We stayed here in early June, having booked a package through the "Channel Islands Direct" division of Premier Holidays. We flew from Bristol airport on a twin-prop ATR-72 run by Aurigny Air Services.
Premier Holidays were very professional. An elderly member of our party has difficulty walking, and Premier/CID very very good liaising with Aurgny to select the best seat, to arrange a lift to the aircraft and arrange a wheelchair. Though these precautions turned out to be unnecessary on the day, the excitement of a trip on a plane giving extra strength to the old legs. Premier/CID also had a friendly rep waiting for us at the airport to direct us to our waiting minibus.
Aurigny were also very good. The hostess allowed some young Guernsey schoolboys returning from a cricket trip to blow off a little bit of steam, then skillfully got them settled. Our outward plane had some problems and was an hour late. For the return, the same(?) plane couldn't even get to Guernsey, so our return turned from a 50 minute hop to a long journey via Gatwick on a more modern version of the ATR-72. So, if your Aurigny plane has 4 bladed propellors, keep your fingers crossed! If it has the later, more powerful engines with 6 bladed props, you're probably okay.
All the staff in the hotel were polite, friendly and helpful. We like proper milk with our tea, and they were happy to provide us with a jug of fresh Guersey milk to replace the little pots of white fluid. The rooms were stylishly modern, though not everyone liked the brown decor. I thought it was fine myself. The beds were comfy and the bathroom was spacious and clean with a deep bath and a good shower. I think the breakfast team were struggling a little to cope with the hotel being full: Each day, at least one breakfast item was cold/lukewarm. We felt a little pressured to finish and leave our table. The last day, when we had a taxi booked in an hour and a half, they were slow to take our order and breakfast took 41 minutes to arrive after ordering. Our elderly part member consequently got stressed and worried about missing the taxi and plane. She did however manage each day the short but fairly steep incline up to the hotel from the high street. Though it was long enough and steep enough to put her off popping out for a stroll or similar.
The best thing we did in Guernsey was take the 20-minute ferry to Herm (£11) and (except mother) walk around its coast - absolutely lovely. The harbour steps at both ends took a bit of negotiating. I also hired a bike - £10 - and cycled clockwise round most of the island (not the south). Also lovely, though the first bit, heading west out of St PP through lovely rolling green countryside, was a bit hilly. The rest, following the coast past many beautiful deserted white-sand beaches, was flat, mostly on a purpose-built cycle path. There's a hire place next to the tourism office, but they had sold out so I walked 10 minutes to Millards on victoria road. Some cycle-hire companies will deliver and collect.
Would we go to the Duke Of Normandie again? Yes. Would we book through Premier/CID again? Definitely. And that has nothing to do with the surprise welcome-home complimentary Hotel Chocolat mini-box that was waiting for us beneath our letter-box... Lovely touch.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Duke of Normandie is a small hotel in Guernsey offering a warm welcome and modern facilities. We are conveniently situated in the heart of St Peter Port in a quiet location just 75 metres from the High Street. Our 17 executive rooms and 20 en-suite standard rooms offer a choice of accommodation to appeal to business travellers or to those taking a break in Guernsey, and uniquely amongst hotels in Guernsey we offer the convenience of a private town centre car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Duke Of Normandie
- Duke Of Normandie Hotel Guernsey/St Peter Port, UK