When we were asked to review Butlins; jumped at the chance. When someone says the word Butlins, it conjures up images of 1960’s prefab buildings, Hi-De-Hi and Redcoats! Whilst the redcoats still very much do exist, they are an absolute asset to the place! Friendly, helpful people who know they’re job well and know how to entertain. There are also plenty of them, which is handy when you want to ask for directions or ask what time the next show is on. In terms of the building, completely forget any misconceptions and think modern, clean and spacious with little unexpected touches of luxury! Read on for our Butlins Bognor Regis Review!
A Traditional British Seaside Holiday at Butlins Bognor Regis!
If you are still unconvinced then head over to youtube and watch our little tour of the site!
We stayed in the Shoreline Hotel, we had a new style Columbus Quarters room with Double bed, bunk beds & partial sea view! The room was amazing, you can see a little tour of it in our youtube video.
I loved the little touches in the room:
- Miss H had her own separate sleeping area. This meant that we could still relax and watch TV in the main part of the room while she was sleeping. I had seen some reviewers say that they were concerned about security as the children’s room is nearest to the main hotel room door and the locks are quite low and easy to open; this concerned me prior to my visit and was one of the first things I checked when I arrived – Butlins have taken this comment from bloggers on board & we had a chain at the top of the door that only the adults could reach!
- We had a double sofa. This meant that we could relax in the room without feeling like we had gone to bed!
- The room had so much storage. It made being in a hotel room a real home from home; there was drawers everywhere, a huge space for storage under the bed, which we used for the cases (nothing worse than having them on show for the whole week making the room look messy!).
- The housekeeping team were brilliant. They kept the room immaculate during the week we stayed there & I looked forward to coming back to the room at the end of everyday as we always had a different piece of towel art; they used to incorporate Miss H’s teddies into too!
- The in room play area. Its lovely that Butlins appreciated those traveling with children need a little more than just a room; they need somewhere the children can play and occupy themselves while back at base. They created a beautiful little chill out area for kids complete with rug, large octopus cushion & a brilliant play wall with a ship theme.
- The mini Fridge & Complimentary tea & coffee making facilities. I have traveled a lot in Europe and tea & coffee making facilities do not come as standard so I have learned to be very grateful when they are given! Its necessary to have a mini fridge when traveling with Children as they want bedtime milk etc (Mr H said the Spar on the first night was full of dads buying 4 pints of blue milk!).
- The pull out vanity mirror. I absolutely loved this! When you go hotels it is sometimes a pain finding a well lit area to do your make up, but this was perfect and I loved the little shelves built into the unit which I could use for make up and jewellery.
- The toddler toilet seat. This was just another example of how Butlins make children so welcome; the toilet had two different sized seats – one for adults & one for kids; they also had a little step in the bathroom too.
Butlins are keen to make the right impression and provide clean, high quality facilities. This extended across the whole site; the restaurants are all immaculate & modern, the toilets were all clean, the pathways were all really clean with vegetation and modern seating/lighting along the way.
There are so many facilities that we spent from 8:30AM until 6PM everyday out and about on the site. We started off with breakfast in the hotel, then usually went along to Billy & Bonnie Bear Wake Up Show. Miss H absolutely loved the shows so we tried to plan our days around the skyline pavilion shows; she was absolutely amazed & captivated seeing Angelina Ballerina, Thomas The Tank, Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam & The Skyline gang on the stage; she wasn’t so keen on Mike The Knight she found the characters a little scary! The shows were fabulous and very entertaining. The only downside was that the floor in front of the stage where all the parents and children sat together had no carpet or laminate flooring so we did get rather sore/cold bums from the concrete!
The soft play was another of Miss H’s favourite haunts; her and daddy spent hours climbing it while mummy had a nice little relax! After the soft play we would always take Miss H onto the rides as she absolutely loved them; particularly the noddy train & the ladybirds (which she thought we are all Gaston from Ben & Holly’s little kingdom). We also spent a lot of time in the arcades on the machines; Mr H had rather a lucky time and won the jackpot on the slot machine £475! Miss H & I were content with winning teddies on the claw machines!
There were plenty of outdoor activities as well; Little Tykes Town was absolutely AMAZING – it is a little race track full of little tykes cars & scooters with lots of playhouses, slides & other Little Tykes toys around the outside. This was very hard to get Miss H out of!!
We didn’t get chance to do a lot of the outdoor activities due to Miss H only being 2, but if you have older children, rest assured there is plenty to keep them busy from climbing walls to crazy golf!
I was really impressed with the smoking ban across the site; smoking is only permitted in a few designated areas and these are well hidden with fencing and foliage. As a non smoker I really appreciated this.
We had a great week at Butlins and will definitely return! To find out what our hectic schedule was like, read our daily roundups:
Disclaimer: We were given our accommodation and the premium dining package at Butlins free in exchange for a review; nonetheless our views are our own honest opinions.