Celebrating our wedding anniversary my wife and I settled upon the George Hotel in Penrith as a base for our Lake District trip. Booked accommodation through Secret Escapes.
After a 6.5 hour drive (might have been quicker if we hadn't been stuck on the M6 car park), we found the hotel and checked in. Extremely pleasant member of staff offered us help with our luggage and because we were late checking in gave us a voucher for our complimentary tea and scones to be taken at some other time during our stay.
Our room, 3rd floor and no lift so please be warned that if you have an issues with stairs to enquire of the hotel if you can be accommodated on the 1st floor where there is at least a stair lift.
I would take issue with other guests who criticise the interior décor. It is not run down, it is clean, tidy and quirkily old fashioned. Just like hotels of the Georgian era. Rather this than the stereotyped décor of some large chain hotels.
Staff (all staff) were attentive, courteous and professional, stopping to have a chat if time allowed.
Accommodation was clean, comfortable the bathroom looked as though it had been recently upgraded. The housekeeping staff were extremely good. Never before have I been to a hotel where you pass the time of day with housekeeping, while on your way to breakfast, who are obviously working elsewhere, and upon your return your room has been clean and tidied. We were at the front of the hotel and found the room slightly stuffy so had both sets of windows open. Unfortunately this contributed to on an average score on sleep quality because of the noise outside of the hotel during the evening. Revellers on their way home at 2:00am then deliveries to hotel and the shops. I didn't find it much of an issue but my wife did and if she did then I have to !!
Restaurant - breakfasts were very good. Get your own cereal, fruit, yoghurts etc. and tell the staff what you want for your cooked breakfast. All done in a very timely manner. Again staff could not be faulted.
Dinner - on the first evening we booked for 20:30 but didn't get in until 21:00. No matter. Tom kept us up to date with matters, got us a drink and we sat in the lounge. We were on holiday and no going anywhere so did it matter ? The next 2 evenings we booked our tables and were seated within 5 mins of the allocated time. Thurs and Friday we ate from the normal menu. If I am honest the choice was limited and did we have to have chunky chips with everything ? Could chef no include mash or new potatoes or ..? But what there was was well cooked, presented and plenty of it. Saturday we tried the a la carte at an extra £10:00 per person. Better choice but still well cooked and presented and not a chunky chip in sight. Staff very good.
A word of praise for the chef. Two evenings the hotel had an Ullswater College prom and then the following evening a wedding. On both evenings we were not kept waiting anything more than the normal time for our dinner. Well done chef.
Belated tea and scones were taken upon our return from a day excursion. Slightly disappointing that it was only one scone per person. Aren't there normally two ? Also what happened to the clotted cream ? Cream appeared to be our of an aerosol ?
Can I also point out that the management might wish to look into why it was the fire alarm went off four times during our stay. Three times alone on Saturday. Now either it is the fault of staff or guests or a fault on the system. My money is on former rather than latter but still four times is four times too many. Still at least it made you focus on the escape room info posted in each room. How many of us never bother to read it when staying at hotels home or abroad.
Recommendation. If you like walking then do pick up a copy of the walking guide sold at reception. We did and did the walk at Little Salkeld and then the one up to the Penrith Beacon. The first one was very enjoyable, finishing with tea and a slab of cake at the Watermill Organic café. but the one to the beacon was disappointing because trees obscured the view over Penrith towards Ullswater. A note to the powers that be wouldn't go amiss.
Also we did go to Pooley Bridge and had a steamer trip on Ullswater which is about 7 miles from the hotel Note: the car parks charges are a bit pricey. £5:00 for 4 hours or £7:00 for 12 hours. We opted for a fiver and hoped to do a bit of a walk around Glenridding. With the steamer timetable and the length of walk we would have been back 10-15 mins later than our expiry time on the ticket. So we opted to stay on and do the round trip. £26:00 for two for a 2.5 hour round trip.
All in all a very enjoyable stay at the George and if we ventured north of Watford again to the Lakes then would opt for the George for our accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The nostalgic wood panelling and old local prints on the walls combine to create an atmosphere unique to the George, where many generations of loyal visitors have returned time after time. Relax in the recently restyled Dappers Bar, take afternoon teas in front of open fires, dine in the intimate candle-lit restaurant, with its new and enticing menu featuring regional produce and mouth-watering desserts, or dance the night away in the magnificent ballroom.The hospitality and friendliness of the staff match the hotel’s high standards, ensuring that generations of guests return time after time. Sympathetically updated with all modern facilities, guests will appreciate the tastefully appointed bedrooms, including a four-poster bedroom and generously sized family suites.An oasis of calm and gentility, The George will delight visitors with its inimitable grace and charm. ... more less
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