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Top things to see and do while attending HPE Technology and Solutions Summit 2017 in Cannes

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Next week, February 6-10, we are hosting HPETSS in the glamorous French Riviera location of Cannes. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences.

Pack for the weather

Cannes is known for its sunshine and warm temperatures. During winter months, temperatures can drop and be moderate. Make sure to check the weather and pack appropriate clothing.


France’s currency is Euro (€).

Getting to the Conference Center and HPE TSS Hotels

There will be no organized airport shuttles for arrival transfers from the Nice airport. Taxis are readily available at Nice Airport. A taxi ride from the airport to the Cannes Center will cost around 70 - 75€. Buses run from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to Cannes between 08:00 and 20:00 approximately every 30 minutes and cost 20€ one way or 30€ return.

Please access the Aruba Meridian App – EMEA to get transportation information and schedule details. This will allow you to plan well in advance and arrive onsite in time. Transportation schedule will also be available in your hotel lobby.

We will provide airport transfers from the venue to Nice airport on Friday, 10 February as of 13:15. On departure day please bring your luggage to the luggage tent outside the Palais des Festivals.

Cannes Attractions

  • The Promenade de la Croisette is the waterfront avenue with palm trees. La Croisette is known for picturesque beaches, restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The multi-starred hotels and couture shops lining the iconic bd de la Croisette (aka La Croisette) may be the preserve of the rich and famous, but anyone can enjoy strolling the palm-shaded promenade – a favourite pastime among Cannois at night, when it twinkles with bright lights. Views of the Baie de Cannes and nearby Estérel mountains are beautiful, and seafront hotel palaces dazzle in all their stunning art-deco glory. Follow rue St-Antoine and snake your way up Le Suquet, Cannes' old town for great views of the bay
  • Le Suquet, the old town, provides a good view of La Croisette.
  • La Malmaison - Walk a few blocks along La Croisette to La Malmaison, a seaside pavilion in the former games and tea room of Cannes' grandest hotel of the 1860s, the Grand Hôtel (opened in 1864, shut in 1950, demolished and rebuilt in the 1960s). Modern art exhibitions fill part of La Malmaison today.
  • The fortified tower and Chapel of St Anne house the Musée de la Castre.
  • A distinctive building in Cannes is the Russian Orthodox church.
  • Hôtel de Ville, Cannes' town hall.

You can also visit Antibes and Nice by train (10 and 40 minutes respectively, every 20 minutes).

Dining out

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Discover why Noël Mantel is the hotshot of the Cannois gastronomic scene at his refined old-town restaurant. Service is stellar, and the seasonally inspired cuisine divine – Mantel's food maximizes local ingredients but isn't afraid to experiment with unusual flavors and cooking techniques. Spot the classic film stars on the walls, from Cary Grant to Alfred Hitchcock.

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Predictably, it's a 'bobo' (bourgeois bohemian) crowd that gathers at this achingly cool bistro in Cannes' fashionable Carré d'Or (Golden Sq). The decor is stylishly retro, with attention-grabbing objets d'art including a tableau of dozens of spindles of colored yarn. The cuisine is local, seasonal and invariably organic: artichoke salad, tuna carpaccio with passion fruit, roasted cod with mash fait masion (homemade).

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Fine dining with a price to match, run by experienced chef Jean-Paul Battaglia. The setting is formal – beige chairs and banquette seats, tasteful art on the walls – and suited to Battaglia's intricate modern food, which scores as highly on presentation as for flavor. Leave room for the signature Grand Marnier soufflé. Bookings essential.

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We are Social! 

Make sure to use the hashtag  #HPETSS on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or whatever social app you’re using, tag all your posts & share the excitement with us!

I hope I’ve provided you with a great selection of things to do while in Cannes.

What are you looking forward to the most during your stay in Cannes? Do you have a favorite spot that isn’t on our list? Please share it in the comment section below.

We look forward to seeing you in February 6-10!  

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