The film­star treat­ment


GRACE KELLY first en­coun­tered her fu­ture hus­band, Prince Rainier of Monaco, i n the lobby of this pala­tial ho­tel in 1955; Liz Tay­lor brought all her seven hus­bands here and, ac­cord­ing to some, Faye Du­n­away or­dered gal­lons of goat’s milk via room ser­vice... for her bat.

There are many more tales of the rich and fa­mous to un­cover at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Carl­ton. It seems that any­thing can hap­pen once you pass through the re­volv­ing doors, into the en­clave of while pil­lars, mar­bled floors and chan­de­liers. And this is es­pe­cially true dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in May.

Ar­rive there a week be­fore the fes­ti­val and you could en­joy a qui­eter — but none­the­less glam­orous — week over Passover.

Reg­is­tered as an his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ment, the ex­trav­a­gant ho­tel prop­erty has 343 rooms over seven floors, be­hind a daz­zlingly wed­ding-cakey Belle Epoque façade. Some rooms are dec­o­rated to re­flect 1950s Hol­ly­wood drama and all have a retro colour scheme of creamy beige tones.

The pres­tige suites on the sev­enth floor have out­stand­ing views over the Mediter­ranean sea and are named af­ter Hol­ly­wood stars such as Grace Kelly (of course), Sean Con­nery, Sophia Lau­ren and Sylvester Stal­lone. Suite 623 has been dubbed the Hitch­cock Suite, since it ap­peared in the di­rec­tor’s 1955 film

which was filmed at the ho­tel.

The ho­tel has presided over its bril­liant lo­ca­tion on the main av­enue — Boule­vard La Croisette — fac­ing the bay, for more than 100 years. Just a f ew doors away is the theatre that hosts the film fes­ti­val and the place is sur­rounded by nightlife and shop­ping with the char­ac­ter­is­tic Côte d’Azur vibe.

Sur­pris­ingly, there’s no pool — but what does it mat­ter, when there is a pri­vate beach with its pier and sun loungers on your doorstep?

The nine-night Pe­sach of­fer­ing (from the af­ter­noon of April 22 un­til May 1) is on a full-board ba­sis and in­cludes drinks, evening en­ter­tain­ment for the adults and a chil­dren’s club (for ages four to 12 years).

There will be two Sedarim — Ashke­nazi con­ducted by Rabbi Men­del Ma­tu­sof of Cannes and Sephardi with a rabbi from the Nice com­mu­nity — and the cui­sine will be glatt kosher gas­tro­nomic French (no kit­niot). There are even two in-house syn­a­gogues.

Ex­cur­sions in­clude a trip around Cannes. Dur­ing chol hamoed, guests can en­joy live mu­sic in the evenings and a party will be held for Mi­mouna (the Moroc­can Jewish fes­ti­val) on the evening of April 30.

Côte d’Azur ver­sion of a fairy­tale cas­tle: the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Carl­ton

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