My h2b paid for me and a friend to stay overnight in a dinner, bed and breakfast package.
We went in early May and used the break as a spa/chill out.
Upon walking into the reception we were greeted by a modern reception area. Each to their own, however, this fresh approach is so refreshing after the numerous places that have the twee 'Wordsworth style' country house hotel look.
The staff were friendly and attentive. Directions were given to the room and spa and the staff wished us a pleasant stay.
We went to the room first. I've got to say, the hotel certainly likes it's art. It's everywhere. Not in an overbearing sense, but in little touchs. What's that on the wall in the corner? It's a bunny. The art on the walls were humorous (not in a Blackpool postcard way). The pictures on the way to the restaurant are a different take on some modern classics. A fabulous touch!
The room? Beautifully finished; the etched work on the wardrobe doors, the curtains. The beds were extremely comfortable with nice fluffy feather pillows and duvet. It was clean-yes I do check! The view left a lot to be desired however as we were there for one night this was liveable with. The bathroom. First off; Molton Brown products! A bath you could swim in and huge separate shower enclosure. Towels of course provided and were if a high standard.
After unpacking we attended the Spa. We were handed bath robes and flip flops and changed ready to use the facilities. The Spa area is divine. Exactly what a Spa should be. You can see for yourself what the have to offer. What I will add is that again it's clean, warm and enclosed. There's no windows to the 'outside world' in the pool area which aided a sense of well being. A bonus for me. I'm sorry to anyone this may offend-no children allowed. Kids are great; in a swimming pool, play park, jungle gym. In a Spa; kids aren't great. To be fair to them, they aren't kid places! However, I've attended Spas that allow children or tag on the 'Spa' to a leisure facility-which doesn't really work.
For the dinner; we got to chose from the al a carte menu-in the package there was a £30 allowance per person. This was easily two courses (not if you go for the veal maybe!). We also had drinks but the bar bill came to £17 odd minus what was left from the meal allowance. The actual food. Delicious. We both had chicken. Which actually tasted, you know, like chicken! Service was quick-not rushed and the friendly attendant was attentive!
The nights sleep. Comfortable. The room was warm and very dark (back to the heavy duty curtains!).
Breakfast. Great selection. Wheat/gluten free available (as one would expect in such a place!). Hot and cold available and I'll go as far to say that there was something there for everyone!
There is a slight downside... I haven't let it affect the grade as I have every faith the venue will sort out the matter- I was over charged at the Spa. I was charged full price for a treatment that had 10% off... Have emailed the venue to sort.
- 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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