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Duke of Normandie Hotel
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in St Peter Port
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 October 2013

My wife and I visited Guernsey for a long weekend, to meet up with a friend whom I had met whilst intermittently working on the island over the previous eighteen months. I normally stayed at the St.Pierre Park when on business, which enjoys a central island location, however, wanted to be closer to the coast and the center of St Peters Port. After one or two searches and an excellent offer we chose the Duke of Normandie and it turned out to be an excellent selection.

The room was excellent, all of the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, especially the restaurant team. The hotel is very close to the main shopping area but still private when accessed through its courtyard. You are only five minutes from the harbour front where there is a large array of yatchs and a commercial harbour where ferries leave for other Channel Islands and the mainland ports of Poole, Weymouth etc.

As the around the island buses do not run on a Sunday at this time of year (make a note, as we left it until the Sunday, wrongly assuming they ran every day) However, we hired a car (Avis) for £33, which isn't bad at all and they delivered it to the hotel. They also let us keep it and drop it back at the airport when we went back for our flight on Monday lunch time. So taking off the taxi fare that we saved, the car only cost around £20! You can drive around the island of Guernsey quite easily in a day and there are many really good sites and beaches to visit.

In October and November there is the Tennerfest, where most restaurants and hotels offer fixed price menus from £10 to £20 and at their usual quality. We ate in the hotel Brasserie on two nights for a little over £30 for two people, this included three courses and a decent bottle of wine. There are also many excellent restaurants within a few minutes walk and I can recommend Le Petit Bistro (turn left down the cobbled pedestrian precinct and follow your nose) or Pier 17 (as you would expect, in the middle of the harbour), both only a five minute walk away.
There was nothing to complain about re the hotel, however, take care to have a sat-nav if you drive there, as it isn't easy to find otherwise!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We've stayed here on a few occasions but thought I'd write another review as this time our circumstances had changed. We've normally just been in transit in Guernsey overnight between flights and just have hand luggage, this time, however, we had suitcases. The hotel doesn't have a lift and is a bit like a rabbit warren in the main building but we've been lucky and have had a room on the first floor. This time we were on the 2nd and there are quite a few awkward small staircases and fire doors to negotiate. Not easy with a heavy suitcase so if you are going to stay and have lots of luggage it may be worth trying to get a room lower down or possibly in the annexe which looks like it's easier to negotiate.
Having said that, the room was very pleasant and much lighter than our "normal" room which was good. It did overlook the courtyard/parking spots and there was a leaving party in the pub downstairs that meant there was some noise when guests left. It didn't last long though and wasn't much of a problem.
The breakfast buffet which includes a whole range of cold meats/cheeses, fresh fruit, cereals etc etc and you can have a hot breakfast of Full English, Smoked Haddock, Eggs Benedict in addition if you wish is really excellent. For those of you who are in the Marmite Fan Club, they even provide this Black Gold. The only place I've ever stayed in to do this.

Room Tip: If you have lots of luggage try and get a room on the first floor or possibly one in the annexe.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for a week in early September 2013, after checking out reviews on here. We caught the No. 11 bus between the airport and the terminus in St Peter Port, and it was only a 10 minute walk from there to the hotel, albeit the last 70m was up a fairly steep hill, which we expected. The hotel itself is close to the high street, and lots of shops and restaurants, and convenient for exploring St Peter's Port. We chose an executive room, as some had commented that the normal rooms were a bit cramped, and were pleased with what we found. The room and bathroom was quite spacious and comfortable, although they could have easily fitted a 6ft double bed in there instead of the smaller one. The room was clean and well appointed, and well serviced each day. We found the staff friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was very good. Again, having seen comments on here, we ate in the bar on the first night, and chose one of the chefs specials. Very disappointing! The salted chilli squid dish seemed not to have seen any salt since it was pulled from sea and hadn't been within 5 miles of a chilli, and when we complained about this after the meal just received a shrug and a comment about the next customers probably getting all the chilli. We went elsewhere for dessert, and for the rest of our meals for the week. There are a good range of nice restaurants nearby. We would recommend the hotel for convenience and general comfort, just not for the food in the bar.
We made extensive use of buses to get around the island, worth getting the one day, or multi day passes available from the bus driver or kiosk at the terminus. Out of town the buses will usually stop anywhere for you, and we found the drivers very friendly and helpful.
Boat trips to Stark and Herme islands were excellent, and the guided tour by the head gardener on Herme was really good.
Overall, a very enjoyable week.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

This a good hotel well located for St Peters Port, with good food and service. It is just off the High Street and is very close to shops, pubs and the harbour. It is in a pleasant courtyard complex with a small beer garden and its own pub The Admiral de Saumarez. Be aware that there is no lift to upper floor rooms only a narrow circular staircase.

