The Hotel Martinez is celebrating its 90th birthday with sumptuous sound and light shows by artist Xavier de Richemont, plunging spectators into the history of a legend on La Croisette.
The Hotel Martinez, the mythical 5-star palace on La Croisette, is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Driven by its new General Manager Yann Gillet, this luxury setting frequented by celebrities from all over the world bursted in colors on November 30, 2019 to enchant the pupils of young and old with the projection of a magnificent luminous and sonorous fresco illuminating its majestic facade and the Riviera night with a thousand phosphorescent fires. A daily show from November 31st to Thursday December 5th.
A jewel in a luxury setting
The Hotel Martinez is one of the most famous monuments of the International Capital of Cinema. Situated at the entrance of La Croisette a few steps from the Big Blue and its private beach, it continues, after 90 years of existence, to make us dream and amaze with the immaculate beauty of its white facade. The parade of sports cars and the nearby prestigious boutiques make it a stopover for the anonymous epicureans who stroll on La Croisette.
The Martinez blows out its ninety candles
Emmanuel Martinez is the son of an Italian baron from Palermo who built his fortune and renown in luxury hotels, first in England, then in Nice and Paris. In Cannes, he was President of the Cannes Grand Hotels before buying on September 22, 1927, the Villa Marie-Thérèse from Alphonse de Bourbon and an adjoining land with breathtaking views over the bay of Cannes. This beautiful villa will become the largest hotel in the region, a seven-storey building overlooking La Croisette, with a facade of a hundred meters over the Mediterranean, which he entrusted the design to the Nice architect Charles Palmero.
The Martinez during the Roaring Twenties
The 1930s will mark the history of the Martinez with their joie de vivre, extravagant parties, pin-up competitions, parades of beautiful American automobiles and other Citroën or Delahaye cabriolets. After the Second World War, the hotel is placed under sequestration by the administration of Domains because Emmanuel Martinez is suspected of collaboration with the enemy. In 1979, it is transferred to the French state, which sold it to the Groupe Taittinger for 65 million francs. The establishment then becomes the property of the Société du Louvre and the American group Starwood Capital Group.
A jewel of the French Riviera hotel industry
In February 2013, the palace passes under the control of the Constellation Hotels Holdings, a Luxembourg-based management company controlled by Qatari capital. The American hotel chain Hyatt is then chosen as operator of the palace. The latter changed its name in April 2013 to that of Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, before recently coming back to its original name of Hotel Martinez. In 2018, the new operator wants to do things big. With the help of Pierre-Yves Rochon, the famous architect and decorator of the Four Seasons Megève, Le Pré Catelan, the Four Seasons George V, the Bristol bar in Paris or the Villa Clarisse on the island of Ré, the hotel regains its prestige and opens up a new future at the forefront of luxury hotels.
Art Deco scented with Mediterranean essences
The emblematic five-star of 73 Boulevard de la Croisette opens a new chapter in its history. After months of pharaonic work worth 150 million euros, the hotel offers a resplendent face with beauty. The new lobby impresses with its size, its light and the whiteness of its marble. A monumental retro chandelier catches the eye. In the background, the grand graphic staircase, where so many stars have paraded and posed, embodies the Art Deco style with period ironwork, mirrors and gilding. The reorganized outdoor area is populated with palms, olive trees and Mediterranean species.
A very starred gastronomy
On the first floor of the Hotel Martinez, on a balcony over the Croisette, the gastronomic restaurant La Palme d’Or, two Michelin stars, 4 toques and 18/20 at Gault&Millau, is now the only starred restaurant in the city of Cannes. It is an exceptional table where its Chef Christian Sinicropi delivers a sensitive, audacious and inventive cuisine. The innovative approach of the Chef through the Movements – the plates and earthenware as cases for his creations – underline his artistic and poetic vision of gastronomy, an original cuisine where all the essence of the Mediterranean is higlighted. The Jardin du Martinez, the new garden-terrace of the hotel signed by landscape architect Philippe Niez, offers lovers of Art de Vivre nice moments of relaxation with Mediterranean scents from lunch to dusk.
Spaces for wellness and leisure
The Hotel Martinez also offers exclusive services and leisure activities such as the Martinez Beach, private beach with seaside area, restaurant and bar. The L.Raphael Beauty Spa with 900 m2 of wellness area, a fitness room and sauna, a children’s club (summer season)… Its 15 modular rooms of more than 2500 m2 of total surface, welcome conferences, banquets, cocktails and other events.
Delights at the Martinez
Throughout this evening dedicated to the 90 years of the Hotel Martinez, the many guests were able to savor the delights concocted by the chef Nicolas Navarro and his brigade. On the menu: Vegetable wraps, green apple and curry condiment; Panna cotta of buternut, lemon jelly and marjoram pesto; pink shrimp powdered with Nori seaweed and turmeric; crispy lobster with tangy cocktail sauce; Bellevue salmon powdered with gold; Croque-Monsieur with truffle, mini cucumber sandwich; ricotta and marjoram, and herring caviar.
Feast for pupils and taste buds
On a background of musical atmosphere, the carpet of flavors continued to unfold with the filet of beef gaucho sauce, Cajun spices; Lamb and grilled aubergine brochette; chaud-froid of poultry with spice saté; Parmesan risotto; beef cheek pomme purée; truffle pizza… As for sweets, the guests were treated to a crunchy chocolate hazelnut from Piedmont; religieuse lime and yuzu or an exotic gluten-free verrine. All these tasty gastronomic creations have been accompanied by the bubbles of sparkling Champagne Taittinger.
The anniversary offers of Hotel Martinez
On the occasion of this exceptional end of the year, the festivities of 90 years began in November and will continue until the end of February 2020 with unprecedented birthdays offers. Among these, the Martinez offers ideas of menu, gifts, exceptional stays such as the night in a double room with breakfast at 90 € per person. At the Michelin-starred restaurant La Palme d’Or, an unprecedented gourmet experience orchestrated by chef Christian Sinicropi with an exceptional menu at € 90 per person. Available: a three-course meal Mouvement, a dessert, a glass of Champagne as an aperitif, wine and coffee (served only for lunch until December 28, 2019).
Xavier de Richemont’s art of image
Creator of the first Chartres Festival of Lights in 2002, the talented video painter and magician Xavier de Richemont has exported his art all over the world. A graduate from the School of Fine Arts in Aix en Provence, the artist discovered very early, through the theater, the art of image, painting and light. Alongside the famous American director, playwright, architect, set designer and lighting designer Bob Wilson at La Comédie Française, he will find his vocation in visual art. With these experiences, he organized in 1990 projections shows in Vendée. In 2010, he is invited by the Mexican government to commemorate the bicentennial of independence and the centenary of the Mexican revolution in seven emblematic cities of the country.
An international career
The artist, who also defines himself as a “video painter”, marks the opening of the great Mayan museum of Merida with Yuca’ma’yab, a film taking place in the heart of pre-Columbian civilization. In 2012, the artist flies to the United States and presents “San Antonio, The Saga” a 24-minute video created for the oldest Catholic cathedral in San Antonio Texas. In the wake, the Angevin artist multiplies interventions in Morocco in Marrakech for an order of King Mohammed VI. He then took part in multiple contemporary video art events in the United States, Canada and Germany.
Projection every night, continuously, from Sunday, November 31 to Thursday, December 5 from 18h to 22h.
73, boulevard de la Croisette
Tél : +33 (0)4 93 90 12 34
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