The history of one of the largest hotel groups in the Channel Islands started back in 1919, when George Frederick and Ada Seymour came to Jersey on their honeymoon, fell in love with the island and having decided to settle here bought a small, 5 bedroom guest house in Halkett Place which they named Merton House after George’s London home town.
Two years later George Andrew and Mary, George Frederick’s parents,retired to Jersey and bought Kalimna Hall in St. Brelade, which became The Portelet Hotel.
Soon the Merton Hotel, having outgrown its original property, was transferred to a new location on Belvedere Hill and in 1930 George Frederick and his father acquired the Pomme d’Or Hotel. During the German occupation the hotels were requisitioned by the occupying forces: Pomme ‘Or became the Kriegsmarine (Naval) Headquarters, the Merton was used as a hospital for German soldiers, and the Portelet as a billet for the Luftwaffe (German Airforce). This was a very difficult period for George Frederick, not only did he have to see his hotels defiled by the invader, but he also had to look after his unwelcome guests. Finally, on 9th May 1945, the liberating forces raised the Union Jack on the balcony of the Pomme d’Or. The war was over.
The period after the war wasn’t easy, but the Seymour family rebuilt their business.
From the 1950s onwards, Jersey became extremely popular as a holiday and honeymoon destination, Seymour hotels grew and at one time owned and operated 5 hotels in Jersey. In 2008 The Portelet hotel was closed and shortly after that the group acquired the Greenhills Hotel in St. Peter.
Today the Seymour Hotels group operates 3 hotels: The Pomme d’Or, The Merton and The Greenhills as well as The Merton Suites. George and Ada’s son, Robin is Chairman of the company and their grandson, David is Managing Director.
The Pomme d’Or
Superbly located right in the heart of St. Helier, overlooking Liberation Square and the yacht marina, The Pomme d’Or is one of Jersey’s best-known hotels.
Air conditioned throughout, the hotel has 143 stylish and comfortable bedrooms including Standard, Executive, Harbour View and Premier Rooms and the Suites. All bedrooms are designed and furnished to provide a relaxing and satisfying stay, and are equipped with free wireless broadband internet service, high definition LED televisions and all the conveniences from trouser press, iron and ironing board, to hairdryer, safe and 24 hour room service. All bedrooms have toiletries supplied by the White Company.
All residents of the Pomme d’Or can take advantage of the superb leisure facilities at The Merton hotel, including the Flowrider.
The Pomme d’Or is renowned for outstanding cuisine. The Harbour Room Carvery is an elegant, relaxed restaurant, with magnificent views across Liberation Square to the Marina. It offers buffet–style service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a light contemporary setting. The Harbour Room is famous for its Sunday lunch and Friday evenings when a magnificent seafood buffet is served. La Petite Pomme is an award-winning, luxurious and elegant restaurant, rich in tradition and decorated in a classical style. Ideal setting for a special occasion when you really want to impress. A place to unwind is the Café Bar – stylish, relaxed and informal, ideal place for lunch with friends or informal business meeting. And finally The Wharf Bar – a typical, friendly bar open from 11am to 11pm serving traditional beers and lagers and a scrumptious pub menu.
The Pomme d’Or offers many business and events facilities such as 12 adaptable meeting rooms with all kind of equipment from wireless microphones, to giant screen projection and the venue for special occasions from engagement to wedding parties.
The Pomme d’Or has been a centre for business and pleasure for more than 175 years. It combines its strong tradition of guest hospitality and care with a contemporary, metropolitan design, which is perfect for both the leisure and the business traveller.
To book the Pomme d’Or Hotel (accommodation only or travel inclusive package), please visit our Pomme d’Or page, or call us on 01534 496600.