Accommodation for cycling in Poitou-Charentes

Published by Lyn on 21 May 2017

Find bike-friendly hotels, B&Bs, gites and campsites in Poitou-Charentes, Charente, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, La Rochelle, and Ile de Ré.


Angoulême - Hotel Saint Antoine

2 rue du Gond
16000 Angoulême
Charente, Poitou-Charentes
Phone: Affordable hotel with secure parking near the river Charente

Price from: €56

Open: All year

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Located near the Point Saint Antoine on the banks of the Charente, the Hotel Saint Antoine is a typically French hotel that's a short ride from the city centre and the train station (with links to both Paris and Bordeaux). It offers a locked storage room for bikes, inhouse fitness centre. Courtyard garden. Free wifi. Flexible room options for groups and families + disabled access rooms. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Arçais - Maison Flore

Small eco-hotel in the heart of the beautiful Marais Poitevin

23 25 rue du Grand Port
79210 Arçais
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €59

Open: All year

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We stayed at this small eco-hotel on our La Velo Francette ride. It's in a lovely location, with the rambling gardens backing straight onto the canal system of the Venise Verte in the Marais Poitevin. There are 10 rooms – singles, doubles, triples and a family room – some of them with balconies and garden views. There is a bike parking area in the garden; it's not a fully enclosed shed, but the B&B's central gates are locked at night and I felt comfortable leaving my bike in the bike area. There is a hose nearby for washdowns. Free wifi. All-you-can eat buffet breakfast of cereals and fresh fruit. There is an emphasis here on the environment, with the hotel (though it's more like a B&B) having its own solar-energy system.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Asnois - La Vieille Gorce Gites & Chambres d’Hotes

Flexible cycle-friendly B&B and cottages between Angouleme and Poitiers

86250 Asnois
Vienne, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 87 77 06, +33 (0)6 17 50 00 82 (mobile)
Email: contact@gorcegitesandpool.com

Price from: €65 per room (B&B); €350 per week (cottages)

Open: All year

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Sarah and Paul at La Vieille Gorce offer cyclists B&B accommodation plus self-catering cottages in their mid-18th century farmhouse in the Vienne countryside between Angouleme and Poitiers. There are two well-appointed self-catering gites sleeping up to four people each, plus three boutique-style B&B rooms. The property is a tranquil oasis surrounded by sunflowers, woodland and charming villages. There are cycle routes on the doorstep, including the Tour de Charente bike route just to the south. Explore historic chateaux, beautiful rivers, wildlife and quiet country lanes. Nearby is the medieval town of Charroux with its famous Charlamagne’s tower on the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela. ‘The Way of Charroux’ is a variant of the Way of Vézelay and follows the GR48. It begins in the Vienne at Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, continues by Montmorillon, Isle Jourdain, Charroux and leaves the Vienne after Surin to go towards Angouleme and Saint Aulay. Charroux is just over 5km from La Vieille Gorce, with bars, shops and restaurants to enjoy. Lockable shed for bike storage plus stacks of local knowledge is on offer from Sarah and Paul.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast - Chez Les Bons B&B (Canal des Deux Mers à Vélo + EV1)

Cyclist-run B&B between Bordeaux and La Rochelle

3 rue de Chez les Bons
17120 Epargnes
Charente Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 46 90 93 24 (France); +44 (0)7792 453 349 (UK)
Email: chezlesbons@gmail.com

Price from: €60 per double room per night, €45 per person single occupancy

Open: May to October

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Chez les Bons is a proper cyclist-run B&B on the east bank of the Gironde River between Bordeaux and La Rochelle. The owner Adrian has cycled all over the world but you'll be hard-pressed to find him raving about a place like he does the south west of France. His beautiful 200-year-old old Charentais farmhouse sits amid vineyards and sunflowers near the village of Epargnes. There are three B&B rooms, two with en suites. Adrian will happily share his knowledge of the region, which is rich in cycling routes – the Canal de Deux Mers route from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean starts nearby and the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route is within reach and always popular. There are also lots of safe local roads that are ideal for riding with a map and some local knowledge (Adrian will even go out with you for a spin if you need a riding partner). It goes without saying there are bike facilities galore here, including tools and secure storage for guests to use. English, French, Spanish and Italian spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast - Vent du large (Marennes)

Relax or get active at this holiday chalet on the Euro Velo 1 route

87 Avenue William Bertrand
17320 Marennes
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 86 95 10 37
Email: contact@ventdularge-vacances.com

