Residence De France
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The beautiful 5* Residence De France hotel is situated right in the heart of historic La Rochelle, sandwiched between the Cathedral and the nineteenth covered market, and also within walking distance from the old port.
The Residence De France boasts classically designed rooms which are situated in the historical part of the hotel and decorated accordingly in traditional French style. All rooms feature modern amenities such as flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi, each of the bathrooms are finished in marble and include a walk in shower.
The Residence De France is the only central hotel in La Rochelle to boast a pool, which is heated and situated in the picturesque gardens. Unwind in the gardens with a drink from the bar or enjoy the regionally selected wines in the comfortable ‘living room’ area of the hotel.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 332 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Modern, restful, with excellent service and just one downside
Stay Date: 10/2016, AlisonJCowan wrote this review.
I stayed at this hotel for three nights as part of a large group booking. Overall it was a very positive experience with just one downside, but the Reception service was so good I have rated it as Excellent overall. Here is my usual, balanced revie… See more
I stayed at this hotel for three nights as part of a large group booking. Overall it was a very positive experience with just one downside, but the Reception service was so good I have rated it as Excellent overall. Here is my usual, balanced review and top tips. Here's what I liked: The hotel is well located, just a few minutes walk from Place de Verdun (where the buses all come and go from) and a 10 minute direct walk from the harbour. First impressions on entering Reception were of modern, restful décor, that was sensitive to part of the building's 16th century origins. It was minimalist, but welcoming and looked in fabulous condition. Check-in was super-well organised. I arrived 24 hours before the rest of the group but my speedy check-in was replicated for them when they arrived en masse. Everyone was through the front door and on their way to their rooms in just a few minutes. There was a grand piano, white settees and tasteful, modern art sculptures dotted around the bar area. I even noticed the staff lit the open fire one morning. It was overall very nice. I had a single room on the 6th floor. A member of staff from Reception accompanied me and my friend to the lift, pointing out the swimming pool and restaurant (see my comments below) and the bar on the way to the lift. I soon also found the stairs, which were well lit and in good condition. My room was large and airy, with a comfortable double bed, a lovely view out over the town from the window (which opened), a large wardrobe with a safe, comfy chair and a small desk and chair. I even also had a large fridge (stocked with a few payable snacks and drinks), microwave, kitchen sink, two electric cooking rings and basic crockery. The TV was a good size, the evening lighting offered a good mixture of lamps and wall lights and it was lovely to have a bowl of fresh fruit with the kettle, tea and coffee. I noticed my mother had Earl Grey tea in her room. When I requested some too I was immediately brought 6 tea bags and the reassurance to just ask for anything else I wanted. There was a lovely touch of small chocolates on the bed each night and two large bathroom robes. The bathroom was large, in very good condition and very nice, decorated with light brown tiles and white fittings, including a large, walk-in shower. It was reasonably powerful, but I find the lack of a screen or curtain makes for a chilly experience after turning off the water. There were plenty of large, fairly soft towels. Wifi was available for free all over the hotel, but you needed to select from a choice of 'Hotel 20', 'Hotel 25' or 'Hotel 26' depending on where you were. The Wifi was strong enough to use for e-mail, social media and watching videos on YouTube. I also managed to use it to FaceTime on Thursday and Friday night, but on Saturday the calls kept dropping, perhaps due to more people using the Wifi. I must give the Reception staff a special mention for helping me and my friend out when we needed to get to the airport after checking out. Firstly, they had seamlessly marked and stored 30 cabin bags earlier in the day at check-out without breaking a sweat, then booked a taxi for us to the airport as we had missed the bus (see my top tip below). I speak French and stood by whilst they booked and chased the taxi. When it didn't turn up and we started to seriously worry about missing our flight, they made arrangements for us to get a private lift to the airport, without needing to be asked. Thanks to them and the driver we just made our flight. Superb service! Here's what I didn't like: I couldn't see any way of heating the bedroom. There was also a wall-mounted towel rail in the bathroom but I couldn't find any temperature controls on it either. Thankfully it was a very warm weekend in early Autumn so I didn't need heating, but I did wonder if the room and bathroom would have been cold in winter. We also chose not to have breakfast in the hotel as they charge €17 per person. The restaurant looked inviting with little white tablecloths on individual tables and I had a quick look to see what food was on offer for such an exorbitant sum. I was shocked to see just bread, cheese, ham and other cold food. We were very glad we ate out (see my top tip below). The swimming pool is in a quaint location but it's more like a plunge pool as it is so small. It is heated so I dipped my hand to test the temperature and found it was warm. This would have been OK as the air temperature was over 20 degrees, but I hope they make it warmer as the weather cools. As the pool sits under mature trees and it was early Autumn there were inevitably several leaves in the water, but the pool looked clean. My top tips are: Don't bother taking your swimming gear if you want a proper swim. If you just want to get wet, go ahead! Beware the 'Tax du Séjour', payable by law on departure at €3.30 per person, per night for this particular hotel. Many French hotels build it into the room rate, but this hotel charges it when you check out. Make sure you go to the harbour for breakfast, where you can get a hot drink, croissant or pain au chocolat and delicious French bread for under €8 per person. Don't think about paying €17 per person in the hotel. Finally, if you are arriving and leaving by air, particularly on a Sunday, beware! On arrival it's easy - turn right out of the Arrivals door and the bus stop is on your right. For €1.30 you can be at Place de Verdun, about a 3 minute walk from the hotel, in a little under 15 minutes. Leaving between Monday and Saturday is possible by bus from Place de Verdun, with little to worry about. If you travel on a Sunday there are only a few buses throughout the day. Make sure you check out the timetable in advance and don't rely on a taxi if you miss it! Collapse
A little gem right in the heart of town
Stay Date: 09/2016, Tim D wrote this review.
