Pierre-Yves Rochon’s Redesign of Hôtel Martinez Melds the Côte d'Azur's Past and Present

  • The grand chandelier made of bronze and parchment scales by Officina Luce is the main focal point of the front lobby. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.



At night, Hôtel Martinez’s landmark sign glows above Cannes’s famous La Croisette. The hotel has graced this spot along the French coastline for the past 90 years—and now after a major overhaul, the interiors of the iconic property also shine.

Paris-based interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon looked to the classic hotel’s Art Deco spirit and the brilliant blues of its Mediterranean surroundings for inspiration: There are rich fabrics from Manuel Canovas, Pierre Frey, and Dedar; bespoke furniture designed by Rochon himself; custom carpets inspired by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s Art Deco designs and manufactured by J.D. Staron Paris; and in the front lobby, a majestic chandelier made of bronze and parchment scales by Italy’s Officina Luce.

Dining options include the city’s only two-Michelin-star restaurant, La Palme d’Or, where Chef Christian Sinicropi plates his creations on beautiful dishes made by his wife, ceramicist Catherine Sinicropi.

The pastel blue Junior Suite has a stunning view of the sea. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.
Standard rooms boast a sliding panel covered with fish wallpaper from De Gournay which can conceal or reveal the bathroom. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.
  • The Suite des Oliviers opens to a private rooftop terrace. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.
The luxe suites at the Hôtel Martinez are highly coveted during the Cannes Film Festival. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.
The tapestry L’Homme et la Mer by Jean Picart Le Doux hangs in Le Jardin du Martinez, setting the tone for the décor. Stairs lead to Chef Christian Sinicropi’s two-Michelin-star restaurant, La Palme d’Or. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.
The interiors of Le Jardin du Martinez in varying shades of blue, plus a glimpse into the lobby. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.
The façade of Hôtel Martinez, which is now part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, and its landmark rooftop sign overlook la Plage du Martinez, the hotel’s private beach club. Photography courtesy of Hôtel Martinez.

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