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.

 

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.