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“Clean and comfortable with lovely gardens and pool”

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Westhill Country Hotel
Ranked #10 of 31 Hotels in St. Helier
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stayed here recently with some friends for a short break in Jersey. The hotel is a fair distance out of the main town, not really within walking distance for a night out but we got taxis down and back and it only cost about £6 each way. Having said that the hotel offers evening meals and provides a variety of entertainment in the bar. The hotel is set in lovely grounds that are very well maintained which would be a lovely place to relax in, but unfortunately we didn't have time due to our short stay. We found most staff to be very welcoming and helpful especially on reception and in the dining room (we only had breakfast but there was a good selection on the buffet table, including porridge, with tea and coffee served to the table along with your choice of cooked breakfast - all very nice thank you): The exception was a female member of staff serving in the bar who was brusque in her manner whenever she served us and on one occasion kept turning the bar lights on and off when we were the only guests left and talked with a colleague in a foreign language as if she was complaining about us! She is the reason I have not given 5 stars on this review, along with the lack of toiletries provided in the rooms. There were 2 small bars of hand soap and 2 sachets of shampoo which my partner tried to use but couldn't manage to open. The toilet roll was also not very good quality (sorry but that is a bug bear of mine!). Other than that our room was a good size, decor and furniture a bit dated, but clean. I noted the only form of heating in the room appeared to be an electric bar on the wall so not sure how warm the rooms would be in the cooler months. Lovely view over the gardens and ample supply of tea/coffee with kettle. I would recommend doing a round the island tour which the hotel will book for you with pick up from reception. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and our driver (Jamie on Waverley Tours) talked all day about the island and kept us entertained. To sum up though, a very nice hotel with mostly friendly staff.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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JonathanSmale, Owner at Westhill Country Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2013

Thank you very much for writing your review. We are all very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am sorry to learn about the manner inwhich you were dealt with by one of our members of our staff. The person involved has dealt with. This winter we do have a refurbishment plan in place which includes a new heating system for all bedrooms. I have also passed your kind comments on to the rest of the team! We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We only stayed in this hotel for 2 nights, but during that time I didn't really see why so many people give this place such rave reviews.
Booking experience was great - very helpful, as was check in and all other interactions with the reception staff - they were all very friendly, helpful and efficient.
The room was clean and comfortable, but pretty old fashioned and smelt a bit damp.
The only meal we ate at the hotel was breakfast, which was adequate, certainly nothing to rave about. Apart from the head waiter, the waiting staff were sullen.
We went for a quick walk around the grounds which were extensive, pretty and well kept - lots to do for kids and a lovely pool.
Loads of parking which seems to be a bonus for a St Helier hotel, but the walk into St Helier is a lot longer than the 20 mins we were advised - this was walking at a very fast rate to The Royal Yacht Hotel.
To add insult to injury some friends of ours who came out to Jersey at the same time, got a (very) late booking at The Royal Yacht Hotel in central St Helier for an extra night to us, but for less money - it was a special deal though.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

The Westhill continues to be a wonderful hotel with loyal hardworking staff. People continue to return here as it is very well maintained,has loyal hard working staff and remains spotless with all rooms/areas being maintained to a high standard.

Mathew and team welcome people and ensure that they provide all necessary information to help have a fantastic stay. The car park at the Westhill is large which in itself is unusual for Jersey.
The gardens are as most other reviewers have said vast and beautiful.

The very fact that a high number of staff have worked at this lovely hotel for years, shows the dedication to Mathew and the team. Marek should be given a 'segway' for the moving of tables/chairs/maintaining areas/serving food outside/taking meals outside to pool area/returning much enjoyed empty plates/teas/coffee/serving ice cream/cleaning tables/sorting out swimming towels for laundry/taking cases to rooms and then finding time to say hello to various people!! We were exhausted just watching him!!!

Jersey was again warm and welcoming this year .Big Vern's provided a few lovely well priced evening meals and friendly staff. We have only had breakfast at the Westhill, but again our breakfast was worthy of a much higher rating than the Westhill has.

You hear people say quite often on Trip Advisor , when making a Review that whatever hotel in the world that they went to that their holiday was not as it should have been due to 'staff'...and then give examples of this...The Westhill has much appreciated staff in a lovely, clean,fresh hotel with nothing being too much of a bother.

A hotel like this is so welcoming and friendly to the people who come through the doors, is worth every penny .The really lovely genuine Reviews of the Westhill are all true and a real credit to the people who run the hotel.

