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The Peninsula Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vale
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“A wonderful family holiday”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We spent a week at the Peninsula to celebrate my father's 80th birthday. We were a large family group ranging in age from 2-80 and we all agreed that the hotel was excellent. The website really doesn't do the hotel justice - it has superb facilities: extensive grounds which are beautifully kept; a 6 hole pitch and putt course (including a stream to pitch over!); a playground for little ones with swings and a slide; a volleyball court; petanque; table tennis and, most significantly, a lovely heated pool with a splash pool for the little ones. There are two beaches within a 5 minute walk, one of them was particularly good for the family, with extensive sand and rocks to scramble on and we had it almost to ourselves. The food and wine was very good (the whole crab for lunch was a particular highlight) and the restaurant and bar manager (Josue) could not have been more helpful and accommodated our various requests from real ale on the bar to a bespoke birthday cake. I have never before written a review on Trip Advisor, but our stay was so good and the hotel so lovely that I decided I must.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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wiltshire, uk
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Where to start! We spent 4 days at the Peninsula for my Father-In-Laws 65th Birthday on half board.
We arrived on the Friday (May 24th) after the worst crossing from Poole to St. Peter's Port.
The reception staff were friendly and welcomed us with smiles, even if we couldn't reciprocate!!

Our room on arrival were immaculate, with information on room service, TV channels and
complimentary toiletries. Our children ( 6 & 2years) fell in love with their interconnecting room with their aunties and cousin ( 15months) who was provided with a travel cot that was wonderful.

I, My Sisters-In-Law and my Husband fell in love the beautiful view from our room and spent all evenings with the curtains wide open taking the view of the sea.

On arrival we met in the lobby/bar area for tea and a bite to eat. Even though there was a large wedding party taking their reception drinks in the area, the staff were still more than attentive to our needs. We had ham sandwiches, chips and a huge pizza for my son who was famished after his boat trip. The waiting staff were always on hand to check everything was ok and to take more drink orders so we didn't have to leave our table.

The tables were stylish with cream covers and pale lemon napkins, complete with high back leather chairs.

This hotel was the perfect base for our holiday. It was very close to a beach which, although VERY windy on our arrival day was still stunning with golden sand and lots of rock for our children to climb. We had a very pleasant walk from the hotel along a gravel area where many boats were moored. My son found "his boat" called " The Lou Lou" and had great fun having pictures taken.

The view was breath taking from the beach and from our room the whole time. When the tide was in the water sparkled and we could see a long way across the island.

The restaurant at The Peninsula was spectacular. We stayed half board so took breakfast and evening meals only. Breakfast was a buffet style affair. The selection of food on offer was extensive. From fresh fruit and juices, many types of cereals with fresh Guernsey milk, to a full English and pain au chocolate and toast, with many types of butters, jams and marmalade's.

The waiting staff were all too happy to provide us with apple juice and jugs of water for our children. While were taking breakfast we also heard the waiting/kitchen staff being very helpful to a lady who needed gluten free toast and they were more than happy to provide this.

The evening menu changed every evening offering lot of verity over its 4 course menu. A starter, a soup, main course and a desert buffet, including a separate children’s menu which was extensive enough that our children didn't have to eat the same thing every evening. The kitchen were also willing to provide children size portions of the adult menu.

The portions were by no means small; we left after dinner every evening with that “Christmas day feeling".
On a couple of evenings our children were exhausted by the time we took dinner at 7:15pm so the waiting staff made every effort to get their meals out quickly and provided them with coloring sheets and pencils ( much to the relief of 2 tense parents)

On the evenings where our children were too tired to make it through to desert the staff plated up our desert and we took it too our rooms, an added bonus with sleepy kids! I cannot recommended the sea food buffet enough, Myself and my Sister in Law both tried oysters!

We took drinks in the evening in the lobby/bar area and it was very pleasant with lots of windows allowing the sunlight in and "island radio" playing lightly in the background. The reception staff helped up to store a birthday cake for the duration of our stay and also organised for the table to be decorated with balloons and confetti for my father-in-laws birthday.

Room service were amazing. After the rough crossing our son was very unsettled and wet his bed. We pulled all the sheets off expecting them to just leave the bedding for us to make up the bed. They made both our bed fresh and folded the children’s PJs and put out their "special" pillows, blankets and toys we had bought along. This made such a difference for the kids. They even gave us a few extra towels as we had children with us.

