My partner and I visited La Rochelle in September 2013 and stayed in this budget hotel which was on the upper end of the price you would expect to pay for a budget hotel. I'll begin with the BAD NEWS - 1) The hotel is next to a railway line and busy morning road. The train isn't really an issue as the first train only goes by late morning. So if you're an early bird the train won't be an issue. The road and cars however are certainly an issue if you're a light sleeper, a real pain for me I have to say. I changed rooms twice in the five nights I was there because of the noisy road. If possible, don't accept rooms 110, 112, 114, 116, 118 as these rooms are all on the front road facing side of the hotel and if you're a light sleeper the noise from the road may be an issue for you. 2) Another issue was the bed. Like sleeping on the floor, it was very uncomfortable. However you may be one of those people who like firm beds, if you are, then it shouldn't be an issue. 3) The breakfast is simple - cold meats - continental type breakfast, not a great selection and quite expensive for this type of breakfast at approximately £10, it's not worth it at all.
Good news!!! 1) The staff are lovely, they were very understanding and didn't mind changing my room when I wasn't happy and were pleasant and friendly just to have a chat about the city and things to do and see in La Rochelle. I think staff friendlyness and helpfulness goes a really long way. 2) The hotel is quite close to the main town centre, about a 10-15 min strol, so if you can wait for breakfast then you can walk to town in the morning and have a lovely freshly baked croissant or freshly made cake that the French are so amazing at making, yum! 3) The hotel is clean and bathroom is quite nice too.
Overall, unfortunately taking all the positives and negatives into account, for me, a hotel has to get the basics right first, comfort and decent breakfast (I'm hungry in the morning - feeeeedme). Unfortunately I didn't get a good nights sleep and that spoiled my holiday in La Rochelle, therefore this hotel is a no go, sorry I won't stay here again, don't build hotels next to train lines and busy roads pleeeez.
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