Stayed here from the 4th to 7th October, 2 adults. We booked a late room from the Butlins site, £240 for a room in the Ocean view apartments ( chalets really) on the first floor with premium dining in the deck restaurant.
After arriving, brilliant check-in lasted only a minute or two, given a map of the place ( its really quite small and makes for a lovely stroll) and our B-line tickets which allowed us to get into the shows early ( but only had to use this for the last night). We were sent to the wrong car park in the Blueskies entrance, 5 minutes of security faffing around to be sent back to where we came from! The walk to the rooms wasn't very impressive, past a block of dilapidated chalets that looked and smelled like they were being used as doss houses for a group of tramps, but no matter. Got to the apartment once we worked out the lettering system, up a set of metal stairs that were a bit slippery in the wet, but then found the central wooden stairs-far safer. As for the apartment it had a double and two twins, all were quite comfy, but the mattresses were incontinence proof and could leave you feeling a bit sweaty! The carpets were soiled, the bathroom was small ( great for us 2, but if the other beds had been utilised would have made things a bit tight) but recently done-up with a very simple to use shower.
The deck restaurant was newly refurbished, had to give our details in the first night and were then shown the ropes by 'Stuart Little'. Food was canteen style, all you want, breakfast brilliant ( fried mushrooms v.good, fried bread, wonderful hash-browns, bacon by the pig-load, eggs ok, but have the sausages from the kids set-up, far nicer, and fantastic kippers all washed down with your fill of tea/ coffee/ OJ) and every night I had the carvery which was as good as any I have had. the missus tried the pasta bar where everything was cooked how she liked ( and she's a fussy so-and-so), but after seeing the carvery she had that the next 2 nights! There was soup to start, which varied in quality over the nights, and cheese and variety of puds, both hot and cold, which were also excellent.
The staff, on the whole, were excellent, although there were a few that couldn't understand English ( at least not Scouse!) and NOTHING was too much for them- everything we asked for was in the room by the time we got back, from a hairdrier and iron when they weren't working on the first night ( reported at reception, and then in the room by the time it took us to get back to get changed-wow!) to asking one of the doorstaff if he could get us some loo roll and cutlery for the room-straight on the walkie-talkie and again there by the time we got back after the show!
As for the venues, some good and some bad. The Central stage was enormous ( but did have some restricted views) and did smell a bit like a wet dog until it 'warmed-up' with people ( or we got used to it!). Reds bar very good,Jaks not so ( no place to sit, and seemed like 10 to 2 in the Grafton), Inn on the Green and Sun & Moon pubs very nice as was the Sports bar. The pub on the lake, The Highwayman, very rough looking but a nice view over the lake from the beer garden ( until a big rush of water from some kind of pipe, hopefully not the sewers, ruined the tranquillity)
As for the entertainment, it was brilliant, keeping all ages entertained, plenty of double-entendres to keep the adults amused ( especially the Cirque du Hilarious) whilst having the kids rolling around. The Redcoats were excellent fun ( my missus having a particular soft-spot for Redcoat Kyle, as did every other woman and girl in the place, must be the hair!) and got all the kids involved, but some of the music played by the DJ was bordering on inappropriate, as were some of the outfits worn by the female dancers ( kept the Dads watching!), but on the whole very professional, well produced West-End quality.
Didn't try the splash-world, so cannot comment, but the fair was good ( excellent speedy go-karts!), archery, led by the very informative , patient and accommodating Steve ( which I won! Yeah!), bowling ( only 1 game and not say 1/2 hours worth like you'd get in mega-bowl) and target shooting ( in a very scruffy hall) lead by a very thickly accented eastern European girl who was a bit of a misery! these were all on the activities pass, and saved a few quid, but everything needed booking in advance, so book early. Had a go on the American pool, good value at £3.50 a half-hour, and there was even a snooker table you could play on ( but the missus is still learning pool, so too much). Plenty of things in the arcades, with the prizes also on sale in a lot of the shops, but playing the games is all the fun, no?
Spar on site a little more expensive than Tescos up the road, but not by much, so shopped there. Had a late night snack in the chippy, very good, and the pizza hut, again good but both slightly more expensive than outside, but not so much that you would trek into town.
Alcohol more expensive, but the missus bought her own and I was on the San Miguel which was ok even if it was £3.80 a pint, but the shows were that engrossing that you spent more time watching them ( although a timely trip to the bar saved me from having to get on a giant unicycle the night of the circus!).
Kids, now Butlins is a family resort, so expect lots of them, but I can honestly say, that apart from a few trips and slips, that I never saw one screaming child throughout my stay, they were that entertained, and the sight of all the families up and dancing was lovely, so kudos to the entertainment teams again!
Had an excellent 3 night break, infact would have stayed longer had work commitments not stopped us, and was very sad to leave ( easiest checkout ever-put your stuff in the car, drive to the hole-in- the -wall and deposit your room key). It was that enjoyable I booked a weeks stay for us in June there and then in the on-site booking shop, and have upgraded to an apartment with a lounge, so will add an addendum to this next week.
- Also Known As:
- Butlins Minehead Hotel Minehead
- Butlins Hotel Minehead
- Butlins Resort
- Butlins Minehead Resort