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The Daffodil Hotel & Spa
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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“First class. 5★”
Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Had a 2 night stay and honestly i could not fault anything .It's a family run business and it shows the staff were very attentive. Great breakfast and sets you up for a day on the fells. After a days walking the spa was heaven for tired feet and aching legs followed by superb evening meal, lovely bar well stocked and great sitting room looking over the lake. The room had a big comfortable bed and was well equipped. Did not have a lake view (i knew that when I booked) but had big patio doors and great view up the valley and Helm Grag. Loved the quirky artwork everywhere in the hotel The receptionist printed off a list of the national portrait gallery photographs and gave us a brochure about the rest. Definitely will return.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Looking for somewhere nice for a little treat for my wife and I, I stumbled upon The Daffodil and having spoken to a lovely woman on the phone (Georgina) I booked a Valley View room with a king sized (or super king sized bed and bath and shower). All good so far. Price a little discounted so even nicer.

Arrived early but managed to check in straight away. The tv screen showing night lights on water certainly gave a zen-like impression for at least a minute but I'm afraid the attempt to be contemporary elsewhere in reception failed to be either one thing or the other. Not welcoming, nor relaxing but at least the staff were. A veritable United Nations of staff were the strongest selling point and we were made welcome by them all.

The room. Not quite "stand on the wardrobe and you can se the lake" scenario and nor was I expecting to see herds of wilderbeeste driving past but it was a pleasant room. The bathroom with a large, wide and modern bath was very nice. The separate shower, hand waving activated mirror lights were all very nice. Even the towels were big and soft.

However I have my first criticism. Two large single mattresses on two bases clasped together do not a king sized double bed make. The resulting offering is two large single beds clasped together and nothing more, the practise of snuggling together but feeling the join between the mattresses is an experience I can pay Premier Inns a lot less for.

The restaurant. We booked in for an early dinner and this proved a good call. It is very popular and it's not hard to see why. We shared a starter of seared scallops with chorizo, black pudding and cauliflower puree which honestly was amongst the nicest I have ever eaten (and I've eaten plenty). We followed with the lamb and the sea bass fillet. The lamb was presented beautifully and tasted better, as well as the buttered kale, green beans. and mash. My sea bass was lovely too. Served with a nicely prepared version of a ratatouille with a basil beurre blanc. The crushed potatoes, the simplest part of the dish was a little basic and spoiled the dish. For pud we shared a cheese board which was ok, I've had worse but I've also had a lot better.

Just a minor nark elsewhere but there were a few grammatical errors in the menu and at this end of the market there really shouldn't be... happy to offer my proof reading FOC... And the biggest crime (and all of these criticisms should be kept in perspective as we had a lovely weekend) but if you are offering, specifically an "Irish Coffee" at least spell whiskey correctly.

Finally, although it was suggested that spa treatments should be booked at least six weeks ahead, we managed to sneak in what they call a Mud Rasul session. You get your kit off - just you and your partner - smear each other with an exfoliant and then a specially concocted mud and then lie on a tiled bed in a sort of steam room. After about 25/30 minutes you are (literally) showered clean and the overall affect is one of deep cleaning although I fall short of declaring myself rejuvenated... The brochures suggested that this was finished off with a massage although I think as we got this at almost half price I assume this was because there was no massage element. Still, nice way to spend an hour, naked with the missus :)

All in all when you consider that we booked without homework or prior knowledge of the place, this gets recorded as a hit rather than a miss, I just wish the bed was real and the foyer more warm and welcoming. The selection of free sweeties at reception was a nice touch too :)


Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

The hotel is in a fantastic setting on the edge of Grasmere, so we took advantage of the 30% discount offer in Feb and paid a bit extra for a suite with a lake view. We were not disappointed with the spacious well appointed suite which afforded us a fantastic view of the lake. The hydra pool and spa were also very impressive and a great place to relax after a day out walking on the fells in the rain! The restaurant and bar setting are a bit quirky, in that you have to walk through the dining area of the restaurant to get to the bar. Once at the bar there is only a small designated seating area with a TV or the other option is to walk back out with your drink through the dining area to the larger separate lounge called the dining room. The restaurant providing fine foods from a top chef has a large bench seat (more suited to a cafeteria) which we found was fine for breakfast, but not conducive with an intimate dining experience in the evening. We were unlucky to be seated at a table for two at the bench seat for dinner and due to the very close proximity of the diners on the tables either side of us we requested a move to another table. This request was eventually accommodated, but the service was extremely slow.This was a real shame because the food was excellent when it was eventually served. Subsequently the following evening we had a bar meal in the quiet and tastefully decorated dining room. Both the meals were tasty, reasonably priced and served promptly.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

This was our second visit since the Daffodil opened last year. We just love the feel of the place and the modern design and facilities. It such a refreshing change to the usual Lake District 'luxury' offering. Location, food, staff and bedrooms are exceptional. Unfortunately we were unable to get a treatment due to the spa being so busy which was shame......next time we will book ahead.

The staff really are exceptionally friendly from the receptionists to the housekeepers.

Its the small things that stand out for us - filtered water in the rooms, filter coffee, a selection of 80's sweets in reception, Molton Brown toiletries, FREE WIFI that works and doesn't need a password, a shower and a massive bath etc etc

This is our new home in the Lakes and hope that the hotel continues to maintain such high standards.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

I didn't stay at the hotel but went for lunch at the Daffodil restaurant with some business colleagues and ordered sandwiches and a burger (I specifically asked for medium rare). Although the restaurant was only 10% occupied, the food took over 45 minutes to arrive and the burger was well done. Based on this experience, I won't be visiting again.

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We only went to the Daffodil for Afternoon Tea so can only review it on that basis. We took a little stroll around the hotel and grounds and it looks lovely but also potentially a little bland. Hubby would disagree and say it's modern chic, perhaps I just like old-fashioned when I'm in the Lakes! We had afternoon tea in the restaurant and it was lovely. The service was good and the afternoon tea itself was great value for money, especially considering the size of the cakes and sandwiches! However, for me, the thing missing with the hotel is a huge balcony/patio area off the lounge/restaurant - that would make it I reckon. We had a lovely lake view from the window of the restaurant but it's never the same. Still a great place though and perhaps we'll stay there one day!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a 2 night stay at the Daffodil.


Lovely contemporary hotel made to feel very welcome
Very nice staff
Lovely breakfast, evening meal exceptional.
Hydrotherapy Pool was wonderful worthy of 5 *
Rooms comfy, clean, modern lovely bathroom and huge bed with quality bedding
Negatives (being very picky)
Sitting room lacked any atmosphere and could do with staff checking more often for orders
Evening meal was slightly rushed. As soon as we put our cutelry down the plates where gone. This could be the staff being ultra efficient however needs to be slowed down slightly.

If you are wanting a typical Lakes hotel this isn't for you but if you want a bit of contemporary luxury you wont be disappointed.

All in all very good staff need commending and we hope to return very soon.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The Daffodil Hotel & Spa
Address: Keswick Road, Grasmere LA22 9PR, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Grasmere
#5 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
#6 Family Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Daffodil Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 78
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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