Historic farmhouse with beautiful lounge and garden
Large elegant rooms and private cottages
Great restaurant and bar with outdoor patio
Outdoor pool and sundeck
Free Wi-Fi and parking
Breakfast included in room rate
Far from dining and St. Helier attractions
Not within walking distance of anything
No fitness center
Resort fee for private cottages
Hotel La Place paints a pretty picture in the Jersey countryside with its stone cottages and restored medieval farmhouse building. A brick-lined courtyard pool and garden patio give this four-pearl property a resort-like atmosphere that's only heightened by its pastoral locale. It's a bit off the road from the cultural center of St. Helier and not within walking distance of anything but is conveniently close to the airport. The rooms are elegant from top to bottom, and the restaurant serves food to match. Couples seeking a romantic retreat and others just looking for a quiet escape might relish the slight isolation here.
Renovations in 2013 and 2014 turned this ivy-covered farmhouse that dates to 1640 into a sophisticated modern retreat that doesn't forsake the property's original aesthetic. The lobby is covered in muted modern gray tones with sleek low couches and chairs, and natural stone that's highlighted by accent lights. Stone fireplaces flank each end of the space, though the hearth is filled with plants and not a crackling fire.
The hotel is located on a quiet country road, five minutes from the waterfront in the parish of St. Brelade, near the village of St. Aubin. There's nothing within walking distance, and the country roads make travel by foot difficult, but the location is convenient, given its proximity to the airport, which is about five minutes away by car. Jersey Zoo is a 20-minute drive through the countryside, and it's a 10-minute drive to the island’s capital, St. Helier.
All the rooms were renovated in 2014, getting the same makeover as the rest of the hotel, with a muted cream-and-white decor. Neutral carpets, or light hardwood floors mix with white wicker or wood furniture and stylistic artwork of framed white feathers and foliage. Electric tea makers and mini-fridges populate desks and white-washed armoires. Some Deluxe Rooms open to the poolside sundeck, but other guests can leave the curtains billowing with doors open to an enclosed private patio. Bathrooms, which include fancy toiletries by The White Company, have free-standing sinks and hence lack counter space. They all have heated towel racks and shower/tub combos. There are also a dozen private cottages with full kitchens and private patios.
Well-regarded restaurant and bar, garden patio, free breakfast, free airport shuttle
The atmosphere at Hotel La Place is its best feature, with bright and inviting common spaces. The quaint lounge has low wood ceilings invoking its medieval farmhouse pedigree, with alcoves displaying armillary spheres and other forgotten curiosities. The garden patio, with an old well straight out of a fairy tale, makes for a delightful place to relax outdoors. There's also an outdoor pool set in a brick-lined central sundeck with sun loungers, tables, and chairs.
The Retreat Restaurant and bar earns high marks for delicacies like lamb cutlets served with dauphinoise potatoes in red currant and mint sauce, and grilled local sea bass served with Jersey Royals (locally grown potato variety) and dill cream. The free breakfast spread won't likely disappoint either. The hotel provides a free shuttle to the airport.