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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed 8 October 2012 via mobile

I love this hotel. Lovely friendly service, fab location and good rooms. Bathroom a tiny bit dated but clean. Reception very kindly upgraded us to a lake view as it was a special occasion. Restaurant was busy but the food was good and we were very well looked after by Tania - who managed to be everywhere at once! If you like uber-modern hotels and stylish minimalism don't stay here - but if you like old fashioned grandeur, fab service, a cosy bar and valet parking, book now!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

As a thank you for helping with their wedding our son and daughter -in- law booked this break for us knowing we harboured a wish to return to the scene of our honeymoon back in 1974.

We were greeted with a welcome smile and from that moment on nothing was too much trouble. The room we had overlooked the Lake and was very comfortable so no complaints there !!
The food was as good, if not better, than we have experienced at other Macdonald hotels so again no complaints there and if fact they were extremely good.

Had the afternoon tea one day and what an experience ! Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the variety of goodies provided and don't book dinner as in our experience you won't need it.

As I said found all of the staff friendly and helpful but have to single out Tania who went that extra mile and always with a smile.

Room Tip: Overlooking the Lake is a must.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Lovely hotel in the heart of Bowness with outstanding views from the lounge/ dining room. Booked a standard room on a Friday night for £136-- room 119(over the flagpole above the entrance)really well presented room with high ceilings and a huge bed. Bar area is really spacious and reasonably priced-- just a note for you late night revellers the bar isn't open 24 hours ---- found out when we came in from the pub next door at 2 am(probably a good thing in hindsight!!!!!).Only negative was the slow service at breakfast, took around 70 mins for cooked breakfast to arrive and when it did one of our party's breakfast was cold and when I say cold I mean cold-- no check back from the server either so didn't get chance to bring it to her attention. Other breakfasts in party were fine, tasty and plentiful.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

I stayed here for three nights on a business trip.
The parking at the hotel is a little random and the best way to approach parking is to stop on the double yellow lines outside the hotel (you wont get a ticket dont worry!) and ask for directions to the hotel car parks as they are a 5 minute walk away.
The hotel staff are pleasant and willing to help.
The hotel is in a great location for sight seeing and the suite rooms overlook lake windermere. (worth the upgrade)
The food in the hotel was good although there are plenty of restaurants to choose from that are a short walk from the hotel.
I would saty here again for business and pleasure.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

Stayed in the Suite with Balcony, fantastic setting with views over the lake, Breakfast,lunch and evening meal were all good. Robes in room had dirty marks on them. Very central for the village and its charming shops and eateries. Great walks, and self drive hire boats. nice swimming pool. Great stay for a relaxing 4 days.

Room Tip: Choose the Winander suite with balcony overlooking the lake
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in a standard room. The location of the hotel is great. Right in the cente of Bowness and backing onto the Lake so if you were to stay in one of the more deluxe rooms you would have a fanstasic view over the Lake. Car parking is provided but is a bit haphazard. When it is busy at weekends someone parks it for you. This is fine providing they tell you where they've parked it when you come to get it the next day! We spent a while walking round the carpark only to find that it had actually been parked in a garage nearby! There are lots of staff who are friendly but the whole place does feel a little bit disorganised somehow. The bar which is supposed to be open until 1am at the weekend never appeared to be open and at breakfast we were subject to awful elevator style music. I was particularly surprised about the supplements that kept cropping up - for smoked salmond and scrambled egg, for kippers.....not what I would expect in a 4 star hotel. The room was OK. Quite small and the toilet didn't flush properly which wasn't ideal. The shower also had no pressure - just a dribble of water coming out! So all in all although it was nice enough, it didn't feel like a four star establishment. To be fair we didn't use the Spa and pool which were probably very nice. We also didn't eat dinner there so I can't comment on that either. However I just felt that with a little more care and attention it could be better

Room Tip: Upgrade to a Lake view if you can
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012 via mobile

lovely hotel in excellent location overlooking the lake..all shops and resturaunts right outside.. brilliant service..just pull up outside and they park your car for you.. rooms were spacious and clean..we only had 1 drink in the hotel bar as its quite pricey.. £16 for 2 vodka and cokes..plenty of pubs around though so wasnt a problem.. only stayed 1 night and loved it..been going to Bowness for the past 12years and always stayed in a guest house..but its well worth paying that little bit extra. will definatley stay here again.

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Additional Information about Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Address: 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#3 Business Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#6 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: £97 - £315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere - England's largest lake - our hotel offers the best of breathtaking scenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivalled views over our mature lawns, to private jetties and moorings on the lake - our hotel proves a popular choice for family holidays. Our hotel in Cumbria is perfect for country adventures - hire a private jetty on our lake and marvel in the glorious scenery we have on offer. And once you've finished exploring, we recommend a visit to our spa and thermal suite for a relaxing steam before you dine in our award-winning Restaurant. ... more   less 
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