If you’re one of my regular readers you will already know I am a Butlins Ambassador 2013-2014 and having never been to a Butlins before and we have waited patiently for this week for nearly a year with both excitement and trepidation at the unknown.
On arriving we were in total awe at the size of the resort and were a little bewildered till the guard on the arrival hut explained where we needed to go, times and locations of things.
It was a really lovely touch and one that I have no doubt would be super beneficial if we had taken our holiday in the School Holiday.
Check in at our Hotel was 3pm however when we arrived at 12pm our room was ready so we had a really pleasant and unexpected early check in.
The Nelson State Room – when we arrived we were up on the top floor (435) and from the moment we walked through the door we were made up. It was nice and clean and super spacious with its large hall, bedroom with up and over bunks and the living room/master bedroom really was an experience!
Our room was serviced every day and if we had a query it was dealt with efficiently and the reception was staffed at all times which was great to know. We did have a minor issue with a plug not twisting so we couldn’t drain Joshua’s bath water .. it was very speedily rectified, so top marks Butlins!
With plenty of extras such as slippers, dressing gowns, mini toiletries and quality towels in our room it made it for a really luxury feel to our holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
During the week we had breakfast and evening meal included which was great for us with budgeting our finances. The morning breakfast has a fairly large range of items, pastries, fruit, juices, cereals and of course a cooked breakfast which was all buffet style and you could pick and choose what you wanted and how much.
Evening meals for the hotels are a slightly different affair, you are automatically put down to eat in your own hotels restaurant (which you can book the time that suits you), however you are free to eat at the other resturants like:
- The Beachcomber Inn
- Kaleidoscope Restaurant -Ocean Hotel
- South Coast Restaurant – Shoreline Hotel
- The Deck Restaurant – The Wave Hotel
- Rosso Lounge
- Papa John’s
- The Diner
When eating externally of your own hotel you will be given vouchers to take to the venue in part payment (these do not include drinks)
The resort itself was beautifully maintained for such a large place, with well laid out activities situated equally round the resort. The shops and most of the restaurants and eateries were found in the main area of the Sky Line Pavilion making it great to find everything you needed in one place.
My only gripe with the facilities was the smoking shelter that was located smack bang in the middle of the main path down to the skyline pavilion from the Shoreline Hotel, so no matter which side you walked past if there were lots of smokers in there it made it a little wiffy …
Although before visiting Butlins both Ollie and I had reservations about coming as we are not ones for change, we normally stick with what we know … I can all seriously say this has been the best UK holiday we have had as a family to date.
With lots of activities for the Children .. (more about that coming soon) we had a really super time at Butlins Bognor Regis in the Shoreline Hotel. But don’t just take my word for it there is a really detailed review from Tami from Mummy to Two HERE
Or why not watch what else we had to say:
Disclaimer: This hotel stay was a complimentary visit as part of our Butlins Ambassadors role, however all views and opinions where those of member of The Oliver’s Madhouse.