We recently returned to the Hydro for just one night, having stayed for a 4 night stay in September last year and I have to say that there is something about this hotel, it seems to have grown on me! I wasn't sure after our first stay that I would ever go back and now I know that I will.
It is true that the hotel could do with some refurbishment, but then in a way the faded grandeur adds to it's charm. The room we stayed in most recently was light and airy with high ceilings and a nice view of the lake. It's true that the bathroom tiles look like they date from the late 1970's but these days there are some that would call them vintage! On this occasion I was quite charmed by the retro decor besides that it was quite refreshng to have a proper shower (not an electric one), with good enough pressure to wash my hair! It was also nice to have the choice of bath or shower...
Other pros: The bed linen was good quality and the bed very comfortable. The location of the hotel is great, walking distance to lots of pubs, restaurants and the lake. There is a large car park if you are arriving by car. There is also a swimming pool though I didn't use it. The staff are pleasant and helpful, without being over bearing.
Cons: Breakfast is buffet style, so not cooked fresh, but with a hotel of this size that is to be expected. The TV was too small really for the size of the room. As noted above many people would say that a refurbishment is overdue - if you like minimalist modernism this place is not for you! If you can get over that and accept this place for what it is and all the character it has to offer, you may just learn to love it...
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- Also Known As:
- Windermere Hydro Bowness On
- Hotel Windermere Hydro
- Windermere Hydro Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District