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“GREAT PEOPLE TO STAY WITH AND A NICE BREAK”
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Glen Rothay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rydal
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“GREAT PEOPLE TO STAY WITH AND A NICE BREAK”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed at Glen Rothay on an Amazon Local deal for two nights. Booking was easy and it was nice to have a chat with Andrew the Manager. On arrival we had a warm welcome and had a table booked for evening meal in the restaurant. We stayed at the best room in the hotel - Kentmere which was palatial in size with massive windows overlooking the road and Rydal Water beyond.

Dining in the restaurant was pleasurable - we had table 31, it was lovely to see original wainscot panelling dating from the 17th Century and our table ensconced on either side by settles was most charming. Look out for the mirror above it made from a privvy seat once sat on by Oliver Cromwell - yes, really! I take issue with those prior reviewers who stated that the room needed redecorating - obviously the sort of feckless chavs whose idea of sophistication and interior decor excellence comes ala mode of Ikea and DFS!

Similarly, the Badger Bar was charming and boasted a range of five cask ales, expertly presided over by the knowledgeable Andrew and well deservedly winning a CAMRA award. The Barngates Red Bull Terrier being especially lush and enjoyable. The Jennings was not as I remember it and although my palate had not experienced the Marston brewery influence, Andrew changed my half without quibble - top chap who knows his beers well. Again, I cannot see why anyone would criticise the decor here and I would suggest that if you want beige colouring everywhere then get yourself a National Health hearing aid and stay way from this cosy and characterful bar.

Food was not bad at all, and I can recommend dinner as the smoked salmon had an exceptional cure and there was plenty of it and my rare steak that followed was a triumph.

There were two further highlights to my stay, first was meeting our Head Chef during our stay who looked like Alistair McGowan - did I tell you that he cooks a mean rare steak as well as being like the rest of the staff, very friendly and a font of local knowledge. Unfortunately Ronnie Ancona does not come out with the puddings nor does she turn down the bed for guests every night - awwwww!

The second was meeting Graham, the second half of the management team who was both a bon-vivant and badger expert. Yes, a badger expert as for the past 4 and a half years, he has acted as foster parent to a cete of 13 badgers by feeding them the kitchen scraps at 20:45 sharp - and guess what, they are waiting for him every night come rain or shine. A top action which earns an accolade from me and many other guests who found the vision of thirteen of these ferocious little creatures unconcernedly guzzling food whilst we ooohed and ahhhed only some 10 foot away quite charming. Interesting that the hotel also won an Eco award too - wonder if this food recycling was as a consequence of the award.

Continuing with the food, try the smoked salmon blinis for breakfast, most enjoyable.

The spa experience at a neighbouring note some eight miles away was enjoyable and a nice bonus.

We enjoyed our time at Glen Rothay and the positives far outweighed the negatives, however, for the sake of a balanced review we must mention cold baked beans at breakfast, poor ground coffee - change the blend as this one is truly dire, a shower with poor water pressure and comensurate trickle. Putting these minor quibbles into perspective though - especially if you read my other Lake District reviews - there are a lot of Lakeland businesses that are truly dire,trading on past glories and taking advantage of a captive clientele with a take it or leave it attitude to their appallingly poor and expensive service provision.

What I would say is save your displeasure and vilification for the these and give your support to hotels like Glen Rothay who are really trying - go visit and judge for yourself and hopefully like us, you won't be disappointed with your experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We spent 2 very enjoyable nights at The Glen Rothay this week on an Amazon Local deal. The hotel and bar was full, and no wonder, this is a great little place. From the warmest of welcomes when we arrived to breakfast on leaving everything was spot on. The staff are all really helpful and special thanks goes to James (?) who got the local gin for us out of the office and recommended ( with lots of knowledge) the local beers.
The seeing the feeding of the resident sett of badgers who visit each evening isn't to be missed.
Well done Glen Rothay team, keep up the good work, you're doing a great job.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

From the monent we walked through the door the staff couldn't do enough for us. They were all very friendly. Our room was large and warm with a magnificent bath with plenty of hot water. Our evening meal was excellent - the bruschetta is to die for. We had three courses and could hardly move. All portions were very generous. The breakfast was also excellent fresh and hot. I would most definately stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Carol A
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GRHManager, General Manager at Glen Rothay Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear Carol A,

Thank you for writing a review of the hotel and thanks for your kind comments about the staff, the room and the food.

