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Ibis La Rochelle Vieux Port
Ranked #16 of 49 Hotels in La Rochelle
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“Comfortable and ideally situated.”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

Ibis Vieux Port is ideally situated near the harbour, town centre, Aquarium and railway station. Behind the ancient stone facade, the hotel is clean, modern and well-run. The adequate breakfast buffet is served in a pleasant atmosphere.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

My wife and I are just back from a week in La Rochelle, staying at the Ibis Vieux Port. In all respects, this hotel met our expectations from an Ibis hotel.

On arrival, we were allocated a slightly larger than usual room, with 3 beds. However, it overlooked a side road and there was a fair bit of traffic noise. (I am a light sleeper, so this bothers me more than most). As the hotel was full, nothing could be done that night but the next day we were easily able to transfer to a now-vacant inner room, which was blissfully quiet. As you would expect from an Ibis, the room was of an adequate size, with useful cupboard and hanging space. The bathroom was excellent, with a really good walk-in shower. The only quibble we had with the room was that the default option for towels seemed to be only 2 per room. More were available but you had to ask for them.

Our room rate was €95 per night. Breakfast was available in the hotel at €8 per person but we chose to have our breakfasts at a nearby deli/cafe for the atmosphere, so we can't comment on the hotel's catering.

The location of the hotel is brilliant, just 500 yards from the station and a bus terminus and a short walk to the harbour area, with all its restaurants and shops. La Rochelle itself is a charming resort and ideal for a relaxing break of up to a week. We managed to get about a fair bit by local bus, boat and train: to Isle de Re, Rochefort and Le Minimes. However, if you wished to tour the area more widely, you would probably be best advised to hire a car.

There is a free internet computer in the reception area. Apparently you are supposed to be limited to 15 minutes per day but I found in practice that I could log on as often as I wanted, for 15 minutes per session. There was also free WIFI in the room but we found it difficult to access, although this might be down to our fairly basic equipment (and skills)

All in all, we found La Rochelle to be a great place for a short break and the Ibis Vieux Port a very practical hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

The room at the Vieux Port was a good size. The room had a large double bed and one small bed with a decent sized bathroom. While the hotel is basic I was pleasantly surprised by the space. The hotel is bit of a walk from Place Du Verdun where the buses come into but the location down at the port is ideal for restaurants and access to ferry boats for daytrips. It could be worth splashing out on a taxi from the airport especially if there are 3 or more of you. The hotel offered a good deal if you stayed for 3 nights.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

Hotel is in an excellent location, we have stayed many time before.
The hotels enclosed limited parking area, is perfect for that pace of mind, also the new 5 story under ground public parking is just out side the door, and not over priced,The hotel is Ideally located for walking around the historic port
I would like an extra pillow at night, as i find that one is not enough.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

The Ibis La Rochell Vieux Port is a perfectly situated hotel to wander around the beautiful La Rochelle.

We stayed here for a few nights in August and I suppose we shouldn't have been surprised to the place packed with tourists. The hotel does not have a car park but you can park on the street outside (if you can find a place in high season) although it is very cheap to do so.

Being an Ibis I knew what to expect but I was surprised after a speedy check in to find we had been given an oversized room on the ground floor which looked onto an inner courtyard. The room was spotless and even though the room was quite large, the en suite only had a shower. The hotel had basic amenities and the staff at reception were very helpful. But this hotel is so central you are only minutes away from shops, restaurants and bars, not to mention the beautiful harbour.

The Ibis Vieux Port in La Rochelle offers excellent value for money in a wonderful seaside town.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Arrived here with my wife and 18month old daughter to be told that the baby cot we requested at booking was not available. Walked into room and was immediatly hit with the woodchip wallpapar and tired condition of the family room - could we last three days here? No we couldnt! I went downstairs and informed the girl behind the desk that we'd be checking out in the morning. I wasnt sure we could due to our booking conditions, however she accepted that we werent happy with the hotel.
To top everything in middle of the night our daughter fell out of the main bed on to the tile floor hitting her head.
The hotel front (not in pictures) has currently (Sept 10) got the whole road dug up and has some major works going on there. Worth mentioning as they seem to hide this in their photos.
I do have to say the girl behind the desk at checkin and the next morning seemed very sincere and was genuinly helpful - I think she was probably the only French person we met on our 3 day break there that was actually pleasent.
My advise - dont visit with kids and know what an IBIS offers (or doesnt!)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Ibis La Rochelle Vieux Port
Address: Place du Commandant de la Motte Rouge, 17000, La Rochelle, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > La Rochelle
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in La Rochelle
#9 Business Hotel in La Rochelle
#14 Romantic Hotel in La Rochelle
#15 Family Hotel in La Rochelle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis La Rochelle Vieux Port 3*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ibis La Rochelle Vieux Port hotel is located in the heart of La Rochelle, the Old Port, 400 m from the railway station and 15 km from the airport. Its architecture and magnificent church façade are noteworthy. You are 1 km from the Exhibition Centre and 15 km from the Ile de Ré. The hotel has 76 air-conditioned rooms with Wifi Internet access, including 2 adapted for disabled guests. A bar, snacks 24/24 and public pay parking are at your disposal. Tennis courts are within easy reach, 5 km. ... more   less 
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