Spent the last weekend of July at the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel following a wedding on the Saturday. The previous two reviews must be the exception rather than than the rule as the weekend was a delight from start to finish. We stayed in room 112 which was beautifully furnished, quiet with a bathroom that put our home to shame. The bed was huge - in some ways too wide as it felt like my wife and I were sleeping on different Continents - and the cotton sheets were well ironed and immaculate. We had a problem on the first evening when my wife struggled with the menu (she is gluton intollerant), the chef appeared from the kitchen and suggested a number of alternatives which were whisked up in minutes. This put both my wife and myself in good heart and this positive mood continued the whole weekend.
I cannot really fault the hotel. People have grumbled in the past about the car parking situation but their designated parking is situated only 20 yards from the reception and when staying in an urban hotel it's a tad naiive to expect anything better. The general layout of the building is airey and modern, the staircase is a revelation, classic Victorian and huge.
Overall - I'm writing more than I expected as a reaction to the (to be frank) ridiculously negative previous review. This is a really lovely hotel in a part of the world that is not overburdened with special accommodation. The staff work hard to please, the food is well presented and substantial and rooms would put many 4* hotels to shame. Special thanks to Ben for his hard work during my stay and the chefs for their flexibility with their menus.
- 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