We had a fantastic stay. I would definitely recomend this place to anyone visiting Guernsey who wishes to relax and be looked after in style. We will be going back again. We booked Les Douvres (with some trepidation having seen previous reviews) because my parents wanted to go back to their original honeymoon hotel for their diamond wedding anniversary.
The manager Rui and his wife Angelina were outstanding and it was because of them that our stay was so good. They and their staff were so welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and most of the things we would wish for they had anticipated.
The hotel itself was spotlessly clean. it is a beautiful old small country house type of building decorated in a traditional style, so it isn't a trendy boutique hotel, but the attention to detail was faultless. We had four rooms in the main house. One of the rooms would be small by US standards, and the en-suite bathrooms and decor are a little dated, but they were all so perfectly clean and recently decorated that this didn't worry us.
Eight of us ate dinners each night either in the restaurant or bar. As we each had three courses for each of the three nights, we sampled most of the extensive menu and all bar a single dish was superb; The only single exception was on one night I had a chocolate fondant which wasn't as soft in the middle as I like. It was still good, so really I am just being picky. 71 out of 72 dishes being superb is very impressive in my books.
The outstanding dishes were the fresh fish dishes of the day. The restaurant is quiet and secluded, whilst the bar is livelier, so we mixed venues during our stay. The locals obviously appreciate the food, as there were plenty of them in the bar restaurant.
The pool area is a real sun trap and we all enjoyed sitting by the pool, even though it was April. The pool area and the pool itself were spotlessly clean. The local pottery was also worth a visit.
The location of the hotel is great for walking and exploring the island. We took a short walk down to two local beaches, and longer walks in both directions around a headland one way and along the cliffs up and down into coves the other. The hotel is right next to a bus stop for the bus to St Peter's and we explored the island by bus one day. There is a bus that goes all around the island, we stopped at St Peter's Port and on the other side of the island.
We were very sad that we could only stay for three nights, but we will certainly be staying there again when we next visit Guernsey.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Les Douvres Hotel, Guernsey is a former 18th century Manor House ideally situated in the quiet St Martins Parish, in the South East corner of the island, and referred to by many visitors as the most beautiful part of Guernsey. Les Douvres Hotel is set in its own Private Grounds and is an ideal position for exploring the magnificent Guernsey South Coast Bays and cliffs walks, with views extending as far as the nearby French Coast, with the Channel Islands of Herm, Jethou and Sark in the foreground.Saints Bay, with its tiny Fishing Harbour is close by and the main town and capital of St. Peter Port, Guernsey is within ten minutes drive by car (approximately 2.5. miles). An excellent bus service passes the Hotel at regular intervals. Children are most welcome and family rooms are available. Despite extensive building works and refurbishments the Hotel's"Olde Worlde" character has been carefully retained. We are now the first Hotel or Business in Guernsey to provide an electric charging port for cars. This facility is free for all hotel guests to use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Douvres St Martins
- Les Douvres Hotel Guernsey/St Martins