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Hotel La Marine
Ranked #17 of 49 Hotels in La Rochelle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2012

Forget the bag carrying comments, its a fact of life at La Rochelle. Drag them down the cobblestones and up the steps into a rearly great hotel. Clean tidy with helpfull staff, you shouldn't be expecting more. Walk outside to the greatest collection of harbour side resturants possible. Nothing but good memories. Glad we pack a small bag for the on night stays and leave the big bag in the car.
Be carefull driving too close to the front door, at a certian time of night they raise bollards in the roads to stop cars entering the dock area, too bad if you are on the inside when they go up.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

Read the reviews here and you can't go far wrong. There's no car park, but we didn't have a car so it wasn't an issue. If you have a car then the car parking is no more than 500m away (look at a map!).

There's no breakfast room but the hotel's resturant does breakfast at the moment for 5.70 Euros per person. You can have it in your room for an extra 2 Euros per person. We sat and had breakfast watching the harbour - a very pleasant experience.

The toilet cubicle was small, but it wasn't an issue. If you have mobility issues it might be.

There is no lift so if you're averse to climbing stairs or have mobility issues then it might be a problem, but for us there wasn't an issue and to be honest i wouldn't have even thought to mention it if others hadn't.

On the plus side, the hotel was simple, small and immaculately clean. The staff were polite, attentive and helpful. For us, for a short break, it was perfect.

Room Tip: We had a rear facing room - cheap but no view. people have mentioned noise at the front, not an issu...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

We had a terrible time with this hotel, which ruined our La Rochelle experience. The web site said that they have parking -- the parking is at a public lot more than 1 km away and you have to drive 5 km around the centre of the city to get to the parking lot. When we first arrived we had to leave the car on the busy street and walk up a long flight of stairs to get to the lobby -- the clerk gave us the key card for the garage and the extremely complicated instructions to get there (which fill up a binder). We spent 2 hours, I kid you not, trying to get into the garage, and another 2 hours driving in circles back and forth between the hotel and the parking garage trying new keys and trying to get better instructions. In addition, the hotel also does not specify that there is no lift, and the lobby is on the second floor of a building and rooms are on higher floors. After our four-hour trial of trying to park the car we gave up and decided we would not stay there. The hotel owners would not re-fund our money and they were unbelievably rude, close to the point of violence. I speak fluent French, adn I shutter to think of how much more painful this would be if I did not speak French. I would recommend staying far away from this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

We stayed here in 8th Sept. 2010 for 1 night and it was perfect for that. The hotel is really well located, the staff are super friendly and it's right in the center of the action. The room was a little tight on space but no worse than other places we stayed. It might get annoying if you were staying for a couple of nights but in all a lovely spot. Only sticky bit is the parking, the car park they use is a 5 min walk away. If you're trying to park outside the hotel, you'll need to do double park but no-one seems to mind.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2010

We stayed in Hotel La Marine for one night. It is perfectly located in the heart of the port of La Rochelle. The room was at the back of the hotel, so we had no view of the port, but the decoration was very nice and it was very clean. The woman at the reception was a bit weird but efficient.
Would definitely go back!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

Lovely small hotel; clean, friendly, and well-run. Super location in a very pretty town. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back. If you like being in the centre of things with one of the loveliest views in the world right outside your window, then this is the hotel for you. On the other hand, if you like to sleep with the windows open then ask for a room at the back. It will be quieter. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

Only stayed the 1 night as we were travelling through. It was a bit strange unloading the car in the middle of a busy street on a busy Saturday evening and the stairs up were a bit of a hassle but the room was well worth it. A fantastic view over the old port, but with 2 sets of double glazed windows that really kept the noise out. The room was clean, car parking was secure though at a remote site, and the reception friendly and very helpful.

Get off the main street if you want a decent meal at a decent price. The selection along the Rue Saint-Jean du Pérot, just a short walk from the hotel was good, and a tour of the 3 towers the next morning provided all the exercise needed to negate the big meal ;-)

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 30 quai Duperre, 17000, La Rochelle, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > La Rochelle
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in La Rochelle
#5 On the Beach Hotel in La Rochelle
#12 Romantic Hotel in La Rochelle
Price Range: £61 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel La Marine 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the quai duperré, hotel la marine discreet entrance welcomes you in the heart of the old harbour of la rochelle. History quietly meets a warm modern design with thirteen rooms, four with a spectacular view of the medieval towers. The nine other rooms offer you the peaceful retreat of green surroundings. All rooms are functional with spacious comfort set to give you a soothing feeling.- 13 rooms, 4 rooms port side,- wifi in all rooms,- non smoking hotel. ... more   less 
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