We booked this 4 night break via a well known newspaper, as they were offering holidays for £9.50pp. However, by the time we added on the extra costs for; bed linen, guaranteed ground floor apartment (we had an infant with a pram) and we upgraded from basic to silver apartment it cost us just under £40pp.
Originally our party consisted of 6 adults and 1 infant so we booked a three bedroom ground floor silver apartment. However, 2 of our party had to pull out at the last minute, which actually worked out well because the bedrooms were very small and I don't know how we would have fitted a cot in any of the rooms (we ended up stacking two of the single beds on top of one another in one of the bedrooms to make room for our travel cot).
It looked like a recent half hearted attempt had been made to redecorate the apartment with a new looking carpet, sofas & kitchen. The windows however, must have been the originals - there were single glazed and didn't shut properly, neither did the front door. The main thing I did notice about the apartment was that it was not very clean. Maybe this is me just being a bit OTT, what with having a one year old crawling about everywhere, but I felt like the whole apartment needed thoroughly disinfecting! The beds were surprisingly comfortable and the apartment block we stayed in was surprisingly quiet in the evenings which meant we all got a good nights sleep.
We only visited the swimming pool once, this was because the water was far too cold for my one year old - she was turning blue! If I had known the water was going to be that cold I would have packed her wetsuit!
We popped into the skyline pavilion a couple of times, but to be honest it wasn't really our cup of tea. We found it all a bit chavtastic to be honest. Plus it seemed that what ever entrance you came into the pavilion there was a strong odour of stale smoke and urine. We didn't go to see any of the shows, again because the 'Centre Stage' room smelt like the mens toilets, so I cant comment on the entertainment.
We ate at the sun and moon pub one night. The food was ok (pub grub) but very expensive. I would recommend going to the Duke of Wellington (Weatherspoons on Minehead high street) instead as the food is just as good but about 1/3 cheaper. The other nights we cooked in our apartment - the cooker, fridge etc was sufficient for our needs.
We ended up using Bultins as a base, just sleeping there really. We spent a day at the nearby Dunster Castle and gardens - I would recommend this place. We spent another day at Tropaquarium - excellent if you have children. We also went to Exmoor national park - the views are amazing.
All in all, we had a fun week away but this had little to do with the facilities and staff at Butlins.
I doubt we will go there again.
- Also Known As:
- Butlins Minehead Hotel
- Butlins Minehead Hotel Minehead
- Butlins Hotel
- Butlins Hotel Minehead
- Butlins Resort
- Butlins Minehead Resort Somerset