My wife and I have just returned from a week staying in a one bed self catering apartment at La Barbarie (Suite 112). We chose this hotel following the previous TA reviews and we were not disappointed in any way. We can honestly say that this is one of the best run and most professional 3 star hotels that we have ever stayed at, any where in the world, over the last 30 years. Andy, the Managing Director, runs a very well organised establishment and it shows, by a very good team spirit amongst his staff.
The dining room staff led by Ivo, were particularly attentive and although most of the staff are from overseas, they were some of the most friendly servers that we have ever encountered and above all, they were always smiling and seemed happy in their work. A rare sight in some hotels these days. The restaurant was always busy on each night we ate there, but we never had long to wait between each course. It is not surprising they have won so many awards.
The hotel booked our ferry crossing via a local travel agent and we got a considerable discount, rather than direct through the ferry company. We also booked the evening meals in advance, so the Table d’hote was only £17 each. A real bargain. You could mix and match with the a la carte menu for small supplement. The table d’hote menu was different every night. The food, especially the fish and lobster, is absolutely brilliant and we had no complaints whatsoever. Although we never saw the chef and his staff, we offer our whole hearted compliments. A great testimony to this restaurant is the large number of locals who eat there. Always a good sign.
Our apartment was a 1st floor one bed flat, with a king size bed (two single divans together), a bathroom with shower and bath and a kitchen/dining/lounge area. It was all well presented and clean. Although there was a warning note about water pressure problems, outside of the hotel’s control and boundaries, we encountered no problems, although the internal water pipes were a little noisy at night, especially when other apartments flushed their WC’s and the cisterns refilled from the main tank. The site is fairly compact and there is a small heated pool, with a few tables, chairs and sun loungers around and close to it.
Although we took the car over and used it most days, there is a bus service within 100 metres of the door, although you are restricted to the times of the service. All parking is free on the island but you do need to purchase a clock (about £2) and display it in the timed zoned areas, especially near to St Peter Port. St Peter Port is fairly tight on parking and the 10 hour bays do seem to be taken by the office workers during the weekdays. However the 1, 2 and 3 hour bays do have a fairly high turn over. The added bonus is petrol is about 20p a litre cheaper than the UK !! The roads and lanes are narrow with high brick walls and hedges, so a small car is an advantage.
Saints Bay is about a 10/15 minute walk away from the hotel, although there is a fairly steep hill on the way back. There are a number of walks on cliff paths, nearby.
Herm is well worth a visit with some lovely cliff paths and deserted sandy beaches.
The weather for our week, was for just about unbroken sunshine, which together with this superb hotel made for a memorable holiday. We’ll be back to La Barbarie.
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- Also Known As:
- La Barbarie St Martins
- Hotel La Barbarie
- La Barbarie Hotel Guernsey/St Martins