You are here

/

MY EVENT IN PARIS PORTE DE VERSAILLES WITH OKKO HOTELS

Published on January 22 2018
  • Our partners

 

Do you want to stay at OKKO Paris Porte de Versailles? Looking for the perfect venue to host your event in Lyon? Keep on reading!

 

OKKO Hotels Paris Porte de Versailles

 

OKKO HOTELS: a serene experience and an all-inclusive service
 
The hotel boasts 138 bedrooms, in addition to a Club area open to guests around the clock and a wonderful terrace offering stunning views of the nearby mountains. The Club is an attractive and warm living space where you will find a number of guest services: a business corner, cosy lounges for reading and relaxing, a health and wellbeing area, and snacks to enjoy at any time of day.

 

OKKO Paris Porte de Versailles

 
Generosity and friendliness are two of the main founding values of the OKKO HOTELS concept. That's why everything available for you at the hotel – breakfast, evening buffet, open access to a refrigerator, WiFi, on-demand television, health and well-being area, sauna, business corner – is included within the price of your stay!
 
Somewhere for everyone!
 
There are no meeting rooms in our hotel, but we have set up partnerships with third-party venues offering a range of facilities designed to meet your every need.
 

Only a few minutes by foot from OKKO HOTELS Paris Porte de Versailles, Regus comprises three meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 12 people. The rooms boast all the equipment you may require for your meeting (including a videoconferencing system and a projector) while there are parking facilities on site.

Open from 9:00 to 19:00, these rooms can be hired by the hour, the half-day or the full day.

6-8 Rue du 4 Septembre, 92130 Issy-Les-Moulineaux – less than 10 minutes from the hotel.

http://www.regus.fr

 

There is a second Regus facility within walking distance of the hotel (about 20 minutes away), offering four rooms with a capacity of up to 20 people. In addition to all the necessary technical equipment, a food catering service is also provided for meetings at this site.

12 Rue Camille Desmoulins, 92130 Issy-Les-Moulineaux

http://www.regus.fr

 

Boasting a delightful location in a park on the Île Saint-Germain, the Restaurant L’île can be privatised for events of 20 people and above. Open every day for lunch and dinner, this outstanding setting is perfect for sit-down meals, cocktail receptions and conferences. The restaurant area, which covers 400 sqm, has a capacity of up to 500 people and all the necessary equipment is provided for your event (including projector, screen, microphones, speakers, stage and lectern).

170 Quai Stalingrad, 92130 Issy-Les-Moulineaux

http://www.restaurant-lile.com/

 

 

Docked on the banks of the River Seine, this floating venue can cater for 260–400 people on the main deck and 230–300 people on the lower deck. Equipped with a stage, speakers, two wireless microphones, a sound board, a giant electronic screen, two plasma flat-screen televisions and a projector, Les Calanques is used to hosting big events of all shapes and sizes.
52 Quai du Point du Jour, 92100 Boulogne
http://www.les-calanques.com/
 

 

Boasting a stunning Parisian location, New Cap Event offers three event spaces ranging from 120 sqm to 620 sqm in size (with a capacity of 60 to 1,000 people). The jewel in its crown is a magnificent covered rooftop area with adjoining terrace. The event spaces are all equipped with state-of-the-art facilities (laser projectors, LCD and plasma screens, mixing desks, etc.).

3 Quai de Grenelle, 75015 Paris – an idyllic location on the banks of the River Seine, alongside the Bir-Hakeim metro station (line RER C) and only a short walk from the Eiffel Tower.
http://newcap-eventcenter.com/ 

 

Arthouse cinema L’Entrepôt was originally opened by Frédéric Mitterrand in 1975. Today, having undergone a complete makeover, it offers a number of different spaces including a lounge cafe, a garden, a forum bar, a restaurant and several meeting rooms (between 25 sqm and 43 sqm, with a capacity for 12 to 40 people).
7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, 75014 PARIS

http://www.lentrepot.fr/

 

 

The OKKO HOTELS pass
 
How about if you're not staying at the hotel, but would still like to take advantage of our Club area?
The hotel offers different Pass options (breakfast, afternoon, evening apéritivo) which provide access to this area and to the use of all its services.
 

 

 

  • Breakfast Club Pass from 7 am to 10 amBreakfast from 07:00 to 10:00
    WiFi access
    €15 per person
  • Evening Aperitivo Club Pass from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pmApéritivo buffet with a welcome drink - WiFi access
    €20 per person
  • Day Club Pass from 10 am to 6 pm during the week
    Snacks from 10:00 to 18:00 - WiFi access
    €5 / hour
    €15 / half-day
    €30 / day
To reserve your pass or to request full details on our partner venues, contact the hotel by telephone on +33 (0)1 45 01 17 00
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners

Recent posts

/
/

THE OKKO HOTELS TEAM: CAROLE YVER, HEAD OF COST ACCOUNTING

Published on November 15 2017
  • The team

 

Blessed with endless enthusiasm, Carole joined the OKKO HOTELS adventure at the start of 2017 as the Head of Cost Accounting in our finance department.

Portrait de Carole

 

WHAT IS YOUR MISSION AT OKKO HOTELS?
My mission at OKKO HOTELS is to provide support to the hotel managers in all matters relating to cost accounting (harmonising internal processes, paying suppliers, monitoring customer payments, etc.). Both the position and the OKKO HOTELS brand won me over immediately. It’s a multidimensional role that demands a broad range of knowledge and skills, whether it be management, organisation, auditing, consultancy, analysis... I could go on! As for OKKO HOTELS, it’s a bright and innovative group with a genuinely inspiring team of staff who really motivate you to get involved.
 
 
WHY THE HOTEL INDUSTRY?
I was bitten by the hotel bug when I was little, thanks to the various members of my family who worked in the sector. Above all it was my dad, who took me travelling and had me stay in hotels in several countries. I’m passionate about the profession. It combines travelling, service, human contact, management and finance, all at the same time!
 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOTEL?

A hotel where each employee is passionate about offering a warm welcome, delivering services and greeting guests with a smile. Something that every member of the team at OKKO HOTELS cares deeply about. Which may seem corporate, but it’s true.

 

 

 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The team
/

OKKO HOTELS Strasbourg Centre

Published on November 14 2017
  • Projects
 
 
EDITORIAL BY OLIVIER DEVYS, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF OKKO HOTELS
 

“Following the opening in June of our first hotel in Paris, we are about to become acquainted with another capital city. This time, it is a European capital: the city of Strasbourg. The administrative centre of Europe and capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg also boasts an unrivalled architectural and gastronomic heritage. A popular destination for both business people and tourists, it was a natural progression for our young chain to open a hotel in this beautiful city. The group’s eighth establishment was unveiled on 1st October 2017, just a few short weeks before the opening of the city’s famous Christmas market. We hope that our innovative hotel concept, allied to the authenticity of our service, will prove to the liking both of the locals and of visitors from across Europe and beyond.”

Olivier Devys, Founder and President of OKKO HOTELS
 

 

A LOCATION AT THE HEART OF STRASBOURG’S FUTURE
 

OKKO Hotels Strasbourg is an integral component in the redevelopment of the Presqu’île Malraux district. As part of the broader Eurométropole project, this former area of port wasteland has been given a new lease of life – both economically and culturally – following the opening of the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, the André Malraux media library, the Rivétoile shopping centre and the UGC Ciné Cité cinema complex.

Overseen by the real estate investment group Icade, the Black Swans development is contributing three more buildings to this urban regeneration project, including the 120-room OKKO HOTELS Strasbourg. The hotel, designed by architect Anne Demians, stands proudly at the foot of the Winston Churchill tram station. Visitors arriving by train can therefore easily reach the hotel in twenty minutes from the city SNCF railway station.

 
 

Fact sheet:

  • Number of guestrooms: 120
  • Total floor area: 3,600 m²
  • Developer: Icade
  • Architecture: Anne Demians
  • Interior design: Studio Norguet Design

 

THE CLUB AREA: THE HEART OF THE OKKO CONCEPT​
 

Although OKKO HOTELS Strasbourg may boast 120 rooms, eight of which offer premium accommodation, the true heart of the establishment is its Club area. The brainchild of Patrick Norguet, this vast space offers nearly 350 m² of area on the first floor. It includes numerous spaces in which to work or relax, in addition to a business corner, a boutique store and a meeting room (available to hire).

Open to guests around the clock, the atmosphere in the Club is both relaxed and convivial. As at the rest of the group’s hotels, the rates at OKKO HOTELS Strasbourg all include breakfast, hot and cold drinks, snacks throughout the day, and an apéritivo served every evening at 7 p.m.

The hotel favours local suppliers, meaning guests will be introduced to beers from Brasserie Perle, cheese products from Fromagerie Haxaire, yoghurts from La Ferme de Climont, sweet treats from L’Alsacienne de Biscuiterie, coffees from Reck and jams from La Ferme Ulrich.

 

FOUR STARS AT AN UNBEATABLE PRICE

 

In the words of Olivier Devys, each OKKO hotel has a duty to be “the easiest and most welcoming hotel, at the best price, in every city”. This is a brand new image of a hotel, where guests can enjoy an elegant, modern and relaxing environment that offers all the facilities they could possible require, whether travelling for business or pleasure.

Loyal to its founding values of generosity and serenity, OKKO HOTELS is offering all-inclusive nightly rates in Strasbourg starting from €99. All rates include food and drink around the clock at the Club, as well as Wi-Fi internet, on-demand television, telephone calls, a Nespresso machine, and a bottle of Evian in every room. The OKKO HOTELS concept is designed to save guests from any nasty surprises on departure. We have done away with extras: the price quoted when booking is the price that you will end up paying.

Besides the attractive design and appealing rates of its accommodation, the OKKO HOTELS chain stands out thanks to the quality and warmth of its service. In Strasbourg, Hotel Manager Eleonora de Rosa and her team are on-hand around the clock to see to their guests’ needs and to share recommendations of their favourite spots in the city.

 

OKKO HOTELS IN 4 FIGURES 
 

4 stars and no cloud: Olivier Devys’ original vision when he founded the company, this is still the pledge that we make to our guests every day at OKKO HOTELS.

  • 8 hotels opened in 3 years in the French cities of Nantes, Grenoble, Lyon, Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison, Bayonne, Paris and now Strasbourg.
  • 100 employees working to offer our guests a flawless experience.
  • 83% growth in 2016.
  • 3 new hotels scheduled to open in 2019 (Paris Gare de l’Est, Paris Montparnasse and Toulon).

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Projects
/

OKKO HOTELS FAVOURITES: LA MAISON

Published on July 12 2017
  • Culinary favourites
 
If you’re a fan of the friendly, sociable spirit that has become the OKKO HOTELS trademark, then we think we’ve discovered the perfect restaurant for you!
 
 

La Maison provides its own take on the gastro-brasserie concept, offering high quality food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The restaurant is located in an old bourgeois house that, in spite of its hip interior makeover, has lost none of its period charm. La Maison is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!

Head chef Laurent Vernet and his team work day-in, day-out to offer a unique and delightful dining experience. Traditional dishes rub shoulders with more original creations on a menu that is periodically refreshed in line with the changing seasons.

Lovers of traditional French cuisine will immediately be attracted to classics such as steak tartare, chicken supreme and the 7-hour slow roasted shoulder of lamb, while more adventurous eaters will be drawn towards the grilled calamari and glazed pork with honey and rosemary.

And for those looking to finish their meal on a sweet note, there are two options available: an array of fresh fruity desserts, or a selection of indulgent gourmet puddings including chocolate mousse, cream puff with salted butter caramel and a white chocolate ‘Himalaya’ with yuzu fruit.  

This little gem of a restaurant also has a hidden treasure to reveal. Its garden and outdoor bar form the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious house cocktail in the shadow of the plane trees, while even enjoying a game of pétanque!

 
Homemade food, service with a smile, an appealing décor and a friendly environment: La Maison has all the ingredients for a perfect dining experience.
 

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

La Maison is open every day apart from Saturday lunchtime and Sunday. 

The Menu of the Day costs €23 (on the basis of ordering starter-main-dessert, with a choice between two starters and two dishes of the day). 

If ordering from the à la carte menu, budget for between €40 and €55. 

Restaurant La Maison
4 Rue Jonas Salk
69007 LYON

Tel. +33 (0)4 72 72 96 96

 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

Les Fêtes de Bayonne 2017

Published on July 06 2017
  • Events

 

On 26 July, at the Place de la Liberté in Bayonne, three keys will be ceremoniously thrown down from the balcony of the city’s town hall. For the festayres – the local revellers – the long wait will be over: the traditional and symbolic tossing of the keys will mark the start of the 2017 Fêtes de Bayonne. Meanwhile, any newcomers will be about to find out very quickly why every year this event attracts around a million people to the city.
 
 
Between 26 and 30 July, the streets of Bayonne will be swept away by a sea of white and red. For five days, the city will be overcome by the festival spirit, embodied by people of all ages who will be sharing not only the traditional outfit (white clothes, red scarf and obligatory espadrilles) but, more importantly, countless moments of mutual joy and celebration.

The festivities are designed to mirror the famous Pamplona Fiesta in Spain, with traditional dancing, pétanque tournaments, games of Basque pelota, cooking contests, parades, calf runnings, and more. One thing is for certain: nobody present at the Fêtes de Bayonne could ever accuse the event of being boring!

Over the course of five unforgettable days, there really is something for everyone.

Sporty types, in particular, will not know where to turn next. The traditional Foulée du Festayre will take place on 27 July, several rugby matches are scheduled over the five days and – for the first time this year – there will be an organised joutes sétoises tournament, a revival of one of the region’s ancestral leisure activities.

 

The Fêtes de Bayonne has built a reputation for unifying massive crowds in the spirit of shared joy, respect for others and conviviality – just the values that we strive to promote here at OKKO HOTELS!

Official event website (source of all photos)

 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

Le Voyage à Nantes 2017

Published on July 06 2017
  • Events

 

In Nantes, the start of the summer heralds the arrival of more than just sunny weather. For the sixth consecutive year, it also marks the unveiling of a series of high quality works of art, in the form of the wonderful Voyage à Nantes.

Sunshine and art: what better excuse could you possibly need to book a weekend break to Brittany this summer?

 

Affiche
OFFICIAL POSTER - credits : LVAN

 

For the uninitiated, the Voyage à Nantes is built around one simple concept: every year, works of art – both temporary and permanent – are placed on display along a green trail that runs for 12 km through the centre of Nantes.

Newcomers and repeat visitors alike can benefit from this unique way to (re)discover the city. The artistic treasure trail connects Nantes’ most iconic landmarks, as well as passing through hidden backstreets and unexpected sites that have each been brought to life for the occasion.

Once again this year, the programme is bursting with a whole host of surprises: as well as the reopening of the Musée d’Arts after six years of renovation works, nearly 50 installations will be spread out across the capital of the Loire region between 1 July and 27 August.

Highlights will include three works by Laurent Pernot, Boris Chouvellon and Nicolas Darrot, which will be on display at the Place Royale, Place du Bouffay and Place Graslin respectively.

 


credits : LVAN

Meanwhile, those in search of true originality – and not to mention a touch of fantasy – should head straight to the Château des Ducs, where a 50 metre slide has been erected on the castle wall. With a total drop of 12 metres, however, children will be disappointed to discover that this is one toy that is exclusively reserved for adults!

 

LVAN
credits : LVAN

Fortunately, the little ones will not have to go far to shrug off their disappointment. The Jardin des Plantes is the setting for a brand new playground designed by Claude Ponti, the starting point for a family stroll bursting with “poetry and colours”.

 

LVAN
credits : LVAN

Fortunately, the little ones will not have to go far to shrug off their disappointment. The Jardin des Plantes is the setting for a brand new playground designed by Claude Ponti, the starting point for a family stroll bursting with “poetry and colours”.
 

credits : LVAN

Finally, returning visitors may well be familiar with the work of Pick Up Production. Invited back for a third consecutive year, the collective are offering a meditation on confinement in the form of an installation in the city’s former prison.
Opening triumphantly with the Nuit du VAN on 1 July, the Voyage à Nantes is quite simply an unmissable event for all visitors to the city this summer.

 

Link to the full programme

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

THE CUISINE OF ALSACE

Published on June 16 2017
  • The City
 
Alsace may be best known for its wine, beer and traditional dishes such as sauerkraut and flammekueche, but there is far more to the region’s culinary heritage than meets the eye.
 
Beyond their simple passion, the people of Strasbourg have turned eating and drinking into a veritable art that draws on centuries of tradition. For a truly authentic experience, visitors should head straight to the cosy and warm ambiance of a winstub, the city’s typical restaurants.
 
 
Strasbourg
Strasbourg

 

The wines of Alsace occupy a very important place at the heart of French culture. The region is home to seven varieties of grape: Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Tokay Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sylvaner. These mainly white wines are most commonly enjoyed as an aperitif or with fish.

As for beer, the brewers of Alsace came together as one way back in 1268. Fast forward nearly 750 years to the present day, and over half the beer drunk in France is produced in Alsace.

 
 
 
Naturally, we’ll soon be sharing our favourite restaurants in Strasbourg with you right here on the blog. But, before all else, we thought that it’d be useful to look at a glossary of the regional specialities, as provided by the city’s tourist information service:
 
Bibeleskäs
This farm produced white cheese is used to accompany sautéed potatoes. It can be flavoured with garlic, parsley, chives or onion.
 
Bredele
Each year, the appearance of these little Christmas biscuits signals that Christmastime is just around the corner. As innovation is something of a tradition here, there are almost as many shapes and tastes of bredele as there are stars in the night sky!
 
Bretzel
This savoury heart-shaped biscuit has been the emblem of bakers since the 14th century. Its origins are as distant as they are mysterious.
 
Baeckeoffe
This potato dish simmered in Alsatian white wine includes three meat varieties: pork, beef and lamb. It is cooked in a special dish which is sealed with dough.
 
Fleischschneke
These "meat snails" are produced by placing the meat on a noodle dough base which is then rolled and sliced before cooking it in a broth. Yet another Alsatian culinary treasure.
 
Kougelhopf
A leading symbol of Alsace, this cake made from brioche dough has a unique shape making it ideal for sharing. It can be enjoyed sweet, with raisins and almonds, or savoury with bacon pieces and walnuts.
 
Knack
This sausage owes its name to the noise that it makes when you bite into it ("knacken" in German). A long-standing ingredient of sauerkraut dishes, "knacks" are always popular at village festivities.
 
Männele (petit homme)

This brioche shaped like a little man is made in December around the feast of St Nicholas. In Alsace, all of the key dates on the calendar have their own special pastries.

Matelote
A plate of various freshwater fish steaks, accompanied by a creamy Riesling and served with noodles.

Munster
The abbey of Munster was said to have invented this cheese around 1339. Its strong smell can be deceptive, as this is a delicate flavoured and tasty cheese. Munster can be enjoyed cold or melted on baked potatoes.

Pâtisserie
The Alsatians simply love pastries. Contemporary creations based on the use of fruit mousses go well with classical specialities including fruit or cheese tarts, brioches, or frozen meringues, etc...
 
Raifort
The horseradish, (or "raifort", which literally means "strong root"), is a herb very similar to mustard. This powerful condiment is used to accompany meat dishes or stews.
 
Spätzle
These thick and irregularly shaped noodles used to be made by hand. They form the perfect accompaniment for jugged hare or coq au vin.
 
Schnaps (brandy)
Brandy often washes down a hearty meal in Alsace. This is usually made with raspberry, mirabelle, prune, plum, kirsch, pear or gewurtztraminer marc. Schnaps has lent its name to the word "Schnapsidee": a wonderful expression which refers to some fabulous and outlandish idea designed to put the world to rights.
 
Wädele
This small knuckle of ham or pork shank is often served with sauerkraut. This is the traditional dish served in the winstubs.
 

The advice from Laurencie, our team’s local expert? The fleischschnaka every time!
 

We’ll see you again very soon for a tour of the city’s finest eateries!

 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

CITY PORTRAIT: STRASBOURG

Published on June 16 2017
  • The City
 
Capital of the Grand-Est region of France, the city of Strasbourg is a veritable symbol of European integration. Known the continent over, today it is home to a number of European and international institutions including the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament. As a result, Strasbourg is sometimes referred to as the European Capital.
 

La petite france

 
A key fixture on the French cultural landscape, Strasbourg’s rich history has left a remarkable architectural heritage that extends all the way from the Middle Ages up until the present day. It was awarded the official title of a City of Art and History in 2013 and the Grande Île, its historic centre, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988.
 
 
Maison Hammerzell
The Kammerzell House - credits: https://www.maison-kammerzell.com/

The city boasts a range of exceptional landmarks. Among these, two that really stand out are the Kammerzell House, with its unique architecture and foundations dating back to 1467, and the Saint-Thomas Church, a wonderful example of the region’s gothic art.

Strasbourg is also renowned for its city cathedral, once memorably described by Victor Hugo as “a gigantic and delicate marvel”.

 
Cathédrale
Notre-Dame Cathedral – Credits : http://www.otstrasbourg.fr

 
Finally, during your visit you’re bound to come across La Petite France. Located on the Grande Île, it is one of Strasbourg’s oldest districts and was once home to the city’s leather tanners, fishers and millers. Nowadays, its picturesque setting, its 16th and 17th century timber houses, its canals and its numerous restaurants draw tourists from around the world.
 
Petite France
La petite france

 
Our hotel is proud to be a part of the Black Swans programme. A showcase for futuristic architecture, the Black Swans is a project under way on the river peninsula at the heart of the rapidly regenerating Malraux district of Strasbourg, just ten minutes by foot from the historic city centre!

There’s not long to wait now – our hotel will open its doors to the public in early October!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS STRASBOURG CENTRE IS RECRUITING

Published on June 16 2017
  • The team
OKKO HOTELS Strasbourg Centre
OKKO HOTELS Strasbourg centre

 
The opening of the OKKO Paris Porte de Versailles hotel is planned for October 2017, and it is therefore high time that we start recruiting our future team!
 
Eleonora, our hotel Manager is fidgeting with anticipation at the thought of welcoming the first guests to the hotel. To help out, we are now looking for a team of versatile hotel staff.
 
 
Why should I apply to OKKO Hotels?
 

OKKO Hotels is a new chain of modern four-star hotels, committed to proving that is still possible to create reasonably-priced hotels which are at once high-end, sustainable and friendly.

Here at OKKO, we attach much importance to our hospitality, the founding principle of our concept. We consider that guaranteeing a flawless, personalised welcome for all of our guests is a point of honour!

Through our use of cutting-edge technologies, we’ve completely simplified our customer experience. Relieved as much as possible from their administrative tasks, our staff are therefore able to dedicate more time to their true role: welcoming guests.

Equipe hôteliers Lyon
OKKO HOTELS LYON PONT LAFAYETTE tEAM

 
Who are we looking for?​
 
We are looking for a team of versatile hotel personnel, immediately adept at welcoming guests and taking care of our concierge and refreshments services. Previous experience of working at a hotel and/or restaurant would therefore be an advantage.

As far as the upkeep of our rooms is concerned, we will be using an external cleaning company. We are not looking to directly recruit cleaning staff.

As detailed above, a pair of managers will take care of the management and marketing of the hotel, and other tasks will be covered directly by the team at our headquarters.

Are you ready to try out the OKKO HOTELS adventure? Apply now by sending your CV and cover letter to the attention of our Hotel Manager, Aymeric Giraudeau, at the following address: eleonora.derosa@okkohotels.com.

We look forward to receiving a big response, and hope to welcome you on to our friendly team very soon!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The team
/

Faites le mur !

Published on May 17 2017
  • Events

 

Having opened six hotels across France, on 7 June we will be proud to unveil OKKO HOTELS Porte de Versailles, our first hotel in Paris!
 

Faites le mur  ! 

 

For us, the opening of each hotel is an adventure filled with excitement, both of a new beginning and of the almost childish joy that comes with having the whole hotel laid out before us like a playground as we wait for our first guests to arrive. And this time, we want to share the moment with our loyal customers, our partners and any curious locals that happen to want to join us!

To commemorate the opening, we have therefore organised five days of fun and festivities showcasing the very best in design, gastronomy and lifestyle hobbies, for both hotel industry professionals and the wider public.

Here’s hoping to see plenty of you for the celebrations!

 

The Okko Hotels team
 
 
 
 
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:
 
 
  • THURSDAY 1 JUNE

19:00 - 00:00 | Official inauguration *
An exclusive first glimpse of the hotel, along with special activities and music provided by a DJ from the community-based record label We Are Gold Diggers.
(Private event)

 
  • FRIDAY 2 JUNE

10:00 - 14:00: Round tables
A morning of discussions and debates on the issues that are currently affecting the hotel, restaurant and tourism industries:

- Coming up with a fashionable but sustainable concept: the new challenge facing HoReCa entrepreneurs?
- What are the new needs of today’s and tomorrow’s travellers?
- Female entrepreneurship: what if being a woman was an entrepreneurial asset?

(€15 – advance registration required)

 

20:00 - 00:00 | The future of hospitality *
An informal networking evening for young managers from the hospitality sector.

(Private event)

 

  • SATURDAY 3 JUNE
14:00 - 17:00: The GOOD MOOD CLASS
Do you feel like giving off some good vibes? Join Sophie Trem and her team for a group session bursting with positivity, interaction and collective spirit!
(Free - advance registration required)

 

20:00 - 02:00: An evening with Pain Surprises Records – Basile di Manski live
A unique and exclusive evening, taking place at the hotel and featuring DJ sets, live music and activities in the Club and guest rooms! Experience, explore and share!
(Free - advance registration required)
 
  • SUNDAY 4 JUNE
10:00 - 11:00: Yoga session by ASICS
How about starting your day in complete serenity? Join us for a yoga session led by an experienced tutor.
(Free - advance registration required)
 
12:00 - 16:00: Food market
The fun way to discover and taste our partners’ products! This is your chance to combine a culinary treat with a good deed. All profits from the event will be donated to the refugee charity VA FAIRE CUIRE UN OEUF.
(€12 / advance registration required)
 
 
  • MONDAY 5 JUNE

12:00 - 16:00: Food market
(€12 / advance registration required)

A big thank you to our fantastic partners for all their support, and for providing some amazing surprises:

Michel et Augustin - Kalios - Dear Muesli - Laurent-Perrier Groupe Pomona - Designerbox - Bergams - Coco-Mat 

Register now at: https://www.weezevent.com/faites-le-mur

Find all the practical information on the Facebook event page
* Private events

 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

OKKO HOTELS CULINARY FAVOURITES: CAZENAVE

Published on April 27 2017
  • Culinary favourites
 
In this new article, we’re going to treat you to a stop-off at Cazenave, one of the Basque Country’s most famous tea rooms!
 
Salon de thé Cazenave
CAZENAVE - BOUTIQUE AND TEA ROOM

 

AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
 

The Cazenave tea room was first established in 1854 when, aged 22, Pierre Martin Cazenave set up his eponymous chocolate shop in Bayonne.

For over 150 years, the Cazenave family has produced its famous chocolate on these Bayonne premises, using traditional methods and working directly with cocoa beans and natural produce.

For a step-by-step guide to the work that goes into creating Cazeneuve chocolate, follow this link!

 
 
THE HOUSE SPECIALITY?
 
Cazeneuve’s sumptuous foamy hot chocolate is served in fine Limoges china crockery adorned with roses. 
 
Chocolat mousseux cazenave
THE SPECIALITY: FOAMY HOT CHOCOLATE

 

The tea room is also famous for its period décor, complete with 19th century mirrors and stained-glass windows.
 
 
The thoughts of Sophie, team member at OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre:

No one can leave Bayonne without indulging in the delights of Cazenave! It’s a real family affair and absolutely everything is homemade, from the chocolate to the whipped cream. And the decoration is authentically old-fashioned. It may be a little pricy, but it’s definitely worth every penny.   

By the way: My great-grandmother used to go there with my grand-mother, who then introduced it to my mother, who now takes me...!

Cazenave

The Cazenave boutique and tea room are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 09:15 to midday and 14:00 to 19:00 (open Mondays during school holidays).

Address: 19, Rue Port Neuf, 64100 Bayonne
☎ +33 (0)5 59 59 03 16 

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Did you know that the city of Bayonne plays an important role in the history of chocolate? Indeed, France’s first coco workshops were located in the Basque Country in the 17th century… The history books inform us that during the Inquisition, Spanish and Portuguese craftsmen fleeing persecution in their homelands came to settle in Bayonne, a city close to the Spanish border. And so it was, following their arrival, that the first chocolate production sites appeared on the north bank of the River Adour.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

THE OKKO HOTELS TEAM: LAURENCIE DILIEN, REVENUE MANAGER

Published on April 25 2017
  • The team
 
Laurencie joined our team in March to take up the strategic role of Revenue Manager. A key member of our finance department, she works closely with the operations teams in all our hotels in order to optimise turnover in each property. This is a growing challenge as the OKKO HOTELS group, which currently comprises 6 hotels, is set to welcome the addition of two further properties before the end of 2017!
 
Laurencie Dilien
Laurencie dilien - Revenue Manager

 
What is your mission at OKKO Hotels?
 
My mission at OKKO Hotels is to optimise turnover, which involves analysing past results and future trends in order to define the best strategy moving forward. The ultimate aim is to sell the right product, to the right customer, at the right time, for a fair price, for the right length of stay and via the right sales channel.
 
Why the hotel industry?
 
Ever since I was little, I always wanted to work in hotels. I was more predestined for a career in finance, but the holidays that I went on with my parents opened my eyes to the world of accommodation and hospitality, which I fell in love with straight away. Hotel work is all about people: you have to welcome guests, attend to their needs and help them to discover a new destination. At OKKO Hotels I’ve found a role that allows me to concentrate on figures and performance, while working for a brand that I love in an industry that fills me with passion.

 

What is the one travel item that you can’t do without?
 
I never head off on my travels without my iPhone. Not so that I can spend my time speaking with people, sending messages or browsing social networks, but so that I can listen to my music. Whether while I’m on the move, lazing on a beach or curled up in the shade under a tree, I can’t go anywhere without my music. Listening to music allows me to relax, to drift away… I end up associating certain tracks with particular trips. When I listen to them a few months down the line, the memories come flooding back of the great times I spent discovering a new city or destination.
 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The team
/

A new look for the teams at OKKO HOTELS!

Published on March 24 2017
  • Our partners

 

Here at OKKO HOTELS, we pride ourselves on being innovative. However, our latest change may well take you by surprise. For a while now, our Product team have been wrestling with the idea of overhauling our staff dress code. As simple as it may seem, this is often a subject that can serve to make the lives of hotel employees a misery. Here, we’re going to look in detail at our fresh and funky solution to an age-old problem.
 
OKKO HOTELS x Bobbies
okko hotels lyonnaise team

 

The pains of the modern hotel dress code
 

When founding OKKO, our first temptation was naturally to choose a uniform. Unfortunately, it would appear that suppliers in the hotel industry have barely moved on from the sort of standardised outfits that have long made hotel employees look like 1970s air hostesses (or, worse still, French maids…).

To cut a long story short, the idea of a “uniform” quickly ended up on the discard pile. Instead, we turned our attention to formulating a more sophisticated dress code. We came to the conclusion that the most important thing was for everyone to feel comfortable in their clothes, and to have the freedom to choose the cuts and materials that suited them best. We therefore asked our teams to dress in a smart-casual style, and provided them with guidelines in terms of particular outfits and colours. But after three years of activity, it had become all too clear that our dress code was proving hard to enforce. The appearances of the members of our hotel teams had become, to put it lightly, inconsistent. And it was proving to be a real headache for our Product team!

 

A professional to the rescue
 
 

The failure of our dress code had become a thorn in our side. We often spoke about finding a better solution, but nobody quite knew how to tackle the issue. One day that all changed, however, when we met image consultant Cécile Gibert. All of a sudden, it became apparent that what we had needed all along was a fresh pair of eyes. We soon invited Cécile to spend some time with our teams, in order to better understand the nature of their work and to get a grasp on why our existing dress code wasn’t working.

One particular section of Cécile’s subsequent debrief seemed to really hit the nail on the head: the aprons being worn were too generic, while the smart shoes being recommended were unsuitable for serving clients at the Club, setting up buffets, doing the dishes, and running left, right and centre around the hotel. But what really caught us off guard was the revelation that our own hotel teams did not think that the dress code fitted in with the modern image and convivial atmosphere promoted by our brand. We had thought that, by letting our teams choose their own clothes rather than imposing a uniform on them, we were making OKKO HOTELS a cool place to work. Big mistake!

 

A fresh look for a fresh 4* concept
 
Nouveau dress code
okko hotels lyon PONT LAFAYETTE team

 

After many hours of deliberation and discussion, we agreed on a new look comprising a black outfit with a bright apron. Gone would be the days of our team members worrying about whether their tops were the correct pastel shades – black, after all, is black! The Product team, meanwhile, wanted the aprons to be made from the same crushed linen that is used on our bedding. The colour, meanwhile would ideally be modern and in keeping with the interior decor in the Club.

All in all, our specifications were nothing if not ambitious: crushed linen aprons, with a cut that would suit everyone, in chartreuse yellow! It was a challenge accepted with gusto by Des Impressions et Des Hommes, a Lyon-based clothing manufacturer recommended to us by Cécile.

 

Nouveau dress code OKKO HOTELS
okko hotels de Rueil-malmaison team

 

Meanwhile, Cécile had reserved her most innovative suggestion for the thorny issue of footwear. Why not give everyone a pair of original trainers? It took a little time to get used to the idea, but we soon recognised that it could be a real hit. So we happily dialled up another of our favourite brands, Bobbies. An injection of the attractive, colourful universe of iconic designer Jean-Bobby was exactly what OKKO HOTELS needed.

After several months in development, “OKKO HOTELS by Bobbies” finally saw the light of day: an elegant black leather shoe with a yellow flourish on the heel, the OKKO HOTELS teams would be at the height of fashion forever more!
 

 
 
SNEAKERS OKKO HOTELS BY BOBBIES
 
Bobbies x OKKO HOTELS
Sneakers OKKO HOTELS by Bobbies

 

The trainers will soon be available for sale at our online store.

And to celebrate our new look, a pair of “OKKO HOTELS by Bobbies” trainers are up for grabs on our Facebook page.

Related links: Bobbies

Cécile Gibert : CG STYLE

 
OKKO HOTELS x Bobbies
Sneakers OKKO HOTELS by Bobbies

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

THE OKKO HOTELS GROUP POSTS 83% GROWTH IN 2016

Published on March 06 2017
  • News
 

2016 was another cloudless year for the urban four-star hotel group founded by Olivier Devys.

Despite a difficult year for the French hotel industry, OKKO Hotels recorded a turnover of €14.1 million in 2016, up 83% compared with 2015 and 8 points above the group’s target for the year. Read on for more details on an outstanding twelve months for a young French hotel group that is already setting its sights on even greater successes to come.

 

 
DEVELOPMENT
 
In 2016, OKKO Hotels doubled in size with the opening of three new hotels in Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison and Bayonne, bringing its total capacity to 630 rooms. This momentum has been carried through into 2017, a year which will see the group open its first Parisian hotel in June – in Porte de Versailles – and an eighth hotel in Strasbourg in October.

Two further openings in Toulon and Paris Gare de l’Est are already scheduled for 2019. The group continues to explore new opportunities as it steadily progresses towards its target of 50 hotels, including 25 in Paris and the surrounding region.

INVESTMENT
 
To date, a total of €210 million has been invested in the OKKO project, funds which have gone towards creating the concept, building real estate and developing business assets.
 

HUMAN CAPITAL

First and foremost, OKKO Hotels is represented by its personnel, a team that had grown to 75 staff members by the end of 2016. The year 2017 will see the direct creation of 25 new jobs, increasing the total workforce to 100 employees spread out over eight hotels and a head office.

 
PERFORMANCE
 

Despite the difficult climate, the group’s sales volume rose to a total of €14.1 million in 2016, representing an 83% increase year-on-year. The young French company is now targeting 40% growth for the year 2017.

However, its financial performance aside, the company’s growing status as the leading name on the French four-star market has fundamentally been down to its supreme levels of customer satisfaction.

In 2016, all six hotels maintained their levels of excellence in customer service, boasting ratings of between 9 and 9.2/10 on Booking.com. Five of the hotels are among the Top 3 in their cities on Tripadvisor.

Together, the six hotels won no less than 13 awards in 2016:
  • 5 Guest Review awards from Booking
  • 3 Certificates of Excellence from Tripadvisor
  • 2 Certificates of Excellence from Hotels.com
  • OKKO Hotels Nantes is among the Top 10 places to stay in the Pays de la Loire region, according to Trivago
  • OKKO Hotels Lyon is among the Top 10 places to stay in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, according to Trivago
  • OKKO Hotels Grenoble is on Egencia’s list of Top 100 Preferred Corporate Hotels
 
THE VIEW FROM THE TOP: OLIVIER DEVYS, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF OKKO HOTELS
 
“Against a backdrop of much uncertainty for the hotel industry, OKKO Hotels showed in 2016 that it is more than capable of holding its own. Sales continued to rise, not only thanks to the opening of three new hotels in Cannes, Rueil and Bayonne, but also owing to the steady growth of our first three hotels in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon. This success is a just reward for the decision to place our faith in selective development, a controlled strategy and a strong brand, and also for the daily efforts of our employees to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Our leading position on ratings websites serves as proof that our decision to treat our guests with generosity is one that is really paying off.”

 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

OKKO HOTELS Paris Porte de Versailles is recruiting

Published on February 13 2017
  • The team
OKKO Paris Porte de Versailles
OKKO HOTELS Paris porte de versailles

The opening of the OKKO Paris Porte de Versailles hotel is planned for May 2017, and it is therefore high time that we start recruiting our future team!
 
Aymeric, our former Manager at OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette will taken up the reins of this first Parisian establishment and is fidgeting with anticipation at the thought of welcoming the first guests to the hotel. To help out, we are now looking for a team of versatile hotel staff.

 

Why should I apply to OKKO Hotels?
 

OKKO Hotels is a new chain of modern four-star hotels, committed to proving that is still possible to create reasonably-priced hotels which are at once high-end, sustainable and friendly.

Here at OKKO, we attach much importance to our hospitality, the founding principle of our concept. We consider that guaranteeing a flawless, personalised welcome for all of our guests is a point of honour!

Through our use of cutting-edge technologies, we’ve completely simplified our customer experience. Relieved as much as possible from their administrative tasks, our staff are therefore able to dedicate more time to their true role: welcoming guests.
 

 
L'équipe OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison
OKKO PAris Rueil-Malmaison team

Who are we looking for?
 

We are looking for a team of versatile hotel personnel, immediately adept at welcoming guests and taking care of our concierge and refreshments services. Previous experience of working at a hotel and/or restaurant would therefore be an advantage.

As far as the upkeep of our rooms is concerned, we will be using an external cleaning company. We are not looking to directly recruit cleaning staff.

As detailed above, a pair of managers will take care of the management and marketing of the hotel, and other tasks will be covered directly by the team at our headquarters.

Are you ready to try out the OKKO HOTELS adventure? Apply now by sending your CV and cover letter to the attention of our Hotel Manager, Aymeric Giraudeau, at the following address: aymeric.giraudeau@okkohotels.com.

We look forward to receiving a big response, and hope to welcome you on to our friendly team very soon!

 

Share
TAGS : Paris, Our team
CLASSIFIED IN : The team
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: La Folle Journée 2017

Published on January 23 2017
  • Events

 

La Folle Journée, the annual celebration of classical music, returns between 1st and 5th February 2017. For this year only, the event will be held across each of the 17 towns that make up the Greater Nantes region.
 
La Folle Journée
Official poster - http://www.follejournee.fr

THE RHYTHM OF THE PEOPLE​
 

The theme of this 23rd edition of the event is dance, and its influence on music.

Back in the Middle Ages, dancing appeared in royal courts and led to the creation of the first orchestras.

From the jigs and sarabandes of Bach to the minuets of Haydn; from the ländlers of Schubert to the waltzes of Chopin: over the centuries, dance and music have always been the closest of companions. Dance has also inspired some of the greatest works of the most famous composers.

