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Top 5 accommodations
unusual & camping & youth hostel

Would you like to sleep in an unusual place? In a fort or isolated on an island? Discover our 5 favourite places to spend an unusual night in Cannes.

By Ablacarolyn
Cannes blogger

Author of the blog Ablacarolyn and Riviera City Guide, Côte d'Azur France Ambassador and journalist, I share my fashion, food and lifestyle finds in Cannes.

Sleeping in the Fort's dormitories

on Sainte-Marguerite Island

Sleeping on Sainte-Marguerite’s island is possible!

From March to October, come and sleep in the former barracks of the Fort Royal, on weekends outside school holidays. Stay in this real haven of peace where all traffic is forbidden in the middle of 150 hectares of Aleppo pine, umbrella pine and Eucalyptus forest, bordered by crystal clear waters

Here, it’s an assured hostel atmosphere, the Cannes Jeunesse association sets up family packages including dinner, night in a private room and breakfast.

The most :
  • Exceptional location on the island
  • Atypical side of the accommodation
  • Proximity to the iron mask prison

Sleeping on the island of Saint-Honorat

Sleeping in the Notre Dame de Lérins abbey on the Saint-Honorat’s island is also possible!

The monastery founded by Saint-Honorat in the 5th century is still home to Cistercian monks who live on the 40 hectares of the island and lead a fraternal life of prayer and work.

The exceptional location of the site attracts many retreatants who come to share the monks’ prayer. The retreats are open to all, individually or in groups, and can range from a minimum of two nights to a maximum of one week. It is advisable to send any request for a stay in writing at least two months in advance to the Father Hotelier.

It is customary for guests to share in the life of the monastery by participating in certain daily tasks. There is no fixed price, the cost of the stay is left to the judgement of each person.

The most :
  • Exceptional location on the island
  • Atypical side of the accommodation
  • Spirituality of the place

Sleeping in a castle

Sleeping in a castle in Cannes is also possible!

Situated in a quiet location just 300 metres from the beaches of the Boulevard du Midi, this 19th century castle boasts crenellations and a tower that add to its charm and complement its elegant character and modern facilities.

The most :
  • Architecture of the place
  • Jewel of refinement
  • Overflowing swimming pool
  • Proximity to the beaches

Sleeping in Cannes' only campsite

Sleeping in a campsite in Cannes is also possible!

Far from the bling clichés of the Croisette, you can stay at the only campsite in Cannes. The 3-star Parc Bellevue campsite in Cannes la Bocca is located on 5 hectares of greenery 1.5 km from the beaches of Cannes la Bocca and offers comfortable rentals and tent pitches all year round.

The most :
  • Large swimming pool with organised water games in July and August
  • Very shady grounds
  • Bus links every 12 minutes to the centre of Cannes

Sleeping in a youth hostel

Want to discover our new youth hostel?

Youth residence near several famous attractions, about 800 meters from the Palais des Festivals beach, 1.8 km from the Midi beach and less than 1 km from the Palais des Festivals of Cannes.

The most :
  • Kitchen
  • Security 24/7
  • Garden
  • Free WIFI
  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Luggage storage