The Boat House Restaurant Review in Jersey

The Boat House is a restaurant located in St Aubin’s which it is part of The Boat House Group. The Boat House is the group’s flagship venue and is described as a contemporary restaurant and bar which we would very much agree with.

The Boat House is a restaurant we always choose to visit when we are in Jersey. We love everything about the restaurant; the food, the views and the atmosphere.

The restaurant is located upstairs (upper deck) overlooking the sea, you can see for miles on a clear day.  It’s important to know that the upper deck is only open at the weekend (Friday-Sunday).

The menu is predominately fish (like most places in Jersey), they have an extensive menu that made it difficult for me to choose what to order as there was so much I could have chosen.

We started with a bottle of Moët champagne which was a lovely treat as we were celebrating my mums birthday.

For starter I went for the Jersey Crab which was served with fresh lemon, celeriac remoulade, capers on toasted sour dough bread. It was so delicious and incredibly filling, I would definitely recommend it as a starter.

My parents ordered the Fish Mixed Grill to share which includes a selection of fresh seasonal shellfish and is served with new potatoes. This looked pretty epic and my parents said it tasted delicious as well. It cost £46.50 and for the amount of fresh fish they got it was amazing value.

I went the the Duck which was served with a gravy and blackberries. It also came with roasted pumpkin and potato. I ordered some broccoli to have on the side as I do love a bit of veg! I would 100% recommend this dish and I would definitely opt for it again.

I was so full after my main course I unfortunately couldn’t fit in a dessert! I did see the dessert menu though and they all looked super tasty!

There is also a bar and restaurant on the ground floor (main deck) where we have also been for a drink, the vibe is completely different and much more relaxed to the upper deck. They have TV’s for major sporting events and also sell an extensive range of beers and wine. The main deck is open seven days a week and has an a la carte menu.

There is also an outside seating area which on a nice day is absolutely heaving giving the place a lively atmosphere.

We are yet to try any of the other Boat House Group restaurants but they are definitely on our list. The Tree House is located in St Brelade and The Farm House is St John.

The Somerville Hotel Restaurant Review

My Grandad chose to spend his 90th birthday at The Somerville Hotel which is located in St Aubin’s in Jersey, a quaint fishing village.  The restaurant was booked for forty adults at 13:00PM.

The afternoon begun with a Champagne reception, there were a selection of juices you could add to the champagne which I was happy about as Champagne isn’t my drink of choice I would always opt for Prosecco out of choice (my Mum would kill me if she heard me say that). The juice purees included peach, orange and blackcurrant I went for the peach flavour and it was utterly delicious, the Champagne was flowing and the waiters were brilliant at topping up the glasses which we were more than happy with.

We were seated at 13:30PM and in front of us was a personalised 90th birthday menu which was a nice added touch. A waitress came round and served us fresh warm bread and there was the option to have white or brown. We were given enough time to decide what we wanted to eat from the menu before the waitress came round and took our order. We didn’t have to pick our dessert which we were happy about as this is something we often struggle to choose prior to eating our main course as we are never sure what we are going to feel like; are we going to want sweet or do we want cheese? Oh the struggles.

There were four starter options; Cauliflower soup with bacon lardons, smoked ham hock, citrus cured salmon and marinated tiger prawns. I went for the cauliflower soup which was beautiful and very flavoursome, I would definitely recommend.

Prior to the starter being served the wine was poured which was a delicious crisp white Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand white wine. White wine isn’t usually my drink of choice I am much more a red wine kinda gal. I find White wine gives me really bad heart burn and it can be incredibly tangy, but this wine was utterly delicious and I found myself going back for more, in fact I didn’t go back for more the waiters were going round topping up our glasses which can become dangerous because you lose track of how much alcohol you have consumed!

There were four main course options; Roast Rump of lamb, char grilled scotch rump steak, pan fried fillet of sea bream or pan fried breast of chicken. I went for the steak which really isn’t like me! I almost always go for the chicken but for some reason steak is what floated my boat that day so that is what I went for.

