I've been watching the progress of the rebuilding of this hotel and was dying to visit. We've been this weekend and I'm struggling with what to say. It's clear a lot of money has been spent on this project but I feel the marketing /targeting of this hotel is very confused.
The decor is lovely but just not in keeping with the surrounding countryside. Everything is over-lit and far too bright. As a couple of other reviewers have said it would be fine as a de luxe airport hotel where you stayed one night prior to a holiday but somehow just not right in the amazing setting of Grasmere. However the bed was extremely comfortable with lovely pillows and bed linen. Nowhere to hang damp clothes or rest muddy boots so they stayed in the car
The bar arrangement is bizarre - the downstairs bar residents bar wasn't open all weekend... why?.... so pre dinner drinks were in the Walkers bar which was like a motorway service area. We had after dinner drinks in the sitting room but that was very soul-less more like a business class airport lounge
Breakfast was tasty but the buffet was set up in a room off the dining area and reminded me of big work functions where the whole company has been put in a room on its own away from other guests.
After a long walk on Saturday, we got back to the hotel ready to relax tired muscles in the spa but we were told there were too many people in so we couldn't go in. i would have thought that expectations in a Lake District hotel would be that people would want to utilise the spa at the end of a day's walking so it shouldn't be a surprise if a lot of people arrive at once and should be planned for
We ate in the restaurant the second night of our stay and the food was very VERY good.
I really wanted to love this hotel but there's too many things not quite right so I doubt we'll be back
- 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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