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The Inn at Grasmere
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Great location ,fantastic views .nice room. Good bar and lounge area Good facilities and lots of choice at breakfast. Excellent value for money, booked direct with the hotel Helpful and friendly staff.

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

My wife and I have just returned from a few days at the Red Lion. This was our fifth or sixth visit, so clearly we feel at home there. The rooms are not large, but comfortable, and most rooms have excellent views. Breakfast is good, and the chef went out of his way to grill my mushrooms, (which apparently are usually served boiled). We had a room at the top with windows on two sides. Therefore, although other rooms may have been uncomfortably hot with the recent high temperatures, we had a nice cool breeze throughout. This is not a modern hotel, and the fittings are somewhat dated, but usually work well enough. The staff are very helpful and pleasant. Just two small things on the downside. We ran out of toilet paper one night, as the cleaner had forgotten to leave a spare roll . In the past we have not had trouble parking, but on this occasion, being high season, the car park was usually full. Therefore when we left the village, we felt that we had to leave the car at the hotel rather than risk losing a parking spot. We used buses instead, but this was not entirely satisfactory. The potential shortage of parking is the only reason why we may not visit again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Just come back from a 3 night stay at The Red Lion in Grasmere to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. We have stayed in many Best Western hotels both in the UK and Europe and must say The Red Lion is the best so far. The hotels décor, particularly in the lounge areas and restaurant could do with an update but from the moment we arrived to the time we departed the hospitality was second to none. We ate two nights in the restaurant and found the food exceptionally good value for money and both imaginative and well presented. Can highly recommend the crispy belly pork starter and the fillet steak, venison or lamb rump, all of which were cooked beautifully to our liking. Breakfasts too were very good. The only downside to the hotel was our room was quite small (room 303) and with us enjoying temperatures of 25 degrees plus the whole time of our stay, we did find the room very warm, thankfully the room had a small balcony that helped to cool the room down at night, but other than that room was clean and well equipped for an ideal leisurely break. The hotel is located in the heart of Grasmere with easy access to the nearby lake and to the many small quaint shops, bars and cafes, the ideal location for a get away from it break. Will definitely be making a return visit in the near future.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We booked two rooms for three nights; therefore are well placed to evaluate our experience. I cannot praise this hotel highly enough. This hotel is one of the most relaxing and unaffected places I have had the pleasure to stay in. The staff are wonderful; they are friendly, helpful and genuine in their interactions with customers. The views from the rear terrace and the rooms are exquisite- the conservatory and lounge areas with the large squishy sofas ideal to relax in after an active day. I can honestly say if you want to find somewhere to chill where you are treated respectfully at every turn this is the place. Yes, some areas are getting a little tired, but I found this actually charming (and I am usually quite a particular customer). I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a quiet retreat with fantastic service. Thank you Chris, Julie, Matthew and all the lovely staff- we will definitely return and even happily give the curry another shot! xxx Joanne

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

The rooms at The Red Lion are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, and to be frank, they don't offer great value for money in my opinion.

The hotel is central, it is clean and it is obviously popular, although if that's due to quality or a lack of competition I can't be sure of.

Unfortunately, like a lot of English hotels, The Red Lion is decorated in a Fawlty Towers era style, (fortunately without Basil Fawlty) which is really forty years out of date.

Having to climb over the toilet to get into the shower simply isn't acceptable in this day and age, and the 60's carpets, should really have been thrown out at the end of the swinging 60's.

That said, the staff are very friendly and the room was extremely clean. The basic minimum you should expect when you're paying £80 a night.

Breakfast was in a strange shaped room with a central air conditioner freezing those who sat below it, but leaving the rest of the room akin to a sauna... at 09:00 in the morning!

The soft boiled eggs were not, and the butter for the toast was straight from the deep freeze... but the staff all smiled and were charmingly oblivious of these minor irritations.

To sum up: Despite a warm welcome and a clean room, this hotel is way too expensive considering the decor, facilities and it really should be completely renovated to even begin to justify the cost. Sadly, I suspect, like a lot of English hotels, there is little desire to provide adequate, modern accommodation when there is so little competition.

Third world is the phrase that sticks in my mind.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

A lovely hotel situated in an beautiful part of the Lakes , staff are helpful and rooms clean and tidy the pool is well kept and local restaurants and pubs are handily placed . The hotel decor was being refurbished outside at the time of visit but would return again

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We arrived early but were allowed to check in earlier than expected. Room was nice and clean. Breakfasts in the restuarant were good with good service from all staff. Food in the lamb inn was nice and reasonbly priced. Overall a pleasant stay in a good location.

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Additional Information about 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: £78 - £220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Grasmere 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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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Red Lion Grasmere
Best Western Grasmere Hotel
Grasmere Red Lion
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The Inn At Grasmere Lake District

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