Richard Rocard's outstanding career path


Born and bred in La Rochelle, the new Food and Beverage Manager of Best Western Plus Masqhotel will put his years of high-quality experience in the restaurant and hotel business to the service of guests at our La Rochelle hotel.

His professional career speaks for itself, his love of travel, his constant need for new experiences and his desire to work in the best hotels and restaurants. With a vocation born during an internship in a restaurant in Val d'Isère, followed by further studies at the Lycée Hôtelier de La Rochelle, Richard set off for the French Riviera. From Relais et Châteaux to Michelin-starred establishments, he trained in many restaurants and after a few years became a Maître D', mastering the various levels of this service profession, that he is so passionate about and which opens up a world of opportunities. His career then passed through his home region where he successfully ran two restaurants to satisfy his entrepreneurial flair. After a brief break from the hotel industry, Richard, now in his 40s, decided to join our hotel in La Rochelle in 2017. His experience and skills have enabled him to make the most of his field of expertise and he now wants to contribute to making the restaurant at Best Western Plus Masqhotel a reference for excellence. If the restaurant breakfast already has a reputation for being one of the finest in the city, it is not merely by chance...

Adventure in La Rochelle!


Since its creation in 2003, the La Rochelle International Adventure Film and Book Festival has already delighted thousands of people. From 11th - 17th November, all nature lovers and thrill seekers will, once again, be spoilt! As a partner of the event, Cosy Hotels will host the festival guests and sponsor the screening of a selected film.

At 6 pm on Friday,15th November, it will be the turn of Cosy Hotels to screen a selected film... a 52-minute ‘trip’ to Indonesia, the Matarombéo expedition, which will allow spectators to follow in the footsteps of explorer Evrard Wendenbaum to one of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet.

Ils ont grandi sur l’eau (they grew up on water); L’aventure verte en Colombie (the green adventure in Colombia); Paul-Emile Victor, j’ai horreur du froid ( I can’t stand the cold); Polynésie, la quête des profondeurs (the quest for the depths); L’Apurimac, l’appel de la rivière (the call of the river); Ours, simplement sauvage (Bears, simply wild); Méditerranéen (Mediterranean)... whether filmed on land, at altitude or under the sea, whether with the family, as a team or alone, the other films programmed for the 2019 La Rochelle International Adventure Film and Book Festival will transport you to the four corners of the Earth without you having to stray too far from the two gateway Towers of our Historic Port. So, whether at the Espace Encan auditorium or the Maritime Museum, this major event in the world of travel adventures will attract thousands of people all eager to see the many on-screen wonders, explorations and wilderness adventures. A voyage of powerful images guaranteed!

The Climate/Ocean exhibition


For the first time in France, a major exhibition will reveal, in a fun and interactive way, the important role of the ocean on the climate. Located at La Rochelle’s Maritime Museum, it will be inaugurated in November and open for two years, informing and warning people about certain issues facing the Earth.

La Rochelle has had a long-standing commitment to environmental issues and aims to be the first ‘zero carbon’ city by 2040. Open from 9th November 2019 at the Maritime Museum in La Rochelle, the Climate/Ocean exhibition shows the same determination in fighting to protect our planet.

As a major player affecting our climate, the ocean is an ecosystem that has been weakened by global warming. At a time when this type of problem represents a real danger to biodiversity and humanity, the preservation of the ocean is therefore a major challenge. Immersive, aesthetic, participative and documented by renowned scientists, the Climate/Ocean exhibition covers 300 square metres and has made it its mission to raise public awareness of the importance and urgency of making a firm commitment to safeguarding the seas and oceans. To be enlightened, take advantage of your stay in our hotel in La Rochelle to visit this amazing and enriching exhibition.

La Rochelle’s Escales Documentaires


Since its creation in 2001, La Rochelle’s Escales Documentaires has been dedicated to showcasing the work of documentary filmmakers from all over the world. Projections, retrospectives, debates, a place where professionals meet… every year, for several days, the city is exposed to a wealth of real-life images.

Screened in several city-centre cinemas, all located within walking distance of our La Rochelle hotel, the sixty or so documentaries, selected as part of the Festival International de la Création Documentaire (International Festival of Documentary Creation), promote the art of documentary makers.  Whilst the 19th Edition of this Escales Documentaires, as it has always been known, will once again focus on these real-life images, it will also highlight contemporary forms of writing and means of expression.

Between 7th and 11th November, this festival invites you to stop and admire this moving audio-visual landscape and welcomes some distinguished guests such as Raymond Depardon. As an internationally renowned photographer and filmmaker, he will present two of the films, Journal de France, to be screened on 7th November at Carré Amelot, and 12 jours, which will be screened the same day at La Coursive. Claudine Nougaret (Producer and Director), Peter Watkins (‘revolutionary’ Documentary Filmmaker), Olivia Barlier (Director of the series Commises d'office) and Alice Diop (César Award for the Best Short Film) will complete this choice cast.

Admission to the screenings is free (a donation is appreciated)