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“"Sofa Bed"” 2 of 5 stars
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Appart'City La Rochelle
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8 Rue Franc Lapeyre, 17000 La Rochelle, France   |  
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Ranked #46 of 47 Hotels in La Rochelle
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“"Sofa Bed"”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Although the price was good, the facilities and location were not. We did not feel comfortable with area, seemed a little seedy. The complex seemed to rent to long and short stays. It seemed rather transient. The apartment was clean. The bed was actually a sofa bed which was very uncomfortable. Thank goodness it was only for one nite. Small kitchen area with just basics. No coffee maker or toaster. We stayed a Saturday nite and there was no breakfast served on Sundays. Reception did not speak English. We went to store and bought supplies for breakfast. Would not stay at their facilities here or elsewhere again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

Had pre-booked 2 nights stopover on our way south, expecting the described studio to allow us a relaxing travel break. It was actually more like a hostel - poor appearance, unsecured car-park, dodgy location, very small room, and to top it all the bed was a SOFA BED . . incredibly uncomfortable !
Perhaps they should have spent money on a decent bed instead of a flat screen television !. . . Overall a very bad experience.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

We had booked to stay for one night with the option of staying a further night depending on whether we like La Rochelle. We stayed 2 weeks in France and travelled around a little, so we stayed in total at 5 different places. When we arrived ar Appart City I was disgusted that although we had only planned to stay for one night we had to secure a £500 deposit and sign a contract which was double sided in French. They would not interpret the contract as apparently this would not make the contract binding!! A load of rubbish!

The apartment was so basic and although moderately clean we hardly slept. Our room was so close to the hospital that we were woken by a helicopter 3 times throughout the night as it felt like it was right outside the window.

This was such a basic, horrible vibe place to stay that unfortunately it ruined our views on La Rochelle altogether. I would def not visit again!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2008

We were a bit worried by some of the comments on this website but in fact we had an excellent break here. We had an apartment for 4 which was spacious and comfortable . The staff were so helpful-we arrived early but the office was open and there was no problem with checking in. It was a short walk into town. There is a boulangerie nearby if you want to do your own breakfast though it takes a bit of finding!

  • Liked — relaxed and cheap
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2007

We were horrified when we arrived. The reception closes at 7pm - and if you come
on the bus from the airport linking the ryanair pm flight and walk therefrom the
bus station you won't arrive til 7.10. You will then need to have your
confirmation number on you! Don't forget it or you'll be looking for an
interenet cafe to get it off your confirmation email, as you need it (and your
own phone) to call an automated message for a) how to get in the building and b)
how to get your room key once you're in. Have a pen handy for the codes!
We were not happy to discover the room was a double, not a twin, and that the
bed was abutted sideways to the wall because the room is so narrow. We then
discovered it was not even a bed, but a sofabed! However, all was not lost as we
could at least separate out the matresses (hard, but surprisingly comfortable, a
bit like Tempur) so we did not have to sleep next to one another. Pillows were
lumpy. Be careful if two of you want a shower... if the first one is there too
long there won't be enough water for the second.
For £40 a night for the two of us it was cheap but not especially good value
because it's so small, though it is clean. We think it was probably
accommodation for students of the hospital across the road. Also, while it is
only a 15 min walk to the port, it is outside the old town walls and I wouldn't
want to walk back to it at night had I travelled alone (a female), simply
because it felt a bit out of the way. Also, having dumped our stuff and gone for
food when we arrived, we were a bit disconcerted to find on our return later
that the windows were not locked... and we were on the ground floor - one to
check if you stay.
Not a bad place for cheap accommodation, but don't go with high expections

  • Liked — staff were friendly when they were on duty
  • Disliked — staff not on duty after 7pm; sofa bed; small room; shower; location outside old town walls
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2006

We booked a studio online and planned to stay 7 nights.
The room was advertised as having 2 beds and a fully equiped kichenette.

When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon we had to go through a complicated procedure to get to our room as the reception is closed on Sundays.

Whilst reasonably clean the room was not what we where led to expect.

The kitchenette table had a broken leg and was unusable.
There is no shopping for self catering anywhere near this dump.
The single bed blanket was extreemly old and taty.
The shower tray would overflow if you took longer than a couple of minutes in it, as it was you are standing ankle deep in water.
The pillow were very very thin, (about 40 mm), and hence useless.
After a meal out in La Rochelle the walk back to this place was very dark and daunting, it is not in a good area.

Worst of all the 2 beds were actually a very poor sofa bed, which was small, and very, very hard.

After a restless night we went out first thing in the morning to find a proper hotel.
This we found quite easily, but when we told the reception we were checking out we were told we could only do that by visiting an Internet cafe' to do it online. It was only when we dragged out our booking details that they accepted they could do it.
Even then they tried to get us to sign some sort of legal document written in French which we could not understand.
Naturally we refused! paid in cash and left, never to return!

This outfit is part of a chain, but we will NEVER even consider using them again.

In essence the accomodation may just be acceptable to young backpackers for a night, nothing more.

  • Liked — getting out!
  • Disliked — rude staff
  • Tips/Secrets — don't go to this accomodation
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2006

We'd booked a 1 bed apartment with balcony at the Appart'City Cap Affaires, La Rochelle as we wanted to have the freedom of self catering accommodation, without the restrictions of a hotel.

The accommodation was tired, drab and in urgent need of refurbishment. All the furniture was fairly old and very basic, as was the equipment.

Ir was nice to have a balcony (not all their apartments do) but we were overlooked in all directions by other balconies - some occupied by people who appeared to live there (lots of washing out on lines etc.)

The accommodation was not in a pleasant area - on the edge of an industrial type area.

We were frankly very disappointed and would look for other self catering accommodation in La Rochelle next time - probably do a Google search - we'd definitely not stay at this place again.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Appart'City La Rochelle

Address: 8 Rue Franc Lapeyre, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Location: France > Poitou-Charentes > Charente-Maritime > La Rochelle
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 47 Hotels in La Rochelle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Appart'City La Rochelle 2*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just few steps from the old harbour, Appart'City La Rochelle enjoys an ideal setting in the city centre and near the train station, so you can enjoy everything that the city has to offer or head out to discover the entire area. ... more   less 
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