Martinez Hotel

, Cannes, France
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Martinez Hotel

, Cannes

Rooms: 385

73 La Croisette - Cannes - 06406 - France Hotel Website | | 33 (0)4 92 98 73 00
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from footnotesetc
Hotel Martinez looks right out onto the Mediterranean and it is simply mesmerizing; other positives–the staff, helpful, but not personable because it is a large hotel. The "Z Plage" serves great food right on the beach and as one would guess is expensive, but worth it.

However, this hotel is not "luxurious" by most standards; our Deluxe Room with partial sea view had not been refurbished anytime recent, the carpet and upholstery were badly stained, and the shower was covered in black, slimy mildew (hard to believe how this was overlooked in cleaning). The swimming pool was much smaller in reality, the photo shown must have been taken by a wide angle lens and is deceiving. The lobby, bar, all, again looks worn and needs attention.

We were disappointed with the quality of the hotel and would not recommend it.

Mixed Review from an Avid Traveler

from MonteChicago
Let me start with the positives:

We went for 3 nights after our first 4 nights being in Monaco/Monte-Carlo Bay.

The hotel itself has an excellent location and a great lobby bar. The piano player is wonderful and the hotel is very clean.

Palme D'or is the best restaurant you will ever go to. We went for the Degustation Menu which is expensive, but the food will be the best you have ever had. The service is so amazing it will blow your mind. This place is not as stuffy as you would think. Everyone is having a great time and the wait staff is perfect.

The location again is perfect and the shopping area is within 20 feet of the hotel

Negatives:

The room was not as nice as I thought for 600+ dollars. The bathroom was marble, but had no shower curtain or shower door (yes, read that again).

The Z Plage - Beach Restaurant is a total rip off. Its good, but 30 euros a sandwich is a little steep. Remember we went to Palme D'or and went to Monaco for 4 nights so trust me its a little bit too high.

The pool is terrible, not heated and they charge around 18 euros a chair. Not private chairs, any chair you sit on is charged. C'mon a non-heated pool and its super small charging that much at your own hotel is a joke.

The other hotels in the area are also on La Croissette so Martinez location is irrelevant. I liked some parts, but definitely did not like others. I'm still going to give the hotel 4 out of 5 stars probably because of the Piano Bar and the Palme D'or, but you can go there without staying at the hotel.

As Chic As You Expect in Cannes!

from TravelerGlobal
This hotel was the first stop on our honeymoon, and was pure perfection from the minute we arrived. My car door was opened for me, we were greeted by name, my bags were taken, our luggage was whisked to our room all before we had a chance to even say "bonjour" to the doorman. What was lovely was that everyone is treated famously- instead of standing at a front desk, an attendant brought me a cold glass of Perrier and we sat at a small concierge desk to complete the registration where we were upgraded right on the spot.

The room was lovely, not quite what we expected as far as size goes but the decor was traditionally French chic. Bathrooms could have stood to be a bit larger as well but we survived!

The bar is a fantastic scene at night, there is such a wonderful piano playing gentleman, Jimmy, who invites one and all to sing to his tunes no matter how off key you are- which just lends more credence to the fact that this hotel knows luxury. Everyone feels comfortable, yet everyone is being pampered to the nth degree.

The concierges are amazing- even set up a private dinner for us at a local casino which was wonderful! Breakfast was excellent and their 5-star Palme d'Or restaurant is not to be missed- eat there at least once during your stay.

We departed very sadly and wished we had booked more nights at this fabulous hotel. Don't miss it!

Martinez nearly excellent

from WaldronofLondon
We stayed at the Martinez over Easter 2006. We booked interconnecting prestige sea view rooms, which were extremely comfortable although the decor was a bit faded and the marble bathrooms slightly tired. We booked direct with the hotel but have since heard that American Express cardholders can get better deals and/or upgrades.

The staff are pleasant but not up to Four Seasons levels of professionalism/service.

