La Rochelle is well known for its proximity to the sea, its many boat builders of all kinds and its sailing clubs. Every year, thousands of boating enthusiasts gather for the Grand Pavois.

The international event is back in 2023 for its 51st edition from the 20th to the 25th September. If you too are looking for a hotel in La Rochelle for the Grand Pavois, this article is for you.


The Grand Pavois 2023 in La Rochelle

The Grand Pavois association was created in 1973. At the time, the city of La Rochelle was in the midst of the oil crisis and was struggling to promote the interests of the nautical industry. With this in mind, 4 people from La Rochelle decided to take the initiative and create an association and an exhibition where all nautical professionals could meet, exchange ideas and negotiate about their common passion. The main aim of the exhibition was to discover new boats, meet boatyard managers and try out boats at sea.

Today, the Grand Pavois is France’s best-known boat exhibition and one of Europe’s most important maritime events. It is estimated that 70% of visitors to the Grand Pavois take part in some kind of nautical activity and 44% own their own boat. Over the years, the Grand Pavois has become the meeting place for enthusiasts and the ideal place to discover the latest innovations.

As we mentioned earlier, this year’s Grand Pavois will take place from the 20th to the 25th of September. Located in the heart of the Port des Minimes, this international event attracted over 73,000 visitors in 2022. For its 51st edition, no fewer than 800 brands and 700 boats, including 300 afloat, will be on display in the 100,000m2 of space available. More than 200 journalists will also be on hand to cover this world-famous event.

Throughout this exciting week, a wide range of events are scheduled to provide a rich experience. You can explore 12 different themed areas, including activities dedicated to yachting, fishing, board sports, traditional boats, tourism, sustainable navigation and much more.

For more information, the Hôtel François Ier advises you to visit the official Grand Pavois website.


Where to stay during the Grand Pavois?

Are you looking for an accommodation for the week of the Grand Pavois 2023? Stay at the Hôtel François Ier. Located in the heart of the historic centre of La Rochelle and a stone’s throw from the Vieux Port, our hotel offers you the chance to enjoy the boat show festivities in complete tranquillity.

Located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of beaches, harbours, shops and restaurants, our hotel in La Rochelle offers 34 contemporary-style rooms, including suites and family rooms. Each room is carefully designed, offering a unique style, a warm atmosphere and a welcoming atmosphere.

Fully equipped, the rooms in our charming hotel feature a flat-screen TV with Canal+ and all the sports channels, free unlimited WiFi access, a kettle and a safe for your personal belongings. All our rooms also offer quality bedding, regardless of bed size or room category.

Services offered by the Hôtel François Ier

To ensure your satisfaction, our hotel in La Rochelle offers a full range of services adapted to your needs, whether you are travelling as a family, a couple, with friends or solo. Our aim is to meet all your needs and make your stay as pleasant as possible.

  • A listening and reading room where you can relax and escape for a few hours.
  • A 24-hour bar where you can enjoy a good cocktail after a busy day at Grand Pavois.
  • A secure car park reserved for our guests. The Hotel François Ier recommends that you reserve your parking space at the same time as your accommodation to avoid any parking problems.
  • Breakfast formulas and meal trays featuring local produce.

And many more that we invite you to discover during your stay at the Hôtel François Ier.

Don’t wait any longer, book your accommodation in La Rochelle for the Grand Pavois 2023 at the Hôtel François Ier now. If you’d like more information about our charming hotel, please do not hesitate to contact us.