The rooms were perfectly clean and tidy. We even managed to find Cbeebies on the TV which made 3 small people very happy when they could watch Mike The Knight and Abney & Teal!!!! There were also hair dryers in each room which helped with 3 women fighting over the one that was packed!!

The staff are more than happy to help with anything you need and the restaurant manager even gave my son a pad and pen as he wanted to take orders. They were also very friendly with my 15 month old niece.

There are luggage trolleys available and a lift to all floors which helps when you have packed a lot for a family holiday.

The hotel boasts a beautiful swimming pool, play park and a pitch and put golf course. The play park had swings, slide, volley ball net, table tennis and wooden climbing structures as well as plenty of green space for the children to run.
The pitch and putt was very well maintained and had a couple of quaint bridges over small water areas and clearly marked flags. The clubs and ball for the golf were free of charge, as were towels for the pool.

The pool is out door and heated well, with a separate kids area from the main pool, that ranged from 1m to 1.7m deep. It is perfectly clear and spotlessly clean with a beautiful terrace with sun loungers and garden furniture within close reach of the bar. As someone who has worked in leisure for a number of years I can honestly say this is the cleanest, most well-kept outdoor pool I have had the pleasure in using. The children’s pool was significantly warmer than the main pool which helped with our niece as she is used to a warm pool All 3 children loved it ( in fact we found it hard to get them out!!!)
All in all the peninsula is an outstanding hotel which boasts not only the ability to cater for couples but is also more than welcoming of families with children and makes everyone feel very welcome. Would I stay here again? A firm yes!!

Room Tip: Room 308 had a fantastic sea view!!! Very big room with a double and single bed and a family size ba...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We had a great time here - the weather was fab which I am sure helped. Our room was comfortable and had everything we needed. The seaview was wonderful. All of the staff were lovely and more than helpful. We ordered room service and had a bar meal and dined out the rest of the time. One point to mention is the pool - it was heated which was fab for the kids and I could have happily spent more time by the pool. We will definitely be back

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Recommended by a friend I would second that, very good value for money,although we stayed on a bed and breakfast basis,to allow us not to be tied to returning at a set time for evening meals,the bar meals were very good , so would consider half board next time.....

Room Tip: Had a room at rear of hotel which also had a sea view...ideal for sunsets!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2013

We spent 4 nights at the hotel and had a lovely time.
We ate in the bar for 3 nights of our stay, the food was reasonably priced and good, the bar staff seemed very friendly too. Do arrive early if you want a buffet meal in the dining room on either Thursday or Sunday though as it is not replenished.
The hotel is a 1 minute walk from the beach which has great views across the bay and also a very short walk to the bus stop.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Bramshill, Hants
Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2013

We stayed here after a cancelled flight out to Alderney so didn't know what to expect. You’ll get an idea of its location from its name! The staff were wrm, friendly and helpful. The accommodation is adequate but think 1970's US Best Western chain and you'll get the idea. If they lost the prints in the rooms and replaced them with something from the 21st century it would help. Breakfast was good so no real complaints for our one-nighter there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stroud, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Just back from our first trip to Guernsey, what a lovely holiday we've had! The warmth, and helpfulness of all the staff, from Reception to those in the dining room made our stay at the Peninsula a very happy experience. Our room (at the back but with interesting views and full of sunshine in the late afternoon)was clean and nicely furnished and the bed wonderfully comfortable (we slept very well.)
The food was very good with plenty of choice at both breakfast time and at dinner. We ate in the dining room each night but friends enjoyed the bar meals too. At dinner the menu is varied to include meat, fish or vegetarian choices to suit all tastes and diets and the staff are always there to make sure you have what you need. I loved the buffet starters on Sundays and Thursdays, I love fish of all kinds but my husband prefers meat so we were both happy.
Because the weather was good and there is so much to see and do in Guernsey we did not spend much time in the lounge but it was warm, spacious and furnished with comfortable chairs and settees
The roads on the island are narrow and twisty and many are bounded by granite walls so we did not hire a car but we found the bus service , with the bus stop a few minutes walk from the hotel, more than adequate. The bus drivers must be the most helpful we've ever come across.
We would not hesistate to recommend the Peninsula hotel and Guernsey to anyone looking for a holiday near home. (flights from Bristol take less than an hour)

Room Tip: We were more than happy with our room at the back (on 2nd floor) and would not have paid extra for t...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Peninsula Hotel
Address: Les Dicqs, Vale GY6 8JP
Location: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Guernsey > Vale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vale
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Peninsula Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 99
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