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Disappointment at Butlins Minehead
Looking forward to seeing in the year 2005 at Butlins, in their "biggest party". Unfortunately what we weren't made aware of was that it was really geared for families, not couples. We felt completely out of place - there was nothing to do for adults only during the day and if you wanted to go on anything you had to pay for it. Last time we visited Butlins some years back, in Ayr, all the fairground rides, bowling etc were free, this time it had to be paid for. The accommodation was good, clean and warm and the food was o.k. but we left after our evening meal (served incidently at 3.30 p.m. in the afternoon) on our second day and came home. A lot of money lost for half board silver booking for one night's stay!! Everywhere you looked their were slot machines - we really felt they were far too many even for a holiday camp. The staff were lovely but we'll never go back.
Cheshire Lads Reveiw
Me and my friends have just recently been to Butlins in Minehead for the Matt Goss weekend party and we though it was absolutly amazing. I would recomend it to anyone wanting a great cheap break to go to there. We havn't had such a great laugh for a while & the girls there are gorgeous 2. We are considering going back there soon for another break. There is loads to do during the day and the entertainment at night is amazing. You wont be disapointed.
Having booked 2 weeks,in a silver self catering bungalow, we arrived and found our accomodation to be as booked! The accomodation was clean and spacious, no complaints. The facilities and entertainment were excellent and the staff at Butlins worked extremely hard to ensure that everyone has a good time. The site is generally well maintained and a lot of effort is made by Butlins to keep the site clean and litter free - it's a shame that some guests feel that it is OK to leave bags of rubbish outside their accomodation, instead of taking rubbish to the designated areas making the job of low paid staff all the more difficult.
During our 2 week holiday, we saw Lisa Maffia, Big Brovaz, and Stephen Mulhern all were extremely good.
Guests on self catering holiday's can shop on site, or for a wider selection Tesco is situated around the corner, and Co-op and Kwik Save can be found in the Town Centre. Butlins have various take aways / restaurants/bars on site, Harry Ramsden offers excellent value, and Pizza Hut do a very good lunch time buffet. If you are looking to eat/drink off site then you will find The Queens Hall along the seafront which offers an extremely good menu for adults & children, and has good facilities for non-smokers! The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and have good facilities to keep the family entertained with an internal ball pit / climbing area and games room at basement level. Sport events are shown on a large screen - sound can be heard on upper balcony, but music is played throughout the rest of the pub. If your passing, step inside you won't be disappointed!
As you walk towards the Town Centre you will find The Hairy Dog, a very good family pub, particularly in good weather when the kids can play on the wooden adventure play area.
We had not been to Minehead before this holiday, however on our return home we booked a two week holiday for next summer.
L Worrell, SE London
Holiday from hell
well we arrived on a friday and by tuesday we where gone.i had my grandchildren with me and i woked hard all the year to go to butlins.first of all i had to ask for more pillows as the ones we had where like flat sheets with a pillow case on them,ok we had new pillows within the hour.then we found out that we had NO hot water at all, so thet ment we could not have a shower or wash ourselfs.we waited 3 days for hot water.then we also found that the toilet seat was falling off,we had to hold it on when the children went to the toilet.i allso reported this and up untill us leaving it had still not been repaired.the so called seatee that we had to try and sit on was broken and this was also reported and still no one came to us.we are now geting in touch with the tv program holidays from hell to let them know what my grandchildren had to put up with.it is the worst holiday that i or my family have ever been on,shame on you all at butlins minehead.
Not as good as Skegness Butlins
Had 3 good holidays at Skegnes site in Silver accommodation and thought we would treat ourselves to deluxe halfboard. WISH WE HADN'T!!! Chalet was dirty and although large was not happy about not being hoovered and tiles in bathroom were yukky. The room was old and needed some redecoration.
Minehead reminded me of a trip to Butlins 15 years ago - it was dirty and even the 'redcoats' seemed tired and hungover most of the time.
Entertainment was OK although we have seen all before.
Mt daughter who is 5 loves Butlins but I will never return to Minehead site.
I will not mention the 'restaurant' as I permenently had stress due to the mad rush all the time and poor food. Ate out most of the time which was costly.
