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“A good enough stay”
Review of Crooklands Hotel

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Crooklands Hotel
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Kendal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 June 2014

I found Crooklands to be very quiet, very peaceful, very clean (all great things) but I have to agree with BobZ42 that the red light from the smoke detector seared through my closed eyelids with an insistent red pulse. You try sleeping with your arm thrown across your eyes!

Having said that, there was lots of hot water, soft towels, good free toiletries and a great range of breakfast foods in the morning. Pity I didn't sleep very well.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

From the outside the hotel looks nice, with a large car park so plenty of parking. Then I noticed the coach parked outside.
Reception check in was quick and I was just asked for a signature and car reg, a nice change there. I was advised not to eat at 7 as they had a coach party due to start at 7.
The room, is well, clinical, it has that feel of being a cross between a care home and a hospital. It tries, but it's then that I realised the coach party tie in with the lounge and the elderly residents here.
Now someone has got a serious sense of humour by putting the smoke detector above the bottom of the bed, so just as I'm trying to nod off, those 2 red LEDs keep flashing away. I really must remember to keep some gaffer tape in the car and I'd have used it to cover the red flashing lights.
Otherwise there is a small tv in the corner of the room. Talking of which, the walls are rather thin so you can hear next doors tv and the 'lovely couple of ladies' who decided to have a 'chat' outside my room late in the evening.
I decided to try the restaurant, but the 'specials' piece of paper was stained and a bit dog eared so it didn't give me too much confidence of it being that special. I later find out that the specials are really 2 week specials. The rest of the menu didn't give me the confidence and the atmosphere reminded me of my mother in laws care home, so I ditched the menu and drove down to Kirby for a really nice Indian meal (recommended) plus a lot cheaper than the hotel restaurant. In my own opinion (as is the rest of this review), I think the menu needs to be cut down in size and made tidier. Really does the menu have to be in plastic protectors, it makes it seem as old as the residents. The food may be really nice, but I didn't get that far.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is a great find, lovely, warm, comfortable, mix of modern and traditional. Staff are great, food in restaurant and breakfast was fab, with lots of choice. Their website doesn't do the hotel justice as we were really pleasantly surprised when we arrived and found it to be much smarter than we thought it would be. Staff are great. I got a call the day before we travelled to suggest our family room booking could be changed over to a double and twin room with adjoining doors for no additional charge as our children are not small anymore. Really thoughtful and personal touch. Thank you.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

My wife and I spent two nights here and would gladly go back. The pub side is an olde worlde farm building conversion. The accommodation is a newer extension but the two seem to blend together well.

Our room was spacious and modern. The bed was very comfortable and there was no noise from other guests or outside. If I have a gripe it would be that there are no plug sockets near the beds. There are also no alarm clocks so if you wanted to use your phone as a clock by your bed and charge it up at the same time you're knackered. One good point was the additional tea/coffee, etc, in the corridor if the supplies in your room ran out. No view to speak of. A safe box would be an improvement.

We ate in the restaurant both nights. A three course meal and two rounds of drinks for four cost about £140. The food was good. The desserts huge. The cheese board would comfortably do two people. Fresh flowers on the tables was a nice touch. Breakfast was good too. I had kippers with a poached egg on the second day. For some reason, baked beans aren't included in the standard breakfast but my wife asked for some and they were supplied without a fuss. I'm going to make one comment though. I ordered game pie from the specials on offer. It was nice, but it wasn't a pie. It was a game casserole/stew with a pastry lid. Like I say - nice but not a pie.

The hotel is an easy 10-15 minute drive to Kendal. If you fancy a run (or nice walk) go into the minor road opposite the hotel entrance, turn right and there are some steps towards Lancaster Canal. I ran along the footpath in a southerly direction (away from Kendal - water on my left hand side). After half a mile you have to follow the path onto the road, run along the pavement for a short distance and rejoin the canal. Just over 2 miles you hit a motorway and there's no way round. It is still a nice run though along picturesque fields, although it's a grass path and a bit uneven. I suspect if you went in the opposite direction you'd be able to go further.

The staff were friendly and helpful. The wifi worked fine. Overall, we'd stay again.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Hi just back from our stay at the crooklands,we enjoyed all parts of the hotel,great rooms very comfortable beds and great food and nice bar,and very nice staff,breakfast is cooked to order ,well worth a visit.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We've been to Crooklands many times and have always found it a great place to stay ,the rooms are spotless with all mod cons ,the bar is full of character,and the restaurants the same food is top class ,and the best of all is the staff it would be hard to find more friendly and polite gang

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We only stayed here for one night to break up the journey home and it was much more than I had remembered from my last and only visit which was back in the 80's.
Reception was smooth, easy very polite and friendly. The room was in an extension New to me and was beautiful. The bed very comfortable, great choice of pillows, tea coffee Tec as you would expect. Bathroom, exceptionally clean and had everything. I really hate 'high sided' baths where the shower is. I'm too old to climb in and out, but the hotel cannot be held liable for my creaking and aging body.
We had lunch in the bar which was very tasty. Service terrific...HAPPY cheerful and polite staff even on a very busy Sunday lunchtime.
My dinner was disappointing, but that was my fault. I had Gammon steak. Usually too thinly cut, and usually overcooked. That's life ... everywhere does the same. Otherwise dinner was fine... great cheerful service.
Breakfast was a delight. The waitress beautifully turned out. How often are we greeted with the unkempt skirt or trousers and stained apron? Not here...exactly the opposite. Food again well presented and very hot and tasty. Lovely ...
Would I stay here again? Absolutely. GreG hotel, terrific staff, and great value for money... thank you

Room Tip: We had a superior room and it was really first class and great value
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Crooklands, Kendal LA7 7NW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Kendal
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kendal
#2 Business Hotel in Kendal
Price Range: £86 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Crooklands Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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