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The Old Government House Hotel & Spa, St Peter Port, Guernsey
Guernsey's only five-star hotel, this grand dame presides over the capital St Peter Port from her perch at the top of a hill. Full of history and charm, the hotel began life as a merchant's house in the early 1700s before being taken over by the Guernsey government to become the home of the Lieutenant-Governor from 1796 to 1842, which gave the hotel its name. Inside, some of the grandeur remains, including the vaulted Regency room, which is lit by crystal chandeliers. Elsewhere there are plenty of interesting antiques and objet d'art with striking green upholstery in the French-themed brasserie and a deep magenta banquettes in the Curry room. Facilities include a small spa with a gym and outside is a tranquil garden with an outdoor pool.
We love that you can nip to the shops and return to your room multiple times in a day.
The hotel is on a hill above the harbour of St Peter Port, Guernsey's capital.
By plane: flights from London Heathrow to Guernsey take around one hour 15 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport.
By boat: ferries to St Peter Port run from Poole (3 hours) and Portsmouth (7 hours). condorferries.co.uk
Style & Character
The hotel is perfectly suited to wealthy travellers who crave character and style. We love the red carpet on the steps, which heralds a grand entrance.
Service & Facilities
We appreciated the offer of a hot chocolate to warm up when arriving back from a wet walk.
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
The Centenary Suite is lavishly furnished with leopard-print bedspread and upholstered chairs. It has its own seating area with a chess board and floor-to-ceiling windows. Your room is returned to an immaculate state at turndown and cookies are left on your bed for a midnight snack.
Classic Double, Queen, Queen Balcony, King/Twin, Seaview King/Twin, Seaview Balcony King/Twin, Studio Suites, Centenary Suite, Sark Suite, Herm Suite, In Residence Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, luxury toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, mineral water, use of spa
Food & Drink
The breakfast menu has plenty of alternative options such as smoked haddock kedgeree with brown rice, coriander, peas and poached egg. The traditional Natal lamb curry in the Curry Room bursts with fragrant flavour.
The Brasserie: steaks, seafood, modern European cuisine. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £16.
The Curry Room: tradition Indian cooking. Open for dinner Weds-Sun. Three courses from £45. Closed till end of March 2022.
The Olive Grove: cocktails, wood-fired pizzas, outdoor dining. Open May-August.