Cannes is the home of the famous film festival, held each May in this city on the French Riviera. The city is filled with hotels and those hotels are consistently booked solid for the festival. For the same price as a tiny, cramped hotel room, the Citadines Croisette Cannes (1, rue le Poussin) offers a mini-apartment with a separate bedroom and a small kitchen.
This "aparthotel" as it's called, has been this writer's home in Cannes for the five years he's attended the festival. The property is a ten minute walk from the Palais (where the festival is held), across from the train station on Avenue Carnot. For the price of a regular hotel room (about $300 per night during the festival), we got a one bedroom apartment with a little kitchen area with a stove, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. The kitchen even comes stocked with plates, glasses and utensils. There was a large living room with a couch, desk and nice flat screen TV, also a huge balcony overlooking the neighborhood. The bedroom is separate and both have large closets. The couch is a sofa bed, so the apartment can comfortably accommodate four people.
The hotel has laundry facilities and a breakfast and public area where a buffet breakfast is served each morning. A recent renovation makes it a great option for the festival. Rooms have been freshly re-designed and the furniture and fixture quality is quite nice. The bathrooms have really been improved and are very stylish with great cabinetry and shower and sink fixtures. The Citadines staff is extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and their dedication to guest satisfaction also makes this a great choice
One thing visitors will really like is the hotel is in more of a real neighborhood in Cannes, a bit separated from the festival madness. Guests will enjoy seeing regular people going to work and shopping, to get a taste of life in Cannes during the other fifty weeks a year when the festival is not happening. There are 58 units here, a mix of studios for two and one bedroom apartments for four people. The Citadines even offers guests access to a private beach, almost a necessity during the busy summer months.
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