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“Great place to stay for walkers in the Lakes”
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Glen Rothay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rydal
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

This is a great place to stay for walkers. The staff are friendly, the beers are sublime (all local) the food is very good on the standard menu and there are many changing specials on offer. The building is old and quaint and you need to bear this in mind - it is not a Hilton in the Lakes, but who would want that. It caters very well for the location. Some of the previous reviewers of this place were really not staying in the place suited to them. This is a Lake walkers pub and hotel. Long may "unmodernised" places liek this continue.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We called into the Badger Bar initially just for a drink to break up a walk but ended up staying for Sunday lunch. I was with my partner and my mum and dad. The pub is set in idyllic surroundings and is cosy and traditional inside (although my partner felt it was really dated). The staff are very welcoming and the service is quick and friendly but the food is average. We all had Sunday roasts and they were ok but nothing special (although they do serve fresh vegetables which made a change from the tinned/frozen stuff you get served in most pubs). However, me and mum shared an ice cream dessert which was delicious.... we loved the apple crumble and bakewell tart flavours.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

This is a beautiful spot and the staff worked hard to makes us feel at home which makes writing this really difficult. We stayed 3 nights recently but may not have done had it not been for the warm welcome and the great little bar that minded neither dirty walkers or our dog. It is also the case that relocating with our small dog was proving to be impossible (we did try).

The main hotel is very tired and the smell of cooking oil hits you like a brick when you walk in. We were comfortable and heaps of hot water but the room rates are way too high for the quality on offer. The food is also pricey for what it is. Stick to the soups, the Chilli and the puddings. The Beer on the other hand is terrific and hit the spot after a long days walking.

This place has so much potential especially in this amazing location. Let's hope it gets the face lift it so badly needs.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Food in Badger bar very overpriced for the quality, went for Sunday lunch have not seen food this quality since 1970s served in a pub.Do not recomend.
Hotel looks very tired, check carefully before you book there.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

I always hesitate when writing something BAD. After all, there's loads of people that SWOON over the place; come back year-after-year.

My definition of "Bad" is aimed at the general market for what is "Good", rather than the crowd that adore scratching, smelly, farting dogs round the fire of the Badger Bar ... and savour the odour of a really filthy carpet. If you tick 'success' to a Gents that might as well be one of the beers on offer because it's so close to the action - get in there and LOVE IT!

This is one of those strange Cumbrian success stories: it looks lovely, situated perfectly ... and then the reality. It's a fetid dump: like around 60% of Lake District places to stay, drink, eat.

WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US??

The place could be marvellous. The bar staff are the Staff of Life (I mean that: they are really nice, very experienced blokes) ... the beers are excellent ... but if you are booking, unseen, on the Net, and have travelled from Surrey, or the Hook of Holland: you might be horrified, your wife in tears, your kids wearing gas masks.

As for the dining room ... I never went further than the glass panelled door.

Need I say more?

But I have supped my pint there [Badger Bar] amongst Lakeland disciples - good time had by all ... if you relish that rotting-meat stench of wet walking gear - and the rest of the Lake District Five Star Image ... DON'T LISTEN TO ME!! Book three weeks.

Be careful, tourists from afar. The prices are high, the standards are low: and THEY COULDN'T GIVE A DAMN.

That, in my book, is worth complaining about.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

Booked to saty here for 2 nights on spec, we were upgraded to a fab room, they catered brilliantly for my wheat free needs, going above and beyond what was required, the food was great, the beers well kept and a great choice, nothing was too much trouble :)

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

We visited the hotel over the christmas period and had a good stay. Upon arrival we were taken to our room and there was a sewage smell. We went out for the day and when returned later in the day the smell had become worse so we went to the bar and explained it. We were moved to the most expensive suite (as all that was left). It was a fantastic size and we had a big four poster bed, corner bath and a sitting area. It was clean but unfortunately some areas of the room needed updating/replacing. The bathroom has carpet in it which had large stains on it (it was like the colour had faded out so probably bleach) and wallpaper was coming off the wall in lots of places. Had we of paid the full price of this room we would have been unhappy. The bar is a great area and we sat by the open fire and played scrabble (provided by them). The staff are very helpful and friendly and we were moved without any hesitation from the first smelly room, although one member of staff felt we could have stayed in the smelly room as it was probably from spilled milk (more like a blocked drain) personally feel the hotel relies on wonderful suroundings and not trying to impress with the decore and finishes of the hotel.

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  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Glen Rothay Hotel

Address: Glen Rothay Hotel Grasmere Road, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside > Rydal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rydal
Price Range: £59 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glen Rothay Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Famous Lakeland hotel perfectly located between Ambleside and Grasmere. Huge rooms with 4-poster beds. Woodland and mountain views all around, and a 2 minute walk to the lake. ... more   less 
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