Hotel Renoir, Cannes, France $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Tucked on a tiny street behind Cannes' police headquarters, the Renoir's understated Art Nouveau townhouse exterior is slightly deceiving. The lobby is nondescript, but the hallways are lined with leather and mirrored tables and the 26 rooms are pure 1950s Hollywood glamour with a light beige palette, wall-to-wall cream-colored carpeting, and silver-painted furnishings. The sea-view rooms also overlook a busy boulevard and include a fair amount of street noise, while those facing inland are quieter. In either case, the neighborhood is a treat in itself: Away from the glitz of the beach, it's an enclave of Beaux Arts facades and tile roofs, mixing Parisian bustle and Mediterranean ease.