The Duke, in a grand old building kitty-corner to the train station, benefits from the character provided by the building but doesn't rest on it. My room, on the top floor of the south wing, was modern in furnishing and appointment but conformed elegantly to the steeply sloping roof line and long narrow space. It felt like the keep of a castle, but much warmer. I had a view of the rooftops of the town and the distant Irish Sea, from which a cold wind and driving rain came to buffet the windows for several nights in a row.
Even though the hotel is at the corner of two busy roads, my room was quiet. The breakfast provided in the main dining lounge was superb. I had a choice of hot entrees (eggs benedict became my first choice, the kippers second) to be combined with a cold buffet and excellent coffee. Service was excellent. This room transforms at night into a restaurant and bar. Unfortunately I can't comment on the food because the one night I went I could not get anyone to take my order. Perhaps the pub takes priority.
The hotel interior is quirky. The grand central staircase encircles an elegantly fitted modern elevator. The landings are walled off from the corridors, which keeps the rooms even quieter. Beyond, oddly arranged corridors wind up and down and around. Oddly placed steps make wheeling luggage awkward. These odd shapes also make the wi-fi too weak to use in some rooms. There appears to be only one transceivers on each floor, on the staircase landing. Thus, for a reliable signal, one must sit there.
The Duke's location was just right for my work at the shipyard. I could walk everywhere. The town's main pedestrian mall starts just around the corner, there are several restaurants and pubs within a 10-minute walk, and the train station is a block away. For those coming by car, the hotel's free parking is inconveniently located beside the train station, so the guest has to negotiate the busy intersection on foot with luggage and perhaps in the rain, since one cannot even stop in front of the hotel entrance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barrow's famous town centre hotel. Bought by Lancaster Brewery in 2006, the Duke has been completely reinvented and is now a luxury, town centre hotel with fifty one ensuite rooms/suites, a stylish cask ale bar, resident's dining lounge and stunning cocktail/restaurant cellar bar. The hotel bedrooms include flat screen televisions, Egyptian cotton linen/towels, free wifi, over-sized beds, room service and contemporary bathrooms. A new addition to the Duke in 2017 is the arrival of acclaimed, Michelin 3 star winning chef Steven Doherty. Having run Cumbrian gastro-pubs since the 1990s, Steven is now Lancaster Brewery's Executive Chef and ensures that we produce really first class dining experiences for all our guests. The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Barrow, 100 yards from the train station, a couple of minutes walk to the town centre, accessible for the Lake District by train or car and less than 5 miles from South Lakes Safari Zoo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Of Edinburgh Hotel
- Hotel Duke Of Edinburgh