It is very good
Butlins is a very good value for money resort.when you arrive you check in either at 2:30pm if you have booked deluxe,gold or a premier club member.or at 4:30pm if you have booked silver or standard.there are 2 resturants for half board guests.coral beach if you are in standard.or ocean drive if your are in silver,gold or deluxe.the breakfast is served between 8 and 10 am and the evening meal between 4 30pm and 7 30 pm on changeover days and til 6 30 pm otherdays. each night there is a chioce of shows. centre stage offers west end type shows and cabarets.reds offers game shows for children and pop idol etc.there is jumpin jaks butlins own nightclub for 18+ year olds and the crazy horse saloon. if you are self catering there are lots of resturants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets, harry ramsdens,burger king [if you must!] pizza hut etc.because you cant trust the british weather there are lots of things to do in the skyline pavillion. arcades, noddy shows and puppet shows for the little ones.theres bar rosso for the adults to relax with a cocktail or beer and theres the cafe for the family to have a coffee and cake.you can either go friday to monday, monday to friday or saturday to saturday.me and my boyfriend have been there 3 times in the last 3 years. in 2 days time we are going for our 4th week long break. LONG LIVE BUTLINS!
Holiday was ok but came back to sickness and diaorrea
On arrival the staff were very friendly and welcoming. After several hours of waiting about as we arrived at 8am and check in isnt until 4pm, we decided to go swimming. Excellent swim pool wave pool, master blaster slide, bowl that i didnt go in!
Accom was silver half board, pretty good no complaints here, clean and tidy beds made. Small shower thou hardly enough room to wash your hair and the shower curtain didn't do its job as after a shower the bathroom floor was soaking wet.
Evening meal was very relaxed find a table then fetch your own food the kids loved this as it was pile your plates how u wanted. So some had 3 puddings instead of dinner, some of the food did look under done, choice of 3/4 meals with as many extras as u could eat. The catering staff were very freindly and pleasant. I was dubious of whether or not the sausages were cooked properly they did look raw to me but i like my food cooked thru. dining room was clean and tidy.
Minehead its self we found to be nice well situated about a half a mile from butlins. Tesco nearer with a macdonalds, kids eyes lit up when we saw this on the way to the camp.
The beach was very clean and sandy, well kept clean and no dogs!! brilliant as kids love the sand.
The Hairy Dog was an excellent pub we went most nights to escape, the climbing frame and childs play area a must. Meals looked ok and the beer was on happy hour prices all night £1.65 a pint as apposed to Butlins £2.60 a pint. Situated in Minehead not far there was also a cheap pub near the railway station £1.60 a pint.
Over all a nice holiday although the weather was hit and miss rain and shine. Entertainment on the camp wasnt as good as Skegness Butlins we found. Although the wrestling was excellent we saw it twice brill show for all the family. The funfair wasnt as big as Skegness, we wont be goin there again im afraid. The rather large woman dressed as a police officer was very sharp with us we didnt like her attitude at all on the little kids driving course. (power gone to her head i recon--kids where there to enjoy their selves)just wanted to ride the cars and trucks.
Most of the pubs and Reds we found tables needed a good wash and disinfecting the floors were smelly and sticky. And the Irish bar was really smelly from the floor tiles deffo needed bleach on.
As soon after our return we all came down with severe vomiting and diarrea, non stop for 3 days could just be a virus or a bug we picked up, but after reading some of the other comments on this site I beg to differ.
Go self catering i recon, we wont be goin half board any more!
Great Adult weekend
Just came back from an adult only 'Party, Party, Party' weekend. Had a great time, the entertainment was first class. Really enjoyed the swimming pool. Great opportunity to get away with my friends and no kids around. Everything was kept very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. Went half board and found good choice of food, well cooked.
Only complaint regarding the accomodation - booked silver, but was not impressed with the room, rather tatty. Plastic cover on bed was very uncomfortable and experienced problems with ants in the room.
A great time had at butlins - minehead
Spent a weekend in Butlins minehead. Its situated 100 yards from the beach. The resort has a lot to offer to residents. A free indoor pool with slides, a big dome with arcade games for kids, crazy golf, shops, fast food outlets. A Big Tent where they hold concerts, an amusement park with rides. So much to do for a low cost. The accommodation is clean and smart with TVs in each room and Tea and Coffee making facilities and that is in the basic accommodation. A short walk from the Restaurant that serves fresh buffet food which was yummy and inclusive if you book halfboard. Service excellent. Had the best time of my life there. Would go again and again
Leave your prejudices at home.
I stayed at Butlins, Minehead in Sept. 2003. I booked via the internet and found it very quick and easy. We booked a silver self-catering 4 night break. The check in was painless and the accommodation was fairly clean but basic, good value and quiet. There were plenty of plates, cutlery, glasses etc. plus a microwave, toaster, kettle, ironing board and iron. The resort itself had plenty to do for my young daughter and nearly all of it free. Also Minehead is only a short walk away and has lots to offer. All the staff were friendly and we all had a great time.
The only downsides are the plastic coated matresses, some of the furniture needed a bit of a clean; the cost of meals, beers and the shop are all fairly expensive. However, if you go to Butlins you come to expect this but only treat them as minor irritations. For the money you get what you pay for. And a whole lot more.