Okko Hotel, Grenoble Jardins Hoche

The hotel scene in Grenoble is tired and old-fashioned, with few options for stylish travellers. The new Okko Hotel is changing that, with their modern urban accommodation.

Okko Hotel Grenoble

The lift on the ground floor will transport to up to level 1 where a quick and easy check-in takes place. There are Classic and Premium rooms to choose from, both of which offer custom-made Cocomat bed covered in Italian crumpled linen, Nespresso machine, walk-in shower & bathroom and cosmetics from Nuxe. Our classic bedroom felt small but functional, with everything we needed for a short weekend break.

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The bedrooms are cleverly designed with asymmetrical features throughout. A small desk allows business guests to work, while a leather sofa and flatscreen tv are a tempting option for those who need to unwind after a long journey.

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All the Okko Hotels have a Club area, which allows guests to relax with a drink or snack, read or work. In the Grenoble hotel the Club space is open and light with contemporary furniture providing a welcoming room to spend time in. During the day delicious little cakes, juices and bottles of water are available and complimentary for all guests.

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After a good night’s sleep we wandered downstairs, where a light continental buffet breakfast of is served in the Club lounge. We took our pastries and coffees out to the terrace, to enjoy the fresh air and view over the city.

The Okko Hotel in Grenoble was the perfect place to rest our heads during our short time in the city. Functional but fun, this centrally located hotel is comfortable, luxurious and stress-free.

Chris Kenny Grenoble

While in Grenoble don’t miss the Chris Kenny exhibition at the Musee Hebert, a magical collection of works which feel wonderfully at home in this beautiful building.

More information and book a stay at Okko Hotel, Grenoble Jardins Hoche here.

The Swanmore Pendant Light, By Barrow Designs

Introducing the Swanmore Pendant Light, the debut design from Barrow… The Swanmore Pendant Light, named after the village in which designer Jim Barrow grew up, came from humble beginnings; a sketch on a scrap of paper, an idea inspired by the 18th Century staddle stone foundations found in the English countryside.

Jim Barrow light

From initial inspiration, to the metal spinners in Portsmouth and wood turner in Alresford village, Barrow has its roots set firmly in Hampshire. The Swanmore Pendant Light is the first in a series of lights with their names taken from this rural location.

Barrow believes in creating a product with longevity and to do so we utilise the skills of talented British manufacturers… “We know that it’s the people behind the process that are important, so we collaborate with craftsman who possess the expertise in their trade to produce the very best.”

Jim Barrow light

Natural materials are at the centre of the designs, contrasting with contemporary stainless steel and brass accents to create a modest, modern piece. The focal point of the Swanmore Pendant Light is its unique lighting effect. The inner scatter plate allows light to emanate upwards casting a beautiful glow onto the ceiling and its solid oak centre.

The Swanmore Pendant Light is available at BarrowDesigns.com and at The Do South Shop in Crystal Palace.

The Swanmore Pendant Light retails at £195.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

There are lots of characterful b&b’s to choose from when it comes to booking accommodation in Cornwall, but special hotels are harder to find. Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes set the standard when it opened on the Cornish coast in 1999. Owned and designed by the illustrious and creative Olga Polizzi the house oozes style, with charming details wherever you look.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

St Mawes is an idyllic and unspoilt village filled with bobbing boats and dedicated fisherman. When you are not enjoying the luxuries of Tresanton head to nearby St Mawes Castle or drive to nearby Lost Gardens of Heligan for a magical walk. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby making use of the plentiful fresh ingredients that surround them, or eat at the hotel where the relaxed bistro serves simple but delicious comfort food.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

Hotel Tresanton has 30 rooms and suites, each is different, showcasing antiques and artworks which Olga has discovered over time. Our suite overlooked the expansive sea with a lovely balcony and surrounded by exotic plants. The two bedrooms were beautiful, instantly welcoming with soft furnishings and luxurious details.

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I loved the splashes of colour and contrasting patterns which added charm and personality to the suite. The living area featured a large plush sofa, high-tech TV and tea making facilities, when requested.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

I am a huge mosaic fan, so was excited to discover our bathroom floor was decorated with mosaic waves. A huge bathtub was a welcome addition to our bathroom and I was also grateful for the lovely bathrobes and full range of REN toiletries.

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Breakfast is served in the relaxed restaurant… a tempting array of pastries, cereals and fruits are laid out each morning for guests or you may wish to choose from the more filling a la carte menu. I enjoyed a continental spread of food with my strong coffee and freshly squeezed juice.

Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes

For a real treat book a trip out on Tresanton’s beautiful restored 1930’s sail boat, Pinuccia. From May until the end of September the experienced hotel skipper can take you sailing round Falmouth Bay, so you can appreciate the beauty of the area from the sea.

More information about Hotel Tresanton and book a stay here.

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