 
La folle journée
Credits: Facebook page of La Folle journée (https://www.facebook.com/lafollejournee.nantes)

 

Throughout the 19th century and beyond, composers have taken inspiration from numerous dance themes. Nowadays, you still cannot mention the influence of dance on music without bringing up the traditions of ballet, which reached a peak with Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Glazunov.

This theme is guaranteed to hold endless surprises in store for audiences at this 23rd edition of the event!

Full details of the schedule are available on the event’s official website and all practical information can be found via the online brochure.

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: ​
 
Tickets are on sale at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes (from 30th January to 5th February 2017) or online.
 
Cité Internationale des Congrès
5 rue Valmy
44000 Nantes
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

THE OKKO HOTELS ADVENT CALENDAR

Published on December 12 2016
  • Events
 
Here at OKKO HOTELS, we’re massive fans of Christmas. After all, it’s a time of generosity, conviviality and serenity, concepts that perfectly mirror our own founding values.  But, as we always like to do things differently, we’ve added our own little touch of modernity to festive proceedings in 2016…
 

 
This year, your advent calendar will be 100% digital and available via a daily visit to our Facebook page!
 
 
A PRESENT EVERY DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS
 
Winter is already upon us, and hasn’t the year flown by? Soon we’ll all be caught up in a whirlwind of end-of-year parties and frantic searches to find that perfect gift. 

Calendrier de l'Avent OKKO HOTELS

 

Our team can’t wait, and we’re sure you can’t either. That’s why this year we’ve dreamt up our own special digital advent calendar for our followers on Facebook.

So, how does it work? Every day, there’s a prize to win! As tradition dictates, each present will be bigger and better than the last up until the super-present, to be unwrapped on 24th December!

 
 
HOW DO I ENTER?
 

Every day, we’ll unveil a new present. You will then have until the following morning to like the post and answer the question that we set.

The name of the previous day’s winner will be announced at 11 o’clock the next morning, and at midday the next surprise will be unveiled.

Not yet following us? Click here! https://www.facebook.com/OKKO.HOTELS/

 

Calendrier de l'Avent digital

 

We’ve had a wonderful year in your company, and we hope to help you to enjoy an extra special end to the year. A four-star Christmas, no cloud.

This calendar will also be the platform for us to showcase our many partners who loyally support us throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you on 1st  December!

PS. Take advantage of our Winter Escape promotion to spoil your loved ones this Christmas, by treating them to a break in the far-off lands of Nantes, Grenoble, Lyon, Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison and Bayonne (offer valid from 1 December to 31 January 2017).

 
* To give everyone a chance of taking home a prize, each participant can only win once. But we’re counting on all of you to spread the word :) 
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

WORKSHOPS BY FLOWERS JUE

Published on December 12 2016
  • Our partners
 

Here at OKKO HOTELS, we like our interior design cosy and warm. And what’s the one item of decoration that we can’t do without? It would have to be flowers, providing the perfect finishing touch to any decor by infusing it with a sense of well-being and serenity.

In Nantes, we’re delighted to work with Julie, the creative force behind the wonderful Flowers Jue. Every week, she comes to the hotel to enhance the Club and reception area with her fresh floral creations.

 

ateliers-flowersjue

 

It was Julie, our floral consultant in Nantes, who had the great idea of organising Les P’tits Déjeuners Fleuris.

Here is what you can expect from these unique workshops:

  • Enjoy a gourmet breakfast
  • Produce your very own floral creation
  • Learn about the varieties of flower chosen and the techniques employed
     

CREDITS : PInterest

The next workshops are scheduled for:

  • Saturday 10 December from 10:00 to 13:00: create an autumnal wreath to hang on your front door.
    Price: €75 - 10 places available (provisions and breakfast included)
     
  • Saturday 17 December, 10:00 to 13:00 (two options):  create either a festive table centrepiece in the form of a Christmas tree, or a suspended festive composition/lampshade
    Price: €65 for Option 1 / €75 for Option 2 - 10 places available (provisions and breakfast included)

            

Julie is looking forward to welcoming you to these wonderful workshops at the following address.
Flowers Jue
9 rue Voltaire  
Nantes 44 000
 

You can contact Julie by email at the following email address: contact@flowers-jue-fleuriste.com or by telephone on +33 (0)6 84 88 73 88

To see Flowers Jue’s creations for yourself, visit Julie’s great internet site!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

OKKO PARIS RUEIL-MALMAISON: THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION IN PICTURES

Published on November 10 2016
  • Events

 

Although it has been open to the public since 16th May, OKKO’s Paris Rueil-Malmaison hotel – the chain’s first in the Parisian region – was officially inaugurated on the evening of Thursday 4th November.

 

Inauguration de Rueil-Malmaison

 

The inauguration of this 110-bedroom hotel took place in the presence of Olivier Devys, President of OKKO HOTELS, Patrick Ollier, Deputy-Mayor of Rueil-Malmaison, and the hundred or so guests invited to the occasion.

 

PHOTO REVIEW OF THIS DELIGHTFUL EVENING
 

Inauguration OKKO Paris Rueil

Introductory speech by Olivier Devys (left) and Patrick Ollier (right)

 

Inauguration d'OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

To mark the inauguration, a cocktail reception was held in the Club…

 

Inauguration d'OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

 

Inauguration d'OKKO Paris Rueil

… and on the terrace with our friends from Babine, the food truck specialising in gourmet hot dogs.

Inauguration OKKO Paris Rueil

Babine: https://www.facebook.com/babinehotdog/​

 

The inauguration was also the opportunity for our team to introduce their guests to the OKKO HOTELS concept and to show them around the chain’s fifth establishment, which seems to have well and truly won over its first customers (with a score of 9.2/10 on Booking.com).

Inauguration d'OKKO Paris Rueil

Introducing the classic OKKO HOTELS room…

 

OKKO Paris Rueil

…and the Club, an area open around the clock where our clients can relax, work and take refreshments.

 

A big thank you to the many guests who attended the inauguration.

Our team was delighted to welcome you and to introduce you to this new hotel, just in time for the opening of our next Parisian establishment in Porte de Sèvres!

 
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre: the official inauguration in pictures

Published on November 08 2016
  • Events

 

OKKO’s Bayonne Centre hotel has had a busy summer, since opening its doors to the public on July 1st. The good news is that the early guests have been well and truly won over, and the hotel is now #1 in Tripadvisor’s ratings for Bayonne!

 

OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre
OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre

 
This handsome 92-bedroom establishment, the youngest of the OKKO HOTELS chain, was officially inaugurated on Friday 21st October in the presence of Mr. Jean-René Etchegaray, the Mayor of Bayonne.

 

PHOTO REVIEW OF THIS LANDMARK EVENT

 

 

Inauguration de l'hôtel

Speech by Mr. Christian Birbaud, Regional Director for the South-West at Eiffage Construction, and Olivier Devys, Founding President of OKKO HOTELS

 

Inauguration de l'hôtel

Speech by Mr. Jean-René Etchegaray, Mayor of Bayonne, Chairman of the Council of Elected Representatives of the Basque Country and Vice-President of the Côte Basque Adour Urban Community

 

Inauguration de l'hôtel

Olivier Devys, pictured alongside Mr. Birbaud, Mr. Etchegaray, and the hotel’s Assistant Manager, Lauriane Pourvahab

 

Le Club d'OKKO Bayonne Centre

The Club at OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre

Vue depuis le Club

#hotelwithaview – The view from the 8th floor terrace and the 9th floor Club area

Inauguration de l'hôtel OKKO Bayonne

The cocktail reception, which was held in the Club to officially mark the inauguration of the hotel

 

 

A big thank you to the many guests who attended the inauguration. Our team was delighted to welcome you on this celebratory occasion!
 
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

The Lyon Festival of Lights 2016

Published on November 08 2016
  • Events

 

The City of Lyon has announced the return of its traditional Festival of Lights for the year 2016. From 8th to 10th October, the city will be transformed into a giant stage for this enchanting spectacle!
 
Fête des Lumières 2016
Official event poster – credits: http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr

Last year, Lyon’s city council took the decision to postpone the Festival of Lights and instead organised a tribute to the victims of the attacks that had taken place in Paris on November 13th.

Having decided to revive the tradition, this year’s event will have a restricted running time, with the nightly illuminations starting at 20:00 and concluding at midnight. The location of the festival will also be limited to the districts of the Presqu’île, the Old Town and the site of the Ancient Fourvière Theatre. Despite these restrictions, the spectacle promises to be as magical as ever!

La fête des Lumières
© Ville de Lyon / F. Dimier

 
ILLUSION, ART, DREAMS AND MAGIC
 

Over three days from 8th to 10th December, the city will become as one with the illuminations, offering a magnificent spectacle to the millions of visitors from France and beyond.

The centrepiece of the Festival of Lights is held on December 13th, a traditional day of celebration since 1852, when the city’s residents display tealights in their windows and on their balconies, and parade around the magic-sprinkled streets.

La Fête des Lumières
Place Bellecour during the 2014 edition – Rêves de nuit | Credits: M. Chaulet – City of Lyon

La Fête des Lumières
Saint-Jean Cathedral during the 2014 edition – Color or not | Credits: G. J. Plisson – City of Lyon

La Fête des Lumières
Regards, on the Fourvière hillside – December 8th, 2015 | Credits: http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr

 
For those of you who are still making up their minds over whether to attend, the official Festival of Lights website has prepared their list of 8 reasons to (re)visit Lyon.
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

OKKO HOTELS CULINARY FAVOURITES: THE DUKE

Published on September 16 2016
  • Culinary favourites

 

For the first of our blogs on the culinary delights on offer for our guests in Rueil-Malmaison, we are delighted to introduce you to The Duke, a wonderful restaurant located just a stone’s throw from the River Seine.
 
The Duke
The Duke – Credits: facebook page The duke

The Duke and its terrace nestle sweetly among the prestigious surrounds of the Place des Impressionnistes in Rueil-Malmaison. Once inside, visitors are then immediately struck by the restaurant’s spacious interior and its attractive decor.
 
The Duke
The Duke – Credits: Facebook page The duke

Whether ordering à la carte or choosing one of the lunchtime set menus, the food is skilfully-prepared, gourmet and home-made.

As an example, for starters The Duke serves two-salmon tartar, seasonal vegetable tart and fig-infused duck foie gras...

 

The Duke
Fillet of sea bass with lemongrass, vegetable tagliatelle and lime coulis

...before offering tuna tataki, The Duke burger, sea bass fillet and slow-cooked lamb for the main course...

The Duke
Slow-cooked lamb, thyme jus, gratin dauphinois

...and finishing things off sweetly with French toast, caramelised pineapple skewer, white chocolate mousse or a soft-centred chocolate macaron with raspberry ice cream.

The Duke
French toast, made with brioche and served with crème brûlée ice cream

 
This restaurant is the absolute favourite of our Commercial Manager, Daniel, whose mouth is still watering at the thought of the slow-cooked lamb with gratin dauphinois :)
 
 
PRACTICAL INFORMATION:
 

The Duke is open Monday to Saturday, from midday to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight, and from 11am to 3pm on Sundays.

The restaurant is the ideal location for a special occasion with friends or family. Bookings can be made online at theduke.fr.

The Duke’s lunchtime set menu is priced at €17.50 and consists of starter + main course or main course + dessert.

The restaurant is around a 10-minute walk from the OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison hotel.

THE DUKE
11 Place des Impressionnistes,
92500 Rueil-Malmaison

+(33)184200408
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Le Cirque

Published on September 14 2016
  • Culinary favourites

 

This week, we’re only too delighted to introduce you to Le Cirque, one of the stand-out restaurants in the city of Cannes!
 
Logo le CIrque
le cirque - crédits : http://lecirquecannes.fr/

 
Le Cirque is a real one-of-a-kind, an eatery simply bursting with humour and creativity with a fabulous location in the centre of Cannes. Since opening in 2012, it has been a fixture on the city’s top restaurant lists.
 
Indeed, Le Cirque really is the restaurant that has it all: open kitchen, stone walls, designer lighting, two terraces and a wine bar.
 
Le Cirque
la terrasse du cirque -  crédits : http://lecirquecannes.fr/

When it comes to the food, each dish highlights the different flavours and colours of the Mediterranean, with certain flourishes from the Rhône Valley thrown in for good measure.
 
On the ground floor, you’ll find a handsome communal table for guests to enjoy breakfast or an evening apéritif. There is a more intimate feel upstairs, with a cosy room that features a window through which diners can admire the chef working his magic in the kitchen!
 
Sea bream ceviche with fresh pomegranate, coriander, mangetout peas and soya sprouts to begin with? Or perhaps you would prefer a citrus-marinated squid salad? Followed by a confit leg of lamb with herb crust and Armenian bulgur wheat, or even an Iberico pork pluma with an aubergine caponata? Le Cirque displays the full range of its culinary expertise with its menu, available here!

 

As the City of the Festivals goes, the menu is also excellent value for money. It is therefore no surprise that this restaurant has proved to be such a blockbuster success!

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
 

Le Cirque is open from Monday to Saturday, between 8 am and midnight.

For a glimpse into the world of Le Cirque, just visit: http://lecirquecannes.fr/

30, rue Hoche
06400 Cannes

Tel. +33 (0)4 93 30 02 38

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

A night for free at one of our hotels, up for grabs every month on our Facebook page!

Published on September 14 2016
  • Offers

 

As the summer reaches an end, we’ve decided to raise the stakes! As of September 2016, we are now the chain with four stars, no cloud, that gives you the chance to win a night for free at one of our hotels EVERY MONTH!
 
Photo chambre Bayonne
okko hotels room

 
HOW CAN I ENTER?
 
It couldn’t be simpler to take part: just visit the OKKO HOTELS Facebook page (by clicking here).
 
 
HOW DOES IT WORK?
 
One Friday per month, we will launch a fresh competition via a post entitled #unenuitsansnuages. One night, no cloud! You will be invited to like this post, and to answer thsi question: Where would you like to go and with whom? Didn’t we say it was simple?
 
Le Club OKKO Bayonne
okko hotels bayonne CLUB

 
WHAT DO I WIN?​
 
A night for 2 in one of our hotels in France (Nantes, Grenoble, Lyon, Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison or Bayonne).
As all our guests, you will have 24/7 access to the OKKO HOTELS Club and our full range of all-inclusive services: breakfast, evening apéritivo, refreshments, health and well-being area, business corner, TV on demand, and more. That’s right, it’s all included!
 
 
Le Club
okko hotels Cannes centre CLUB

 
#CITYBREAK
 

Whether you’re looking for a great restaurant, a must-see event or the city’s most iconic landmarks, our team is always on hand to offer their expert advice. And if you’re keen to get ahead of the game by preparing your visit in advance, just visit our city blogs where we share with you all of our favourite activities and most treasured finds!

So that we can follow your adventures, be sure to share your photos with us using the hashtag #unenuitsansnuages :)

Only one small question remains: which destination will you choose?
 

 

*Participants may only win the competition once
*Free night’s stay to be booked directly with your chosen hotel (subject to availability) – prize voucher valid for 1 year
*Transport fees not included
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Offers
/

Heritage Days 2016 in Nantes

Published on September 12 2016
  • Events

 

This year’s Heritage Days event will take place during the third weekend in September. As for each edition, this will be the perfect opportunity to (re)discover the cultural treasures of France’s national heritage.

Needless to say, the city of Nantes is readying itself to play an active part in the celebrations, with numerous activities scheduled for the weekend of 17th-18th September. What better excuse to pack your bags and set off for a city break in the heart of Brittany?

Le miroir d'eau
le miroir d'eau

 

As always, when it comes to culture, the city of Nantes is putting together an extensive and pleasingly eclectic programme of events.

There will of course be something for everyone but, among the activities on offer, the OKKO team is especially looking forward to:

  • A tour of the Passage Pommeraye, one of the city’s most iconic sites. Visitors are invited to congregate on the Rue de la Fosse, for a fascinating introduction to the history and architecture of this unique commercial gallery.
    Sunday: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00
Le Passage Pommeraye
LE PAssage pommeraye

  • This year’s Heritage Days will also be the chance to explore what lies backstage at the Théâtre Graslin, during guided tours leaving on an hourly basis throughout the weekend.
    Saturday: from 14:00 to 18:00 / Sunday: from 09:00 to 17:00

  • The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul will stage its own open tours, and will also be the final stop-off for a musical experience entitled Quand les pierres chantent (“When the stones sing”). The event will kick off at the Passage Sainte-Croix (concert and tour at 15:00), passing through the Chapelle de l’Immaculée (16:00) before reaching its climax at the cathedral at 17:00.

la cathedrale saint-pierre et saint-paul

  • Another unmissable event will take place at the Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery, where a cultural mediator will present an introduction to the site on the monument’s forecourt.
    Sunday 18th September: from 14:00 to 17:00

Mémorial de l'abolition de l'esclavage
Crédits : Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage - memorial.nantes.fr

 

  • On the Ile Feydeau, residents will open their entrance halls to allow painters to exhibit their works. This original concept promises some wonderful surprises!
    Sunday: from 14:00 to 18:00 + guided tour of the exhibitions led by an actor at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00.

  • The Lieu-Unique, a former factory converted into a national stage for culture, will be holding 20-minute ’flash tours’ allowing visitors access to the entirety of the site, including its unique garden.
    Saturday and Sunday: from 15:00 to 18:30

Le Lieu Unique
Crédits : Le lieu unique – Martin Argyroglo

For the complete schedule, including many other activities suitable for both adults and children taking place in the city centre and beyond, please visit this page!
 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

OKKO culinary favourites: YOU SUSHI

Published on September 02 2016
  • Culinary favourites
 
 
The OKKO team is always on the lookout for the best restaurants to make sure our guests enjoy a perfect stay, and this week we’re delighted to introduce you to YOU SUSHI, located only a short walk from our OKKO Bayonne Centre hotel. This is a green restaurant that guarantees its customers sushi that is both wonderfully fresh and environmentally friendly.
 

YOU SUSHI

 

YOU SUSHI is an independent regional brand that was first established in 2011 and now boasts restaurants in Bayonne, Biarritz, Pau, Saint Jean de Luz and Tarbes. Their speciality? Original recipes inspired by Japanese cooking with a hint of Californian influence, served on decorative plates and platters.

 

YOU SUSHI

 

"We fish/we care": high quality produce and respect for the environment 

Warning: ultra-fresh produce being served! At YOU SUSHI, all the orders are prepared exclusively in-house and on request.

Selecting the right fish is a matter of paramount importance for the YOU SUSHI team, who exclusively serve Scottish salmon of the highest quality. The same attention is reserved for the Premium Japonica rice, produced in Italy. Forever faithful to their values, a selection of organic wines is also served from YOU SUSHI’s home region of South-West France.

 

YOU SUSHI

 
A similar level of care has been put into the decoration, which is an attractive blend of surfer and vintage styles. This decor, combined with the warm welcome reserved for all diners, creates a cosy and relaxed environment.
 

YOU SUSHI

 

The little bonus: YOU SUSHI offers a wide range of services including takeaway delivery, private events and cocktail receptions!
  

 
PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

YOU SUSHI

 

YOU SUSHI is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 14:30 and from 18:00 to 22:30, and on Sundays between 18:00 and 22:30 (eat in, take away, delivery).

50 Av. Henri Grenet, CC Marinadour
64100 BAYONNE
Tel: +33(5) 59 64 00 00

 
Jetez un œil au menu sur le site de YOU SUSHI !

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

Gourmet stop-offs in Grenoble

Published on August 29 2016
  • Culinary favourites
 
Summer is nearly at an end, and now is the time to give in to temptation and visit Grenoble for a gourmet experience like no other! After all, what better way is there to take advantage of the last of the warm evenings than to relax with some great food out on a restaurant terrace?
 
 
GAUDI CAFE
 
Gaudi Café
GAUDI CAFE

 

For a while now, we’ve been dying to introduce you to the Gaudi Café, without a doubt one of our absolute favourite restaurants in Grenoble! Just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, the Gaudi serves up gourmet and creative food in a warm, cosy and chic setting. And, of course, it has a wonderful terrace to enjoy those barmy late-summer evenings.

Gaudi Café
Gaudi café - Interior design

 

Chef Laurent Ibanez describes his café as follows: “In the image of the celebrated Spanish architect and designer, the interior is bursting with imagination and generosity.”

In terms of the cuisine, there is something for everyone. The varied menu is made up of French classics, lovingly-prepared seasonal dishes, and recipes inspired by the chef’s Spanish origins.

 
Gaudi café
Beef carpaccio with olive oil, lemon and basil

gaudi café
The “authentic” chopped beef tartare

 

This is an intimate and friendly address with warm and professional staff. Highly recommended!

Gaudi Café is open on Mondays between 08:00 and 18:00, and from Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00 and 01:00.

5 cours Berriat 
38000 Grenoble
Tel. : +33 (0)4 80 38 39 11
http://www.gaudi-cafe.com/
 
 
An Anglo-Saxon stop-off at Maud’s grocery
 
Epicerie de Maud
L'epicerie de maud

 
On your way to the restaurant from the hotel, be sure to pop into Maud’s grocery, a true one of a kind… This is an unusual store where you will find the best in produce and products from England, Canada and the USA, including food, books and gadgets!
 
L'épicerie de Maud
l'épicerie de maud : livres de cuisine

L'épicerie de Maud
l'épicerie de Maud 

 
Find all your favourite products at the following address:
24 boulevard Gambetta
38000 Grenoble
04 85 02 40 48
 
L'épicerie de Maud
l'épicerie de maud

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: the Lerins Islands

Published on July 28 2016
  • The City

 

It would be unthinkable to spend a weekend in Cannes without heading out to sea in search of the legendary Lérins Islands!
 

Les iles de Lérins

This Mediterranean archipelago, which can be reached in only 15 minutes from the port of Cannes, consists of two large islands: the Île Sainte-Marguerite, the larger of the two and famous for the legend of the Man in the Iron Mask, and the Île Saint-Honorat, with its internationally-renowned monastery.
 
 

In search of the legend of the Iron Mask

To undertake this fascinating daytrip, your first port of call will be the Cannes seafront, and one of the numerous shuttle boats that serve the islands throughout the summer.
 

les iles de Lérins

 
The Île Sainte-Marguerite is the perfect setting for a day of relaxation and culture, within stunning natural surroundings. So what’s on offer for the visitor? To start with, take a forest walk through the pine and eucalyptus trees before diving headfirst into the turquoise waters of the island’s numerous coves!

 

les iles de Lérins

 

After enjoying your rest and relaxation, you can then head to the Fort Royal and the Musée de la Mer to find out all about the island’s history and retrace the famous legend of the Iron Mask.

The twin brother or half-brother of Louis XIV, Molière, Nicolas Fouquet, Louis de Bourbon, Pascal, the Duke of Guise… Over 60 identities have been offered for “this prisoner whose name no one knows, whose face no one has seen, a living mystery, shadow, enigma, problem”. (Victor Hugo)

Three centuries later, we are still no closer to solving this captivating mystery!

 

les iles de Lérins

 

les iles de Lérins

 

Smaller in size but just as beautiful, the Île Saint-Honorat boasts an impressively rich historical heritage. This island, home to the Lérins Monastery and its resident Cistercian monks, has been a monastic destination for 16 centuries.

As you can see, our team has been enchanted by this unique visit!

 
#DOLCESUMMER
Make the most of our great Dolce Summer deals, and take the first step to discovering these islands for yourself by enjoying a stay at OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre from only €129 per night all-inclusive. Then share your best moments with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #okkohotels and #dolcesummer to be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes! 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Summertime in Nantes

Published on July 28 2016
  • The City

 

A stunning programme of cultural events awaits visitors to the city of Nantes this summer! As every year, the centrepiece will be the spectacular Voyage à Nantes, a unique cultural and artistic event (read our guide to the 2016 edition here). But throughout July and August, the city also plays host to the Aux Heures d’Été festival, in addition to offering visitors a unique tour of its surrounding vineyards.

 
AUX HEURE D'ETE: FROM 5 JULY TO 12 AUGUST
 
Aux heures d'été
The official festival poster - credits: http://www.auxheuresete.com/

 
Aux Heures d’Été, the festival that celebrates the very best in culture from the local area and beyond, is making its big comeback this summer. Every year since its first edition in 2005, the festival has played host to 80 professional artists and up-and-coming performers from all over the world, for 35 unique and free shows held in parks and gardens across the city.
 
From concerts to readings, child-friendly shows to open-air cinema, for six weeks the city moves to the invigorating rhythm of a series of diverse and varied cultural events. The festival, offering wonderful opportunities to discover new acts, is open to all and aims to encourage interaction and cultural dialogue!
 
 
A TRIP TO THE VINEYARD
 
The vineyard of Nantes stretches out over 11,500 hectares of land on the banks of the River Loire, to the north of the Vendée department. Refreshing, light and fruity, the wines of Nantes are an essential part of city’s culinary identity.
 
Crisson
Credits: CLISSON – Valéry Joncheray / Office du tourisme du Vignoble de Nantes

 
Keen to share this heritage with its visitors, the Voyage à Nantes invites participants to discover the vineyard at 11 carefully chosen locations. This local road trip covers some of the most beautiful natural sites, villages and unusual caves to be found from Nantes to Clisson.
 
Features include a gourmet break at the Château du Coing, a tour and tasting session at the Muscadet vineyards, an apéritif in Clisson, a picnic at Pé-de-Vignard, and more! Visit the official website for more information about the special programme of activities organised by the Voyage à Nantes this summer.

 

Vignoble

 

#DOLCESUMMER
 
Make the most of our great Dolce Summer deals, and discover the cultural treasures of Nantes for yourself by enjoying a stay at OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château from only €95 per night all-inclusive. Then share your best moments with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #okkohotels and #dolcesummer to be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes!
 
 
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Kitchen Dada

Published on July 28 2016
  • Culinary favourites
 
In addition to the cultural excursions, boat trips and good old fashioned relaxation, no stay in Bayonne is complete without checking out Kitchen Dada. This young, up-and-coming restaurant is well on its way to becoming the city’s premier eatery!
 
Kitchen Dada
Credits: Facebook @Kitchen Dada

The restaurant is run by Chantal and Edina. Each influenced by their respective Beninese and Irish backgrounds, together they serve up creative food with an international twist.

Their ethos? To introduce their guests to new flavours created using locally-sourced, seasonal produce. 

 

Kitchen Dada

 
In addition to their permanent menu, the duo offers a fresh new dish every day from Tuesdays to Fridays, for instance: glazed tomato soup and cream cheese straws, followed by DADA’s unique take on moussaka, and lastly pear, red wine and caramel à l’orange. It all comes for the very reasonable price of €15 for a starter, main course and dessert.
 

Kitchen Dada

With its modern cuisine, friendly service, ultra-fresh products, selection of organic wines and local beers, refined decor and outdoor terrace, it’s not hard to see why this restaurant is proving to be such a hit!

 

Kitchen Dada

 

Kitchen Dada

 

With its atypical opening hours of 08:00 to 18:00, Kitchen Dada is delighted to welcome you for breakfast, lunch and/or an afternoon culinary treat on the terrace!
 

Kitchen Dada

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:
 

The restaurant is open between Tuesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 18:00, and is closed in the evening.
The great idea? Saturday brunch, served between 11:00 and 16:00!
Set menus: main course: €9.50 / starter + main: €11.50 / starter + main + dessert: €15

 

Kitchen Dada

 

This is a fantastic little spot on the banks of the River Nive, opposite the Basque Museum.

6 rue Port de Castets
64 100 Bayonne

Tel: +33 (0)5 59 59 43 57

For further information, visit the Kitchen Dada website and the Facebook page, where the menu is also kept updated on a daily basis!

 
 
#DOLCESUMMER 
Make the most of our great Dolce Summer deals, and discover the treasures of Bayonne for yourself by enjoying a stay at OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre from only €95 per night all-inclusive. Then share your best moments with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #okkohotels and #dolcesummer to be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

My event in Rueil-Malmaison with OKKO HOTELS

Published on July 19 2016
  • Our partners

 

Do you want to stay at OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison? Looking for the perfect venue to host your event in the local area? Keep on reading!

 

OKKO Rueil-Malmaison
Le club d'okko paris rueil-malmaison

 

OKKO HOTELS: a serene experience and an all-inclusive service
 
The hotel boasts 110 bedrooms, in addition to a Club area open to guests around the clock. The club is an attractive and warm living space where you will find a number of guest services: a business corner, cosy lounges for reading and relaxing, a health and wellbeing area, and snacks to enjoy at any time of the day.

 

okko paris rueil-malmaison
le club d'okko paris rueil-malmaison

Generosity and friendliness are two of the main founding values of the OKKO HOTELS concept. That's why everything available for you at the hotel – breakfast, evening buffet, open access to a refrigerator, WiFi, Video On Demand, health and well-being area, sauna, business corner – is included within the price of your stay!
 
 
Venues tailored to your every desire
 
Although the hotel itself does not have any meeting rooms, our team has established partnerships with a number of venues that can be adapted to every type of event imaginable:
 
  • REGUS
Located within easy walking distance of OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison, Regus offer two meeting rooms, each able to accommodate 12 people. These rooms are equipped with all the facilities necessary for your meetings (WiFi, video projector, flip-chart), with a coffee break included in the price of a reservation. And the best news of all? All OKKO guests are entitled to a permanent 10% discount.
 
104 avenue Albert 1er, 92500 Rueil – à 5 min à pied de l’hôtel
http://www.regus.fr

REGUS
Crédits : http://www.regus.fr

 

  • L’AVENUE
This restaurant is ideally located in the charming surroundings of Rueil-Malmaison’s town centre, and offers three meeting rooms ranging from 10 m² to 50 m². The facilities are capable of hosting any sort of event or meeting, with the option of serving guests with a tailored selection of food and drinks.
 
95, avenue Paul Doumer - 92500 Rueil-Malmaison

L'avenue

 

  • Le Golf BLUE GREEN de Rueil Malmaison
The restaurant at the Blue Green Golf Course is equipped with two meeting areas capable of hosting events of up to 80 guests. There is the option for food prepared onsite, and a selection of team-building activities to choose from.
 
95, avenue Paul Doumer  -  92500 Rueil-Malmaison
http://rueil-malmaison.bluegreen.com/fr

blue green

 

The OKKO HOTELS pass 
 

How about if you're not staying at the hotel, but would still like to take advantage of our Club area?

The hotel offers different Pass options (breakfast, afternoon, evening apéritivo, brunch) which provide access to the Club and its variety of services.  

L'accueil OKKO Rueil
la réception d'okko paris rueil-malmaison

 

Breakfast Club Pass from 07:00 to 10:00
Breakfast from 07:00 to 10:00
WiFi access
€15 per person

Evening Aperitivo Club Pass from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Apéritivo buffet with a welcome drink - WiFi access
€20 per person

Day Club Pass from 10:00 to 18:00 during the week
Snacks from 10:00 to 18:00 - WiFi access
€5 / hour
€15 / half-day
€30 / day

 

To reserve your pass or to request full details on our partner venues, contact the hotel by telephone on +33 (0)1 47 10 92 10.
 
 
 
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: Fêtes de Bayonne

Published on July 19 2016
  • Agenda
 
Are you ready for the event of the summer? The traditional Fêtes de Bayonne celebrations are nearly upon us! Due to run from Wednesday 27 to Sunday 31 July, these festivities are bursting with tradition, rituals and history. They have been taking place every year in this iconic city in the southwest of France since 1932. 

 

Bayonne

 

As always, the traditional opening ceremony will take place at the Place de la Liberté on the Wednesday evening, with a concert by the Harmonie Bayonnaise orchestra. This will be followed by the official inauguration of the festivities, marked by the symbolic handing-over of the city keys.
 

 
Since 1947, the mayor has entrusted the local residents with the three city keys (one for each of the three districts of the city: Grand Bayonne, Petit Bayonne and Saint-Esprit). On the first evening, these keys are thrown down to the public by special guests, from up in the city hall. 
 
This is an act that has been performed at previous editions by celebrities such as Luis Mariano, Mireille Darc, Julien Clerc and Jean-Jacques Goldman, among others.  
 
 
FIVE DAYS OF UNINTERRUPTED FESTIVITIES
 
This grand gathering has a strong regional flavour, featuring traditional dancing, music and chanting at every turn.
 

Public balls, pétanque and pelota tournaments, chariot parades, music shows, exhibitions, cookery competitions, Basque dancing, bull running, rugby tournaments, dance halls… The traditional throwing of the keys marks the start of five days of pure, non-stop celebrations throughout the city!

Warning: there is a strict dress code in force! It would be unthinkable for any attendee to stray away from the festival’s traditional outfit, consisting of white clothes, espadrilles and a red scarf!

 

Bayonne

The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday 31 July at the Place de la Liberté, with a tremendous firework display bringing the curtain down on this year’s event. 

Find the full schedule of events on the official website of the Fêtes de Bayonne.

 

 

#DOLCESUMMER 

This summer, share your best moments with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #okkohotels and #dolcesummer to be in with a chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes! 

The prizes up for grabs:

- 1 night for 2 people in the hotel of your choice, with a bottle of champagne
- 1 set of OKKO bed linen in cotton and crumpled linen
- 20 CheerzBoxes (45 photo prints in a Polaroid format)

 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Agenda
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: Le Cabaret Frappé

Published on July 08 2016
  • Agenda

 

Are you preparing to head off for an adventure in Grenoble soon? If so, there’s one event not to be missed in the capital of the Alps this summer! Between 11 and 16 July the Jardin de Ville, Grenoble’s historic city gardens, will play host to the 18th edition of an inspired festival that goes by the name of Le Cabaret Frappé.

 

Affiche officiel du Cabaret Frappé
Official poster 2016 - credits: cabaret-frappe.com

 

Le Cabaret Frappé is a 100% free music festival organised by the city of Grenoble. This year’s event will consist of a week of concerts in the Jardin de Ville, in addition to a series of cultural activities (public readings in the rose garden, serigraphy workshop, live performances, free expression area) running throughout the festival.

 

Cabaret frappé
©Alain Fischer – Ville de Grenoble

Le Cabaret Frappé has chosen the theme of discovery to celebrate its 18th anniversary. As every year, the festival will welcome an eclectic range of well-renowned artists, but this year it will also feature a collection of young performers, each given the opportunity to show off their talents to a new audience.

The festival will take place both on a large stage in the gardens and aboard a specially-designed open-air bus, converted into a mobile stage, which will host performances by young artists from the local scene.

 
Mickey 3D, Captain Kid, JoonMoon, Kadebostany, African Salsa Orchestra, Theo Lawrence & the Hearts… For the full 2016 line-up, visit the festival’s official website​.

 

Cabaret frappé
crédits : cabaret-frappe.com

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

Le Cabaret Frappé is a free event held at the Jardin de Ville in Grenoble from 11 to 16 July.

Cabaret Frappé
Hôtel de Ville
11 bd Jean Pain
38021 Grenoble cedex 1

By tram: Line A and B (alight at “Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme”)

More information is available on the festival website

 

#DOLCESUMMER

Take advantage of the fantastic Dolce Summer deals with OKKO HOTELS, and enjoy a city break in the sun for two from as little as €85 per night all-inclusive. Share your holiday photos on Instagram with the hashtags #okkohotels #dolcesummer for the chance to win one of our selection of great prizes!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Agenda
/

Dolce Summer by OKKO HOTELS – Part 2

Published on July 04 2016
  • Offers

It would appear that you can spend a night at OKKO HOTELS this summer for as little as €85 all-inclusive: is it true, or just speculation? It’s TRUE! Dolce Summer by OKKO HOTELS is already upon us, and will run from now until 31st August.

Offre Dolce Summer

Fancy getting first-hand experience of historical Nantes? How about taking a stroll down the Croisette Promenade in Cannes? Or discovering the home city of the famous Lumière brothers, in Lyon? This summer, the choice is yours! Take advantage of our great selection of deals by visiting Dolce Summer by OKKO HOTELS.​
 
THURSDAY NIGHTS: DOLCE HOUR

 

As part of our Dolce Summer initiative, OKKO HOTELS is also offering you one free glass of Spritz every Thursday to accompany your evening apéritivo from 7pm to 10pm! And while you’re enjoying the refreshments, why not let us introduce you to the fun Finnish game of Mölkky on the terrace?

 

Dolce Happy Hour

This summer, we’re also offering all you urban adventurers the perfect kit for a great city picnic. Just take your pick from our selection of local delicacies, and ask for your backpack at the welcome desk!

 

Kit pique-nique
SAc a dos pique-nique

 

#DOLCESUMMER
 

From 1st July to 31st August, your holiday photos could help you win some great prizes! This summer, share your best moments with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #okkohotels and #dolcesummer to be in with a chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes!

The Dolce surprises up for grabs:

1 night for 2 people in the hotel of your choice, with a bottle of champagne
- 1 set of OKKO bed linen in cotton and crumpled linen
20 CheerzBoxes (45 photo prints in a Polaroid format)

 

#DOLCESUMMER

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Offers
/

OKKO HOTELS RAISES €4.3 MILLION IN INVESTMENTS

Published on July 04 2016
  • News

 

OKKO Rueil

 

OKKO HOTELS, making waves in the French hotel sector 

 

Created in 2009 by Olivier Devys, with the support of Paul Dubrule, the OKKO HOTELS group specialises in contemporary 4* hotels designed to meet the demands of modern travellers. In the space of two years, the chain has opened 6 hotels and has won over guests from France and beyond with its concept of 4* urban accommodation, blending modernity and conviviality.

This innovative product is now fully established on the French hotel landscape, and is regularly cited as one of the new major players currently shaking up the traditions of hotel accommodation. This is an opinion shared by the chain’s loyal and increasingly numerous clientele, who continually attest to their satisfaction on online review websites.

Idinvest and CM-CIC Investissement lead a new round of financing

Over the first half of 2016, OKKO HOTELS has raised €4.3 million in new funds to finance the next phase of the chain’s growth. CM-CIC Investissement, which had already invested funds in 2013, is demonstrating its continued trust in Olivier Devys and his team by injecting a further €1.5 million. Meanwhile, Idinvest Partners is acquiring its first stake in the company with an investment of €2 million. An additional assortment of private investors are also involved in this latest round of financing, including certain existing partners of the Group. The original founders nevertheless retain their controlling stake in the company.

 /

“Our first test was to see whether we could win over our customers and, in light of the satisfaction levels we are experiencing, we can say with confidence that we have passed with flying colours. Our biggest challenge now is to sustain and even increase our speed of growth, while being sure to maintain the high quality of service and demanding standards on which the reputation of our product is based. The renewed trust placed in us by CM-CIC, and the additional support of a major capital investment player like Idinvest, now provide with the means we require to realise our ambitions.” Olivier Devys, President and Founder of OKKO HOTELS.
 
 “Our decision to invest in OKKO HOTELS is the product of several months of monitoring and discussions, during which Idinvest has been able to fully appreciate the experience and quality of the management team, and the progress being made by the company.” Luc Maruenda, Partner at Idinvest. 

 

  “The OKKO HOTELS concept has been a real success and the company has managed to keep up the steady frequency of its new openings. We are particularly pleased to continue supporting Olivier Devys and his teams in this new phase of development.” Amaury Leleu, Head of Investments at CM-CIC Investissement
 

 

Legal advice for the operation:

  • CM-CIC Investissement: Lamartine Conseil (Fabien Mauvais, Philippe Barouch)
  • IDINVEST PARTNERS: DMMS Avocats (Philippe Missika)
  • OKKO HOTELS: Cabinet Carré Avocats (Jean-François Carré)

 

ABOUT CM-CIC INVESTISSEMENT

Venture capital, growth capital, buyout capital, M&A advisory: CM-CIC Investissement meets the needs of businesses in all areas of equity financing. Together with its professionalism, the success of its approach stems from its strong focus on people, close ties with business leaders and the long-term support it provides to investee companies. CM-CIC Investissement invests its own capital (almost €2.4 billion) and its investment portfolio consists of around 450 companies.

For more information: www.cmcic-investissement.com

 

ABOUT IDINVEST PARTNERS 

Idinvest Partners is a leading player on the Private Equity mid-market in Europe. With over €6 billion under management, Idinvest Partners has developed several complementary areas of expertise: investments in innovative European start-ups; primary, secondary and private debt investments in European non-listed companies; and private equity consulting. Founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, Idinvest Partners was formerly part of the Allianz Group until 2010, when it joined forces with IDI Group to become independent. 

