Changes for the largest French Riviera hotels

The historic “Art Deco” style sign of the Hôtel Martinez

The Hôtel Martinez in Cannes and the Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice have been christened under new names following a new management agreement between Chicago-based Hyatt and Constellations Hotels Holding Ltd. The local landmarks now fall under the Hyatt family of hotels, and have lengthier titles to match.

The historic sign of the Hôtel Martinez will still be featured in this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, announced Hyatt following their execution of management agreements for hotels in Paris, Cannes and Nice, but a new sign displaying the altered title will be affixed to the hotel entrance thereafter.

So for us Canois, we need to know that the Hotel Martinez will be officially named ‘Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez’.  The Palais de la Mediterranee hotel and casino in Nice will be officially named ‘Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee’.  Quite a mouthfull! so I believe they will still be referred to as their original names!

Hyatt acknowledged that ‘Paris and Cannes are France’s two most important cities for business and leisure travel.  Cannes and Nice are two of the most in-demand resort areas in the world’.

So another long-established American hotel chain has a hold in France and they anticipate renovating and improving the hotels they take over for management.  They have appointed an award-winning director from Milan, Claudio Cecchereli, as the new experienced General Director of the Martinez.

One of the very best restaurants in Cannes – with wonderful views of the bay – is the Michelin 2-starred Art Deco ‘La Palme d’Or’ at the Martinez.  We hope Claudio Cechereli doesn’t make any changes there!

I, Jackie Pressman, wish him a hearty welcome and look forward to the changes he proposes.

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