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“A Best Western Hotel... Certainly not the best in the West.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Inn at Grasmere

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The Inn at Grasmere
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
ormskirk, lancashire
2 reviews
“A Best Western Hotel... Certainly not the best in the West.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2008

The Red Lion is ideally situated in the heart of Grasmere and an ideal base for exploring the village. I was in a party of 16 and we paid £280 for 2 nights with one including evening meal. A little over priced for what you get.

Parking is available although limited.

The staff are extremely helpful and the manager is very hands on and also friendly. The overall decor is dated and the hotel is in need of a complete makeover like yesterday.

Leisure facilities are ok - the pool is probably the highlight... as for the exercise machines and weights... well i could probably count whats available on one hand. Very few machines in a very small space.

The bedrooms are typically standard of a hotel, nothing sparkling, curtains, carpets and betting need a transformation. The jacuzzi baths do make up for what the rooms lack in style. Its a bit of a squeeze for two in a bath job !!

The bar prices are reasonable and the food is very good for the star rating of the hotel.Pheasant was particularly nice. Beware though when we were drinking in the hotel bar on the first night it remained open until we had finished; however the second night we ate out and upon returning to the hotel at 11.15pm we found that the bar had closed and would not reopen. NO NIGHT PORTER FACILITIES EITHER. The manager was tracked down who did provide us with one round of drinks (at normal price)... but that was it for our Saturday night holiday.. Midnight and the hotel was virtually closed down for the evening. The Lamb Inn next door was also closed............ Sticking to the old out of date licencing hours to the letter of the law :(

Overall the company I was with made the holiday.. not the hotel.....dont think I will be returning...........

  • Liked — The pool
  • Disliked — Everything Else
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank bursbilly
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Preston, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2008

Stayed at the Red Lion for 2 nights over a weekend as part of a friends Birthday party.

For £280 we booked 2 nights DBB on the 1st night and BB the other.

The hotel is situated directly in the centre of Grasmere and this is an excellent base to explore. Grasmere itself has some good shops and cafe bars but Ambleside or Windermere are more busier of an evening.

The staff are very polite and the booking in was swift.

The rooms are fine in size but are in need of a refurb asap. I appreciate the hotel is traditional and authentic but a breath of fresh wallpaper, curtains and carpets are required to be more up to date.

The bathrooms are small and over lit. Dont get me wrong we all need to see in the mirror but its either full on floodlit stadium lighting or nothing at all. Not good to burn your retinas for the 4am pee!!!
The jacuzzi is a sweetner though!

A big plus point to the hotel is the food. Excellent! The dinner was superb. Local pheasant was outstanding. the wine list is well stocked and for a hotel the prices are reasonable. A big well done to the chef and team.

The pool and jacuzzi is good but has too much chlorine. Most of us stunk for days!

Be aware though that although we stayed up til 1am on the Friday at the bar no probs.... as we ate out of the hotel on the Saturday and returned to have a nightcap at 11.15HRS the bar was CLOSED!!!!!!

Fortunately we caught the duty manager on his way out and he was very accomodating and allowed us 1 set of drinks.. Be aware the RESIDENTS BAR RULE HAS NOT REACHED GRASMERE YET!!
That does go for the Lamb Inn next door as well.

A summing up of a basic hotel with average rooms in an excellent location with superb food. An improvement on the rooms would mean i would return. Otherwise I would try somewhere else.

  • Liked — The food
  • Disliked — No late bar and rooms need a refurb!!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Rawsy
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Belfast Northern Ireland
Level Contributor
243 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2008

I stayed in the Red Lion Hotel for 5 nights in August 2008. The hotel enjoys an excellant location in the centre of the village. There is a free carpark at the hotel but spaces are limited but they can offer you alternative parking at the art gallery just across the road. The public areas of the hotel are pleasant.

My room was situated at the back of the hotel and looked into the pool and therefore didnt have any great view of the fells. The room was of a good size and was clean.

Breakfast were nice each morning with a good choice. I only ate one evening in the Lamb Inn and the food was good with a really good atmosphere. It is a pity that the dining room has no windows to offer the lovely views around Grasmere.

An enjoyable stay but in places the hotel could do with upgrading in places.

Grasmere itself is a typical english village and is very quiet. If you are looking for a bigger selection of things to do and shops then you are probably best staying in Ambleside. A visit to the Sarah Nelson Ginger Bread shop is a must as well as the nice walk along the river on a pleasant evening.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Some upgrading needed
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Pen10poppy
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Liverpool, UK
Level Contributor
67 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2008

Just returned home after spending two nights at the Red Lion, Grasmere. My partner and I booked a double room on a b+b basis for two nights with Superbreak.com for £215.00. Compared to other hotels within Grasmere village this seemed like a good deal.

The hotel has both positives and negatives. Upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted by a friendly and courteous receptionist who checked us in quickly and efficiently.

The reception area and lounge is welcoming and comfortable and has a nice bar area with plenty of sofas to relax in. Attached to the hotel is a public bar which serves bar meals. The style of the hotel is not trendy and modern, more olde worlde charm.

We stayed in Room 121 on the first floor. It was a standard room situated at the rear of the hotel with a view of the hills. To be honest, the room was a little disappointing as it was a bit on the shabby side. The wallpaper was torn in parts, the decor dated and the bathroom small. The bed and pillows were not the most comfortable and the heat in the room was somewhat unbearable. Air conditioning would greatly improve the comfort of the room.

However, the room was clean and tidy and the bedding and towels were spotless.

The hotel has a pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and small gym. We used the pool on both days. It didn't appear to be popular and at most we were joined by another couple. The pool was clean and really well maintained. The pool area also had a jacuzzi.

