There's no doubting that this is a pretty good hotel. We checked in...both of us only had small bags. The receptionist asked if we needed a hand with the bags. "No...we'll be fine...they're small...we're only here for one night". At this point, she opened a nearby door, shouted for a porter who outflanked us, collected the bags and our room key and made a bee-line for our room. Brilliant. In return for a tip, you get your key. Nice work if you can get it.
Our room...1st floor overlooking the road... was compact but okay, but there was plaster missing from one of the wall areas...a nail head could be clearly seen...and the bed quilt had several splits in the padded stitching. Okay, hardly Earth shattering, but you don't expect that in what is a fairly expensive hotel. The Rydal Broadgate rooms (well ours anyway and very similar to the one on the hotel website) has sloping roof intrusions.
There's no denying the quality of the meals...very tasty and nicely presented....but £39 per head for dinner, £22 for a bottle of house Sauvignon Blanc and £3.50 for some fizzy water is overdoing things. If they lowered the prices slightly, they'd get more people staying for meals.
Coffee is taken in the lounge area. Great staff in the restaurant. Service quick.
The cooked breakfast was really good...included in the price of the room.
We booked through Late Rooms which stipulated a room upgrade if available. This didn't happen even though the hotel didn't seem to be busy..it was a Sunday night. My wife was disappointed with the room...she's stayed there several times. Free wifi worked fine.
Overall, nice hotel, try to go for the a larger room but consider eating in the village if you're not fussed about fine dining...and hang onto your overnight bag too.
Sports fans...if you want to watch footy...go to Tweedies Bar in the village. Good atmosphere and good range of local hand pull beers.
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- Also Known As:
- Rothay Garden Grasmere
- Hotel Rothay Garden
- Rothay Garden Hotel Grasmere, Lake District