‘After years of living in barracks, it’s like checking into the Ritz’: Hilarious reviews appear on Tripadvisor page for Pontin’s resort in Liverpool from soldiers staying there to carry out Covid testing
- About 2,000 soldiers are deployed in Liverpool for mass coronavirus testing
- Many of are staying at Pontins in Southport, some leaving Tripadvisor reviews
- The humorous reviews called the site a ‘light during this national emergency’
Hilarious Tripadvisor reviews have been left about a Pontins holiday camp that is currently home to soldiers using it as a base during the pandemic.
About 2,000 soldiers have been deployed in Liverpool for mass coronavirus testing in the city, with many of the military personnel based at Pontins in Southport.
Now Tripadvisor reviews have been published about the holiday camp, apparently by soldiers who have swapped their barracks for a room on the holiday site.
Steven George commented under the heading ‘This isn’t a shade on Camp Bastion’: ‘This place is first class, for a man who doesn’t like hot food, this is the place to be.
Many of the military personnel who were deployed to Liverpool for mass covid-19 testing of the city are based at Pontins in Southport
‘There is no digging in, no stag, there is no way the CGS (Chief of General Staff) would get lost round here, as it’s a palace for the mighty, towering above the town of Southport.
‘If you get COVID there is room service of food deliveries to your room. 2 weeks of this level of service, civvies would pay thousands for this.
‘The only down side to this place is my boots don’t fit and my mail isn’t getting through. But these are only minor points.
McLovin wrote: ‘After years of living in squalor in my barracks, Pontins was like checking into the Ritz’
While ‘Chuck Norris’ quipped: ‘This is a top resort, I do not understand why the reviews resemble the bottom third’ while rating it five stars
And Ian F said: ‘I arrived in all anticipation for the yearly swingers convention only to be met with a bus load of squaddies on field drill’
One soldier remarked that they ‘couldn’t wait to get out and explore the arcade and BMX track’
Whilst the site is designed for holiday makers, Tripadvisor reviews from soldiers show that many of them have been enjoying their time at the ‘Ritz’
‘The site security is excellent, there is no getting through them, not even Deliveroo. There is no shop so it’s a excellent place to save your money.
‘Overall an impressive place to stay. Well done Pontins, you are a ever shining light during this national emergency.’
‘McLovin’ wrote: ‘After years of living in squalor in my barracks, Pontins was like checking into the Ritz. My eyes lit up as the coach pulled into the front gate of the famous resort, which coincidently was the same time my phone signal dropped out, I couldn’t wait to get out and explore the arcade and BMX track.’
While ‘Chuck Norris’ quipped: ‘This is a top resort, I do not understand why the reviews resemble the bottom third’ while rating it five stars.
Jon said Pontins had ‘everything you could ever ask for’ except ‘WiFi, food, phone signal, good weather, half decent shop for essentials, heating, good night’s sleep, will to live and freedom’
One reviewer by the name of Snapped Bod compared the site to a ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here experience’
Steven George commented under the heading ‘This isn’t a shade on Camp Bastion’
‘Mac McKendry’ wrote: ‘Cold food, no hot water, a WIFI signal from 1989’
‘Mac McKendry’ wrote: ‘Cold food, no hot water, a WIFI signal from 1989 and I couldn’t park my car safely as some buffoon wearing a purple flat cap (apparently from the 3rd Para squadron ***) kept driving around asking if he was close to Warminster….Still, at least it’s not Aldershot.’
And Ian F said: ‘I arrived in all anticipation for the yearly swingers convention only to be met with a bus load of squaddies on field drill. My 60 year old wife is loving the attention especially when she shows her bloomers, myself however will be enjoying the large portion of German sausage being offered at the Vic with a pint of Bitter.’
The Ministry of Defence declined to comment. Pontins have been contacted for comment.