Suite Glamour

BY Lisa Lindblad

December 7, 2010

It’s nice to know the right people and, most importantly, the nice people.  I am in Cannes at travel meetings and, because of their kindness and thanks to Mario Leon of MJL Select and Richard Duvauchelle, General Manager of Hotel Palais Stephanie, I have rediscovered glamour.

A pace or two from the meeting venue, I am staying in a 4-story (above ground) hotel on the croisette, Hotel Palais Stephanie (below find a huge car park and 800-seat auditorium).  It is my idea of heaven.  All rooms overlook the gorgeous coastline and each, in its special way, recalls a bit of film history.

After all, as Palais Stephanie was the original venue for the Cannes Film Festival, it has every right to splash images on select flat surfaces.

My room has a terrace; it also has a tub with a view out to sea, mid-century wing chairs that I can swivel in to see that same breathtaking view, and walls sheathed in cordovan leather with white stitched edging that make me feel as if I have walked in to an Hermes box.

Of course my bed, my sheets and towels and, most importantly, the service, match up.  But I am hooked on the photograph of a lovely, young Joanne Woodward leaning against a handsome, young Paul Newman that hangs above the desk I am working at.  And, above my bed, the up-close and divine face of Gina Lollobrigida gazes out.  Someone remarked to me that this might be a bit intimidating.  Not to me…it is reminder that glamour is timeless.

Yes, glamour is timeless but. somehow, it seems to have had its time and is no more.

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