There were also 4 Desserts; Raspberry soufflé with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate tart with macerated cherries, Brie de meaux with apples and biscuits oe a selection of ice-creas and sorbets with poached peppered peaches. I went for the raspberry soufflé as I had never tried one before. I certainly was not disappointed it was beautifully served and it was ridiculously light and fluffy. The chocolate tart was also Moorish and I helped myself to several spoonfuls of my boyfriend’s lol. My mum did comment that there was only one type of cheese on the cheese board which was slightly bizarre especially if you are not keen on a brie like cheese.

After we had finished our desserts a surprise birthday cake was bought out by the waiters for my Grandad which was a chocolate ganache cake decorated in macaroons. Of course we couldn’t say no to a slice of cake so what was 3 course meal had now turned into a 4 course meal (not that we were complaining). If you are celebrating a birthday we would definitely recommend ordering a cake, I am not sure whether they made it or whether they ordered it in but it was a lovely touch and tasted just as good as it looked.

Teas and coffee were served with mini plates of petis fleurs.

We enjoyed several gins as well which were served beautifully, we especially liked the tanquray gin with a slice of grapefruit and sparkling tonic water. The waiter knew a lot about his gin and how each of them should be served so it was interesting to learn a little bit about the different gins.

Couldn’t fault anything about lunch at The Somerville Hotel and we would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you have  a party to arrange or you just want to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the weekend whilst visiting jersey

The Somerville Hotel Review

One of the best 4 star luxury hotels Jersey has to offer is The Somerville Hotel nestled in the hills overlooking the charming harbour that is St Aubin- a definite must visit if you are visiting Jersey.

We stayed at The Somerville Hotel in January whilst we were visiting Jersey for the weekend. We had only ever read good reviews about the hotel and we had been dreaming about staying there for a few years. It was the perfect location for us as well as we had a birthday celebration at the hotel restaurant on the Saturday afternoon.

Upon arrival the staff checked us in and made sure we knew exactly where to find our rooms. We were allocated a room on the first floor which had incredible views overlooking the sea.

The room was a good size it wasn’t huge but it was perfect for the two of us. The room was attractively furnished and each room is furnished slightly differently ensuring they all have character whilst at the same time all adding a sense of comfort and charm.

We had two really good nights sleep, the beds were super comfy, they had a selection of pillows to choose from and even with the windows open we didn’t get woken by any outside noise.

The bathroom was immaculate and we noticed the elements shower products right always. If you haven’t smelt elements before you NEED to the products smell divine.

We also loved the dressing gowns, nothing beats getting out the shower and wrapping up in a warm dressing gown that has been heating on the towel rack.

The room was quite hot upon arrival so we opened the windows and spoke to the receptionist on our way down for dinner to switch the heating down, which didn’t seem to be a problem.

The Staff at The Somerville are efficient and incredibly polite, the service they offer is 5 star and you never get the feeling that anything is too much to ask. The staff are always on hand to help making sure your stay is as comfortable and as relaxed as possible.

A self service breakfast is available which is of course one of our favourite things about a hotel, you can read our Somerville breakfast review here.

We went for a wonder around the gardens in the morning as we wanted to get a closer look at the pool. The Somerville have a heated pool that is open from May- September so unfortunately we couldn’t go for a dip but we imagined how peaceful it must be during the summer months- another reason to return.

The food at the Somerville restaurant cannot be faulted. We had a three course lunch that also deserved a post of its own. The hotel bar staff are also incredibly knowledgable about drinks and make the most delicious cocktails. We love gin and the way they served it was just superb.

There is WiFi at the hotel which works well, it is open WiFi so no password is needed you just log in via twitter or a form.

It’s easy to see why it’s one of Jersey favourite most talked about holiday hotels. We certainly Wouldn’t hesitate to stay again, we had the most perfect stay.