We were out all day every day most day's,but what a great feeling to return to the room/bar/pool in the evening to relax or enjoy the great entertainment each evening.

Room Tip: We had top floor garden view room, and it was lovely!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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JonathanSmale, Owner at Westhill Country Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2013

I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and I have passed your very kind comments on to the rest of the team! We are all saving up hard for Marek's segway next season. Hope to welcome you back in the very near future.

Jonathan Smale

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Having stayed at this hotel over many years we know how it has continued to improve and provide excellent service under the expert care of the management. It is a pleasure to stay and relax in pleasant surroundings with excellent food and service. You cannot ask for more - the staff are courteous and always attentive. It is no wonder this hotel is rated one of the best on the island - long may it remain so.

Thank you for so many hours of pleasure.

Mr & Mrs Raus

Room Tip: Ask for a pool/garden view - the hotel will always be willing to accommodate if possible.
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35  Thank Mr_and_Mrs_Raus
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JonathanSmale, Owner at Westhill Country Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2013

Dear Mr & Mrs Raus,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are all very pleased that you enjoyed yet another holiday in Jersey at the Westhill and everything was up to your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Jonathan R Smale

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was my second visit to this most wonderful hotel, and my husband joined us for this trip. He knows how fussy I am and wanted to stay at the only hotel that I have ever stayed in twice! He agreed with me in that the service is equivalent to any 4 star hotel, and that all the staff are friendly and so, so helpful.Okay so the rooms are not the most modern, but are very clean and comfortable, and have everything you need. I cannot fault The Westhill, and yes will stay there again, and again and again. Truly wonderful place, with the most wonderful staff. Thank you all so much.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Gillypops474
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JonathanSmale, Owner at Westhill Country Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

We are all delighted that your second stay with us was up to expectations and thank you for taking the trouble to write your review. We hope to see you all again next year!

Jonathan Smale
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I liked the gardens which were well kept, and my children enjoyed the pool. I myself appreciated being to use the hot tub after spending the best part of the day exploring Jersey. We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis only, food was adequate. However the only drawback was that we were above the Twilight Suite, Saturday night was noisy due to a wedding disco.

Room Tip: Try to find out if a hotel has a function room, if you want a quiet holiday.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Teresa C
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JonathanSmale, Owner at Westhill Country Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Thank you very much for writing your review. We are all very pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed the use of the swimming pool & spa daily. I'm sorry to learn that the music from the Wedding party was an issue on the Saturday evening. We do however cater for 8 to 10 wedding partys a season. It is the policy of the hotel that music always finishes by 11.15pm.
If you and the family decide to visit us again in the future a quiet room will be allocated for you.

Jonathan Smale
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed at the hotel recently as part of a family party celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. The hotel is nicely situated away from the town but accessible by means of a hotel bus which runs regularly. The outstanding feature of this hotel are the staff members. They are very friendly and anxious that we would ask them for help. It seemed to be a pleasure for them to help us out of whatever small problem we had. The grounds are lovely and extensive too. The outdoor heated pool is superb. I swam there each morning on my own and it was such a pleasure. The grounds staff kept everything spic and span. There are also other outdoor activities such as games facilities including an outdoor pool table.
The hotel itself is a little dated and unfortunately must find it difficult to compete with the rapidly rising standards in the trade. Having said that everything is spotless and perfectly adequate to ones needs. A lift/elevator is a glaring omission which is in the works I believe. Wheelchair access is a problem above the ground floor. The restaurant was pretty good, the staff very helpful and friendly. As a man with a large appetite I found the portions slim enough but the quality good.
Overall I rate this hotel very highly despite some shortcomings. While the rooms and decor might be a little 1980's the excellent service and wonderful atmosphere more than compensate. I highly reccomend this hotel to anyone either with a young family or an older couple, you will ave a very relaxing and pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Ask for room overlooking the pool and grounds
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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JonathanSmale, Owner at Westhill Country Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2013

Thank you very much for writing your review. We are all very pleased to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. I have passed your kind comments on to the rest of the team! We hope to welcome you back in the very near future.

Jonathan Smale
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Address: Mon-a-l'Abbe, St. Helier JE2 3HB
Location: United Kingdom > Channel Islands > Jersey > St. Helier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in St. Helier
#6 Romantic Hotel in St. Helier
Price Range: $102 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Westhill Country Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matthew and Jonathan wish you a very warm welcome to the Westhill Country Hotel which has been owned and run by the family for over forty years. We take pride in providing enjoyment; relaxation and value have been our standards since the hotel began. ... more   less 
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