Monday, May 19, 2008

Cannes Film Festival Hotspot: Martinez Hotel


The Hôtel Martinez, where I am lucky to be staying again, is Cannes's most legendary hotel. It is famous for its intimate history with the Festival's film stars, but also for its Art Deco style, with dancing wrought iron lines on the balconies and the stairs. Guests have access to the hotel's private beach, from which you can admire the beautiful boats gathered at sea. The hotel's signature flowers are orchids, which adorn thee landings and the corridors.
My own personal favorite features here are the breakfast buffet (scrumptious!), the wooden sun deck outside the gym, on the hotel's top floor and finally, the toiletries in my room bathroom, all of which are scented with parfumeuse Annick Goutal's fresh and poetic Eau d'Hadrien...

One day I ran into Marie-Claude and Elsa, the two adorable ladies who do our room and all floor 6A. Eyelashes aflutter, they asked me, "Are you a star?"...

18 comments:

Laura said...

I love Art Deco. I have enjoyed (all) the pictures.

MISS GLITZY said...

Lucky you staying at the Martinez. I really enjoy you're posts about the Festival, hopefully I'm too busy to envy you... and what a great outfits you have!

design for mankind. said...

Oh yum--- breakfast buffet. :)

pia said...

you sexy thang! love that shot of you below - and i can see a strong resemblance to your sis in that photo. you luck girl, how 'bout you tag me along next time - i'm sure i will be able to fit in your suitcase, next to all your beautiful clothes!

Anonymous said...

Oh all of this seems so gorgeous and glamous! tu es chanceuses! is your beau a producer or ?? and are you perfectly bilingual (without in accent in either English or French)? And yes I am sure the festival has lost a bit of its soul...but from what I hear from friends who do go, you still have the chance to see probably the world's best films.
nancy

eclecticentertaining said...

Your photos are all so beautiful... I get the feeling I'm there! And you look great in everything you chose to wear!

Mary-Laure said...

NANCY - thanks for all your wonderfully supportive comments! It means a lot to me.
I know I'm horribly chanceuse. My beau works for a film studio; he's really in charge of legal and financial matters.
It's true you get to see fabulous movies every year - I was a bit harsh when I said the festival lost its soul. Last year, the German-Turkish movie by Fatih Akin ‘Auf der anderen Seite’ (English title: 'The Edge of Heaven') was EXTRAORDINARY and tonight I'm super excited so go see James Gray's new feature!
To answer your question: I was brought up in English, French and Spanish (my mum's family in Uruguay speaks only Spanish except for my bilingual grandma) so I'm comfortable in all 3. English is my favorite.

miss cavendish said...

What a glorious photograph of your hotel balconies!

A World in a PAN said...

So, what's up for breakfast at Martinez Hotel?

Mamie said...

Qué suerte que tenés!

Kalaline said...

Meme si je ne lis pas bien l'anglais mais je me regale en te lisant tes billets et en regardant tes photos!

Anonymous said...

Re Nancy's question: don't forget you went to Ibiza last year, though that's still not grounds for calling you Senor...

karina said...

I LOVE THI¿ESE POSTS FROM CANNES!!!!
TE CONSIGUIERON LAS BOMBACHAS?

Anonymous said...

To Nancy: Mary-Laure est une ancienne eleve de Henri IV a Paris ensuite Normale Sup et Harvard avec ce background elle peut maitriser plutot bien l'anglais et le francais...

Mary-Laure said...

KARINA - si, mi mama esta en Montevideo y recien me compro las bombachas de campo... Vuelve a fines de mes. Cuando llegue te cuento todo de las bombachas!

chloe van paris said...

Art deco, glamour, movies & Love.
Can you ask more ?
I think that you are wearing a Goutal perfum. Petite chérie, maybe ?
Laura asked a real question:what's up for breakfast?
I know that you are quite strict with your diet, so how can you manage not to eat french pastries ?

Jill said...

this hotel sounds like heaven!!

pve design said...

You look like a bright and shining star!