 2:30 am. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Armani Caffè – Suitably stylish café bar among the boutiques on La Croisette and a fabulous place for people-watching. Enjoy light Italian bites along with a drink on their pretty terrace. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Le Tube – This bar in a former garage is cool and laid-back, a contrast to the glitzy hotel bars that dominate the town. It houses temporary art exhibitions and offers a food menu as well which is big on carefully sourced organic beef. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- La Môme – This ever-popular restaurant has opened a new cocktail and raw bar. The décor is strikingly Art Deco, the cocktails, fantastic, and the crowd, young and fashionable. The food options are tempting too, from ceviche with popcorn to appealing desserts. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- JW Grill – Designer-chic lounge bar in the Marriott hotel on La Croisette. Go for a special occasion or just to indulge, and sit on the terrace looking out to sea with a glass of wine for that glamorous Cannes experience. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Le Cercle – Le Grand Hotel’s chic wine bar is one of the oldest in Cannes. The atmosphere is quiet and warm, with music from a resident pianist. The views of the hotel gardens and La Croisette are gorgeous and the drink selection is extensive. A signature cocktail is around €20; ask the head barman for a Bellini, which is a secret recipe of his. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Au Pot de Vin – Pull up a stool at the long bar in this former garage and enjoy almost 1,000 wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and beyond, some available by the glass. The food menu features Provençal cheese platters, delicious ham, and more substantial plates. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- La Chunga – A Cannes institution, next door to the Martinez Hotel. At this restaurant/piano bar, the drinks keep flowing and the DJs and live music keep the crowd dancing till 5 am. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Boulangerie Jean-Luc Pelé – A bakery/café from Cannois chocolatier and pâtissier Pelé; his chocolate shop on Rue Meynadier is also well worth a visit. This is a fantastic venue for a light lunch or for afternoon coffee and cake. The pastries and desserts are made with sustainable French flour and taste incredible. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Itineraire Café – Small, friendly, and very serious about coffee. Itineraire roast their beans themselves and will help you choose a coffee from the extensive menu. Tea drinkers also get a choice, with 85 kinds of tea, and you can then buy the product to take home with you. The breakfast on offer is pretty great too. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Rue d’Antibes – Second only to La Croisette as a shopping destination, elegant Rue d’Antibes mingles designer boutiques with more accessible fashion. It’s also home to Ladurée, famous for its macarons, and l’Occitane, a cosmetics chain that was born in Provence. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Boulevard de la Croisette – Iconic La Croisette is home to the most high-end designer fashion in Cannes, and plenty of it. You can stroll from end-to-end of the long beachfront boulevard, taking in famous names from Chanel to Valentino. Check out less familiar boutiques such as Paule Ka for dresses and Le Shop 17 for designer jeans. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- JP Paci – Artisan chocolatier who turns his raw material into quirky and delightful forms – Camembert, sardines, handbags, you name it. It’s all delicious and makes for great presents. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Déclic Dépôt – Every town needs a great thrift store. This one is very Cannes, specializing in designer clothes and accessories for women from recent seasons. You can now choose to pick up a Prada or Armani bargain via its online shop, Bingo Fashion. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Fromagerie Ceneri – The master cheesemonger/ripener in Cannes. It’s on Rue Meynadier, which though touristy, is a great place for food shopping and is very much a favorite with locals. Try one of their excellent goats’ cheeses from Provence or ask the friendly staff to recommend something from their huge selection. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Nocturnes de Quai Saint-Pierre – Cannes has a number of night markets and this one takes place each Thursday during July and August. It’s a pleasure to walk along the quay and browse the local produce, jewelry, soap, and other artisans’ creations on offer. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Boulevard de la Croisette – Glittering La Croisette is the heart of Cannes. A long promenade, lined by beaches on one side and fashion houses and grand palace hotels on the other, it is a must-see. Even if the boutiques and hotels are out of your price range, the people-watching is fab and strolling along it at night, when the palm trees sparkle with tiny lights, is pretty magical. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Palais des Festivals et des Congrès – A huge concrete and glass structure, the Palais des Festivals is in fact a venue for conferences which keep the town and its hotels busy for half the year. But each May, it becomes the center of the Cannes film festival. Visitors flock to take photos on the red-carpeted steps to the entrance and check out the handprints of film legends (find the start in front of the Tourist Office). The Tourist Office also organizes guided tours of the interior. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Galerie Hurtebize – Cannes has lots of modern art galleries catering both to collectors and the curious. Galerie Hurtebize welcomes guests warmly and boasts big name artists including Chagall and Renoir, as well as more contemporary works of sculpture, painting, and graphic art. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Le Vieux Port – In the heart of Cannes, this is a lovely space to walk and admire the yachts of the super rich as well as views of the Palais des Festivals on one side and the hillside neighborhood of Le Suquet on the other. It also hosts regattas and part of the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- La Malmaison – Once part of the old Grand Hotel, this elegant and intimate venue on La Croisette is now a center of contemporary art. There are two exhibitions a year focusing on internationally known modern artists, including those like Picasso and Matisse who were inspired by the Côte d’Azur. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- InterContinental Carlton Hotel – The epicenter of glamour in Cannes, this hotel is legendary. It has featured in acclaimed films like To Catch a Thief. If you’re a celebrity, you’re probably staying at the Carlton. Mere mortals should stop by to enjoy the grand Belle Époque architecture, private beach, and possibility of spotting a star. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Le Suquet – The unmissable old town is a picturesque web of narrow streets winding uphill from Le Vieux Port and feels a world away from the rest of Cannes. Discover the great restaurants on Rue St Antoine or continue up to the medieval castle at the top. Now an art museum, Musée de la Castre, it also offers great views of the town and the sea. In July, you can enjoy open air concerts up there as part of the Nuits Musicales du Suquet. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Beaches – Golden sand stretches all along La Croisette, though most of it is divided into pricey hotel beaches. Alternatively, go for municipal Plage Macé (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk), where prices for lockers and sun loungers are kept low, and there’s a free area if you prefer to just lay down a towel. It also hosts the free Cinéma de la Plage during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Plage du Midi, west of the port, is further away (0.7 mile, 14-minute walk) but also an excellent option and free too.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Monop’ – Compact branch of the popular French supermarket. Good selection of groceries and essentials. Open till midnight every day apart from Sunday. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Marché Gambetta – A great covered market, smaller than Forville, but with a nice variety of stalls. Drop in to grab fresh fruit, cheese, or ready-made food for a picnic or check out the clothes, records, and art on offer. Open every morning except Mondays. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Marché Forville – A Cannes food institution, this is its biggest market and the place to go for all your gourmet needs since 1934 – browse local fresh vegetables, fish, local delicacies like socca (chickpea pancake), and stalls specializing in olives or mushrooms. On Mondays, the food is replaced by an all-day flea market. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).