Rooms with numbers in the 30s and 40s desperately need redecorating and do not meet the statement on the Macdonald poster "Committed to Excellence". The food was excellent, especially the breakfasts but the restaurant tables are too close together and force you to overhear your neighbours' conversation.
On the whole the staff are very helpful but some of the foreign staff speak English in a strange way that makes you feel that they are interrogating you: especially in Reception.
Otherwise an excellent hotel.
- 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