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“Unique atmosphere, poor value & service, hidden supplements”
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La Sablonnerie
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sark
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2006

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.

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2006

We recently stayed for a week at this amazing hotel. We have been to Sark many times but decided to push the boat out a little as this was a "special" year for us. La Sablonnerie on Little Sark is a very special place and I defy anyone not to be totally relaxed at the end if their stay. It is perfect for those who like walking, as it is a couple of miles to the village to get the papers in the morning. But the walk and the views are glorious!

Arrangements can be made to be collected to and from the boat by horse drawn carriage, but as we were very familiar with the island we preferred to walk to the hotel, this takes about an hour. Arriving at the hotel, we were welcomed by Elizabeth (the owner) who was very charming and showed us to our room.

We had booked a superior room but little expected how nice it would be be. It was very spacious and the views across to Herm and Guernsey were spectacular . The furnishings and bathroom were very clean and comfortable and of a very high standard. The rooms were serviced every morning whilst we were at breakfast and yet again whilst we were at dinner. After a days walking round the island it was nice to be able to spend some time in our room knowing that there would be no disturbances from the chambermaid. The only very small criticism I would have is the lack of toiletries provided, other than soap, although this was replenished every day.

Fresh fruit was available in our room throughout our stay and, although there were no tea and coffee making facilities, a fresh pot of tea was always available on request. Another plus, ensuring that our stay was one of complete relaxation, was the lack of a television or radio.

The food at this hotel was absolutely gorgeous, much of it coming from the hotel's farm and garden. If you like seafood, you will be in heaven!! The chef's speciality must be desserts, because they were wonderful and very creative and the service in the restaurant is probably the best I have ever encountered. Luckily the walking during the day counteracted the calorific value of the food! We also had lunch in the Tea Garden directly opposite the hotel, which is a wonderful sun trap, the food being prepared to the same high standard as the hotel.

We found the service at this hotel to be exemplary, Elizabeth has trained her staff well! She herself is particularly attentive towards her guests, making everyone feel like and old friend. Nothing is too much trouble for her. Many of the guests had been coming for many years and it is not difficult to see why. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay and will definately be going back.

It is not cheap to stay at the Sablonnerie but well worth the money. I would however, suggest that the hotel is not particularly suitable for young children, but that is maybe why it is so relaxing, peaceful and charming.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank SarkLover
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Reviewed June 7, 2006

It is hard to compare La Sablonnerie to other hotels as it is a fairly unique experience. It is definitely expensive, but whilst staying there you find yourself slipping into a completely relaxed way of life. The food is amazing, and all fresh from the farm next door, and you can cycle out to beaches everyday or walk around the coastal paths. I came back after a week feeling much fitter and healthier.The location on Little Sark is absolutely stunning and at night it is very quiet and peaceful -- after dinner each night we walked in the moonlight to look out at the other Channel Islands from La Coupee. The rooms are a bit variable and ours involved a trek to the bathroom, so it would be worth booking early in order to get an en-suite.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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8  Thank hmab2
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Reviewed March 14, 2006

La Sablonnerie Hotel SARK ISLAND
Date July 2005 (better late than never)
My wife and daughter decided to spend a few days at this lovely old hotel on Little Sark as we had previously stopped for afternoon tea the year before and it looked delightful.The publicity for the hotel is fabulous and we booked by phone. The room we were allocated was an old 2 bedroomed cottage 300 yards from the hotel with a bathroom built on to the back. Very quaint and we did'nt mind the walk for meals. Food was excellent - you have to eat in as the next hotel is too far to walk from in the pitch black night. The waiters and staff (from Poland mainly) were very polite but some had language difficulties. A few gripes niggled us and almost spoilt our stay. The horse and carriage from the harbour mentioned in all the adverts was charged at £5 per head (11 on board plus the driver) and our suitcaes by tractor were also charged by the case. On arrival all the rooms were surprisingly not ready! We were all encouraged to have a meal while we waited. Our choice of omelettes were refused as the chef did not wish to make any more (lunch time) and our request for a sandwich initially was turned down until we insisted. No bills were used and a number of people said they were worried about the eventual charge. They needed to be worried. On departure our invoice was for 4 people on the reason the cottage sleeps four. There was a charge for the bathroom of £24 per night and early tea (Cold) of £6 per morning. Charge for the carriage was again included although we had ample time to take a last walk across the island to the harbour. Admittedly the excesses were removed but I felt somewhat reluctantly. However despite these quibbles which we did not really expect to encounter in this day & age we enjoyed our return visit to Sark. In future we will stay on Guernsey and make day trips to Sark.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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17  Thank St Michael
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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 2, 2017
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2017
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: Little Sark, GY10 1SD
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Location: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Sark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sark
Price Range: $484 - $498 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Sablonnerie 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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 
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La Sablonnerie Sark, Channel Islands

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