This is the third time I have stayed at the Ommaroo; this time for 3 weeks in what I can only describe as a very pleasant and well run hotel. It is extremely conveniently situated for exploring Jersey, shopping in Saint Helier and researching family/Jersey history at the Jersey Archives, the Jersey Library or Societie Jersiaise.
Breakfast and dinner were either served in the Dining Room, a beautiful room which I suspect may have been a ballroom in the pre-war era or in the Atrium overlooking the Havre des Pas and the sea. Both breakfast and dinner were of high quality with the food beautifully presented and of appropriate portions (see photographs). Service was generally good (some gaps between courses when there were tour groups seemed quite lengthy) and the waiters pleasant and helpful. Personally I would like to see the menu identify all the produce as being sourced from Jersey.
My room (72) had a sea view on the right overlooking the swimming pool off the small pier which meant I could watch the tide come in and the gulls feeding. The room was compact yet spacious and had been recently decorated. A small area of the wall near on corner was stained as a consequence of a 2" pipe leaking in a supporting wall which, I understood, was to be redecorated when it had completely dried out; not that this troubled me but I mention it to correct the exaggerated comments made by another TripAdvisor blogger (Cat8250). The chambermaid seemed very efficient.
The bathroom was pleasant and well designed however I would recommend the use of the anti-slip mat in the bath. I found the bed extremely comfortable and slept with the window open because it was so warm even though it was October. I was not troubled by noise during the night as there is virtually no traffic on the Havre des Pas after 11pm so I could listen to the sound of the waves which lulled me to sleep.
Wifi signals can be picked up in reception, the dining room and atrium but the signal can be quite weak and at times non-existent. It reminded me of hotels in Shaanxi province and northern Sichuan where I recently stayed. I was surprised to discover that JTel which the States owns had to replace the contractors rolling out the fibre network in Jersey leading to lengthy delays in supplying a fast network. Hopefully it will be installed on the Havre des Pas before my next visit.
One tip, the freshly baked scones in the afternoon are real yummy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ommaroo Hotel, which has been in the same family since 1920 is situated on the seafront at Havre des Pas and comprises a number of traditional Victorian villas. typical of the area. From the sunroom you can sit and enjoy the spectacular ever changing seascape of Demi des Pas a sprawling rocky reef made visible at low tide. The large sea swimming pool opposite is ideal for a cool dip on those hot sunny days or maybe you prefer to relax on the beach whilst enjoying a Jersey ice cream!The hotel comprises:82 ensuite bedrooms:Club rooms and Standard rooms (within these categories there are twins/doubles/ trebles/ family rooms and seaview & balcony rooms)The rooms have recently been refurbished to reflect a slightly more contemporary feel whilst remaining sympathetic to the Hotel's history.RestaurantBar and Function room.Attractive Gardens.Entertainment in Season.Conference and Private Dining Facilities.Large car park for guest use.Please note this hotel is not wheel chair friendly as access into the hotel from all entrances is via steps. For further information please do not hesitate to contact the hotel directly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ommaroo Hotel St Helier
- Ommaroo Hotel Jersey/St Helier