I was really looking forward to our stay at the Crooklands Inn as it took my back to an area that I hadn't visited for a long time, but am very familiar with. Now I'm no connoisseur of hotels, but I know what works and what doesn't and I'm afraid that the Crooklands Inn just didn't hit the spot.
Our room was in the recent extension and could have been a room in any faceless Travelodge or Premier Inn anywhere in the country. It was almost clean if not a little 'tired', and the 'double bed' turned out to be two singles pushed together and made-up with a kingsize sheet, two single duvets and a counterpane. The main give-away was the fact that the single headboards were fixed to the wall and with the bases pushed together this looked a bit peculiar.
One of the handbasin taps and the shower control were broken (duly reported to reception) and you got the feeling that the whole place had been cleaned in a hurry with little attention to detail. Overall, the rooms and public areas smelled of cleaning materials and air-fresheners, rather than just 'clean'. The restaurant lacks any real atmosphere and it was a little off-putting to have staff laying tables around you when eating a meal. this is a real shame as so much of the place is new and I think they've missed an opportunity to be different.
However, the staff were all very pleasant and the food was good. The bar (which is the oldest part of the building) is quite cosy with an open fire, blocked floor and great oak tables. Shame about the profusion of low-energy lamps in the light-fittings.
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- Also Known As:
- Crooklands Hotel Kendal, Lake District