“ Address: Le Pollet / St Peter Port / Guernsey / Channel Islands / GY1 1WH / Tel: 0044 (0)1481 724452 „
I recently started a new job and on my second day I was to be whisked off to meetings in exciting overseas destinations. Well Guernsey anyway. An overnight stay was involved but I did not get a say in the hotel as it was booked before I joined the company. I was told that the hotel they usually use, the really nice one that my colleague was booked into, had no room for me and even the second hotel they sometimes use had no rooms at the inn either. So Best Western it was for Cat.
I must admit I was not particularly excited at the prospect of a three star Best Western hotel, but as my taxi pulled up outside I thought it was quite a pleasant looking hotel and so I dared to hope it would not be as ghastly as I had been expecting. I also noted that it was very central to the main part of town and it was very handy for both the office I was visiting and the local eateries and watering holes for that evening.
I stepped inside to a small lobby area, there were two members of staff seated behind a tiny reception desk and I was quickly checked in. I had been allocated a room on the first floor and was pointed vaguely in the direction of the lift, which I decided to take as I had my case with me.
Exiting the lift, I was surprised to find the dining room, a function room and meeting rooms in front of me but no sign of any bedrooms. There was a sign on the wall which said "Bedrooms 101-107" but it was pointing to a dead end but for a broom cupboard. Thankfully there were three members of staff setting up the function room so I decided to ask them where I would find my bedroom. They didn't know. Further they were as puzzled as I was about the signage towards the dead end. Growing slightly impatient by this time, I cheerfully said not to worry I would go back to reception. Back downstairs I explained my predicament to the extremely po-faced receptionist, who clearly thought I was some kind of imbecile for not being able to find my room. I had to practically beg her to help me and eventually it was her colleague who summoned somebody to escort me to my room.
So I stepped back into the lift with my guide, exited at first floor, ignored the sign pointing to the bedrooms and walked in completely opposite direction, down some stairs, back up some other stairs, through the dining room, exit the building through the French doors, walked across an outside courtyard / bar area, under archway, down small alleyway and my room was the first on the right. Simples.
By this time I was very pleased to be getting to my room, although my hopes it might turn out to be quite a nice establishment were sinking fast as I unlocked a rather grotty bedroom door. With bated breathe I swung it open. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a huge bedroom with a king size bed in the middle and acres of space all around. I also had in the room a large dressing table equipped with a decent hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities, a couple of chairs and a TV in the corner. The TV was probably the only modern touch in the room, however it was quite hard to watch whilst on the bed as it was at a funny angle and a bit too far away for its size in this large bedroom. The bathroom was of average size with shower over bath, functional but showing its age with a peach plastic suite, ceramic wall tiles and lino floor.
Overall I found the décor rather 1980's in style and tired but not quite at the tatty stage. It was clean and tidy though and on balance was perfectly acceptable for an overnight business stay, although definitely not somewhere I would have wanted to spend my wedding night.
After a night out with my new colleagues I returned to my room at a respectable hour and retired for the evening. I was glad it was raining as just outside my window there was a patio area which seemed like it might be a nice place for guests to have a few drinks and nibbles but not something I would want outside my bedroom window at night. I also observed that as there was no air conditioning in the summer one would have to toss up between boiling or sleeping with the windows open (and although I had gone up a flight of stairs the hotel is on a hill and this was effectively a ground floor bedroom). Fortunately it was not hot, there was nobody outside, the bed was comfortable and so I had an undisturbed sleep.
The next morning I just had time for breakfast before checking out. It was a very average affair comprising a selection of cereals, pastries and fruits with a made to order cooked breakfast.
The total bill including breakfast was prepaid by the company for me, however I am aware that the rate was £105 for the night which seemed quite reasonable.