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“Great couple of nights in the Lakes”
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Glen Rothay Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rydal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in October 2013 - also on an Amazon package.
The location is great - just above Rydal Water and very close to walking tracks through from Rydal to Grasmere and Ambleside.
We had a huge four poster bed room with the largest (and warmest) bathroom you have ever seen!!
The food at every meal we had in the restaurant was delicious and the Salmon and scrambled breakfast is lovely and so nicely presented you want to photograph it rather than eat it!!!!
The badger feeding every night is a new experience and the young barman James. (Just kidding Jay!!!!) has fantastic knowledge of real ales.
Real family feel to the hotel and bar, excellent food and a great location - as other people have said - if what you want is generic rooms and corporate service go somewhere else - book here for a proper Lakeland break

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had a really enjoyable 2 night stay. The staff were really friendly, the food was plentiful and of good quality. They also served a good variety of real ales. The location is stunning, the rooms were big and there was a real sense of being in a listed building dating back to the 17th century. Then on top of all this there was the badgers - fed nightly at 8.45p.m. A must see!
After 2 days we felt rested, cared for and looking forward to another trip sometime in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Given what we were paying (Amazon Vouchers + Supplement for 'Kentmere' room) we thought this was an exceptional place. The 'A' Board outside refers to "Real Ale, Real Food and Real Staff" Totally accurate! The staff in particular were so friendly. Young Jay welcomed us, took food orders and served an excellent pint and kept up just the right level of non-intrusive banter with us.....a customer service level well beyond his years. Our room was really a suite - a wonderful place to wind down in at the end of a long day out. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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GRHManager, General Manager at Glen Rothay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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: £87 - £186 (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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