Last December the InterContinental Carlton Cannes-- a landmark on the fabled Croisette-- was purchased by a Qatari investor for €450 million. And a renovation was immediately announced for August 2012. A Hollywood favorite during the annual Cannes Film Festival, the hotel was looking a little worn around the edges. When Luxury Travel Advisor visited last year, we fell in love with the 7th floor suites- each named for a Hollywood screen legend, and designed accordingly. (Here’s our take on the Grace Kelly Suite.) But we found the hotel facilities in need of a refresh. As standards rise at hotels around the world, facilities like spas have become de rigueur hotel amenities.
The planned renovation-- which has been pushed back until 2013-- will shutter the hotel for at least a year. The top-to-bottom overhaul will revamp the existing hotel while also extending the two current wings. New facilities will include a spa, rooftop swimming pool, and a conference center. Along with the guest rooms, the public spaces-- like the Carlton Bar and restaurant-- will get a redo. Of course Carlton regulars during the Film Festival have already booked a stay elsewhere for 2013. Stay tuned for more details.