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Grisnoir Guest House, Guernsey – Review

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February 25, 2016

On our way back from France we decided to make a stop to explore the island of Guernsey and booked to stay overnight in the Grisnoir Guest House.
We arrived very late as our Ferry had been cancelled due to bad weather and we had to take the Condor Clipper and although it was relatively easy to find, the doors were locked when we got there. I attempted to phone them with no answer and was starting to get worried when I spotted a sign saying check-in was at the Abbey Court Hotel 60 yards down the road. I feel this information should have been clear on the website when we booked.
We checked-in and parked at the Abbey Court Hotel and the receptionist advised us that breakfast would be in the hotel before showing us to our rooms.
Grisnoir Guest House
We booked two family rooms as there were six of us staying and one had three single beds and an en-suite on the ground floor and the second room had a double and two single beds on the first floor with access to a shared bathroom. Both rooms were clean, tidy and warm and came with plenty of towels, tea / coffee making facilities and a small TV.
Grisnoir Hotel
If I am honest we were still all feeling a little green after a couple of hours out at sea and couldn’t wait to climb into bed and go to sleep. Isaac and Kian shared the downstairs room and Hubby and I had Eliza and Sebby in with us.
Grisnoir Hotel
The Grisnoir Guest House has free wifi which was really strong and meant I could keep the kids quiet in the morning with the iPads whilst everyone got showered and dressed.
Grisnoir Guest House
Hubby went downstairs to Kian and Isaac’s room to have a shower, although there was a shower room upstairs.
Grisnoir Guest House
Upstairs I gave Sebastian and Eliza a bath as we had only had a shower where we stayed in France.
Grisnoir Guest House
I am not sure how many people were staying in the Guest House, but we had no issues with queuing for the bathroom or people needing to get in.
All showered and dressed, we headed around the corner for our breakfast and found that the small dining room was packed full, with nowhere to sit. Thankfully it wasn’t too long a wait to be seated and Hubby, Kian and I had a full english breakfast and the kids enjoyed cereal, pastries and toast.
Grisnoir Guest House
All in all it was a comfortable stay, although not ideal having to walk in the rain to go for breakfast. If you are travelling with young children or have mobility issues it is worth mentioning that there are a lot of stairs in the property, with steps leading up to the front door and stairs and fire doors to negotiate inside.
Grisnoir Guest House
The rooms cost us £63 each which I thought was very reasonable. I would have prefered to be opposite or next door to Kian and Isaac however there was enough beds that Hubby could have slept downstairs with them if need be.
We checked out with no problems and headed off to explore Guernsey.

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  1. Reply

    Joanna

    February 25, 2016

    Glad that you managed to get in after a long journey. They definitely should have made it clearer on the website where u need to sign in. The place looks good though.

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    angela hamilton

    February 25, 2016

    They should have made the check in procedure clear on the website. I am glad you got in and settled. Looks like a lovely guest house though x

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    Emma

    February 25, 2016

    The lengths I go for for an English breakfast nowadays, I would even have dealt with a walk in the rain! Guernsey sounds lovely, need to add it to my very long list! 🙂

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    Dean of Little Steps

    February 25, 2016

    That looks like a very “handsome” building. I do like white crips linen. To me they just so clean and pristine 😉 Oh and I’m also a big fan of the full English breakfast, although admittedly after consuming one, I always feel the need to walk it off.

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    DannyUK.com

    February 25, 2016

    £63 for a room is really reasonable! One of the first things I look for in a hotel (after the price) is if there is any detail about the wifi, so it’s great to hear that this hotel has strong wifi.

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    Tori Gabriel

    February 25, 2016

    The check in procedure should have been more clear. Also not ideal to walk in the rain to get to breakfast. Glad you had a good stay regardless.

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    Zoe

    February 25, 2016

    What a terrible system for checking in! This should have been made really clear so as to avoid confusion, but glad you got it sorted. The hotel itself looks lovely though.

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    Ness

    February 25, 2016

    Bad system for the checking in but good on the Wi-Fi front. I can’t believe how bad or non-existent it is in some hotels still. I’m impressed it had a proper family room with separate beds as I’ve been offered bunk beds before and I know mine would fall out of them!

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    Cathy Glynn

    February 25, 2016

    The room looks comfortable enough, I hope you have all recovered from your journey x

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    Ana De- Jesus

    February 26, 2016

    I have never been to Guernsey before! In terms of the check in procedure they should have made it clearer but at least it was at a reasonable price.

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    Steph

    February 26, 2016

    It sounds a good price for the facilities available. The rooms look to be comfortable, and bonus with good wifi!

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    Cass@frugalfamily

    February 26, 2016

    Free wifi would have sold it for me 😉
    Where we’re staying in April it’s going to cost £18 for 3 days wifi which is ridiculous!

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      Kara

      February 26, 2016

      That’s amazing!!

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    Kizzy

    February 26, 2016

    Sounds an ideal solution for you travel problem. I always worry about this sort of thing happening whenever we travel.

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    anthea

    February 26, 2016

    I loathe it when you have to trundle around checking in somewhere especially when you’ve had a fair bit of travelling before hand. I hope you fed back that it would be helpful if they made this more obvious. Glad you all settled in though and it looks nice and roomy at a reasonable price

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    Jen

    February 26, 2016

    That is a reasonable price for the rooms really. I can understand feeling green after a sea journey and just wanting to sleep!

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    Rachel

    February 26, 2016

    The checking in system seems a bit of a faff but the room rate is really good x

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    Anne

    February 26, 2016

    Well your little lad looked comfortable on that bed 🙂 The place looks nice and I guess more than what you’d expect for that price. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Guernsey.

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    oana79

    February 26, 2016

    Sounds like a decent guest house, with plenty of room to rest. I am sure the breakfast arrangements were set in place due to the lack of customers during the winter months but they should have made it clearer for you, especially since they knew you were travelling with small children.xx

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    Ickle Pickle

    February 26, 2016

    This looks perfect for a stop over – good price too. The bathrooms look lovely. Kaz x

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    Michelle Twin Mum

    February 26, 2016

    Early morning wifi for the kids is so important! We are hoping to explore Guernsey later this year. Mich x

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    Erica Price

    February 27, 2016

    I bet you were glad to get there after your journey. I wouldn’t be mad keen on having to go out for breakfast though.

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    Miranda (Anosa)

    February 28, 2016

    I think they should have communicated that late check-in is done somewhere else etc and shame about the bathroom wait plus a small dinning area.

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    Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

    February 28, 2016

    Oh dear, you did have a bad time of it with those ferries! Still, those sheets look nice and crisp – nice to sink into after your difficult journey.

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    Sonia

    February 28, 2016

    Looks perfect for a good nights sleep after a journey, Not somewhere I’d want to holiday 😉

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    Grant R

    February 28, 2016

    We had a similar experience with the check-in at a hotel in Paris. We had to go to a completely different nearby hotel to get keys. Seeing as it was 1am, I wasn’t happy. We just wanted to get to our beds, so I feel your unhappiness with this. That aside, it looks like it met your needs, which is good enough 🙂

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    Jisean@ Band Directory

    March 6, 2016

    That guest house is looking nice. Each images showing clearly how nice that house inside condition is. I like the beds and bathroom condition is also good. Good to know you’ve had a great time there!

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    Charly Dove

    March 8, 2016

    That’s a good price for a guest house although I’m not sure what the going rate is in Guernsey! We’d like to go one day. Those beds look super comfy and must have been a welcome relief after the journey there. Sounds like you all had such a fab week away x

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