One of the last family-run luxury hotel groups in France, the Lucien Barrière group has 37 casinos, 14 hotels, and close to 130 restaurants and bars across France and abroad. The Art Deco Majestic Barrière in Cannes sits in the enviable seafront spot on the Croisette, steps away from the Palais des Festivals (aka the main hub for the Cannes Film Festival) and has been welcoming the stars ever since it opened in 1926.
However, things have changed somewhat since then. The hotel may have been the place to stay in its heyday, but this century it is simply resting on its laurels, albeit quite badly beaten laurels.
By low standards we don’t mean the hotel’s iconic gaudy and brash lobby or the mucky windows of the Fouquet’s restaurant that looks out to the pool, nor the horribly garish hotel bar or even the shamefully revolting buffet breakfast on offer. No, we’re talking about a key part of the hotel: its rooms.
Drab and in dire need of a full renovation, the luxury hotel’s rooms are worse than those we have seen at any three-star hotel in our long history of travel and are very far from being “contemporary” and “elegant” as reads the hotel website. And priced at an exorbitant minimum of 244 euro per night (outside of Cannes Festival dates), the hotel is just calling out for a bilious telling-off. Here are some of our holiday snaps of our very disappointing stay the Cannes Majestic Barrière in a Superior Room.
Stained wallpaper that looks like someone’s decided to flick a cartridge pen of brown ink at the walls.
The carpets aren’t quite flush and look like they haven’t been changed for at least a decade.
Even a novice electrician could have done a better job here. The plug sockets and light switches were all crooked, precariously fixed resulting in none being at a right angle.
Following in the awry style of the room, the headboard was also slanted and was shamefully torn to shreds in places.
The telephone, covered in a conspicuous crust, didn’t look like it had been cleaned for several years. And the furniture was badly marked.
The bathroom door (which liked to open sporadically) looked like someone had tried to break in (or out) of the room.
The balcony was literally rotting and covered in bird excrement – not forgetting a previous guest’s cigarette butt to top it off. A shame really, considering the lovely sea view.
Apparently, the hotel does have a few refurbished rooms on hand so if you're still keen on staying here for the location, request a refurbished room. Or else, the Bookmark Fairy at the nearby InterContinental will welcome you with open arms.