For more information: www.idinvest.com

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

Dolce Summer by OKKO HOTELS

Published on June 24 2016
  • Offers

It would seem that our patience is finally being rewarded… The sun, having teased us for so long, has deigned to come out from its hiding place! And as they say, good things come to those who wait, so now is the perfect time for us to launch our Dolce Summer deals, valid for stays at all of our hotels between 1 July and 31 August.
 

OKKO HOTELS Cannes
La terrasse d'OKKO Cannes Centre

Enjoy la dolce vita on a city break
 
Book a weekend break this summer and take advantage of our great Dolce Summer deals:
  • Head out on a trail of discovery in the historic city of the Dukes of Brittany, taking in its castle and the wonderful Machines de l’île!
    €110 per night in Nantes for 1 or 2 guests, all inclusive
Les machines de l'ile
Le Grand Eléphant - © Jean-Dominique Billaud

  • Take to the skies in a cable car to visit the Bastille in Grenoble, a military fortress from the 19th century built at the ancient border between France and Piedmont.
    €85 per night in Grenoble for 1 or 2 guests, all inclusive
Jardin du Musée de Grenoble
The Gardens at the Grenoble Museum

  • Venture out into the historic backstreets of the home of the Lumière brothers for an unforgettable cultural and culinary journey, just two hours from Paris by TGV.
    €110 per night in Lyon for 1 or 2 guests, all inclusive

 

Les quais du Rhône à Lyon
A walk along the banks of the Rhône in Lyon

  • Stroll down the Croisette Promenade and go beach-hopping on the French Riviera!
    €149 per night in Cannes for 1 or 2 guests, all inclusive

     
Le Suquet
Le suquet

  • Follow in the footsteps of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Joséphine in the imperial city of Rueil-Malmaison, just minutes from the centre of Paris.
    €99 per night in Rueil-Malmaison for 1 or 2 guests, all inclusive
La terrasse OKKO Rueil
An evening apéritivo on the terrace of Rueil-Malmaison

  • Discover the latest addition to the OKKO HOTELS family in Bayonne, the iconic Basque city, and marvel at its ancient canals, its traditional architecture, its city walls and the famous Sainte Marie Cathedral…
    €95 per night in Bayonne for 1 or 2 guests, all inclusive

 

Bayonne
The banks of the Adour

Book your breaks right away and make the most of this Dolce Summer at www.okkohotels.com

We’ll be back very soon with more great surprises…

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Offers
/

Paris Under the Stars, with Michel&Augustin

Published on June 20 2016
  • Events

 

How does the idea of spending a night under the stars in a park at the very heart of Paris sound to you? Not bad, eh? Well the good news is that this dream can now become a reality, thanks to France’s very own snack kings!

For the 4th edition of this unique event, the wonderful team at Michel&Augustin are inviting you to pack up your tent and head on down to the Parc Monceau on Friday 17th June.

 

Michel et Augustin

 

So what is the Night Under the Stars all about? This unique, friendly and magical event is perfect for a fun outing with family or friends.

Throughout the evening and into the night, attendees are invited to visit 6 thematic areas dreamt up by the creative team of snack specialists at Michel&Augustin: The Big Tree, The Great Bear, The Little Bear, The Meadow, The Moonlight Cocoon, and The Market Square.

On the schedule from 7pm onwards: activities for adults and children, shows, concerts (including Dead Fox on the Road, who we’ve had the pleasure of hosting at our hotels in Grenoble and Cannes!) and, of course, a bite or two to eat!
 

Click here to view the film from the third edition of A Night Under the Stars.

 

A trip to The Moonlight Cocoon

It is with immense pride that OKKO HOTELS can reveal that we will be taking part in this fourth edition of the event. We’ll be installing an open-air lobby in the “Moonlight Cocoon” area, the perfect setting for a spot of rest and relaxation!

 

For more details and the full line-up, visit: http://www.unenuitalabelleetoile.com/programme.html 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

Le Voyage à Nantes 2016

Published on June 20 2016
  • The City
Summer is finally here, which can only mean one thing: the return of Le Voyage à Nantes! This one-of-a-kind cultural event brings the city of Nantes to life every year over the summer months. This summer’s edition will run from 1st July until 28th August and, as ever, it holds some wonderful surprises in store for visitors…
 

Every summer, Le Voyage à Nantes offers a unique urban trail of temporary and permanent works of art, strategically placed around the city.

By following a green line drawn along the ground from the Lieu Unique to the western-most point of the Ile de Nantes, visitors will discover fifty works of art positioned in some of the city’s most iconic locations.

Esquisse - le VAN 2016
Credits : Esquisse | Julien Berthier, ADAGP, PARIS , 2016

From the 1st July until 28th August, the works adorning the city’s walls will include a series of humorous posters by artist Jean Jullien (who designed the nest at the summit of the Tour de Bretagne), a giant colourful mobile suspended by a crane above the Place du Bouffay, and a telephone booth-cum-aquarium, the brainchild of Lyon-based artist Benedetto Bufalino.
 
Benetto Bufalino - Le VAN 2016
Credits : Benetto Bufalino, ADAGP, Paris 2016

For the nature-lovers among you, look no further than the Jardin des Plantes, where visitors will be able to admire original works by Claude Ponti, and at the food stations, where everyone is invited to have a picnic and pick their own fruit and vegetables.
Le VAN 2016
Credits : Ville de Nantes

Meanwhile, fifteen African artists have been invited to breathe new life into one of the city’s ancient industrial warehouses by installing their Grafikama exhibition. Visitors can also look forward to a number of exhibitions organised at more traditional tourist landmarks such as the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the Lieu Unique, the Jules Verne Museum and the Planetarium.

 

Nantes by night
La nuit du VAN
Crédits : Martin Argyroglo

The official inauguration will take place on 1st July, in the form of a night-long celebration known as “VAN night”. Museums and other landmarks on the trail will be open late, and there will be series of barbecues, special events, activities and concerts taking place on the streets of Nantes. The festivities will start at 7pm before continuing throughout the night!
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: the Château de Malmaison

Published on May 23 2016
  • The City
For our first outing together, we’d like to introduce you to the Château de Malmaison, the historic former-residence of Josephine Bonaparte. So come with us and let’s find out all about this hidden treasure on the outskirts of Paris!
 

Château de Malmaison

Credit: http://www.ville-imperiale.com

Josephine, the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, acquired this property on 21 April 1799. From 1800 to 1802 it was to become the seat of the French government, together with the Tuileries in Paris, and frequently played host to meetings attended by ministers of the Consulate.

The unique style of the Château de Malmaison is inspired by 18th century art, interpreted by the two pioneering architects who oversaw its renovation: Percier and Fontaine.

The grounds of the castle

At the time of Josephine’s purchase in 1799, the property boasted 60 hectares of land. In 1814, the year of her death, the grounds of the castle had expanded to a mammoth 726 hectares of parkland. With the help of her architects, the empress installed a botanical garden with a huge heated greenhouse where she planted exotic vegetation from around the world.
She also welcomed a menagerie of animals whose reputation would extend way beyond France’s borders. From ostriches, to kangaroos and zebras, creatures great and small could be found from across Europe, Africa and Australia.
Today, a portion of these grounds remains open for public access. Although considerably smaller than it once was, this domain is still a worthy showcase for both the landscaping techniques of the age and Josephine’s genuine passion for plants.

On the programme

To be exhibited between 7 December 2016 and 6 March 2017: “Behind the wardrobe doors: Empress Josephine and women’s clothing at the Château de Malmaison.”
A unique opportunity to discover the clothing and accessories of the First Empire of France!

Practical information

The Malmaison Museum is open every day apart from Tuesdays.
From 1 October to 31 March: weekdays 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:15 / weekends 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:45
From 1 April to 30 September: weekdays 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:45 / weekends 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-18:15
 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Discover the town of Rueil-Malmaison

Published on May 23 2016
  • The City
The town of Rueil-Malmaison, situated to the west of Paris, will forever be associated with Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine, who resided in the Château de Malmaison for several years.
Thanks to such a significant historical heritage, the commune has declared itself an “Imperial City” since 2012.
 

Portrait de la ville

 

A historical tour

For an introduction to the town’s history, head first to the Château de Malmaison and its grounds. The property was acquired on 21 April 1799 by Josephine, and then fully renovated by Napoleon.
From there, you can walk to the Château de la Petite Malmaison, a classified Historic Monument that was constructed between 1803 and 1805 as a reception hall for Josephine.
Continue towards the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Church, which houses the tombs of Josephine and her daughter Hortense de Beauharnais, before paying a visit to the local history museum.
Open-air attractions nearby also include Rueil-Malmaison’s urban nature park (spread across approximately 850 hectares) and the so-called “Park of Friendship”, which features a stunning Japanese garden.

 

A town for everyone

Rueil-Malmaison is a family town, renowned for being a great place to live. Yet this commune of 80,000 residents has also capitalised on its privileged geographic position – it is only 8km from the centre of Paris and sits alongside the business district of La Défense – and is now home to the head offices of various organisations. The town’s development has also been boosted by the expansion of the RER rail network, which now offers direct access to the centre of Paris in only 20 minutes.
OKKO’s Paris Rueil-Malmaison hotel, an integral part of the new Mobipôle business district, is perfectly located opposite the RER station.
Come and pay us a visit in Rueil-Malmaison, and discover this striking blend of modernity and historical heritage for yourself!

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Bobo Bistro

Published on May 03 2016
  • Culinary favourites

This week, we start our tour of the best restaurants in Cannes at Bobo Bistro, an authentic dining experience located only a short walk from La Croisette!
 

Bobo Bistro

Bobo Bistro, long established as a destination of choice for foodistas on the Côte d’Azur, promises a warm welcome for customers old and new. Once inside, the first thing you will be struck by is the original, colourful decor. Mismatched chairs, vintage furniture, mosaic squares and designer lamps all contribute to the restaurant’s unquestionable visual charm. 
 

Bobo bistro

Bobo bistro

At lunch, customers can choose between two plats du jour (€12 each) or a set menu consisting of one plat du jour, a glass of wine and a coffee (€14.50). The dishes are generously-portioned, tasty and made with fresh regional produce.
 

Bobo bistro

We went for a delicious tian of summer vegetables with mozzarella and rocket, served with a fragrant olive oil.

But there were also plenty of dishes calling out to us from the à la carte menu. Gnocci with summer truffle, veal escalope with white wine and sage, baked cod, mashed potato and seasonal vegetables, sundried tomato oil, olives and pine nuts… the list goes on!

Bobo bistro

 Our team was knocked out by a beautifully-cooked rib steak from the grill (300g), served with roast baby potatoes, a béarnaise sauce and jus.
 

Bobo bistro

The little bonus: the restaurant has its own terrace, on a pedestrian road running perpendicular to the Croisette promenade.
 

Bobo bistro

The verdict? We unreservedly recommend this authentic and friendly restaurant, whose food is served in an ambiance far-removed from the razzmatazz of La Croisette.

Practical information:

The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday, from midday to 23:30.
Be sure to book in advance!
+33 (0)4 93 99 97 33 

Average prices:

- Starters between €11 and €18
- Main courses between €16 and €33
- Desserts between €5 and €8

Bobo bistro
21 rue du Commandant André
06400 Cannes

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

THE OKKO GROUP OPENS ITS FIFTH HOTEL IN RUEIL-MALMAISON

Published on April 27 2016
  • OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

In 2016, the OKKO HOTELS group is seeing double

Following its original burst of openings in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon in 2014, the year 2016 will see French hotel group OKKO HOTELS double in size. The festivities got underway on 1 March with the opening of its new hotel in Cannes, which is now gearing up to make a big impression on guests during this year’s film festival. As such, the team at Rueil-Malmaison will be opening the doors to what is already OKKO’s second new hotel for the year. It will soon to be joined by a third, in Bayonne, on 1 July.
 
This new location sees OKKO HOTELS venture into the Greater Paris region for the first time, ahead of the opening of the future OKKO HOTELS Paris – Porte de Sèvres, scheduled for the summer of 2017.
In Rueil-Malmaison, Olivier Devys and his team have seized the chance to become a central part of the Mobipôle project, which is developing and modernising the area surrounding the local RER train station. OKKO HOTELS Rueil-Malmaison is bringing its high quality, contemporary accommodation to a neighbourhood already boasting a brand new range of modern shops, green spaces and transport links.
Only 10 minutes by RER train from La Défense, OKKO HOTELS Rueil-Malmaison is set to become the four-star hotel of choice for business visitors to the area.
 

Designer and urbane: a new 4* concept for Rueil-Malmaison

OKKO HOTELS Rueil-Malmaison is breathing new life into the area’s existing accommodation options with its contemporary design and all-inclusive service, a concept that has already proved a hit with guests around France.
 
Future guests will have uninterrupted access to the Club, a spacious living area located on the second floor, in addition to a health & well-being area and a stunning terrace. At any time of the day and at no extra cost, they will be able to pop by and settle down to some work, have a drink, relax, taste the local cuisine, or print their plane ticket.
 

OKKO Paris Rueil Malmaison

The future Club at OKKO HOTELS Rueil-Malmaison

Architect Loïc Richalet has designed a building that blends effortlessly and elegantly into the surrounding development. The hotel, delivered to schedule by developer FIMINCO, will open its doors to the public on 16 May. The interior design of the 110 rooms, as well as the shared areas, is the work of Patrick Norguet.
 

The hotel room, designed by Patrick Norguet

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison
/

ON THE OKKO HOTELS AGENDA: THE PALAIS DES FESTIVALS

Published on April 22 2016
  • The City

Nowadays, the Cannes Film Festival is the biggest cinema event in the world. As result, all of cinema’s biggest international stars have at one stage walked up the stairs and across the floor of the main auditorium at its famous venue, the Palais des Festivals. But how much do you know about its history? 

Palais des festivals
The Palais des Festivals in Cannes

Background

The idea for an international film festival was born in 1939, as a means to provide an alternative to the Venice Biennale cinema event, controlled at the time by Mussolini and Hitler. However, the advent of war was to prevent this first edition from going ahead, and it was not until September 1946 that the Cannes festival would come to fruition.

The festival progressively grew between the 1950s and 1980s, up to the point where its habitual venue (nowadays known as the Palais Croisette) was no longer large enough to cater for the ever-expanding droves of film-lovers descending upon the south of France each year.

Palais des festivals
Credits: www.cannes.com/fr

The current “Cannes Palace of Festivals and Conventions” – to translate its full title into English – would host the famous film festival for the first time in 1983.

“The heart of the myth”

Have you ever dreamed of going behind the scenes at the Cannes Film Festival? The tourist office regularly organises tours of the Palais des Festivals, giving visitors the chance to explore the backstage area at this mythical venue in the world of cinema.

Practical information:
€4 per person – allow for around 1hr 30mins to complete the tour

Palais des festivals
Boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes

The fingerprints of cinema can be seen everywhere throughout the city of Cannes, with giant murals depicting the greatest icons of the so-called 7th art to be found hidden away on the walls of its backstreets. 

 

Murs peints Cannes
Wall murals in Cannes - Credits: www.cannes-destination.fr

Finally, for those of you who really want to get to the bottom of every last mystery relating to the city’s cinematographic past, why not try out the Cannes et le Cinéma tour, details of which are also available from the Tourist Office.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Les Apothicaires

Published on April 22 2016
  • Culinary favourites

This week, we’re going to explore the hype surrounding one of Lyon’s newest restaurants: Les Apothicaires. In order to do so, it’s off to Rue de Sèze in the trendy sixth arrondissement where Tabata Mey, a former contestant on the TV series Top Chef, recently opened the establishment alongside husband Ludovic.

Les apothicaires

Tabata Mey, a young Brazilian with an insatiable passion for food, cut her culinary teeth at the Paul Bocuse Institute before taking part in Top Chef, the iconic televised cookery competition. She then took over at Marguerite Restaurant, and in doing so became the first female head chef at a Paul Bocuse restaurant!

Les apothicaires

A lot of love and care has clearly gone into Les Apothicaires, from the tasteful decor, vibrant atmosphere and warm welcome to the original, modern food and the reasonable prices. This restaurant has quite simply got it all, and will be enough to satisfy even the most demanding foodies among you!

Les apothicaires

The food served – from a stripped-back menu consisting of 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts, changing every Wednesday – is inspired, modern, precise and creative, focusing on fresh vegetable produce and original flavour fusions.

Typical dishes include green cabbage, reduced pot au feu stew with grey prawns and bone marrow or even fish & chips with a Guinness mayonnaise, finished off with an almond blancmange with grapes and verjuice.

Les apothicaires

Here are the thoughts of Julie, a member of our team at OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette: “A really creative and attractive restaurant with a very homely atmosphere, entirely deserving of all the success that’s coming its way. Be sure to reserve (well) in advance – Les Apothicaires has been packed out for every sitting ever since it first opened!”

Les apothicaires

Practical Information 

This exceptional restaurant offers a pleasantly affordable set menu for lunch, for either €20 or €24. This rises to €39 or €50 for the dinner menu.

Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday (closed at weekends).

A short walk from OKKO’s Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel:

23 rue de Sèze
Lyon 6
04 26 02 25 09

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Les Puces du Canal

Published on April 22 2016
  • The City

A unique market tailor-made for lovers of art, antiques and furniture, Les Puces du Canal is the perfect spot for a Sunday stroll full of surprises!

Les Puces du Canal
The historic entry to Les Puces du Canal

It’s off to Villeurbanne, which is transformed every Sunday into the venue for France’s second biggest flea market. A true paradise for fans of bric-a-brac and antiques, this is an unusual experience to say the least: it is Lyon’s very own urban Ali Baba cave, and well worth a visit if you’re passing through the city!

Les puces du canal
Live sculpture at Les Puces du Canal 

If it is old furniture or vintage vinyl you’re after, or anything designer and retro for that matter, then you’ve come to the right place. Every Sunday, around 400 vendors and exhibitors (including antiques dealers, collectors, photo exhibitors and vintage décor specialists) set up at Les Puces du Canal for a unique market that attracts in the order of 500,000 visitors per year.

Les puces du canal
Les puces du canal

Les puces du canal
Les puces du canal

Each weekly event features four different areas : the Hangar, renowned for its antiques (old furniture, ornaments , paintings); the Louis Brocante Hall, with its huge variety of stalls; the village of containers, dedicated to design and more contemporary items; and the school, more focused on recovered, restored and vintage objects.
 

les puces
Les puces du canal

Once you’ve dug up your hidden treasures and browsed all the great deals on offer, head to one of the guinguette bars for a well-earned break!

les guinguettes

Practical information

Les Puces Du Canal opens three times per week. It is reserved for professional stall holders on Thursdays (from 07:00 to midday) and Saturdays (08:00 to midday), while members of the public are also welcome to set up their own stalls during its Sunday opening hours (07:00 to 15:00).

Les puces du canal
3, rue Eugène Pottier, 69100 Villeurbanne

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: La Cantine du Voyage is back!

Published on April 20 2016
  • The City

And so it’s confirmed: La Cantine du Voyage will make its big comeback on 4th May. And, like every year, this latest edition promises to hold plenty of surprises in store!

La cantine du VOyage

La Cantine du Voyage à Nantes 2015 - Credits: Matthieu Chauveau / LVAN

100% Nantes!

Since 2013, every year this wonderful pop-up facility has been installed throughout the summer on Nantes’ city island. The unique riverside location is the perfect starting point for those wishing to explore the giant mechanical creations of the nearby Machines de l’Ile.
The programme for this fourth edition is still to be confirmed. However, two all-new features have already been announced for this year’s event: a 900 sqm vegetable patch, and the return of the Skate Ô Drome, an installation originally unveiled for the last edition of the Voyage à Nantes celebrations.

 

La cantine du Voyage à Nantes 2015

La Cantine du Voyage à Nantes 2015 - Credits: Matthieu Chauveau / LVAN

As you will have understood by now, La Cantine du Voyage is much more than a simple restaurant! Rather this is a genuine leisure hub, where visitors can take part in any number of activities, from chilling out in the reading corner to enjoying a game of table football or boule.

Practical information:

At previous editions, food options have been limited to a specially-designed set menu including a starter, main course and drink (€10 for lunch, €13 for dinner).

Under the direction of Jean Blaise, Le Voyage à Nantes is a local public organisation tasked with promoting cultural events in Nantes and its surrounding urban area. Every summer, Le Voyage à Nantes creates its flagship event, consisting of a series of temporary and permanent art installations located throughout the city.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: L’Atelier du Chocolat

Published on April 20 2016
  • The City

If there’s one thing that everyone agrees about when it comes to South-West France, it’s the quality of this region’s cuisine. Ask any Frenchman for some examples, and a list of delicacies will start rolling off the tongue: from the ham of Bayonne to the pepper of Espelette, from chipiron squid to the gâteau basque. So where does chocolate fit in to this rich culinary tradition?

Bayonne and chocolate: a joint history

L'Atelier du chocolat

L'Atelier du chocolat

Did you know that the city of Bayonne plays an important role in the history of chocolate? Indeed, France’s first coco workshops were located in the Basque Country in the 17th century…

The history books inform us that during the Inquisition, Spanish and Portuguese craftsmen fleeing persecution in their homelands came to settle in Bayonne, a city close to the Spanish border. And so it was, following their arrival, that the first chocolate production sites appeared on the north bank of the River Adour.

In the 18th century, the chocolate trade went from strength to strength, and those craftsmen in Bayonne found themselves exporting to destinations all over France. By the end of the 19th century, there were 31 established chocolate-makers in Bayonne alone!

The introductory tour at L’Atelier du Chocolat

L'Atelier du chocolat

L'Atelier du chocolat

A family business dating all the way back to 1951, L’Atelier du Chocolat is renowned for its famous chocolate bouquets and, above all, the exceptional quality of its products.

And L’Atelier du Chocolat also offers an introductory 90-minute tour of its chocolate factory in Bayonne.

The tour covers every step of the chocolate-making process, from planting a cocoa tree to putting the finishing touches to the end product. It features videos, an exhibition of ancient machinery, a look round the laboratory, and an educational film.

And needless to say, the tour finishes with a tasting session! As such, visitors are introduced to the subtle changes in flavour created by the different recipes or the origins of the ingredients used.

L'Atelier du chocolat

L'Atelier du chocolat

Practical information

The shop is open between 10:00 and 19:00 in July and August (with the last tour leaving at 18:00), and from 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00 throughout the rest of the year (last tour at 17:00).

Adult price: €6 (tasting session included)

Free parking

L’Atelier du chocolat
7 allée du Gibéléou
Bayonne - 64100

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Bayonne: portrait of a city

Published on April 19 2016
  • The City

Located to the north of the Basque Country, Bayonne possesses its own unique historic and cultural heritage. And here at OKKO we’re delighted that, on 1st July of this year, this icon of South-West France will become the home of our sixth hotel!

Portrait de la ville de Bayonne

City of Art & History

In 2012, Bayonne was awarded the prestigious ‘French City of Art & History’ status.

If you wish to unravel the mystery of this capital of culture, where better then to start than Vieux Bayonne, the city’s historic centre? Here you can enjoy a pleasant walk exploring the ancient canals, the typical local architecture, the old city walls, the Sainte Marie Cathedral (registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a stopover on the legendary Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail), the Cloisters and the ancient castle dating back to the 11th century.

Has that whet your appetite? In addition to all this history, the city is also home to cultural gems such as the Basque Museum, the Bonnat-Helleu Museum of fine arts, and the Natural History Museum.
 

Portrait de la ville de Bayonne

Feeling hungry?

As well as being a cultural heavyweight, the city of Bayonne is no also-ran when it comes to cuisine! Renowned for its hams, historically Bayonne is also known as the city where chocolate was first introduced to France.

The city is bursting with great restaurants serving traditional Basque and Spanish dishes, which we will be all too happy to tell you about right here on this blog.

A dynamic historic centre

Portrait de la ville de Bayonne

Right at the heart of the Vieux Bayonne district, a pedestrian centre is bursting with shops where visitors can find all the regional specialities of the Basque Country, from culinary delicacies to arts and crafts (including Basque linen, makilas and espadrilles).

Finally, Bayonne is also renowned for its traditional summer celebrations, organised every year since 1932 and featuring parades, bull running, fireworks and traditional music. Put simply, it is one of the biggest parties in France!

For more information, head to the official website of the Bayonne Tourist Office.
 

OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre will be located on the Boulevard du BAB. Within walking distance of Vieux Bayonne and the lively banks of the River Adour, it is the ideal starting point to set out in search of the delights that the city has to offer. See you on 1st July!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

The latest news on OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Published on April 18 2016
  • Construction sites

Following the grand opening of our hotel in Cannes on 1st March 2016, there’s no rest for our construction team as things move into gear for the unveiling of OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison.

The doors to this, our first hotel in the Greater Paris region, are set to open to the public on 16th May!

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Our fifth hotel, consisting of 110 bedrooms spread over 6 floors, is located at the foot of the Rueil-Malmaison RER train station, offering access to the centre of Paris in only 20 minutes.

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Our guests will, of course, find all the trademark OKKO features present and correct: all-inclusive service and a 300m² Club open 24/7, offering them cosy lounges and bookshelves, a business corner, a large communal table and open-access fridges.

And the cherry on the cake? The Club terrace on the 2nd floor, where our guests can make the most of the great weather over the coming months (fingers crossed!) by enjoying breakfast and/or an evening apéritivo, naturally all included in the price of a stay.

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

The Club Terrace

The hotel’s fifth floor also boasts a gym equipped with cardio-training machines and a sauna.
 

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

The view from the gym on the fifth floor

An update on construction works

The finishing line is in sight, and everyone’s giving their all to ensure that every last detail is in place for the big day!

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Club

The main team is finalising all the bathrooms and bedroom fittings, while a support team ensures that all hotel equipment is safely installed (furniture in the Club, beds, armchairs, and so on).

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Sample bedroom

Outside, our signs have already gone up, so any curious passers-by will be left in no doubt as to the imminent arrival of this new OKKO hotel!

OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Reservations are already being taken online! Guests are invited to book their stay, for arrival from 16th May onwards, on our website: www.okkohotels.com.

OKKO Paris Rueil-Malmaison

The view from the roof at OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison

Developer: FIMINCO
Main construction works: Bouygues Construction
Bathrooms and bedroom fixtures and fittings: ECM
Club fixtures and fittings: Postforming
Hotel equipment: TGH

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Construction sites
/

Our partners in Cannes: aix&terra

Published on April 13 2016
  • Our partners

OKKO has had a new mission of late: to seek out the very best that Cannes’ local region has to offer for the guests at our new hotel! And while on this mission, our team fell head over heels for the products from aix&terra, 100% made in Provence…

aix&terra

This particular adventure started back in 2010. Richard and Marina Alibert, having recently moved to the Drôme Provençale area, fell in love with a colourful little shop called aix&terra, located on a busy square in Aix-en-Provence. They subsequently decided to take the plunge and buy the shop, and then set about developing the brand.

The concept? To breathe new life into the recipes that best represent the culinary expertise of the Provence region (including jams, condiments, candied flowers, poivronades and tapenades).

And the result? The highest quality gourmet produce, presented in elegant, colourful packaging and sold in the region’s finest épiceries.
 

La Manufacture: Workshop, Restaurant, Epicerie

Last year, aix&terra opened La Manufacture. This vast facility, spread over 800 m², is divided into three separate sections: the workshop, the restaurant and the épicerie.

The workshop is a handsome kitchen, with large bay windows allowing visitors to gaze in and admire the precise work that goes into aix&terra’s gourmet preserves. All the products are manufactured using traditional methods with fruits and vegetables grown exclusively in Provence, including lemons from Menton, melons from Cavaillon, olives from Nyons, and more.

Having seen the workshop, visitors are invited to take their seat around a large communal table where they will be able to order from a sun-filled gourmet menu. Each dish is made up of recipes using the brand’s own products, in addition to fresh produce brought in directly from local markets.
You can consult the menu here.

The last stage consists of an épicerie store where you will find every one of aix&terra’s products, from the local honey to their delicious Diamant Provençal, a black truffle-infused olive oil!

Practical Information

aix&terra

Guests at OKKO Cannes Centre can treat themselves to aix&terra honeys and jams for breakfast, try the tapenade at an evening apéritivo, and even leave with their favourite products thanks to the hotel’s boutique.

Has this whetted your appetite for a visit to La Manufacture?

You can find La Manufacture at the following address:

N7 / Chemin du Mouillon 
26270 Saulce sur Rhône 

For more information, please visit the aix&terra website.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

ON THE OKKO HOTELS AGENDA: the Chartreuse Cellars

Published on April 11 2016
  • The City

Made from a recipe that has remained a secret for over 400 years, Chartreuse is one of the most unique specialities of the Grenoble region. Full of curiosity, the OKKO team headed off to find out more about a drink that for a long time went under the radar, but which is increasingly becoming a fixture in France’s most popular cocktail bars.

Les Caves de la Chartreuse

A bit of history…

In 1605, the Marshall d’Estréees handed over a manuscript revealing the formula for a mysterious “Elixir of Life” to the Chartreuse monks in Paris. The mystery to this complex recipe, however, remained unresolved for many years. Then in 1737, following experiments by the apothecary at the Grande Chartreuse, this monastery near to Grenoble started to produce the elixir and to sell it to the public. 

Les caves de la Chatreuse

A 400 year-old secret recipe

Nowadays, in the distillery at Voiron, two monks work to manufacture the drink under conditions of absolute secrecy. They are, at present, the only people who know the production process for this natural liqueur, composed of around 130 plants and free from any added chemicals.

Les caves de la Chartreuse

 

Les caves de la Chatreuse

The vast Chartreuse Cellars at Voiron are among the largest in the world. A visit to the cellars is entirely free and divided into two halves: 

  • A guided tour of the cellars and the distillery, featuring a 3D film retracing the history of the Chartreuse monks over the centuries and a tasting session in the surrounds of a majestic room with large stained glass windows.

Les Caves de la Chatreuse

  • An exhibition on the drink itself, located on the first floor, including a film recounting the story behind the famous manuscript.

Les caves de la Chartreuse

 

les caves de la chartreuse

Practical information

Thirsty to find out more about this mysterious nectar? Then you need to head to Voiron, only 20 minutes by train from Grenoble.
 

Les Caves de la Chatreuse

 

From Saturday 26 March to Tuesday 1 November 2016:
- open seven days a week, 09:30-11:00 and 14:00-18:00

The rest of the year:
- open weekdays, 09:30-11:00 (last visit) and 14:00-17:30 (last visit). Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Caves de la Chartreuse
10, bd Edgar Kofler
38503 - Voiron

Please find more information on The Chatreuse Cellars website.
 

*Alcohol abuse can damage your health
 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS arrives in Cannes for its first new opening in 2016

Published on March 07 2016
  • OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

OKKO Cannes Centre
March 1rst, 2016

The OKKO HOTELS group continues to expand

Following its openings in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon in 2014, the French group OKKO HOTELS will double in size during the first half of 2016 with the openings of three new hotels in Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison and Bayonne.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre represents the group’s first establishment in the South of France, which will soon be supplemented by new hotels in Bayonne (opening in July 2016) and Toulon (in 2018). The ambitions of the four-star chain do not end there, however, and research is already underway into potential sites for future hotels in Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and Toulouse.

OKKO Cannes Centre_terrasse
The terrace at OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

From the word go in Cannes, the OKKO HOTELS team was won over by the quality of the redevelopment works being carried out on the city’s SNCF train station by rail administrator Gares et Connexions. This project offered OKKO the unique opportunity to install its hotel within the station itself, a stunning location just two minutes from the Rue d’Antibes and four minutes from the Promenade de la Croisette.
 

Designer and urbane: a new 4* concept for Cannes

By introducing a unique concept that has already proved it worth in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon, OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre will breathe new life into the city’s hotel sector. The building, designed by the architects at Agence DGLA, is elegantly integrated into its urban surroundings. The construction project, meanwhile, was delivered to schedule by developer VINCI Immobilier, which had previously worked with OKKO HOTELS in Grenoble.

The interior design is the work of Patrick Norguet. The hotel consists of 125 rooms, each 18 m² in size, offering a blend of aesthetics and functionality that makes them veritable cocoons of calm in the heart of this bustling city. The vast 300 m² Club area boasts its own terrace and stunning views over the city’s rooftops.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
The Club at OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

As in all OKKO HOTELS, guests will have 24/7 access to the Club and its terrace, where they will be able to work, relax or enjoy a drink. Breakfast, daytime snacks and an evening apéritivo will all be included in the price of a stay and, to top it off, a business corner, bookshelves and a a heath and well-being area will also be at the guests’ disposal aound the clock.
 

A strong contribution to the local economy

True to its ambition of being a recognisable national brand that also makes a tangible contribution to the local economy, OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre is designed to be a means by which to discover the city and its surrounding region.

As such, partnerships have been established with a host of local producers, above all to ensure that the hotel’s breakfasts and apéritivos have an authentic local flavour. Products include coffee from La Cannoise des Cafés, fruit juices and compotes from Orso, and jams, honeys, spreads and oils from Aix-et-Terra.

OKKO Cannes Centre
Breakfast by OKKO HOTELS

A team of ten employees has been assembled to ensure that guests receive a warmth of welcome befitting the chain’s reputation. A central part of their job is also to provide an ongoing concierge service, remaining at the guests’ service around the clock to offer their advice on local restaurants, activities in the region or even their preferred jogging routes. After all, sharing the very best local tips is one sure-fire way to guarantee that the guests enjoy a four-star experience, no cloud.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Challenge the Room

Published on February 23 2016
  • The City

Challenge the Room is Grenoble’s first live escape game. This life-size puzzle is all about adventure, immersion, teamwork, observation, speed and curiosity! Are you ready for the challenge?

Challenge the room
Credits: Challenge the room

Live escape gaming, a life-size experience inspired by the video games of the Far East, has already won over millions of fans worldwide. 

Challenge the room
Credits: Challenge the room

In teams of two to six players, participants start the game locked in a room. You must then join forces, working together to resolve the succession of puzzles that lie ahead. You have 60 minutes, and not a second longer, to break free!
 


Credits: Challenge the room

A cool head and good teamwork are absolute musts, if you are to face up to the challenge and not crack under the pressure. This is the perfect activity for a family or group of friends, as well as an original and fun bonding exercise for businesses.
 

Challenge the room
Credits: Challenge the room

Will you choose to play the part of a spy in The Legend of the Samurai, an intrepid explorer in The Spirit of the Bayou, or the role of a journalist invited to The Mad Professor’s Study? Or will you tackle other-worldly intelligence in The Cube Experience or even climb aboard the (Extra) Special Ship? 

Are you ready?
 

Practical Information

7 rue Très-Cloîtres & 10-12 rue Servan
38000 Grenoble
09 51 37 20 90

Open between 10 a.m. and midnight, from Monday to Sunday

Please find more information on Challenge the room website.

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: the Maison des Canuts and the Tour of the Traboules

Published on February 23 2016
  • The City

Canuts and traboules are two terms that remain largely unknown throughout France, but that play a fundamental role in the history of the city of Lyon. So it’s high time we found out what they’re all about!    

La Maison des Canuts
The Maison des Canuts

Driven by its silk trade, Lyon became France’s principal industrial city in the 18th century, and canut was the name given to Lyon’s expert silk weavers during the 18th and 19th centuries. The expression comes from the word canette, which is a wooden tool used in the production of silk. These weavers had a significant influence on the great movements of social thought from around this time in history.

La Croix-Rousse
 

To find out more, you will need to climb to the upper reaches of Lyon and, more specifically, to the Croix-Rousse district. From there, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views over the city and the Fourvière basilica.ière.
 

Maison des Canuts

Next stop is the Maison des Canuts, where you will find out about the fascinating history of Lyon’s silk trade in an original silk workshop. The museum offers a guided tour with an accompanying lesson in weaving, using restored machinery from a bygone era.

La Maison des Canuts

The Maison des Canuts also boasts its own store, selling scarves, ties, silk art and ornamental trimmings, all hand-crafted by the finest local experts.

La boutique

Finally, the museum also offers a guided tour of Lyon’s traboules. These are hidden, narrow alleyways that run through the city’s buildings, connecting one street to another. 

Les traboules
 

Maison des Canuts
 

These passages enabled the silk workers to transport their textiles throughout the city and, notably, their shortcuts provided straight line access from the Croix-Rousse neighborhood to the central Presqu’île district.


 

The tour finishes at the Place des Terreaux, in the heart of the Presqu’île. 

place des Terreaux
 

Practical information:

Allow for 50 minutes for a tour of the Maison des Canuts, and 90 minutes for the tour of the Croix-Rousse’s traboules.

The museum is open every day except Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:30.

Maison des Canuts: €7 (full price entry)
Maison des Canuts + Tour of the Traboules: €12 (full price entry)

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Coming soon: OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

Published on February 15 2016
  • Construction sites

With January been and gone in a flash, it’s hard to believe that the opening of our new OKKO Cannes Centre hotel is just three weeks away. The staff at the hotel are raring to go, and we couldn’t resist the temptation to unveil this series of exclusive photos, giving you a glimpse of the future hotel that we hope will bring its guests as much pleasure as our previous three.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

The first surprise with this new hotel is its lofty setting: the reception is located up on the sixth floor!

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
A stunning view of the La Croisette promenade awaits our guests from the moment they arrive

Our hotel in Cannes is made up of 125 classic rooms that will welcome our very first guests on 1st March.

The concept remains identical to the one that already features at the group’s other hotels: all-inclusive rates and a Club area open 24/7, offering cosy living spaces in which to relax, a business corner and a kitchen facility with fridges and large communal table. The hotel also boasts a sauna and fitness area, complete with cardio-training equipment.

Table d'hôtes
The Club, (nearly) ready to host its first apéritivos and breakfasts

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

It’s all change when it comes to the interior design, however, as our team has unearthed a plethora of new items of designer furniture in a completely fresh colour scheme, resulting in a 100% unique Club area.

Le Club OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
The Club area

L'espace Club OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
The Club area

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
The Club area

The Club area, located on the hotel’s top floor, is handsomely lit by its vast windows. As in Grenoble, it boasts a sumptuous terrace, the perfect setting for a warm summer’s evening in Cannes.

La terrasse d'OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
The terrace at OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre: Opens 1st March 2016

No sooner had the hotel’s management settled down to life in their new surroundings, than they were joined by an enthusiastic team of staff. Now everyone is simply itching to show off the new facility to our first guests.

To book your stay at OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre (for arrival as of 1st March 2016), visit www.okkohotels.com today!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Construction sites
/

Cocktail Week by OKKO HOTELS

Published on January 14 2016
  • Events

The first ever Cocktail Week by OKKO HOTELS will take place from 23rd to 30th January in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon! We will be dedicating an entire week to the art of mixology as we introduce guests to our new cocktail menu, in collaboration with Ponthier.

Cocktail Week à Nantes
Cocktail apéritivo 

Signature cocktails, mixed exclusively for OKKO HOTELS

Here at OKKO, we have a saying: “keep innovating, keep surprising”. It is for this reason we created signature cocktails for each of our hotels using the best local specialities.

For Nantes, it is a long, rum-based drink with hints of lime and tropical fruits, echoing the 18th century rum trade.

In Grenoble, we naturally took inspiration from the famous Chartreuse Verte in creating a long tonic drink made with green apples and lime.

Last but not least, in Lyon, our guests will be able to enjoy a delicious cocktail inspired by the Bergeron apricot, grown only a few miles from the city, accompanied by a subtle mix of gin, lemon juice and orgeat syrup.

Throughout our Cocktail Week of 23rd – 30th January, every evening our guests will be offered a free signature cocktail!

And for those of you who don’t drink alcohol? Our team will be only too happy to serve you a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail courtesy of our partners at Borderline.

Cocktail apéritivo (from 19:00 to 22:00)

To accompany this welcome tipple, our guests will be able to help themselves, as every evening, to a snack buffet made up of the region’s finest specialities (including fish terrines, charcuterie meats and cheeses) and a selection of simple, authentic and predominantly Italian products (burratina cheese, olives, marinated vegetables).

Club OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château

For those of you who aren’t staying at one of our hotels…
The OKKO HOTELS Club Apéritivo pass is available to the public, for use between 19:00 and 22:00.
€25 per person in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon (apéritivo buffet with a welcome drink).

 

Tell us what you think of our new cocktails! #OKKOCocktailWeek

 

*Alcohol abuse is harmful to your health. Consume in moderation.

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

The City of Festivals: a portrait

Published on January 11 2016
  • The City

OKKO’s Cannes Centre hotel will open its doors to the public on 1st March 2016. As we count down the days until the arrival of our first guests, we'd like to give you a first little insight into the so-called City of Festivals!

Cannes
Credits: http://www.cannes-destination.fr

Cannes in numbers:

  • Over 73,000 residents
  • One of the world's most popular tourist destinations, with nearly 2 millions visitors each year
  • France's 2nd most popular business destination, after Paris
  • France's 2nd city for international tradeshows, thanks to its famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
  • The 3rd biggest city in the Alpes-Maritimes region, in terms of population

A stroll around town

Cannes is known the world over for its many and varying cultural events and encounters. The city's most famous sights include the illustrious Croisette Boulevard with its Palais des Festivals, its red carpet and its famous steps, an inescapable part of the city's global reputation.


Credits: http://www.cannes-destination.fr

However, visitors have to head to higher ground in order to discover the old town, where the district of Le Suquet sits atop the Mont-Chevalier hill. This neighbourhood of steep, narrow lanes is the oldest in the city of Cannes, offering stunning views over the bay and its surrounding area.

In days gone by, this mountain was dominated by a castle built by the Lérins clergymen, of which little now remains. These days, visitors can instead explore the Castre Museum, which has been housed there since 1919.

With its colourful vegetables and delicious seafood, Cannes also boasts numerous markets where you can taste the finest local produce or simply stroll around and take in the atmosphere.

Port de Cannes
Port de Cannes

We look forward to introducing you to more of Cannes’ delights very soon!

If you can’t wait, head straight to the Cannes tourist office website for more information.

* Source: http://www.cannes.com/fr/decouvrir-cannes/cannes-en-chiffres.html

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Le Verre à Soi

Published on January 06 2016
  • The City

Le Verre à Soi is a wine bar with a difference, and the destination in Grenoble for those of you looking for somewhere truly local on your next visit! 

Le Verre à Soi
Le Verre à Soi

Head to the Caserne de Bonne district, only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, where you can enjoy a drink and some delicious tapas to see in the early part of the year.

Le Verre à Soi
The softly-lit ambience

Le Verre à Soi has opted for an understated and warm decor, softly lit through its beautiful lampshades. The bar boasts several areas with armchairs and sofas, creating a cosy and informal atmosphere. 
 

Le Verre à Soi
 

However, what sets this wine bar apart are the innovative machines that allow customers to serve their own drinks. It couldn’t be more straightforward; you simply top up your card and are then free to choose both your drink (from the 50 or so wines on offer) and how much you want! This is also your chance to try some fantastic wines at very affordable prices.

Le Verre à Soi
The wine machines

Le Verre à Soi
Le Verre à Soi

Feeling hungry? Delicious blinis, verrines, grilled skewers and crispy prawns will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites (not to mention the trusty meat and cheese sharing patters, stacked with regional produce!).

Le Verre à Soi
Le Verre à Soi – Credits: www.verre-a-soi.fr

Le Verre à Soi

The little bonus: the bar has a lovely outdoor area, perfect for summer evenings!

Le verre à Soi

The OKKO HOTELS team liked: the cosy atmosphere with a designer feel, the smart and innovative wine machines, and the quality of the food. To sum up, this place was an instant hit for us, and somewhere for you to try out without further ado!
 

Practical information:

As if that isn’t enough, Le Verre à Soi is open seven days a week! (from 17:00 until midnight, and until 01:00 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays).

On the corner of Rue Marceau and Rue Berthe de Boissieux,
Opposite Monoprix Caserne de Bonne
38000 Grenoble

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Happy holidays with OKKO HOTELS

Published on December 23 2015
  • Events

The year 2015 is drawing to a close and our teams have thought of everything to ensure our guests enjoy a holiday period worthy of four stars, no cloud!

Warm surroundings

L'accueil d'OKKO HOTELS Lyon

Whether it be in the company of family or friends, we can't wait to celebrate with you in a festive environment warmly lit by the colours of Christmas!
 

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche

Special evening snacks

For the occasion, our teams have put together a special apéritivo. As ever, it is made up of the region's finest specialties, but over the festive period it also includes a special selection of additional products (including smoked salmon, pain surprise, magret of duck and pâté en croûte). Put simply, it’s the perfect way to share a moment together with your loved ones before heading out to celebrate on the charming streets of NantesGrenoble and Lyon!

During your stay, please don't hesitate to ask our team for their tips on the best our cities have to offer for your night out.

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche
 

Waiting just for you…

Whether you've deserved it this year or not, there's a little local surprise awaiting all of you in your room on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Cadeau Noël et jour de l'an
We hope that these little treats, carefully selected by our teams, will be to your liking!

And after a year full of surprises, we can't wait to surprise you once more in 2016 with the opening of our next three hotels in Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison and Bayonne.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with OKKO HOTELS!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

Our partners : Laurent-Perrier

Published on December 22 2015
  • Our partners

With nearly two centuries of expertise behind them, and driven by their passion for champagne and respect for traditional, human values, Laurent-Perrier is among the most prestigious of all of France’s champagne producers.

La Maison Laurent-Perrier
The home of Laurent-Perrier, in Tours-sur-Marne

Laurent-Perrier attaches great importance to the quality and excellence of its products, to the expertise of its staff, and to the brand’s warmth and friendliness. In this way it shares its values with OKKO HOTELS, making ours an entirely natural partnership.
 

Background

Laurent-Perrier
 

The champagne house was originally created in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot. It was later given the name Veuve Laurent-Perrier when Mathilde Emilie Perrier took over following the death of her husband Eugène Laurent, before it was then passed on to Marie-Louise de Nonancourt in 1939.

Laurent-Perrier

La Maison Laurent-Perrier
 

Laurent-Perrier: freshness, finesse and elegance
 

Laurent-Perrier

After the war in 1945, Bernard de Nonancourt, the son of Marie-Louise de Nonancourt, began his apprenticeship. He would take over the reins at the head of the Laurent-Perrier champagne house in 1949.
 

Les caves de Laurent-Perrier

Laurent-Perrier

His development strategy combines innovation, tradition, audacity and creativity. In doing so, he has not only developed a unique range of beverages that are exported to over 160 countries, but he has coined the Laurent-Perrier style, which can be summed up in three simple words: freshness, finesse and elegance!
 

Laurent-Perrier
The Laurent-Perrier range

Over the years, the Maison Laurent-Perrier has cultivated a unique expertise that remains the real secret behind the excellence of its champagnes. The art of riddling (or remuage in French, the process used to coax the sediment formed during fermentation down to the neck of the bottle) is of utmost importance in their champagne-making process. One of Laurent-Perrier's professional remueurs turns and tilts an average of 60,000 bottles per day!

Laurent Perrier

 

OKKO HOTELS and Laurent-Perrier

Make the most of the holidays by adding some sparkle to your stay! We will happily deliver a bottle of Laurent-Perrier brut champagne to your room, alongside some fancy caramelised dried fruit snacks from L'Attelier!
(Feel free to make your request with a member of our team during your stay - Price: €60)

Laurent-Perrier

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

My event in Lyon with OKKO HOTELS

Published on December 18 2015
  • Our partners

Do you want to stay at OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette? Looking for the perfect venue to host your event in Lyon? Keep on reading!

Le Club d'OKKO HOTELS
 

OKKO HOTELS: a serene experience and an all-inclusive service

The hotel boasts 138 bedrooms, in addition to a Club area open to guests around the clock and a wonderful terrace offering stunning views of the nearby mountains. The Club is an attractive and warm living space where you will find a number of guest services: a business corner, cosy lounges for reading and relaxing, a health and wellbeing area, and snacks to enjoy at any time of day.

Le Club d'OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette

Generosity and friendliness are two of the main founding values of the OKKO HOTELS concept. That's why everything available for you at the hotel – breakfast, evening buffet, open access to a refrigerator, WiFi, on-demand television, health and well-being area, sauna, business corner – is included within the price of your stay!

Venues tailored to your every desire

Although the hotel itself does not have any meeting rooms, our team has set up partnerships with a number of venues to suit every type of event imaginable:

- The World Trade Center Lyon

The World Trade Center Lyon offers three meeting rooms and two reception areas located on the 27th and 28th floors of the Tour Oxygène, near the Lyon Part Dieu railway station. These facilities can cater for anywhere between 3 and 30 people, with optional food and drink to be provided on request.
10-12 boulevard Vivier Merle - 69393 LYON Cedex 03 

World Trade Center Lyon
World Trade Center Lyon

- MAPIÈCE JACOBINS – A service to make yourself feel at home!

This venue consists of a 130m² apartment, ideal for meetings, executive committee reunions, study evenings or business seminars. It is a warmly decorated facility with space for up to 15 people.
In-house refreshments available - 2 rue Childebert- 69002 Lyon

MAPIECE Jacobins
MAPIECE Jacobins

- MAPIECE Bellecour

Another warmly-decorated apartment spread out over 210m² and with a capacity for 100 people, ideal for business seminars, study days, press conferences and product launches.  
In-house refreshments available - 4, rue Paul Lintier - 69002 Lyon

MAPIECE Bellecour
MAPIECE Bellecour

- La péniche Le 15

A restaurant boat moored down by the quays of the River Rhône, a stone’s throw from the hotel. The boat can be hired out for your events (with personalised menus, buffets or cocktail receptions).
Opposite 15 Quai Général Sarrail - 69006 Lyon

La Péniche Le 15
La Péniche Le 15

If you'd rather hand over the organisation of your event (team building, conference, seminar) to a specialist agency, feel free to call on the experts at Mondial Events – Créateurs d’émotions. 

Mondial Events

Mondial Events 

The OKKO HOTELS pass

How about if you're not staying at the hotel, but would still like to take advantage of our Club area?
The hotel offers different Pass options (breakfast, afternoon, evening apéritivo) which provide access to this area and to the use of all its services.

Accueil de l'hôtel OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette

Breakfast Club Pass from 7 am to 10 am
Breakfast from 07:00 to 10:00
WiFi access
€15 per person

Evening Aperitivo Club Pass from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Apéritivo buffet with a welcome drink - WiFi access
€20 per person

Day Club Pass from 10 am to 6 pm during the week
Snacks from 10:00 to 18:00 - WiFi access
€5 / hour
€15 / half-day
€30 / day

To reserve your pass or to request full details on our partner venues, contact the hotel by telephone on 04 28 00 02 50.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

Christmas in Nantes

Published on December 17 2015
  • The City

This December, the magic of Christmas and end-of-year festivities have taken over the streets of Nantes. With Christmas markets, exhibitions, shows and events, as always the city is bursting with original ideas designed to capture the imagination of the young and old alike.

Noël à Nantes
Under the Nefs © Jean-Dominique Billaud - www.lesmachines-nantes.fr

The Christmas Market

Strolling through alleyways lined with wood chalets painted red and white, heading off in search of that perfect personal and original gift, warming up with a delicious mug of mulled wine... The Christmas Market is one seasonal ritual that you cannot afford to deny yourself!

The must-see Christmas Market in Nantes (open seven days a week) is made up this year of over 120 stalls at the Place Royale in the heart of the city, and will run right up until 24th December.

Le marché de noël à Nantes
Credits: marche-de-noel-nantes.com/

And if you're in search of another excuse to head to Nantes before the end of the year, look no further than the Lëon Market. A Christmas crafts market created by the Des Femmes au Fil association and 100% made in France, this is the perfect opportunity to find an original, handmade gift, or simply to admire the handiwork of the creators, craftsmen and artists on show.
Place du Change, in the Decré district until the 24th December - open seven days a week, between midday and 7pm
 

Christmas at the Castle: "The animals have something to say"
  

Noël au Château
Christmas at the Castle, Créatures of Wajdi Mouawad
Credits: www.chateaunantes.fr 

As part of the city's end-of-year festivities, artists are invited to display their work at the Ducs de Bretagne castle. One of this year's highlights is Creatures, an exhibition by Wajdi Mouawad (author of plays, novels and children's books). It's an original idea that imagines what animals would say if they suddenly started speaking!
From 10th December to 3rd January 2016

Noël aux nefs

Noël aux nefs
Noël aux Nefs © Jean-Dominique Billaud - www.lesmachines-nantes.fr

Towards the end of December, the Machines de l'Île are also getting into the festive spirit at their home on the Île de Nantes. Highlights include shows, ice sculptures, light shows at nightfall and other events on the surrounding streets.
From 19th December to 3rd January 2016

Affiche Noël à Nantes
Credits: www.nantes-tourisme.com/

Make the most of our Sweet Winter offer, and come and discover the city of Nantes in all its festive glory for only €105!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Say Cheerz !

Published on December 15 2015
  • Our partners

We love to give you nice little surprises here at OKKO HOTELS, and we hope that our new partnership with Cheerz will put a smile on your face!

Partenariat Cheerz

Cheerz: a fun and practical app

Created in 2012, Cheerz (formerly Polabox) is an ingenious application that enables you, in just a few clicks, to order polaroid prints of your photos directly from your mobile phone.

So how does it work? You choose your photos (from social networks or taken directly with your smartphone), order them, and then have them delivered to your home in a pretty box!
 

OKKO HOTELS et Cheerz

Record the best moments of your stay

Throughout December in Lyon, a little surprise awaits you in your room... OKKO HOTELS and Cheerz have hundreds of vouchers (for 10 free prints) to give away, allowing you to print your favourite snaps and save the very best moments of your stay for posterity. A pretty great idea, isn't it?

OKKO HOTELS et Cheerz

Head to our Lyon hotel and then to www.cheerz.com or download the Cheerz mobile app, and click on the heading Tirages. Vouchers valid until 31st December 2015.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

My event in Grenoble with OKKO HOTELS

Published on December 07 2015
  • Our partners

 

Do you want to stay at OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche? Looking for the perfect venue to host your event in Grenoble? Keep on reading!

 

Le Club d'OKKO HOTELS Grenoble
The Club at OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche

OKKO HOTELS: a serene experience and an all-inclusive service
 
The hotel boasts 138 bedrooms, in addition to a Club area open to guests around the clock and a wonderful terrace offering stunning views of the nearby mountains. The Club is an attractive and warm living space where you will find a number of guest services: a business corner, cosy lounges for reading and relaxing, a health and wellbeing area, and snacks to enjoy at any time of day.
 

Le Club de l'hôtel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche

 
Generosity and friendliness are two of the main founding values of the OKKO HOTELS concept. That's why everything available for you at the hotel – breakfast, evening buffet, open access to a refrigerator, WiFi, on-demand television, health and well-being area, sauna, business corner – is included within the price of your stay!
 
 
Venues tailored to your every desire
 
Although the hotel itself does not have any meeting rooms, our team has set up partnerships with a number of venues to suit every type of event imaginable:
 
- CCI Grenoble
The CCI Grenoble boasts a range of rooms, in addition to a 196-seat amphitheatre. Ideally located only a few minutes by foot from the OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel, the CCI offers the facilities required to cover all of your needs.
1 Place André Malraux – 38000 Grenoble
 

CCI Grenoble
http://www.grenoble.cci.fr/

- Le Cinéma Le Méliès 
An original setting for your seminars and events, and also located within easy walking distance from the hotel, this cinema consists of three rooms with a capacity for up to 241 people.
Allée Henri Frenay 38 000 Grenoble
 

Cinéma Le Méliès
http://www.laligue38.org/cinema-le-melies

- ZDANK 
A beautiful welcoming meeting room on the first floor of a renowned bistronomic restaurant with a capacity for up to 23 people and tailored services (Wifi, video projector, meals...).
14 rue Fantin Latour – 38 000 Grenoble 
 
- Cinéma Pathé Chavant
This is an ideal venue for a reception of anywhere between 50 and 500 people. With its turnkey solutions, tailored quotations and exhibition space, the Pathé Chavant cinema offers a genuinely personalised option for your event.
21 Boulevard Maréchal Lyautey, 38000 Grenoble
 

Cinéma Pathé Chavant
Cinéma Pathé Chavant

- Le Stade des Alpes
Made up of ten rooms ranging from 16m² to 290m² in area, the Stade des Alpes can be adapted to suit every conceivable type of seminar or event (from 4 to 325 people).
1, avenue de Valmy 38000 Grenoble
 

Le Stade des Alpes
Les Stade des Alpes

- WTC 
The Grenoble convention centre has an extensive array of rooms, a 534-seat auditorium and an atrium spread over 1,200m², which can all be hired for exhibitions, dinners and receptions.
5 Place Robert Schuman, 38025 Grenoble
 

WTC
WTC

- Cytia
For your meetings, we can also arrange the hire of a room within the same building as our hotel. It holds 15 people sitting in a horseshoe configuration, or up to 25 people in the layout of a theatre.
Contact the hotel directly for more information.
 

Salle Cytia OKKO Grenoble
Cytia

The hotel does not have its own catering or dining service, but it has also set up partnerships with food suppliers and events agencies in order to help you organise your day down to the very last detail:
Be it cocktail receptions, work meals, meetings or seminars, the caterers from Le Chardon Bleu and Vinatis will put on food and drink solutions tailored to your every need.
 
Do you want to try some local specialities? Les Alpages, a veritable institution in Grenoble since 1978 under the stewardship of Bernard Mure-Ravaud, named France's best cheese maker and crowned World Champion in 2007, offers fantastic cheese boards made up of 100% organic, local produce. Or perhaps head to Little Koï, an old OKKO favourite, for a choice of takeaway bentos, an original and unique idea for a meal platter!
 

Les Alpages
Les Alpages cheese selection – Credits: les-alpages.fr

If you need to hire equipment or require staffing for your event, Papillon Audiovisuel and Reflex Events will provide solutions tailored to your requirements. Finally, if you'd rather hand over the organisation of your event to a specialist agency, feel free to call on the experts at Insight Outside, Sportaventure or Divertyevents!
 
The OKKO HOTELS pass
 
How about if you're not staying at the hotel, but would still like to take advantage of our Club area?
The hotel offers different Pass options (breakfast, afternoon, evening apéritivo) which provide access to this area and to the use of all its services.
 

Le Club de l'hôtel OKKO Grenoble
 

Breakfast Club Pass from 07:00 to 10:00
Breakfast from 07:00 to 10:00
WiFi access
€15 per person

Evening Aperitivo Club Pass from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Apéritivo buffet with a welcome drink - WiFi access
€20 per person

Brunch Club Pass from 12:00 to 14:00 (week-end)
Brunch with a glass of champagne - WiFi access
€20 per person

Day Club Pass from 10:00 to 18:00 during the week
Snacks from 10:00 to 18:00 - WiFi access
€5 / hour
€15 / half-day
€30 / day

To reserve your pass or to request full details on our partner venues, contact the hotel by telephone on 04 85 19 00 10.
 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

My event in Nantes with OKKO HOTELS

Published on November 24 2015
  • Our partners
Do you want to stay at OKKO Nantes Château? Looking for the perfect venue to host your event in Nantes? Keep on reading!
 

Le Club

 
OKKO HOTELS: a serene experience and an all-inclusive service
 
The hotel boasts 80 bedrooms, in addition to a Club area open to guests around the clock. The club is an attractive and warm living space where you will find a number of guest services: a business corner, cosy lounges for reading and relaxing, a health and well-being area, and snacks to enjoy at any time of day.
 

Le Club
 

Generosity and friendliness are two of the main founding values of the OKKO HOTELS concept. That's why everything available for you at the hotel – breakfast, evening buffet, open access to a refrigerator, WiFi, on-demand television, health and well-being area, sauna, business corner – is included within the price of your stay!
 
Venues tailored to your every desire
 
Although the hotel itself does not have any meeting rooms, our team has established partnerships with a number of venues that can be adapted to every type of event imaginable.
 
The Café-théâtre company
This is an outstanding venue with a theatrical decor, located a stone's throw from the hotel, which offers 6 spaces over a total of more than 1,000m² in addition to a team of onsite staff to offer support throughout the organisation of your event.
6, rue des Carmélites 44000 Nantes
 

la cie du Café théâtre
The Café-Théâtre company in Nantes - Credits: locationsallenantes.com

- Metal Corner
A unique and modern venue with an original decor, featuring 3 rooms with a capacity of up to 120 people.
7 rue Paul Dubois, 44000 Nantes
 

Metal Corner
The Metal Corner - www.whiteetmetalcorner.com

- O Deck
A floating restaurant with different adaptable spaces and the capacity to hold up to 200 people for private or professional events (at any time of day).
30 quai Fernand Crouan 44200 Nantes
 

O'Deck
O Deck - www.odeck.fr

- CCI Nantes Saint-Nazaire
The CCI boasts a large choice of rooms and an amphitheatre with a capacity of 350 people, allowing for a truly bespoke service.
16 Quai Ernest Renaud BP90517 44000 NANTES
 

CCI Nantes
CCI Nantes Saint-Nazaire - www.nantesstnazaire.cci.fr

- CCO (Centre de Communication de l’Ouest)
Located at both the foot and the summit of the Tour de Bretagne tower in Nantes, the CCO offers reception areas covering over 1,170m² including Le Nid – half-bar, half-work of art – created by the artist Jean Jullien.
Place de Bretagne - 44000 NANTES
 

CCO Nantes
CCO - www.cco-nantes.org 

- La Rosière
A unique setting in a private 19th century mansion, offering 8 rooms for hire with a total capacity of up to 200 people.
35, rue de La Rosière d’Artois - 44000 Nantes
 

La Rosière
La Rosière - www.larosieredartois.com

The OKKO HOTELS pass
 
How about if you're not staying at the hotel, but would still like to take advantage of our Club area?
The hotel offers different Pass options which provide access to this area and to the use of all its services.
 

OKKO HOTELS Accueil

Breakfast Club Pass from 07:00 am to 10:00 am
Breakfast from 07:00 to 10:00
WiFi access
€15 per person
 
Evening Aperitivo Club Pass from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Apéritivo buffet with a welcome drink - WiFi access
€20 per person
 
Day Club Pass from 10:00 to 6:00 pm during the week
Snacks from 10:00 to 18:00 - WiFi access
€5 / hour
€15 / half-day
€30 / day
 
To reserve your pass or to request full details on our partner venues, contact the hotel by telephone on +33 (0)2 52 20 00 70.
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Le Passe Temps

Published on November 19 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Calling all you fine diners! Pay close attention, as we head off this week to find out all about Le Passe Temps, the new place to eat at the heart of Lyon’s sixth arrondissement...

Le Passe Temps is all about modern, creative and refined dining, featuring audacious food combinations, and all constructed with technical perfection. And with good reason! After studying hotel and restaurant management in his native Korea, the restaurant's owner and head chef Younghoon Lee moved to France, where he graduated top of the class at the Paul Bocuse cookery school.

le Passe Temps

The chef opened his restaurant in 2014. It serves seasonal cuisine, essentially French but with frequent hints of Korean influence, like his pan-fried foie gras with little vegetables in stock.

The set menu changes on a weekly basis and the restaurant offers an excellent choice of accompanying wine. The decor is attractive, minimalist and contemporary, and the service is discreet yet welcoming.

The presentation of the dishes is simply exceptional. But don't take our word for it, judge for yourselves:

Le Passe Temps

Le Passe temps
 

This restaurant was quite the discovery for Julie, part of the team at OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette, who was won over by the refined dishes, the mouth-watering explosions of flavours, and the excellent value for money!

Le Passe Temps
Cromesquis au sésame 

Practical Information

The restaurant is open from 19:45 to 21:45 (Monday-Saturday) and from 12:00 to 13:45 (Tuesday-Friday).

A word of caution: we are not the only ones to have got wind of this great restaurant so, as the dining capacity is limited, it is therefore a good idea to book in advance!

Set menus: 

  • Lunch: 
    starter/main: €19 
    - starter/main/dessert: €23.50

     
  • Dinner:
    - 4 dishes menu: €40
    - 5 dishes menu: €55
     

Where is it? Le Passe Temps is at 52, rue Tronchet Lyon (69006) - a 10-15 minute walk from OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette.

+33 4 72 82 90 14 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

Photo highlights as OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche celebrates its first birthday!

Published on November 16 2015
  • News

OKKO's Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel recently turned one year old and, to mark the occasion, our team put on quite the event: yoga classes, tasting sessions, tours, photobooth, cocktails, a press conference... the list goes on! Here are some pictures from this wonderful Open Day, which took place on Wednesday 14th October.

Anniversaire OKKO Grenoble

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble: a year full of adventures and wonderful moments

After Nantes, OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche became the chain's second opening in October 2014.

Anniv OKKO Grenoble

This birthday was first and foremost an opportunity to show the hotel off to those residents of Grenoble who, up until now, have not had the chance to come and spend a night with us. A big thank you to all of those who found the time to come and say hello - our team really enjoyed meeting you!
 

Discoveries, gastronomy, well-being

Several of our local partners took part in the event by putting on a series of workshops throughout the day in the hotel's spacious Club area.

Yoga classes by Lolë

Ambassadors from the brand Lolë organised a yoga class, guaranteeing zen vibes and a feeling of well-being for all those who took part!

Cours de yoga Lolë
Yoga classes by Lolë

Cours de yoga by Lolë
Yoga classes by Lolë

Local produce tasting sessions
 

Anniv OKKO HOTELS Grenoble
 

The region's finest products also took pride of place, with tasting sessions on offer featuring Laiterie Gilbert dairy products and Thierry Court confectionaries (both of which can be enjoyed by the hotel's guests at the daily breakfasts and evening apéritivos).
 

Anniv OKKO Grenoble
 

Photobooth by Wild Birds Collective

OKKO Grenoble anniversaire - photobooth

To spice up the event, and ensure we were left with some great souvenirs, we called upon those talented bloggers and photographers at Wild Birds Collective, who responded with a rather gorgeous personalised photobooth!
 

OKKO Grenoble - anniv

Our guests jumped at the chance to test it out...

Anniversaire OKKO Grenoble
Jérôme Burdet from agence jour.j and magazine exquis (on the top left) / Thierry Court and Nadège Perrin
founder of Cook’appeal (at the bottom right)

...and the OKKO HOTELS team wasn't far behind!
 

OKKO Grenoble anniversaire
From left to right: Alexandre Conte, OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Manager, Solenne Devys, Head of Marketing and Communication, Marie Sabouraud, OKKO  HOTELS Cannes Manager and Daniel Veeren, Sales manager
 

L'équipe OKKO Grenoble
The hotel's team: Carmina, Wadie and Loëlia

To bring this day to a fitting conclusion, the hotel's Club then played host to a press conference in the presence of Eric Piolle, the Mayor of Grenoble, and Olivier Devys, President of OKKO HOTELS, followed by a cocktail reception.

Anniversaire OKKO Grenoble
Eric Piolle, the Mayor of Grenoble
 

OKKO Grenoble anniversaire
Olivier Devys, OKKO HOTELS Founder and President and Eric Piolle, the Mayor of Grenoble
 

A big thank you to all those who came to celebrate the hotel's first birthday, as well as to all our guests, for whom we take so much pleasure every day in providing an experience worthy of its four stars, and absolutely no cloud!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

On the trace of Jules Verne, in Nantes...

Published on November 05 2015
  • The City

Jules Verne, an author of adventure and science-fiction novels, is one of France's most globally popular writers!

The Jules Verne Museum, located within a vast 19th century bourgeois mansion atop the Sainte-Anne hill, is the place to visit in order to discover the fantastic worlds and works of this illustrious author. 

Le Musée Jules Verne
Le Musée Jules Verne – Credits: http://www.nantes-tourisme.com

Verne, author of the Voyages Extraordinaires (a series made up of 62 novels and 18 short stories) was born in Nantes in 1828 on the island of Feydeau, where he spent his entire childhood.

His vivid imagination and insatiable curiosity, combined with rigorous scientific research and a high attention to detail, are the secrets behind his uniquely popular and widely-known body of work.

The Jules Verne Museum in Nantes aims to introduce visitors to the author's life, as well as showcasing the richness and diversity of his writing.

The museum leads visitors on a journey through Verne's childhood and family environment, explores the sea and sailing, delves into the known and unknown worlds that make up his literary universe, and features its own models of extraordinary machines.

Le Musée Jules Verne
Credits: http://www.julesverne.nantesmetropole.fr

It all amounts to a wonderful invitation into the incredible universe of this inspiring writer!

The Jules Verne Museum is open all year round. 

Find all the practical information on the Jules Verne Museum in Nantes website.

Musée Jules Verne
3, rue de l'Hermitage
44100 Nantes

 

Exhibition: Jules Verne and the big screen
At the Lieu Unique from 29th October 2015 to 3rd January 2016

The Lieu Unique has dedicated a big exhibition, running until the New Year, to the works of Jules Verne. The aim of the exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Jules Verne Museum in Nantes, is to showcase the strong connections that exist between the author and the cinema.

Le petit Jules Verne à Nantes
© Ville de Nantes

Jules Verne's masterpieces have always fascinated film-makers: over 300 films have been based on his writing, including five that had even already been released before his death in 1905!

Following his meeting with the editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel in 1863, his books were further enriched with thousands of accompanying illustrations. This exhibition therefore places particular emphasis on the role of the image, a key reference point for all of the adaptations.

Are you ready to embark on you own voyage extraordinaire?

Please find more information on the Lieu Unique website.
 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette – open for bookings now!

Published on November 05 2015
  • OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

In early 2016, the city of Cannes will become the location of the latest hotel to be opened by OKKO HOTELS, the young, modern French hotel chain that offers four stars and no cloud.

Situated at the heart of the city centre, in the same building as the Cannes SNCF railway station, this hotel is ideally located at just a 5-minute walk from the Croisette promenade and the Palais des Festivals.

Bookings for the hotel are now being taken. Our guests can therefore already make their reservations to come and stay with us from 1st March 2016!

OKKO Cannes Croisette
OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

The OKKO Cannes Croisette hotel
http://cannescroisette.okkohotels.com/en
Opening 1st March 2016

OKKO's Cannes Croisette hotel is made up of 125 rooms spread over 6 floors. As in every OKKO hotel, our clients can enjoy uninterrupted, 24/7 access to the Club, a welcoming and visually attractive area designed by Patrick Norguet.

This Club area, located on the sixth floor of the building, will also feature a wonderful terrace boasting stunning views over the city of Cannes.

In keeping with OKKO’s all-inclusive concept, our guests will benefit from a variety of services included in the price of their stay. These include breakfast, an evening apéritivo, WiFi, on-demand television and access to the health and well-being area.


OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

News from the development site

With a little under four months to go until the OKKO Cannes Croisette hotel welcomes its first guests, the countdown is well and truly on for our construction team! The layout of the guest rooms and bathrooms is already into its final stages on each of the 6 floors, while works on the Club area are also well underway.

This project sees OKKO HOTELS' second collaboration with the Vinci Immobilier property development group, who also oversaw the construction of OKKO's Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel.

Meanwhile, the external architecture of the OKKO Cannes Croisette hotel is being carried out by DGLA Architecture.

The opening of this, our fourth, hotel is drawing closer, and we simply cannot wait to welcome our first guests.

At Cannes, our all-inclusive rates will start at €110 per room
By reserving now, you can take advantage of our Early Bird rates.

Make your booking in a matter of clicks at the following website: http://cannescroisette.okkohotels.com/en

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette
6 bis, place de la gare
06 400 Cannes

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: TOMO Restaurant

Published on November 05 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Lyon is globally renowned for the traditional French cuisine served in its famous bouchon restaurants, the city's most typical eateries. But this week, we've decided to give you the taste of something a little more exotic and would like to introduce you to TOMO, an original restaurant that we advise you keep under your hats!

Tomo Restaurant
The front of TOMO restaurant

TOMO Restaurant

Our team at OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette has quite simply fallen head-over-heels in love with the fine dining experience offered by chef Tomohiro Hatakeyama at his TOMO Restaurant!

Behind the huge wooden facade, located on Rue Pierre Corneille, hides a dining room with a simultaneously zen and warm décor. This serves as the minimalist backdrop to a wonderful fusion of French and Japanese cuisine.

TOMO Restaurant

On the evening of our visit, the restaurant proposed a €34 "market taster menu" made up of six dishes (steamed aubergine with soy sauce; tuna, sea bream and prawn sushimi; sweet-and-savoury stewed pork and potato; fried free-range chicken with sweet-and-sour sauce; Inari sushi; and black sesame ice cream).

Our team instead opted for a Tataki Don (tuna tartare served on vinegar rice) and Udon tempura (Japanese deep-fried prawns and vegetables, with Udon noodles in a dashi soup).

The verdict? As lovers of Japanese food, we have uncovered a new home-from-home! The restaurant serves authentic, traditional cuisine made from quality produce, the portions are generous, and the menu represents good value for money.

Tataki Don
Tataki Don

Tomo Restautant
Tempura Udon

Don’t think twice, this restaurant should be added to your culinary to-do list without a moment's hesitation!

Practical information:

TOMO Restaurant is under a 5-minute walk from OKKO's Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch (12:00 to 14:00) and dinner (19:00 to 21:00).
Lunch: from €14
Dinner: à la carte from €15, or set menus from €23

Tomo Restaurant
7, rue Pierre Corneille
69006 LYON

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Le Suquet

Published on November 04 2015
  • The City

Perched up on high, atop the Mont-Chevalier hill, Le Suquet is the oldest district of Cannes. It offers exceptional views over the entire city, the bay and the Lérins Islands, making a picturesque stroll around this ancient Provence town an absolute must for all visitors to Cannes! 

Le Suquet
Credits: http://www.cannes.com/
 

The historic birthplace of the city of Cannes

Thanks to its strategic position overlooking the bay, providing protection against ancient threats such as pirates, this hill has played a major role in the history and development of Cannes.

Musée de la Castre
The Castre museum - Credits: http://www.cannes-destination.fr

In the Middle Ages, the monks of the Saint-Honorat Abbey built a citadel around which a fortified village formed.

These days the remains of this castle house the Castre Museum, which possesses an impressive collection of Mediterranean antiques, primitive arts, exotic musical instruments and post-impressionist paintings by the Provençal masters.

Musée de la Castre
Credits: http://www.cannes.com

The 20-metre high square tower, the castle’s centrepiece and an unbeatable lookout point, is also open to the most adventurous visitors.

Beyond the Castre Museum, our visit continues to the very summit of the hill where you will find the 11th century Sainte-Anne chapel and the 16th century Notre-Dame-de-l’Espérance church, which together have been classified as a listed building.

Le quartier du Suquet
Credits: http://www.cannes.com

Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the Croisette promenade, the fully-pedestrianised Suquet district offers visitors a series of tight, winding medieval passages to explore by foot.

In particular, don't miss out on the Rue Saint-Antoine, with its plentiful boutiques and restaurants, or the Forville marketplace, where you can immerse yourself in the culture of the Provence region. 

Entrée du Port de Cannes
The entrance to the Port of Cannes

Last but not least, finish your visit by heading down the hill to the Old Port and, more specifically, to the St Pierre Quay, built in 1838. From here, you can sit back and admire all the majestic yachts and sailing boats moored nearby.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre is recruiting!

Published on November 04 2015
  • The team

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre will open its doors to the public on 1st March 2016, and is looking for a team of motivated staff to join us for this great adventure.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

Why work for OKKO HOTELS?

OKKO HOTELS is a young, innovative and ambitious chain of four-star hotels, determined to prove that it is possible to create reasonably-priced hotels that are high-end, sustainable and personable.

Our concept of hotel service is built around very strong values: Modernity, Generosity, Conviviality and Serenity. Hospitality is of the utmost importance at OKKO HOTELS, and we pride ourselves on ensuring that each one of our guests receives a flawless, personalised welcome.

Through the use of new technologies, we have been able to simplify the customer experience and to unburden our staff from administrative tasks wherever possible, so that they can dedicate themselves to their true raison d'être: welcoming our guests.

Who are we looking for?

At OKKO HOTELS, we are not looking for receptionists, team leaders or breakfast staff. We are looking to bring together a team of multi-talented hotel professionals to be in charge of seeing to our guests, running the Club area, overseeing refreshments and providing a concierge service.
Find out more about this position

The hotel is also looking for an Assistant Manager to work alongside the Hotel Manager, initially to oversee the timely opening of OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre and then to manage the daily running of the hotel (staff supervision, administrative and financial management, quality performance control).
Find out more about this position

Finally, OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre is looking for its future Technical Manager. The duties of this position include taking charge of the installation of the hotel's technical and IT facilities during the opening period, then to work with the rest of the staff on a daily basis to ensure the general maintenance of the hotel.
Extensive knowledge of wiring, plumbing and new technologies is a requirement.
Find out more about this position

As regards the upkeep of the guest rooms, we will be using the services of a third party cleaning company. We will not therefore be directly recruiting any cleaning staff.

Are you ready to become part of the OKKO HOTELS adventure? Apply today by sending your CV and cover letter for the attention of our Hotel Manager, Marie Sabouraud, at the following address: marie.sabouraud@okkohotels.com.

We are looking forward to meeting you, and hope to welcome you on to the team very soon!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The team
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Les Halles Sainte-Claire

Published on October 27 2015
  • Culinary favourites

One way to truly get to know a city is to try its local specialities and to meet its regional producers. And when it comes to doing so in Grenoble, there is only one place to head: Les Halles Sainte-Claire, a market located in the city's historic centre!

Les halles Sainte-Claire
Les Halles Sainte-Claire – Credits: www.halles-grenoble.com

Les Halles Sainte-Claire: 140 years of heritage

The plans for Les Halles Sainte-Claire were drawn up in 1874, and followed the template established some years earlier in Paris with the construction of Les Halles Baltard (a market hall similarly built from a combination of cast iron, glass and stone).

The market in Grenoble is made up of around 20 stalls and is open every morning from Tuesday to Sunday. The local producers include bakers, greengrocers, butchers, poultry sellers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, wine and spirits specialists, and even florists. With a selection of stalls like that on offer, there really is something for everyone!

Les Halles Sainte-Claire
Les Halles Sainte-Claire

Les Halles Sainte-Claire
Italian specialities are also on offer at the market

 

The great idea: Grenoble's tourist office regularly takes tasting tours to Les Halles Sainte-Claire, in partnership with the producers!

The timings of these tasting sessions varies week-on-week. It is possible to consult the dates available and book online at the official website of the Grenoble tourist office.

Full price: €12
Concessions: €10
Free for under 12s

Les Halles Sainte-Claire

For Julie, one of the team at OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette, this is the destination for all food-lovers in Grenoble!

The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 7am and 1pm.

Les Halles Sainte-Claire
19, place Sainte-Claire
38000 GRENOBLE

Looking for another good spot to find the very best of Grenoble's regional specialities? The Hoche market is just a stone's throw from OKKO HOTELS Grenoble, and offers a wide range of largely organic local and regional produce.

Open every Saturday from 7am to 1pm
1 Place André Malraux
38000 Grenoble

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OUR PARTNERS IN LYON: NINKASI

Published on October 21 2015
  • Our partners

Ninkasi has been brewing craft beer in Lyon since 1997. A major phenomenon in the region, these days Ninkasi owns a series of bar/restaurants that play host to live music events throughout the year.

Ninkasi
Ninkasi was the name of the Goddess of Beer in Sumerian mythology (in Mesopotamia between 5000 and 1750 BC)

The original Ninkasi establishment – which houses a brewery, a bar/restaurant, and a live music venue – is located at Gerland in Lyon's 7th arrondissement.

Terrasse Ninkasi
Ninkasi Gerland's terrace

Bar Ninkasi de Gerland
Ninkasi Gerland's bar

Ninkasi: Beers, Burgers, Music

First and foremost, Ninkasi is a brewery. It offers a range of exceptional beers (pale ale, stout, red ale, porter), containing zero artificial flavourings and each 100% a product of the Rhône region, brewed in the finest traditions of Lyon's beer producers.  
 

Ninkasi triple
 


 

Burgers are Ninkasi’s second speciality. So what’s the secret? Fresh bread baked in Lyon, 100% premium quality French meat, a wide choice of ingredients to tailor the burger to your own preferences, homemade fries and Ninkasi’s unique, original recipe sauces. 
 

Burgers Ninkasi
Ninkasi burger

With its series of concert venues, Ninkasi is also a major player on the region’s live music circuit, hosting 900 concerts and music events every year!
 

Authentic, diverse, sociable

The brand's main brewery is now found at Tarare, around fifty minutes away from the centre of Lyon. Tarare's water is famed for being particularly pure and soft, giving Ninkasi's beers their unique flavour!

Fabrique Ninkasi à Tarare
The Ninkasi brewery in Tarare

It is possible to take a tour of the brewery every Saturday at 3pm, which includes a beer tasting session directly from the brewing tanks.
Price: €6 per person.

Tours are also available during the week for groups and companies of ten or more people.

Brasserie Ninkasi à Tarare
Ninkasi restaurant in Tarare

Les cuves de Tarare
Tour of the brewery 

Visite de la brasserie
Tour of the brewery  

Visite de la brasserie
Tour of the brewery 

The great idea: Ninkasi now offers brunches every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 11:30am to 4pm.
 

Practical information

Of course, OKKO's guests can also sample Ninkasi's beers in the Club at our OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel.

Ninkasi
Dégustation de bières Ninkasi lors de la soirée lyonnaise de l'Escale Parisienne 

Find all the practical information on the Ninkasi website and on the Facebook page.

Ninkasi Hôtel de Ville
27 rue de l'Arbre Sec - 69001 Lyon
Hôtel de Ville metro (line A)

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

October’s cultural agenda at OKKO HOTELS

Published on October 19 2015
  • The City

As always, Nantes' cultural calendar for the month of October is full to bursting! Read on to find out all about the impressive mirror of water at the city castle, the latest Machines de l'île shows on the city island, and the new exhibition at the Hab Gallery.
  

The Water Mirror

Unveiled on 5th September at the Ducs de Bretagne castle, the water mirror (or miroir d'eau) is a symbolic installation, located at the site of an ancient branch of the River Loire that has been filled in since the 1930s.

It is an original creation, composed of 1,300m² of grey and black slabs of Spanish granite covered by 2cm of water. The installation thereby creates a mirror effect reflecting the image of the castle.

Miroir d'eau Nantes
The Water mirror in Nantes - Credits: http://www.nantes.fr/

The water remains in place around the clock, and a charming light show is held every evening between 9pm and 11:30pm.

It is a lovely sight to enjoy just a short walk from OKKO's Nantes Château hotel, at the Place Marc-Elder. 

Miroir d'eau à Nantes
The Water mirror in Nantes - Credits: http://www.nantes-tourisme.com
 

L’été Indien aux Nefs :

Theatre, music, dance, circus and visual arts... Every autumn, from the end of September to the start of November, the Machines de l’île vessels come to life in a series of diverse and varied shows, as part of their "Indian Summer" event.

L'été Indien aux Nefs
Été Indien 2009 - Credits: Jean-Dominique Billaud - http://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/

These shows are free and take place against the stunning backdrop of the setting sun.

L'été indien aux Nefs
Été Indien 2009 – Credits: Jean-Dominique Billaud - http://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/

Forthcoming shows:
- Thursday 22nd October: a concert by singer Elida Almeida, supported by Moon Gogo.
- Friday 23rd October: a soul/funk concert by Nina Attale, supported by Bluesy Trip.

Find more info Plus d’informations sur le programme de l’été indien

Les Machines de l’île
Parc des Chantiers
Bd Léon Bureau
44200 Nantes

 

The Martin Barré / Bernard Piffaretti exhibition
from 17th October to 3rd January

Exposition Hab Galerie
Piffaretti – Credits: http://www.museedesbeauxarts.nantes.fr

The Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes has organised an exhibition at the Hab Galerie, dedicated to the works of artists Martin Barré, a 20th century abstract painter, and Bernard Piffaretti, a painter who emerged at the end of the 20th century.
 

Exposition à la Hab Galerie
La Hab Galerie – Credits: www.hangarabananes.fr

Around 50 works of art are on display, showcasing the oeuvre of both artists. The exhibition particularly focuses on issues such as technique, traces, time and space within paintings.

So how about a weekend trip to Nantes this autumn?

Hangar à Bananes
Ile de Nantes
21 quai des Antilles
44200 Nantes

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche turns one year old!

Published on October 09 2015
  • The City

OKKO’s Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel is already celebrating its first anniversary, and to mark the occasion we’re organising an Open Day for the public on Wednesday 14th October 2015 between 10:00 and 18:00.

It will be a day of good food, fun and relaxation featuring tours of the hotel and workshops on gastronomy and well-being!
 

La terrasse de l'hôtel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
The terrace at OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche

This 138-room establishment, located at the heart of the Bonne eco-district, is OKKO’s second hotel. It offers a spacious 300m² Club area, which is open around the clock and boasts a beautiful terrace overlooking the Hoche gardens with stunning mountain views.
 

La chambre OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche
A room at OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche

Our Open Day programme:  
 

  • Hotel tours throughout the day

  • 14:00 – 18:00: Photobooth by Wild Birds Collective

  • 14:00: Yoga classes by Lolë.
     No need to bring your yoga mat, the Lolë team have everything planned! 

  • 15:00 – 18:00: A tasting session featuring local produce from Laiterie Gilbert and the delicious chocolate creations of Thierry Court

yoga on the terrace
A yoga meet-up by Lolë on the terrace of OKKO’s Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel

Practical information

You’re welcome at the hotel from 10:00 onwards on the morning of Wednesday 14th October, for what promises to be a great day. We’re already looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to meet you and to show you around! 

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche
23, rue Hoche
38 000 Grenoble

The hotel reception is on the first floor of the building.

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS' favourites: Au petit bouchon Chez Georges

Published on October 08 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Are you looking for one of Lyon’s traditional bouchon restaurants? For a taste of the delicious cuisine of yesteryear, head to Au petit bouchon “Chez Georges”, a fixture of Lyon’s Presqu’île district since 1960!

Au petit Bouchon chez Georges
Au Petit Bouchon "Chez Georges"

Marc Gorgette, who has been running the establishment since 2007, is committed to honouring the traditions and reputation of this authentic bouchon restaurant. Here, it’s all about the taste! The food is simple and delicious, made with ingredients from the region’s finest producers.
 

On the menu at the Petit Bouchon

Starters (from €7 to €9.50)

Lyonnaise salad (lardons, croutons, poached egg)
Fillets of smoked herring with potatoes in oil
The “Petit Bouchon” salad (lentils, cervelas sausage, veal feet, pig snout) 
Poultry liver cake à la lyonnaise
Eggs cooked in a pot with Saint Marcellin cheese (house terrine, house brawn, rosette sausage)
Onion soup au gratin

 

Au Petit Bouchon Chez Georges

Meat and fish (from €12 to €16)

Tripe in white wine
Tablier de sapeur with Gribiche sauce
Roasted veal kidney with mustard sauce
Pike dumpling with crayfish
Braised sausage with Beaujolais wine
The Bouchon’s “ pochouse”

And finally… Colette Sibilia andouillette, medallions of andouillette served with parsley 
 

Au Petit Bouchon chez Georges
Plat du jour: grilled pork with tarragon...

Au Petit Bouchon chez Georges
...served with delicious potatoes

Here at OKKO HOTELS, we were immediately won over by the restaurant’s authenticity, its typical décor, the delicious traditional food and the warm welcome.
 

Au Petit Bouchon chez Georges

Practical information

The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday for lunch between midday and 14:00 and for dinner between 19:30 and 22:00.

Daily menu:
- Plat du jour: €11
- Starter/main course or main course/dessert: €17
- Starter/main course/dessert: €19

A word of warning: the restaurant can only cater for 30 covers per sitting, so it is advisable to book in advance.

Only a stone’s throw from the Opera in the Presqu'île district, Au Petit Bouchon "Chez Georges" is located at 8 Rue de Garet, in the heart of Lyon’s first arrondissement.

+ 33 (0)4 78 28 30 46
 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS to open a new hotel in Cannes in 2016

Published on October 05 2015
  • OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre

OKKO, the French hotel chain that offers four stars and no cloud, is to open its next hotel in early 2016 in the city of Cannes.

Located within the same building as the city’s railway station, currently the subject of an ambitious renovation project, this new hotel will be ideally situated at only a five-minute walk from the Boulevard de la Croisette.
 

The OKKO Cannes Croisette Hotel
 

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette
OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

The OKKO Cannes Croisette Hotel will be made up of 125 rooms, spread over 6 floors. As at every OKKO hotel, our guests will have uninterrupted access to the Club, a friendly and attractive feature designed by Patrick Norguet which will be open around the clock.

This Club area, located on the sixth floor, will also boast a magnificent terrace offering breathtaking views of Cannes.

In keeping with OKKO’s all-inclusive concept, our guests will benefit from a variety of services at no extra cost, including breakfast, an evening apéritivo, Wi-Fi, on-demand television and a health and wellbeing area.

News from the construction site
 

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette
OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

The development is already well underway: half of the walls have already been erected, the first signs have been mounted, and the layout of the rooms and bathrooms has been completed on three floors.

As for the Club, work is due to start imminently!

This project constitutes OKKO’s second collaboration with the property developer VINCI Immobilier, which also took charge of the OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche project.

The external architecture of the OKKO Cannes Croisette Hotel is the work of DGLA Architecture.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette
The view from the patio of the OKKO Cannes Croisette Hotel
 

The construction of the station’s new shopping facilities, also overseen by VINCI Immobilier, and the main hotel works were officially launched last Friday with David Lisnard, the Mayor of Cannes, among those in attendance.
It was therefore the perfect opportunity for OKKO HOTELS to publicly unveil its first guestroom!

 

Practical information

Our first guests will be welcomed to the hotel at the start of March 2016.

Our rooms in Cannes will be available from 110 euros per night. Bookings can be made before the end of the year at www.okkohotels.com.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette
6 bis, Place de la Gare
06 400 Cannes

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO HOTELS Cannes Centre
/

OUR PARTNERS IN GRENOBLE: LOLË

Published on August 26 2015
  • Our partners

Many people associate travelling with stress and tiredness. That’s why, here at OKKO HOTELS, we are 100% committed to providing a unique experience in hotels designed to offer an oasis of calm.

As such, it was an entirely natural choice for OKKO’s Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel to team up with Lolë, the Canadian women’s sportswear brand for whom well-being is a state of mind.

logo Lolë

Created in Montreal in 2002, the Lolë brand grew quickly in Canada and the USA before crossing the Atlantic and setting up in Europe.

Lolë recently opened Atelier Lolë, a workshop boutique in the Caserne de Bonne commercial centre just across the road from OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche. It holds regular “meet-ups”, yoga or Pilates workshops that are free and open to all who wish to sign up for them.
 

Meet up Pilates OKKO HOTELS Grenoble
A Pilates meet-up on the terrace of OKKO’s Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel

OKKO HOTELS and Lolë, a perfect match:

  • 5 places are set aside to the guests at OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche for the evening yoga and Pilates meet-ups (from 18:30 to 19:30).
     
  • Lolë organises a monthly meet-up at the hotel itself.
     
  • Hotel guests are also invited to join the monthly running sessions (on a Wednesday evening from 18:30 to 19:30) which set out from the Lolë boutique and end up at the hotel, where refreshments are served on the terrace.
     
  • Last but not least, our customers benefit from a 30% discount on all products at Atelier Lolë!
     

Meet-up Lolë terrasse OKKO HOTELS
Warming down on the hotel terrace after a running session…

Meet-up running terrasse OKKO HOTELS Grenoble
…time for stretches!

Boissons rafraîchissantes sur la terrasse
…freshen up after all that effort!

If you would like to register for a meet-up or just want to know more about this partnership, all you need to do is ask one of the team!
 

Practical information

Atelier Lolë in Grenoble is open from Monday to Saturday, between 10:00 and 20:00.

48, boulevard Gambetta
Grenoble
38 000

Tel : +33 (0)9 86 20 67 12

For more information, please visit Lolë’s website and Atelier Lolë Grenoble’s Facebook page.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: Aux heures d’été 2015

Published on July 17 2015
  • The City

The AUX HEURES D’ÉTÉ festival is back for its eleventh consecutive year in Nantes, celebrating the very best in culture from the surrounding region and further afield!

Affiche Aux heures d'été
Event Poster 2015 – Credits: http://www.auxheuresete.com/

The festival consists of 34 shows put on by over 80 artists from all around the world, from experienced professionals to young prodigies. It has all been made free and open to everyone, in an effort to encourage intercultural exchanges and meetings. 
 

Concerts dans les douves du Château des Ducs de Bretagne
Concerts by the moat at the Ducs de Bretagne castle – credits: http://www.auxheuresete.com/

For the six weeks between 7th July and 14th August 2015, the parks and gardens of Nantes will move to the rhythm of a series of diverse and varied cultural experiences, including concerts, poetry readings, family-friendly shows and open air cinema screenings.
 

A bespoke programme
 

Cinéma en plein air
Open-air cinema - credits: http://www.auxheuresete.com/ 
 

  • Every Tuesday evening: intimate concerts down by the moat of the Ducs de Bretagne castle, under a five minute walk from the foot of the OKKO Nantes Château hotel.
    As places are limited, it is strongly recommended to arrive at the opening time of 19:00!
     
  • Every Wednesday: family shows in the Procé park in the afternoon, and open-air cinema in the city’s parks and gardens in the evening.
     
  • Every Thursday evening: concerts at the Cours Saint-Pierre public square.
     
  • Last but not least, readings in the Jardin des Plantes on Fridays at 13:00 and a grand closing ball on Friday 14th August from 21:30!
     

Read up on the full programme right here!
 

Lecture au Jardin des plantes
Readings in the Jardin des Plantes – credits: http://www.auxheuresete.com/

Practical information

Light refreshments are available at the events.

All of the festival’s venues can be reached by public transport (Tram, Chronobus, bus)

For more practical information, please visit the festival website.
 

This summer, don’t forget to share your most beautiful photos with us via the hashtags #eteurbain and #okkohotels

 

Aux Heures d'été festival 2015
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS' favourites: Black Forest Society

Published on July 13 2015
  • Culinary favourites

A recent addition to Lyon’s Presqu’île district, the new German cocktail bar Black Forest Society is already proving to be a big hit! 

Black Forest Society
“Great Freedom”

With its soft lighting, quirky decor and intimate feel, in only a few months the Black Forest Society has become one of the most popular bars in the City of the Lights.
 

Black Forest Society
 

During our visit to this unique, friendly establishment on the Rue de l’Arbre Sec, our team was taken aback by the seemingly never-ending list of great cocktails.

From Bavarian specialities to house mixes, here is a little taster of the original recipes up served at Black Forest Society:

  • « Inglorious basterds » Shrubbler
    Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin, Riesling, seasonal fruit shrub, sugar syrup, lemon and balsamic vinegar
     
  • Smoky willliams krusta
    Williams Christ pear, Amaretto, Edelweiss Cuvée pinot, cherry bitters
     
  • Sankt Pauli killer
    Blend of six Caribbean rums, Jagermeister, fresh lemon, house-spiced cordial, ginger, ginger beer
     
  • Black forest fashioned
    Rittenhouse Rye Whisky, Mozart Vienna chocolate, Stuttgart Bitters, Blackforest forbidden syrup
     
  • Liebe grüsse von Susie
    Jagermeister, lemon sorbet, sugar syrup, cocoa powder
     

Black Forest Society
 

However, it’s not all about the cocktails. The bar also offers a carefully refined selection of German craft beers (including Weihenstephan Weisse, Maisel Weisse Kristal, Jeveer Pilsener, Jacobinus and Shneider Tap).
 

Black Forest Society
 

Black Forest Society also serves traditional German snacks such as Bavarian hot dogs, currywurst, salzburger pretzels, mini schnitzel and platters of German cheeses and charcuterie meats. 
 

Black Forest Society
Klipper: toasted brown bread, smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onions and dill
 

Black Forest Society
Mini schnitzel: bite-size veal escalopes

 

The OKKO team liked: the intimate feel, the value for money, the delicious cocktails and tasty snacks.

Terrasse du Black Forest SOciety
 

The little bonus: make the most of Lyon’s warm summer nights on the wonderful terrace, as well as enjoying a great brunch menu at the weekend!

Guten Appetit!

 

Practical information:

Black Forest Society is open from 18:00 until 01:00 Monday to Wednesday, 18:00 until 02:00 on Thursdays and until 03:00 on Saturdays.

29 Rue de l'Arbre Sec
69001 Lyon

 

For more information, visit the Facebook page

Share
TAGS : Lyon, Agenda, Bar
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Kayaking on the river Isère

Published on July 07 2015
  • The City

What do you think to the idea of seeing Grenoble from the water? If it sounds right up your street, then head to the Grenoble rowing club on the Ile Verte to partake in an outdoor, cultural experience on the River Isère!

Canoë kayak sur l'Isère
The OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche team in full flow!

Whether it be a guided tour, a beginner’s guide to kayaking, something more challenging or even paddling after nightfall, the rowing club has all bases covered. During the summer, the club offers four unique experiences allowing you to see the city of Grenoble like you’ve never seen it before.
 

  • Cultural experience:
    If you opt for the cultural experience, you will head out with a guide from the tourist office to discover the history of the city and its monuments, from the Ile Verte to the Oxford Bridge.

    Saturdays between 10:00 and 12:00
    Prices: €20 per person (concessions: €18)

     

  • Discovery Experience:
    Those who choose the discovery experience will paddle down the same route on their own, learning to individually negotiate the currents of the river.

    Fridays in July/August/September between 18:00 and 20:00
    Prices: €18 per person (concessions: €16)

     

  • Nocturnal experience:
    The Grenoble rowing club offers a beautiful torch-lit descent of the River Isère as night falls.

    Every Tuesday evening throughout August/September – between 20:00 and 22:30.
    Prices: €20 per person (concessions: €18)

     

  • Adventure Experience:
    Last but not least, the most fearless visitors can opt for the adventure experience. Heading out from the Ile d’Amour, you will paddle unaccompanied over nearly 10 km of specially-chosen route offering a stunning blend of rural and urban scenery.

    Every Saturday and Sunday between 11th July and Sunday 27th September.
    Saturdays from 13:30 to 15:30, and from 16:30 to 18:30.
    Sundays from 10:00 to 12:00, from 13:30 to 15:30, and from 16:30 to 18:30
    Price: €20 per person

Canoë kayak
 

Practical information

The four experiences are available to everyone over the age of 12.
All the options end up at the Oxford Bridge, please note the prices do not include transport back to the starting point.

For more information, please visit the Canoë Grenoble website.

37-39 quai Jongkind
38 000 Grenoble

Tel: +33 (0)4 76 42 77 86
info@aviron-grenoblois.com

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

ON THE OKKO HOTELS AGENDA: LE VOYAGE À NANTES 2015

Published on July 07 2015
  • The City

The start of this year’s summer holidays also sees the long-awaited return of Le Voyage à Nantes (‘Journeys around Nantes’), whose 2015 edition will be held between 3rd July and 30th August!

Le Voyage à Nantes 2015
 

Chaired by Jean Blaise, Le Voyage à Nantes is a Local Public Organisation tasked with promoting cultural attractions in Nantes and its surrounding area.

Follow the green line

Every summer, Le Voyage à Nantes announces its arrival by setting up an urban trail lined with temporary and permanent works of art, dotted throughout the city. 
 

Le VAN 2015
Résolution des forces en présence - Vincent Mauger – Credits: nantes-tourisme.com 

The trail, marked out by a painted green line running between the cultural centre of the Lieu Unique and the western point of the Ile de Nantes, is made up of around fifty cultural and culinary features, located alongside key heritage sites and hidden local treasures. 
View the route 

VAN at night: “Nantes stays opens for the night”

Affiche de la nuit du Voyage à Nantes
Credits: nantes-tourisme.com

On the evening of 3rd July, the VAN is throwing its big launch party featuring concerts and parades, free late entrances to museums and other venues along the trail route, and gourmet meals served from midnight onwards at the Nantes school of architecture. All in all, it promises to be an unforgettable evening!
Discover the program 
 

Also from Le Voyage à Nantes…

  • Un voyage dans le vignoble de Nantes à Clisson
    Avec 11 500 hectares, le vignoble de Nantes est le plus grand jardin viticole du Val de Loire. Cet été,  le Voyage propose de découvrir les richesses de ce territoire dans un itinéraire sur-mesure de 8 étapes à travers les vignes et en bord de Sèvre.
    Learn more 
  • The Table de Nantes guidebook
    Learn more 
     
  • “23 small excursions to discover the surrounding area”
    A beautiful selection of outstanding sites and picturesque walks, taking in 23 villages in the area around Nantes.
    Learn more
     
  • Estuaire :
    A giant open-air museum on the banks of the estuary between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire.
    Learn more 
     

Les anneaux de Buren
Les Anneaux - Daniel Buren et Patrick Bouchain - 
Œuvre Estuaire- Credits: www.nantes-tourisme.com
 

Take the opportunity to enter our big competition “My urban summer at OKKO HOTELS” by sharing your most beautiful photos with us via the hashtags #eteurbain and #okkohotels!

Don’t forget: we’re giving away a free tote bag for every booking made on the OKKO HOTELS website this summer!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS presents a stop-off in Paris

Published on June 30 2015
  • Events

Following the inauguration of its hotels in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon in 2014 – and in anticipation of its next three openings in Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison and Bayonne in 2016 – the four-star hotel chain created by Olivier Devys is taking up a week’s residency in the Marais district of Paris, between 17th and 23rd September 2015.

OKKO HOTELS présente l'Escale Parisienne

Experience OKKO HOTELS in Paris

Here at OKKO HOTELS, we pride ourselves on turning up where our teams are least expected. However, there is one city where our arrival is more hotly anticipated than any other: Paris.

In anticipation of our first Parisian hotel, which will open at the Porte de Sèvres in 2017, OKKO HOTELS is to take up residency in the city’s Marais district by installing one of its Clubs at the Galerie Joseph. The OKKO HOTELS Club, designed by Patrick Norguet, is a large, shared space in which to work, relax or have a drink or bite to eat, at any time of the day. It is both a friendly area that encourages guests to mix with one another, and a point of departure from which to head out and discover the city, its culture and its cuisine. But it is equally a place of rest that invites people to recharge their batteries at the health and wellbeing area or make themselves at home by curling up on a sofa with a good book.
 

A bespoke programme

In order to ensure that our stop-off is the late-summer event for Paris in 2015, the OKKO HOTELS team has put together a programme featuring a blend of cuisine, new discoveries, health and wellbeing, all in a completely unique setting.

  • Unmissable aperitivos
    …experience the OKKO HOTELS take on this Italian concept consisting of a savoury buffet accompanied by wine and cocktails.
     
  • A photography exhibition
    …where artists from the Ahahah! collective offer their insight into everyday life and intimate experiences at hotels.
     
  • Gourmet brunches 
    …at the weekend, in partnership with Laurent Perrier champagnes.

     
  • An evening in partnership with the Ninkasi brewery 
    …introducing you to the very best of Lyon’s cuisine, to the sound of live music.
     
  • Yoga classes
    …run with boundless energy by the girls from Lolë, a rising brand of sports clothing.
     
  • A pop-up boutique
    …with an exclusive selection of food products and designer items chosen by the OKKO HOTELS team.
     
  • Private film screenings
    …on the theme of travel, to enjoy while snuggling into an area equipped by Coco-Mat, producer of luxury bedding.

 

  • Two conference events
    “The digital revolution and the sharing economy: the end of hotels?”
    “Province is the new Paris: the irresistible rise of urban tourism”

All set against OKKO’s customary backdrop, blending warmth and great design. Four stars, no cloud.
 

Experience OKKO HOTELS with an all-inclusive pass

In addition to the Club, what really makes OKKO HOTELS stand out from the crowd are its all-inclusive rates that give guests free access to the Club, a breakfast menu, the aperitivo and other exclusive services. So why change the winning formula for our Parisian residency?:

1 pass provides access to one of our gourmet events (a brunch or aperitivo) and to all the other activities throughout the week.

Passes will be available to buy for the price of 20 euros from the start of September at our website www.okkohotels.com and via the event’s very own application.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Events
/

ON THE OKKO HOTELS AGENDA: FOODCAMP GRENOBLE 2015

Published on June 26 2015
  • The City

All those with a passion for food and cooking, take note: the fifth edition of Foodcamp Grenoble will be held at the MIN Grenoble marketplace on Sunday 28th June. This event is where it’s at, when it comes to discovering all the latest trends in local cuisine!
 

MIN de Grenoble
MIN de Grenoble - Credits: http://foodcamp-grenoble.com/
 

Food in all its forms 

Foodcamp is a huge participatory event, where food-lovers are invited for a day to exchange ideas and stories about their shared passion.

On the schedule this year: workshops and demonstrations from chefs, a market full of local producers and craftsmen, tasting sessions, and lessons about edible plants. This 2015 edition will be a tribute to the local area!

For lunch, visitors can enjoy the delights of the “Slow Food Court”, where four restaurants and food trucks will be assembled:

  • Aux garnements (foodtruck)
  • Black Rhino (gourmet burgers)
  • Dimi (trendy cantine)
  • Eyes Café (gallery restaurant)

Set menus will cost between €5 and €12. Think to bring some change, as not all of these restaurants will accept payment by card.

Foodcamp Grenoble is also organising a local street food competition, where entrants will be able to show off their skills and hear what the professionals have to say about their food. Participants have already been sending in a recipe accompanied by a photo to the organisers. The four chosen finalists will face off between 2pm and 3pm under the 8,000m² arched roof at the MIN in Grenoble!
  

Practical Information:

Foodcamp Grenoble, organised by the agency Cook’appeal, will take place from 10:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 28th June.

Cost of entry:

·         €5 for the day, of which €3 goes towards a food charity

·         Free entry for under-14s

To find out more, please visit the Foodcamp Grenoble website or its Facebook page.

MIN Grenoble

117, rue des Alliés
38000 Grenoble

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

My urban summer with OKKO HOTELS

Published on June 22 2015
  • Special offers

Those long-awaited summer months are finally here, bringing with them an irresistible urge to leave town on the first train. Fortunately, this summer the OKKO HOTELS team has some wonderful surprises in store for you!

Terrasse de l'hôtel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
Terrasse de l'hôtel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
 

Nantes, Grenoble, Lyon: three destinations to suit your every need and desire

Before the doors to our new hotels in Cannes, Rueil-Malmaison and Bayonne open (at the start of 2016), OKKO HOTELS is ready to welcome you this summer to Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon.

Itching to embark on a new cultural and artistic adventure?

The tourism group Le Voyage à Nantes suggests you follow its “green line” to see the city from a different angle.

An urge for nature?

In Grenoble, reach for the skies by taking the cable car up to La Bastille, an old military fort dating back to the 19th century and originally built on the border between France and Piedmont.

Tempted by the sound of a gourmet break?

Without a doubt, Lyon and its endless choice of restaurants will delight even the most demanding of palates.
 

Read all about our ideas for getaways, our favourite things to do, and our pick of the best spots in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon!

 

A free tote bag for every booking made on the OKKO HOTELS website

For every booking made on the OKKO HOTELS website for a stay between 1st July and 30th August, our team will greet you on arrival with a great tote bag filled with delicious green tea from Michel et Augustin and a delightful personalised card!
 

Tote bag Mon été urbain chez OKKO HOTELS
 

Competition time! #eteurbain #okkohotels

This summer, share with us your best finds, your favourite spots and your most special moments via social networks by using the hashtags #eteurbain and #okkohotels. Every month, the best photo will be rewarded with a great gift!

Tote bag Mon été urbain

Wishing everyone a wonderful (sunny) summer with OKKO HOTELS!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Special offers
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: Pop in Nantes

Published on June 22 2015
  • The City

Pop in the City organises urban events for women across Europe. The next edition of this sporting, cultural and artistic spectacle takes place in Nantes on 27th June! 

Pop in Nantes
Credits: http://www.popinthecity.com/
 

“To pop in (verb): to make a quick trip somewhere, to come say hello”

Pop in the City is a fun run with a difference, involving between 500 and 600 participants at each edition. The aim? To complete as many challenges as possible before getting to the finish line!

The race takes place in the space of a day, over the course of which teams of two participants set off to discover a city, armed with only a city map and a guidebook stuffed full of puzzles.

The event is made up of 25 challenges in the categories of sport, art, extreme, charity and culture, set up in iconic and unusual locations that have been exclusively opened for the occasion.

At previous editions, among other activities, participants have had a lesson with an orchestra conductor at the opera house in Aix-en-Provence, abseiled down a medieval tower in Bologna, and even livened up a mothers-and-daughters meeting in Porto.

The women taking part only find out about the different activities once they have arrived. Throughout the race they can accept or request the help of local residents, and can even hitch-hike.

Pop in Nantes
Credits: http://www.popinthecity.com/

The Nantes edition holds plenty of its own surprises in store, while some of the challenges have already been unveiled:

 “Participate in an impromptu game of kin-ball, explore the village of Trentemoult by following an orienteering trail, discover a printing works, paddle through a pitch-black tunnel in a canoe, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy while wearing traditional dress!”

Ready to take up the challenge? Register quickly on the Pop in the City website – there are only a few places left for Pop in Nantes!
 

Practical Information

The race will take place between 09:00 and 17:00, before which participants will be invited to dinner and evening entertainment in a surprise location.

Race + dinner/evening event : €195 per participant
Race only: €160

Following on from Risoul and Nantes, Pop in the City is heading to Brussels for its third event in 2015.

Find more information on Pop in the City's website. 

 

Pop in the City
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: “From Picasso to Warhol – a decade of acquisitions” at the Museum of Grenoble

Published on June 18 2015
  • The City

The collections held at the Museum of Grenoble have been considerably enhanced over the last ten years by the arrival of new artwork, be it ancient, modern or contemporary in nature.

The museum, which today possesses one of the finest permanent collections in all of France, is showcasing 150 of its most emblematic works in an exhibition entitled “From Picasso to Warhol”.

Jackie - Warhol_expo_musée de Grenoble  
Andy Warhol, Jackie, 1964 © - Photo © museum of  Grenoble : Jean-Luc Lacroix - 
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Adagp, Paris 2015

 

The museum has a very active acquisition policy that is based around three main axes: the development of the 20th century collection, the ensemble collections (for example, the Arte Povera or New Realism ensembles), and the strengthening of links with individual artists with a view to developing new temporary exhibitions.
 

An exceptional collection

Paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos… the Museum of Grenoble boasts an outstanding collection of 25,000 works.
 

ARMAN - Musée de Grenoble
ARMAN, Allegro con brio, 1977
© museum of Grenoble: Jean-Luc Lacroix - © Adagp, Paris 2015

 

The stars of the exhibition are works such as “Jackie” by Andy Warhol from 1964, and “Verre”, a cubist collage by Pablo Picasso dating back to 1914.

On their way through the exhibition, visitors will also have the chance to enjoy works by artists including ARMAN, Thomas Schütte, Philippe Cognée, Antonin Artaud, Robert Ryman, Sigmar Polke and Jeff Wall.
 

Jeff Wall - Musée de Grenoble
Jeff WALL - A Woman consulting a catalogue, 2005
Photo © museum of Grenoble: Jean-Luc Lacroix © Jeff Wall

 

This is one exhibition not to be missed. It runs from 7th May to 30th August 2015.
 

Practical information:

The Museum of Grenoble is open every day from 10:00 to 18:30, except on Tuesdays. Entry is free on the first Sunday of every month.

Full price entry: €8

Free entry for under-18s

Guided tours of the exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays at 14:30

Price: €5 + the cost of entry
 

Musée de Grenoble
5, place Lavalette
38000 Grenoble

 

The museum is easily accessible by both bus and tram.

For more information, please visit the Musée de Grenoble website.

Previous exhibition: Giuseppe Penone at the Museum of Grenoble

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Le Seize

Published on June 16 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Today it’s one for all foodies and lovers of bistro cuisine, as we head off to 16 Rue de Strasbourg, only a few minutes’ walk from OKKO’s Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel…

Le Seize
Credits: www.restaurant-le-seize.fr

Le Seize is a restaurant that first opened at the end of 2011. It is run by Karine, a food-mad graduate from the Clos d’Or catering school in Grenoble who also trained at the Paul Bocuse Institute, and Thierry, a degree-holder at France’s most prestigious pastry cuisine school, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Pâtisserie.

In terms of the food, Katrine adds new twists to traditional dishes, by stylishly introducing her own little touches of fantasy. The result? Beautiful, lovingly-prepared dishes with delicious flavours and original taste fusions.

Le Seize also possesses all the qualities needed to satisfy even the most demanding sweet pallet. Thierry re-interprets classic French desserts in his own unique way, with dishes such as lemon and passion fruit meringue pie, two-chocolate mousse, Vacherin and rum baba. 
 

On the menu this summer:

Starters:

Sea salt-marinated fresh salmon, served with lemon and dill whipped cream (€13)
- Poached egg à la Beaujolaise  (€12)
- Beef carpaccio (€14)
- Burrata cheese and multi-coloured tomatoes with basil pesto (13€)

 

Entrée le Seize
Melon carpaccio, served with serrano ham and balled watermelon 

Main courses:

- Le Seize’s Burgers:
      Fresh beef patty – €22
     
Fresh Maldivian tuna – 26€
- Fresh scallops – €29
- Le Seize’s steak tartare – €23
- Fresh fillet of sea bass – €25
- Fresh Maldivian tuna – €31
- Montbeliard fillet steak – €29

 

Le Seize
Hand-prepared steak tartare - Credits: page Facebook Le Seize

Desserts:

- Vacherin - €9
- Le Seize’s Coupe Gourmande - €9
- J’en suis BAB - €9
- Lemon and passion fruit meringue pie - €8
- Liège waffles - €9 

 


Strawberry tart with sweet nut paste and Madagascar vanilla mousseline cream - Credits: page Facebook Le Seize
 

The ambiance is cosy and warm, the menu is simple and tasty, and the products are extra-fresh. To sum up, Le Seize is one restaurant not to miss on your next trip to OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche!

Loëlia’s tip: try the delicious brunch on Sunday! 

 

Practical information:

Le Seize is open from Tuesday to Sunday 12h - 14h and from Tueday to Saturday 19h30.

Fin more information of Le Seize's website 

16 rue de Strasbourg 
38000 Grenoble

Tel. 04 76 43 42 27

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

Lyon Shop and Design event: an evening with the ONLY LYON ambassadors

Published on June 12 2015
  • News

Apéro ambassadeurs Only Lyon
Credits: CCI Lyon

On 2nd June, OKKO’s Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel had the honour of hosting an evening social event for the ONLY LYON ambassadors. The event formed part of the programme for the Lyon Shop and Design competition, in which our hotel is competing as one of the 15 finalists.

The event featured food trucks, a music truck and tours of the hotel, against the backdrop of a warm, friendly ambience.

Apéro des ambassadeurs Only Lyon
Credits: CCI Lyon

Several hundred people gathered in front of the hotel for a most enjoyable evening, organized in collaboration with Pop Top Events and Food Trucks Gourmets!
 

Apéro ambassadeurs Only Lyon
Food Truck Gourmets - Credits: CCI Lyon

Apéro Only Lyon
Music truck - Credits: CCI Lyon
 

An Only Lyon event

ONLY LYON is an organisation which, since 2007, has been charged with promoting the city of Lyon internationally. It has amassed a network of over 15,000 ambassadors, whose role is to spread the word beyond France’s borders about Lyon’s quality of life, its rich cultural heritage and its activities for tourists, but also to promote the city as an economic, scientific and cultural hub.

For more information, visit the ONLY LYON website
 

Apéro ONLY LYON
Speech by Olivier Devys, Founder and President of the OKKO HOTELS group - Credits: CCI Lyon

 

Apéro ONLY LYON
Credits: CCI Lyon
 

The tour of OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette 

Our team were delighted to show numerous participants around the hotel!
 

Visite de l'hôtel
Credits: CCI Lyon
 

Apréo ONLY LYON
L’équipe de l’hôtel OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette - Credits: CCI Lyon

Apéro ONLY LYON
The greeting area Credits: CCI Lyon

 

Apéro ONLY LYON
The grand staircase - Credits: CCI Lyon

Apéro ONLY LYON
Exploring the bedrooms - Credits: CCI Lyon
 

The Lyon Shop and Design competition: results coming soon!

As already mentioned, OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette has been named as one of the 15 finalists of the Lyon Shop and Design competition, organised by Lyon’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 

Apéro ONLY LYON
Crédits : CCI Lyon

As we wait for the prize-winners to be announced, two days remain for the public to vote for their favourite entrant at the following address: http://vote.lyon-shop-design.com/
 

Apéro ONLY LYON
Crédits : CCI Lyon

It only takes a minute, and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win one of the many prizes up for grabs. We’re counting on you!

Find all the practical information at the Lyon Shop & Design website. 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

OKKO HOTELS, a sustainable company

Published on June 10 2015
  • Sustainable development

Sustainable development at OKKO HOTELS: more than just words, a genuine commitment to good sense

On every step of our journey, from design to completion of our hotels, taking in the construction and renovation of our buildings, OKKO HOTELS constantly strives to keep sustainable development issues at the forefront of all that we do.

It is clear that consumers are becoming more and more insistent that their preferred brands demonstrate a greater commitment to respecting the environment. Yet beyond the trends and the marketing speak, we believe that this movement is representative of a genuine change in our society, and that it is up to us, as a private company, to encourage others to embrace it, be they our partners, staff or guests.

Well aware that the hotel industry – and tourism in general – is a significant consumer of energy, it strikes us as a matter of simple common sense to implement measures at every level to limit the impact of the OKKO HOTELS project on the environment. After all, the care taken to control energy consumption, to limit wastage, to ensure the sustainability of our materials and equipment, or to use local suppliers to reduce transport costs, is not just “green-friendly” but makes good financial sense.

An innovative and ambitious company, we want to go the extra mile when it comes to sustainability, aiming to encourage our guests to reflect on their own consumption habits and to make simple changes that nevertheless have a significant impact on the environment. This may seem somewhat removed from traditional four-star customs, yet it is an approach that has been embraced wholeheartedly by our customers.
 

Perfectly located for green transport

By positioning our hotels right at the heart of cities, and always within easy reach of railway stations, OKKO HOTELS has responded to the needs of those who prefer to travel in a more environmentally-friendly way than by car.

We have even gone so far as to build some of our hotels within mainline railway terminals (such as OKKO HOTELS Cannes, which will open in 2016, and OKKO HOTELS Gare de l’Est, scheduled to open in Paris in 2019) or alongside urban railway stations (OKKO HOTELS Paris-Rueil-Malmaison, which will open at the start of 2016).
 

Eco-design buildings

Our Construction Department works closely with both our Product Department and external property developers in order to design intelligent, sustainable and energy-efficient hotels.

Special care is taken with the insulation to ensure that it is highly effective, the hotels are lit entirely by LEDs, and the air conditioning and heating systems are environmentally-friendly, in order to minimise energy consumption.

Preference is given to sustainable and natural materials: wood, raw concrete, natural stone and glass. The majority of the materials are recyclable and European in origin.

The use of water is kept to a minimum in the bathrooms, where showers are preferred to baths, taps are equipped with aerators, and the toilets allow guests to choose manually between eco or full flush settings.

When architecturally feasible, this approach is taken even further. At our Grenoble hotel, for example, 70m² of solar panels have been installed on the roof, which take care of 50% of the building’s hot water requirements.
 

Natural and authentic: our selection criteria for products and suppliers

All of our suppliers undergo a long and rigorous selection procedure, in order to guarantee that the products in our guests’ rooms are not only aesthetically pleasing, but sustainable:

  • For our bedding we chose Coco-Mat, a young Greek company who have designed an exclusive OKKO HOTELS bed made out of natural fibres.
  • The bed linen, also entirely natural, is made by the Italian company Gastaldi. Naturally creased, it does not require ironing.
  • The 100%-cotton bathroom linen, meanwhile, is provided by Max Haavelar.
  • Thémaé supply us with Ecocert cosmetic products.
  • There are no minibars in the guest rooms, and the energy-efficient television sets minimise the consumption of electricity.

In the Club area, the concept of restauration has been reimagined in order to respect the environment and to limit wastage:

Breakfast, snacks and an evening apéritivo are included in all of our rates, being served on a daily basis to all of our guests. There is therefore no risk of wastage or loss, since produce is acquired and stored in accordance with our reservations and the consumption levels foreseen as a result.

  • Preference is given to producers who adhere to the principles of organic agriculture, as well as those who are based locally, in order to reduce the burden of transport and to help to protect traditional craftsmanship:

- In Nantes: compotes and fruit from Côteaux Nantais, dairy produce from Beillevaire, La Mûroise jams, Attelier biscuits and Groix et Nature preserves
- In Grenoble: dairy produce from Laiterie Gilbert, sweet delights from Thierry Court and Mandrin beers
- In Lyon: charcuterie meats from Bobosse, dairy produce from La Mère Richard and Ninkasi beers
 

Using communication to encourage guest participation

During their stays, our guests are continuously invited to reflect upon their consumption habits, with a view to learning more about how to travel “sustainably”:

Staying with OKKO HOTELS is a paper-free experience from start to finish: customers have the option of making their reservation over the internet, and they receive their booking confirmation and invoice via email.

In the bathroom, guests will find only a 20g bar of soap and an Ecocert hair and body gel dispenser. A full range of hygiene and cosmetic products is nevertheless available for free at reception. This approach has been understood and embraced by our guests, who are aware of the wastage associated with individually-packaged cosmetic products.

Guests who are with us for an extended stay are invited to indicate each day whether or not they wish their sheets and towels to be changed.
 

Pushing for continuous improvement

This global approach is the result of a continuous consideration for sustainable development, something that our team wishes to further pursue. When it comes to sustainable development, there is still much to do, and we are making every effort to source and design the products and services that will see OKKO HOTELS continue to grow ever more sustainable with every passing day.
 

Terre.tv - OKKO HOTELS : le tout confort sobre en énergie !
Terre.tv - OKKO HOTELS : le tout confort sobre en énergie !
Solenne Devys' Interview, Head of Marketing and Communication

 
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Sustainable development
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: “Ten years of acquisitions, ten years of passion” at Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts

Published on June 04 2015
  • The City

Just like its Grenoble counterpart, the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon is unveiling a brand new exhibition highlighting the exceptional additions made to its collections over the past ten years.

The exhibition, entitled “Ten years of acquisitions, ten years of passion”, will run from 29th May until 21st September 2015. It showcases around 580 pieces of art, brought in since 2004 to further enrich the museum’s collections. 

Le musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts - Credits: www.lyon-france.com

Antiques, paintings, sculptures, artworks, gold and silverware, drawings, engravings… the list goes on. This exhibition offers the chance to look back at particularly striking additions to the museum’s collections, but also pays tribute to the donors and collectors who have supported the museum throughout a dynamic period of acquisition.
 

A magnificent exhibition programme

Since 2004, each section of the museum (including antiquities, artworks, paintings, sculptures, 19th century and 21st century) has been bolstered by new additions that have served to consolidate the presence of certain artists, to fill any chronological gaps in the collections, and to expand upon current trends.

Visitors can enjoy two major new exhibits:

- The first exhibit showcases the works of painter Geneviève Asse (featuring figurative beginnings, still life and drawings).

 

L'exposition Geneviève Asse
Geneviève Asse,
Couleurs dans l’espace, 1966,
Credits: MBA Lyon - Alain Basset
 

- A second exhibit highlights the works of artist Georges Adilon (featuring landscapes and still life, abstract art and graphical works).
 

L'oeuvre de Geneviève Asse
Georges Adilon (1928 - 2009)
Untitled (12-06-68)
1968, black glycerophthalic lacquer on paper
Crédits : MBA Lyon
 

As part of the “Ten years of acquisitions, ten years of passion” exhibition, visitors are also invited to view three thematic presentations, showcasing 16th–21st century graphic arts, coinage and the works of Auguste Morisot (a drawer, painter, engraver, glassmaker and decorator).
 

Arts graphiques
16th–21st Century Graphic Arts
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898)
From the work Étude pour Vision antique (circa 1885)
 

Le Médailler
Coinage 
The first French coin featuring the King’s portrait
Work: Louis XII, silver testone produced in Lyon in 1514

Practical Information:

The exhibition is open every day except Tuesdays and public holidays from 10:00 to 18:00, and from 10:30 on Fridays.

Exhibition:
- Full price entry: €7
- Concessions: €4

Visit with audio guide: Cost of entry + €3/€1

For more information, please visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon website. 

Previously at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon:  "Jacqueline Delubac, le choix de la modernité"

 

20, place des Terreaux
69001 Lyon

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: the International Fragrant Rose Biennial 2015

Published on May 29 2015
  • The City

The International Fragrant Rose Biennial is a unique competition that has taken place every two years in Nantes since 1991. The event, co-organised by the City of Nantes and the French Rose Society, will take place this year on 6th and 7th June at the Beaujoire floral park. 

biennale internationale de la rose parfumée
The Beaujoire floral park – credits: www.nantes.fr
 

Nantes: the European Green Capital 2013

With its 400 species of magnolia and its magnificent iris and rose gardens, the Beaujoire floral park is a key part of Nantes’ exceptional green heritage, for which the city was named the European Green Capital for 2013.

Its magnificent collections, arranged as individual scenes, were for the most part created as part of the Floralies flower shows that the park hosted until 1989.

The rose garden features 20,000 individual flowers and 1,600 varieties of rose, and is therefore the ideal setting for this singular event!

Parc floral de la Beaujoire
The Beaujoire floral park – credits: www.nantes.fr
 

The fragrant rose biennial

The competing roses are judged over the course of two seasons by a technical jury, who are asked to attribute average scores on the basis of morphological and cultural characteristics, over a total of 320 categories!

Following this scoring procedure, the chosen varieties are presented to a jury made up of internationally recognised perfumers known as the “Grands nez” (literally the “Grand Noses”), who will choose the two prize-winning roses.

Parc floral de la Beaujoire
The Beaujoire floral park – Credits: www.nantes-tourisme.com

Over these two days in May, the public will be invited to meet the high jury and other perfumers at olfactory workshops. Visitors young and old will therefore have the chance to make the most of several events, exhibitions and workshops dedicated to all things roses.

 

Practical information

The Beaujoire Park is open every day from 08:30 to 18:30 (and until 20:00 in the summer).

Access:
Tramway 1: get off at Beaujoire
Chronobus C6: get off at Roseraie

Parc floral de la Beaujoire
Route de Saint-Joseph de Porterie
44300 Nantes

For more information, visit the City of Nantes’ official website.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Introducing our very own OKKO HOTELS scented candle for Mother’s Day!

Published on May 26 2015
  • Special offers

In time for Mother’s Day, celebrated in France on Sunday 31st May, OKKO HOTELS has developed a wonderful scented candle to be sold at its hotel boutiques in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon. It’s the perfect gesture that’s sure to hit the spot with your dear old mum! 
 

La bougie parfumée OKKO HOTELS
 

A scented candle lovingly made in France, especially for OKKO HOTELS

To produce its scented candle, OKKO HOTELS turned to the renowned French fragrance specialist Gilles Dewavrin. For 20 years, this house has been developing unique, refined scents with the help of some of France’s finest perfumers.

Product quality is of the utmost importance for the team at Gilles Dewavrin who, from the wax to the packaging, entrust only the most talented French craftsmen. Wherever possible, the wax used is composed of environmentally-friendly natural ingredients. In this way, it’s yet another example of an OKKO HOTELS supplier that shares the values which we ourselves hold so dear!

The principal creative sources of inspiration for Gilles Dewavrin’s fragrances are the Orient, tea and flowers, while the key themes revolve around sensuality, delicacy and freshness.

Our teams chose the delicious “Or Jaune” perfume with its subtle notes of mimosa, iris, water jasmine, green leaves and heliotrope.

OKKO HOTELS scented candle: €22

Available at OKKO’s Nantes Château, Grenoble Jardin Hoche and Lyon Pont Lafayette hotels.

Please don’t hesitate to ask our teams!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Special offers
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites : The Lumière Institute

Published on May 19 2015
  • The City

Not just renowned internationally for the quality of its cuisine, Lyon is also the spiritual home of the so-called Seventh Art. It is here that the Lumière Brothers set up their first cinematograph on the celebrated “Rue du Premier-film” in March 1895.

Les Frères Lumière
Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1895 - Credits: www.institut-lumiere.org

The Lumière Institute, created in 1982 by Bernard Chardère and Maurice Trarieux-Lumière, grandson of Louis Lumière, today runs a museum, a cinema and a library, among other activities.

The Lumière Institute Museum

The museum nestles within the four walls of the sumptuous Villa Lumière, also known as the “Château Lumière” and well worth a visit in itself. Built between 1899 and 1902, this family villa was the final architectural creation of photographer Antoine Lumière, father of Auguste and Louis. 
 

La Villa Lumière
Villa Lumière - Credits: www.institut-lumiere.org
 

The exhibition space at the museum was designed by Dominique Païni, who is none other than the Director of Cultural Development at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Here you are able to encounter at first hand the extraordinary inventions dreamt up by the Lumière brothers, such as the famous cinematograph (the instrument that originally allowed film images to be projected to entire gatherings of people), the first colour photographs, the Photorama Lumière and plenty of other unusual items.
 

Le Musée Lumière
Credits: www.institut-lumiere.org
 

Le Musée Lumière
The Photorama Lumière - Credits: www.institut-lumiere.org
 

Practical information

The museum is open from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10:00 and 18:30.

Full entry: €6.50
Concessions: €5.50

The Hangar du Premier Film and the Lumière Institute Cinema
 

Hangar du Premier film
Crédits : www.institut-lumiere.org

Visible in “Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory” (the first film made by Louis Lumière), this hangar became the first film set in history!

Since restoration works in 1998, it now hosts a cinema with 270 seats and a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of the building. 
 

La sortie du Hangar du premier film
“Employees leaving the Lumière Factory”, the first film made by Louis Lumière 
© Association Frères Lumière

 

The Hangar is open to visitors from Tuesdays to Fridays between 18:30 and 21:30, and at weekends between 14:00 and 18:00.

25 rue du Premier Film - BP 8051
69352 - Lyon Cedex 08

Find all the practical information on the Lumière Institute website, where the first 10 films ever made with a cinematograph are also available for viewing.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Our partners: Groix et Nature

Published on May 18 2015
  • Our partners

Created in 2000 by Christian Guyader, Groix et Nature is a producer specialising in preserved foods. It is located off the coast of Lorient in the south of Brittany on the beautiful island of Groix, which is otherwise home to colourfully-fronted, stone fishermen’s houses.

Produce originating on the Isle of Groix invariably follows in the purest traditions of the island, and is made with raw materials caught by the local fishermen. 

Logo Groix et Nature
Credits: www.groix-et-nature.com
 

This small company has set itself the ambitious mission of both safeguarding and renewing the island’s culture and expertise in preserved foods. And the mission has certainly been a success so far: it is the last remaining such producer on the island, and nowadays its products are internationally distributed and renowned!
 

L'île de Groix
Island of Groix - Credits: www.groix-et-nature.com

Groix et Nature: the products

Groix et Nature’s flagship products are their rillettes, served as an apéritivo at OKKO’s Nantes Château hotel. 
 

Rillettes Groix et Nature
Credits: www.groix-et-nature.com

Groix et Nature has perfected around twenty natural recipes, free from colorants and preservatives, using local produce such as white tuna, salmon, sardines with Espelette peppers and Brittany scallops. Alongside these classics, the company also offers some more original recipes such as sea-bream with small vegetables, line-caught sea-bass, Brittany oysters, lobster and alabones.
 

Rillettes Groix et Nature
Credits: www.groix-et-nature.com

You will find a host of specialties from Groix on offer at the online boutique, including the island’s famous soups, lobster confit, Brittany scallop confit and seaweed tartare. Last but not least, you can even order the Godaille de Thoniers soup, made with gurnard and mackerel.  
 

Coffret de rillettes Groix et Nature
Credits: www.groix-et-nature.com
 

Practical information

All of Groix et Nature’s products are available at their online store.

You will also find a selection of their products at the OKKO Hotels Nantes Chateau boutique, including their wonderful lobster oil, made with blue lobster and grape seed oil.

Huile de homard
Crédits : www.groix-et-nature.com

The little bonus: Find recipe ideas on Groix et Nature’s Facebook page!
 

Groix & Nature
La conserverie
Mez Ker - Port Lay - BP 2
56590 ILE DE GROIX

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: The Gazzetta Caffè

Published on May 12 2015
  • Culinary favourites

An excellent brasserie restaurant at lunchtime, a cosy café in the afternoon, a wine bar with speciality Italian snacks in the evening… This week we’re off to the ever-versatile Gazzetta Caffè, one of our latest finds in Grenoble!  

Gazzetta Caffè

The Gazzetta is a friendly and welcoming eatery where you can enjoy creative, colourful and tasty food in a refined environment. The restaurant offers an excellent value lunchtime set menu, before becoming a wine bar in the evening offering a wide selection of delicious Italian sharing dishes.
 

An example of the lunch menu:

Main courses (€10.40):

Roasted Tomino salad with speck
Coley served with ebly, purple carrots and a basil cream
Pork loin with gravy, polenta crisps and a parsnip cream

 

Desserts (€5) :

White cheese mousse with red fruits
Tropical fruit pavlova

 

Le Gazzetta Caffè
Roasted Tomino salad with speck

Gazzetta Caffè
Pork loin with gravy, polenta crisps and a parsnip cream

Gazzetta Caffè
Coley served with ebly, purple carrots and a basil cream

The OKKO team liked: the warm welcome, the décor, the delicious plat du jour and the value for money at lunchtime.

The little extra: their large tables, ideal for bigger groups, and a wonderful outdoor terrace.

 

Gazzetta Caffè
 

Practical information

The Gazzetta Caffè is a stone’s throw from Grenoble’s railway station, and a 15-minute walk from OKKO’s Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel.

The restaurant is open:

- From Monday to Friday 07:30–23:30
- On Saturdays 08:30–23:30
- On Sundays 10:00–15:00

Bookings can be made online at the Gazzetta Caffè website, by sending an email to resa@gazzetta.fr or by calling +33(0)4.76.50.22.24.

1 rue Colonel Denfert Rochereau,
angle avenue Félix Viallet,
38000 Grenoble

 

(Re)discover our previous culinary favourites in Grenoble: SensThierry Court, La Baratte and Little Koï.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

THE LYON SHOP & DESIGN CONTEST: VOTE FOR OKKO HOTELS LYON PONT LAFAYETTE!

Published on May 06 2015
  • News

The Lyon Shop & Design contest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is organised by Lyon’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which wishes to use this competition to encourage the modernisation and renovation of business spaces in Lyon, and more particularly to underline the value of joint projects between traders and architects/designers.

Concours Lyon Shop & Design
 

The Lyon Shop & Design Contest: 15 finalists, 5 prizewinners, 1 public prize

For the 2015 edition, the Lyon Shop & Design organisers have received 101 entries, taking the total number of entrants since 2004 to 698!

Participants must be establishments that have been created or renovated by a space design and/or architecture professional between 3rd October 2011 and 3rd October 2014.
 

Selecting the 15 finalists

The entries, once received, were assessed by a 22-member CCI selection committee. The committee members visited the establishments to judge them on various criteria, such as the quality of the finished work and the creative approach to the design and planning of both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Following these visits, the committee revealed the competition’s 15 finalists. This list features entrants from all manner of trades: restaurants, hairdressers, chemist’s, cheesemongers, shoe and accessories… and OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette!

 

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche
 

A jury of 7 trade, marketing, architecture and design experts subsequently met with the finalists, before selecting the 5 prizewinners for the 2015 edition, which will be revealed on 11th June!
  

The Lyon Shop & Design Public Prize 2015

In anticipation of the announcement of the 5 prizewinners, the public are also able to vote for their own personal favourite at the following address: http://vote.lyon-shop-design.com/.

It only takes a moment, and certain lucky voters will even win gifts.

We’re counting on you!

Find all the practical information on the Lyon Shop & Design website.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: Les Fils à Maman and Papy Mougeot

Published on May 05 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Ideally located between the Place Royale and the Bouffay district in Nantes, les Fils à Maman is a restaurant with an original concept: to transport you, over the course of a great lunch or dinner, back to your childhood!  

Les fils à maman
Credits: Teddy Locquard - www.lesfilsanantes.fr

The team at Les Fils à Maman (“Mummy’s Boys”) are, above all, food-lovers who wish to offer us the opportunity to rediscover the flavours of our mothers’ cooking.

For example at lunchtime, among other dishes, the following can be found on the menu: 

Starters (€4):
Babybel croquettes in breadcrumbs
Curé Nantais cheese in honey and spice breadcrumbs
Stuffed tomatoes in puff pastry

Les fils à maman
Credits: Teddy Locquard - www.lesfilsanantes.fr

Main courses (€9.90)

Cheeseburger with either cheddar or blue cheese, served with delicious fries (€2 extra)
Cordon bleu with cured ham and dairylea, served with a chorizo sauce and crushed potatoes (€1 extra)
Brutus Salad (Lethally good! Just ask the Caesar Salad…): romaine lettuce, pesto-marinated chicken, preserved tomatoes, parmesan, croutons and anchovies

Les fils à maman
Credits: Teddy Locquard - www.lesfilsanantes.fr

Desserts (€4)

Kinder Egg tiramisu (€1 extra)
Carambar crème brûlée
Petit Lu biscuits, banana with Nutella, Chantilly cream (€1 extra)

Les fils à maman
Credits: Teddy Locquard - www.lesfilsanantes.fr

The great idea: on the first Tuesday of every month, a mum takes over the kitchen and gives customers the chance to discover her own personal specialties with a unique menu: the mum’s starter, her children’s two favourite main courses, and her trademark dessert. You will even be able to leave at the end of the meal with the recipes and cooking secrets!

Practical information

The restaurant is open from Monday evening to Sunday lunchtime.
Lunchtime: between midday and 2pm
Dinnertime: between 7:30pm and 10:30pm (11pm on Fridays; 11:30pm on Saturdays)

Take a look at the menu

14 Rue Beauregard
44000 Nantes

Tel: 02 40 20 06 26

 

Papy Mougeot
 

Papy Mougeot
Credits: papy-mougeot.com

Alexandre and Jeremy, the owners of Les Fils à Maman, have recently opened a second restaurant with Margaux, not to be missed on your next trip to Nantes: Papy Mougeot.
 

Papy Mougeot
Credits: papy-mougeot.com

It offers another unique and homely dining experience, this time at the heart of the Île Feydeau district.

Take a look at the menu at Papy

For all practical details, visit the Papy Mougeot website 

1 quai Turenne
44000 Nantes

Tel : 02.40.47.34.54

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Canyoning with Vertical Aventure

Published on April 24 2015
  • The City

Summer is well and truly on the way, so why not make the most of the good weather by escaping the city and discovering Grenoble’s beautiful surroundings? The ski season may be over, but there is an equally exciting summer alternative that combines swimming, trekking and climbing: welcome to the world of canyoning!

Canyoning à Grenoble
Credits: www.vertical-aventure.com

On offer at Vertical Aventure…

The Vertical Aventure team is made up of mountain guides and instructors, each one fully professional and passionate about sport. They have scoured the region in order to identify the very best canyons in a 30-minute radius around the cities of Grenoble, Chartreuse and Vercors.
 

The Furon Haut canyon in the Vercors Massif

Situated above the town of Sassenage, just fifteen minutes from Grenoble and an hour from Lyon, the Furon is a huge canyon in the Vercors mountain range, consisting of both upper (haut) and lower (bas) sections.

The upper section presents a well-rounded canyoning challenge including wading, plunges (from up to 9 metres), slides, a zipline and short abseils.

Allow 3 hours to complete this section, with the option to extend your adventure by tackling the lower section.  

Individual price: €48
Group > 6 people : €43

 

The Versoud canyon in the Vercors Massif

Canyoning à Grenoble
Credits: www.vertical-aventure.com

The Versoud canyon is a beautiful gorge featuring a succession of waterfalls and pools. Offering a challenge that includes abseils, slides and jumps, it is without doubt one of the best introductions to canyoning!

Allow 2½ hours to complete this section.

Individual price: €48
Group > 6 people: €43

 

The Canyon des Ecouges – intermediate section

Canyoning à Grenoble
Crédits : www.vertical-aventure.com

Thirty minutes away from Grenoble, the Canyon des Ecouges is a very well-rounded descent with beautiful abseils and several jumps and slides, punctuated by wonderful waterfalls.

Allow 4½ hours to complete this descent, with the option to tackle the Ecouges in its entirety.

Individual price: 60€
Group > 6 people: 55€

 

Practical information:

You can reserve your experience online at the Vertical Aventure website.

The more adventurous among you will also find other activities such as mountain climbing (both via ferrata and via corda), mountaineering and even hang-gliding.

The great idea: the team at Vertical Aventure also offer special rates for your seminars and stag/hen parties…

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: the Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts (MTMAD)

Published on April 24 2015
  • The City

The MTMAD (Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs, in French) is located in the Presqu’île district of Lyon’s 2nd arrondissement. It consists of two different yet complementary museums, which are both absolutely worth a visit!

Le musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs
© Lyon, MTMAD-D.R.

The Museum of Fabrics 

The original idea for the Musée des Tissus, a museum dedicated to textile production, dates back to the time of the 19th century universal expositions in London. It first opened its doors to the public in 1864. 

The Museum of Fabrics possesses a wonderful collection of over 2.5 million items, one of the world’s largest such collections, retracing more than 2,000 years of textiles from way back in ancient times right up to the modern era.

Le musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs de Lyon
© Lyon, MTMAD-Sylvain Pretto

Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs
 © Lyon, MTMAD-Pierre Verrier

Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs
© Lyon, MTMAD-Pierre Verrier

The Museum of Decorative Arts
 

Musée des TIssus et des Arts décoratifs
© Lyon, MTMAD-D.R

Backed by Lyon’s Chamber of Commerce, in an effort to underline the strong ties between artistic production and industrial performance and innovation, the Musée des Arts décoratifs opened its doors to the public exactly 90 years ago. 

Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs
© Lyon, MTMAD-Pierre Verrier

The museum’s collection, largely assembled thanks to family donations, showcases 18th century interior decor trends and features an exceptional collection of items including: woodwork from private mansions in Lyon; woven tapestries; gold, silver and bronze works; paintings and drawings.

The museum is aimed at as wide an audience as possible and gives an insight into how tastes have changed over the years from Europe to the Middle and Far East.

 

Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs de Lyon
© Lyon, MTMAD-Sylvain Pretto

Practical information:

Both museums are open all week apart from Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:30.

Full-priced entry €10 (€8 after 16:00)
Concessions €7.50 (€5.50 after 16:00)

Find all practical information on the MTMAD website. 

 

Musée des Tissus et musée des Arts décoratifs,
34, rue de la Charité,
69002 Lyon

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS 4 stars, 3 new hotels opening in 2016

Published on April 24 2015
  • Projects

OKKO HOTELS, France’s new 4-star chain, continues to grow and now announces three new openings for 2016 in Cannes, Bayonne and Rueil-Malmaison. The year 2014 saw OKKO HOTELS open its first three hotels in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon.

Following on from their success among guests (an average of 9.2/10 on Booking.com for the three hotels), the chain is now ready to unveil even more exciting plans for the future!

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

A dynamic city known the world over, Cannes will soon witness OKKO HOTELS’ next grand opening. Installed in the same building as the railway station, this 125-room hotel will be perfectly located only 5 minutes by foot from the famous Croisette waterfront avenue!

The project forms part of an ambitious scheme to regenerate the city’s railway station, led by Gares et Connexions and aiming to introduce a new range of high quality services to travellers.

OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette
3D view of the future OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette

The Club at the OKKO HOTELS Cannes Croisette, an inviting and contemporary area designed by Patrick Norguet, will be positioned on the sixth floor and will boast magnificent views over the city. Hotel guests will also be able to make the most of the region’s Mediterranean climate on a large outdoor terrace on the top floor of the building.

This project sees OKKO HOTELS teaming up for the second time with VINCI Immobilier, the company who oversaw the development of the OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche, and who is now managing the construction of this 6-floor building alongside DGLa Architecture.

The core construction work is already in place, and the shell of the building should be complete by the end of April 2015. The hotel’s official opening is planned for March 2016.

OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre

Leaving the Cote d’Azur behind, it’s off to the south-west of France where OKKO HOTELS will open its fifth hotel in the centre of the city of Bayonne!

OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre
3D view of the future OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre

This hotel will form part of the Rivadour scheme, a new development of residential properties and offices executed by the architects at Mateo Arquitectura and overseen by developer Eiffage Immobilier. The hotel is financed by Bernard Decoster’s family.

The 92-room hotel will be ideally positioned by the Pont Grenet bridge on the Boulevard du Bab, near the lively banks of the River Adour and only a ten-minute walk from the Old Town. 

The hotel’s Club, a genuine living area open to guests 24/7, will be located on the top floor of the hotel with a view over the river.

As with every OKKO HOTELS, guests will find a whole range of services included in the price of their room. These will include a dining room offering snacks and refreshments around the clock, cosy lounge areas to read a book and relax, a business corner, a boutique offering local products and designer accessories, as well as a terrace adjoining the health and well-being area on the hotel’s penultimate floor.

Structural works are scheduled for completion in May 2015, and the OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre will open its doors to the public a year later, in May 2016.

OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison

OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison, the group’s first hotel in the surroundings of the French capital, will boast an ideal location at the heart of a dynamic business district accessible in 10 minutes by public transport from the centre of Paris.

OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison
3D view of the future OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison

The 110-room hotel, in the process of being built by BOUYGUES Construction under the guidance of project developer FIMINCO, will form part of an ambitious redevelopment and modernisation of the district’s RER Mobipôle train station.

The elegant dressed-stone building has been designed by the architect Loïc Richalet, and will also house a garden centre, a student residence and two restaurants. 

On the first floor of the hotel, guests will be able to enjoy a Club area boasting fully 300m² of floor space and a large outdoor terrace, all the work once more of our designer Patrick Norguet. A fitness gym will also be available on the fifth floor.

Construction is well underway, with nearly half of the core structure already in place. OKKO HOTELS Paris Rueil-Malmaison should be ready to start welcoming guests in June 2016!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Projects
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: the Sainte-Cécile convent

Published on April 17 2015
  • The City

The Sainte-Cécile convent and its adjoining chapel were built in the 17th century to host Grenoble’s Bernardine nuns. Nowadays the convent serves as the headquarters of Editions Glénat, a publishing house founded by Jacques Glénat in 1969, and also as the home for many of the Glénat Foundation and Endowment Fund’s collections and activities.
 

Le Couvent Sainte-Cécile

The history of the Sainte-Cécile convent is fascinating and unexpected. The Bernardine nuns were expelled from the convent in 1791 and the building was seized by the army, who were to occupy the premises until the start of the 21th century. The chapel was transformed into a cinema in 1925, before becoming a dancing hall after the Second World War and then a theatre until 1999.

It was in 2004 that Jacques Glénat, an art collector originally from the Dauphiné region of France, acquired this historic site. After a long period of restoration work, the Sainte-Cécile convent re-opened its doors to the public during France’s Heritage Days celebrations in September 2009.
  

Couvent Sainte-Cécile
The entrance facade of the convent with the representation of Titeuf
 

Today’s visitors can admire the chapel in its original scale, complete with new stained-glass windows designed by the Dutch artist Joost Swarte, an illustrator and comic book artist. The cloisters have been restored and a magnificent library installed in the convent chapel. 
 

Le couvent Sainte-Cécile

 

The written archive

The Saint-Cécile convent also houses an incredible archive of written materials, consisting of more than 15,000 books, either published over the course of the last 45 years by Editions Glénat or collected from other publishing houses. 

La bibliothèque du couvent Sainte-Cécile

These books are openly available for the public to browse. 

Now on at the Sainte-Cécile convent

On until 17th April, the convent is currently playing host to an exhibition entitled Montagne design: nouvelles inspirations (“Mountain Design: new inspirations”). Through its portraits, objects and images, the exhibition aims to provide a contemporary overview of the practices of applied design in mountainous territories.  

Couvent Sainte-Cécile

Coming soon: from 26/11/2015 to 26/02/2016 
An exhibition entitled Tables et festin (“Tables and Feasting”) on the representation of hospitality in 17th century Flemish and Dutch paintings, and in comic strips.

Practical information

The chapel at the Sainte-Cécile convent is open to the public free-of-charge from Monday to Friday between 09:00–12:30 and 13:30–18:00. 

37 de la rue Servan
Grenoble 38000

Tel. 04 76 88 75 75

Guided tours possible

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: “Chez les garçons” in Lyon

Published on April 15 2015
  • Culinary favourites

We’re always on the lookout for great new places for you to discover, and today we’re taking you to a restaurant located only a stone’s throw away from the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel that goes by the name “Chez les garçons”.

Chez les garçons

The food is exclusively gourmet at “Chez les garçons”, which boasts a menu made up of traditional regional dishes prepared using the very best in fresh produce. The selection is varied, and the homemade desserts are simply delicious.
 

Chez les garçons

Here the décor is unique, the atmosphere friendly and the welcome warm! Old poster adverts, former bank notes and wreaths are pinned to the walls of this Lyon restaurant, which first opened in the 1990s. The colourful décor is nothing if not original, and it all contributes towards the distinctive appeal of the establishment.
 

Simple, delicious cooking for a very reasonable price

For starters, you will be able to try tuna and salmon terrine, tarragon-stewed rabbit, or tomato and basil crumble. You can then follow it up with beef tartare, a red mullet fritter à la provençale or chicken breast with a parsley and garlic butter, before moving on to a taste of the famous Saint Marcellin cheese from renowned producer La Mère Richard.

Chez les garçons
 

Finally, make absolutely sure to finish on a sweet note: praline tarte, tiramisu, crumble of the day, mille-feuille… You will be spoilt for choice!
 

Chez les garçons
The delicious praline tart
 

The OKKO team liked: the humour and friendliness of the team, the excellent value-for-money and, of course, a special mention for the praline tart!
 

Chez les garçons

We are not the only ones to have fallen for the charms of this restaurant, so it is strongly recommended that you book in advance. 
 

Practical information:

The restaurant is open for lunch from Monday to Friday, between midday and 14:30, and for dinner on Thursday evenings between 20:00 and 22:30.

The little bonus: the restaurant also boasts an outdoor seating area

Chez les Garçons
5, rue Cuvier
69 006

Métro Foch (on line A)

Tel: +33 (0)4 78 24 51 07

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

APRIL’S CULTURAL AGENDA AT OKKO HOTELS

Published on April 08 2015
  • The City

There are two great events on the cultural agenda at OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château in April: the Carnaval de Nantes 2015 and the "Tout ce qui se fait sous le soleil" exhibition at the Lieu Unique.

The Carnaval de Nantes 2015
 

L'affiche 2015 du Carnaval de Nantes
L'affiche officielle 2015 - Crédits : carnavalnantes.wix.com

After focusing on cinema in 2014, the 2015 edition of the Carnaval de Nantes is “travelling back in time”!

A tradition dating all the way back to the 15th century, the Nantes carnival is France’s second biggest in terms of spectators. It consists of three individual events:

  • A daytime parade on Sunday 12th April at 14:30
  • A children’s parade on Wednesday 15th April at 15:00
  • A night-time parade on Saturday 18th April at 21:00
     

Le Carnaval de Nantes
Credits: carnavalnantes.wix.com

The daytime and night-time parades will leave from the Ile Gloriette, heading to the centre of town via the Rue Strasbourg and Place Graslin.

The city’s streets will be transformed for the occasion into a giant theatre, featuring a musical procession of extravagant chariots, huge heads and colourful costumes. As every year, this promises to be an unforgettable spectacle!

Find the full event programme on the Carnaval de Nantes website.
 

“Tout ce qui se fait sous le soleil” at the Lieu Unique
 

Exposition : "Tout ce qui se fait sous le soleil"
Credits: www.lelieuunique.com
 

From now until 17th May, the Lieu Unique – a former factory converted into an arts centre in the year 2000 – is presenting a part of the city of Geneva’s Contemporary Art Collection (the FMAC) for the first time in France. The exhibition’s title means “everything happening under the sun”.

The exhibition is made up of thirty works (including drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures, installations and videos) by thirty different artists. It is developed around German Song, a video by Sadie Benning in which a young girl skates around urban landscapes.

This stunning exhibition invites the visitor to travel through a series of 6 landscapes, suggested by both the works themselves and how they are positioned individually and in relation to each other.

The journey starts musically in a soundscape, and ends in a metaphysical landscape where the sun is extinguished.

L'exposition "tout ce qui se fait sous le soleil"
Crédits : Rozgiers - www.nantes.fr

The exhibition is being held at the Lieu Unique from 6th March to 17th May.
Free entry.

Lieu Unique
2 Quai Ferdinand Favre,
44000 Nantes

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

To be an innkeeper at OKKO HOTELS

Published on April 03 2015
  • Our team

In an interview given to VATEL, International school of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Camille tells us about his career as a “Innkeeper” in OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette ! 

OKKO HOTELS Lyon Pont Lafayette

4 stars, no cloud for Camille
 

- “Innkeeper,” that is a pretty broad job, isn’t it?

Camille : « This job title is very OKKO specific. The idea behind our concept was to recreate the original job an innkeeper had. We welcome our guests as if they were friends who came to spend the week-end at our house. Administrative work has been reduced by the use of new technologies and high-performing reservations software, which allows us to spend most of our time boosting relationships with our guests.

In addition, OKKO’s hierarchy system allows you to quickly gain more responsibilities, as, except for the manager, his or her assistant and the innkeepers, there are no other hierarchical levels. So we’re much more autonomous and involved in managing the hotel.»

- So how is OKKO different from other hotel brands?

Camille : « What makes OKKO very innovative, is the all-inclusive dimension in this concept. The room price allows guests to access the Clubhouse, which includes breakfast as well as free soft drinks 24/7 and the ‘Aperitivo’ in the evening, where we give clients plates of sausages and cold cuts from Lyon, cheese and a selection of hot snacks. And our guests really like feeling that they’re right at home at OKKO!

The first hotel was built a year ago in Nantes Chateau. Grenoble Jardin Hoche and Lyon Pont Lafayette quickly followed, and the chain is planning on opening 50 more in the next ten years. Three hotels are being built in Bayonne, Cannes and Rueil Malmaison and others are in the project stage, right in Paris.

So in my opinion, I’m going to change jobs as the chain expands, going from my current job as the Innkeeper to Assistant Manager, and then why not, in the head office in a different part of France. For newly grads like myself, you have to be pugnacious and patient in order to build your professional career. I’m sure that if I have the right opportunities, and that I do the very best in my job, I can have a great career in hotel management, and maybe even more rapidly than I imagine.»

- What did you like about hospitality and tourism management? 

Camille : « For me it was the importance of relationships: I’ve always had the sense of hospitality and welcoming others. I like the idea of playing a key role in our guests’ stays at OKKO. And there’s something new and unexpected every day.People say that no day is the same as the one before, and that’s true. And also this field gives you bright prospects for a career evolution if you’re mobile, which I am.»

… Read the full article on Vatel school’s website

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our team
/

OKKO HOTELS FAVOURITES: the Gadagne Museums

Published on March 31 2015
  • The City

In the Saint-Jean district at the heart of Lyon’s old town stands a magnificent 16th century renaissance building known as the Gadagne. Today we’re going to tell you all about two wonderful museums held within the walls of this historic monument: the Lyon History Museum and the Puppets of the World Museum.

The Gadagne’s two museums are the ideal starting point to explore the City of the Lights!

Musées Gadagne à Lyon
Gadagne museums – Credits: http://fr.wikipedia.org/

The Lyon History Museum

Since 1921, the Gadagne has housed a museum dedicated to the history of Lyon, featuring an incredible collection of 80,000 items that bear witness to the city’s rich history and its multiple facets (as the capital of the Gauls, the City of Silk or the birthplace of cinema).

This extraordinary collection, which dates back to midway through the 17th century, offers an insight into the city’s evolution and its unique economic, social and cultural character.

Cinématographe Lumière

The Lumière Cinematographe
1896 © musées Gadagne / Pierre Verrier

Maps, gold and silver works, furniture, drawings, photographs, paintings… Visitors are led on a chronological journey through 30 rooms, retracing the history of the city of Lyon from ancient times to the present day!

The Puppets of the World Museum: an invitation on an amazing journey

Opened in 1950, the Puppets of the World Museum is the only one in France dedicated to this art. A visit here takes you on a journey through 9 rooms, which exhibit over 2,000 puppets, a thousand castelets (miniature puppet theatres), costumes and period posters.

Le Marionnettiste
Le Marionnettiste – © musées Gadagne / Xavier Schwebel

The Puppets of the World Museum offers a playful and interactive experience thanks to the extracts from puppet shows which are projected onto the walls, bringing the puppets exhibited to life.

In particular, visitors will get to see the very first characters created by Laurent Mourguet in the 19th century: the famous Guignol and his two acolytes, Gnafron and Madelon.
 

Practical Information

The museum is open from Wednesdays to Sundays between 11:00 and 18:30.

Adult prices:
- For one museum: €4 – €8
- For two museums: €6 – €8
Free entry for under 26 year-olds.
 

Musées Gadagne
1 place du Petit Collège
69005 LYON
Tel. : + 33 (0)4 78 42 03 61

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

ON THE OKKO AGENDA: THE SUSTAINABLE HOUSING BIENNIAL 2015

Published on March 31 2015
  • The City

The sustainable housing biennial (“La Biennale de l’Habitat Durable”) is one of the stand-out events on Grenoble’s calendar. For 9 years now, the Biennale has brought together those people taking an active role in making tomorrow’s cities.

It will take place this year on the 9th, 10th and 11th April in the heart of the Caserne de Bonne, France’s first eco-district, and its main theme will be “Experiencing sustainable cities”.

La biennale de l'habitat durable
Credits: www.biennalehabitatdurable.fr
 

Keywords for the 5th edition: Innovation, Energy and Rehabilitation  

Open to everyone, from professionals to members of the wider public, the sustainable housing biennial is a unique opportunity to shine the spotlight on new consumption habits and to head out in order to better understand the ecological, social and economic issues of tomorrow.

Debates and round tables, exhibitions, workshops for children, site visits, audiences with professionals… This year’s event has a packed schedule, designed to suit all tastes and interests!
 

The exhibition: Objectif Terre

During this year’s event, visitors will be able to visit an exhibition entitled Objectif Terre (“Mission Earth”), which consists of an amazing journey around and to the heart of Earth – from its creation right up until the present day. This exhibition endeavours to explain the great mechanisms of geology, evolution and the diversity of species, as well as climatic interactions and man-made influences on the environment.

The sustainable housing biennial is also the chance to see what is going on in urban development elsewhere round Europe. Following on from Munich in 2013, the guest this year is the Austrian city of Innsbruck, which is also set at the heart of an area characterised by significant geographic constraints. 

L'hôtel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche at the heart of the ZAC de Bonne eco-district

This 5th edition of the sustainable housing biennial is therefore an essential event for the city of Grenoble, whose ZAC de Bonne neighbourhood was awarded the Minister for the Environment’s 2009 national eco-district prize!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: La Poissonnerie

Published on March 23 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Located only a stone’s throw from the Bouffay district in the centre of Nantes, “La Poissonnerie, et pas que…” (which translates as “The Fishery, and so much more…”) is one of the city’s finest restaurants. So today’s suggestion for all you foodies is to pop by and experience this wonderful culinary institution for yourselves! 
 

La Poissonnerie
Credits: http://www.lapoissonnerie.fr/poissonnerie/

La Poissonnerie, run for a short while now by Audrey Sireude and Manuel Le Gouil, offers a gourmet menu situated “between land and sea”, developed seasonally with the tastiest produce.

La Poissonnerie
Brill fillet, with a cockle and Kerbastic saffron jus

The chef’s keywords are Desire, Share and Swap, and each concept has its own menu.

La Poissonnerie
Marinated organic salmon with potatoes and Paimpol beans

La Poissonnerie
Escalope of foie-gras, pan-fried with buckwheat, aubergine coulis and wild mushroom oil

 

Currently on the Desire menu:

Roast squid, light goat’s cheese and Espelette chilli blinis
Cockles al dente with buckwheat and Vadouvan spices
-
The waves of Nantes
Pork cheek confit in a cider jus
-
Far Breton aux “Petits Lu” (traditional cake-like dessert from the Brittany region)
Gourmet seasonal fruits

La Poissonnerie

The OKKO team liked: the quality of the produce, the simple yet delicious cooking and the warm welcome.

The little bonus: La Poissonnerie will open its terrace in 2015, as soon as the good weather arrives!

Practical information

La Poissonnerie is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00-13:30 and 19:30-21:30.

There is a choice of three menus: Desire (€29), Swap (€39) and Share (€58), the latter made up of 5 dishes depending entirely on the chef’s whims and inspirations.

Lunch menu from €15.

 

La Poissonnerie, et pas que…
4, rue Léon Maître
44000 – Nantes

Tel: +33 (0)2 40 47 79 50

To find out more and to check out the menus, please visit the restaurant website or its Facebook page!

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS CULINARY FAVOURITES: DANIEL ET DENISE

Published on March 20 2015
  • Culinary favourites

The city of Lyon is revered the world over for its cuisine. Daniel et Denise is a typical example of its famous bouchon restaurants, and the ideal place to discover some of Lyon’s finest specialities.

Daniel et Denise: traditional dining in Lyon 
 

Daniel et Denise

Credits: http://www.lesbouchonslyonnais.org/

In 2004, Chef Joseph Viola was awarded the prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, equivalent to France’s chef of the year. At the same time, he took over from Daniel Léron – who had won the same accolade in 1976 – as the head chef at Daniel et Denise.

The menu remains faithful to regional produce, bringing the flavours of mythical dishes from a bygone age back to the fore. The atmosphere is welcoming and the decor very traditional: round-bodied wine glasses atop checkered table cloths on wooden tables, ceramic tiling, retro chairs and a collection of copper saucepans hanging from the walls.
 

The seasonal set menu at Daniel et Denise (€30):

Starters:

Fois gras and sweetbread pâté in pastry (a world champion dish in 2009!)
Lyonnaise salad with aged wine vinegar, lardons, croutons, a poached egg and Jean Vignard sauce
Forest mushroom velouté with soft-boiled egg

Daniel et Denise
Fois gras and sweetbread pâté in pastry (a world champion dish in 2009!)

Daniel et Denise
Lyonnaise salad with aged wine vinegar, lardons, croutons, a poached egg and Jean Vignard sauce

Main courses:

Thick-cut beefchuck steaks braised in Beaujolais wine
Bouchée à la reine (chicken vols-au-vents), poultry quenelles, milk-fed veal, veal sweetbreads, onions and mushrooms
Catch of the day, served with a rockfish jus

* All the dishes are served with butter glazed potatoes and a macaroni gratin
 

Daniel et Denise
Thick-cut beefchuck steaks braised in Beaujolais wine

Desserts:

Crème brûlée with brown sugar and “Bourbon” vanilla
Seasonal fruit sabayon with Grand Marnier cognac
Tarte Tatin with Saint Genix pralines

Daniel et Denise
Seasonal fruit sabayon with Grand Marnier cognac

Practical information

The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday, between 12:00–14:00 and 19:00–22:00.
A new restaurant opened in 2012, Daniel et Denise Saint-Jean, located in the heart of Lyon’s old town.

Both addresses have been honoured by the Michelin guide, the gourmet Bible, and are proud to be classified as bouchons lyonnais!

Les Bouchons lyonnais

Restaurant Daniel et Denise 
156 rue de Créqui 
69003 Lyon
www.daniel-et-denise.fr
Tel. 04 78 60 66 53

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS GRENOBLE JARDIN HOCHE: WHAT THE BLOGGERS ARE SAYING

Published on March 13 2015
  • News

Since opening its doors last October, OKKO's Jardin Hoche hotel has been visited by several bloggers whose excellent reports have introduced the hotel to their followers!
 

Wild Birds Collective: "OKKO HOTELS has put its money on aesthetics, but without forgetting comfort"

The Wild Birds Collective blog is written by two photography enthusiasts, and is dedicated to travel and lifestyle trends. During their stay, the two bloggers produced a magnificent photo report on the hotel!

The OKKO HOTELS experience, in the words of Wild Birds Collective:
"A designer hotel at a good price with high quality service, we couldn’t have asked for more"
"It feels like home"

..... Read the full article here

Wild Birds Collective
Credits: Wild Birds Collective / Chris Levet

Wild Birds Collective
Credits: Wild Birds Collective / Chris Levet

Les Mondaines: "Put simply: designer decor, attention to detail, modern comfort"

Les Mondaines serves as an online scrapbook dedicated to all that’s new in Grenoble. A real go-to blog, Les Mondaines unearths all of the city's best events and unmissable places. Here is how they presented the OKKO HOTELS concept to their readers:

"Les Mondaines is delighted to introduce to you the future of hotels!"
"The cherry on the cake is the quality of the products on offer, which are chosen with two priorities in mind: they must be locally sourced and taste great (...) brands like Laiterie Gilbert or Thierry Court, to name but two."
... Read the full article here

Les Mondaines
Credits: lesmondaines.com

Les Mondaines
Credits: lesmondaines.com

 

A Taste of My Life: "The OKKO HOTELS concept: it's all about the all-inclusive"

Blogger Argone uses A Taste of My Life to share her experiences out on the road, her recipes and her favourite places. We welcomed her for a night's stay in Grenoble:

“It’s very friendly, you’re made to feel really welcome”
“The products are very well chosen (…) just open the fridge… wow!”
“We loved the international channels and free on-demand films, great!”

... Read the full article here

A Taste of my life
Credits: http://atasteofmylife.fr/

A taste of my life
Credits: http://atasteofmylife.fr/

#okkohotelsgrenoble

 

Share
TAGS : Grenoble, blog
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birthday!

Published on March 02 2015
  • Nantes Château

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Nantes Château
/

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château celebrates its first birthday!

Published on March 02 2015
  • News

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday
OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday
OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday
OKKO HOTELS Nantes Chateau celebrates its first birhday
 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

News from the Ducs de Bretagne Castle

Published on February 25 2015
  • The City

The Ducs de Bretagne Castle, built in the 15th century by Francis II, the last Duke of Brittany, plays host to a series of cultural and artistic events throughout the year.

Right now, visitors can admire both a wonderful installation by Patrick Dougherty in the castle’s moat, and an exhibition dedicated to the works produced by Jean-Emile Laboureur during the Great War.
 

Château des Ducs de Bretagne
 © Patricia Bassen / LVAN

Jean-Emile Laboureur: Images of the Great War
From 17th January to 26th April, 2015

The exhibition currently on display at the Dukes of Brittany castle is the first to be dedicated exclusively to the work of Jean-Emile Laboureur (1877-1943) during the First World War.

Jean-Emile Laboureur au Château des Ducs de Bretagne
Jean-Émile Laboureur - © musée d'histoire de Nantes

Jean-Emile Laboureur was a French painter, drawer and illustrator. He was the author of over 1,700 illustrations, including 747 series produced for books.

Called into action as an interpreter for British and American troops during the war, the artist produced a number of works documenting this era.

As well as his illustrations and drawings, visitors will have access to the artist’s private archives, including draft sketches and even the correspondence he exchanged with figures like Raoul Dufy, Guillaume Apollinaire and Marie Laurencin, among others.

Jean-Emile Laboureur au Château des Ducs de Bretagne
"Le permissionnaire à la campagne" - Jean-Émile Laboureur - ©

The exhibition is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, between 10:00 and 18:00.

Full entry: €5
Concessions: €3
Free for under-18s
 

Installation by Patrick Dougherty 
From 27th June 2014 to 30th August 2015

These works by Patrick Dougherty, an American “land artist”, were designed and produced for the Voyage à Nantes cultural project in 2014

Patrick Dougherty au Château des Ducs de Bretagne
Credits: http://www.levoyageanantes.fr/

Patrick Dougherty specialises in the construction of temporary structures out of vegetation. His works are all produced using supple branches (from willow, hazel and maple trees), perfectly assimilated into each environment. Since the 1980s, Patrick Dougherty has created installations at over 200 locations around the world!

In the moat of the castle, Patrick Dougherty’s fragile, supple works form a striking contrast with the solid stone building, classified as an historic monument since 1840.

Two great cultural events, not to be missed during your next stay at OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château!

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS announces four projects for Paris

Published on February 16 2015
  • Projects

2014 proved to be a busy twelve months for the young French hotel chain, as its first three hotels opened their doors in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon. Many customers have already fallen for the charms of the four-star urban hotel concept created by Olivier Devys, and it has also won over property developers and cities alike, attracted by this resolutely innovative product that fulfils all the needs of today’s travellers.

The expansion of OKKO HOTELS continues apace and the start of 2015 holds much promise, with construction work starting on the first OKKO hotel in the Parisian region, as well as the confirmation of three more projects in France’s capital. 

OKKO HOTELS will reach the outskirts of Paris in 2016…
 

Vue 3D du futur hôtel OKKO Rueil-Malmaison
A 3D vision of the future OKKO Rueil-Malmaison hotel

On 31st January – in the company of Patrick Ollier, MP and mayor of the commune of Rueil-Malmaison, and Gérald Azancot, the president of project developer FIMINCO – Olivier Devys celebrated the first brick being laid at OKKO HOTELS’ newest construction site. The new hotel forms part of the ambitious redevelopment and modernisation of the RER Mobipôle train station. Located only 10 minutes from the centre of Paris by public transport, OKKO’s guests will be made to feel welcome in a 110-room hotel that will feature a first-floor Club area boasting a wonderful terrace, all the work of designer Patrick Norguet.

This elegant dressed-stone building, which will also house a garden centre, a student residence and two restaurants, has been designed by the architect Loïc Richalet.

The doors to OKKO’s first hotel in the Parisian region will be open to the public during the first half of 2016, offering high-quality and contemporary accommodation at the heart of Rueil-Malmaison’s “garden station”.
 

…Porte de Sèvres in 2017…
 

Vue 3D du futur hôtel OKKO Porte de Sèvres
A 3D vision of the future OKKO Porte de Sèvres hotel

On the site of the Pullman Paris Rive-Gauche hotel, formerly Sofitel-Porte de Sèvres, the developer Bouygues Immobilier has undertaken an ambitious project designed to accommodate the future headquarters of insurance firm SMA, as well as the future OKKO hotel. Jean-Michel Wilmotte is the man behind the architecture of this 149-bedroom hotel, held within a sculpted building that will effortlessly blend into the heart of this fast-evolving district. Construction work is soon to get underway on the hotel, whose doors should be open to the public in 2017. OKKO’s guests will find that the proximity of the tram service, the Balard metro stop and the Porte de Versailles make this hotel the ideal stop-off for a business trip.
 

…The surroundings of the Montparnasse railway station in 2018… 

Perfectly located at only a short walk from the Montparnasse railway station, OKKO’s second Paris city hotel will open in 2018. The construction permit is currently being drawn up by the prospective developer, for a project that will fit in perfectly with a district currently undergoing a contemporary makeover.
 

…And the Gare de l'Est in 2019

The French national railway company SNCF recently signed off on their “Green Balcony” project for the Gare de l’Est train station in Paris. While doing so, they announced that OKKO HOTELS had been chosen to install a 170-room hotel beside the station’s platforms, along a stretch of land leading to the nearby Gare du Nord.

An entirely unique 2,600m² area of public gardens will be installed on the roof terrace of this building, owned by the City of Paris and accessible via walkways from the Rue d’Alsace.

This major project, managed by the developer Spie Batignolles Immobilier, should see the light of day in 2019.

Vue 3D du futur OKKO Gare de l’Est depuis la rue d’Alsace
A 3D vision of the future OKKO Gare de l’Est hotel from the Rue d’Alsace

Vue 3D du futur OKKO Gare de l’Est depuis les quais
A 3D vision of the future OKKO Gare de l’Est hotel from the railway platforms

 

Share
/

Our partners in Grenoble: Laiterie Gilbert

Published on February 16 2015
  • Our partners


Here at OKKO HOTELS, we pride ourselves on giving our guests the chance to discover all the best regional specialities while staying at our hotels. Our hotel in Grenoble is no different, and today we’d like to introduce you to the fantastic products of Laiterie Gilbert, a great provider of dairy foods since 1948. 
 

Laiterie Gilbert
Laiterie Gilbert in Chambéry - Credits: http://www.laiterie-gilbert.fr/

Laiterie Gilbert: it’s all about authenticity and taste

Laiterie Gilbert’s products – including yoghurts, fromage frais or white cheese – are made today with the same unique recipes and expertise as they were when the brand was founded over half a century ago! Each product is created from the most natural of ingredients.

Laiterie Gilbert
Whole mik yoghurts - Credits: http://www.laiterie-gilbert.fr

This family business was run by three consecutive generations until, in 2012, a new team took up the reins with the aim of further developing the brand while maintaining its high standards and continuing to promote the work of local producers. 
 

An eco-responsible approach

Laiterie Gilbert makes every effort to remain eco-responsible in all that it does – from its choice of products, to its packaging and distribution methods – while being truly involved in the local economy, values close to our heart here at OKKO HOTELS!
 

Where can you find Laiterie Gilbert products?

The brand’s products are sold in their boutiques in Grenoble, Chambery, Montbonnot, Moirans and Vif, as well as on their website online.

While staying at our hotel, you will also find a selection of products (flavoured vinegars, jam selection baskets…) in the boutique at OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche.

La boutique d'OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche
Raspberry, blueberry and Génepi jams

 

La boutique d'OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche
Flavoured vinegars

Practical information:

The shop in Grenoble is open on Mondays between 16:30 and 19:30, and from Tuesday to Saturday between 08:30 and 12:30, then 15:30 and 19:30.

Laiterie Gilbert
5, place Championnet
38000  Grenoble

Tel: (+33) 04 76 46 79 69

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

The latest news on OKKO’s future hotels in Bayonne and Rueil-Malmaison

Published on February 16 2015
  • Construction sites

2014 proved to be a busy twelve months for OKKO HOTELS, as we saw our first three hotels open their doors in Nantes, Grenoble and Lyon. And our calendar for 2016 will be just as packed, as we have planned to open new hotels in Cannes, Rueil and Bayonne. We can’t wait for you to discover these hotels for yourselves but, in the meantime, here’s the very latest on two of these future projects.

Project: OKKO HOTELS Bayonne Centre 

L'hôtel OKKO Bayonne Centre
 

Last month, or to be exact 30th January, was a big day for OKKO’s Bayonne Centre hotel, as the very first brick was laid at the construction site!

Present at this landmark event were Jean-René Etchegaray, President of the Agglomération Côte Basque Adour group and Mayor of Bayonne; Christian Birbaud, Regional Director for Eiffage Construction Sud-Ouest; Josep Lluis Mateo, the project’s architect; Olivier Devys, President of OKKO HOTELS; and project investor Mathilde Decoster.

Pose de la première pierre de Bayonne

This 92-room hotel will be located in the Rivadour area at the heart of Bayonne. The project developer is Eiffage Construction, the architectural design of the hotel has been entrusted to Mateo Arquitectura, and the interior design is the work of Patrick Norguet.
 

Project: OKKO HOTELS RUEIL-MALMAISON MOBIPÔLE

Announced for the first quarter of 2016, the OKKO Rueil-Malmaison Mobipôle hotel will represent OKKO HOTELS’ first venture into the region of Paris!

Rueil-Malmaison

The spotlight was also on this future hotel recently when the first brick was laid on its construction site on 31st January, the day after the corresponding landmark was reached in Bayonne. Present for this event were Patrick Ollier, Deputy-Mayor of the commune of Rueil-Malmaison; Gérald Azancot, the president of project developer FIMINCO; and Olivier Devys.

This 110-room hotel will feature a first-floor Club area boasting a wonderful terrace, and will be ideally located only a stone’s throw from the Rueil-Malmaison business district and the RER train station, providing transport to the centre of Paris in only 10 minutes.

Architect Loic Richalet is the man behind the construction of this beautiful dressed-stone building, while the interior design will once more be the work of Patrick Norguet!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Construction sites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

Published on February 10 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Ever since its construction towards the end of the 1960s, Les Halles de Lyon market has been the spiritual home of gastronomy in Lyon. Furthermore, since 2006, it has borne the name of Paul Bocuse, France’s most internationally renowned chef.

We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit this covered market in the company of none other than Christian Tetedoie, awarded the title of France’s best chef in 1996 and the current president of the country’s Maîtres Cuisiniers association.

Halle centrale de Lyon
Halles de Lyon - Credits: http://www.hallespaulbocuse.lyon.fr/

Bakeries, chocolatiers, caterers, butchers, charcutiers, fishmongers… Nearly 60 merchants are spread out along three huge aisles at the Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market, invariably suppliers of produce to the city’s finest restaurants.
 

Not to be missed at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse…
 

The meats of Trolliet, an award-winning butchery

Boucherie Trolliet
Alexis Trolliet and Chef Christian Tetedoie

Pierre Bastin’s poultry, complete with striking feathered collars

Volaille de Bresse
Bresse poultry

Sibilia, a local charcutier proudly serving Lyon’s finest sausage in brioche!

Charcuterie Sibilia
Chef Christian Tetedoie and Colette Sibilia

The Giraudet quenelles, an emblem of the city’s cuisine since 1910

Giraudet
 

Cellerier, offering a selection of the finest cheeses from France and overseas
 

Fromagerie Cellerier


 

The legendary cheeses of La Mère Richard – none more so than their celebrated Saint-Marcelin –, whose products can be also found at OKKO’s Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel.

La Mère Richard

Maison Jocteur, a baker from Ile Barbe specialising in delicious pink praline tarts
 

Maison Jocteur

An anecdote from Chef Christian Tetedoie: Pink praline, a regional speciality, is made from amandons (the small grains found inside apricot stones), which are then coated with coloured baked sugar.

Maison Jocteur

 

Sève, master craftsmen of wonderful chocolates and pastries 

pierre des Mont d'Or
 

Try as you might, you’ll be sure to find all these temptations impossible to resist… it is quite simply the must-visit destination for all food lovers passing through Lyon!  

Look out for: cookery classes with Philippe Lechat in the heart of the market.
 

Practical information

Only a five-minute walk from the Lyon Part Dieu train station, the Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, between 07:00 and 22:30 (apart from on Sundays when it closes at 16:30).

102, cours Lafayette
69003 Lyon

For further information, visit the official website.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Les Alpages, the cheesemonger

Published on February 10 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Today we'd like to introduce you to the delights of the Les Alpages cheese shop, a veritable institution of Grenoble since it was established in 1978. The man in charge is Bernard Mure-Ravaud, France’s premier cheesemonger and none other than the 2007 world champion!

La fromagerie Les Alpages
Credits: les-alpages.fr

Les Alpages, the record breakers! 

Forever passionate about cheese, Bernard Mure-Ravaud scours the alpine countryside in search of rare products, and unearths his new cheeses through direct contact with the producers themselves.

His mission? To raise the profile of lesser-known or forgotten cheeses, while continuing to promote the most famous varieties. As a result, Les Alpages offers over 150 different high quality cheeses crafted by uniquely talented producers.

La fromagerie les Alpages
Credits: les-alpages.fr

Not only has Bernard Mure-Ravaud won the International Caseus Award (the world championship for cheesemongers) but his establishment also boasts not one, but two entries in the Guinness Book of Records! It produced the world's largest ever cheese board, covering a full 64 sqm and comprising 479 varieties of French cheese, and also holds the record for the world's largest platter of international farmhouse cheeses, made up of 150 varieties from all around the world.

As you will have gathered by now, this is the place to go in Grenoble for all lovers of cheese and other regional specialities.

Fromagerie Les Alpages
Les Alpages cheese board – credits: les-alpages.fr

Our team loved: the delicious truffle-infused Brillat-Savarin.

The great innovation: takeaway cheese and charcuterie platters! 
 

Practical Information:

The shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday, between 06:00–12:30 and 15:30–19:30.

Fromagerie Les Alpages
4, rue de Strasbourg
38 000 Grenoble - FRANCE
+33 (0)4 76 46 32 62

You can also order via the Les Alpages online shop. And don't miss out on their website, which is bursting with recipes, information and tips.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites

Published on February 10 2015
  • Culinary favourites

Always on the lookout for new discoveries, today we recommend that you find the time to head to the Italian restaurant La Tavola, as well as 920 - La Cave à Manger, one of the newest alternatives for those looking to wine and dine out in Nantes. 
 

La Tavola: the tastes of Italy

The La Tavola restaurant serves up typical, authentic Italian cuisine. The menu, crafted exclusively from the finest fresh produce, offers you a culinary tour around the different regions of Italy.

La Tavola
« Crostini alla noci e gorgonzola e la spianata piccante » - Credits: www.tripadvisor.fr

Our team loved: The warm welcome, the quality of the produce and, above all, the delicious pistachio tiramisu!
 

Tiramisu - La Tavola
Tiramisu

Sample evening menu:

Starters (€9.50): 

  • Carpaccio bressaola all’italiana
  • Crema di zucca
  • ​Crostini salsa noci, gorgonzola…

Mains (€17.00):

  • Pollo farcito pro Jola Mortadella
  • Lasagne salmone, broccoli agli agrumi
  • Pasta al sugo di funghi

Desserts (€8.50):

  • Tiramisu
  • Panna cotta
  • Torta autunno
     

You can find La Tavola at no.18 Rue de Richebourg, right alongside the Jardin des Plantes. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Friday between midday and 14:00, and from Tuesday to Saturday between 19:00 and 21:30.
Tel: +33 (0)2 40 74 11 61

 

920 - La Cave à manger

920 - La Cave à manger
 

Just a stone’s throw from our OKKO Nantes Château hotel, 920 - La Cave à Manger wine cellar is one of the latest additions to the Rue de Strasbourg. It offers customers an extraordinary selection of 920 wines, to either take home or to sample in-house.
 

920 - La cave à manger

Our team loved: The thoughtful advice from the head sommelier, the original and contemporary decor, and the fantastic cheese and charcuterie platters.

 

920 La cave à manger

The little bonus: the establishment holds regular wine-themed events, designed around their different varieties.
 

920 - La Cave à manger

For more information, visit the 920 - La Cave à Manger website.

2 bis, rue du Château
44000 Nantes

Tel. +33 (0)2 44 88 00 23

Two fantastic places, not to be missed during your next stay in Nantes!

Read all about our previous culinary favourites in Nantes: Pickles, Lulu Rouget et Les Chants d’Avril.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

Event: The OKKO HOTELS visits Galeries Lafayette

Published on January 22 2015
  • News

On the first day of the sales in Nantes, the Club area from our very own OKKO Nantes Château hotel visited the Galeries Lafayettes department store, offering locals a 4-star break from shopping between Wednesday 7th and Saturday 10th January 2015.

Here are some photos from the event:

Façade des galeries Lafayette
The shop window at Galeries Lafayette:
 “The OKKO HOTELS Club visits Galeries Lafayette and offers you a 4-star break”

 

Le Club OKKO HOTELS s'invite aux Galeries Lafayette

These four days offered our team the chance to meet local shoppers and introduce them to Nantes' new 4-star stop-off. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello - our team were so happy to spend the time getting to know you!

Le CLub OKKO HOTELS s'invite aux Galeries Lafayette
OKKO Nantes Château’s Club, set up at Galeries Lafayette

Le Club OKKO HOTELS aux Galeries Lafayette

Le Club OKKO HOTELS aux Galeries Lafayette

The Club at OKKO HOTELS: aperitivo and brunch passes

Just like at Grenoble and Lyon, the residents of Nantes are invited to come and see OKKO Nantes Château for themselves, while enjoying an evening apéritivo from 7pm to 10pm or a brunch at weekends from midday to 2pm, both in the Club area of the hotel.

As such, even if you are not staying at the hotel, you can discover the Club's designer decor and welcoming ambience, and taste the delicious specialities that we have carefully selected for our guests.

On the menu every evening for the apéritivo: a largely savoury buffet consisting of great Italian products (burratina cheese, olives, pickled vegetables) and the finest local delicacies (fish terrines, charcuterie meats and cheeses). It all comes with one alcoholic drink of your choice included (wine, beer, cider or a cocktail), as well as free soft drinks.

As for brunch, among other treats you will find delicious pastries, 100% fresh fruit juices, local charcuterie meats and cheeses, and smoked salmon... All accompanied by a glass of champagne!

Practical information

Aperitivo pass (incl. glass of wine): €25
Brunch pass (incl. glass of champagne): €25

These passes should be reserved over the telephone directly with the hotel, 24 hours in advance.

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château
15 bis, rue de Strasbourg
44000 NANTES
Tel: 02 52 20 00 70

 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

COMPETITION: GET IN THE MOOD FOR SIRHA WITH OKKO HOTELS AND MICHEL & AUGUSTIN

Published on January 19 2015
  • News

For everyone from simple food lovers to the main figures in the hotel and restaurant industries, Sirha has been an unmissable event for the last 30 years. And this year it will be held at Eurexpo in Lyon from 24th to 28th January!

Affiche Sirha 2015
Credits: www.sirha.com

Sirha 2015: “Trends and ideas”

Sirha consists of over 3,000 exhibitors and brands, spread over more than 130,000m² of floor space. Demonstrations, shows, competitions, round-table discussions, master classes, new discoveries… Sirha is a global event where you can witness all of tomorrow’s culinary trends taking shape.

A veritable hub of creativity, ideas and real solutions for hospitality and catering industry professionals, Sirha welcomed 23,400 international visitors in 2013! 
 

Elite competitions

No less than 15 high-level competitions will take place at the show, including Sirha’s Grand Prize for Innovation in 2015 and the French Bakery Cup. Meanwhile the chefs’ area will host the finals of the three most prestigious competitions in worldwide cookery: the Bocuse d’Or, the Pâtisserie World Cup and the International Catering Cup.
 

To win: a pastry cooking class at OKKO HOTELS with the team from Michel & Augustin!

Logo Michel et Augustin
Credits: www.micheletaugustin.com

Being as passionate as we are about good food, to coincide with Sirha we would like to offer you the opportunity to enter an exciting competition to win a pastry cooking class with the experts from Michel & Augustin, as well as Mickael Bernard, the chef at the Bernachon chocolate makers!

L'équipe Michel et Augustin

Three lucky winners will have the opportunity to come and cook alongside our favourite chefs in the Club area at the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel on Monday 26th January at 3pm!

To make sure that your name is in the hat when the draw is made on Wednesday 22nd January, all you need to do is answer the following question: what is the name of the fantastic hotel manager at the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel??

Do you know the answer? Come quickly and let us know on our Facebook page.

 

But remember: you must be in Lyon and available to attend on Monday 26th January at 3pm!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: La Folle Journée, Nantes 2015

Published on January 19 2015
  • The City

La Folle Journée (literally The Day of Madness) returns to Nantes for its 21st edition from 28th January to 1st February at the Cité des Congrès and the Lieu Unique.

La Folle Journée takes place over five days, during which more than 250 exceptional concerts are put on by 1,800 talented and passionate musicians.
 

La Folle Journée 2015: PASSIONS 

After a twentieth edition dedicated to American music, the theme of this year’s event will be PASSIONS. The programme for La Folle Journée 2015 in Nantes will focus on baroque, classical, romantic and modern music, but will also feature opera, fado, jazz, electro and even traditional music from the region of Brittany. 

La Folle Journée 2015
Credits: http://www.follejournee.fr/

Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert, Wagner, Tchaikovsky… This musical happening is driven by a desire to regenerate our approach to music, and to classical music in particular, making it accessible to the highest number of people possible.

No one performance will last longer than 45 minutes, allowing visitors the chance to wander around the various halls and areas as part of a truly unique experience. 

La Folle Journée 2015
Credits: http://www.follejournee.fr/

The themes for the next three editions have already been chosen:

  • ‘Nature’ in 2016
  • ‘Dance: Bach’s sarabands to Brazil’s sambas’ in 2017
  • ‘Exile’ in 2018. 
     

Practical information:

The ticket office opens on 10th January. Tickets will be on sale at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes, online or by telephone on 0 892 705 205 (€0.34 per minute from another French number).

Further information is available on La Folle Journée’s official website.

Cité Internationale des Congrès
5 rue Valmy
44000 Nantes

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: Le Musée des Confluences

Published on January 05 2015
  • The City

One of the stand-out events in Lyon towards the end of 2014 was, without question, the hotly-anticipated opening of the Musée des Confluences on 20th December. Having inherited the collections of the former Guimet Natural History Museum, this new establishment aims to recount the story of humanity from its origins to the present day.

It brings together an impressive array of more than two million items, arranged into three giant collections: natural sciences, human sciences and science & technology. 

Musée des Confluences
Credits: www.rhone.fr

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this building – designed by an Austrian firm of architects – gives the impression of a glass crystal crossed with a steel cloud. This architectural ambition lends the museum a unique dimension that resonates perfectly with its cultural aspirations.
 

The permanent installation

A permanent installation spread over 3,000m² offers visitors a unique experience, telling the great story of humanity in four acts: Origins, the story of the world – Species, the web of beings – Eternities, a vision of the great beyond – Societies, the theatre of Man. 

Espèces, la maille du vivant
Species, the web of beings – Credits: http://www.museedesconfluences.fr/

Temporary Exhibitions

Three temporary exhibitions are scheduled between now and July 2015. “The treasures of Emile Guimet” and “A chamber of wonders” have already opened, both showcasing the historic links between this museum and the former Guimet Museum; and “Conquering the South Pole” opens on 1st February 2015, an exhibition recounting the discovery of this unexplored continent at the start of the 20th century.

Dans la chambre des Merveilles
A chamber of wonders  – Credits: http://www.museedesconfluences.fr/

Les trésors d’Emile Guimet
The treasures of Emile Guimet – Credits: http://www.museedesconfluences.fr/

A la conquête du Pôle Sud
Conquering the South Pole – Credits: http://www.museedesconfluences.fr/

Practical Information:

The Musée des Confluences is open from Tuesday to Friday between 11:00 and 19:00 (with evening opening hours until 22:00 on Thursdays). 

Prices: (ticket valid for all areas, including both permanent and temporary exhibitions).

Full-price adult ticket: €9.00
Adult ticket after 17:00: €6.00
18-25 year-olds: €5.00

Musée des Confluences
86 quai Perrache,
69002 Lyon - France

For all the practical information you need, pay a visit to the Musée des Confluences website.
 

Exhibitions currently not to be missed in Lyon: Jacqueline Delubac at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, Star Wars Identities at la Sucrière, Rétrospective Erro at the Mac. 

Find out all about the stories behind the Musée des Confluences collections, as told by Hélène Lafont-Couturier, the museum director.
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS CULINARY FAVOURITES: CHOCOLATE MAKER THIERRY COURT

Published on January 05 2015
  • Our partners

As the festive period draws to a close, we think that now is the perfect time for you to find out all about the wonderful creations of Thierry Court, a chocolate maker from Grenoble.

Thierry Court, créateur de petits bonheurs
Credits: thierrycourt-creations.com

Thierry Court: creator of little delights

Combining tradition with innovation, this master chocolatier puts every last ounce of his expertise and creativity at the service of food lovers, through his 100% home-made creations.

Thierry Court selects only the finest raw cocoa, and then experiments with flavours and textures in his laboratory until he finds the perfect balance.

Thierry Court
Creditsthierrycourt-creations.com

Macaroons are another of Thierry Court’s great specialities, handmade and available in a wide range of flavours.  

Macarons de Thierry Court
Creditsthierrycourt-creations.com

Pastries, confectionaries, chocolates, truffles, pralines, handmade spreads… Thierry Court’s shop is one for the food lovers, a real treat for the eyes and taste buds alike.

This chocolate maker loves to work with and showcase regional produce. He is notably behind the creation of the Grenoisine, a delicious handmade brioche with honey and caramelised nuts, well on its way to becoming the regional speciality!

Grenoisine
La Grenoisine – Credit: thierrycourt-creations.com

Thierry Court’s creations for OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche

Especially for our Grenoble hotel, the chocolate maker has devised a wonderful spread and sticks of marshmallows, both of which will of course be available for guests to purchase in the hotel boutique. 

L boutique de l'hôtel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche 

The little bonus: Thierry Court is also happy to play his part in your events by creating, among other things, personalised chocolates and macaroons made to measure (taste, shape, logo), special cakes for the event, gourmet hampers, or even by attending in person to hold pastry cuisine workshops.

Combining creativity with his eye for the finest ingredients, Thierry Court is unquestionably one of our Genoble favourites!
  

Practical information:

22, rue de la Poste, 
38000 Grenoble
(open Tuesday to Saturday: 09:30 to 19:00)

17, avenue Jean Perrot, 
38100 Grenoble
(open Wednesday to Saturday, and Sundays from 09:00 to 12:30) 

Find the online shop and all other information on Thierry Court’s website and Facebook page.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda : "Jacqueline Delubac, le choix de la modernité" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon

Published on December 24 2014
  • The City
 “I have a good eye, I was fortunate to be blessed with good instinct and to have acquired paintings by Feutrier, by Dubuffet, who were largely unknown, and happily I bought them when everyone else was ridiculing me.” Jacqueline Delubac

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon  - Credits: www.lyon-france.com

Set within a magnificent 17th century building, Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts is one of France’s biggest museums, offering visitors the opportunity to discover an extraordinary collection of works ranging from antiquities to modern art.
 

The exhibition: “Jacqueline Delubac, Le Choix De La Modernité” 
 

Jacqueline Delubac, le choix de la modernité
Exhibition poster - Credits: www.mba-lyon.fr

Until 16th February 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon is hosting a fabulous exhibition dedicated to Jacqueline Delubac. The exhibition offers an introduction not just to the actress, once called the “most elegant woman in Paris”, but also and most importantly to the great collector of art who bequeathed, on her death, 38 exceptional works to her hometown of Lyon.

From modern art to impressionism, from major works to artists who were still relatively unknown in her era, Jacqueline Delubac amassed a quite remarkable personal collection. On her death, Lyon’s fine arts museum was therefore lucky enough to receive a series of extraordinary works by painters such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Bonnard, Vuillard, Léger, Braque, Picasso, Miró and Bacon.

The exhibition pieces her Parisian apartment back together, providing an introduction to the universe of this most resolutely modern of ladies.  

Pablo Picasso, Femme assise sur la plage

Pablo Picasso,Woman sitting on the beach, 10th February 1937
Credits: Alain Basset - www.mba-lyon.fr

Practical Information:

The exhibition is open every day except Tuesdays and public holidays from 10:00 to 18:00, and from 10:30 on Fridays.

Exhibition:
- Full price entry: €9
- Concessions: €6

Exhibition and collections:
- Full price entry: €12
- Concessions: €7

Visit with audio guide: Cost of entry + €3/€1

For more information, please visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon website. 

Exhibitions currently not to be missed in Lyon: Star Wars Identities at La Sucrière, the Erró Retrospective at the Mac.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette in images

Published on December 22 2014
  • OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette

OKKO’s Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel has only recently opened its doors to the public. But without further ado, here are the first photos of this beautiful hotel, which nestles within the four walls of an entirely renovated former city prefecture building.

La façade de l'hôtel OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette
The façade of the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel

The Club: blending design with warmth

The perfect setting to work, relax or dine, the Club in the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel is friendly and warm, and its doors are open 24/7 to all the hotel’s guests. It is made up of cosy living areas, a dining room, a business corner and a boutique selling a selection of regional products.

This spacious area, stretching out over nearly 300m² and designed by Patrick Norguet, blends traditional architecture with contemporary aesthetics, creating an identity and atmosphere that are entirely unique.

Le Club
The Club

Le Club
The Club

Le Business Corner
The Business Corner

Le grand escalier
The main staircase

The fitness and well-being area, equipped with cardiovascular training machines, is located on the first floor and offers a wonderful view over the banks of the Rhône.

L'espace forme
The fitness and well-being area
 

La salle à manger
The dining room
 

L'apéritivo
The apéritivo
 

L'apéritivo
The apéritivo

All the services available at the Club are included within the price of a room (breakfast, evening apéritivo, WiFi, access to the fitness equipment…).

Locals will also have the chance to come and find out for themselves, as the Club is open to the public for brunch at weekends or for an apéritivo in the evening.
 

The Rooms

The hotel consists of 85 rooms, including 6 more spacious premium rooms with an incredible view over the Rhône.

Each room is fitted out with a large Coco-Mat double bed, a wealth of top-of-the-range equipment (Nespresso machine, Invoxia iPhone dock, TV with unlimited video on demand…) and a bathroom with a walk-in shower.

La chambre
The classic room

La salle de bain
The bathroom

Le dressing
Dressing area

La chambre premium
Premium room

Salle de bain
Bathroom in the premium room

Vue depuis la chambre premium
View from the premium room

This hotel is atypical if nothing else and, rest assured, it holds plenty of surprises in store for you!

Our team is looking forward to welcoming you and is offering an introductory nightly rate of €99 (all-inclusive) valid until 1st March 2015.

Book your room in two clicks now on the hotel website: http://lyonlafayette.okkohotels.com/en.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites : Leave in Time

Published on December 22 2014
  • The City

Leave in Time is Nantes’ first live escape game. This is a phenomenon which has attracted thousands of fans, and has become impossible to ignore!

Leave in Time
Leave in Time in Nantes – Credits: www.tripadvisor.fr

60 minutes to escape

Live escape gaming is a real life challenge inspired by the world of Asian video games. It consists of teams of between 3 and 5 players having to solve a series of mental challenges and logic puzzles.

The principle could not be simpler: you have 60 minutes, and not a second longer, to find your way out of a locked room. But how? The room is packed with clues, enigmas and codes which your team has to crack in order to reach the next step of the adventure.

This race against the clock will repeatedly test your ability to stay calm under pressure and work as a team.

Leave in Time is therefore an ideal challenge to take on as a family or with friends, as well as being an original and stimulating team-building activity for a company day out.

The ability to think creatively, to communicate, to adapt and apply logic are all keys to escaping – but will you be able to handle the pressure?

A few weeks after opening its doors, the game is already ranked 3rd on Tripadvisor’s list of activities in Nantes!
  

Practical information:

Bookings can be made exclusively online, and you should allow for one-and-a-half hours per session.

Prices during off-peak times (10:00-18:00, Monday to Friday):

Team of 5: €95 (€19 per player)
Team of 4: €88 (€22 per player)
Team of 3: €81 (€27 per player)

Prices during peak times (18:00-22:00 on Monday to Friday, or at the weekend):

Team of 5: €120 (€24 per player)
Team of 4: €108 (€27 per player)
Team of 3: €90 (€30 per player)

Leave in Time
2, allée des Tanneurs 
44000 Nantes
Tel: 09.82.40.54.24

For further information, please visit the Leave in Time website.

Our other recommendations for heading out and about in Nantes: Le Hangar à BananesL’absenceLe nid, La brasserie La Cigale…

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites : Sens

Published on December 18 2014
  • Culinary favourites

At the foot of the OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel stands one of the city’s foremost culinary establishments. Sens, the restaurant run by chef Michael Breuil, revisits classic French cuisine with sensitivity, poetry and no small amount of creativity.

‘Re-Creative’ cuisine, inspired by the environment

Chef Michael Breuil serves up food that is out of the ordinary, a menu made up of dishes telling a veritable story, built around five creative axes:

Reinterpretations: The classics of French cuisine, skilfully reworked to enhance all their different flavours.
Examples: Chicken with crayfish, trout à la grenobloise.

Food chains: Bringing products together with what they fed on while alive, and reconnecting them with their environment.
Example: lamb, goat’s milk, grass and fleur de sel.

Edible landscapes: The culinary recreation of places or sceneries, through incredible mastery of colour, shape and texture. 

 

Paysage comestible
On the beach: cake sandcastle, crunchy shortbread sand, suncream milk and the scent of monoï - Credits: Anthony Cottarel

Provocations: Creations showcasing a food scandal or a natural disaster.

Provocation
Hormone-treated veal and meat meal - Credits: Anthony Cottarel

Contre sens: Creations that shake up the established order, unconventionally positioned on the menu.

Le Sens
Warm foie gras yoghurt

Sens proposes three set menus:

  • The Experimentation Menu for €28 (3 creations) – only served at lunch
  • The Express-ion Menu for €58 (4 creations)
  • The Immersion Menu for €88 (every creation)

Discover today’s menu online.

To sum up, it’s original cuisine brimming with creativity and invention: a feast for your senses! 

Practical information

The restaurant is open in the evening from 8pm between Tuesday and Saturday, and from midday on Friday for lunch.

Restaurant Sens à Grenoble 
50 boulevard Gambetta 
ZAC de Bonne,
38000 Grenoble

Tél : 04 76 95 03 58 

For more information, please visit the Sens restaurant website.
 

Our previous culinary favourites in Grenoble: Little Koï, La Baratte.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS celebrates its third opening in Lyon

Published on December 17 2014
  • OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette

Following Nantes and Grenoble, OKKO HOTELS, France's new 4* chain, opens its new hotel in the city of lights on 1st December 2014.

A unique hotel, an exceptional setting

Hôtel OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette
 

For its third hotel, OKKO HOTELS did not make life easy for its construction team, opting to renovate Lyon’s former prefecture building. It was a massive challenge, the first of its kind that the team had undertaken.

Nestling within the four walls of this 19th century building at 14 Quai du Général Sarrail, the 85-room hotel enjoys a privileged position in the trendy 6th arrondissement.

Located a short walk from both the lively Presqu’île district and the gastronomic hub of the Halles Bocuse, the hotel can be easily reached by direct public transport from the Lyon Part-Dieu railway station.

Alongside its 79 classic rooms, the hotel features 6 premium rooms, each offering guests more space and a stunning view over the Rhône.

OKKO HOTELS has breathed new life into an iconic building, one which is still deeply rooted in Lyon’s heritage but which now holds its fair share of surprises in store for you!

The renovation works were carried out by separate teams. Project management and implementation duties were entrusted to the architects at By Boucharlat, while the hotel’s interior design is the work of Patrick Norguet.
 

The Club: relax and have fun in the heart of Lyon

Le Club de l'hôtel OKKO de Lyon
 

The Club was dreamt up by OKKO HOTELS as a genuine living area, warm and inviting while at the same time aesthetically pleasing. Open 24 hours a day to all the hotel’s guests, the Club is a living space comprising a business corner, bookshelves and a dining corner that is open around the clock. Meanwhile a health and wellbeing area, fitted out with cardiovascular equipment, can be found on the first floor of the hotel.

In Lyon, this area covers nearly 300m² of ground floor space and is entirely the work of designer Patrick Norguet, who has managed to incorporate a contemporary aesthetic appeal while still retaining the building’s historic feel. This hotel, with its atypical architecture and unique ambience, will also introduce you to an all-new selection of designer items and furniture, soon to be available on the OKKO HOTELS online boutique.

Lyon’s residents will be able to find out about the hotel for themselves, by joining us for a weekend brunch or an evening apéritivo (bookings to be made directly with our teams).
 

OKKO HOTELS: the chain that has everything covered

OKKO HOTELS is the first chain of 4* hotels to offer all-inclusive rates to all of its guests, without exception. Our rates cover a wealth of services including breakfast, an evening apéritivo, WiFi, on-demand television and access to the health and wellbeing area. There will be no more nasty surprises, as the rate given is identical to the cost debited during your stay.

In each of our hotels, we take pride in offering our guests the finest regional specialities and, when it comes to cuisine, Lyon is not a city to be left behind!

Among other great produce, we suggest that you try: the excellent charcuterie meat produced by Bobosse, established in the Beaujolais region for over 50 years; the cheeses of La Mère Richard, the original producers of the famous Saint Marcellin; and beer from Ninkasi, produced following the region’s finest brewing traditions, which date back to the 19th century.
 

Staff tending to your every need, thanks to a 100% digital customer experience

At OKKO, we look for ways to make life simpler for you at all cost. This is why we have set up an innovative, 100% digital customer experience. In this way, administrative constraints are largely taken out of our staff’s hands, so that they can concentrate on the personal welcome that awaits you: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, tailored to each of our guests’ own requirements.

In addition to providing a concierge service, our team is also always available to help you to discover the city, where to eat or drink and where not to miss, and to keep you updated on the latest cultural events.
 

At Lyon, the price of a night’s stay will start from €105 at weekends and €130 on weekdays.

Until 1st March 2015, our guests can also take advantage of our special introductory rate of €99!

Book now in just two clicks on the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette website: http://lyonlafayette.okkohotels.com.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette
/

OKKO HOTELS Nantes Château supports the Toit à Moi charity

Published on December 09 2014
  • Our partners

As part of our approach to corporate social responsibility, each hotel within the OKKO HOTELS group gets to choose to support a charity working locally and whose activities, where possible, are linked to what we do.

As such, the OKKO Nantes Château hotel has chosen to support the Toit à Moi charity, which helps homeless people to get back on their feet, by finding them somewhere to stay and by more generally assisting in their social reintegration.

Logo Toit à Moi
 

What does Toit à Moi do? 

So, how exactly does it work? The charity buys apartments thanks to the money it receives from its sponsors, regular donators whose monthly contributions go towards paying back the loans taken out on the properties. Thanks to these sponsors, and to additional support from the corporate sector, the charity has been able to purchase 9 apartments since 2008.

But Toit à Moi’s activities don’t end there! A team of social support professionals, together with the person concerned, draw up a firm strategy for reintegration and personally follow up on progress. Volunteers also give up a little of their time to offer lasting support to the people housed in the apartments, and to establish a genuine social link with them. 

OKKO Nantes Château’s involvement with Toit à Moi 

The global aims and values of the charity appealed to our team, who are now hoping to make a contribution of their own. All of our hotels have a boutique selling local products and, at Nantes, all the profits from these sales go to Toit à Moi.

What’s more, next year on 27th January, the OKKO Nantes Château hotel will celebrate its first birthday and a big raffle is planned for the occasion! Numerous lots will be up for grabs including, among others, a crushed linen bed set and COCO-MAT pillows. Each ticket will cost €2, and all proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Would you like to become a sponsor yourself, or simply to pledge a little bit of your time? If so, please visit the Toit à Moi website.

On the basis of a €20 monthly donation (eligible for a 75% tax reduction), only 100 people are needed to finance the purchase of an apartment!

Toit à moi
11 rue du Prinquiau
44100 Nantes

Tel. 09 53 05 37 07

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Our partners
/

On the OKKO HOTELS Agenda : Giuseppe Penone exhibition at the Museum of Grenoble

Published on December 04 2014
  • The City

This winter the Musée de Grenoble is welcoming, from 22nd November 2014 to 22nd February 2015, an exceptional exhibition dedicated to Giuseppe Penone, an artist and sculptor from the Piedmont region in Italy.

Aside from having been invited to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles last year, the artist has not put on a large-scale exhibition at a French museum since his retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in 2004. He is therefore making a long-awaited return to France at the Musée de Grenoble.

Exposition Giuseppe Penone au Musée de Grenoble
Indistinti confini (Indistinct Confines) 2012
Credits: www.museedegrenoble.fr

A unique invitation to explore the artist’s universe

Giuseppe Penone, an internationally renowned artist, is closely associated with the Arte Povera movement that emerged in the 1960s, which advocated for art to be stripped back to its bare essentials and put forward a contemplation of the relationship between nature and culture.

Traces of nature can therefore be found throughout Giuseppe Penone’s works. Wood, marble, bronze, vegetables, silk, leather, graphite… the artist breathes life into these materials and transforms elements with talent and creativity.

Exposition Giuseppe Penone - Musée de Grenoble
Giuseppe Penone - Verde del bosco (Green of the Wood) 1986
Credits: www.museedegrenoble.fr

This brand new exhibition is made up of an open floor arranged into five sections, a mixture of older works and recently-completed sculptures, wall-mounted creations and monumental pieces, frescos, paintings, drawings and intimist works.

To adorn the museum’s central walkway, Giuseppe Penone also called upon four fine art students from Grenoble, who took part in drawing a giant fresco.

Exposition Giuseppe Penone
Giuseppe Penone - Indistinti confini (Indistinct Confines) 2012
Credits: www.museedegrenoble.fr

Practical information:

The Musée de Grenoble is open every day from 10:00 to 18:30, except on Tuesdays.

Full price entry: €8
Reduced rate entry: €5 
Free entry for under-18s.

Musée de Grenoble 
5, place Lavalette 
38000 Grenoble

The museum is easily accessible by both bus and tram.

For more information, please visit the Musée de Grenoble website.

 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: Star Wars Identities

Published on November 27 2014
  • The City

The exhibition that attracted visitors in their tens of thousands in Paris has now found a new home at La Sucrière in Lyon, where it will run until 19th April 2015. Straight out of Canada, Star Wars Identities offers you the chance to stand inside the shoes of your heroes from the film series!

Star Wars Identities
Credits : www.lyoncapitale.fr

Find out what forces shape you!

Much more than your average exhibition, Star Wars Identities, developed with the Montreal Science Centre, explores the theme of identity using ten components that help make us who we are: species, genes, parents, culture, mentors, friends, life events, profession, personality and values.

Using audio-guide equipment and interactive wristbands, visitors travel through the exhibition creating their own heroes and, as a result of their quest, may then choose either to follow the Jedi path or to join the Dark Side.

R2D2 costume
Credits : www.starwarsidentities.fr

A wonderful collection of original items

This participative exhibition plunges you into the world of George Lucas’s films. It features over 200 original items from the archives of the Lucas Arts Museum: life-size models, props, costumes, drawings… not to mention the lead characters from this legendary science-fiction saga.

Le Faucon Millénium
Credits : www.starwarsidentities.fr

All in all, it’s a must-see event to help you pass the time while awaiting the release of the seventh chapter, which has been announced for the end of 2015.

Practical Information

The exhibition is open from 11:00 to 19:30 on weekdays, and from 09:30 to 20:00 at weekends. Late openings are organised on the first Friday of each month until 21:30.

The suggested time to allow is around one-and-a-half hours for a full visit, and the last visitor is therefore granted entrance ninety minutes before closing time.

Tickets are sold on location (pending availability)

Full price: €19.90
Children: €14.90

You can also book online:

Full price: €22.00
Children: €17.00

La Sucrière
49/50 quai Rambaud 
69002 Lyon 

For all the practical information you need, pay a visit to the Star Wars Identities website.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

Experience OKKO HOTELS in Grenoble from only €95 per night all-inclusive

Published on November 21 2014
  • News

We’re inviting you to experience our new OKKO hotel in Grenoble from only €95 per night all-inclusive, as part of an introductory offer available until 30th December 2014!

La Chambre OKKO
 

An all-inclusive rate: four stars, no cloud

This introductory offer covers the same exclusive services that are available to all of our guests. Breakfast in the morning, an evening apéritif buffet, all-day snacks, a self-service fridge, our health and well-being area, the business corner, on-demand television… Everything is included in the price of the room!

Here at OKKO HOTELS, our mission has always been to create warm and welcoming environments, where you can genuinely feel at home. This is why the Club area, located on the hotel’s first floor, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you to help yourself to a coffee or tea when it takes your fancy, or a yoghurt or soft drink straight from the fridge, without any additional charges ever appearing on your bill.

La salle à manger
 

The OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel 

Located at 23 Rue Hoche, this 138-room hotel nestles snugly in the heart of the Bonne eco-district and is just a 15-minute walk from the SNCF train station. A stone’s throw from the shops and restaurants of Place Victor Hugo, the hotel also boasts excellent public transport links.

La terrasse du Club
 

Prepare for your stay by reading our top tips on the OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche blog. Follow in the footsteps of the writer Stendhal, make cultural discoveries at Le Magasin or the Musée de Grenoble, stop for a bite to eat at Little Koï or La Baratte, and even take the cable car up to La Bastille!

And should you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to ask our team who, in addition to providing a concierge service, are also available around the clock to help you discover the city and to inform you of any cultural events currently taking place.

La Bastille
Credits : wikipedia.org

We’ve been open barely a month but, thanks to you, the hotel is already ranked second on Tripadvisor.com!

Book now in just two clicks on our OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel website: http://grenoblehoche.okkohotels.com.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : News
/

Experience OKKO HOTELS in Grenoble from only €95 per night all-inclusive

Published on November 21 2014
  • Special offers

We’re inviting you to experience our new OKKO hotel in Grenoble from only €95 per night all-inclusive, as part of an introductory offer available until 30th December 2014!

La Chambre OKKO
 

An all-inclusive rate: four stars, no cloud

This introductory offer covers the same exclusive services that are available to all of our guests. Breakfast in the morning, an evening apéritif buffet, all-day snacks, a self-service fridge, our health and well-being area, the business corner, on-demand television… Everything is included in the price of the room!

Here at OKKO HOTELS, our mission has always been to create warm and welcoming environments, where you can genuinely feel at home. This is why the Club area, located on the hotel’s first floor, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you to help yourself to a coffee or tea when it takes your fancy, or a yoghurt or soft drink straight from the fridge, without any additional charges ever appearing on your bill.

La salle à manger
 

The OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel 

Located at 23 Rue Hoche, this 138-room hotel nestles snugly in the heart of the Bonne eco-district and is just a 15-minute walk from the SNCF train station. A stone’s throw from the shops and restaurants of Place Victor Hugo, the hotel also boasts excellent public transport links.

La terrasse du Club
 

Prepare for your stay by reading our top tips on the OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche blog. Follow in the footsteps of the writer Stendhal, make cultural discoveries at Le Magasin or the Musée de Grenoble, stop for a bite to eat at Little Koï or La Baratte, and even take the cable car up to La Bastille!

And should you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to ask our team who, in addition to providing a concierge service, are also available around the clock to help you discover the city and to inform you of any cultural events currently taking place.

La Bastille
Credits : wikipedia.org

We’ve been open barely a month but, thanks to you, the hotel is already ranked second on Tripadvisor.com!

Book now in just two clicks on our OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel website: http://grenoblehoche.okkohotels.com.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Special offers
/

Les Tables de Nantes 2015: a guide to good eating!

Published on November 17 2014
  • Culinary favourites

‘A Journey to Nantes’ has just published, in collaboration with the train company Interloire, the fourth Tables de Nantes guide, a treasure trove of great restaurants to check out on your next visit to the city. This comprehensive guide, covering 114 restaurants in Nantes, places its emphasis on culinary expertise and regional produce.

Le Guide Les tables de Nantes 2015

A selection to suit all tastes

A panel of passionate local volunteers select the restaurants, using a set of rigorous criteria: freshness, quality and provenance of the products, originality of the dishes, promotion of wines from the Loire region, warmth of the reception, quality of the décor and, not to mention, that all important value-for-money.

A wide range of eateries made the cut, naturally including traditional French restaurants and crêperies, but also featuring restaurants with less typical culinary influences from Asia or around Europe.

This year, the guide features 27 new addresses to discover including Pickles, a restaurant we ourselves wrote about back in July.

Le restaurant Pickles
Pickles restaurant

Pickles also received a Coup de Pouce 2015 accolade, awarded to a handful of promising restaurants that particularly caught the panel’s eye.

The Tables de Nantes 2015 guide additionally features another two of our OKKO Culinary Favourites: Lulu Rouget and Les Chants d’Avril. If you haven’t done so already, we cordially invite you to find out all about them right here on our blog.

And it’s not all about the food. The guide also highlights regional produce, placing emphasis on wines from around Nantes and, in particular, Muscadet. A whole article is reserved for the Maison des Vins de Loire, where the world’s most beautiful cellar of Muscadet can be found.

Maison des Vins de Loire
La Maison des Vins de Loire in Nantes

Les Tables de Nantes is 76 pages crammed full of great addresses, 114 specially selected restaurants, 27 newcomers, 12 wine bars, and a host of information about fresh produce and markets. Let it be your guide!

All the details, and regular updates, can be found throughout the year on Les Tables de Nantes' website. 

Copies of the guide are available for guests at our OKKO Nantes Château hotel – please don’t hesitate to ask one of the team!

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: La Baratte

Published on November 06 2014
  • Culinary favourites

At OKKO HOTELS, we like nothing more than to discover gourmet delights in the cities surrounding our hotels. Last week we introduced you to the Little Koï restaurant, and today our suggestion for you is to head out into Grenoble and discover La Baratte, the ideal spot to taste the best in local produce, brilliantly cooked.
 

Le restaurant La baratte
La Baratte restaurant 

Authentic food at the heart of Grenoble

La Baratte offers simple and tasty dishes made from fresh, largely local ingredients.

Changing with the seasons, and helping you to discover all of the region’s delicacies, La Baratte updates its lunchtime menu on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the more refined evening menu is redesigned once a month. Foie gras, delicate fish, seafood… the menu is made up of exceptional ingredients prepared with simplicity and no small amount of talent.

Sample evening menu:

Starters

Tartare-style tuna, glasswort, strawberries
Grilled beef tomatoes, burrata cheese, lemon and basil
Cured meats from the southwest of France
Caramelised marinated melon, pancetta and feta cheese

Coeur de boeuf, burrata - La Barate
Grilled beef tomatoes, burrata cheese, lemon and basil

Mains:

A plate of seasonal vegetables
Fillet of féra (white fish) with a red pesto
Veal with a vitello sauce
Supreme of guinea fowl with vegetables and lemon thyme

 

Noix de veau sauce vitello
Veal with a vitello sauce

Desserts:

The day’s cheeses
Roasted figs, sablé breton pastry, green aniseed cream
Red fruits, white cheese mousse, sablé breton pastry
Vanilla-poached pear and a chocolate mi-cuit

Poire pochée à la vanille, mi-cuit chocolat
Vanilla-poached pear and a chocolate mi-cuit

 

The OKKO team liked: the authenticity of the dishes, the friendly welcome, the quality and freshness of the ingredients.

La Baratte was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the website Tripadvisor in 2014. 
 

Practical information:

The restaurant is open for lunch from Tuesday through to Saturday, and in the evening from Thursday to Saturday.

It is advisable to book ahead by telephone on +33 (0)4 76 43 86 48.

Restaurant La Baratte
6 Place Championnet
38000 GRENOBLE

For more information, visit La Baratte’s website.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

On the OKKO HOTELS agenda: the Erró Retrospective @ the MAC Lyon

Published on November 06 2014
  • The City
"We are surrounded by images. It’s impossible to escape them. […] It seems to me that I’m a sort of chronicle writer or reporter, […] who gathers together all the images in the world, and that I’m here to produce a synthesis of them.” Erró

An exceptional exhibition

The Erró exhibition at Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) is one of the cultural events taking place as 2014 draws to a close.

Works by Erró, the 82-year-old Icelandic artist, have appeared in all of the world’s great museums. The MAC in Lyon will host the biggest retrospective ever organised, from 3rd October 2014 until 22nd February 2015.

The premier storyteller in the history of art, Erró expresses himself through his use of images and colours.

Initially an expressionist, then a surrealist, Erró has latterly adopted the technique of the collage. Images are his raw materials: adverts, posters, newspapers, political propaganda, comics… Erró is able to relentlessly draw inspiration from contemporary society and its continuous flow of information. Forever socially engaged, he uses his works – in their majority canvases that have been saturated in the extreme by images – to depict and denounce violence and wars.

The exhibition is made up of 24 rooms spread over three floors, sequenced chronologically and thematically. Collages, performances, films, watercolours, paintings, drawings… over 500 works from private and public collections in Europe have been gathered especially for this grand retrospective.

Practical information:

The museum is open between 11:00 and 18:00 from Wednesday to Friday, and between 10:00 and 19:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Standard rate: €8
Concessions: €6

The Musée d'Art Contemporain is located in the Cité Internationale district of Lyon, close to the Centre de Congrès and the Tête d'Or park.

81 quai Charles de Gaulle 
69006 Lyon

See images from the Erró exhibition:
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

ON THE OKKO HOTELS AGENDA: THE “UTOPIALES” FESTIVAL

Published on October 31 2014
  • The City

Founded in Nantes in 2000, “Utopiales” is a big international festival entirely dedicated to the world of science-fiction, forward-thinking and new technologies.

The 15th edition of this event takes place at “La Cité”, the main convention centre in Nantes, from 29th October to 3rd November 2014, and promises to offer plenty of wonderful sights and discoveries.

Festival les Utopiales à Nantes
Credits: www.nantes-tourisme.com

This year’s theme: intelligence

The chosen theme for this 15th edition is intelligence, with four main sub-themes: extraterrestrial intelligence, artificial intelligence, terrestrial intelligence, and the brain.

This great festival celebrates science-fiction in all its different guises: literature, science, cinema, cartoons, exhibitions, manga, video games and board games.

Every year, “Utopiales” invites over a hundred distinguished guests (illustrators, authors and scientists).

Affiche officielle des Utopiales à Nantes

Credits: www.utopiales.org

Exhibitions, debates, round-table discussions, cinema screenings, book signings, discovery workshops, evening classes, shows… This year’s programme is extremely rich and varied, and there truly is something for everyone: from children to adults, newcomers to the fully-initiated.

Evening entertainment is also organised, headlined by author Alexandre Astier, who will be presenting his new show, “Exoconference”, on Wednesday 29th October.

L'Exoconférence d'Alexandre Astier
Alexandre Astier’s “Exoconference” - Credits:  www.utopiales.org

A festival for the whole family, this unique cultural event promises an array of great surprises!

Practical information

To avoid a long queue on the day, you can already pre-order tickets online (one-day tickets cost between €6 and €7.50; four-day passes between €22 and €28).

Tickets will also be available on the door (one-day tickets between €6.50 and €8; four-day passes between €24 and €30).
 

Cité des Congrès
5 rue de Valmy
44 000 NANTES

The full programme is available online at the “Utopiales” website.

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS culinary favourites: LITTLE KOÏ

Published on October 29 2014
  • Culinary favourites

Little Koï is Grenoble’s latest essential spot, not to be missed on your next trip to OKKO’s hotel in the city. Its speciality? The bento, a sort of Japanese meal box that is presented in the compartments of a tray.

Little Koï offers original, creative dishes that are straight out of Asia. A new, but fully-formed, concept that takes you on a veritable gourmet journey!

Façade de Little Koï
Little Koï – Credits: Wild birds Collective – Chris Level
 

A unique journey through Asia
 

Little Koï
Credits: littlekoi.fr

Since its opening in January 2014, Little Koï has been constantly innovating and offering Asian cuisine in the broadest possible sense, with a rich and unusual menu served in a beautifully designed restaurant.

Culinary influences from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and China abound, at times punctuated by a flourish of Italian or even North American cuisine. 

Décoration Little Koï

Every week, the restaurant proposes two bento menus to enjoy either in the restaurant or to take away. 

Here is an example:

Lunchtime bento (€13):

-  Cucumber and Edamame bean salad
-  6 tuna & cucumber California rolls
-  Salmon and ginger balls with rice
-  Milk chocolate cake
   
(+ coffee, if eating in)

Evening bento (€16):

-  Wakame seaweed salad
-  4 foie gras & fig California rolls
-  Chirashi-style salmon & avocado tartare
-  2 potato string prawns
   
(+ coffee, if eating in)

Bento soir
Evening bento

Shirashi
Tataki tuna and Ponzu salmon

The OKKO team liked: the take-away bentos; the warm, designer atmosphere; the originality of the menu and the flavours on offer.                                                           

The little bonus: Little Koï also has its own online boutique with superb accessories, a selection of bentos, and an assortment of crockery. 
 

Only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, Little Koï really sets the taste buds alight and is excellent value for money to boot.

In other words, this little spot in Grenoble has already won over the whole of the OKKO team!

Practical information:

Little Koï
9 rue Turenne
38100 Grenoble

Tel : 04 76 27 20 22

Tel : +33 (0)4 76 27 20 22

Keep up to date with Little Koï on its website and Facebook page.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Culinary favourites
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: “Le Musée Miniature et Cinéma”

Published on October 27 2014
  • The City

Lyon’s museum of cinema and miniature art – founded by Dan Ohlmann, creator of miniature models – takes you on an incredible journey behind the scenes of the so-called ‘seventh art’. Unique of its kind in Europe, this exhibition gallery nestles within the walls of the famous “Maison des Avocats” in the heart of Lyon’s old town, built in the 16th century and classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

The museum has assembled two collections, the first dedicated to the art of miniature modelling and the second focusing on the art of cinema.  

La Maison des Avocats
The “Maison des Avocats” (Lawyers’ House)

The art of the miniature: mind-blowing realism

This collection is made up of more than 100 hyper-realistic models of everyday locations (classrooms, hospitals, canteens, attics…), comprising a total of over 1,000 miniature items.

The majority of these objects are the work of craftsman Dan Ohlmann (cabinetmaker, sculptor, architect, decorator) but it also includes others produced by talented artists from all over the world.

Le réfectoire
Canteen by Dan Ohlmann, 1:12, 2012 - Credits: www.museeminiatureetcinema.fr

Loft de Brooklyn
Brooklyn Loft by Dan Ohlmann - Credits : www.museeminiatureetcinema.fr

 

Included among the artist’s stand-out works is a stunning reproduction of the interior of the famous Maxim’s restaurant in Paris on the scale 1:12, produced in 1987. 

Restaurant Maxim's de Paris
Maxim’s Restaurant, Paris – Credits: www.museeminiatureetcinema.fr
 

The art of cinema: a behind-the-scenes collection of cinematographic masterpieces
 

The museum’s second collection pays tribute to artists from today’s biggest film studios in Europe and America. Items from over 200 films, from the 1960s up until the present day, are on display. 

Full-scale props, costumes, masks, prosthetic limbs, special effects… the exhibition has amassed over 350 collectors’ items and original pieces. 

Costumes originaux
Original costumes: Robocop, Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Minority Report - Credits: www.museeminiatureetcinema.fr
 

Vaisseau Lewis & Clark
Lewis & Clark Vessel, from “Event Horizon” – Crédits : www.museeminiatureetcinema.fr 
 

Whether in the company of friends or family, there is always an original experience full of surprises and discovery awaiting you at the “Musée Miniature et Cinéma”!
 

Practical information:

Adults: €9
Children: €6.50
Senior citizens: €8

Musée Miniature et Cinéma
Maison des Avocats,  60 rue Saint-Jean
69005 Lyon – FRANCE

Public transport: Accessible by bus or metro (Line D, stop ‘Vieux-Lyon’)

For more information, visit the “Musée Miniature et Cinéma” website.

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette: the latest news

Published on October 27 2014
  • Construction sites

Façade de l'hôtel OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette
The façade of OKKO’s Lyon Pont Lafayette hotel

After two hotel openings this year in Nantes and Grenoble, our attention now turns to Lyon, where OKKO’s next hotel will open its doors on 1st December.

Nearly a month away from the opening of our hotel in the City of Lights, today we’d like to bring you the latest news from the site. 
 

An atypical hotel in a former prefecture building

Located on the Général Sarrail quay, the hotel enjoys a privileged position in the trendy 6th arrondissement. A short distance from the lively Presqu’île area, the hotel can be directly reached by public transport from the Lyon Part Dieu railway station.

Nestled within the walls of the completely renovated former prefecture building for the Rhône region, the Lyon hotel is comprised of 85 rooms, including 6 premium rooms, spread over 6 floors. As well as being more spacious, these premium rooms afford our guests an exceptional view over the Rhône.

La chambre OKKO
The OKKO room – Bathrooms have been fitted on all floors, and finishing touches are now being made to the bedrooms. 
 

Vue de la chambre premium
The view from a premium room on the 6th floor
 

Balcon du cinquième étage de l'hôtel OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette
The 5th floor balcony, on the Rue Vauban side of the hotel

OKKO’s Lyon hotel is at the very least atypical, and holds its fair share of surprises in store for guests. Unlike the group’s first two hotels, this project involves the renovation of a building that dates back to the end of the 19th century.

On the technical side, our teams therefore set themselves a real challenge by proposing to integrate modern sections within the buildings ancient architecture.

Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the Club is entirely the work of our designer Patrick Norguet, who has managed to incorporate a contemporary aesthetic appeal while still retaining the building’s overall historic feel.

As in all of our hotels, the Club will boast various services and bonuses for the guests, including a fitness and well-being area, a business corner, bookshelves and a dining corner, among other features.

Carrelage Métro du Club
Métro-style tiling in the Business Corner
 

In Lyon, the nightly rates for our rooms start from €105 on the weekend and €130 on weekdays. 

Book now in just a few clicks at the OKKO Lyon Pont Lafayette website: http://lyonlafayette.okkohotels.com/en

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : Construction sites
/

OKKO HOTELS Grenoble Jardin Hoche: Official opening

Published on October 27 2014
  • OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche

As of today, the doors to OKKO’s second hotel are officially open in Grenoble. The time has come, therefore, to exclusively unveil the first photos of this beautiful building. 

La façade d'OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
The hotel façade

Located at number 23 on Rue Hoche, at the heart of the Bonne eco-district, the OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche hotel is immediately recognisable due to its original external shape, bringing to mind the bow of a boat. 
 

The Club and its wonderful terrace
 

Club de l'hôtel
The Club

The Club at our Grenoble hotel is spread over 300m² of beautifully-decorated interior space and is made up of small living areas, a dining room corner, a business corner, bookshelves, a fitness and well-being area, and more. Contemporary in design but warm in feel, the ideal place to work, relax or eat, the Club is open 24/7. 
 

L'espace salle à manger
The dining room area

Le Club
The Club

This area is the work of our designer Patrick Norguet, who has incorporated an all-new selection of furniture and other designer items to give this Club a unique identity.
 

Business Corner
Business Corner

La terrasse
The terrace, directly overlooking the Hoche Gardens

Le sauna
The sauna

Our guests will also be able to make the most of a fitness and well-being area fitted out with gym equipment, and a spacious sauna.
 

The rooms
 

La Chambre Classique
The Classic room

The hotel is made up of 138 rooms, including 5 more spacious “premium” rooms. Just like in Nantes, our rooms have been designed by Patrick Norguet and each features one of two colour schemes: Riva and Black Out.

There are also certain new touches. There is a new ceramic finish on the bedroom and bathroom walls and the window frames are made from wood, selected especially to remain consistent with wider architectural trends in the eco-district. 

Every room has a bathroom boasting a walk-in shower, a large Coco Mat double bed, and an array of top-of-the-range equipment like Nespresso machines or Invoxia iPhone docks.

La Chambre Premium
The Premium room

Salle de bain de la chambre Premium
Bathroom in the Premium room

Our whole team is looking forward to welcoming you, and hopefully we will have the opportunity to show you around this all-new hotel very soon!

Book immediately in two clicks on the Hotel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche website:http://grenoblehoche.okkohotels.com/en. 

 

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
/

OKKO HOTELS LAUNCHES ONLINE BOUTIQUE

Published on October 10 2014
  • La Boutique OKKO

OKKO HOTELS is now offering its guests the opportunity to own a piece of the exquisite, warm, designer atmosphere created in its rooms and Clubs, by acquiring the items of furniture and decoration they come across at the hotels. Guests can now find their favourite items in just a few clicks at the online boutique, accessed from the OKKO HOTELS website.

Chambre OKKO HOTELS

A boutique full of inspiration for those who travel with open eyes

The OKKO HOTELS mission is to rewrite the rulebook for high-end hotels and to offer its guests more than just a four-star stay, but something genuinely inspiring. Beyond the personal and resolutely high-quality levels of service, the OKKO concept is about creating a pleasant atmosphere in which guests are made to feel at home.

The hotels have therefore been designed as genuine living spaces, which also enable the guests to acquire the different items of furniture and decoration in their rooms or in the Club. Some of those items have been designed by Patrick Norguet, who is behind the design of all OKKO hotels. Others are the fruit of a joint effort between the OKKO team and other providers, who have committed themselves to meeting the specific requests and, in doing so, have become a part of the OKKO HOTELS adventure. All the items are perfectly in keeping with the image of the chain: practical and, at the same time, handsome.

L'univers du Club
 

A carefully selected range of iconic items, the fruit of partnerships with prestigious brands

OKKO HOTELS is now offering its guests the opportunity to prolong their OKKO HOTELS experience by buying, in a matter of clicks, the item of furniture or decoration that really caught their eye during their stay.

“For our team, the idea of opening an online boutique as an integral part of the OKKO HOTELS concept always seemed an obvious step to take. Beyond our professional involvement in the hotel industry, we are all naturally curious and intrepid travellers who have always approached travelling first and foremost as a source of inspiration,” explains Olivier Devys, co-founder of OKKO HOTELS.

The items that appear on the online store are from exactly the same ranges as those found at OKKO’s hotels. The days of risking being disappointed – by colour, finish, size or comfort – are in the past: from now on, enjoy a more complete buying experience!

A modern site, continuously updated

The boutique website has an intuitive and attractive layout, arranged by area.

So visitors can enter the world of the guest room, where all of the basic OKKO HOTELS items can be found (the Coco-Mat bed, the Alias chair, the Invoxia telephone), and then move on to the world of the Club, which is different for each hotel.

The opening of each new hotel will provide the opportunity for new partnerships, which will bring fresh items to the online boutique...

 

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : La Boutique OKKO
/

OKKO HOTELS GRENOBLE : OPENING ON 6TH OCTOBER 2014

Published on October 06 2014
  • OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche

Grenoble is among the most innovative cities in the world, and can be reached from Paris in only three hours by TGV. It was therefore chosen as the location for OKKO HOTELS’ second hotel, to be opened this coming 6th October!

The 138-room hotel is located at 23 Rue Hoche, right in the heart of the Bonne eco-district and a stone’s throw from the shops and restaurants of Place Victor Hugo. Just a 15-minute walk from the SNCF train station and under 10 minutes away by tram, OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche has excellent public transport links.
 

An elegantly integrated architecture 

The Grenoble hotel project was developed and managed by VINCI Immobilier, who entrusted the architectural design to Dumétier Design and the general contracting works to Embatra (VINCI Construction). The hotel’s interior design is the work of Patrick Norguet, and decorating works were entrusted to Tardy SARL.
 

A spacious Club, a stunning backdrop

The Club was dreamt up by OKKO HOTELS as a genuine living area, warm and inviting while at the same time aesthetically pleasing. Open 24 hours a day to all the hotel’s guests, the Club area in Grenoble includes a health and wellbeing area, a business corner, book shelves and a dining area, among other features.

Like in Nantes, the layout of the 300m² area is the brainchild of designer Patrick Norguet. Completely unique, the hotel’s Club is full of surprises, including an all-new selection of designer furniture.

Located on the first floor, as a bonus the Grenoble hotel’s Club boasts a magnificent terrace directly overlooking the Hoche Gardens and affording stunning views of the surrounding mountains!
 

Exclusive services and an all-inclusive offer

OKKO HOTELS is the first chain of four-star hotels to offer an all-inclusive rate to all of its guests, without exception. Our rates therefore include a wealth of services including breakfast, evening apéritivo, Wi-Fi, television on-demand and access to the health and wellbeing area. There will be no more nasty surprises, as the rate given is identical to the cost debited during your stay.

Eager to introduce you to the region’s culinary delights, we’ve carefully selected the best of Grenoble’s specialities. Among others, we offer our clients the chance to acquaint themselves with Gilbert’s dairy products, Mandrin’s beers or even Thierry Court’s gourmet creations.
 

Staff tending to your every need, thanks to a 100% digital customer experience

At OKKO, we look for ways to make life simple for you at all cost. This is why we have set up an innovative, 100% digital customer experience. In this way, administrative constraints are largely taken out of our staff’s hands, so that they can concentrate on the personal welcome that awaits our guests: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, tailored to each guest’s own requirements. 

In addition to providing a concierge service, our team is also always available to help you to discover the city, where to eat or drink and where not to miss, and to keep you updated on the latest cultural events.

The whole team simply cannot wait to welcome the first guests to this beautiful hotel, which they hope to be as big a success as OKKO Nantes (93% satisfaction rating on Tripadvisor and 9.2/10 on Booking.com)!

In Grenoble, our rooms will be available from the nightly rate of €110 at the weekend and €125 during the week. 
 

Book immediately in two clicks on the Hotel OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche website: http://grenoblehoche.okkohotels.com/en

 

Share
CLASSIFIED IN : OKKO Grenoble Jardin Hoche
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Trentemoult

Published on September 22 2014
  • The City

Let’s make the most of the last rays of summer sun to head off for a lovely visit to Trentemoult, an ancient fishing and sailing village located in the municipality of Rezé on the banks of the River Loire. Our trip starts at the Nantes ferry terminal, where the Navibus provides connections to destinations on the River Loire. 
 

Port de Trentemoult
 

After a boat journey of around ten minutes, you will find out for yourself all about the charm of this unique village, renowned for its narrow streets and colourful facades. The latter tradition, which has endured over many years, dates back to the times when fishermen would paint the fronts of their houses with what remained of the paints used for the hulls of their boats.
 

Maison colorée de Trentemoult
A brightly-coloured house in Trentemoult

Maison colorée de Trentemoult

OKKO HOTELS’ top tip: During your visit, don’t miss out on stopping off at the ‘Guinguette de Trenemoult’ or one of the other restaurants, to have a drink or some food out on a waterfront terrace!
 

‘Le Pendule’ by Roman Signer

Trentemoult is also home to a permanent work of art by Roman Signer, created as part of the Estuaire arts event in 2009. The Swiss artist, who likes to play with the elements, chose an old concrete mixing plant built at the end of the 1960s as the setting for his installation. He created a pendulum, a kind of absurd clock without hands that beats out the time that relentlessly draws the building closer to its inevitable disappearance.

Le Pendule de Roman Signer
‘Le Pendule’ by Roman Signer – Credits: www.nantes-tourisme.com

Practical information

The boats that shuttle between the Nantes ferry terminal and Trentemoult’s port leave around every 20 minutes. 

The Loire Navibus is free with the ‘Pass Nantes’, which is made available to you when you make your online booking for OKKO Nantes Château. 

 

‘Le Pendule’ by Roman Signer
Share
CLASSIFIED IN : The City
/

OKKO HOTELS favourites: Le Magasin (CNAC)

Published on September 18 2014
  • The City

Le Magasin
Le Magasin - Photo credits: fr.wikipedia.org

Opened in 1986, Le Magasin is the name given to the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (CNAC) in Grenoble. Its headquarters are to be found in a 3,000 m² building, constructed in the style of a covered market by the Eiffel Workshop for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, and latterly transported to Grenoble.

Le Magasin’s principal mission is to display contemporary art, by way of temporary exhibitions. It supports artistic creativity, and helps artists to produce their works and then to exhibit them.

As such, every last inch of space is reserved for temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists from all over the world (paintings, sculptures, photos, videos …).

Upcoming exhibitions

Two new exhibitions will be installed at Le Magasin from 11th October 2014 until 4th January 2015.

One, entitled Art in Pop, will be dedicated to the Pop Years towards the end of the 1960s, during which the boundaries between plastic art and music were broken down and the two cultures became intertwined. A vast collection of documents has been assembled for the occasion (record covers, films, interviews, concerts…).

Daniel Johnston, Travelling time, 2001
Daniel Johnston, Travelling time, 2001 - Credits: www.magasin-cnac.org

For the second exhibition, entitled Doom: Surface Contrôle, a handful of young artists have been invited to take ownership of the walls of “the street”, a vast area located under Le Magasin’s glass roof.

Finally, and in the same way as many other establishments in Grenoble, Le Magasin will also be taking part in the 7th edition of the ‘Days of Contemporary Art’ event that will take place over the weekend of 11th-12th October, 2014.

Practical information

Full entry: €4
Concessions: €2.50
Free for under 10s

Le Magasin is open all year round from 2pm to 7pm, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.

In addition to its art galleries, Le Magasin has just opened its own bookshop specialising in contemporary art and design.

The centre is easy to reach by both tram and bus.

For more information, visit the National Centre for Contemporary Arts website.
 

 

 

Share