Price from: €70-€120 per night (min 2 nights); €840 per week in July and August

Open: All year

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Vent du Large offers a unique European stay on the coast of France. The Italian owner Daniela would like to see more cyclists use her seaside retreat. The self-contained house in the small coastal commune of Marennes sleeps up to 5 adults, as well as a child or baby. The house lies opposite the Ile d’Oléron, famous around the world for its fresh oysters. It's a great base for sporty holidays with cycling possible on La Vélodyssée (EuroVelo 1), Chemins de la Seudre, or even on the La Flow Vélo, which starts on the island of Aix. Or you can simply make the most of the relaxing village vibe for a beach holiday. You can hire bikes nearby, or get repairs done. There is safe bike storage at the house, which itself has 3-star classification. Daniela's recently renovated the house using environmentally friendly paints and treatments throughout. Daniela speaks Italian, Spanish, French and English.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Chirac - Tranquille Vienne Gites

Top value self-catering cottages between Angouleme and Limoges

Peyras
16150 Chirac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 18 31 55
Email: tranquillevienne@live.com

Price from: €50 per night, €290 per week

Open: All year

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Open all year round, the three independent and private gites at Tranquille Vienne are perfectly located for cyclists who are exploring the Charente area. They're slap-bang on the Tour de Charente bike route, so perfect for tourers or those wanting a longer term base to rest and relax. The rolling countryside surrounding the accommodation is well suited for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Guy and Julie are keen to welcome all types of cyclists, from road riders wanting a training base to cycle tourers and families. It's perfect for group adventures, with a huge garden and an above ground pool to keep everyone happy. One of the gites is a 3-bedroomed cottage, while there are also two, 2-bedroom gites – all offering comfortable and affordable accommodation at nightly or weekly rates. There's safe parking for your bikes and lots of local advice on hand. English and French spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Cognac - Domaine Quai des Pontis

Lovely bike-friendly option on the banks of the river Charente

16 rue des Pontis
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €78

Open: All year

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Wonderfully versatile accommodation, with hotel/B&B-style accommodation, as well as self-catering lodges, 'houses on stilts' and even rustic Gypsy caravans. Twins, doubles, triples and quads, making this great for families and groups. In the middle of Cognac, it's handy for all the local attractions, including Cognac tours and distillery visits. Peaceful location on Charente River banks + swimming pool. Bike hire available on site. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Cognac - Hotel Domaine du Breuil, Chateau Menuet

Live it up in a chateau on the edge of Cognac

104 rue Robert-Daugas
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €87

Open: All year

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For a truly unique French castle experience, checkout the 19th century Chateau Menuet, set in its own seven-hectare park on the outskirts of Cognac. Onsite restaurant serving seasonal menus – the restaurant itself has wonderful views out over the Charente (you can eat on the terrace when the weather's nice). You can also drink the chateau's own Cognac at the bar. The bedrooms are as you'd expect from a chateau – elegant and comfortable (some of the rooms overlook the grounds). Outdoor pool. Free wifi. French and English spoken. There is secure bike storage and the chateau has its own fleet of bikes for hire.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cognac - Hotel Heritage

Modern town centre hotel with a rich history

25 rue d'Angoulême
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €68

Open: All year

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Town centre hotel located in a renovated 17th-century inn that dates back to 1635. A lot of love and thought has gone into the Heritage Hotel to make the most of its history as well as provide the necessary mod-cons for 21st century guests. There's an onsite restaurant with courtyard garden for summer dining (the chef likes to feature local cuisine and use local ingredients), plus a restored and modernised bar area. There is a garage for bike storage plus a picnic service for cyclists wanting to eat out among the vines or near the river. English and French spoken. Singles, doubles, twins and triples. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cognac - Hotel L'Oliveraie

Well-located hotel with its own fleet of bikes for guest use

6-8, Place de la Gare
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €54

Open: All year

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This is a comfortable city centre hotel near the train station. It's particularly bike-friendly, with its own fleet of bicycles, a secure bike parking area and lots of local bikey knowledge (it's been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there). Singles, doubles, triples and quads – ideal for groups and families. Outdoor swimming pool. Onsite restaurant plus garden, terrace and bar. It doesn't have 24-hour reception but the owners can welcome late arrivals - just call ahead or make a note of it when you book. Disabled access rooms. Free wifi. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Confolens - 13 Bees Beekeeping Holidays and Chambre d'Hôte

Combine beekeeping and cycling surrounded by peaceful countryside

13 Rue du Bois des Roses
16500 Confolens
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)7 83 10 73 68 or +33 (0)5 45 71 22 90
Email: info@13bees.co.uk

