This is one of the best hotels we've visited anywhere! Unfortunately, my wife is slightly disabled, making excessive walking and climbing stairs a chore! It seems the whole of Guernsey doesn't give the same priorities to disabled people as we do on the mainland. If I didn't know better I would say that steps and sloping roads were invented in St. Peter Port. To drive in St.Peter Port can be nightmare, one way streets everywhere. I suggested at the hotel a local highway code should be issued to all car drivers. There are very few traffic islands just lines on the roads, priority is give to those with the most patience and the broadest smiles. And when can I drive on the pavement to avoid oncoming cars? All that said, The traffic wardens are generous to 'blue-badge' holders. You can park free just about anywhere!!!
There are areas of the island towards the north and west that are flat, allowing easy access to the beaches and buildings.
St. Peter Port is a lovely town; interesting shops, restaurants, museums and things to do when on holiday, despite what some people say about Guernsey who have never been there. The people here are great, friendly, helpful and strangely polite.
The HOTEL De HAVELET is faultless! Manned by people from mainland Europe: Portugal, France, Italy, Poland, Holland, Bulgaria, Latvia etc and they all speak good English. It's easy to believe you're holidaying in mainland Europe, very interesting!
A little gem is Bobby the hotel bus driver (American). He's an encyclopedia! A great character with a sense of humor dried in the island sun. His free island bus tour happens twice a week, don't miss it.
The hotel itself is a listed building, which means they can't install a lift (once again, common sense takes vacation). We had room 3, a lovely room on the same level as the entrance and reception. It has good size bathroom with a bath and a corner shower cubicle. Just take your own grab rails! The bed was large in spacious room with plenty of storage space.
Access to other parts of the hotel can be a problem. Two flights of stairs to the indoor swimming pool, which is excellent - not forgetting the jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The main restaurant and breakfast room is only accessible via a flight of stairs, although, there is the downstairs brasserie. There are easily accessible outside seating areas for relaxing and eating.
Lounge areas withing the hotel are beautiful, there is also the hotel computer free to use by guests and free wi-fi.
The food at the hotel is superb, including the buffet breakfast. Cooked breakfasts are freshly cooked and brought to the table. No more congealed eggs or luke warm sausages. Kippers and Salmon dishes are also available. This is the only hotel I've been in where they have cheese and biscuits trolley instead of a sweets trolley. Cool or what!
PLACES TO VISIT:
Victor Hugo's house- A must for all culture vultures. Nothing has changed since he left in 1870. He was here on the island for 15 years where he wrote Le Miserable, plus others. A useful point- it's free for disabled and their helpers. Very, very interesting.
Castle Cornet out a limb from St. Peter Port: definitely worth a visit, even only to avoid rain storms. Lots of history, guns and steps.
The National Trust Victorian shop- Sweets like they used to be. Interesting for the kids. You might as well rot their teeth whilst looking at history! Corner of Coupdee Lane.
My favourite eating place was The Cornerstone Pub. A walk up the hill from the Town Church will find you there, and not far from the Victorian shop. A good selection of real ales and euro-fizz lagers. The food is exceptional. The first time I had a 'cheese ploughman'- I had to bring most of the blue-vein cheese back to the hotel, it took two days to consume. Apart from wonderful food the atmosphere is also great. Don't miss it!!
Easter Village restaurant: near Tourist Information office. Good views and very good food. Three courses for £13.75.
Another gastric goody is the 'Boathouse' near the marina. Outside seating available.
Fish dishes here are wonderful, especially the fish pie.!!!
If you have two good legs, go for it. It's a wonderful experience. less