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"So much better than I expected!…"
Perhaps it's always better to go on holiday with low expectations - but I had very mixed views about heading to Butlins Bognor Regis. In fact, we'd only booked because of pester power (their TV ad campaign worked a treat!).
In reality, it was a great family holiday - there were a few teething problems and it took a while to adjust to the Butlins mindset, but it was truly enjoyable. The Ocean hotel is smart, clean and friendly, and the Neptune rooms had lots of fun features such as disco lights in the bathroom, a kids' den, DVD players etc. There was plenty of room for 5 of us, and the balcony was huge - we paid a little bit extra for a top floor room so we didn't have anyone trampling around overhead!
There was so much for the kids to do - arts and crafts, the funfair, games, sports, shows to watch, shops to spend mum's money in, not to mention the nearby beach. we also watched some things we'd never pay to see at home and had such a laugh, such as WWF style wrestling, complete with huge pointy foam fingers!
Even the teenager was happy - he joined the teens' VIP club which organised some brilliant activities, and spent the whole holiday roaming round with his friends.
And as ever, if the kids are happy, parents usually are too. Even the food was good! Well done Butlins!Read moreLess
"Brilliant child friendly hotel. Lovely big (and very clean) rooms,…"
Brilliant child friendly hotel.
Lovely big (and very clean) rooms, with lots of well thought out extras like lights and storage boxes under the bed in the childrens 'den' room.
There is also a television and DVD player (you can rent dvds at reception)in there which is great when they're too tired to do anything else, but still need entertaining!
The staff are helpful and very friendly. We went at Halloween time, and they had a 'trick or treat' type treasure hunt around the hotel- my children really enjoyed wandering around to collect their sweets.
Breakfast was brilliant, plenty of choice.
Dinner less so, I wasn't too impressed, but there are plenty of other places to go for dinner.
Overall I would definitely recommend it.Read moreLess
"Excellent for our ds aged 4. We loved the room…"
Excellent for our ds aged 4. We loved the room which was spacious with separate sleeping area for two children with their own flat screen TV.
Lovely bathroom with great shower. Clean and comfortable. Tea/coffee making facility, daily room cleaning, and room service.
We had the bed and breakfast option which was good. Reasonable choice of food though it is buffet style.
Plenty to do for small children without spending too much on extras especially if weather is not good outside and an adequate pool but not as good as centre parcs.
Lovely spa, not too busy with a good choice of treatments which are reasonably priced.Read moreLess
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