Daffodil Hotel & Spa
Over many years my wife and I have spent a fair amount of our leisure time in Lakeland predominately choosing to use accommodation in and around the Grasmere area. Having passed the Daffodil Hotel and Spa buildings many a time (being on the main A591 road) in the period before, during and after it's renovation I felt it was about time we gave it a go as a place to stay. Contacted the hotel directly by email and telephone and booked two nights bed and breakfast in a lake view room (given room 106).
On our arrival I was pleased to note that ample parking space is provided for guests. The reception is a modern, large and welcoming area but most importantly the member of staff dealing with our check-in did so in a friendly, courteous and efficient manner. Our room was on the first floor and as stated with a lake view. It really was a very nice room indeed and difficult to fault, in keeping with the rest of the hotel very contemporary in design and spotlessly clean, also room 106 is situated on a corner of the building so benefits from a double aspect outlook with full length French type doors/windows on two sides of the room that can be opened fully if desired with great views of the lake and fells. I would say the overall room floor area was well above average even with a sizeable Super King bed in situ. A control panel for air con allowed you to set your desired room temperature. The bathroom had a large shower cubicle and bath all nicely appointed and again spotless. Not much more to say really other that its fair to assume I suppose that the other rooms in the hotel benefit from the same high standard of finish if not perhaps as nice an outlook to the lake and fells.
Breakfast was as good as any I have had anywhere with most requirements appearing to be fully catered for. For my choice, the traditional full English is provided on a self serve basis from a hot plate area (unless a particular request is made to the kitchen). Self serve suited me fine allowing you to pick and choose exactly what and how much of a particular food item you wanted on the plate! So if you prefer the a more formal arrangement of being served your breakfast you might be disappointed in this respect.
We didn't sample the spa facilities but doubtless they would be of a high standard.
I think the only negative comment I would make is in respect to the hotel grounds. Without doubt a fabulous aspect is the nearby lake, and yet seriously let down by the ground between the hotel and the waters edge. With a seemingly total lack of any professional landscaping having taken place I would suggest this is a massive opportunity being missed by the hotel owners. Creating a garden area to an even reasonably high standard for guests to stroll on summer evenings would without doubt be an absolutely fantastic asset and attraction to compliment what is clearly a high quality hotel.
All things considered though a very pleasant experience indeed and we would certainly stay again/recommend to others.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Daffodil Hotel & Spa Grasmere, Lake District