Accor signs in Cannes the first European address of its hotel brand Mondrian

Last March, the Accor group inaugurated the Mondrian Hotel in Cannes on the former Palace Grand Hotel site. This is the very first European destination for the brand of the luxury & lifestyle division of the hotel group… Like the air of Sunset Boulevard just a stone’s throw from the Palais des Festivals.


The renovated Grand Hotel


With 75 rooms, the Mondrian Cannes is the smallest hotel on the Croisette. It is also the one that dominates the famous boulevard, with its 11 floors.


The establishment is in place of the city’s first palace, the Grand Hotel, inaugurated in 1863. Destroyed and then rebuilt in the 1960s, it remained the property of the Veyrac family for a long time.


Reopened last March, the hotel has just undergone extensive renovation work. These have enabled the former Grand Hotel to gain in luminosity and space.


The work was spread over twelve months, divided into two six-month phases.


“We’re bringing ourselves up to date. This renovation is bringing us up to date,” says Hugues Raybaud, general manager of the hotel since 1996.


The first stage consisted of redoing all the rooms starting in September 2021. The rooms have changed from their 1970s decor to a more Mediterranean style, with a “vacation hotel” feel.


All rooms have balconies and are also more spacious, with a minimum surface area of 35 square meters.


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On the top floor, two 60 square meter suites overlook the bay of Cannes. Each one has a double-height ceiling and a large terrace. In addition, two panoramic rooms are equipped with bathrooms with a sea view, Jacuzzi, and a mini botanical garden.


The second stage, which began a year later, involved renovating the common areas, namely the lobby, the dining areas, and the terrace. The lobby was given a lounge bar and numerous works of art. The new decor, which features natural materials such as wood, leather, marble, and plant fibers, is the work of the French-Brazilian architectural firm Triptyque.


Another new feature is that the Mondrian Cannes now has two dining areas. Mr. Nakamoto’s gourmet table offers a fusion cuisine that combines French and Japanese inspiration, orchestrated by chef Alex Craciun. The restaurant and bar overlook a private garden of about 4000 m².


Meanwhile, Hyde Beach, right on the beach, offers generous Italian cuisine with Gordon Ramsay disciple Gabriele Faiella.


“The place has gained a warm atmosphere with a touch of Riviera elegance. Having only 75 rooms and suites facilitates the extensive personalization of service,” says the hotel’s general manager.


A total of 20 million euros was injected to transform this iconic 5-star hotel with its private beach into a veritable oasis on the Croisette, under the Mondrian brand, via a management contract.


Mondrian breaks through in Europe


As the Accor Group passed the symbolic 3,000 hotel mark in Europe in 2020, it took the opportunity to develop Mondrian, its 26th brand, in the same year.


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Victor Gosselin
Victor Gosselin
Victor Gosselin is a journalist specializing in luxury, HR, tech, retail, and editorial consulting. A graduate of EIML Paris, he has been working in the luxury industry for 9 years. Fond of fashion, Asia, history, and long format, this ex-Welcome To The Jungle and Time To Disrupt likes to analyze the news from a sociological and cultural angle.

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