5 Work Trip Hotel Hacks

Recently we have been staying away in hotels for a work much more frequently and thought it was only right to write a work trips hotel hacks blog post. When you are working away from home there is nothing worse than not feeling comfortable and not getting a good nights sleep especially if you are staying there all week.

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Take your own pillow- we always struggle to sleep places where we don’t have our own pillow, it may sound mad taking your own pillow with you but if you are fussy with pillows that it is a great idea. Staying away from home for a week with a pillow that isn’t like your usual one can be hell.

Ear plugs- Hotels can be noisy especially if you have people staying in the rooms above you (honestly it sometimes sounds like we have had a heard of elephants in the room above)! Often hotels can be on busy main road which means if you open your window for a bit of fresh air you are likely to hear traffic all night so pack a pair of earplugs in case.

Book the breakfast but not the evening meal- we always book the breakfast at the hotel because we love hotel breakfasts but we often opt out of the evening meal. It’s nice to try new places for dinner when you have a bit more time in the evenings so we would suggest not pre booking the evening meal otherwise you could end up with a Toby Carvery for the rest of the week (not that there is anything wrong with that if you love a roast).

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Don’t pay for Wi-Fi- you may have to pay for Wi-Fi in some hotels but often the Wi-Fi will be free or they have an option for you to pay to use the upgraded version (especially in the premier inn). The free Wi-Fi is usually find we especially find the free Wi-Fi in the premier inn to be great so definitely don’t feel like you have to pay. Maybe test out the free Wi-Fi and if it’s not great then maybe pay the dollar if necessary.

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Take short pyjamas- what is it with hotel rooms being so dam hot! We always feel the cold usually but whenever we stay in a hotel it feels like we are waking up after taking a nap on the sun lounger on holiday, blooming hot!

EIX Alcudia Hotel Review 

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During our trip to Mallorca we decided to stay in Alcudia a seaside resort about 45 minutes away from Palma. The hotel we stayed at was called EIX Alcudia. It was in fact an adults only hotel which we have never stayed in before so we were interested to see if there was any difference in our experience.

Upon arriving at the hotel the reception staff handed us each a cold glass of cava, this was a lovely surprise and incredibly refreshing seeing as we had just driven 45 minutes in a taxi with no aircon. We booked the hotel directly through the hotels website as they promised a free airport transfer. We did try and get in contact with the hotel before our stay to book the transfer but we didn’t hear back from them so unfortunately we did have to pay for a taxi.

We were able to check into our room slightly early which was a result and meant we could settle in right away. Our rooms were a decent size and very clean, we were particularly impressed to see we had been given a room with a balcony overlooking the Swimming pools.

We didn’t realise the hotel had two pools, there was a large rectangle pool and also a curved pool which were separated by a bridge. We spent the majority of our time by the smaller curved pool as we preferred the atmosphere and the steps that led you into the pool where perfect for sunbathing on.

The hotel did state they had a gym so of course we had to check it out whilst we were there. We wouldn’t really call it a gym it was the smallest hotel gym we ever seen the cross trainer was practically next to the jacuzzi, needless to say we didn’t go back. When we were taking a look we did happen to notice the spa facilities on offer at the hotel. There was a jacuzzi as mentioned previously but also a sauna and steam room.

The breakfast choice was amazing they had everything you can imagine on offer (minus smoked salmon). The fry up was pretty impressive if you are into them, imagine 3 or 4 different types of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. They had an egg chef that would prepare made to order omelettes, he was also in charge of cooking pancakes, waffles and friend eggs. We also happened to notice they had cava on offer which is something we haven’t seen before.  We also loved the fact you could sit outside and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine.

The Internet connection at the hotel was amazing, we got so much work done on this holiday and we were able to upload our vlogs go YouTube daily which was amazing.

We had a cloudy day in the middle of our stay and one of the reasons we booked this hotel was because we knew they had bike hiring facilities. We went to reception to book our bikes for the day and we were picked up in a minibus and taken to the bike shop. It was ridiculously cheap only costing something like €10 for the entire day.

