Spent a weekend after getting a really good last minute deal. It was our first ever Butlins experience and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of out accomodation.
The rooms in the Shoreline are great for families and our kids loved their little bunk room. Everything was clean and modern and the fridge was a bonus as it allowed us to sort out our own breakfast and store stuff to make picnic lunches with.
The Splash Waterworld was great fun and the master blaster ride was just brilliant. We did it three times. We queued for 45 mins to do this on the first day but on Sunday mornings guests at The Shoreline get an exclusive hour in the pool and this enabled us to go on the slides without queuing for ages. I found the pool and the changing area to be clean at all times.
The fun fair was a little frustrating. Butlins take the health and safety to an whole new level.
We had a five year old and two six year olds in our group and they were not allowed on anything without an adult. Even the tamest of funfair rides had this daft rule.
As one of the adults in our group is pregnant and another suffers from motion sickness and couldn't go on the rides we always had one child who had to miss out or one poor adult who had to do all the rides twice to make sure all the kids got to have go.
The inconsistencies were annoying too. On day 1 the kids were allowed on the Helter Skelter alone. On day two each child needed an adult. On day 1 the 5 year old had three goes on the dodgems and the next day he wasn't allowed on at all!
We saw the attendant on the swing boats turn one tearful child away for being too tall only to see him allow a taller child go on two minutes later.
The thing that made us all decide that we wouldn't come back to Butlins was the Centre stage area. The disgusting smell of wet dog hits you as you walk up the stairs. It made me feel quite ill. The carpet stuck to my shoes. The tables are never cleared so you find yourself sitting at a table all night surrounded by the empty glasses of the previous guests. There were drips coming from the ceiling and when we looked up we noticed water damage and what looked like mould all over the ceiling tiles. We had to put beer mats over our glasses to make sure these drips didn't land in our drinks.
Butlins really do need to sort this out as it makes for a very unpleasant environment and stops you enjoying the entertainment. We endured it because the kids loved the disco and the shows but we couldn't wait to get back out I to the fresh air.
We ate in The Beachcomber twice and thought the food was good. We also ate at Turners but found the food very average and the service stuffy and unfriendly.
We did have a nice break and the kids certainly loved it but the silly fairground rules and the nasty centre stage area have put us off Butlins and we won't be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bognor Regis is officially one of Britain’s sunniest locations, sitting right on the West Sussex coast. Within just a couple of hours drive from London, Butlins Bognor Regis is the perfect getaway. Known as a traditional seaside town, we’ve given it a modern ‘twist’ with two funky hotels; the Ocean Hotel and the Shoreline Hotel. There’s a relaxing spa (ideal for grown-ups) and if you feel like discovering the area around the resort, the South Downs National Park and heritage sites are right on your doorstep. ... more less
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- Butlins Bognor Regis Hotel Bognor Regis
- Butlins Hotel Bognor Regis
- Butlins Resort Bognor Regis
- Butlin's Bognor Regis Resort West Sussex