Only stopped one night but what a fantastic hotel. The reception staff were very welcoming on arrival. Our room was in the old part of the hotel and was nicely furnished and spacious. What really makes the hotel is the lounge, dining area and bar … See more
Only stopped one night but what a fantastic hotel. The reception staff were very welcoming on arrival. Our room was in the old part of the hotel and was nicely furnished and spacious. What really makes the hotel is the lounge, dining area and bar at the rear of the property with its open fire, comfy armchairs and homely feel. Would definitely stay here again if returning to La Rochelle. Collapse
Great Position for the town
Stay Date: 09/2016, banglo wrote this review.
We picked this hotel as we wanted a central location in order to have supper in one of the seafood restaurants near the harbour. Our room was comfortable and well equipped. We were courtyard facing so not affected by any street noise. The decorations… See more
We picked this hotel as we wanted a central location in order to have supper in one of the seafood restaurants near the harbour. Our room was comfortable and well equipped. We were courtyard facing so not affected by any street noise. The decorations in the hotel were of good taste to suit the style of the building. Parking was easy using their own car park. The breakfast was generous in its selection. Collapse
Not a 5 star hotel
Stay Date: 09/2016, L6650KOluisa wrote this review.
We booked a last minute superior double room hoping for a comfortable one-night stay in La Rochelle. The room was very tired to say the least, with unfinished paintwork around the windows and water stains on the ceiling. The bathroom was an adequate … See more
We booked a last minute superior double room hoping for a comfortable one-night stay in La Rochelle. The room was very tired to say the least, with unfinished paintwork around the windows and water stains on the ceiling. The bathroom was an adequate size but there was only a sink and a small bath - (the toilet was separate) - which looked like it was about to come off the wall as the sealant was mostly missing. There was no real way to shower as there was only a hand held shower around the bath taps and no screen. The toiletries were fine but the towels were fairly worn and thin. The double bed was actually two single beds pushed together which were of different heights making it uncomfortable to sleep in. There was no air conditioning so we opened the windows for some air but as our room looked out onto the street it was very noisy. There was only one small complimentary bottle of water. More water was in the fridge but for a 25cl bottle it cost €3! There was a car park underground which was spacious but there was an additional charge of €10/night to use it. Not worth the €181/ night and we wouldn't go back. Collapse
Friendly and great location
Stay Date: 09/2016, Liz22_traveller wrote this review.
Having booked a classic suite, I discovered this only had a bath with shower attachment but on arrival the hotel had upgraded us to a deluxe suite ( with shower and kitchenette) free of charge which I thought was a nice touch. The staff were all extr… See more
Having booked a classic suite, I discovered this only had a bath with shower attachment but on arrival the hotel had upgraded us to a deluxe suite ( with shower and kitchenette) free of charge which I thought was a nice touch. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and spoke excellent English. The hotel had a lot of nice areas for sitting and relaxing inside and out. Our suite had great views across the rooftops. The location was great - very central and easy to catch the bus to the airport from Place de Verdun. Other reviews have mentioned air conditioning but this was not a problem in Sept. The only negative for me was the price of breakfast not included at 18 euros pp. It was excellent but it just isn't possible to eat enough to make that cost effective! However the French Coffee Shop (horder here) on Place de Verdun did a great breakfast/coffees/lunch etc. Collapse
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