Price from: €58 per room or from €385 per week

Open: All year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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13 Bees is a newly-renovated villa on the banks of the river Vienne in the medieval town of Confolens, around 50km from Limoges. Decorated with an art deco flavour, there are four luxury ensuite rooms available on a B&B basis as well as home-cooked evening meals made with fresh local produce. Guests can also enjoy a grand salon to relax in, plus there'll be a swimming pool from summer 2017. The guys also offer beekeeping taster sessions, adding a really interesting dimension to your stay. The Charente-Limousin countryside offers hundreds of kilometres of quiet roads and lanes for cycling, and there are several local and national routes starting in or passing through Confolens itself, including the Tour de Charente and new EV3 Pilgrims' Route. The B&B also has  three adult town and trail bikes for hire if you're not arriving under your own steam, plus they can help you hire other bikes locally. There's also a workstand, tools and repair facilities, plus a DIY shop and large supermarket locally for stock tyres, tubes and other accessories. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Coulon - Le Central Hotel (Velo Francette)

In the heart of the beautiful Marais Poitevin marshes

4 rue d’Autremont
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €64

Open: All year

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Lovely, stylish locally run hotel in the heart of Coulon – an ideal base for exploring the Marais Poitevin marshes by bike and by boat. Coulon is also on the Velo Francette route. Onsite restaurant serving high-quality local cuisine. The hotel's manager tells us that there is a bike storage area in the hotel's locked, private garage. Free wifi. Lovely garden terrace area for relaxing. There are just 13 rooms here, some of them overlooking the garden. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Deux Sèvres - Gites Au Marcassin and Au Cocorico

Cycle friendly gites between Nantes and Niort

La Chandurière
79240 St-Paul-en-Gatine
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 70 09 71
Email: lachandurieregites@gmail.com

Price from: €200 for 3 nights through to €350 for a week during low season, €450 per week during high season

Open: Mid-February to mid-November

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Perfectly situated for both shorter local voie vertes (greenway routes) that are ideal for families, and the longer La Velo Francette route just 28km away, these two gites are well situated for a stay in peaceful rural countryside. As well as flat routes, there are also varied, hillier local routes for cyclists on training rides. There's a pool for chilling in summer and cosy heating for the cooler months. Both have two bedrooms and are fully equipped, including private patios and BBQ equipment, as well as vital necessities like coffee makers! Plenty of room for safe storage for your bike and there are free (but older) bikes to potter around locally on, plus local cycling maps thoughtfully protected in plastic. Flexible for families, groups  (you can hire one gite or both together) as well as couples looking for a cycling base. Free wifi. English and French spoken.
** We've stayed (and cycled from) here - read our review! **

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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EuroVelo 3 - La Maison au Coin (L’Isle-Jourdain)

Cyclist-run B&B that's a biker's dream on EV3

5 Route du Viaduc
Bourpeuil
86150 Le Vigeant
Vienne, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 17 36 60 21
Email: info@lamaisonaucoin.com

Price from: €45 to €70 per room

Open: All year except Christmas and New Year

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La Maison au Coin B&B is in a perfect spot for the EuroVelo 3, as well as the popular Saint-Malo to Nice route – and it's VERY bike-friendly accommodation. As keen cyclists, Bob and Karen are on hand to suggest the best local routes and shortcuts, plus provide a welcomng cup of tea, coffee or beer. They also don't mind if you arrive outside normal check-in hours – just call ahead with your ETA. Bike storage is super secure in a riverside cabin with an alarm and video surveillance. Breakfast is from 6.30 for cyclists needing a quick get away (there's even delicious bircher muesli – perfect cyclists' fuel – on the menu!) Packed lunches and evening 4-course meals are available on request, while there are also four local bar/restaurants within walk distance. In-house, an honesty bar operates for beer and wine (first glass is always free!) On departure, Bob and Karen will even fill your bidons with chilled water or energy drinks. They can also arrange luggage transfers to your next stop for petrol plus €20 (excellent value compared to French taxi services). Bike hire can be arranged, plus there are two folding bicycles available for guest use. The garage is equipped with spares, tyres and cables, lubricants and cleaning materials (plus ask Bob and Karen for bike repair help if you get stuck). They will even clean and service your bike for a small surcharge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Fouras - Grand Hotel des Bains

Well-appointed and quiet hotel near beach and town centre

15 Rue du Général Bruncher
17450 Fouras
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €75

Open: All year

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The Grand Hotel des Bains has lots of treats behind its ordinary looking exterior. There's a heated pool that forms part of a spa area, a bar with lots of comfy club chairs, plus clean and comfortable ensuite bedrooms with free wifi. The beach is just a few strides away as is the centre of town. The hotel is accueil velo rated so your bike will be safe and you can get information on local rides from the owners. English and French spoken. Fouras is on La Flow Velo bike route and is an ideal place to stay if you don't want to stay on Ile d'Aix overnight or if you prefer to start the Flow bike route from the mainland. We include this hotel on our DIY Flow route here.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Gournay-Loize - La Grange de Gournay

