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Wave Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Bognor Regis
Certificate of Excellence
Bicester, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Butlins have upped their game!”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

My group were on an Adults Only music weekend at Butlins, Bognor Regis & opted to stay in the Wave Hotel following previous good experiences there.
The general standard of accommodation is very good, the rooms are big enough & clean, & the reception staff attentive & friendly.
The only criticism I could levy is the attention to detail my group occupied four rooms & each one had something missing when we arrived, one with insufficient towels, one with no cups & spoons for the tea making facility, one no glasses in the bathroom & one with no 'products' in the bathroom, all minor details, but it proved a lack of attention or proper checking.
The dining at the Deck Restaurant is of a very good standard, although the hard surfaces make it a bit canteen like & very noisy, but again the staff were friendly, attentive & efficient.
A Butlins Adult weekend is not a cheap weekend, their drinks prices are horrendous & the Bars are not well managed / stocked. But if you are after a good time, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Kent
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We stayed at the hotel in an apartment. The apartment was very spacious and very nice. Sadly there was a lack of glasses, towels and the keys kept breaking. I was a bit shocked to go to reception and be greeted with the hotel receptionist in her coat. The main TV didn't work and the apartment wasn't as clean as I had expected. We payed to include food and we ate in the Deck where we all found the quality poor and very limited in choice. Rather dissapointing to be honest. We will go back to butlins again however, we shall be giving the hotel a miss - think we got better value for money in the Gold apartments.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Farnham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stayed at the Wave hotel during the first weekend of November and had a brilliant time with our two young nephews (five and seven). I was really impressed with the hotel, it was bright and modern with excellent facilities. The kids loved the fact they had their own room with bunk beds and their own flat screen TVs - so much so we had to bribe them to leave the hotel room!

The room was spacious, clean and had a great balcony. The check-in was easy and staff very helpful.

The firework display on the Saturday evening was fantastic!. We ate at Turners restaurant and received a very warm welcome from the staff and the food was delicious.

We also had breakfast at The Deck which was also good! The buffet breakfast had so much choice it was hard to decide what to have.

Would highly recommend for a family break and will definitely be visiting again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

i was in butlins beleive it or not for a works do - but i am reviewing as how i would feel travelling with young kids. The room in the hotel was very modern in style and clean. Great balcony also- but the real gem is that there is another little room within the room with a separate door revealing a kids room with bunk beds - kids decorating and a television - this would mean the kids could sleep peacefully whilst the parents could watch television or have a glass of vino without disturbing the little ones.

there is loads to do on site - rides - shows - games - clubs - swimming & flumes and various eateries.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Surrey
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

This is our third trip to Butlins! We normally stay at the Ocean Hotel which we love but thought we would try the Wave Hotel for a change. They both are equally brilliant!
On arrival, check in was quick and we went straight to our room. Unfortunately we had to go back down to reception, there was hair and dust on the carpet and the bathroom needed a wipe round. They quickly sent somebody up and gave it a good clean that it needed.
We dined in the Deck restaurant which is just outside the hotel. The restaurant is lovely and there was a huge selection of food. The chocolate cake at dinner is not to be missed!
There was pasta station, a roasted meat being carved, grilled kebabs and burgers, so much to list.
We have booked to go back, but will be returning to the Ocean hotel only for the fact, our children prefer the kids den (bedroom).

Room Tip: The chocolate cake at the Deck Restaurant is not to be missed! ;-)
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

we stayed at the wave hotel again this year this September and found it excellent again. came with a new addition this time and I think both girls enjoyed it. The hotel was lovely and cleaned every day by the cleaning staff. All staff are great and the red coats as usual were fantastic at keeping my 5 year old entertained. Its fantastic that all the fair is free.. we didn't have to que up once as it wasn't busy at all but then we did go in September. We enjoyed the daytime show by the fair.. the wolf one was the best. we didn't eat in the restaurants as we enjoyed leaving butlins to go up town or to the local chip shops. Spar inside butlins is cheap enough too. Great pool and fantastic shows like the skyline gang kept both of the girls entertained. Good holiday form mon to fri.

Room Tip: we had a room by the car park and we could see outside the resort and keep an eye on the car.. we di...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Seaford (East Sussex)
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed for three nights over their Halloween period and I was not disappointed. Having last been to Butlins Bognor Regis in 1989, I had no idea what to expect but there was nothing left there from what I remembered..... However, what they have in place now is simply fantastic!!

We have children aged 3 and 4 and they loved it... Overwhelmed by it all, but they loved it.

Firstly the hotel was immaculate. We stayed in room 335 and it was spotless. The lobby, lounge kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms were all very spacious and the starfish cushion and fish shaped black/scribble board were nice touches. Cannot fault the hotel at all. We had a double room and a twin room in a self catering apartment within the hotel and it was ideal.

Secondly the activities for this age group are non-stop. Constant plays in the Character Theatre and Skyline Pavilion Stage (Fireman Sam, Mike The Knight, Angelina Ballerina, Barney plus of course Billy and Bonnie), indoor rides that were perfect for this age group with never a queue, large indoor soft play area (although my three year old was too small to do the large one there was a smaller alternative) and a variety of outdoor rides too. My three year old daughter loved the carousel (until it broke due to the high winds!!) and my four year old son loved the bumper cars, go-karts and driving school. Although as others have mentioned, the go karts are five pounds a kart and the driving school is a pound a go.

Whilst talking of money, because there is so much to do arcade and machine-wise, you do find yourself spending a lot of money on the smaller things so make sure you take plenty of spending money. I spent just short of £200 over our three night stay including three evening meals (we made our own breakfast and lunch), cuddly toys, photos from a character photo-shoot, go karts and then the usual arcade money... sounds a lot, but for four people over four days it doesn't work out too bad.

Halloween trail was a good touch, swimming pool was first class (hotel guests only from 8.30 - 9.30am Sunday morning was another plus point), puppet shows were enjoyed by all and there was other things we never got round to doing!!! Would we want to stay any longer? Probably not. A weekend is fine considering my children's ages as once they returned home on the Monday afternoon, they both said they both said they were ready for bed!!!!

Well done Butlins.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Wave Hotel & Apartments
Address: Bognor Regis, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Arun District > Bognor Regis
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Bognor Regis
Number of rooms: 21
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