Travel Blogs from St. Helier
It was an ominous sign that the pharmacy had no Valium left in stock - the day before we set off. How relieved I was to find that the reason for our 4 hour delay was that our aircraft had been caught up in a lightening storm on the way over and needed to be checked for burns. I could definitely smell smoke during take off. Alas the flight was okay - apart from the elderly lady to my right. The persistent unpleasant smell of 'soiling' did lead to regular checks on ...
Into St Peter Port today and had a stroll around the shopping area and waterfront for a couple of hours. Had lunch in a nice Italian restaurant on the waterfront, fresh caught crayfish, prawns and crab meat, absolutely beautiful.
Went to a nice pub for a short sharpie while Joseph went to Cubs and then home for dinner, a nice relaxing day.
A drive around the island and a coupe of walks this morning up hill and down dale, saw an old observation post - battery built and used during the napoleonic wars. Also saw quite a few gunnery posts built by the Germans in the Second World War during the occupation.
A quiet relaxing afternoon was a pleasant relief from all the rushing around we have been doing.
... town with single lane roads and picturesque cottages.
We had a nice soup for lunch with a meat and cheese platter and the heavens opened up again, apparently saturday is a day off for the sun in Guernsey.
A quiet afternoon and off out to a seafood restaurant tonight for dinner, looking forward to that.
A slightly longer journey today, 50 miles, still all along the coast road up the western side of the Cotentin Peninsula. Lots of the way reminded us very much of Romney Marsh or Camber Sands. We had a stop in the dunes for a wander around to see the rocks that were supposed to be just off the shore, but couldn't see them for looking. Perhaps the sea has risen to cover them since the map was printed! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampshire Hotel St. Helier
Check you have a refurbished room
We booked at the Hampshire after seeing the website's contempory room appearance. What we didn't expect is that some of the rooms had not been re-furbished. They are 80's style and in need of re-furbishment - ragged sheets, dark furniture, stained carpets and chairs. Apart from that, the hotel bar, restaurant and pool area live up to the advertisements and are very fresh and modern.
My advice is to check what room you are getting before you book. I would stay there again if I had one of the re-furbished rooms.
We hope it will not be too long before you return. Neil
I booked this hotel from their website thinking how smart it looked and was looking forward to spending a couple of nights there. My advice is... don't bother. It seems that after meeting the manager at a free drinks event in the newly refurbished bar that the public areas and first floor of rooms have all been upgraded, and he is advertising all 50+ rooms on the basis of the 14 that have been refurbished. If you book a standard double expect tatty decor and uncomfortable beds (nothing like the impression given on the website). The room I stayed in had clean sheets and pillow cases on top off a very old matress, lumpy pillows and scratchy blanket with cigarette burns. It had probably not been decorated since the 1980's, wallpaper was peeling and the net curtains didn't fit the windows properly. The combination of a very uncomfortable bed and paper thin walls meant I hardly got any sleep whilst staying here.
Happy with Hampshire
Just back from the Hampshire - stayed for 3 nights and found the hotel to be very clean, nicely decorated in an art deco manner, lovely little pool area, well maintained in every way. Breakfast was delicious and the staff were all very efficient and friendly - many thanks to Ayesha for her kindness and attention to us. The hotel is a little out of town about 10 minutes but there is loads of public transport and taxis available. Best beach we found was St Brelades, St Aubins was lovely in the evening for a stroll and for choice of restaurants.
Jersey is a lovely peaceful, relaxing place and the Hampshire could not be faulted.
We stayed here with our three chidren and my mother ,using her crutches ,and her friend. We had three rooms.One Premier Plus family room, one Premier Plus twin and one Premier Twin. They were all lovely with comfortable beds and Molton Browne toiletries and fruit and water in Plus rooms.
Very clean and stylish contemporary bedrooms and great public areas. Really rather smart. Nice pool area with loungers and changing rooms and plenty of towels provided.
All the staff were very attentive and friendly even making us sandwiches in the afternoon when the kitchen was really closed!
The boys loved the pool and the family room- two separate bedrooms and two ensuites.
The food was very good. We had a lovely dinner and excellent breakfasts.
Upon arrival the hotel is impressive, all very modern and smart. The public rooms are very well presented.
I booked this hotel on the basis of other reviews on the site and opted for a premier room. Everything about our stay was good, the only downside was the extremely small size of the room. In fact we could not find enough floorspace to place our suitcase, which had to either sit on the bed or be placed on top of the wardrobe.
I can honestly say that I have never stayed in a worse room as the one we were allocated in the Hampshire hotel. I stayed in some grotty places when I was a student 30 years ago but this one took the biscuit. There was an iron scorch mark on the carpet, which suggested that this might have been staff quarters at some time. The carpet was filthy and there was something smeared on the wallpaper which looked disgusting. The sink was in the bedroom. The tiles in the shower unit were cracked and there wasn't enough room to swing a cat. There was no air conditioning either so even with the windows open it was stifling.
L arrived at the Hampshire with husband and son after seeing an add in the Mail for a week in Jersey.
We have just arrived back from a short stay at the Hampshire. Absolutely fantastic! The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk along a flat road into the centre of St Helier. We stayed in a premier room which was spotlessly clean and the bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept in.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We didn't eat in the hotel restaurant until our last evening, unfortunately, because if we had we'd have saved ourselves a lot of money as the meal was the cheapest and the best we had during the whole of our stay. The drinks were very reasonably priced too.
When we visit Jersey again we shall certainly be booking ourselves into the Hampshire.
I stayed in a Premier room in this hotel on business in Sep. 05. The hotel appeared to be recently refurbished and to a very high standard - at least in the premier rooms, lounge area, and dining room. The styling is contemporary, bright and has a very fresh feeling.