Since the heyday of Tourism in the late 1980s, it's amazing how many hotels have vanished. It seems to be easier to "sell the family silver" and get a huge sudden income from selling up, rather than work away at bringing in a longterm steady income from the asset.
We got a hint of what was to come back in 1980s when three hotels vanished from Greve d'Azette...
and planners must have decided that it was fair game to produce a high-rise zone there.
The Demi des Pas Hotel (Dunes, Edelweiss Restaurant names spring to mind) became Demie Apartments (who wants to live in half an apartment?!) and the Dunes Apartments. We then have South Beach and Le Mondine, and then Maison Victor Hugo that replaced the Victor Hugo Hotel, and Millennium Apartments where the Victoria Baths Hotel once was.
Since that early spate of redevelopment the tourist industry was neglected in favour of Finance, with many States policies reducing the appeal of the island to tourists, and an admitted move to discourage the "bucket and spade brigade" in favour of a smaller number of higher spending 'classier' visitors. The island of cheap entertainments and tax-free goodies vanished along with the buzz that came with it.
So many hotels got flattened and rebuilt as housing, or were converted to appartments. If you see an apartment building that looks like it was once a hotel, the chances are that it was. I'd wager that a significant percentage of islanders live in buildings where there used to be a hotel or guest house, I know more than a few, and that included me, once.
Where there was once the Hotel de la Fontaine, and later St.Peter's Country Apartments and Bobby's Bar - it's now "Clos de la Fontaine" housing.
This one at Greve de Lecq is going...
I hadn't realised the Portelet had been looking sorry for itself for the last couple of years.
We've just heard (again) that Les Charrieres wishes to give up...
and the Metropole too.
There have been numerous changes since the Google Car visited us a couple of years ago. In just the last year...
The Monaco in Parade Road is now...
.. looking sorry for itself.
and the one splendid La Tour at St.Aubin...
.. is being removed.
There are now about 70 hotels still operating in Jersey. Compare that number to the following that have all disappeared in less than 25 years... (many still listed, amusingly, on various hotel websites!)
Aberfeldy Hotel, Old St.Johns Road
Hotel Alexandra, Cheapside
Allandale Hotel (and carvery)
Alton Hotel, Rouge Bouillon
Angleterre Hotel, Gloucester Street
Anne Port Bay Hotel
Les Arches Hotel (Bar Papillon), Archirondel
Arden Hotel (Admiral), Don Rd
Barra Hotel, Kensington Place
The Bays Hotel, St.John's Road
Bay View Hotel, St.Aubins's Road
Beach Hotel, Gorey
Beau Couperon (Le Couperon de Rozel)
Beau Vallon Hotel, Trinity Road
Belle Plage, Green Island
Bergerac Hotel, Portelet
Berkshire Hotel (Lilly Langtree Bar), La Motte St
Blenheim Hotel, La Rue de Trachy
Bon Air Hotel, Pontac
Bonne Nuit Chalet Hotel
Hotel Bouley Bay Inn
Broadlands Hotel, Mont Fallu
Brookfield Hotel, Raleigh Av
Carlton Hotel, Havre Des Pas
Casablanca Hotel (Blue Fox, later the O Bar), Gloucester Street
Case Marina, Beach Rd
Central Hotel, Kensington Place
Cerise Hotel, Kensington Place
Le Chalet Hotel, Corbiere
Chateau de la Mer Hotel, Havre Des Pas
Chateau Valeuse, St.B Bay
Chelsea Hotel, Gloucester Street
Cheval Roc Hotel, Bonne Nuit
Chippings Hotel, Bagot Road
Clair du Lune Hotel, Elizabeth Place
Clarendon Grove Hotel, Rouge Bouillon
Claymore Hotel, 55 The Esplanade
Le Coie Hotel, Springfield
Colesburg Hotel, Rouge Bouillon
Continental Hotel, St.Saviour's Rd (Liberation Court)
Hotel Coralie, St.Aubins's Rd
Cornucopia, Le Mont Pinel
Cornwallis Private Hotel, Havre des Pas
Corona Hotel, Don Rd
Cote du Nord Hotel (La Tourelle Restaurant)