We mentioned earlier about the free shuttle bus service that came with the hotel, the day before we departed the hotel we spoke to the receptionist who contacted the shuttle bus service and arranged our transfer. There was a bit of confusion at first as the shuttle bus company couldn’t find us on the system, but once we explained that no one replied to our email about use arranging it they seemed fine.

If we were to go back to Alcudia we would definitely stay at this hotel again the location was perfect, it was less than a five minute walk to the beach, shops and restaurant which was ideal.

If you have any other questions about the hotel please do let us know, so we can answer them for you.

 

TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel Review 

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Recently we went on holiday to Mallorca and during our time there we stayed in Palma for three nights. We stayed in a Melia group hotel called TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel.

We arrived at the hotel at 22:00, checked in and went up to our room. The room we had been allocated upon arrival was spacious and very clean, the bed was comfy and we had a great nights sleep (all that travelling knocked us out). We woke up early and went for a morning run, on our return we had a shower and noticed a strange smell coming through the drains. We decided to go down to reception to voice our concerns and the staff on reception were great and immediately moved us to a new room which had a lovely view of the port.

We had to a wait a few hours for our new room to be ready and because of this the guest relations manager offered us free breakfast for the remainder of our trip. If you know us at all you will understand how happy this made us we LOVE breakfast.

The breakfast was incredible, we love hotel breakfasts and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did they have a great variety of products the quality of the food was also amazing. We have noticed that lots of hotels are now offering a wide variety of milks including lots of non dairy options which we absolutely loved. We loved the fact you could also sit outside and enjoy the breakfast, quite a few hotels like you to sit inside whilst eating which is something that really annoys us. If we went back to this hotel we would definitely book the breakfast there is nothing we could fault.

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The pool was a decent size but the sun beds were rather cramped. It was a nice surprise to see they provided towels at the pool, we didn’t actually use our own towels all week which we wish we new before because towels are dam heavy! One thing we noticed is the lack of music being played at the pool, we love a bit of music at the pool but maybe that’s the norm when your not at a cheap hotel!

We didn’t actually use the gym at this hotel but we did go and check it out while we were there. The gym at the hotel was a decent size and it was well equipped for a hotel gym. They had several machines and lots of free weights etc. We got the impression the hotel was used business conferences etc so it’s a good gym for individuals that are away on business.

Taxis were always waiting outside the hotel which was incredibly handy, especially if you want to hop in a taxi and visit another part of the island.

The wifi at this hotel wasn’t great in our room which was the place we were mainly using wifi (uploading YouTube videos was painful). Wifi in the communal areas was far better and we were not the only ones desperately trying to get a wifi connection over breakfast because we nearly chucked the laptop against the wall waiting for our YouTube video to upload in our room.

The aircon was brilliant and we loved the fact there was a dial next to the bed for us to use at night if we wanted to turn the aircon up or down. We didn’t have to pay extra for the aircon either like you do in some hotels which was nice.

The location of the hotel was superb, we were a 15 minute walk away from the town centre where there were lots of shops and restaurants to eat at. There were also several restaurants opposite the hotel on port which offered a very picturesque view.

Hotel Arai Review-Barcelona

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We went away to Barcelona recently for our friends hen do. We didn’t do much research on where to stay prior to booking which is unusual for us but the hen found a beautiful hotel she had her heart set on so we agreed and went ahead and booked the hotel. As the time got closer to us visiting Barcelona we looked up the location of the hotel and realised we were staying in the gothic quarter which looked beautiful!

When arriving at hotel Arai we were greeted by the staff who made us feel incredibly welcome. We weren’t able to check into the hotel when we arrived as it was only 11am and check in wasn’t until 3pm. The hotel staff offered to store our luggage while we went out and explored the city which was a great help. The hotel took our phone number and called us when the room was ready which was handy.

