Budget French hotel wins Best Hotel and Tourism Resort award

PUBLISHED: 12:04 07 October 2020 | UPDATED: 12:14 07 October 2020

JO&JOE Paris Gentilly (c) Tom Donald/PENSON

JO&JOE Paris Gentilly (c) Tom Donald/PENSON

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The Paris-based project was praised for its street art concept and open house design

Winners of this year’s MIPIM Awards, which honour outstanding projects around the world, have been announced and include four in France.

The judges reviewed more than 228 entries from 45 countries and shortlisted the finest projects in each of the 11 competition categories which included Best Urban Project, Best Refurbished Building and Best Cultural & Sports Infrastructure.

JO&JOE offers a fresh take on interior design, atmosphere, dining, service and customer experience (c) Tom Donald/PENSONJO&JOE offers a fresh take on interior design, atmosphere, dining, service and customer experience (c) Tom Donald/PENSON

JO&JOE Paris Gentilly won Best Hotel & Tourism Resort at the awards, which were held at the InterContinental Paris le Grand and was singled out for its refreshing open house design and street art concept.

Internationally renowned interior design and architecture studio PENSON commissioned artists and the artwork at JO&JOE Gentilly to portray its unique character and eclectic atmosphere. Hand-drawn, sprayed or painted artwork is part of JO&JOE’s unique design story and offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience.

Out of the ordinary private rooms have a variety of art covering the walls and ceilings (c) Tom Donald/PENSONOut of the ordinary private rooms have a variety of art covering the walls and ceilings (c) Tom Donald/PENSON

Co-created by PENSON and Accor Group, JO&JOE is a hybrid; meeting somewhere between an open house, a hotel and a hostel. Located 20 minutes from central Paris, it is a stone’s throw from all the major attractions and is the first BBCA low-carbon hotel in the world.

Sleeping at JO&JOE comes in all shapes and sizes, with private and shared rooms. ‘Together’ rooms are dorm-like areas that sleep up to 12 people and cater for large groups or individuals wanting to share. High wooden partitions and blackout blinds give the modular beds a personal ‘pod’ feel.

A bathroom in the 'Yours' private hotel-style guestroom (c) Abacapress/Thierry SauvageA bathroom in the 'Yours' private hotel-style guestroom (c) Abacapress/Thierry Sauvage

‘Yours’ rooms are private hotel-style guestrooms for two to six people with en suite – to cater for smaller private groups, including families. ‘Cabins’ are cool spaces offering private individual lockable cabins within larger rooms and have access to the communal washrooms.

Opened in April 2019, the 485-bed hotel includes a public restaurant and bar, as well as open-mic stage, a large charming garden space and social spaces reserved for guests. It is the second JO&JOE open house in PENSON’s portfolio, with the first located in Hossegor in south-west France.

Other French winners at the awards included Grand Central Saint Lazare in Paris which won Best Office & Business Development; l1ive which won Best Futura Project, giving a preview into what the future might hold, and Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis which scooped Best Futura Mega Project.

joandjoe.com/en/paris-gentilly

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