We have stayed previously in Cannes, at the Carlton. The Martinez was generally very impressive, although as with all such hotels on the Cote D'Azur, virtually nothing is included in the room rate (although our deal included the buffet breakfast which is very good although the breakfast room can get noisy). The beach club is pricey but the best on the Croissette; good sun loungers, good service, excellent showers and the best bit of beach on the Croissette. The Z Plage beach restaurant is the trendiest in Cannes and the food (and healthy juices) are excellent, but expect a long wait. The hotel pool was open over Easter but then closed for a brief refurbishment (presumably so it looks its best for the film festival); it can get very crowded around the pool, and the pool is really just yards from the road so it is not the most tranquil of places.

The hotel bar is busy in the evenings and has the wonderful Jimmy playing piano. The drinks are expensive. The bar is not as glamorous as we had hoped.

We dined one evening in the Michelin starred Palme D'Or restaurant. Budget on paying (for dinner) between 70 and 120 Euros per head for excellent food (I believe there is a cheaper table d'hote menu on offer at lunchtimes). There is also an excellent wine list. The service was as perfect as one would expect.

We also had lunch, on Easter Sunday, at the hotel's regular restaurant, Le Relais du Martinez. Also very good, but not cheap.

Two good restaurants to recommend nearby
(1) Le Pontidiere - by the church of Notre Dame de Bon Voyage near the convention centre
(2) Le Moulin de Mougins - a few minutes' drive from the beautiful village of Mougins, another Michelin starred eatery.

The gym on the 7th floor is not exactly enormous but is quite well equipped (ski, treadmill, weights). We did not try the spa but we did use the hairdresser - expensive (perhap we should have tried the numerous hairdressers in the roads between the Croissette and Rue d'Antibes) but well worth it.

When it was not sunny, the wonderful shops and market in Cannes beckoned.

Great Hotel!

from hirondelle11
We just came back from a 4-day stay at the Martinez Hotel in Cannes. We booked through Expedia and got a special deal: Euro 176,-- per night and the 4th night free, breakfast included. We had booked the "Mountain View Room" since the "Seaview" was almost twice as much and would have also faced the very busy and noisy "Boulevard de Croisette", which meant sleeping with an open window would have been almost impossible.

Our room was fairly spacious, but very basic. The bed was small and uncomfortable and had a soft mattress with a sag in the middle. After a sleepless night we complained and got a new mattress. The bathroom had an interleading toilet without a door which meant that only one person could use the bathroom at the time. It also had no hook nor a stool to put the clothes on and we could either put them on the floor or on the toilet seat. The decor of the room was very modern and abstract and not at all our taste, but everything was spotlessly clean and immaculate with room service twice per day.

The whole hotel seems to have been newly renovated and the lobby is also very modern. It is a stately Palace Hotel and I just prefer a bit more atmosphere to the modern interior decoration! The only place that looked more or less cozy is the Piano Bar on the right of the entrance of the hotel.

Breakfast was super with a really great buffet and everything the heart desires.... from bacon and egg to pancakes and delicious pastries.....It was fun to watch all the people go by on the Boulevard de Croisette! The staff was really friendly and attentive!

Don't miss out on the restaurant "Palme d'Or" on the 2nd floor! We had just about the best "Haute Cuisine" there, worthwhile every single cent!!!!!! Wonderful food and even better service - an unforgettable experience!!!!

All in all a good stay - great value for the money! We would certainly go back there again any time!

Fantastic Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Martinez for 4 nights and had a fantastic time. After reading reviews on TripAdvisor that rooms at the side of the hotel overlooked a railway and were noisy, we pre-booked a 'Prestige Sea-view room' on the Expedia website and made use of the 'buy 3 nights get one night free' offer.

From the moment we arrived on Sunday afternoon (we drove right up to the revolving front door and our little Fiat Panda hire car (standing hilariously amongst the Astons, Porsche's and BMW's) was valet parked for us), through check-in and throughout our entire stay we were made to feel incredibly welcome. The staff (especially the concierge) were very helpful and extremely courteous. Although my French was fairly adequate, all of the staff spoke excellent English and were keen to bend over backwards to help you.

