My last trip to a Butlins was Bognor, 19 years ago and boy have things changed. My wife and I took our 8 year old here for a three day break between Christmas and New Year. We took standard accomodation and thats what it was, very basic but Ok for just 3 nights. The heating was out of action for two of them but we got extra duvets on the first night and an electric heater on the second. We also got a letter of apology and and 20 pounds in vouchers. We were happy with that, nice one Butlins.
We paid for upgraded food and ate in the Yacht Club and I have to say the food was excellent. Plenty of choice, good quality and expertly prepared and presented.
Entertainment was varied and realy good, we saw a panto and a show. The sports were good too, we had a crack at the archery and all enjoyed it.
Groans - There are a lot of Eastern Europeans working here and not all of them are happy in their work. Whilst we had a delightfull girl bussing tables in the Yacht Club the guy with the ginger hair on the bungee jump trampoline could sour cream at 20 paces. The bar staff were quite surly, one kept calling me 'Pal' and I had to reprimand him. To his credit he did apologise. Also you are refered to as 'Guys' quite often even if one of you is a lady. I dont like that either.
Of course one expects to be targeted for the extraction of money but even i was shocked at the dazzling ammount of opportunities to part with your cash. Machines are everywhere, extras are expensive and those opportunities to have your photo taken and then pay a fortune for the resultant snap abound.
Overall a good experience. we will try Bognor again next but upgrade accomodation and food.
- Also Known As:
- Butlins Minehead Hotel Minehead
- Butlins Hotel Minehead
- Butlins Resort
- Butlins Minehead Resort Somerset