The location of this hotel is breath-taking, but that is not enough to excuse the over-priced drinks and claustrophobic feel of the hotel room we stayed in. Although it was a rainy day, our room was stifling (to the point where I was using my inhaler more than is normal). When you go to open the windows, they only open a miniscule fraction, so you are forced to endure the heat - which is one of the reasons we had practically no sleep.
We stayed in one of the fellside suites, and although the room is on the first floor, you have a wonderful view of people's feet as they walk noisily past your room.
Upon arrival, me and my boyfriend sat in the Hobson's bar to have a drink, but had to be re-located due to an overflowing toilet - which was apparent from the side of the bar.
We booked a meal in the "Bistro" but this is merely a sports bar where most people go for a drink when they have been in the pool/spa. A very casual environment, which was a nice alternative to the rather plush Purdey's. There is a pool table outside on the terrace overlooking the very picturesque pond, and this was one of the more relaxing spots. The pool table had definitely seen better days, however, with cues that were half their size and suffering from erosion.
The bathroom was the highlight of our trip - a spacious, rectangular bath big enough for two. The perfect time for a few beers. Unfortunately, we ordered drinks from room service and they forgot. We had to re-order after 30 minutes, after we had our bath. When the beers arrived, the bottle tops were still on, with no bottle opener in the room.
Drinks were expensive, but nothing out of the ordinary for an affluent hotel chain. What was surprising was the £5.10 charge for one pot of tea. Tea must really be hard to get hold of nowadays.
Staff were friendly, particularly in the Bistro Terrace bar.
Overall, disappointing, uncomfortable and unimpressive. The only real positive was that we fully appreciated our bedroom, and how well ventilated it is.
Please buy shares in air-con and re-think the price of tea.
- 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