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Appart'hotel Odalys Archipel
Ranked #30 of 49 Hotels in La Rochelle
United Kingdom
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“SUPERB apartment-style accommodation, great price, minor niggles”
Reviewed 29 August 2008

We were on holiday in France, and travelled down to La Rochelle. We are a family of 4 - two adults, 1 teenager, and a child.

The hotel is some way out of La Rochelle - about 10 minutes walk along the shipping channel to the town centre.

The hotel is hidden in a fairly new and faceless industrial estate. It isn't that easy to find either - look for signposts in red on your left hand side, not the right!

The hotel itself is fairly non-descript, but well kept and with plenty of parking. Reception was clean and well tended, and check-in was smooth and efficient. The receptionist spoke excellent English, and was very helpful. There is a large car park at the side of the reception, with lots of space.

Reception closes at 11pm, and you will need a pass code to get into the hotel after that time.

The apartment was TERRIFIC! It included:

- a superbly equipped kitchen (with tea and coffee making facilities!)
- a super living room with settee, table and chairs, plus a TV with satellite channels - the settee folded down into two single beds
- a huge double bedroom
- well equipped bathroom with everything working!

There was no evening food in the hotel, so we drove into La Rochelle, which is a lovely town with lots of character. A 10 minute stroll brings you through the port - very pretty - and right into the centre of the town. Well worth the walk!

Whilst in town we also bought groceries for our stay - bear in mind there was an excellent kitchen, with fridge, cooker, grill, cutlery and crockery!

Now for the one downside. On return to the hotel, the beds were rock hard - really, really uncomfortable. Points deducted :(

The hotel also has a terrific outdoors pool - ideal for the kids!

This is a really good hotel apartment, reasonably priced. If they fixed the beds I would say it was excellent. It is ideal for visiting La Rochelle and the surrounding area, I would stay here again.

PROS
- large rooms, well equipped and clean
- superbly equipped kitchen
- friendly staff
- pool

CONS
- hard beds!

Stayed August 2008
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Reviewed 10 May 2008

The hotel is an easy taxi ride from airport. Despite it being sandwiched into no mans land between the beautiful old town and the more trendy new university town the facilities are ok, the staff friendly and whilst the pools are cold and lacking in views they are excellently equipped with clean changing area and sun beds with a kids pool and usual adult box pool.
The strange thing is there are no utensils to use the brilliantly equipped kitchen - what do you put into a dishwasher when there are NO plates or cutlery[or cork screw}? No DVD player and only CNN as an English speaking option on TV.
Yet - we enjoyed it,. Its quiet, there are two rooms in the apartment so the 2 kids settled easily. It was a ten minute walk to a decent coffee shop, wine shop and the 2 minute boat ride to the old town - maybe a 25 minute walk down to the beach at the marina and supermarket. McDonalds is at the university say 10 mins walk away but not on the way to do anything else.
The seafood restaurants in the old town are great as is the Market and walking round the pedestrianized area is a pleasure. Great family weekend.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Appart'hotel Odalys Archipel
Address: Rue de la Huguenotte, 17000, La Rochelle, France (Formerly Residence Hoteliere Archipel)
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > La Rochelle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 49 Hotels in La Rochelle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Appart'hotel Odalys Archipel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
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