29 Rue Bivouac Napoléon, Cannes, France, 06400
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- Couples, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss, Shopping, Sightseeing
Best for On a budget - Expert review of Hotel Alizé
I stayed here recently for the first time - but it won't be the last, especially not in these financially-straitened times. For a budget hotel, the Alizé is remarkably well cared for, clean-cut and mildly contemporary. But the clincher is the welcome. Marie-Françoise Peterlongo is the lady who greets you. She's handsome, utterly charming and, having been around the Cannes hotel trade for some years, fascinating to talk to.
The Alizé is so central, you could paint a bullseye on it. One block back from the Croisette and Palais des Festivals, two minutes from the port, five from the Suquet old town district ... it's ideal. Rue Bivouac Napoléon is a small commercial street. It's roughly where Bonaparte and his men camped on their first night back on the mainland, after escaping exile on Elba. (Hence the street name.) Thus started the famous Hundred Days - which ended at Waterloo
The rooms are small - of course (look at the price!) - but bright, quite recently re-done in modern tones (black, white, grey) and equipped with flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms are clear and clean as you like. Overall, there's everything you need and nothing you don't. The beds are comfortable even if you're over 6-feet (like me) or difficult to please on the subject (my wife). The impression is of a place which cares ... even (especially) if guests aren't paying a fortune.
None to speak of. Then again, there generally aren't in two-star establishments.
Breakfast only - but it's a very acceptable continental affair, served in a comfortable little breakfast room.
None, but the free Croisette beach - immediately east of the Palais des Festivals - is two minutes walk away.
Warm, smiling and very helpful.
Pretty much anyone who expects proper service even if he or she is staying on a budget. This category includes the less showy sort business people, wiser tourists of all ages and happy families.
Off season doubles from €67.
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- 29 Rue Bivouac Napoléon, Cannes, France, 06400
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