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Mob hotel of the people – a cool, creative and affordable place to stay in Paris.

When a Paris hotel door looks this cool and instagram worthy, I knew I was on to a winner.

Introducing you to Mob hotel of the people,the brainchild of Cyril Aouizerate. Cyril wanted to create a poly-sensory hotel, that has hospitality at its heart, and one that embraced creativity.

His vision soon captured the imagination of highly successful entrepreneurs, such as the founder of AOL, Steve Case and designer Philippe Starck, who both joined his venture. Mob hotel The hotel, easily accessible via metro, is located in the Northern Parisian suburb of St Ouen.

It is a stone’s throw away from the famous Parisian flea market, Marché aux Puces de St Ouen. There were many quirky cool design elements in the hotel, like this door number that looked like a book page. mob hotel of the people My bed was a theatrical stage, complete with shadow puppets to create my own show. I wished my children were with me. They would have loved this. There was no conventional wardrobe in sight, instead clothes and the mirror were hung on hooks attached to a wooden rail on the wall. I must admit, when I was in Paris, it rained a lot. I actually narrowly missed the flooding that occurred there recently by a day.

There was a short window of opportunity to go out into my room balcony to snap this photo. I bet it would be lovely to have breakfast here during the Spring and Summer. There was a mix of vintage and modern at Mob hotel of the people.

Isn’t this vintage peacock chair spotted at the hotel’s lobby so cool?

Now that I’ve mentioned the vintage, I have to tell you about the brilliant modern element to the hotel. The latter being a mobile phone in my room that I could take out with me.

The mobile phone was free for local calls and internet access.

There were also apps on the phone, with a curated collection of local places to visit, shop and eat.

So forward thinking don’t you think? This is a corner of the hotel’s restaurant, where a daily breakfast selection of freshly baked breads, juice,homemade jams, french cheese and cold meats were served.

The restaurant also served an organic and seasonal menu for lunch and dinner using local produce. The pizza that I had one night was absolutely delicious.

At the centre of the restaurant, was an eight a side football table which encouraged guests to mingle with a fun match.

There was also a live DJ on certain nights for those who enjoy partying. You may have spotted the restaurant curtain in the previous image. Here is a close up view of it. How many famous faces do you recognise? Take a peek at the hotel shop that sells a curated collection of independent brands. Here’s a little exterior view of the hotel. There is a huge outdoor cinema and ping pong table in the grounds. There are also two additional large rooftop sun terraces with lots of lounging seats. I think I’ll have to return in the Summer, to truly experience the outdoor vibe. Judging by what I’ve already experienced in the Winter, I can imagine that Summer will be full of fun. Saw this outside the hotel. Not quite sure what it was there for, but kids seem to enjoy playing with it, pretending to ride a horse.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading my little review of Mob hotel of the people. I have another post coming up soon, showing you the most colourful place to instagram in Paris. Can’t wait to show you.

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I stayed as a guest of Mob hotel of the people. All my views are my own).

Claska hotel

Claska hotel in Tokyo Meguro and Gakugei-Daigaku.

I have always wanted to go to Tokyo, and it was wonderful to have finally gone last week.

We got to explore many of the districts of Tokyo, each bursting with their own personality. I will be writing about them soon in further posts.

We stayed at CLASKA, one of Tokyo’s design hotels, on Meguro Dori. It’s a quiet district in between Meguro and Gakugei-Daigaku.

The area reminded me a little bit of Shoreditch in London, only less busy, but definitely with an emerging hip vibe.

If you love mid century modern furniture, then this is the place to be, as peppered around the area, were beautifully curated second hand furniture stores.

Check out the external design of the CLASKA. Its architecture and style is very 1970s. To me, it looks iconic for that era, almost like the Trellick tower is to London. CLASKA has 20 rooms, categorised into 4 design themes, designed by Japanese architects and designers.

We stayed in 2 rooms on the 6th floor. Our first room was the Tatami room, designed by Kaname Okajima. It has been described as a room of East meet West.

There were the traditional tatami mats, but rather than sleeping directly on the floor, we got comfortable low beds.
Doesn’t this space feel so Zen? There were wooden window screens, paper lantern lights, and low pebble shaped cushions. Our second room was the newly designed Un-Colored room, and it was covered in cedar wood, which felt and smelt divine.

There was also a coloured version of this bedroom on the same floor, painted in pastel hues, and unsurprisingly called the Colored room.

I loved the minimal and  pared down simplicity of this space. It felt very serene. Here’s our bathroom, designed with a similar aesthetic to the bedroom. Even the toiletries looked minimal and stylish, all made of natural ingredients.
You can really tell that CLASKA has a passion for design, just look at all those cool magazines they subscribe to, found in the lobby.

Kioku, the hotel’s restaurant, also seen in the photo above, served both Contemporary European and Japanese food.

In the morning, you could have a tasty English breakfast with all the trimmings, or a traditional Japanese one, with grilled fish, white rice, miso soup, soft boiled egg, tofu and pickles. One of the highlights of my stay at CLASKA, was exploring their design store DO. I have taken a few photos to give you a feel of the shop. Everything was so beautifully curated. I could have shopped there all day.

There was also a gallery space nearby, showcasing artwork by emerging talents. If you fancy wandering out of the hotel to eat or drink, I highly recommend Factory and Labo, 2 doors down, for their on site freshly roasted artisan coffee. If you fancy something sweet, I recommend their custard cream puff pastry. Gakugei-Daigaku is a cute little district, about 15 minutes walk from CLASKA. There was an underground train station there too.

There were numerous independent food stores and restaurants there, buzzing with locals, away from the packed streets of central Tokyo.

I have tried and tested a few of the eateries at Gakugei-Daigaku. Here are a few of my recommendations:

1.The Tonkatsu ramen was delicious at Ichiryu.

2.The best Thai food I have tasted at Thai Cafe Piimai. ( You really have to try the food here, totally authentic Thai, and we ate everything we ordered).

3.Breakfast at Bakery Cafe Antendo. The freshly baked savoury goods were so light, fluffy and delicious.

Last, but not least, you have to sample the cute donuts from Floresta. All donuts have been handmade using natural ingredients.

Hope you have enjoyed my review of CLASKA, with their beautifully designed rooms. I will be back soon with more posts on Japan. If you fancy seeing more, then do keep an eye on my Instagram account and insta-stories.

Have a lovely day all.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I stayed at the Claska hotel as press. My opinions and views here are my own).

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