The red carpet has been rolled out on the Promenade de la Croisette and things are heating up on the Côte d'Azur for the 69th annual Festival de Cannes, the film industry's most glamorous festival. During the 11-day extravaganza, which runs through May 22 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, hundreds of filmmakers, producers, actors, studios—along with buyers, and fans, and otherwise rich and famous people—descend on the azure shores of Cannes for a chance to screen their projects. To commemorate the occasion, here are three of the prettiest, most historic, and luxurious hotels on the French Riviera—and a couple of Instagram peeks behind the scenes.
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is an art deco Grand Hotel that opened in 1929. It is located on the Croisette, less than a mile from the Palais des Festivals, making it a convenient choice among festival goers.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, though it is further up the coast in the resort town of Antibes, is arguably the most glamorous choice. It was built in 1969 by Hippolyte de Villemessant, the founder of Le Figaro newspaper, and is a pure representation of the classic Napoleon III style.
InterContinental Carlton Cannes was built in 1911, and the Belle Époque structure is listed by the French government as a national historic building, making it the premier choice for those attending the festival.