My wife and I were fortunate to pick up a 2 night stay at The Daffodil on a KGB deal. Not into walking but wanted to visit a part of the country we hadn't been before. As we drove up through the floods and approached Lake Grasmere, my wife pointed out a lovely building at the other end of the lake.....this happened to be our hotel. What a location. We had arrived at 12 and check in wasn't till 3, but our room was ready,we were told if we wanted to wait we could have a better room. Not a lake view, but looking at the fire escape plan on the door, room 223, was the largest of the non view rooms.
New modern bedroom
Super king and very comfortable bed
Fantastic spa area, didn't have any treatments but prices looked about average
Had evening meal first night and food was lovely and well presented
Bar prices more like pub prices
A very modern bathroom room with seperate power shower and LED light, sense mirror
Art work in corridors, very clever and witty, especially those leading down to dining room. If you read history of hotel in file in room you'll understand why it is here.
Lake view from dining room and sitting room
Coffee filter in room
Large 40'' smart TV
Dim lighting in room and bathroom
Although staff were friendly they weren't always attentive. 2nd morning my wife had to go and get the coffee jug her self after she could get the staff atetntion. But this will only improve as the staff get more experience
Spa closes at 6 mon to thur. Had to rush back from Bowness one day to use it.
Small wardrobe in room with rail going back to front not sideways! Although only there for 2 nights, my wife likes to pack for a week!
Because I had read it in previous reviews, staff slow at clearer tables, otherwise I doubt if I would have noticed and it didn't stop us having a lake view table both nornings at breakfast.
Atmosphere in hotel like a library, especially in sitting room, which is ironic as the wall is full of prints of original Ladybird and Penguin book covers.
Mentioned artwork in corridors but there is none in the rooms or reception for that matter.
Because of the atmosphere decided to eat out 2nd night and walked into Grasmere. Eat in a little italian which had a lovely vibe but staff not very friendly and food was pretty bland plus the bill was almost the same as at the Daffodil.
Alot of the reviews mentioned the lack of landscaping outside, you can see this is work in progress and speaking to receptionist hotel has plans to build jetties and have rowing boats and pedalos.
2 most do's whilst there are to take boat trip to Bowness as the commentary during the trip was very informative, especially on the return journey. Must visit Apple Pie Bakery in Ambleside, best vanilla slices ever!
The pros far out weigh the cons. Would love to return one day, especially to see how the outside has progressed.It won't be long before the Daffodil is the No1 hotel in the Lake District and a perfect venue for weddings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the shores of Grasmere Water, The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of the Lake District. Surrounded by stunning Lakeland scenery, The Daffodil is the Lake District's newest luxury hotel. The hotel reopened in July 2012 after a major redevelopment which has resulted in 78 new bedrooms including 14 luxury Suites, a Spa with thermal suite, extensive function rooms and a lake facing restaurant serving fantastic British food with a contemporary twist. ... more less
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