I've stayed in 5 different hotels in Jersey but this is the best by far, and that's not the best of the worst either. This is simply just the best and we don't stay in cheapy ones (at the risk of sounding snobby).
* Rooms: immaculate, sophisticated and complete with ironing board, iron, tea & coffee making facilities, robes, slippers, TV (sky Sports TV included too fellas!). I will advise that it does not have a mini bar, but there is a small fridge which is daily topped with free bottled water, but you could keep your own alcoholic drinks in there if you wish. Some rooms have a suite feel (from what I caught a glimpse of passing by house keeping on mornings), ours was just a room but I didn't feel I was missing out to be honest. Just me and the wife on this trip so need for bigger space. We paid extra for the sea view room which is fantastic when the weather is great as ours was for the full 3 days of our stay. I can't remember how much extra I paid but I didn't care once there as it made it that much more enjoyable overall. It looked like some could of had a balcony but I don't remember that as an option, would of been great if we'd had one during our stay. The shower and bath were good with plenty of water pressure from mixer taps, so none of this piddly drippy water none sense from poor pressured systems.
* Bar - We only spent a brief time in here but found it to be a warm relaxing atmosphere. The lighting was just perfect for the slow paced enjoyment and the background music was perfectly just that, background. The bar served all manner of optics and beers but their bottled beer selection was trying to be a little off the norm to be different with the only recognisable beverage being a Magners Cider. All the rest were unknown but that's not at all a bad thing depending on your view point. They did have regular draft of Carling etc, but there is always plenty to choose from. The bar staff were helpful and friendly too. The bar goes of more of the relaxed quite bar approach so there is no TV's with sports or anything on, but you do have it in your room. There is also an outside bar/patio area which is perfect for during the day on nice days, but I did not see this open on an evening after around 7pm. We were there in May, so maybe it stays open longer in the peak summer months. They do have patio heaters and parasols so it is likely. It can be accessed straight of the street and it appeared none hotel guests did meet up here for a few drinks due to its ideal location looking out to sea over the beach, so high summer time may see this a very busy area. Something to consider if you have kids and choose a sea view room which are located above this area. Again, we had anything poor to comment on about this, but it may be worth a note.
* Leisure facilities: We only too our swim wear and almost took gym clothes but were glad we didn't bother. The gym although it is immaculate and nicely decorated with the same sophistication as the rest of the hotel, it was a little small. Around 3 treadmills, 3 bikes and a multi gym machine from what I could see, supplemented by a section of dumbbell free weights with a reasonable selection. I only viewed the area through its windows when at the pool but i didn't feel I'd would of been in there long if I had bothered with my gym clothing. The pool however....wow! The water was like swimming in silk! The pool is big enough to get 4/5 people in comfortably side by side without any intrusive swimming, although we did have some bloke doing the front crawl like a wind up toy and splashing like an octopus in a fit, but to be fair he slightly annoyed those in the jacuzzi at the end so he was unavoidable. The sauna and steam room are just as nice, but the two showers to cool down after are a work of art! They have different settings such as Carribean Rain, and Ocean Storm to recall just a few. The jets differ, the pressure differs, the mood lights change and you feel just that little more 'wow'. The jacuzzi is nice but could probably only fit about 3 people in without it being too much of a footsie frenzy. We always left feeling relaxed and is if we were skipping ones air. The changing facilities are equally as luxurious and this is all accessed by a winding tiled corridor down in the basement of the hotel. Spa treatments are available but we didn't get any.
* Location: ideal! You have a short walk down to the Marina where at the first bank holiday weekend in May they have the annual boat show where boats fit for millionaires are paraded for you to see and look around on. There are stalls, beer tents, luxury cars and army vehicle displays also on show. It makes for a nice pass time to soak in between visiting the surrounding bars, shops and restaurants.
* Dining: The hotel has it's own two restaurants, one of which is a Michelin star restaurant, however note that this is not open on Sundays and Mondays. We did not use either and chose to eat in the nearby alternatives to see beyond the hotel a little. The breakfast is nice, but just not worth it. £10 p/person for continental breakfast, or £15 for full cooked. It is a buffet so you can eat as much as you want but after the first day I couldn't bring myself to keep it up. I'm all for paying for quality, and that's why I'd stay here again, and I know Jersey prices are higher for everything, but £15 for a cooked breakfast....? Not even Gordon Ramsey could make a breakfast taste worth that.
* Nearby: You have the Raddison over the road which has a good evening menu and also offers some good quality lunch time favourites to eat on the patio looking over the marina. The Bar/cafe terrace near by is also a nice little lunch time favourite, and a TGI Fridays is also in the same area as there's two. A cinema, KFC and swim centre (with aqua slides) are near by for young ones. If you walk a little further onto the next marina yard (5 mins) you hit the main town with some small shops and the occasional known outlet such as M&S, And Boots, but many of the rest are boutique type stores as Jersey apparently has some regulation about large high street chains where the money they take does not benefit the island (in fact I'm lead to believe TGI Fridays only managed to get on the island through a policy of employing a certain number of disadvantaged people, and a minimum number of non-islanders which is commendable).
Best food places nearby, The Quayside and Wildfire Grill Bar (upstairs - Tapas is downstairs).
All in all, the hotel is the best way to visit Jersey. It's not cheap, but then if your reading this you already know that and have already looked about at alternatives. Yes you can get cheaper and still nice, but if you want perfection....this is it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Jersey is the island’s stylish, sophisticated hotel and spa, presenting guests an exceptional experience. It offers the ultimate in comfort and glamour, through a blend of sophisticated restaurants, the exclusive, atmospheric Champagne Lounge and the luxurious, award winning Spa. Grand Jersey also features the innovative Park Suites – a dedicated business centre with private cinema, meeting rooms and flexible events spaces. Whether you’re visiting Jersey for a short break, summer holiday or business, you are assured of a wonderful stay. Grand Jersey is committed to the highest standards of service and excellence which is why the hotel is one of only two on the island to be awarded five stars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Jersey Hotel St. Helier
- Grand Jersey St Helier
- Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa St Helier