When we arrived back at the hotel ready to check in the hotel staff had already moved our baggage to the room which was incredibly helpful of them (considering we had a lot of luggage as well). We were shown to our room by the hotel staff and we had already fallen in love with the hotel the decor was beautiful.

There were four of us sharing a room/apartment, we had 1 double bed and 2 single sofa beds. the room wasn’t that spacious for 4 adults and we did feel like we were living on top of each other. For the money we paid for the room we would have expected a slightly bigger room. Saying that though we didn’t spend much time in the room as we wanted to make the most of the beautiful Barcelona weather.

The hotel provided us with a bottle of red wine on our arrival which was nice touch. We enjoyed this one evening and it was probably one of the nicest wines we have had it was so delicious.

The Wifi at the hotel wasn’t too great we kept losing connection which we wouldn’t have usually minded when on holiday but we did have quite a bit of work that we needed to get done. When on holiday blogging doesn’t just stop and we do rely on a good internet connection.

We were really lucky to have a hotel with a roof top pool and this was one of the reasons why we booked the hotel. The pool wasn’t massive but we didn’t expect it to be as we had seen the photos on the hotels website. We chilled most afternoons on the roof top sun beds using towels that had been provided by the hotel, it was so lush and very relaxing. We spent our evenings on the roof top prior to going out for dinner, the sun was going down and the lighting was beautiful-perfect for photos.

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We could have asked for a more perfect location. we just had to step outside the hotel and we were already in the middle of the gothic quarter.

The gym at the hotel was like any other typical hotel gym it was small and limited but that didn’t bother us as we chose to go on morning runs instead of using the gym.

We would definitely recommend this hotel for the Future and we would be sure to visit again. The hotel staff couldn’t be faulted and we felt incredibly safe in the hotel.

 

Review : Boss Legend Hotel Hanoi

For my last day in Hanoi and once the backpacking trip had ended I had decided to book myself into a nicer hotel to end the trip in style. Unfortunately the hotel I had booked was awful, awful location and the so called gym and swimming pool was a shambles. I sat in my room nearly in tears thinking this is not how I wanted my trip to end, so I got back online and after a bit of googling found the Boss Legend Hotel. The pool looked fab, as did the gym, there was an onsite spa and the location was ideal, right by the lake in the old quarter. I booked it straight away and headed in a taxi to the new hotel (after paying the old hotel a large amount of money for a 30 minute stay!!).

I guess it was bit of a shock when I turned up at the hotel as I had only booked the hotel 10 minutes and after a bit of juggling of rooms everything seemed to be sorted (phew!). The staff were friendly to me, although a little bewildered by this girl with a huge rucksack in gym gear turning up to this luxury hotel (just because I’m dressed like a traveller doesn’t mean I can live the luxury lifestyle too!!)
I was given the key to my room and headed in the lift to floor 6 and along to my room 602. I entered the room and instantly felt at home, the large bed, TV and lovely bathroom, I felt 10 times better!
I headed straight to the gym which was a good size and the views of the city were amazing whilst working out on the cross trainer.
The room had also provided me with a laptop which was pretty sweet, so I spent the rest of the afternoon writing blog posts whilst watching the tennis.

The next day I woke up early for breakfast which was served on the 11th floor again with amazing views of the city, in the summer you can also eat outside on the roof terrace which is a bonus. Breakfast had a large choice and I enjoyed croissants, French bread, pancakes and fruit.
I spent the morning chilling by the pool before checkout at 12. The pool was empty so was nice to have it all to myself and it was a good size.

After checking out I headed to the Legend Spa, which is the spa connected to the hotel in the basement, here I enjoyed my first ever hot stone massage and also got a gel manicure. The afternoon was lovely and I felt truly pampered.

In the evening I took the private shuttle arranged by the hotel to the airport.

Thank you to Boss Legend Hotel for being so accommodating and helpful to me and turning my frown upside down. You sure did make my last day in Hanoi and last day of the trip very memorable.

If I ever return to Hanoi I will sure stay with you again.