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Updated: December 18, 2019
Hotel Le Canberra – Quietly chic stay with 4-star comfort in central Cannes.
Hotel Le Canberra is a boutique hotel with a great location, right on fashionable Rue d’Antibes. Inside the lovely period townhouse, everything is modern, with clean lines and plenty of four-star comforts fitted into the hotel’s four floors. The thirty-five rooms are large, bright, and comfortable, with a simple, chic look; think grays with white leather headboards, chrome accents, and rich mustard furnishings. Soundproofed windows and individually controlled air-con mean you can enjoy peace despite the bustle outside, and many rooms have balconies with pretty views of the pool and garden or the elegant street. The suites are particularly sizeable for central Cannes. The restaurant, Le Café Blanc, has a pretty conservatory opening onto the terrace with a heated pool; both are open during the spring/summer season only. The service is discreet and professional.
Hotel Le Canberra – Location
- Address: 120 Rue d’Antibes, 06400 Cannes, France.
- Area: Excellent central location among the boutiques and hotels on classy Rue d’Antibes. The garden backs onto the quieter Rue Molière. 8 minutes’ walk (0.4 mile) from the train station. The Palais des Festivals is 10 minutes (0.5 mile) away. The famous designer boutiques and beachfront hotels of Boulevard de la Croisette are 4 minutes (0.2 mile) away. Everything is within walking distance.
- How To Get There: If arriving by train, Cannes train station is a straightforward 8-minute walk (0.4 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: Shopping on Rue d’Antibes, La Croisette, the beach.
Hotel Le Canberra – The Basics
- Ages: Guests are a mix of professionals, couples, and families, usually aged 30+, looking for luxury and a high-end stay. Children are welcome and cots (though not extra beds) are available on request. However, there are no specific amenities on offer for children.
- Beach: Hotel guests get a discount when booking sun loungers on a private beach area on La Croisette. Municipal Plage Macé is cheaper than other central beaches and only 6 minutes (0.3 mile) away.
- View: Rooms at the front enjoy a view of Rue d’Antibes, while those at the back overlook the garden and the pool.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: Laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services are available (additional charge).
- Parking: There is parking nearby at €25 per day, though this is not private and reservation is not possible.
- Extras: Turn-down service and complimentary Anne Semonin toiletries in the bathroom. Staff will arrange flowers, chocolates, or champagne for special occasions. Free business corner on the ground floor, international newspapers each day.
- When To Book: Book 3 to 4 months ahead for the summer high season. Unless you’re coming especially for the film festival in May, consider avoiding that month as accommodations get booked up far in advance and prices skyrocket.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +33 4 9706 9500
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: hotel-cannes-canberra.com
Hotel Le Canberra – Amenities
- Pool: Heated outdoor pool open April–October inclusive.
- Spa: Sauna in the basement, open 8 am–10 pm. Guests can also book massages from an external massage service.
- Fitness Center: Fitness center in the basement open 24 hours with a selection of cardio machines and adjoining showers.
- For Disabled Guests: 2 Tradition rooms have been specially adapted for guests with mobility issues. There is an entrance with a ramp and elevator access to all rooms.
- For Families: Children aged 0-2 stay for free, with cots provided on request. Extra beds are not available. The 12 Junior Suites/Suites sleep up to 4 people.
- Activities: The helpful staff are more than happy to advise on and help organize restaurant reservations and other activities for you in the area.
Hotel Le Canberra – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Le Café Blanc restaurant is open from April to October and serves Mediterranean-influenced food (with the menu changing regularly) in the pretty conservatory and on the sunny terrace outside. Service is Tuesday to Saturday 12-3 pm and 6-10 pm. A set lunch is €24 for 2 courses, €28 for 3. $$.
- Lounge/Bar: Located in the same area as the restaurant, the bar is open 9 am-11 pm. Drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge or on the terrace.
