Jersey wasn't on our bucket list but we went to watch our son play in the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Competition. Jersey was a delightful place to visit and the Mayfair Hotel was a great base.
We chose the Mayfair as it was one of the official tournament hotels and the team had chosen to stay there as it was the cheaper of the 2 official hotels.
The decor and furnishings were abit dated and some worn but it was winter and the hotel was consistently warm, the water always hot (maybe too hot?). Bed comfortable and room clean.
Reception was brightly lit & manned 24 hours, As advertised there are complimentary computers at reception which although always in demand you didn't have to wait too long to have a go. But they were quite slow. The complimentary wi-fi in the lounge area (none in room) had a maximum number of connections so once the max was hit, you had to wait till someone disconnected before you could get one. So the trick was to get connected before the rush period. The broadband would slow down considerably at peak usage times. But it was good to have complimentary internet access.
What I liked about the breakfast was the continental section was buffet .. the usual choices of cereal, canned fruit, etc but for the hot food, the waiter took your order so you knew it was fresh cooked & all you ordered was what you got which was good - so you are not tempted to go back for more & over eat the 'bad' stuff but you could as much good stuff as you wanted. LOL. The last reviewer Hamiltonlass08 could not have described it better. We found the 'Basil Fawlty' ness amusing.
We decided to buy the dinner package they offered us when we checked in - to join the team. 4 course meal (starter, soup, main, dessert & coffee/tea) for a fixed price - everyday the menu changed (menu's available on their website) & there's a choice of 2 to 3 for each (starter, main, dessert). Some people thought is was canteen-ish but I thought, some of it was ordinary but some quite nice. You were served at the table and the quantity of food was plenty enough. The boys were all full and they were all big eaters. My only regret is .. buying the meal package meant we didn't get to try any other Jersey dining but I rationalised that then I didn't have to go out in the dark & cold. Being winter many places were closed .. when I asked I was told 'in winter, Jersey hibernates' and it was almost true. The forts/castles, the shell house was closed. Oh, the 'Basil Fawlty' ness was evident at dinner time too. LOL.
Location of Mayfair made it close to walk to the city, main bus stop, the waterfront. Public buses were well priced & easy to use & good for seeing a little of the island. We bought the hotel's airport transfer package as we were arriving late & leaving very early and just wanted that peace of mind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The popular three-star Mayfair Hotel is conveniently located just a few minutes' walk from the centre of St Helier and a 10-minute stroll from the beach. Open all year round, the hotel offers a wealth of facilities including indoor pool, Jacuzzi and gym, along with regular evening entertainment, restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Accommodation options include twin/double and family bedrooms, each en suite with TV and tea/coffee making facilities and junior suites with separate lounge and bedroom areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mayfair Hotel St Helier
- Mayfair St Helier
- Mayfair Hotel Jersey/St Helier