La Barbarie Hotel News, Views and Reviews

Welcome to the second of our E-newsletters and issue 20 of the infamous Barb Wire which is full of all the news you don’t really care about plus our special offers which may make you a little curious.

First Through The Doors . . .

When we flung the doors wide open on the 14th March who should be sitting on their cases but Old Barbarians Mike and Julie Brockhurst.

Not long behind them was Mr. & Mrs R Jones who were notching up their 21st year in a row at La Barbarie Hotel, which must mean that they were Old Barbarians before “Old Barbarians” came into being. Gosh!

La Barbarie Scores Even Higher Again!
The inspectors have been busy. AA Hotel Inspector raises the Bar again. Below is an extract from our 2008 report:

“La Barbarie Hotel retains a Three Star Hotel rating with an increase in the AA Merit Score from 77% to 80%.

The uplift in score is a reflection of the overall warmth and friendliness of the team and focus towards guest care experienced on arrival, in the bar and restaurant at dinner and breakfast.

Ivo deserves a special mention for his natural interaction with guests; experienced and observed throughout the stay.

Housekeeping demonstrated a thorough approach to cleanliness in bedrooms and public areas.

Exterior of the hotel including grounds were well kept and tidy. Sparkling cutlery, crockery and glassware in the restaurant”

We are honoured to be given the highest Merit score of all 3 Star hotels in the Channel Islands.

It's only the Talk of St. Martins!

With the season well underway the response to our winter work programme has been very positive. The car park has been the major talking point and all agree that the absence of parking meters is a "real bonus".

As you probably know some UK hotels now charge if you use their car park. Should I bring in a Jersey number plate levy?!

Please feel free to admire the new car park whilst simultaneously being hugely impressed with our new website Gallery . . . here>

Ilze, Raivis and Greg Step Up

It is with great delight that I am able to tell you about a couple of in house promotions in the personnel department.

Ilze has taken over form Lynne as our reception manager, this is just reward for her loyalty and hard work over the past 3 years.

Raivis our Barman is taking more responsibilities in managing the beverage operation including the composition of our wine lists and sourcing new products that may fit into the La Barbarie style.

Greg who was our Chef de Partie last season (no it doesn't mean he organises raves) has moved up the ladder to Sous Chef which means second in command and judging from your comments in our guest book he deserves his promotion . . . see more >

Well done to Ilze Raivis and Greg and all the team who make La Barbarie, La Barbarie!

Are you getting Hot Offers?

We have now refined our Email Barb Wire database (had a lot of help from Basil and Doris) so if you would like to be zapped or is it zipped or maybe pinged with the latest special offers and newsy Barb Wires then simply email Andy [ here ] and watch your in box.

History in Pictures

My thanks to regular visitors Mr and Mrs William for sharing this photo with us.

It shows the newly wedded Mrs Williams outside La Barbarie Hotel on Honeymoon in, and I'll say this quickly, 1963.

NEW - September Seafood Breaks

La Barbarie Hotel short breaks have always been synonymous with relaxation, value and of course the very finest cuisine.

Our 3 night September Seafood Breaks are no different. Each evening La Barbarie Head Chef Colin Pearson and his dedicated team will prepare a wonderful local seafood dinner for you.

•  3 Nights en-suite accommodation
•  Superb Guernsey Seafood dinner
•  Full buffet and cooked breakfast
•  Option to extend your stay

from only £228.00 per person.

See full details and delicious menus here >

October Super Saver Breaks

This October sample our Super Saver Breaks. At just £75 for three nights it really doesn't get any better than this.

Dine from the comprehensive menus * at La Barbarie Hotel or "eat out", the choice is yours. October is a lovely time to visit the island when things are a little more sedate. As usual a warm and friendly welcome awaits you.

•  3 Nights en-suite accommodation
•  Full buffet and cooked breakfast
•  Option to extend your stay

from only £75.00 per person.

Full details available here >

* Price shown is per person for 3 nights on    Bed and Breakfast terms.

Guernsey Floral Competition Triumph

La Barbarie Hotel was awarded 1st place in the 2008 St Martins in Bloom Competition. Well done to our Garden/Maintenance team of Paul and Janis who worked so hard to produce the vibrant colours and blooms around the hotel.
Take a look at some of the images  here>

Free Car Hire Offer

Don’t forget the Old Barbarians exclusive offer you black sheep out there. For details please login here >

Also nice to see:

Mr. & Mrs. Pocock
Marigolds and Duck next year.

Mr. & Mrs. Yates
hope you had a good time even though four of your gang were missing.

Mr. & Mrs. Calverly
After 14 long years, thanks for coming all the way from Western Australia.

Mr.& Mrs. Ward
See you soon and is Grolsh lager or not?

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
That is their real name and they've used it for the past 15 visits!!

Mr. & Mrs. Kirkham
Thanks for the prints

Chris & Woody & the Buckles
Mind the granite walls.

Mr & Mrs Burrows
That'll be TWO JAGS Burrows.

Mr. & Mrs. Dorrington and The Dipples

And all you other Old Barbarians too many to mention. Thanks for your loyal support

Barb Wire Caption Competition Issue: 20

The winner of the funniest caption for this picture will win two nights B+B here at La Barbarie Hotel. The judges (yours truly) decision is final and the winner will be notified before 30 April 2009

Please send entries by Email or that other postal thing.

La Barbarie - Always Great Value

My thanks also to Mr & Mrs Golby who brought their receipt of stay at La Barbarie Hotel in 1962. You'll see prices aren't that different are they?

I'd like to point out that yours truly was 2 years and 3 months old then and subsequently had no influence on the tariff structure until much later.