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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Duke Of Normandie
- Duke Of Normandie Hotel Guernsey, UK