IHG partners with Katara to up French presence

Carlton Cannes will become Europe’s first new generation Regent Hotel when it opens this spring

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) announced a historic addition to its Regent Hotels & Resorts portfolio – Carlton Cannes – a continuation of its partnership with the hotel’s owner and developer Katara Hospitality.

Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel will open this spring after a two-year, multi-million Euro redevelopment. The property will become a flagship property within the new generation of Regent Hotels & Resorts, as the brand – part of IHG’s Luxury & Lifestyle Collection – returns to reimagine modern luxury once more.

Andrew Humphries, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Katara Hospitality, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with IHG to transform the Carlton Cannes into a Regent Hotel, providing an inspiring gateway from which to explore the wonders of the French Riviera. Our aim is to deliver the serene and sensational at every turn. Our significant and continued investment will ensure that the hotel will stand the test of time for many years to come.”

Kenneth Macpherson, EMEAA Regional CEO, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “With a long history of hosting royalty, dignitaries and stars of stage and screen, the Carlton Cannes is one of the world’s most iconic hotels. It is an icon of Riviera glamour, and we look forward to working with strategic partner Katara Hospitality to bring the reimagined Regent experience to life at the Carlton Cannes. This is just the start of our ambition to grow the brand further across Europe.”

Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel will have 332 rooms and 37 branded residences, designed by revered French interior designer Tristan Auer, known for his singular approach, polyhedral aesthetics and exquisite vision with just a touch of irreverence. The grand-scale renovation programme skilfully preserves the hotel’s historic features, including its legendary façade, whilst creating a modern-day masterpiece that echoes the design philosophy of new Regent Hotels & Resorts. Guests staying at Carlton Cannes – a Regent Hotel will experience the brand’s distinctive new hallmarks.

The epitome of elegance and the ‘Grande Dame’ of Cannes’ hotel scene, the property’s majestic Belle Epoque façade, framed by twin domes, occupies the frontage of an entire city block overlooking the prestigious beachfront promenade, La Croisette.

Carlton Cannes is one of eight Regent properties in the pipeline for IHG and will be a brand flagship property in Europe. The signing signifies the importance of the French market to IHG. France has long been a go-to destination for European and global leisure and business travellers. Currently there are 63* open hotels and 18* hotels in the pipeline in France.