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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Wow! Butlins has come a long way since the 60s when my family used to visit during the holidays. It was very good back then, but now it is 1000% better. Everything is fresh and clean, the entertainment brilliant, the staff wonderful. As you walk around you would be forgiven for thinking you had gone to Disneyland by mistake. We had family members with us aged from 2 up to the 50s, Butlins seems to have found a way to entertain all age groups. My only gripe; the food is way too expensive. £17 per head for a modest buffet dinner (drinks not included) is unreasonable. It cost £200 each night to feed my family. Come on Billy, get real!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank sgbirch
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Went for a weekend with our grandson. Gold apartment was good and used a text service to sort our a couple of issues and these were very efficiently sorted. For children this place is great - there is everything there for them. For us the main issue was that it was just too cold. The changing area in the pool was ridiculous and must have been below any required standard. Also in the skyline and reds everyone seemed to have there coats on - heaters were on in the skyline but just not enough of them. This would put me off in future. Staff were great especially the redcoats
Good weekend but only marked as average due to the cold

Stayed: March 2014
Thank TonyDingwall
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We stayed in the Ocean hotel for a weekend 4 adults and 2 kids. Really needs to extend its parking many cars not in proper spaces and extra spaces could be made on some of the grassed/garden areas. The rooms were very good clean modern grandson loved the mood lighting, nice balcony and sea view. Ate breakfast in the buffet restaurant Kaleidoscope there was a long queue and wait to get into yet on entry at least 40% of tables were free but not cleared more staff are needed to clear and relay the tables, once in food was very good selection and quality. Deck buffet was very good food excellent selection and also enjoyed the Beachcomber Inn, All staff in all the restaurants were friendly and helpful. Swimming pool had huge queue on the Saturday but better on Sunday. the changing rooms are crowded and freezing and I'm not a cold person it physically hurts your feet on the floor, the pool itself water temp is ok but air temperature again is very cold it could easily pass as an outdoor pool. Activities available for the children were good, they loved the fencing and the circus skills sessions, staff were brilliant. children enjoyed the adventure play area, shows, amusements and the fair outside. Would visit again but not in cold weather.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

Wow, my two young daughters couldn't have enjoyed themselves more. Next year we will stay for a week. We stayed at the wave hotel which was first class in all aspects. But it was the shows and red coats activities that won over my young daughters. As former holiday rep, I was especially impressed with all the red coats and entertainment staff, they were constantly customer focused, always friendly and approachable and always popular with children of all ages. Thank you Butlins for a much needed holiday. PS, the new ice cream parlour is fabulous.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
Thank ollyolly1
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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Myself & my husband have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Ocean hotel, Bognor. We were pleasantly surprised with our king bed compass room on the 5th floor of the hotel. It exceeded our expectations, clean, tidy, and very comfortable bed making for 3 good nights' sleep. Hotel staff helpful & our request for extra pillows was dealt with promptly.

We were room only and ate our evening meals at the beachcomber pub which was very acceptable pub grub & reasonably priced.

We were a couple on a family weekend so as expected the clientele was mainly families with children, so entertainment was mainly for this group.

However we saw Badness which were an excellent Madness tribute act in centre stage, and The Overclones who were also very good.

We escaped the families with late night drinks in the Rosso lounge which after 11pm becomes over 18s with a really good vibe & good tunes.

One negative, centre Stage does smell like damp dog. I came here a year ago on an adults weekend and it smelt the same then. Come on Butlins sort this hygiene issue out.

Stayed: March 2014
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