We've visited Bowness on Windermere many times - usually staying at a guest house a few miles down the road. This time we thought we'd stay at the Hydro for three nights as it is in a good location, central to Bowness but set back from the main road.
The hotel seems quite grand at first glance although at closer inspection you notice it needs some serious TLC with lots of peeling paintwork. We'd managed to get a discounted rate by quoting an internet price but when we checked in there wasn't a record of this but we were able to set things straight and made our way to the room on the top floor. Although situated next to the lift shaft, the room itself was pleasant, clean and spacious - albeit with a bit more peeling paintwork on the inside of the wooden window frames. The bathroom was pleasant too and looked as if it had been recently updated.
Overall the accommodation was comfortable and clean but we were amazed when we heard several instances of very loud banging throughout our stay, seemingly coming from upstairs in what must have been the roof space. At first we wondered if it was the lift mechanism but as time went on we thought it was probably coming from old water pipes - at one time we were woken early in the morning by it with a sound that can only be likened to a drill digging up the road...I kid you not!
The day before we left we also had a couple of instances where the cold water tap didn't work on the bathroom sink so one wonders whether the water pipes need seeing to.
There were bits to like too - breakfast was straightforward but very pleasant. The look and decor of the place was old fashioned and sort of stately ....you could have gone back in time 50 years and it would have been much the same I suspect.
Overall it wasn't horrible...but when you're paying the best part of £100 a night you don't expect loud banging noises intermittently and water taps to stop working. There are better places to go for your hard-earned money. We won't be returning to the Hydro.
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- Also Known As:
- Windermere Hydro Bowness On
- Hotel Windermere Hydro
- Windermere Hydro Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District