We stayed at the hotel for a week which dished up one disappointment after the other. The first and main problem was the position of our room (no. 137. Never stay in it!) which overlooked the service yard where laundry was delivered and the staff park their cars. This was our only view and we were constantly disturbed by noisy trucks making deliveries and staff leaving, presumably after a late shift, at about 2.30am.
The food in Purdy's resturant we thought was overpriced and after experiencing the breakfast buffet we decided not to bother. We did eat once in the Terrace resturant and the food was O.K. but the resturant is above the swimming pool, is sceamingly hot and stinks of chlorine!
The breakfasts were about average for a 2 star hotel but the Langdale is supposed to be 4star!
The estate has lodges used as time-shares and the owners of the time-shares own the hotel so no doubt they think it is acceptable to exclude hotel guests from some areas of the estate, however the advertising blurb says nothing about the signs proclaiming "no hotel guests beyond this point" which are scattered about the grounds. The saving grace of the hotel is the staff who are great, helpful,friendly and well informed. The grounds are beautiful but restricted and we did not stay around the estate during the day. We did have a good time driving around in the "Twizy" one day, hired from reception, well worth a try!
Overall I would not recommend the hotel and I only gave it 3 stars because of the staff.
A final gripe, the rooms are nicely decorated but beginning to look tired and our wardrobe was woefully inadequate. About 50cms wide and housing the iron, ironing board, safe and luggage stand we had no room for clothes! we had three shelves and a couple of small drawers. This may be fine for a week-end but no good for a week. We ended up keeping our walking gear in our luggage! Not 4 star in any way!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Langdale Hotel offers a choice of high quality 4-star bedrooms in a variety of styles. All the 56 rooms include Sealy beds manufactured locally in Wigton, Cumbria made up with the finest Egyptian cotton linen, down filled duvets and luxurious finishing touches. Unfortunately no pets on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Langdale Hotel Ambleside, Lake District