The grande dame of the French Riviera, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. The construction of the Napoleon III-style building was completed in February 1870, under the supervision of Alexis de Pletscheyeff, a former captain in the Russian Imperial Guard, in a location at the edge of the Mediterranean chosen by Hippolyte de Villemessant, the founder of Le Figaro. In the 1930s the hotel appeared in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is the Night,” thinly disguised as the Hôtel des Étrangers.
In honor of the anniversary, the São Paulo-based Brazilian architect Patricia Anastassiadis was commissioned to redesign the three dining venues — Eden-Roc Restaurant, the Eden-Roc Grill and Louroc Restaurant — as well as Bar La Rotonde. Her new look is intended to be a “dialogue” with previous architects and designers who have left their mark on the property. The hotel is also undertaking a “gastronomic renewal,” with executive chef Arnaud Poette being joined by Michelin three-star chef Eric Frechon, from Le Bristol Paris, who will jointly develop “a contemporary approach to Mediterranean and Provençal cuisine.”