One of the most glamorous events of the year is just weeks away. During the annual Cannes Film Festival, A-list stars and Hollywood celebrities descend on La Croisette for movie screenings, events, and star-studded parties. (In fact, the red carpet outside the Palais des Congrès is the second most photographed place in France after the Eiffel Tower.) Needless to say, the great and the good of the film world secure their hotel reservations well in advance at one of city’s iconic luxury hotels like the Hotel Martinez, renowned for its private beach, L.Raphael Beauty Spa, and Michelin-starred dining by chef Christian Sinicrop at La Palme d’Or.
In big news from Cannes, the Hotel Martinez partially reopened on March 5 after a four-month closure for a major renovation under designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. A selection of renovated city view rooms and new junior suites are now available for booking. The rest of the 409 guest rooms (including 99 suites) will be unveiled when the hotel fully reopens. On track for completion in May, the hotel’s full transformation will include new facilities like Le Martinez Bar; Version Originale, a Mediterranean restaurant and tea room; and Jardin du Martinez, a Mediterranean garden terrace which replaces the swimming pool. Situated directly on La Croisette, the Jardin will have a picnic vibe at lunch and a “garden party” spirit in the evenings.
First launched in the late 1920s, this legendary Art Deco landmark became part of the Grand Hyatt brand in 2013, transforming into the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. After the completion of the makeover prior to this year’s film festival, the Hotel Martinez will become part of Hyatt’s newest brand, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. To quote the official press release, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is “a set of unique properties with distinctive characteristics and rich history, offering one of a kind stays and experiences.” Hotel Martinez is the second property in Europe, after the Hotel du Louvre in Paris, to join the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Other properties include The Driskill in Austin, TX, The Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ, The Confidante Miami Beach in Miami Beach, FL, Holston House Nashville in Nashville, TN, Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos, British Columbia and Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay.