Here in France, there’s a lot of buzz about a new hospitality brand called Okko Hotels. Developed by Olivier Devys (former CEO of SuiteHotels) in partnership with Paul Dubrule (Accor Hotels co-founder), Okko is a new concept of design-driven urban hotels with an emphasis on innovation and luxury value. The tagline from the official website: “Hotels where you feel at home, while elsewhere.”
The first Okko hotel is set to open at 15B rue de Strasbourg in Nantes at the end of this month (January 27). It’s a four-star property with 80 rooms just a few steps from the marvelous Château des Ducs de Bretagne and other city attractions. (Don’t miss this off-the-radar city, currently undergoing a renaissance. Check this article for our tips.)
Paris designer Patrick Norguet has conceived minimalist interiors with a natural color palette. As described by Wallpaper Magazine, “Inside the guestrooms, peace and light prevail in a predominantly white space enhanced with hints of soft pinks and pale yellows.”
A hotel in Grenoble will follow in October 2014. Other locations will include Cannes, Strasbourg and Lyon, where the ancient Préfecture is being transformed into a contemporary Okko hotel. For more information, visit www.okkohotels.com.
Photos of interiors courtesy Okko Hotels/ Photographs by Frank Hülsbomer/ ©SND