We didn't take dinner in the hotel as there are many places to eat within the village, however we did have breakfast. The usual buffet items were available and a really good choice of cooked items which arrived very quickly. Overall, an excellent breakfast served by helpful and friendly staff.

Car parking is available at the hotel and is free for guests, which is fantastic. If you plan to just stay in and around Grasmere then you can park the car and forget about it until you leave.

Grasmere itself is a lovely village surrounded by hills and a beautiful lake. There are plenty of places to eat and of course Wordsworth's house and the famous Gingerbread shop. We ate at Sara's bistro on the first night, which we would highly recommend. We wanted to try The Jumble Room the following night, but unfortunately, it was fully booked.

Overall, The Red Lion hotel is OK. There are a lot of places to stay within the village and if I were to return to Grasmere I think I would try one of the other hotels.

  • Liked — The location of the hotel is fantastic
  • Disliked — The bedroom was so hot!
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
Thank SJE1000
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Newcastle
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2008

stayed for 3 nights on aug 24th- room very clean although double bed quite small - flat pillows. Breakfast lots of choice- pleasant staff. didnt use restaurante ate at the pub next door a bit pricey. Paid 117 pounds per room for 2 adults. Limited drinking spots in Grasmere.

  • Liked — breakfasts
  • Disliked — small double bed
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank JulieNewcastle
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Dunfermline, Fife
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2008

This hotel was very clean, nicely furnished and the room was very comfortable apart from the smell of cigarette smoke coming through the vent in the en suite from other ensuites. It is a non smoking hotel and we think that the smokers were going into their bathroom to smoke as the bedroom has a smoke detector installed and so the rest of the hotel guests were having to put up with the awful smell. The hotel is right in the centre of Grasmere and although our room was on the front we didn't get a lot of noise late at night. The hotel staff were very pleasant and helpful. Each morning we were served a great full English breakfast. We didn't have dinner or a bar meal at all so we can't comment on that but the menu in the bar was good. We didn't like the part of the bar where they served the food. It could do with an upgrade to make it more comfortable. The main lounge was large and very comfortable with lovely sofas and chairs. We would stay in this hotel again providing we got a completely smoke free room.

  • Liked — It looked out onto the Red Lior Square.
  • Disliked — The smell of cigarette smoke
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank CandDP
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Stoke-on-Trent
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2008

We stayed at the Red Lion for two nights while walking in the Lake District. It was excellent. Great rooms which were kept clean and had a brilliant spa bath!. Lovely pool to chill out in after getting rained on during the day and really nice bar/seating area for a drink and chat. Staff were really good and the manager was very friendly and always willing to do anything to help. Great location in the village with it's own pub next door which again had very friendly staff and good food.

We would reccommend this hotel to anyone staying in the area.

  • Liked — Everything really.
  • Disliked — Bumping my head in one of the upstairs bedrooms!
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Paul-and-Mel2007
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Property: The Inn at Grasmere
Address: | Red Lion Square, Grasmere LA22 9SS, England (Formerly BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Grasmere
#8 Family Hotel in Grasmere
#10 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Grasmere 3*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For a taste of luxury in the glorious heart of lakeland. Set deep in the heart of Wordsworth country, our privately owned Lake District Hotel, traditionally an historic inn playing host to travellers for centuries, offers you a warm, genuinely hospitable welcome that makes you feel instantly at ease and at home as soon as you step through the door. Idyllically situated right in the centre of Grasmere, with magnificent views of the hills all around, you can enjoy being part of village life one minute and the next, be miles away, with just the fresh Lakeland air and glorious open countryside for company. Here, life is beautiful. As you would expect from the long traditions, our service is friendly and attentive, the atmosphere relaxed and easy where you can enjoy a board game or two in the air-conditioned lounge area or browse the papers, while from the conservatory you can gaze at the ever-changing Lake District landscape. At our luxury Lakeland Hotel we provide you with all you could wish for - richly furnished, beautifully appointed bedrooms, an excellent choice of food, a gorgeous indoor heated pool with spa bath, steam room, sauna and fitness room. For centuries the hotel has been a haven for travellers, with tasty fare, great ales and warm hospitality. Today we pride ourselves in offering traditional food in harmony with modern cooking. Enjoy a cosy and relaxing atmosphere in the snug Lamb Inn with a pint of hand-pulled traditional beer and a tasty bar meal to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Dine in splendor in our 1769 Restaurant with our table d'hote dinner menu offered every evening, where the menu is depicted by the seasons and the fresh produce available. Our Chef will cater for any dietary requirements and is always happy to cook your favourite dishes (with a little notice of course). The Easedale Bar, The Glass House Conservatory and Helvellyn Lounge offer a comfortable spot to watch the world go by, enjoy a scrumptious snack at lunchtime or a spot of afternoon tea. We provide you with all you could wish for. Richly furnished, beautifully appointed rooms in which to unwind, most with sparkling spa baths to ease tired limbs after a wonderful day's walk. And friendly service to bring you a refreshment, while you drink in the Lakeland panorama. All rooms have en-suite facilities, television with satellite channels, wi-fi, CD player, ipod docking station, a welcome refreshment tray, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and trouser press. Our Club rooms feature separate comfy seating areas with television, bathrobes, slippers, complimentary bottled water and daily newspaper. The view from these rooms is of the village and the lush green fields beyond. Some of our rooms enjoy small balconies where you can sit and enjoy a relaxing drink, read a book or simply take in the view. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Red Lion Grasmere
Best Western Grasmere Hotel
Grasmere Red Lion
Grasmere Best Western
The Inn At Grasmere Lake District

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