For once, Fitzgerald understated it. For much of the past century, the world’s most celebrated artists, writers, film stars and aristocrats have strolled the jasmine-scented gardens of the Hotel du Cap, sipped the signature Bellinis at the pool bar and stayed in one of the 117 suites, some returning year after year.
Marlene Dietrich and her entourage summered here with the Kennedy clan, while Pablo Picasso and Gary Cooper set up a shooting gallery in the gardens. The Windsors, Hemingway, Disney, Chagall, Agnelli, Hanovre, Errol Flynn.. they have all been regulars. It seems as ubiquitous for royal and political dynasties as a sex scandal to have stayed at the Hotel du Cap.
But it’s not trading on past glories – no whiff of faded grandeur here.
In modern times Elizabeth Taylor’s luggage arrived there by truck, Mel Gibson showed up with 300 friends, Sharon Stone once ordered a harpist in traditional Irish dress along with a Nabuchadnezzar of champagne and Paris Hilton exposed her derrière to any Hollywood stars who hadn’t seen it already at a Vanity Fair party during Cannes film festival.
To Sir, two bananas, black coffee, a croissant, four white toast and prune juice. For Madam, honey-lemon tea. Behind the scenes of the Hotel du Cap, the staff already know the breakfast menu that will be served, and It will be the same as last summer.
The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, located between Monaco and Saint-Tropez, at the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes, is a legendary establishment. Nestled in a park of centuries old pine trees, this elegant Napoleon III style building overlooks the sea, providing panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Lérins Islands. Opened in 1870 under the name of Villa Soleil as a refuge for writers, it became a hotel in 1889, since then it has been welcoming the world’s celebrities for more than a century.
In Tender Is The Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald, a frequent guest, modelled the Hotel des Etrangers on the Hotel du Cap, writing, the ‘large, proud, rose coloured hotel… has become a summer resort of notable, fashionable people’