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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at this hotel and I could not fault it.

Value for money it was superb. We ate in the restaurand the first evening and the food was top notch. The rooms and bathroom were big, clean and airy and the breakfast was fit for a king.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

Just returned from a short weekend break at Macdonalds Old England Hotel. First thing on arrival smart polite staff who was very informative with all facilities within the hotel. Our room was excellent not lake view but never the less. The room was spotless, shower / toilet looked new, the bed very large and very comfy. We took advantage of the pool sauna and steam room facilities again very good staff who provided large pool towels for our visit. We ate out at the Rumours Restaurant over the road see review. We had breakfast at the hotel which was first class we were escorted to our table by again polite staff . I had a full english my better half had poached eggs both meals were excellent. The hotel is located in the centre of windermere which is excellent for walking to visit all shops and facilities.Question would I go again without doubt.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Just come back from an over night stay on Saturday 18th January. We where given room 231 which was a nice room apart from the only view you had out side was through a sky light window that you had to climb on a chair to look out of lol!

The tv in the room had no signal which we reported to reception and on the second time of reporting to reception some one attended our room and sorted the issue out.

On Sunday we where gobs smacked with the view over the lake as you sat in the dinning area where you had breakfast. Nice coffee and toast where provided straight away.... Then it took 20 minutes for our breakfast to arrive after asking the waiter... We felt like the couple next to us had been given ours by mistake within 5 minutes of them sitting down and then ours had gone on the missing list!

Would we go back...? Yes we would as it is a lovely hotel and bang in the centre to go looking around Windermere...

Stayed January 2014
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Lancashire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

As a gift for Christmas we had 2nights at the old England,could not fault it .The room was excellent with all facility and room to relax.We enjoyed using the swimming pool and spa facility's which were excellent.we had afternoon tea it was really great scones to die for.all the staff were helpful and pleasant

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

The location for this hotel is excellent, sitting right on the waterside.

Access could be a problem, were it not for the excellent valet service. Basically pull up outside and the hotel take your car away. Not sure how it works for a longer stay, but we had a single night and didn't need our car for the duration of our stay.

The staff were all first class and extremely helpful whenever we dealt with them. The leisure facilities are relatively small, but definitely worth a visit during your stay.

The room was a basic one, but nonetheless, the room we had was huge. Well laid out and extremely comfortable. I would judge it one of the best rooms we have had in a hotel. No view in our room, but I'm sure you can pay extra for that.

Because the differential between the meal and room was so different I have reviewed them separately.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

After previous stay decided t use the conference facilities and the hotel for a business meeting with an overnight stay. The meeting room is excellent with great views over the kale. The room was well set up and Coffee breaks and lunch always perfectly on time. The twenty three delegates all enjoyed their stay and commented on how comfortable and clean their rooms were. The lounge is comfortable and inviting and made a lovely location to meet pre dinner. My comments would be that the bar is a little pricey (I am used to London prices) and the draught lager was flat on both evenings. I also echo the comments from previous reviewers that the bathrooms just require a little updating and modernising. In room 203 we had a lovely big room with separate lounge but the bathroom was cramped to say the least. Probably getting to old to have to stand in a bath to have a shower. That aside, excellent staff, reception brilliant and the conference organisation very thorough. I think we shall all look forward to returning.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

An excellent hotel in a perfect location right on the lake. We were made to feel very welcome by the staff. Special mention to Vanessa and Mollie on reception who made organising a surprise meal very straight forward and couldn't do enough for us. Also Connor the barman is very good and very helpful. We had room 315 which is part of the extended wing. It's a superb view of the lake from here, although the bathroom is now looking a bit dated (although very clean). Pool facilities are excellent but access can be restricted at busy times. We ate in the restaurant on our first night and the food was outstanding.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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