Cyclist-run B&B inland from La Rochelle and keen to welcome more riders

2 Chemin de la Baraquette la Croix
79110 Gournay-Loize
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €55 a night per room

Open: All year

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Super new bike-friendly B&B run by Lynda and her bike-mad, ex-chef husband, Walter. Whether you're looking for somewhere to train, or simply somewhere in the countryside to enjoy on a gentle holiday ride, then Lynda and Walter are keen to welcome you. The area around Gournay-Loize boasts a varied landscape that's great for all types of cyclist. It's also just 100km east of La Rochelle, making it an ideal stop for tourers coming inland from the Atlantic Coast. Great for families or groups, with space for 12 cyclists at any one time (if your group is larger, Lynda and Walter can help arrange additional accommodation at nearby B&Bs). Four bikes available for guest use. Swimming pool, badminton, darts, petanque, plus children's playground over the road. Walter has put together local routes from 40-120km (though Lynda says this has just been an excuse for him to get out on his bike as much as possible...) They hope to see you soon!
 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Île d'Oléron - Novotel Thalassa Oléron Saint Trojan

Family friendly hotel on the beach on beautiful Oléron

Plage de Gatseau
17370 Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, Île d'Oléron
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €98

Open: All year

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Île d'Oléron really is an idyllic place for a cycling holiday. And the Novotel Thalassa Oléron Saint Trojan is a wonderful base. It's located on the beach, and the rooms have either a forest view or a sea view. Whether you're popping across to the island from the mainland for a night or whether you're staying longer to explore the island, this is a relaxing place to be. It's fully self contained with on site restaurant and bar, plus a spa, sauna and fitness centre. It has indoor and outdoor pools, plus its own fleet of bikes for rent (mountain bikes, hybrids and tandems) if you're not bringing your own wheels. Twins, triples and family rooms. It has an excellent family friendly reputaton and even has a kids' club. 24-hour reception. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Ile de Ré - Hotel La Marée

Cycle-friendly hotel-restaurant on Ile de Ré

321 avenue Albert Sarrault
Rivedoux-Plage
17940 Île de Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €64

Open: Year-round

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Three-star cycle-friendly hotel located within easy reach of the La Rochelle-Ile de Ré bridge. Restaurant onsite and free wifi. The hotel is part of the Logis hotel network and complies with its cycling standards policy. Staff can help with route advice and maps. There is a bike hire outlet 200m away and a cycle route starting just 50m down the road.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Ile-de-Re - Hôtel La Jetée (Saint-Martin-de-Ré)

Excellent harbour hotel with its own fleet of bicycles

23 Quai Georges Clemenceau
17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Ile-de-Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €99

Open: All year

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We stayed at the excellent Hôtel La Jetée in Saint-Martin-de-Ré and would happily stay here again on our next visit to the Ile-de-Ré. It's a 3-star harbour hotel with its own fleet of hire bikes and a dedicated underground car park area for secure bike storage. Our room was spick and span, and stylishly decorated. The beds were comfortable, there was a kettle and tea and coffee, plus a bar fridge. The Italian walk-in shower was wonderful. Breakfast was a smorgasbord of yoghurts, cereals, fruits, breads, coffees, teas, meats and smoked salmon. Doubles as well as larger rooms with a sofa bed for groups and children (plus a children's play corner in the breakfast/bar area). Super-friendly staff (English- and French-speaking). Close to restaurants and bars. An excellent base for exploring the island. ** We've stayed here - read our review**

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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La Rochelle - Best Western Masqhotel

Bike-friendly hotel on La Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 and La Velo Francette

17 rue de l'Ouvrage à Cornes
17000 La Rochelle
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €95

Open: All year

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Super bike-friendly hotel in the middle of lovely La Rochelle, gateway to Île de Ré, and on the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 La Vélodyssée route, as well as La Velo Francette from La Rochelle to Caen. The Best Western Masqhotel is a member of the Accueil Vélo 'cyclists welcome' tourist initiative. Its bike services are too many to mention here, but they include: a hotel 'bike book' of rides and route suggestions; a 'cyclists' welcome tray' with mineral water, biscuits, tea and coffee; luggage transfer service; hotel bikes for guest use (with advance notice); lunch baskets; and cleaning kits. You can read the hotel's official bike policy on its website. It also meets official French standards for eco hotels. 24-hour room service. Generous buffet breakfasts plus onsite bar/lounge. Free wifi throughout the hotel as well as internet stations for guest use. Hotel manager, Christine, and her staff are bilingual and keen to welcome more English-speaking cyclists to the hotel. 
We've stayed here – read our review

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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