Well i'm a Guernsey local who wanted to take my girlfriend somewhere special for the night and I really wasn't dissapointed when I arrived at La Grane Mare.
There's a few hotels of similar cost on the Island all of which i'm sure are pretty good though some i've heard mixed views on.
We arrived at the hotel on a rough, rainy and stormy day and ran for the hotel.
The reception staff were friendly and soon had us heading toward our room up the beautiful stairs with thick wooden bannisters. As we arrived on our floor (1st floor i think it was) we took the short walk along the corridor which has been well placed to allow for large windows looking out to sea. A beautiful view (if it weren't for the weather on this particular day though to be honest as a local I found this view spectacular, seeing the waves crashing against the sea wall).
We had a One Bedroom Suite and were impressed with the amount of space. A large bedroom with beautiful Four poster bed, a lovely bathroom with 2 sinks and a large corner bath. Finally a seperate lounge area with sofa space for 3 people, a good quality television, some kitchenete type space with a sink and microwave and a dining table.
Unfortunately our suite didn't look out on to the sea but did have a good view of the hotels 18 hole golf course. I'm not personally itnerested in golf but the course is very good as i've heard and there is also a driving range.
The Health area was very good, we walked straight throguh the gym to go to the pool and it looked pretty good with a good amount of equipment. The pool was excellent, good large changing rooms, a warm pool tastefully decorated with a spa, steam room and sauna beside it. It really was an enjoyable place to go for a swim. Especially for us as we could see the rain lashing down against the window outside, making the warmth of the pool seem even nicer.
We didn't get food from the restaurant but did get breakfast brought to our room in the morning. I like my breakfast so with breakfast included (£1 extra for room service) I ordered a full english with toast and coffee as well as orange juice. All was very tasty, good coffee and juice, decent sausages, bacon etc used in breakfast. If your breakfast isn't included the prices were quite expensive for it but I think breakfast is included in most packages anyway.
All in all a wonderful nights stay and If you can afford this kind of hotel and intend to make the most of the facilities, especially if you play golf, this is the ideal hotel. It's in a great location, if you've got a car while your over. Out of town, right by the beach in a quiet area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Grande Mare Hotel, located on Guernsey's west coast, alongside the sweeping sands of Vazon Bay. The Hotel is set in over 120 acres of tranquil, private grounds with lakes, woodland and an 18 hole golf course and gardens. The courteous staff deliver impeccable service from the front of house and the presentation of your room to creating delicious pre-dinner cocktails, organising a memorable event or gym and golf instruction. The Hotel boasts excellent amenities including a fully equipped health suite, all weather tennis court, both indoor and outdoor bathing pools, a superb Restaurant and Brasserie and extensive business facilities, including WIFI connectivity and last but certainly not least a challenging 18 hole golf course. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Grande Mare Hotel Castel
- La Grande Mare Guernsey/Castel