InterContinental Carlton Hotel • 58 bd de la Croisette 06400 Cannes, FR
The best part about the Carlton is that it’s the Carlton. So centrally located on the Croisette it’s the true focal point of Cannes, perhaps even more so than the Palais itself. And with its stunning regal architecture (pictured) you just can’t help but swoon over the outdoor patio setting, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean.
But then the servers show up, or not as is often the case, and just like that, the glow starting quickly slipping away. Well, not that quickly I suppose, because it can easily take 30 to 40 minutes before they even notice you’ve been seated. On the plus side, they are friendly, but I’m guessing those smiles are more because they know they are about to bend you over a chair and wallet rape you. Yes, the Carlton is crazy pricey and the food is crazy not worth it. For example, 39 Euros for a lobster BLT that tasted like it came out of vending machine. My advice, stick to using it as a bar only and you’ll be happy.
But, if people watching is your thing, or networking, or being seen, then pull up a table, someone with be right with you… in half an hour or so.