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Cannes is one of the most popular places to stay on the Côte d'Azur. Although lodgings are often expensive, the quality of two- and three-star places for those on a budget is high, and renovations are frequent.

If you're splashing out on one of the grand dames of La Croisette, remember that you're paying for the view and the location, so room sizes don't necessarily match the size of the price. To avoid disappointment, you can check the exact room size on the hotel website. Exceptional low-season deals can be found at even the most glamorous hotels, so it's worth checking out websites for the latest offers. Warning: Look out for hidden extra charges for beach recliners, chaise longues by the pool and beach, gym access, and even Wi-Fi. During conventions and high season, you should make hotel car parking, restaurant, and even beach lounge chair reservations when you book your room.

More and more hotels in Cannes are joining Green Globe's world-wide certification label for sustainable tourism. For more information on environmentally friendly hotels in Cannes, contact Green Globe (tel. 06-15-09-27-21; www.greenglobe.com).

A Mammillary Tribute to a Courtesan -- The twin cupolas of the InterContinental Carlton were modeled on the breasts of the most fabled local courtesan, La Belle Otéro. The hotel's main restaurant also carries her name.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.