"A little bit of Africa in the middle of the Channel", The Duke of Richmond has "masses to take in", says The Times. With stylishly eccentric interiors -- think exotic leopard-print carpets and polished checkerboard floors -- you'd never guess that you're in Guernsey, where locals still sell eggs and home-grown freesias from honesty boxes on the quiet island lanes.
But it's not just the décor that turns heads. In the restaurant, guests can watch the chefs whip up homemade crab cakes and rotisserie chicken in the glass-walled kitchen, and sample wine imported from the owner's South African vineyard (Bouchard Finlayson). Squeeze in a splash in the heated outdoor pool (open during summer) and soak up the rays on the terrace.
Rooms are quiet, with modern stripes and bold colours, side-by-side with pretty chandeliers and period features. Many have sea views and extra beds can be accommodated in some rooms for families. Opt for a Junior Suite for more space -- some also have private terraces with lounge chairs.
The hotel is set in a quiet residential area overlooking Cambridge Garden, a 10-minute walk downhill to the seafront and town centre (St Peter Port is on a steep hill, so you might want to take a taxi back to the hotel).
Spend the day exploring the 800-year-old Castle Cornet on the harbour front or stroll to the Victorian Candie Gardens, where manicured lawns stretch towards stunning views across the rooftops and sea beyond. Don't miss Hauteville House, where Victor Hugo (author of Les Misérables) spent 15 years in exile.
From the press:
"It is a striking hotel with masses to take in" -- The Times
"The smartly uniformed team of staff provide professional standards of service" -- The AA Hotel Guide
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
24-hour room service
Baby-sitting service on request
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Outdoor space for some rooms
DVD / CD player & library
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Accessible meeting room
Accessible pool area
Facilities for guests with special needs
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children under 12 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Cot/crib available on request, in King Rooms and higher categories, free of charge for children up to the age of 2.
Extra bed available on request in the Superior King Rooms, Junior Suites and Penthouse Suites, free of charge for children up to the age of 12.
Extra bed for older children and adults available on request and in Penthouse Suites only, charged at 25% of the room rate, per night.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
Pets are allowed on request in rooms or suites with a balcony. Pet Preference Form must be submitted prior to arrival. A deposit may be required, contact hotel for further details.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
The outdoor swimming pool is closed from September to April.
It's a 15-minute drive from Guernsey's airport to the hotel, or you can take the 11 bus (30 minutes) to the bus terminus in St Peter Port, which is 20 minutes' walk from the hotel. For those arriving by ferry, it's also a 20-minute walk uphill from the port. The hotel is in the capital so you can do without a car, but it might be worth hiring one if you want to explore the island.
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