We booked a few nights’ stay at this hotel, lured by the promise of a “heavenly” experience and the ultimate in escapism – the hotel being situated not just on remote Sark, but on Little Sark, its remotest corner.
Atmosphere. Wonderful – quiet and relaxing. Sark has a charm all of its own, from the unpaved roads through to the horse-drawn carriage which met us at the harbour, the scenery and clean air.
Room. Our ‘superior’ room was pleasant and spacious. Note, however, that there are no televisions, radios, or tea and coffee making facilities, nor (more understandably) are there modern luxuries such as air-conditioning, trouser presses, or safes. No lock on the door, either.
Restaurant. The food was of mostly good quality (especially the lobster and the puddings), but the cuisine was certainly not exceptional, and there were one or two disasters, such as an onion soup so overseasoned as to be virtually inedible, and a cheeseboard of rather pedestrian cheeses, accompanied by Jacob’s Cream Crackers. The service, provided by an army of Polish waiters, was friendly but uneven. Frankly, the dining experience was a disappointment, especially in view of the very high prices.
Good points. Escapist atmosphere, beautiful views.
Bad points. Poor value for money, indifferent service, very opaque pricing structure with numerous hidden or unadvertised ‘supplements’ and service charges, most rooms not in main hotel, and some a considerable distance away.
In summary. Make no mistake, staying at La Sablonnerie is an experience. It is very beautiful, very tranquil, and somewhere totally different. But unfortunately it offers poor value for money. The food and service are not quite good enough, but all the hidden supplements are what will deter us from returning. I have never been to a hotel where it is compulsory to pay a 10 percent service charge on accommodation. And to imply that various services (such as the horse and cart) are included, and then to charge quite a significant sum for them on the final bill, is sharp practice. Far better to tell guests what they have to pay and let them decide whether they want to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the magical charm of La Sablonnerie, a hotel of rare quality situated in the southern part of Sark, even more beautiful, remote and romantic than the rest. Unspoiled and scenic, it is a haven for lovers of peace and tranquillity. Nestled in the lovely award winning gardens(Sark Midsummer Show 2012) this oasis of hospitality has an enchanting air of simplicity and sophistication. The bar is a convivial meeting place with a roaring log fire. Savour a gourmet luncheon or dine romantically by candlelight. Excellent cuisine, including fresh Sark lobster and produce from the farm and gardens. Own horses and carriages. A truly amazing experience. Don't leave the Channel Islands without visiting Sark and Little Sark.It will be an experience that will live with you forever. Birds, Butterflies and Flowers - SARK - How could one not enjoy this beautiful paradise? A stepping stone to heaven. An hotel with a real 'joie de vivre' ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Sablonnerie Hotel Sark
- La Sablonnerie Sark, Channel Islands