A big disappointment for us was that despite booking the room as a Ruby Wedding Anniversary event, there was no recognition of that whatsoever. No reference to it, no recognition, and not even a verbal comment from hotel staff. As this was written into the original booking, we thought the lack of acknowledgement was very unsatisfactory.

The hotel room was one of a number around the courtyard in a two storey motel cluster with external corridor and circular stairs into the courtyard. It was done in a modern style to reflect its "boutique" description but this did have the effect of darkening the room. The room was so-called executive and had the expected extras like flat screen TV and dressing gowns, but although it had a decent sized bathroom with a strong over-bath shower, the bedroom was a bit cramped and definitely too small to call an executive room - it was impossible to fully open the door without being blocked by the bed!! It was kept meticulously clean and despite the smallness the room was quite comfortable and all the features worked. We had a light out and within hours of reporting it, it was replaced. The service was very good overall with the pub and catering staff being friendly and helpful, and the hotel was clean and well kept.

We did decide to eat at the restaurant one evening and this was excellent for the price (£19.95 for three courses). We had potato and bacon soup, goats cheese, pasta with Mediterranean vegetables, and pork fillet, and desserts, all of which were well presented and cooked. We had full English breakfast each morning with a wide range of cereals, fruit, cold meats etc – plenty for anyone!

In summary the hotel is well sited for anyone wanting a base in the centre of St Peters Port, the staff are approachable and easy to speak to, and the food at breakfast/bar meals/restaurant was very good for the price, but be aware that you may get a smaller room than you expect.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jay3791
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

If only Guernsey had sign posts to tell you how to get from the airport to St Peter Port, or in fact how to get anywhere on the island would be a great help. It would be easier to find your way out of the crystal maze than to try and find your way to the Duke of Normandie and its car park. A plethora of one way streets has you going around in circles and not even a bit of logic helps you find the place.
However, it is well worth the effort. What a great hotel, right in the middle of St Peter Port, with its own car park, (even if the entrance is a bit tight) an ideal location to see the highlights of the town and use as a base for travelling around the island.
We were staying for 5 nights at DON and were allocated room 18, a nice room but as we had requested a room with a shower, the bath in the bedroom was not what we wanted. A quick word with reception and we were moved to 19, complete with a shower. A well appointed room with 4 windows.
The breakfasts were great a choice of buffet and cooked breakfast. The scrambled egg and bacon was enough to set you up for the day. All the staff were very pleasant, helpful, always smiling and making you feel welcome.
One issue with DON location is the church bells - they start at 7 in the morning and run on the hour until midnight which doesn't help when you want to sleep in!!! Not a fault of the hotel though...
On the whole, I can thoroughly recommend the Duke of Normandie as a great place to stay in Guernsey.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

We were looking for a weeks holiday with sun, good food and wine and most importantly a good hotel. We were not disappointed. In fact we would rate this holiday as one of the best we have had.Although rated as 3 star the accomodation(we had an executive room) was excellent. A spacious bedroom with king size bed,plenty of space for clothes etc and a large en suite bathrrom.The service at Breakfast and Dinner could not be faulted.We were royally looked after by Paul and his wife Doreena . They were polite and friendly and gave a five star service.Their English was excellent and Paul advised us on several of the Islands sights to visit. We ate out at several restaurants during our stay but the food at the Duke of Normandie was the best .The Hotel bar which is attached to the other side of the Building is shortly to receive a much needed upgrade.

Room Tip: Excecutive rooms are well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank RogB1003
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Stayed in a twin room. It was well decorated, with comfortable beds , a nice bathroom and most importantly clean. Breakfast was included in the price and had a good selection of hot and cold options. Hotel was well maintained and within 2 minutes of the High Street. Staff were polite and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Lefebvre Street, St Peter Port GY1 2JP
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Region: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Guernsey > St Peter Port
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Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in St Peter Port
#9 Romantic Hotel in St Peter Port
#10 Business Hotel in St Peter Port
Price Range: £58 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Duke of Normandie Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Duke of Normandie is a small hotel in Guernsey offering a warm welcome and modern facilities. We are conveniently situated in the heart of St Peter Port in a quiet location just 75 metres from the High Street. Our 17 executive rooms and 20 en-suite standard rooms offer a choice of accommodation to appeal to business travellers or to those taking a break in Guernsey, and uniquely amongst hotels in Guernsey we offer the convenience of a private town centre car park. ... more   less 
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