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Visiting Cannes on the cheap

The Cannes film festival kicked off Wednesday, and that means the seaside town is buzzing. Condé Nast Traveler contributing editor Ondine Cohane shares tips on where to stay and what to do, whether you’re there for the movies or just the celeb spotting.

Where to stay

Carlton Cannes
Not only is this hotel located right on the boardwalk with views of the Mediterranean, but it boasts film-buff history too: It’s where Grace Kelly met the Prince of Monaco.

Hotel Martinez
Stay here and you’ll be vacationing like a star: Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, and Diane Kruger are just a few who have been spotted at the hotel in the recent past.

JW Marriott Cannes  
One of the greatest draws of this hotel is the rooftop terrace — the restaurant/bar and pool offer incomparable views over Cannes.

What to do

Party at Nikki Beach Nightclub
This nightclub is set up specifically for the festival and is a VIP magnet. Jude Law, Ryan Gosling, and Bono have been seen at the two locations: one at Le Grand hotel and one on the roof of the JW Marriott.

Walk along the Croisette
You can’t stay inside watching movies all day and night — the views here (and the people) are just too beautiful. Stroll the Croisette, the main beach boulevard, or people watch while relaxing in a café. You’re bound to see some famous faces.

Catch a free screening
Free screenings are open to the public and can be seen on the beach at Le Plage Mace around 9:30 each evening. This year’s films include "Dr. No" and "Jaws."

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