First of all, I must apologise to the hotel and her staff that this review is very late. I was supposed to have been written the first time we visited the hotel but for some reason was overlooked.
We had visited Bognor last December because we wanted to have a look around, but more specifically to visit Littlehampton.
Although the hotel had been warm and welcoming and the staff lovely, the weather was unkind to us and we barely managed to get out of the door, it was so cold and windy.
However, as it turned out, they were running a very special offer for the following March so we decided to rebook and try again. At a price of £244 for B&B for four nights for the two of us, it was impossible to resist. As it turns out this could be our last holiday for some time as it looks as though we might be incarcerated by the government for the next four months!
On the Monday morning I dropped Jean off at her hairdressers for the weekly wash and blow dry whilst I went and filled the car with petrol.
Once I had picked up “she who must be obeyed”, we were off. It was a lovely drive in glorious sunshine. We took our time and stopped for lunch at the Rownhams Services. The coffee and sandwiches from Costa went down well. From Poole it is a pleasant drive to Bognor, especially once one has left the M27 for the A27.
We arrived a little before check-in time but as usual with Best Western hotels this was not a problem.
We had been upgraded to one of their better rooms and we found it to be very much to our liking. Very comfortable beds, a large walk in shower and a lovely sea view.
Once unpacked we went out again for a walk along the promenade.
The sun was shining, the wind was not too bad and we were at peace with the world.
Breakfast at the Beachcroft has been changed a little to make things safer during these problematic times.
The tables have been rearranged so that every person has their 6ft of separation.
The cereal and fruit buffet has been discontinued for obvious reasons and the breakfast “starters” are now served to order.
Jean ordered the fresh fruit salad and I ordered the stewed fruit compote. Jean followed with the full English of fried egg, fried bread, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, beans, grilled ½ tomato and hash brown. I was just a little better as I had scrambled eggs and did not have the tomato or hash brown!
The fruits were excellent. A nice mixture of fresh fruits in a large bowl were placed in front of Jean. In my bowl were poached apple, peach, apricot, pear and prunes. It was a huge portion but I managed to beat it.
The cooked food was perfect. Eggs cooked just how we like them, fried bread crisp but not hard, a very tasty sausage and an excellent rasher of grilled bacon. A rack of brown toast and pots of tea and coffee completed our feast.
The breakfasts each day, although we rang the changes with such things as kippers, poached eggs and vegetarian breakfast, were just as good. Well prepared and presented, generous proportions of very tasty food. We were served by the restaurant manager and, on occasions, by other staff. All were excellent, friendly and well trained.
I have said this many times, it is the staff that make an hotel and this one is no exception. Everyone we met from reception to cleaners and handyman went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.
We will certainly return for our third visit once circumstances allow.
Many thanks to all involved at the lovely Beachcroft Hotel.
Peter & Jean. :o)