White-sand beaches, mild temperatures and a laid-back attitude make Guernsey in the Channel Islands a popular spot for a short break. Set just a 10-minute walk from the bustling St Peter Port, Old Government House Hotel & Spa is the island's only 5-star hotel and has won the best hotel in Guernsey title from the World Travel Awards for five years running (2009–2013).
Originally built as the Governor's House it became a hotel in 1858, before it was occupied during World War II. Today the manor house is full of character, with a grand entrance, wooden floorboards and rambling corridors.
There are a number of room types, all elegantly finished, but the most impressive are the Seaview Kings with picturesque views of the harbour and nearby Sark and Herm islands (some also have small balconies). Complimentary Wi-Fi and Internet TVs are standard in every room. Pets are welcome and families are well provided for.
When the weather's warm, take the rather lavish breakfast (served with sparkling wine) or afternoon tea outside at the Olive Grove, overlooking the ocean. For dinner, there are two restaurants -- the Brasserie and the Curry Room, which has 2-AA-Rosettes and was praised by The AA Restaurant Guide for its "smart modish-looking Indian dishes which steer clear of cliché". Sample delights such as the trio of aubergine with minted yoghurt, white fish and calamari curry, and rosewater rice pudding.
Guests have complimentary access to the outdoor pool and on-site Revolution Health club which has a gym, relaxation suite, sauna and steam room plus two whirlpools. Spa treatments are also available (charges apply).
From the press:
"I can find no fault with the elegance and attention to detail of their bedrooms" -- The Daily Telegraph
"Given it was once the official residence of the Governor, it is perhaps unsurprising that the OGH (as it is known) is in such a plum spot overlooking the old town and harbour" -- The AA Hotel Guide
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
Gym / fitness center
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Baby-sitting service on request
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Complimentary valet service
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
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: 2:30pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Infant's cot/crib and extra bed available on request and in the Studio Suites and Governor's Suites only: free of charge for children up to the age of 16.
Pets are allowed on request in rooms with a balcony and will be charged a one-night accommodation deposit payable on arrival (refundable providing no room damage).
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 pool is open from May to October (weather permitting).
There are regular flights to Guernsey from the UK mainland, and ferry crossings from the UK's south coast take as little as two hours and 45 minutes. It's a 15-minute drive from Guernsey’s airport to 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 renting one if you want to explore the island.
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