We have just come back today after a sunny weekend in Grasmere and the Wordworth hotel and I have to say after reading all the 5* reviews on here was somewhat dissapointed. Firstly, the hotel is well situated right in the centre of Grasmere, but it's a quiet villiage so don't be too worried about road noise etc. The outside of the hotel is pleasing, with pretty grounds and nice gardens, likewise the reception area with it's roaring log fire and couteous staff. In fact the staff are the best thing about the hotel - they are very polite, friendly and courteous. Unfortunately this is where the poistives end.
I specifically requested a refurbished room at the rear of the hotel and had this confirmed by email before hand. The room we actually got (room 24) was overlooking the kitchen roof area which was about as uninspiring view as you could get. The room was very small and pokey and guests should note the "refurbish" is limited to carpets, curtains and bedding. The ensuite in particluar, although a good size, looked like it had wall tiles from 1950 along with the shower fittings etc. It was all cleaned to a good standard though.
The worst thing about the room though was the noise - I don't know what the walls are made from in this place but paper would do a better job of isolating the sound. It was so bad that you could hear guests in the next room going to the toilet which isn't very pleasent at all. Just hope they don't flush it as it sounds like the plumbing runs through the center of your headboard! Likewise any kind of movement or conversation is heard in detail. Not very restful at all. The heating in the room seemed to have a mind of it's own - cold all day but then the room seemed to mysteriously heat up about 1am - so much so that you had to open a window (which incidently did not close or lock securely). The open window gives your next rude awakening about 5am as it directly faces the exit of the main hotel carpark, closely followed by the noisy kitchen and hotel staff. Don't stay here if you are after a restful night after a hard day on the hills. At least not in room 24. Also, although the hotel has free WiFi, the signal was so low in our room it was completely unuseable.
We eventually rose with sore eyes about 8pm for a shower. I don't know if it's intentional but the water pressure in the hotel has to be seen to be believed. I mean you could literally fill the bath to the top with hot water in 45 seconds!!! Not really a negative though.
We emerged for breakfast in good time and were sat down in the dining conservatory which was very pleasent. It took a little longer than we would have liked to place our order with the mostly foriegn waiters and a whole lot longer for it to arrive. Almost 45 mins on our first day and well over half an hour on the 2nd. Strange thing was the breakfast area didn't even seem that busy. We booked the room through laterooms.com which did not include breakfast so I added this at the end at a cost of £12 p.p per day. At £48 total spend you could definitely get a better start to the day foodwise elsewhere. Eggs benedict turned out to be the best thing on the menu and it was reasonable quality. The full English on the other hand was very poor (wot no baked beans?) and definitely was not worth the money.
Once out of the hotel, Gramere is ideally located for loads of great walks. We did a 10 mile walk via Helm crag and thoroughly enjoyed it. On the first night we ate at Tweedies bar directly opposite the Wordsworth which was excellent and reasonably priced. The second night we ate at the much recommended Jumble room which was exceptional (but pricey). You will need to book to get in here but it is worth it for a special occasion.
We returned to the hotel and had a drink in one of the lovely lounges which have great atmosphere but it's not enough for me to recommend the Wordsworth overall. For a four star hotel it just doesn't cut it and there are definitely better places to stay in Grasmere for probably quite a lot less money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa provides an iconic destination nestling amongst the towering mountains of the English Lake District. Individually styled, comfortable bedrooms balance tradition with contemporary design with most offering stunning mountain or village views. The fine dining, air conditioned Signature Restaurant provides an award-winning menu whilst the more informal Dove Bistro showcases superb local ingredients cooked with flair and skill. For guests looking to truly pamper themselves the Lakeland Organic Spa (March 2015) offers guests a wide range of luxurious and natural treatments to ensure a fully relaxing stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wordsworth Hotel Grasmere
- The Wordsworth Hotel Grasmere, Lake District