If the towers of La Défense are undoubtedly less full than in the pre-covid era, the hotel news in the business district will have been busy this year. After Mama Shelter last March, then Tribe in May – two brands of the Accor group which have settled on the side of the Esplanade and the Neuilly bridge -, it is the turn of Okko Hotels to make its appearance in the direct vicinity of many large company headquarters. In this case, those of Vinci and Technip, but also of the general council of Hauts de Seine, all neighbors of the new hotel of the high-end brand known for its concept adapted to business trips.
Integrating into this new district emerging as an extension of the Grande Arche, the Okko La Défense benefits from an ideal location, right in front of the Arena. Which, in addition to the traditional business clientele, offers the hotel prospects of filling around the concerts and rugby matches organized in the large hall in the west of Paris. As for the accessibility of the place, already excellent, it will soon be reinforced by the future Nanterre La Folie RER E stationwhich should be inaugurated in 2023 almost at the foot of the establishment.
A facade where glass and metal dialogue, inside a design where raw concrete blends with powdery colors such as pink and pastel blue: it is in a contemporary setting that the hotel, which opened last week, welcomed its first guests. Largest of the 13 Okko establishments currently open in France, equipped with a fitness area with shower, sauna and yoga room. the hotel offers 184 roomsall equipped with a foldable wall desk and separate toilets, unlike first generation hotels.
Indeed, since 2019 and the inauguration of the Okko Paris Gare de l’Est, the brand has deployed a nouveau concept design designed by Studio Catoir, in a more refined and less cocooning spirit. An evolution which is accompanied, in the inventory of hotels, by larger premium rooms. Thus, among all those of the Hotel de La Défense, 9 are of superior category and decorated with a sofa convertible into a bed to accommodate families.
Another major development: in a few days, the residents of the hotel, but especially the employees of the many surrounding companies will be able to take advantage ofa real restaurant, a major first for Okko hotels. Until then, the brand’s catering offer was based on its “Club” concepta large airport-style lounge reserved for customers where they can enjoy a choice of snacks all day and in the evening an aperitivo with a selection of tapas offered, complemented by a happy hour on wine and beer.
Of course, this emblematic Club is present in the hotel and extends over 300 m2, where a succession of tables d’hôtes, small lounges and more intimate tables are organized. But, while the sign wants toexpand the F&B offer of its new establishments – with, for example, real bars in Nice and Toulon, the latter on the rooftop -, the Okko La Défense therefore has its own restaurant on the ground floor, called Noccio. This Italian table seats 110, offers a menu of antipasti, dishes to share and revisited Italian classics, all in a retro-contemporary decor entrusted to Studio Mur Mur.
Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, and probably on weekends once the summer is over, the Noccio will also offer with a card suitable for afterworks. Because the presence of a restaurant is also coupled with that of a real bar, focused on spritzes in particular. Its alcoves lend themselves to welcoming small and large groups, especially since the restaurant will also serve as a catering place for meeting participants.
Indeed, the Okko hotel has three meeting rooms from 30 to 40 m2 each, two of them can be combined to accommodate groups of up to 70 people. Fitted with Samsung video projectors and interactive screens, they all have daylight and, as a bonus, all overlook a furnished terrace.
Okko is thus continuing its expansion in the Paris region after openings in Rueil in 2016 – a hotel whose Club was recently renovated and which also saw the addition of a real bar -, then at Porte de Versailles in 2017 and in Gare de l’Est in 2019. After the La Défense business district, a next establishment is already on the shelves for the end of next year in the XIXe district, next to the Rosa Parks RER station, as part of the Ilot Fertile low-carbon urban project.