- Breakfast: The American buffet breakfast can be included in the room rate; otherwise, it is €22 per person. Served 7-10:30 am daily in the restaurant. The selection is good and includes home-baked bread, smoked salmon, cheeses, and hot food such as sausages and scrambled eggs. You can also order a continental breakfast to your room by using the form provided; this is available 7:30-10:30 am.
- Room Service: 24-hour room service is available. A ‘Snacking Menu’ is served 12-10 pm and Petits Plats Meunier (a high-quality range of ready meals) are available at any time.
Hotel Le Canberra – Rooms
- Room Types: Tradition • Privilege • Privilege with Terrace • Junior Suite Street • Junior Suite Garden • Junior Suite with Terrace • Rotonde Suite • Prestige Suite
- Smoking Rooms: The Hotel Le Canberra is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: All the Junior Suites and Suites are spacious and luxurious. However, the Prestige Suite (no. 410) is an expansive 55m², with a bedroom, separate lounge area, roofed patio with outdoor furniture, and bathroom with a separate bath and shower. The bedroom itself is circular, which gives it a cozy cocoon feeling.
- For Families: There are 12 Suites and Junior Suites which can sleep up to 4 people, with king-sized beds and double sofa beds; note that only the 5 full Suites have lounge areas separate from the bedrooms. You can also request 2 interconnecting rooms. Cots and highchairs are available for free.
Hotel Le Canberra – Local Transport
- Walking: The most popular spots in Cannes are all within easy walking distance. Shopping on Rue d’Antibes is outside the door, La Croisette and the beach are 4 minutes away, and the Palais des Festival 10 minutes (0.5 mile) away. The train station is 8 minutes’ walk (0.4 mile).
- Subway and Bus: Local buses by Palmbus serve the town from a station by Le Vieux Port (0.8 mile, 16-minute walk). For example, the 18 bus stops outside Fnac (0.1 mile, 2 minutes from the hotel) on its way to the train station and then west to the Hôtel de Ville and Le Vieux Port. 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. For the short ride from the hotel to the Palais des Festivals, both taxis and Ubers are around €8, but you will probably prefer to walk in the busy town center.
Hotel Le Canberra – 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. 20-minute walk (1 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 10-minute walk (0.5 mile). La Serviette Blanche also runs cooking classes and dinners at a chef’s table.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- 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. 2-minute walk (150m).
- 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. 2-minute walk (0.1 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. 5-minute walk (0.2 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. 5-minute walk (0.3 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. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Le Park 45 – The elegant dining room and terrace overlook gardens that slope down to La Croisette and the menu by chef Hervé Busson promises surprises in fine dining. The summer-only lunch menu is good value, at around €30 for 2 courses. 7-minute walk (0.3 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. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- 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. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- 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. 8-minute walk (0.4 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. 9-minute walk (0.5 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. 15-minute walk (0.8 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. 18-minute walk (0.9 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- 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. 2-minute walk (150m).
- 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. 4-minute walk (0.2 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. 4-minute walk (0.2 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. 5-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. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Le Cercle – Le Grand Hotel’s chic wine bar is one of the oldest in Cannes, with music from a resident pianist and an extensive selection of drinks. 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).
- 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. 7-minute walk (0.3 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. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- 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). 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- 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. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- 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. 7-minute walk (0.4 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. Outside the hotel door.
- 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. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- 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. 4-minute walk (0.2 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. 5-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. 12-minute walk (0.6 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. 4-minute walk (0.2 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. 5-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. 5-minute walk (0.3 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. 7-minute walk (0.3 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. 10-minute walk (0.5 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. 12-minute walk (0.6 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. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Beaches – Golden sand stretches all along La Croisette, though most of it is divided into pricey hotel beaches. Hotel le Canberra has a deal with one, so you can get a discount when hiring a sun lounger. Alternatively, go for municipal Plage Macé (0.3 mile, 6-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. Quiet Palm Beach on the Pointe Croisette and Plage du Midi west of the port are further away, but also excellent free options.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- 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. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Casino – Large branch of the popular French supermarket. Good selection of groceries and essentials. Open till midnight daily. 6-minute walk (0.3 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. 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).