Our room was spotlessly clean as it was serviced twice a day - once in the morning and then again early evening. The views from the room were spectacular (see photo's) and because there were electronically operated shutters on the windows, early morning sunlight threatening a lie-in was never a problem!

Prices for drinks in the bar were fairly steep, but the 'nibbles' that were served alongside the drinks were excellent, so it offset the cost slightly. Jimmy the pianist was great, and very talented.

One word of advice - avoid the small bar across the road from the hotel called 'La Chunga'. This was a lifeless place that had extortionate prices - we were charged 24 Euro's for half a Kronenbourg and a vodka with orange!

Parking at the hotel was not included in the price, and cost us 35 Euro's per day, but I guess this is comparable with a 24-hour overnight parking rate in the UK.

Overall, the hotel was excellent and highly recommended. There are 2 restaurants within the hotel - the Palm D'Or (one of the best in the whole of France apparently) and Le Relais (the same restaurant in which breakfast is served), which had both a la carte and set menu prices at about 39 Euro's per person. Although we didn't have dinner in either, the breakfast served in Le Relais was very good, with a great view of La Croisette (the promenade along the beach front) where you can watch the world (and the great cars) go by!

Only two critisms really. The first (as mentioned by another TripAdvisor reviewer) was that the outside pool (see photo) did not have a separate changing area so you had to change in your room, travel down in the lift and stroll through the large marbled reception area in your robe to reach the pool. Prices for a sunbed were an additional 30 Euro's which I thought was a bit off, especially if you only wanted a 15 minute dip before breakfast. The pool however was kept at a constant 27 degrees all year round, so was really warm.

The second critism was that the beach (and pier) were out of order in the closed season (October to March) and pretty much inaccesable.

Overall however we were more than satisfied by our stay and would highly recommend the type of room we had. There are countless restaurants and bars along the Croisette and throughout Cannes, catering for all budgets so have a good look around for your evening meal.

One final word of advice - be wary of other motorists while driving in France - they are not as patient, courteous or road-wary as other drivers and we had several near misses while travelling, although not as many as when we drove across the border to Italy :)

Luxury for less

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had our second stay at the Martinez at the end of September 2005, just as Cannes (and the beach) were closing up for the winter. The Martinez was as great as we had remembered it: a wonderful Art Deco hotel with an understated luxury absent from the Carlton. Having bagged three nights (room and a super buffet breakfast for two) for just £340 for three nights with Expedia, we could indulge in the wonderful two Michelin star Palme d'Or restaurant (which should not be missed for a good value set dinner experience with lots of delightful extras thrown in) and the Givenchy Spa (with excellent massages). The piano bar, with Jimmy Mc on the piano, is also a delight. On the beach, which was fairly limited this time of the year, there is a very good lunch restaurant too. All in all, we will definitely be back.

Great hotel, great staff - shame about Some of the guests

from Mikesh27
Returned tonight from four great nights at the Martinez with my wife.

Booked a transfer from Nice Airport which was an old Voyager minibus which had seen better days. It did raise a few eyebrows from fellow guests as it pulled into an entrance packed with brand new Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and no less than three Bentley Continentals all together. All the same we were treated like royalty as soon as we pulled in.

Check in was smooth apart from a long wait for our luggage which is very frustating when to want to change clothes and explore town.

We got a great deal from British Airways for 4 nights at the Martinez for less than £500 and the room which could have cost £350 a night if booked directly was nothing special but certainly ok for what we paid in peak season.

Drink prices were what you'd expect of one of the three top hotels in Festivaland - draught beer 9 euros, coup de vin blanc 8 euros, whisky/bourbon 15 euros. High but the same as we've paid in recent stays in New York and San Francisco.

Only problem was the other guests. Wherever we go, and we have stayed at far better places, we always make friends - it might only be for a night or two, but who cares. Not at the Martinez - we initially blamed it on them being French, but later realised the Brits and Yanks were just as rude. If you're floor level is less than five you don't warrant a reply to a "Bonjour".....don't even think about a "Bonsoir" or a "Merci." Oh I'm probably just jealous of all their money.

