Part of the reason why I'm so keen to continue returning to the Butlin's at Bognor Regis is because it is the only one of the three resorts which has hotels. I like the luxury of the hotels, and when I'm on an energetic holiday like this I like to feel a bit pampered, not having to worry about the housekeeping side of things. Add the dining package into the mix, and the holiday couldn't get much easier.
We've stayed in The Ocean Hotel four times now (three times as an ambassador, once unrelated to this) and having written a very comprehensive review of it once, then it seemed a bit silly to repeat the same content. During our recent stay, I hit upon the brainwave of comparing the rooms in all three of the hotels in a video so that potential guests can see the differences between the room styles.
The video shows:
- a Neptune room in The Ocean Hotel
- a Hook's Cabin room in The Shoreline Hotel
- a Dolphin room in The Wave Hotel
Please excuse my inability to hold a phone camera the correct way and my daft comment about a milkshake (?!).
The main difference between the three hotels is the ages that they are aimed at: The Shoreline is for young children with additional room facilities which reflect the pre-school age-phase it's intended for (smaller beds, safety plug covers, booster steps in the bathroom, etc.), it's also bright and airy; The Wave is aimed at 5-9 year olds with funky bunkbeds in a smaller room with a closing door (the only one of the three that has a door on the children's room), a modern colourway throughout the décor, and the gaming room in the foyer; and The Ocean is intended for 10yrs+ with full size single beds in the twin room and a more sophisticated décor in muted shades.
Another noticeable difference is the layout; in The Wave hotel the bathroom comes first as opposed to the children's bedrooms. It is also the only hotel with a door on the children's bedroom which offers peace and quiet to the children in order to sleep soundly, and a little more privacy to the adults who can watch television or chat in the evening without fear of waking the children. This may be related to the positioning of the children's room as it doesn't have the length of corridor and bathroom separating the two sleeping areas.
Despite the fact that The Boy is only five and therefore not the intended age for the hotel, I still prefer The Ocean Hotel. Placed at the centre of the resort, it overlooks the Skyline Pavilion and the funfair with half the hotel having seaviews and balconies, and is still fairly fresh in decor quality. The Wave is situated to the right of the resort and therefore doesn't have the 'passing traffic' that The Ocean does, and is quieter because it's a short walk away from the main pavilion. However, I like being immersed in the atmosphere and looking out of the room to see people having fun on the funfair, as I can with The Ocean rooms. The Shoreline is the eldest of the three hotels, but still fairly good quality decoratively. I do think that having Billy Bear's Garden (sand and play area) next to the hotel is a big bonus, and it is very close to the activities as well as having a great vista of the English Channel. For me, I think The Shoreline is the one I'd like to explore the next time we stay at Butlin's.
Huge thanks to Darren from OneDad3Girls who filmed The Wave for me, as I wasn't able to video a room when we stayed as it was so full.