The Old Government House & Spa, Guernsey

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Elegance & Luxury at the OGH

Just a five-minute walk from the Duke of Richmond Hotel passing the Priaulx Gallery and the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery you will arrive at its big sister and the only 5* hotel in Guernsey, The Old Government House & Spa.

Also known as the “OGH” this grand building dates to the 18th century, and was originally the official residence of the island’s Governor.

I was staying the one night and looking forward to discovering why the “OGH” is a bit of an institution here on the island.

For the location, in the heart of St Peter Port, the hotel is hard to beat. As you step outside you are just a few paces from St James Concert and Assembly Hall and the Candie Gardens. Also nearby is the Guernsey Tapestry, the War Memorial and The Pollet which is the main shopping street in the town. I particularly liked the Sunken Gardens just across the road from the hotel which provide a calm space to relax.

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Upon arrival, some hotels raise the heartbeat – the OGH did not disappoint. The luxuriously appointed reception area was accompanied by attentive staff that were on hand to help at every step of the way. After a polite, and efficient check-in offering just the right amount of information, I was escorted to my room.

Rooms and suites at the Old Government House and Spa

In recent years the hotel has been extensively redecorated. It now offers a choice of 63 sumptuous, individually decorated bedrooms and suites. Many include original artwork, and all have comfortable beds, high-quality linen, luxury toiletries, complimentary water and free Wi-Fi.

There are doubles and twins, some with balconies and sea views, to the larger king rooms and suites. The new penthouse Governor’s Suite is a particularly fine choice for that very special occasion.

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Bars & Restaurants

When staying at the OGH you need to allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent cuisine. Start off at the atmospheric bars, and then move to a choice of truly exceptional dining options.

The Brasserie Restaurant provides seasonal lunch and dinner menus with fresh local, organic ingredients. In the conservatory, you can sample delicious seafood and steaks while enjoying the live piano.

As the name suggests, The Curry Room at The Governors serves authentic Indian cuisine in relaxed and convivial settings.

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The Olive Grove, Old Government House and Spa

When the sun is shining, the Olive Grove is a great location for al fresco dining. All year round you can always indulge in a classic afternoon tea. 

The Crown Club is a superb venue to enjoy a few drinks and a light meal. At the beautifully appointed Centenary Bar there is an extensive bar & cocktail list.

Breakfast can be taken in the conservatory, which features garden and harbour views. A superb buffet spread along with a menu of freshly cooked alternatives is available. If Eggs Benedict is your thing, then it got my vote! 



The in-house spa with its extensive facilities and a fantastic treatment list ensures you leave relaxed and recharged. There is also a superb heated outdoor swimming pool, studio gym, spa pool, sauna and steam room.

For those looking for business facilities there are conference and meeting rooms, whereas if you are looking to tie the knot, then the OGH can cater for groups of up to 250 guests.

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Contact Information for the Old Government House and Spa

The OGH oozes elegance and luxury with its high levels of service, opulently decorated and stylish rooms, atmospheric bars, peaceful terraces, an orangery-style conservatory, and relaxing spa facilities.

It is hard to find fault with this heavenly hotel that would appeal to individual travellers, families, or couples looking for that special occasion. The OGH is just magnificent!

Contact the Old Government House, Guernsey, United Kingdom on 01481 724921

For more information on Guernsey, why not check out my blog “48 Hours in Guernsey“.


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