Jimmy the piano player is great and don't expect to enter or leave the bar without a comment from him.

We both loved the old town and port, great value for food and drink (1.90 euros for a glass of wine) and ended up there most evenings, strolling back along la Croisette after midnight listening to some great street musicians, viewing great art (some anyway), stopping off at a few bars like La Scala and 72 La Croisette. Both of these are great venues for playing "spot the facelift."

Although we would prefer somewhere different like Juan les Pins or Frejus next time we go to France, I would certainly recommend the Martinez to anyone and use any excuse to return again in the future.

Wonderfull, luxureous and real French Riviera

from Tjalling
We spent a weekend at the Martinez in Cannes, and were surprised by the level of service of this hotel. We travel often, and mostly to nice hotels, and this was at the top of our experiences. The room (we took the cheapest one) was not very exciting, but it was clean, roomy and very well maintained. Z Plage was super, and definatly the best beach experience in Cannes. The most expensive spot on Z plage costs 40 euro per day, but it is well worth it. The restaurants are fantastic, and breakfast is well worth the money. The staff is very friendly and extremely helpfull. Conclusion.....We will come back..!!

Good but not as great as expected.

from Carroll30
My husband and I visited at the Hotel Martinez late April 2005. I expected a top notch, luxurious hotel with excellent service. While the hotel fit most of the bill - there were some areas left me wondering if they were looking for more important guests to wow!

This is an expensive hotel right in the heart of Cannes. Our arrival was smooth and check in quick. The check in is at nice desks with bi linqual hosts who accompanied us to our room.

Our room was a deluxe room technically without a view. A nice balcony did allow for a nice look at the water down the side street. The room itself was disappointing - two twin beds pushed together, a couch, desk and small television. The manager had left a nice bottle of champagne welcoming us - nice touch if you like champagne. The bathroom was large. Bathroom items were great. For the price of the room - one might expect a better hair dryer - the one in this bathroom as awful - not even worth using. The wall paper in this room was as awful. The wavey muted tone wallpaper got darker in the corners and had the look as if there was smoke damage in the ceiling. Although I don't think this was the case - the poor choice of wallpaper left me wondering.

Conceirge service was average. Some suggestions were good - while others (like directions to a camera shop) left us in the middle of no where.

Z Plage, the restaurant on the beach was terrific. Try the fresh smoothies and sandwiches. The service was excellent -

The beach is an experience. Be prepared to pay a great deal of money for a chaise and umbrella. The closer you are to the water - the more the chair costs. There is covered teak seating behind the beach that is terrific. We expected these sitting areas to go for top dollar - but were pleasantly surprised that there was no cost for this seating on the beach.

The business service center was good. An internet card could be purchased for an hour of internet time. The computers were good and accessing them with the cards was easy. The business center is out of the way - but there was never a wait to use a computer.

Not be missed in the bar at night and the piano player. By far the best part of the stay is this piano player. He was awesome. His ability to play requests was great. Enter the bar area when he is there and you will be greeted like you were an old friend. Request his Rapsody in Blue - it's second to none. Bravo Piano Man!!

Skip the spa. The services are nice - but planning them were a nightmare. The locker room was tiny and disappointing. The terrace was nice to wait on - (teak furniture like the seating by the beach) but the overall feeling lacked the experience one might expect from a spa at a hotel such as this. I left feeling like the spa was an after thought to the whole nature of the hotel.

Overall - for the money the hotel was nice but not great.

Top Local Tips for Cannes

Take the boat to St Tropez ! If you are not affraid of the sea, then take a tour to St Tropez from Cannes Old port. It is a great trip fo 1 hour and you can discover the coast line without the hassle of having a car.

Trip to St Tropez Worth a trip from Cannes. Don't bother driving - traffic around St Tropez is a nightmare. Take the ferry.

taxis Make sure you know how much the fare will be BEFORE you get in a taxi

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  • Address: 73 La Croisette - Cannes - 06406 - France
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