Hotel Les Creux, St.Brelade's Bay
Delafield Hotel, First Tower
Earl Hotel, West Park Avenue
Elmdale Farm Hotel, Rue de la Blanche Pierre, St.Lawrence
St.Elmo Private Hotel, Kensington Place
Hotel L'Emeraude, Longueville
Hotel De L'Europe, 5 Mulcaster Street (Chambers)
Hotel de la Fontaine (Mont Fallu / Beaumont Hill)
La Fontaine Hotel, St.Clement
Galaxie Hotel, Peirson Road
Glenthorne Hotel, Elizabeth Place
Graham Hotel, 60 St.Saviour's Rd (The Lounge)
Grand Vue Hotel, St.John's Rd
Grange Court Hotel, Roseville St
Greenwood Lodge Hotel, Roseville St
Gresham Lodge Hotel, Rouge B
Greve de Lecq Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel, Havre des Pas
Grouville Bay Hotel, nr Golf Course
Halberton Hotel, West Park Av
Harthover Hotel, Beach Road
Havering Hotel, Elizabeth Place
Havre des Pas Hotel, 1 Peirson Terrace
Holme Lea Hotel, Pomona Road
Highfield Hotel, Trinity
Hotel Horizon View, Victoria Av
Idle Rocks Hotel, Bonne Nuit
Kalamunda Hotel, Gorey Village
The Laurels Hotel, La Route du Fort
Lavender Villa Hotel, Rue a Don
Leighton Hotel, First Tower
Lido Bay Hotel (Earl Grey)
Lincoln Hotel (3 St.Sav Rd)
Little Grove Hotel, Bel Royal
Magnolia Hotel, St.Aubin's Road
Maison Herault Hotel
Mandalay Hotel, First Tower
Marguerite Hotel, Elizabeth Place
Meadow Bank Hotel, nr Underground Hosp.
Midvale Hotel, Mont Fallu
Mimosa Private Hotel, 94 St.Saviour's Rd
Monaco Hotel, Parade Road
Montana Private Hotel, 76 Great Union Rd
Mont de la Rocque Hotel (Le Mirage Bistro)
Montfort Hall Hotel, Great Union Road
Mont Millais Hotel
Oakbey Hotel, Route du Fort
Hotel L'Oasis, Fauvic
Ocean Hotel, Westmount Road
Penguin Hotel, Portelet
Hotel Des Pierres, Greve de Lecq
Hotel De La Plage, Havre des Pas
Playa d'Or Hotel, Greve d'Azette
Portland Hotel, Midvale Road
Hotel du Puits (La Forge Bar), Portinfer
Raleigh Hotel, Mont au Pretre
Hotel Rex, St.Saviour's Rd
Ritz Hotel, Colomberie
Rockhampton Hotel, St.Aubins's Road
La Rondel Hotel, Archirondel
Rosebank Hotel, St.Saviour's Rd
Royal Oak Hotel, Great Union Rd
Sandringham Hotel, Gloucester Street
Santa Monica Hotel, St.Andrew's
Seacliff Hotel, Gorey Hill
Sea Crest Hotel, Petit Port
Seagrove Hotel, Corbiere
Sunshine Hotel, Marett Road, Havre Des Pas
Tay House Hotel, St.John's Road
Hotel La Tour
Hotel Trafalgar Bay, Gorey Village
Vauvert Hotel, First Tower
Washington Hotel, Clarendon Road
White Heather Hotel, Millbrook
Willoughby Hotel, Green St
Woodlands, La Route des Cotils
Woodville Hotel, St.Saviour's Rd
- and that's just 125 Hotels for starters, I'm sure I could find more by studying my little collection of almanacs. In addition to that lot, the vanished guest houses are countless!
Tourism chiefs normally claim that the decline weeded out the 'less fit' and poorer quality hotels, but looking through the list I can spot plenty that were high quality, in great locations, and gave thousands of visitors enjoyable stays while they were here. I am still saddened by how far we've fallen.
My pics? What can I say... but that there are two types of photographers : artists and recordists. I'm a recordist - for me it's a technical challenge to try to capture what the eye sees, rather than what the imagination sees. I'm no artist.
My camera is good enough for the web, I'm not interested in spending a fortune on DSLR and lenses, mucking about in pic editors, filters and all that malarkey.
I'm also driven to share, publish, and show things to people when they're interested in specific things - like island scenery. If I was into art, I'd despair at just how much there is out there already, and how difficult it would be to find an audience because no-one has time to wade through billions of pretty pictures.
If you want to see what Jersey looks like, then hang around here and I'll do my best to show you. Thanks!