Looking for a place to stay during your stay in La Rochelle? We know that choosing the right neighborhood for your stay can sometimes seem as complex as navigating its famous historic streets. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide you!
Below, we’ve listed our favorite neighborhoods for accommodation and easy walking tours of the city, as well as our best hotels and unusual accommodations. Have you ever thought of sleeping on a boat?
- Our favourite places to sleep on our map
- The Old Port: At the Heart of History
- Downtown: Dynamic and commercial
- Les Minimes: for an unusual stay
- La Genette : à Petit Prix
Our favourite places to sleep on our map
We’ve listed below the areas of La Rochelle we think are the most interesting to visit and therefore the nicest places to stay.
Don’t forget to book your stay in advance, especially in high season, as La Rochelle is a popular destination for holidaymakers, and we understand why!
- The old port in pink on our map
- The town center is shown in orange on our map
- Les Minimes in yellow on our map
- The Genet in green on our map
The Old Port: At the Heart of History
The Old Port is undoubtedly the beating heart of La Rochelle. The old port area is made up of several neighborhoods: the port, the Saint-Nicolas district (to the east) and the colorful Gabut district (to the south).
At harbor level, this is where history meets modernity, with its 3 medieval towers standing proudly opposite a row of lively cafés and restaurants.
In our opinion, this is the ideal area to stay for those who want to be as close as possible to the main attractions (the old port, the Gabut area and museums, including the La Rochelle aquarium) and the maritime atmosphere (the Minimes harbor is a 15-minute walk away). It’s also a very busy area in high season.
Hôtel Saint Nicolas : nous avons séjourné dans ce magnifique hôtel lors de notre séjour à La Rochelle. Il est idéalement situé dans le quartier Saint-Nicolas, le port et le centre-ville sont accessible à pied. La décoration est soignée, et cosy idéal. Nous nous sentions comme à la maison. Et pour terminer, le petit-déjeuner est excellent, avec des produits faits maisons. Ce qui est primordial pour nous afin de commencer une bonne journée ! Pensez à réserver votre place de parking.
Downtown: Dynamic and commercial
Downtown La Rochelle, with its pretty cobbled shopping streets and covered market, is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the urban hustle and bustle.
Here you’ll find a host of beautiful buildings, stores, restaurants and cafés, as well as a variety of accommodation options. It’s the ideal choice for a stay where everything is within easy reach.
La Maison des Ambassadeurs est un magnifique hôtel 5 étoiles avec de nombreux services et atouts, dont une piscine située dans un joli patio intérieur. Si vous cherchez un hôtel d’exception, foncez-y !
Les Minimes: for an unusual stay
The Minimes district is famous for its large marina. A pleasant promenade links the port to the city center in 15 minutes on foot.
It’s an ideal area to park your car, free of charge. We parked in the Les Minimes parking lot on our last trip to La Rochelle.
More modern, this neighborhood offers a dynamic setting with a touch of tranquility. It’s an excellent choice if you want to stay close to the port or on a boat for an unusual experience.
La Rochelle sur L’eau : un vrai logement insolite, qui vous propose de dormir sur un bateau dans le port de la Rochelle. Bateau pour 2 à 4 personnes.
La Genette : à Petit Prix
For those who prefer a more leisurely stay, La Genette is an excellent choice. This residential area, with its beautiful homes and well-kept gardens, offers a peaceful atmosphere.
It’s the ideal place for families or couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center while remaining close to the main attractions, the huge Charruyer Park and the beaches. This area offers more attractively priced accommodation than the city center or the old port.
Le Manoir Hôtel est un hôtel trois-étoiles situé à proximité du centre-ville, du parc Charruyer, et à 15 minutes du Vieux-Port. Cet ancien hôtel particulier a été entièrement rénové pour offrir des chambres intimistes et pleines de charme. C’est un excellent rapport qualité prix.
What’s the most beautiful part of La Rochelle?
For our part, we really like the Old Port and Gabut area. It really depends on what you’re looking for: city hustle and bustle (downtown), residential calm (at La Genette), or an unusual experience (at Port des Minimes).
Are there any dangerous neighborhoods in La Rochelle?
Overall, La Rochelle is a safe city. As in any city, caution is advised, but there is no specifically dangerous area to avoid.
Where to sleep on a budget in La Rochelle?
For an economical stay, consider options such as apartment rentals or hotels outside the city center. Neighborhoods like Les Minimes and La Genette offer affordable options, especially if you book in advance.
- The Manoir Hôtel offers excellent value for money. (Genette district)
- The Novotel La Rochelle Centre offers a swimming pool at an affordable price in the heart of the city (Genette district).
- Hôtel Le Transatlantique – Lycée Hôtelier La Rochelle offers excellent value for money (Les Minimes district)
Where to sleep by the sea in La Rochelle?
For a wake-up call with a sea view, opt for Les Minimes. You’ll be able to take full advantage of the city’s maritime atmosphere. You can also sleep directly on a boat.
We hope you enjoy your stay in La Rochelle, and don’t forget to explore the surrounding islands. We update this article regularly as we currently live on theIle d’Oléron. La Rochelle is our favorite city break.
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