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Bon Viveur
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

This guest house stands in the middle of a charming and busy harbour place that is thronging with tourists in the high season. The owners are running a guest house, restaurant and snack cafe all within one small building and they are open from early morning to late in the evening. The place is buzzing with activity of locals and tourists alike and will not suit those who want to get away from it all. Having said that the views from the sea view bedrooms are much better than the posh hotels up the road and at no time was our sleep disturbed by inappropriate noise.

It is true that the rooms could be larger, the reception space is tiny and the staircase to the bedrooms needs careful attention if you've had one too many or are more than average height. We also found the pillows uncomfortable so popped into the Jersey M&S and bought two 'value' pillows for £15.

The breakfast experience is waiter service for everything but we were quite happy. We tried the evening meal but with so many locals (many of whom were known to the proprietor) clamouring to grab the tables we felt it was too busy for our liking and tried each of the other restaurants within 100 metres, all of which were satisfactory (but not outstanding).

Being in the centre of this extremely attractive part of Jersey car parking is difficult but not impossible. We were able to park when we were unloading/loading our luggage.

Overall this accommodation is a good find if you are looking for a stunning location and wish to soak up the atmosphere of a near continental location. The prices charged reflect the quality offered and potential guests need to remember that if and when they come across an aspect of service that is outside their comfort zone. A short survey of prices elsewhere in the harbour indicated that Bon Viveur certainly offers good value for money.

We shall be returning this summer complete with two pillows and will use the money we save to buy a meal at the posh hotel up the road!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Howard N
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This guest house could be really good as the location is brilliant and the view is great. However, it left a lot to be desired. Compared to some of the other accommodation on Jersey it was relatively cheap, but you do get what you pay for. The rooms are small, but that wasn't the main problem, having driven from south Wales at 4am to catch a ferry that took 5 1/2 hours due to bad weather we were looking forward to a warm welcome and a nice cup of tea. unfortunately we got neither. The manager who greeted us was quite rude and there are no tea making facilities in the room. It would be a really good investment if they provided this as it really does make a difference, especially as you are unable to even pay for a cup of tea apart from between 7-8am!
The guest house is in desperate need of a revamp and our room was quite dirty (I even found a wine gum from a previous guest next to the bed on arrival). We luckily brought our own towels as the ones provided did have a really musty smell to them.
The breakfast was quite amusing, it seems quite dated to only allow a certain number of items for a cooked breakfast and also no freedom to help yourself to cereal or juice. Instead a waiter would serve you everything and you felt awkward asking for any extra. One morning I asked for some extra toast and got one additional piece. Also, they are far too keen to clear your table as you are eating. If you put your knife and fork down for a split second they would whip them away from you, it became really annoying.
This guest house could be great and if they spent a bit of money and time doing some basic improvements it cold be really nice. Unfortunately I don't think they are likely to do this and I would not recommend staying here unless you are happy to rough it.

Room Tip: Should pay a bit extra for a room at the front, although I'd recommend finding another hotel.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Bethan81
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Stayed a week at Bon Viveur 16th to 23rd September 2012 in room 10 a sea view room on the top floor at the front of the guest house.. I was a bit concerned after reading some of the reviews about Bon Viveur, comments such as-tiny room, barely room to swing a cat,the ensuite the size of a toilet, so little space to move around the room, food ok but nothing special, sea view rooms hear conversation and smoke from diners outside, small dark corridors, Manager arrogant etc etc
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH !! Some of these people must live in mansions, Ensuite to small? Perhaps they need to lose weight !! Small dark corridors? Are they too helpless to switch on a light?. The problem with these so called reviewers is they want 5 star hotel accommodation but do not want to pay for it so they choose a three star guest house and then expect 5 star rooms. Complaint about breakfast not being able to have more than four items, this also included as much toast as you wanted. I have a very healthy appetite and the breakfast was more than adequate. Greed springs to mind. This guest house is the best we have ever experienced for food and service and we have travelled extensively. The restaurant was full every evening while we were there not only with guests but locals from all over the island. Why would local people dine here if the food was ok but nothing special. As for the manager being arrogant, all the staff from the manager to the waiters were very professional smart and friendly.We have asked the manager to forward the tariff for 2013 as we will definitely be returning. We chose to have half board which was excellent value, good choice of starter, main and sweet. The one thing I feel they could improve is the bedding having duvets instead of blankets they were rather dated.
We had plenty of space in our room, we had two chairs, dressing table and stool a large wardrobe,a small table with shelf, two bedside cabinets, tv, hairdryer shaver point and plenty of room to walk around the bed, no stubbed toes as one person said.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank avenida69
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

This higgledy-piggledy guest house was a bit disappointing but the view was lovely. We stayed on the top floor in a tiny room overlooking the pretty harbour. It was very warm in there and with no air movement and barely space to swing a cat, we spent as little time as possible in our room. The bedding was ancient (ugly patterned cover with sheet and well worn synthetic pink blanket at least two decades old...) but the bed was comfortable. The so called en-suite is the size of a toilet with a shower directly opposite the "throne" and the door just clears the bed by a couple of inches. The basin is in the room itself and complimentary shampoo and shower gel provided. I was a little worried about the multi-plug by the mirror which already had the hair dryer and tv plugged into it and wire going across the top of the wardrobe. A stool and a chair are also provided but there is so little space to move around the room that we both stubbed our toes several times!
The staff were lovely and attentive in the restaurant - we had 3 waiters serving us, working as a team and very polite. The food was ok but nothing special although we choose frugally according to our budget and others seemed very pleased with their meals. When I brought down an odd sock I had found under our bed, the manager grabbed it and binned it, grunting. No apology. He never smiled and made me feel like I was a nuisance. We couldn't choose our table at breakfast even though we were the only ones downstairs in the restaurant! The other manager and waiters were friendly, so it's a shame one person let them down with his attitude.
We won't be coming back to stay, although I would consider coming for lunch as the waiters were so kind and the view lovely.

Room Tip: Ask for a harbour view and bring your travel kettle as there are no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, otherwise pop down to Checkers 3 minutes walk away for an 8p cup of hot water and make your own drinks!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Blossom-Josh
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

The welcome was cool, the bedroom design meant we could clearly hear the people in adjacent rooms using their tiny ensuite toilets or showers and making conversation (or more). The basin didn't fit in the ensuite - that's in the room. First floor rooms clearly hear the entertainment from the cafe/ restaurant downstairs. Sea view rooms also enjoy smoking and conversation from diners outside. No ventilation in the tiny shower cubicle unless you leave the light on, remember to turn sideways to get dry and leave the shower door open or there's not enough room. The towels smelt of mildew and were only to be changed once during a week's stay, the linen didn't get changed at all and the pink nylon blanket was out of the 70's. Full English breakfast meant only 4 items, not sausage, bacon, egg, beans and tomato for example - that was too much. No choice of table, you sit where you're put not where you want. Same sad cakes open on display in the dining room for 7 days - even the flies found them too dry! The window boxes are lovely in all the photos and in reality, but do expect a member of staff to turn up in your room at any time to water them daily.
On the plus side, the view was fantastic and very welcoming, drawing us out into fresh air and away from the confines of "Bon Viveur"

Room Tip: Choose another guest house!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Sue P
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