We stayed on a 2 day travel zoo offer with dinner which was fantastic value - this was the cheapest of 3 hotels we staying in this week, the other two being top class. Consequently we perceived this as what we had paid for slightly budget although we feel we got good value for money. The way that reception was done gave the impression of a guest house feel rather than a hotel (see later though as this was far from the case).
The food was really nice and the service OK. One particular waitress was over attentive to the point of annoyance - 10/10 for effort but more of a focus on servicing and less about herself would be better. The other waitresses/waiters seemed to be compensating for this and offered good service if having the appearance of inexperience. Of particular note was the chicken and ham pie starter which was delicious and I was surprised a few times at the standard of mundane sounding dishes that turned out to be really good.
The lounge area had an amazing view highly elevated above Windermere and was really pleasant for drinks. The breakfast was good and had a good selection of standard fair. I was pleased to find the kippers were not at a premium but the Manx kipper offered was rather dry.
We found the room small and perfectly formed and although facing the road we did not find road noise a problem in practice.
In summary, not the best or worst hotel we have been to and about what was expected for a reasonable cost. I would have awarded 3 stars for the hotel but the unexpectedly high standard of food and elevated views of Windermere pulled it up to a 4 star - well done on that and thanks for your effort.
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- Also Known As:
- Craig Manor Windermere
- Hotel Craig Manor
- Craig Manor Hotel Windermere, Lake District