Hollywood has taken its annual working holiday to French Riviera for the International Cannes Film Festival and when the stars roll into town, more often than not, they check in to the glitzy Carlton Cannes International.
The Belle Epoch palace that is the Carlton Cannes has long been associated with the film festival and is the place to see and be seen in Cannes. The high-wattage hotel has sweeping views of the bay, a pool, casino, and gastronomic glamour at the seventh-floor La Belle Otero.
A veritable mother ship for decades of visiting movie moguls and super-celebs, its also a star in its own right having been the location for Hitchcock heist movie, To Catch a Thief, starring Cary and Grace Kelly. During the film’s release at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier for the first time, at the Prince’s request. They married the following year in what was dubbed the “Wedding of the Century”.
The Cannes Carlton has a long list of celebrities who are regular clients and as a tribute to its illustrious guests, the hotel has named some of its most prestigious suites after celebrated celebrities, the Sean Connery and Sharon Stone suites are just two of the options.
This year, Jack Black and Rachel MacAdams have been spotted in the lobby, as has Dustin Hoffman. Jamie Foxx, Kanye West and Lady Gaga have all performed there during the 2011 festival and Brangelina and their family are also said to have a set-up camp in a stunning sea-view suite.