As the 70th Cannes Film Festival is underway in the south of France, the world’s A-list jetsetters have descended on la Croisette for a piece of the action. This Riviera city’s luxury hotels are the place to see and be seen, with many sprucing up just for the occasion. We recently reported on the Majestic’s seasonal makeover and new additions, including a renovated Fouquet’s Cannes brasserie and new spa partnership with cult French brand Biologique Recherche.
A short walk away on the Boulevard de la Croisette, the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez has also spruced up just in time for the big event. Dating from 1929, the Martinez has long been a favorite of Hollywood stars attending the Cannes Film Festival, and after a change of ownership in 2012, a management contract was awarded to the Hyatt Hotels Corp in 2013, along with three other iconic hotels in France. Now called the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez, the property just unveiled new rooms conceived by star designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.
A large-scale renovation project—to the tune of 150 million euros—was started in November 2016, and the first phase touched 120 rooms, situated over six levels, in the west wing of the hotel. The design by Pierre-Yves Rochon puts a contemporary spin on the Art Deco style, evoking the luxe French Riviera of the 1930s. Think leather, white lacquered furniture, graphic motifs, marble mosaic bathrooms, and lots of mirrors to amplify the sense of space.
The second phase of the renovation project will kick off in September, with an expected completion date of spring 2018.