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“New Year Again” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Windermere Hydro Hotel

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Windermere Hydro Hotel
South Yorkshire uk
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148 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“New Year Again”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

Once again I was a member of a party taking a New Year coach trip at this hotel - independant travelers may find different. I felt the standard was slightly lower than last year but still very high. The staff were as previously always friendly and helpful and the food good.

Those who prefer the sort of international or motor lodge, where you have no indication which town you are in may no like it, but if like me you want an interesting, individual, friendly hotel with quirks - this could be the place for you. Do explore the whole hotel, find the games room and play snooker, tabletennis or other games like dominoes. The swimming is good though you have to walk outside, if you expect to do this take your own swimming towel.

Room Tip: See above - find the games room and take your own swimming towel
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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England
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40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

Stayed for just 1 night in December, (mid-week) and although the hotel was quiet, the staff were still very friendly and offered great service.
My room was at the front of the hotel and featured a sleigh bed, balcony and views over Lake Windermere. Just a shame it was foggy but thats not the fault of the hotel.

Good local ale available in the cosy bar, lots of little snugs and seating areas and large function room and restaurant.

Although i felt the hotel was looking a little tired in places, the hospitality of the staff and owners certainly made up for it.

It your looking for a modern comtempory hotel then this is not for you, however if your looking for a traditional, well run hotel then this is it.

Car parking available to the front of the hotel and it's only a short walk to the lakeside and and centre of Bowness which is a nice place to spend a little time of watch the world go by on a nice summers day! (if and when we get them!)

Look forward to staying again in the near future.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front overlook the lake.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ayrshire
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47 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

We were so pleased we chose the Windermere Hydro Hotel to spend our short break in. All the staff were very pleasant and very attentive. Our room was large, spotlessly clean with a huge comfortable bed. The bar and lounge has big comfortable sofas and lovely log fires. There was everything you could think of having to eat at breakfast and dinner was amazing all five courses cooked and served to perfection. Thanks to all the staff ( who were all very pleasant and attentive) for making our time there so enjoyable we couldn't have asked for more. hope wee Bud is having fun with his new ball.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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bristol
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2013

We have just returned from The Hydro @ Bowness. How good was it? Perfect. The weather was not good, but things dont changs do they? Anyway, The Hydro was perfect, food, staff, and the room on the second floor was a big bonus, overlooking Lake Windemere. Highly recommend this hotel, but book early.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

We have just got back from The Hydro where we spent 2 nights including new years eve, the Gala evening was fantastic as was the food, the room was very clean and comfortable and although the hotel was very busy the bedrooms were really quiet and the staff are the friendliest i have ever come across in any hotel i have stayed at. I will certainly be returning hopefully very soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank colin b
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012

We moved to the Hydro for the second night of our short Christmas break in Winderemere as the original hotel we had was terrible. It is the third stay at the Hydro and it gets better everytime. We got a last minute booking and had a suite with a balcony. Very tastefully decorated. Bathroom great with a bath and shower. Lounge area with sofa and television and a large balcony with fantastic lake views. We opted for evening meal and at £15 for a five course meal we found it more than excellent value for money. The service was great and so was the food. We had a bottle of wine with our meal which was quite reasonably priced. The buffet breakfasts are also excellent with a wide choice of items all kept hot and regularly refreshed and replaced. I would definately recommend this hotel . The only downside maybe for elderly guests is the steep hill up to the hotel but taxis are cheap and so not much of a problem. Will be back soon

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

To avoid the madness of Christmas shopping my family booked this hotel through a KGB deal.
A very wise decision. The Hotel exudes Victorian Grandeur and is full of quaint charm and character. After a day's walking it was wonderful to relax in front of a log fire in one of the many lounges.
On a wet day there are plenty of facilities. We enjoyed the swimming pool, jacuzzi and the sauna. In the evening we had the games room to ourselves and played snooker and table tennis, rounded off with a game of dominoes. [Haven't played that in a long time]
The bedrooms were clean and comfortable, and we were fortunate to have views up Lake Windermere and across to the Langdale Pikes.
The staff, from the friendly young barman to the courteous and attentive restaurant staff, made our stay very special.
The five course evening meal was excellent and there was plenty of variety. The starters and puddings were outstanding.
The breakfast was cooked to order in addition to the yogurt, fruit and porridge.
The Hydro pleasantly exceeded our expectations.We shall definately be returning next year.

Room Tip: Upper floor, Lake view
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Windermere Hydro Hotel
Address: Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Windermere Hydro Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 86
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