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A Pretty Much Perfect Hotel!
I'd arrived on Guernsey purely as a matter of whimsical choice ( can choices be whimsical, or is that a contradiction in terms? ). A quick recee online before leaving had given me the impression that hotels on the island were twenty to the dozen. On arrival however I found that the ferry dock led straight into the town centre and no hotels nor B&B's were immediately obvious.
Ach well, the seaside promenade heading north looked like a good bet and so northwards I wandered. The late evening sun skipped the whitetops of the incoming tide, sparkling golden showers of spray against the sea wall to my right. The numbers-only licence plates of the dwindling two-way traffic caught my brief interest whilst the whitewashed and pastel-coloured plastering of the cottaged housing across the road provided a suburban hotel hope.
It was only a ten minute walk before I came across La Piette. It was love at first sight. Classy, without being tarty, this hotel just says "Choose Me". The wrought iron balcony above the stained-glass porticoed door hinted at delights fulfillable. The guy on reception was immediately welcoming as I enquired whether they had a room for the night - he even called me "sir"!
The rate was reasonable, slightly more than I'd intended to pay, but given the choice (choices again!) betweeen the four-poster seaview room or the slightly smaller, more modern, garden room kinda threw the fiscal considerations out of the bay window.
Unique Quality: I opted for the four-poster seaview room which is definitely one of the most characterful hotel rooms I've ever stayed in. There was a touch of the Tudors and a touch of Georgian - the oak-beamed ceiling was held up by the open-brick and stonework of the various periods' walls. Modern touches included the big flat-screen tellingvision and a perfect internet conection. The marble-topped escritoire doubled as a vanity table and worksurface which allowed me to grimace in the mirror as I typed. Hidden in the wainscoted garderobe was a perfectly functioning iron and board and the tea & coffee provided were all proper stuff.
The ensuite bathroom had both bath and shower, was immaculately tiled and gleamingly mirrored with upmarket toiletries provided along with the more mundane shoe-polishing cloth and a needle and cotton set. Towels were fluffy and absorbent (not something that many places manage to get right) and all-in-all this was a hotel room with everything that a hotel room should have.
The bar, open until late, is equally attractive and has a friendly local trade, as well as a georgous barmaid and the restaurant looks worth trying too - certainly judging by the excellence of the breakfast (and that of the waitress serving).
Check-out was heart-breaking but my ferrry back to the UK was booked and paid for :(
Directions: Slightly out of the town centre heading north along the seafront.
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