We found Runnymede Court via the tourist office in St Helier. We could hardly believe the prices quoted - so much lower than alternative places that we feared the worst. As it turned out, we could hardly have done better in terms of value-for-money. My sole criticism is one that applies to too many places - over-soft beds.
The staff, and especially the lady managing the operation, deserve special mention. I don't think she takes any time off and is involved directly in everything that happens. Whatever they pay her, it's not enough. Her staff training and management are exemplary.
The place itself is ten or twelve minutes' walk from the centre and 200 yards from a superb south-facing beach. Maintenance and cleaning seem to be done well, but the atmosphere is more 1960s Torquay than 2014 London; however, if I had to choose between 'boutique' and this, it would be this every time. They seem to be trying to maintain an echo of the full-service hotel of yesteryear to make guests feel comfortable (eg linen napkins) but on a low-cost budget. Breakfast was honest and good but not superb (at this price I can live with that); dinner (three courses for £12.50!) was perfectly adequate but redolent of what my wife calls 'pensioners' school dinners' - though the soups were clearly freshly-made by someone who knows how to cook.
I fear their ability to keep it up: if the manager leaves I'm sure they won't be able to and yet another hotel will become apartments.
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- Also Known As:
- Runnymede Court St Helier
- Runnymede Court Hotel Jersey/St Helier