Dix ans du festival pour la planète


Résistance et Résilience : pour leurs dix ans, les rencontres rochelaises du festival Terre et Lettres veulent alerter sur les bouleversements que subit notre planète. Notre hôtel de La Rochelle en est un partenaire historique.

Gratuits et ouverts à tous, 4 jours (du 26 au 29 avril) de conférences, de projections et d’ateliers interactifs avec plusieurs auteurs et acteurs de l’écologie vont avoir pour cadre la médiathèque Michel-Crépeau. Résistance pour freiner l’effondrement écologique et Résilience pour continuer de vivre en hommes civilisés : deux mots qui devraient revenir souvent dans les débats autour de cette 10ème édition de Terre et Lettres organisée à La Rochelle. 4 documentaires, 6 rencontres et ateliers, 30 personnalités vont animer ce « festival pour la planète ». Précurseur dans de nombreuses actions à vocation écologique, notre cité maritime s’est très vite engagée en faveur du développement durable. Partenaire par conviction, votre hôtel de La Rochelle accueillera les écrivains, réalisateurs  et membres de l’organisation qui n’auront que quelques pas à faire pour se rendre sur les lieux de cet évènement annuel.

Plus d’informations sur www.terre-et-lettres.org


April and Architecture


In April, Architecture Month will bring our city to life, especially the Michel-Crépeau Médiathèque (media library) located a few steps from our hotel in La Rochelle. Take the opportunity to discover a major cultural site in La Rochelle.

Organised for the month of April, the events enlivening Architecture Month and the Charente-Maritime area will allow everyone to discover and to understand the common goal of providing a quality living environment which is also respectful of our future. Guided tours, scenic walks, conferences, worksite presentations, exhibitions… so many events dedicated to architecture on the programme for La Rochelle. In this context, 3rdApril will be a particularly special day, paying tribute to Paul Virilio, urban planner, essayist, philosopher, a free thinker and a visionary, who lived in our maritime city for twenty years until his death in 2018. Furthermore, an exhibition entitled ‘Paul Virilio - The Last Frontier’, will be inaugurated on the same day. It will run until Tuesday, 16thApril at the Michel-Crépeau Médiathèque, located on Allée Paul Virilio, which is on the coast, facing the sea.

For more information: www.caue17.fr

La Rochelle in partial blackout


Like many French cities, La Rochelle has adopted the initiative of turning off its public lighting for part of the night… starting with the city centre where the Cosy Hotels are situated.


Following the example of other French cities of the same size, La Rochelle will restrict the lighting in certain areas, every day between midnight and 5 am. To begin with, during the month of April, brief breaks in lighting will occur in the centre. Whilst the residential areas will therefore be plunged into darkness for five hours each night, for the greater comfort of their residents, the areas of economic and commercial interest, like the one where our La Rochelle hotel is located, will not see the lighting extinguished. At the end of this year, the entire area of La Rochelle will benefit from a partial blackout of public lighting. The benefits of this initiative are many: it increases the quality of the night-time for residents by reducing light pollution, it respects the day/night rhythm of fauna and flora, it saves energy and reduces costs.


Easter and the Digital Festival


The 4th Edition of the Zér01 Festival will once again showcase digital arts and culture. All the more reason to stay at our hotel in La Rochelle during the Easter weekend...


From 18th- 21st, the Zér01 Festival, organised by students in Year 2 of the Master programme ‘Audio-visual and Digital Project Management’ at the University of La Rochelle, will marry contemporary with heritage. Therefore, in certain places steeped in history such as the Cities’ Towers, the Fort des Dames, the Grosse Horloge and even the Chapelle des Dames Blanches, lectures, exhibitions and live shows will give as much pride of place to the arts and to science, as to new technologies. Open to all and free of charge, this event is gradually establishing itself as an unmissable event for all those, both local residents and visitors to our maritime city, who want to better understand the digital culture of today and tomorrow. In 2018, the Festival Zér01 gathered more than 7500 curious visitors and twenty artists from all over the world, around these technologies that are part of our daily lives.

For more information: www.festivalzero1.com

Masqhotel welcomes a new Director


After the hotel Saint Nicolas and the ‘B&B La Rochelle Centre’ hotel, Hervé Bouyssel has, for the last two years, put all his skills to good use at the Best Western Plus Masq Hotel, the third strong link in the Cosy Hotels group. At 38, he has just been appointed the new Director of this La Rochelle hotel.


Hervé Bouyssel began his career in the hospitality industry as a porter at the prestigious Waldorf Trocadéro. Step by step, promotion after promotion, he become Head of Reception of this 4-star Parisian hotel. The birth of his son Ilhan encouraged him to make the decision, to choose a better quality of life. La Rochelle became his home port and the hotel Saint Nicolas his first professional experience in the City. For this new experience, he was entrusted with the management of the B&B La Rochelle Centre hotel, part of the Cosy Hotels Group. From this hotel in La Rochelle to the Best Western Plus Masq Hotel, there are but a few steps which Hervé has been making daily for the last two years as Assistant Director of this 4-star establishment. This spring, he has taken up the position of Director of the hotel. Hervé Bouyssel continues his career path... with passion and diligence.