We look forwad to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

Rik
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013

For a start, I know it's not a large chain hotel but it seems incredibly difficult to even book a room at this place. You can't do it online and if you ring up you are invariably told you'll have to call back later. Sorry but that's not good enough. Rooms spacious and pretty comfortable but the overall decor is tired and the lack of water is inconvenient. Don't expect a power shower here! Food overpriced. Won't be staying again.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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GRHManager, General Manager at Glen Rothay Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear Popsieflump,

Thanks for your review - always appreciated.

I don't know why you had a problem booking online - to book online you just click on the 'Book Online' link from where you can... er... book online. Many visitors successfully use this link and complete their booking online each week. Perhaps it was a local browser problem on the day you attempted it.

Thanks for your kind comments about our rooms.

Kind regards,

Rik
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Another review has hit the nail on the head by saying you're not going to find all mod cons here but what it lacks in modernism's, it more than makes up for in charm, food, location and the staff.

I stayed at the hotel with Mum as a base for visiting family in the area. We were greeted by Rik, the friendly owner who immediately helped us to our room with our bags. The room was the Rydal Room which was large, spacious, had a four poster bed and direct access to the terrace. The room was a little tired in places but it was clean, the beds were comfortable and it warmed up very quickly which for a large old building is a bonus! The only downside was there was no shower but there was local tea and locally sourced biscuits :)

Rik and the other hotel staff were friendly and a fountain of local knowledge. Recommending a local butchers for some Cumberland sausage and even storing our ice pack for us so we could transport it home as freshly as possible.

The hotel is a few minutes drive from Ambleside or a taxi was £5. Across the road, literally a stones throw away, is Rydal water which is picturesque and just so peaceful. Unfortunately we missed the nightly badger feed but it's quite a sight by all accounts.

The breakfast, although early (i'm not a morning person) was plentiful and very tasty and they had no problems preparing a mini version of what I wanted as apposed to what was on the menu.

The hotel was nicely located for access to all the South Lakes and beyond. We also enjoyed the access to the nearby Langdale Spa, courtesy of the hotel, which was also very very nice.

Overall, i'd definitely recommend staying at the Glen Rothay, and i'd certainly return.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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GRHManager, General Manager at Glen Rothay Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear Kerri P,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of the hotel. As you commented, we don't attempt to offer 'all the mod cons', but if we can get the 'charm, food, location and staff' right, we must be on the right lines..!

Thanks very much for your kind comments about the place, and we look forward to welcoming you back at some future date.

Kind regards,

Rik
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2013

If you want high tech, all mod cons and superior decor this is not the hotel for you. However, if you value cleanliness, good food and friendly staff this hotel is most definitely worth visiting. On first arriving my husband and I were not at all sure what we had let ourselves in for. At the end of our two night stay we both agreed that we had thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The food was delivered in large portions and the homemade burgers were to die for. We had planned to eat elsewhere on our second night but were so impressed by our meal on the first night that we stayed in to dine. Our view would be to give it a go especially as the hotel is also so convenient for some very good walks and local attractions.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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GRHManager, Manager at Glen Rothay Hotel, responded to this review, 21 September 2013
Dear joyann1,

Thanks for writing a review - and thank you also for your kind comments about the hotel, the staff and the food.

Hope to see you again!

Kind regards,

Rik
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed 2 Nights on a Groupon Offer on our way back from a lovely week in Scotland. The room was awful !!!!!!!!!!!!! The breakfast was average and we got told off by the waitress for being late (which we weren't).

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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GRHManager, Manager at Glen Rothay Hotel, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Dear MCG1953,

Wrong Hotel...!!!

I'd normally thank people for writing a review of my hotel, but as we haven't run a Groupon offer for nearly three years, I realise that you have reviewed the wrong hotel by mistake...

Rik
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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