Hôtel François 1er Urban Style

Top choice hotel

in La Rochelle
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This 36-room themed hotel, squirrelled away in a centuries-old bourgeois mansion, is a secret museum of street art and rock memorabilia. Monumental portraits by local photographer Marie Monteiro dominate otherwise dazzling white rooms, and original works by France's top street artists pepper public areas. There are numerous acrobatic figures stencilled in white by Jérôme Mesnager and wildly expressive, plaster-cast faces by Gregos.

Guests can don a pair of headphones and listen to music in front of the faux fire in the lounge, or linger in the bar beneath the alluring gaze of David Bowie and exquisite portraits crafted in feathers by Île de Ré artist Marie-Ange Daudé. Pieces change every month and owners Guirec and Ida, passionate collectors for the last 30-odd years, are happy to talk guests through their huge collection.

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Quick description

Located in the heart of historic La Rochelle, this hotel is set in a 16th century building just a 5 minute walk from the Old Port and local market. Urban Style Hôtel François 1er offers free unlimited WiFi and a 24-hour reception. All room at Urban Style Hôtel François 1er are spacious, and feature a design and cosy décor inspired by the themes of rock, movie, painting, graffiti or photography. They are fitted with a TV, and come with a private bathroom. Various facilities are available at the property such as the room service, a bar lounge, and a chill out area. Upon prior request and at an extra cost, guests can park their car in the property's secure parking located in the city centre. The hotel is within walking distance from several shops, restaurants and lively bars. The Urban Style Hôtel François 1er is also close to attractions such as the Aquarium, the Natural History Museum, the city's parks and beaches. La Rochelle Train Station is conveniently located 1.9 km from Urban Style Hôtel François 1er.

Important information

Guests planning to use the car park must reserve a space in advance upon reservation. Please write this in the comments box of your booking. Parking fares can vary depending on the season. Please note that this hotel does not feature a lift. Ground floor rooms are subject to availability. Please contact the hotel in advance if you require a ground floor room, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.


  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Temporary art galleries
  • First aid kit available
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • Sun terrace
  • Invoice provided
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • 24-hour security
  • Internet services
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Wifi
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Security alarm
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Cctv in common areas
  • On-site parking
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Cashless payment available
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Library
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Cctv outside property
  • Parking
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Family rooms

Food and drink

  • Bar


  • Safety deposit box
  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking throughout


  • Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shoeshine
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Room service


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking