The staff at the Skiddaw are by a mile it's best asset.
This otherwise unremarkable hotel is as friendly and welcoming as anywhere I've stayed in the UK.
It isn't a cheap sleep though and at significantly better than £100 per night I'd suggest the owners have a responsibility to keep the decor on trend, have more comfortable lounges and fresh locally sourced food at the breakfast table.
We paid £17.50 for two large G&Ts before being told that our dog (small, well behaved and checked in) wasn't welcome in the bar - we found half a dozen local pubs who were happy to have all three of us at half the price and in much greater comfort.
Our room was large enough and scrupulously clean with a lovely comfy bed and a great view of the market place, but it was hot, three floors up and not air conditioned, so we spent two sleepless nights as the usual town centre racket from pubs drifted in through the open window. This eventually died away of course, just in time for the market traders to set up stalls (I mean literally sett up stalls - wooden stalls too). And then there were the street sweeping machines ..... I'm told the rooms at the back of the hotel whilst less scenic are quieter.
Overall it felt like a place that elderly people might enjoy, especially if they were hard of hearing and didn't have a dog.
To give credit where it's due, the service was unfailingly smiley and super fast, the team really were very pleasant and the location is very very good - I just think a little more character and a lot more physical charm and some fresh mushrooms would be beneficial.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the picturesque market square of Keswick, this hotel is the ideal base to enjoy the area and all it has to offer with stunning lakes and fells on the doorstep. Be welcomed by friendly and attentive staff and enjoy comfortable bedrooms including several family suites and feature rooms. Delicious food is served all day in the conservatory overlooking the square and the cosy lounge bar. In 31 The Square restaurant enjoy the best local ingredients freshly prepared by Head Chef and his team. There is also a quiet resident's lounge and function room. Free parking and WiFi throughout. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Skiddaw Hotel Keswick, Lake District