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Novotel La Rochelle Centre

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My stay at this place can be described in a monosyllable, i.e. "splendid". Since I had reached the hotel with my set of troubles of my lost luggage and the uncertainty whether I will be able to continue my trip or have to return to India. This place gave me some solace, as I had stayed here for a day or so. I checked-in at around 12 midnight and checked-out at 17:00hrs next day. As I had no luggage so i didn't had my basic necessities, but the staff were very cooperative and friendly, they helped me alot. Since this hotel is centrally located the markets were nearby, just a 10 mins walk to the shops. There I bought my basic supplies to survive the following days if my luggage doesn't turn up. The city was a historical beauty and the hotel was at a wonderful location, just five minutes walk through a park to the beach. So one can explore the old City. Only think I found little inconvenient was the separate toilet and bath in the room. Overall experience was good, and would love to come back to this place again in future.

Welcoming staff on reception, comfortable room with a view of the park (requested on checking in). Everything you would need and good wifi. Breakfast excellent lots of hot and cold choices. Nice quiet location.

Chose this hotel for the secure parking and that worked very well. The hotel itself is fine, but really needs refurbishing. Everything about the bedrooms is dated. Having said that the service is very good indeed.Staff are welcoming and friendly. It is near the city centre. So couldn't complain really.

Parking is useful, it's a good location near a park and not too far from the town centre. We have stayed many times, and will do so again. They are still struggling to provide hot components of the food offering at breakfast.

We stayed here for one night en route back to UK. Large comfortable room, Highlight was the breakfast. Although the restaurant was busy we were impressed with the range and quality of what was on offer for breakfast. Nice to sit outside and have breakfast by the pool. The hotel is situated in a very pleasant area of La Rochelle that gives you a lovely walk down through the park into the town. Approve of the plentiful free parking. We had a late flight so for 30 euros they gave us a late check out until 4pm which was very useful. Overall a very nice end to our holiday.

Beautiful setting in a park, but surrounded by high rise flats. Reception staff charming. Room lovely. Restaurant a strange curved shape, and was a bit like eating in a corridor. Food ok, but zero atmosphere.

The room was clean and large enough for two. The breakfast was good quality and plentiful. Quiet location but not the easiest to find especially as La Rochelle centre was full of road works and diversions which we though the hotel could have forewarned us about when they telephoned to confirm booking. 10 minute walk through the park into the centre which was very pleasant. Pool great and public areas clean and welcoming. The hotel needs to review the daily replacement of complimentary gels, soaps and shampoos, half used were taken away and replaced which was wasteful.

Beautiful friendly town with lots to do for tourists and locals. Very family orientated..children welcomed and catered for everywhere. The hotel wa soak in that it was friendly staffed and clean. However..the last day of our three day stay, and we weren't late for breakfast, there was no bread left for toast..minimal fruit options and various options not replaced...staff who clean upstairs frequently smoke on the fire escape with the doors to the corridor open which left me thinking people were smoking in their rooms it was that bad...there are literally 8 or 9 sun loungers and unfortunately for us a family with several children took up 4 of the 6 by the pool and one other couple must have got up at the crack of dawn to snaffle the other two beds for the whole three day stay...needless to say given the very limited space round the pool which only has a narrow space round it there was nowhere else to sunbathe or relax. The hotel really should cater for the amount of guest they have and 8 or 9 lounges is not ok for a hotel for tourists...most people end up sat in the quite uncomfortable plastic chairs which as you might imagine get very hot and also are not great for relaxing in..having said all of that it's a shame a few things let this hotel down as it's very near amenities and a lovely park across the road where they have birds and some small animals for children to see...

We booked this hotel for 3 nights as a 'stop gap' after camping for one week on the Vendee and waiting for a Tuesday flight home. The location is great - close to the centre of town (easily walkable even with toddlers in tow) and also nestled within the leafy trees of a large park. Also, a little carrefour express around the corner, which we used to grab a quick croissant in the mornings rather than paying for expensive breakfasts (we're not massive morning eaters). Good start. However, once checked in, we arrived on the 3rd floor to find our room not ready, with the cleaner still working. She made a call to reception and we were told to go back down to get a different room. At reception, there was no apology or any mention of the mistake, just a new room key. Not impressed. Generally the hotel decor seemed tired. Clean but tired. I understand a refurb is scheduled for autumn 17. On the morning of check out, I was checking my emails early for an important email about a funeral I was to attend back in the UK, when a 'fast check out' email arrived. When I opened the attached PDF I could not believe that I was going to be charged for 3 days worth of breakfasts for both adults. A total of €99 added to the bill despite us not having one single breakfast at the hotel. I couldn't rest any longer in bed and had to get up at 8am to go and speak to reception. Given that this was the final day of my holiday I was not impressed with this 'wake up' email ! To make matters worse, the receptionist just could not understand my point of view. She took the charges off but refused to sympathise with my frustration at the attempted extra charge! What if I hadn't have checked the PDF? Would the money have been taken anyway? Reception had take my card details when checking in so could have taken the funds. The receptionist was incredibly rude and repeatedly refused to agree that it was unacceptable error. She in fact said that the charges are applied to everyone's bill and then they wait to be challenged on it. Is this even allowed?! Check your final bill everyone!!!

On the face of it this Novotel is okay - but there is a lack of staff training and organisation that lets it down badly compared to other hotels in this group. The worst organised breakfast service I've had in years. It is virtually impossible for the whole family to sit down to breakfast together at the same time as the layout of the buffet makes no sense and it takes forever to assemble your food - by which time most of it is cold... including the eggs which you have to cook yourself... The staff in the breakfast room are too busy running around and dropping things to engage with their customers. At dinner time, it's best of you are not vegetarian - I received a platter of cold salad with an egg - for 17 Euro. I know that traditionally in France it can be hard to find vegetarian food but come on Accor, it's 2017! Overall I'd say there is a certain disregard for the customers here from many (not all) of the staff, a sense that families on holiday are a bit of an inconvenience. In my experience this comes from poor management and training - it is not the fault of the staff themselves. There is no sense of anyone directing operations, overseeing or managing the staff and checking on the customer experience. This is our second time staying here but next time we're in the area we'll find somewhere else.

Room options

Standard Room, Multiple Beds (3 personnes)

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, Multiple Beds (4 personnes)

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 885 reviews