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Renovation Costing US $55 million (38-million Euro) Completely
Transforms Cannes Classic Hotel, The Palais Stephanie


CANNES, France, Sept. 30, 2009 - Tucked between the Mediterranean Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, Palais Stephanie reopens following the most extensive renovation of any hotel in Cannes in decades. The 38-million Euro renovation has completely transformed this classic hotel into a vibrant and stylish hotspot incorporating modern design elements reflecting its glamorous film heritage. The hotel is enviously located in the center of the famous La Croisette just steps from the beach, with breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the Lerins Islands.

Palais Stephanie sits on the original site of the Palais des Congres, where the first Cannes Film Festivals were held until the new Palais des Festivals was inaugurated in 1983. The dramatic redesign of the hotel pays tribute to the legendary film stars of festivals past, such as Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Liz Taylor, whose timeless glamour accentuate the Palais' design.

An impressive "Palme d'Or" sculpture acts as a focal point as guests enter the lobby, and the use of contemporary furniture, muted creams and contrasting colors define the hotel's sleek, new look. The elaborate renovation extends to the spacious 261 rooms and suites each having been completely redone. The rooms now feature hand stitched leather accents, upholstered walls, and dramatic black and white portraits of iconic film stars. Rooms have also been upgraded with flat screen TVs and high-speed Internet access.

"Our aim was to restore this magnificent hotel to reflect its unparalleled location and embrace its unique film history with modernity and style," says General Director Richard Duvauchelle. "We are proud to offer a chic and upscale destination for all travelers looking to spend a relaxing holiday amidst the sophistication and charm of Cannes."

The lively rooftop scene at Palais Stephanie offers a beautiful heated swimming pool and jacuzzis, with views over the Bay of Cannes, the Lerins Islands and the Esterel Mountains. Le Panorama Rooftop Bar is the perfect spot to sunbathe and is a calming retreat for those seeking an oasis from the bustling city below. The menu serves refreshing cocktails and a healthy organic selection of snacks and homemade pastries. The Palais Stephanie also offers convenient access to one of the city's famous sandy beaches just steps away, and provides attentive beach services for guests.

La Scena Lounge Bar and Restaurant is the hotel's main dining option and is the place to see and be seen in Cannes. Patrons lounge on serene wicker chairs under the shade of canvassed umbrellas overlooking the sea. The eclectic menu serves a selection of specialties from Italy, Japan and France giving La Scena an international appeal.

Palais Stephanie takes guests from a day on the beach to an evening of sophistication and excitement with a full casino offering 150 slot machines and 19 gaming tables. Night revelers can then retire to the VIP lounges for cocktails and a sense of privacy.

For business travelers, Palais Stephanie offers an 820-seat auditorium, suitable for any type of professional gathering or high-profile film screening. In addition, the hotel offers 16 meeting rooms with 12,900 square-feet of flexible space. The hotel's team of professionals anticipates the smallest of details to assure that every event is exceptional in one of the world's most illustrious settings.

For more information about Palais Stephanie and reservations please visit, www.PalaisStephanie.com or call +33 (0)4 92 99 70 00. The Hotel Palais Stéphanie Cannes is located at 50 boulevard de La Croisette, BP 224 , 06414 Cannes Cedex

About Palais Stephanie, Cannes
The four-star Palais Stephanie is located in the heart of Cannes at 50 Boulevard de La Croisette on the waterfront. The 261-room and suite hotel features a rooftop swimming pool, two restaurants, a casino, 820-seat auditorium and flexible meeting space. Additional services include a shopping gallery, concierge, luggage room, and car rental. The soft opening took place in time for the May 2009 Cannes Film Festival debuting its new distinctive interpretation of modern design, French sophistication and glamour. The hotel is conveniently within walking distance of the old city, Palais des Festivals and the old port and approximately 30 minutes by car from the Nice International Airport. Guests are also less than a mile from the Cannes TGV train station for convenient travel within Cannes and other destinations. 

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Contact:

Erika Vives
+1-917-859-7269
erika@andriamitsakospr.com

http://www.palaisstephanie.com
 

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Also See: Francois Chopinet Appointed General Manager of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes / August 2005
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