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Appart'hotel Odalys Archipel
Ranked #32 of 49 Hotels in La Rochelle
Dijon, France
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“More Student or Backpacker”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Staff excellent in reorganising another room not overlooking a building site.
Location about 15-20 minutes walk from the centre, and 20-30 minutes walk from the beach.
However not really worth the price when you can get something better in the centre overlooking the harbour.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

The aparthotel is clean, nice and reasonably close to the city centre. The staff is nice and the hotel has a free car park and a swimming pool, but it has a star in excess. A three star rating would be more adequate. The kitchenette is OK, but lacking basic kitchenware, like a coffee machine, a kettle and a few more dishes.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Durham City
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights cost £300 ish! Decent size room but layout is weird as the toilet is next to the kitchen and the bathroom is the other end of the apartment! Internet access is good, not wifi though, they give you a cable. Yes it's in the middle of an industrial estate type place, go out the hotel turn right, first left and head straight to the water, there is a little ferry that takes you across for 1 euro each, saves the legs walking round.... The pool is freezing, we paid the extra for the pool but not what I expected

  • Stayed July 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

It's a comfortable hotel, new and nicely decorated, with a swimming pool. Yet, the service, at this peak period in the middle of the 14th July bank holiday and the Francofolies festival in La Rochelle, was really poor, due to lack of staff, and for a supposedly 4* accommodation:
the maid regularly forgot to put new toilet paper or shower gel when cleaning the room in the morning; the breakfast service was basic and slow, at peak hours you had to request the waitress to arrange a table, as she was too busy preparing the food; on 14th July, there was only one person to take care of both the reception and the breakfast service!
Breakfast: poor quality cheese and ham, no hot dishes, you squeeze your fresh orange juice yourself on a basic ustensil.
Our room was overlooking the car park, and naval works that started drilling at 8am in the morning.
All in all, a far overpriced hotel for the service it delivers. It was my second stay there, but ultimately I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2010

Im begining to think that there are no nice hotels in La Rochelle!...

Checked in here for two nights having checked out of a previous hotel in La Rochelle.
The main hotel has self catering apartments out back that seemed quite attractive to us as we were travelling with a baby and needed the extra room.
Upon entering the room there was a nasty sewer/stale smell in the room. The Kitchen was a small fridge, a hot-pot warmer and sink plus a load of extra cupboard space.
No mircowave or oven.
All the TV channels were in French, not even BBC World news.
The bed was probably the most uncomfortable I've slept in, but that wasnt for long as I ended up on the sofabed due to catching some kind of infection (not specifically blaming the hotel for this but it wasnt the cleanest place)
My wife and daughter went down to the pool which is located in the car park above ground - they came back up straight away due to the temp of the water.
I was told at checkin that there was a a bar - which there was. Only to be told by the rudest snot nosed little french fart at the main desk that there was no barman! When I enquired as to where the barman is, he said "oh he doesnt come in today or tomorrow"!

One other thing to note, draw your own conclusions - all of the "Excellent" reviews here are in French from mostly expired members consisting of a few line of a review!
Now I know what that guy was doing all day at the front desk on the computer!

AVIOD this place!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Sunnyvale
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2010

From all the places we stayed at during our 3 weeks trip in France, this hotel had the biggest rooms. it was nice to have some room, especially for our daughter. The room was simple but had all the basic necessities including a nice little kitchen. The hotel sits between the university and the port in an slightly industrial area . The location is not central to the nice little downtown but it was only 10 minutes away from the old port and the aquarium by walking. They also had an indoor garage as well.
One of the issues during our stay was that the air conditioning did not work.
Overall, decent place to stay for a family.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2010

Stay at this hotel if you want to spend your holiday in an industrial estate; deal with unhelpful, unfreindly staff; have one chance to have your room cleaned at 9am; get very poor wifi and stay at a place with no bar.
Oh do stay here too if you want to pick up a bit of frostbite because you will if you go for a swim in the pool. This is one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in - ever. Staff were a disgrace. Ignorant and rude. Location was a joke and it was too expensive.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Appart'hotel Odalys Archipel
Address: Rue de la Huguenotte, 17000, La Rochelle, France (Formerly Residence Hoteliere Archipel)
Location: 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
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Ranked #32 of 49 Hotels in La Rochelle
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Hotel Class:4 star — Appart'hotel Odalys Archipel 4*
Number of rooms: 86
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