Have been regulars for a few years but this year disappointed. The resturant has been cost cutting more than before. The menu was reduced (again), and with the same menu for a 3 day stay there is little to choose from, the food was dried out and the potatoes warmed up. Over-priced for the standards. Noticed a lot of people were eating out. The lounges have always felt more like carehomes with most chairs pointing into the centre, and main room fully lit needing ambiant lighting, in such a nice building this is a missed opportunity. The bedrooms have long been in need of a refurbish with broken tiles in the bathroom, but at least the hallway carpet has been changed.
This is all a shame because there is a lovely roaring fire in the reception area, the bar is cosy and the hotel in a lovely location, which is why we have continued to return. We won't be coming back until something has changed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1650 as a coaching inn, and mentioned in a Wordsworth poem "The Waggoner", Macdonald Swan Hotel, Grasmere is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District. Nestled in the Cumbrian countryside, with views across the Fells, our cosy and inviting hotel is ideal for walkers and cyclists. With open sunny vistas in summer and blazing log fires in winter, it's the ideal base for exploring the wonders of the Lake District National Park. Afterwards, relax with a delicious meal in our restaurant or enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the Walkers' Bar before retiring to a traditionally - furnished, comfortable room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macdonald Swan
- Macdonald Swan Grasmere
- Macdonald Swan Hotel Grasmere, Lake District