On our recent trip to Jersey we stayed at the beautiful sea-front Ommaroo Hotel in Havre des Pas. Built in 1837 and trading as a hotel for over 100 years, the Ommaroo offers spectacular views, family friendly service and a comfortable stay. The hotel is set across 4 floor levels and has 82 en-suite bedrooms, some bedrooms offer a spectacular sea view too. Family friendly rooms can sleep 3,4 or 5 people or there’s the option of interconnecting rooms.
As we arrived later than expected at the hotel, we were met by the friendly night porters who took us straight to our room. We stayed in a family room that sleep 4, the room was made up of a huge double bed and bunk beds for the kids. The first things I noticed about the room was how spacious, clean and bright it was.
Our room overlooked the hotels outdoor heated pool and had a beautiful view of the buildings in nearby St Helier. There was a good-sized family bathroom with walk in shower, like the rest of the room we found this to be spotless.
All of the rooms have flat screen TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wi-fi which is a huge bonus. The room we stayed in had a large built-in wardrobe with shelves and plenty of storage.
As it was our first time as a family all sleeping in the same room in a hotel I was initially worried that we would have sleepless nights. I needn’t have worried, we all slept soundly as soon as our heads hit the pillows. We all thought the beds were incredibly comfortable and reluctantly got up early so we would have lots of time to explore Jersey.
Breakfast at the Ommaroo is delicious, you can choose from a selection of self-service full English or continental. The waiting on staff are super friendly and even make you a rack of fresh toast. We all thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast, even our super fussy kids. The dining room is huge and spaced out perfectly. We ate breakfast on both days, I would love to show you some photo’s but hunger overtook organisation and I totally forgot to take any snaps.
The Ommaroo also offers a 3-course table d’Horte dinner and a’ la carte menu, we didn’t take advantage during our stay but the menu sounded amazing.
There are some gorgeous rooms on the ground floor to sit and relax. You can take in the sea view while enjoying a coffee or afternoon tea or relax in the TV lounge. There’s also a bar with a dance floor.
Outside there’s an enclosed garden complete with sun loungers, there’s a fantastic heated outdoor pool too. The kids were very excited that there was a pool they both love being in the water.
Right across the road from the hotel is the beach, swimming pool and The Lido. We spent Saturday evening on the beach, splashing in the sea as the tide came in. When we finished we wrapped the kids up in towels, crossed the road, went to our room and popped them straight in the shower. It made things so much easier being that close to the beach with young ones.
I think the Ommaroo have got the perfect balance, they have kept some of the original historic features of the hotel while making the rooms modern, fresh and bright. I love that on the walls they have original photo’s of the building displayed, you can read about the rich history of the hotel itself. Jersey is an island steeped in history so I think the Ommaroo is the perfect place to stay to immerse yourself in the whole island experience.
All of the staff we encountered at the Ommaroo couldn’t have been more friendly, happy and helpful. They all engaged well with the kids and made their stay that extra bit special.
We were sad to check out on Sunday and will definitely be back next time we visit Jersey.
Disclosure: Our stay was complimentary as part of our press trip to Jersey. All opinions are my own.