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La Rochelle

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About La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a seaport on the Bay of Biscay. Its origins go back to Roman times, and there are still the remains of Roman villas and salt evaporation ponds at Les Minimes. The city has an illustrious past as a strategic centre and has a long and bloody history which culminated in the 1628 siege de la Rochelle when Cardinal Richelieu sought to quell the powerful protestant Hugenots. The best places to stay in La Rochelle provide the visitor with a wealth of things to see and do, and most are ideally situated to make the most of this charming city.

La Rochelle retains its close connection with the Atlantic; it boasts the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe. Life revolves around the ‘vieux port’ with its myriad bars and restaurants.

The gothic gateway of the 14th century Porte de la Grosse Horloge leads to the old town with its arcaded streets and architecture of all styles from medieval to ‘belle epoque’.

There is so much to experience in La Rochelle from the Botanical gardens, boat trips to Ile d’Aix or Fort Boyard, St. Louis Cathedral, the canals of Venise Verte to the Franco folies music festival and more. Hiring a bicycle is a great way to get to know the place and explore the surrounding countryside.

La Rochelle enjoys a mild Oceanic climate; it seldom suffers from either extreme heat or cold. Though obviously the best times to visit (and the most popular) if you want to make the most of the beaches are the warm summer months.

Transport links are very good - there are a range of low cost airlines who fly to the city, or you can catch a train (TGV) or ferry.

Due to its popularity there is a wide range of accommodation to be found and the best places to stay in La Rochelle wary from the cheap and cheerful to something to suit those who like a bit of luxury.

  • La Monnaie is an art and spa hotel offering an avant garde experience in the heart of the city. Every corner of the building is artfully staged. The hotel is very much ‘top spec’, catering for all one’s requirements, including a top notch spa with massage, chromotherapy, sauna and gym.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in La Rochelle, or call or email one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in La Rochelle

  • La Monnaie 36 rooms from $145

    La Rochelle

    An art and spa hotel close to the beach. Modern art and sculptures throughout, boutique furnishings include chandeliers, leather chairs, all within a 17th century ornate building. Large rooms and suites with all the mod cons, top of the range spa, and excellent business facilities.

    Artworks  -  Modern art in every room and public space.
    Meeting Room  -  State of the art meeting room.
    Spa breaks
    City Style
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  • La Residence de France 54 rooms from $149

    La Rochelle

    A smart, stylish hotel in an 18th century setting in the heart of La Rochelle. Rooms feature modern yet minimalist decor with cool pastel palettes. A relaxing outdoor pool and intimate piano bar create an ambience of serenity in the vibrant port city. Plus there is an indulgent buffet breakfast.

    Value chic  -  Uber stylish modern accommodation, including a pool, at a great price
    Local markets  -  Browse the local markets surrouding the historic port of La Rochelle.
    Fishing  -  Take a sea fishing trip out from La Rochelle harbour.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minutes from the La Rochelle Aquarium.
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