For years, I attend the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival every mid-June.
Since accommodation in the town is so expensive, I have become somewhat of an expert on 1-star accommodation near the Palais du Festivals or La Croisette.
This year, I booked myself into Appia, having tried many other similarly priced hotels in Cannes before. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel can also pas off as a two-star place.
I stayed in a normal single room, and the bed was very comfortable and wifi steady. My room was promptly cleaned every day with ample towels in place.
Apart from the friendly staff who opened the doors even when I returned late, I found their non-smoking hotel-wide policy really refreshing in Cannes' nicotine-laced atmosphere. They also helped me with restaurant advice and other stuff like getting a cab for me to the airport.
Here are my personal reasons why I will return to Appia next year.
It is near the train station (5 minutes walk) which can take you to Monaco, St Tropez, or Grasse for a good day-trip. Appia is also near the market and my favourite kebab shop that stays open till 1am, very important since most restaurants close by 11pm.
Bases on my previous experiences in hotels nearer the Croisette, the party din could spoil one's sleep. I found the Appia close to the Palais (10 mins walk) and yet far enough from the maddening crowd and loud parties, that can go on late into the night.
Now that I discovered all this, next year I'll probably upgrade my room because it is worth it. Oh before I forget, there's a good North Indian restaurant and two Chinese food shops that both do takeaways only a stone throw's away.
I also discovered a laundry shop just minutes from the hotel, so next year I will not ask the hotel to send my washing out. I will go there myself and save quite a bit.
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