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Wonderful Winter Break was a long time since Christmas
Member Name: hexpansion
Advantages: Good Price - No need to bring a load of spending money.
Disadvantages: Sky Bar was an added expenses we could have done without due to poor service.
Just completed our third annual stay at Butlins Skegness in the February Half term. It started 3 years ago when we where looking for something to look forwards to, to get us over the winter - Butlins in Skeggy seemed to have all of the answers. This year we went for a silver room and premium dining - that is a comfortable 2 bedroom (sleeps 4) 1 bathroom suite of rooms in a dual storey terrace of rooms/ suites - our rooms where clean and comfortable and included a TV with freeview in both bedroom, a reasonable shower and tea and coffee / kettle tray. It was a bit like a Travel lodge / HI Express room with the added advantage that they don't expect the kids to share your room with you, or a pull down sofa as a bed. All 3 of us where very comfortable for our 3 night / 4 day stay. From the moment you arrive, we arrived on the Friday afternoon, to the moment you leave, we left on the Monday lunchtime, there are things going on, places to go, eat, play, and shows to see as well as the pool / water slides - this really impresses as most holidays restrict your usage of things by arrival times and check out times and scheduling, not at Butlins! We booked the premium dining - fantastic - all you can eat breakfast and dinner buffets (we skipped lunch) with good opening hours to suit all needs. Place was always clean, well stocked and good service, regardless of how busy they where. The food choices certainly seemed to cover most tastes, from small continental breakfast to large British Fry-up and everything in between (porridge, kippers, meat and cheese...etc.) and dinner included a traditional roast + veg every night, kids menu stuff (nuggets etc.) Indian / Chinese, Pies, not to mention sweets, fruit etc - ALSO with fruit juices, tea/ coffee, squash etc, all included too - no extra charges for anything and no one harrassing you to try to upsell and get you to buy something or anything. There is a bar and wine list in the restaurant at reasonable prices if you wanted it but no pressure.
The entertainment was first class with different shows every night - we paid for the sky bar passes which give you guaranteed seating and a private bar, but the jury is still out on whether that was worth it this year as the staffing was very poor for some reason - but even this we enjoyed to get away from the crowds. Finally, the indoor oasis type pools wher ealsways great fun, never too busy and clean. A brilliant holiday in the depths of winter at a decent price and as it was only a long weekend it saves your holiday days off from work for the summer.
Summary: A great short break to take when it is a long time till spring - Warm Oasis pool and Quality Buffet
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