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Lodore Falls Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Borrowdale
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“old style comfort”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

This is our third visit and the best yet. We were given a free upgrade to a Lake View room and it was so much nicer- modern and spacious with a lovely view. There were chocolates waiting for us and the toiletries were 'upgraded' by adding bath crystals (small but appreciated!). Fluffy white towels, lashings of hot water, extra deep bath, bathrobe...all highly prized after a very long but wonderful walk from the doorstep. Evening dinner started with complimentary canapes and after some fizz we went to our window seat in the lake view restaurant (need to request it early) for a really tasty evening dinner - just the right amount of food, vegetables done to perfection and a good range of starters and desserts. Complimentary after dinner coffee (you can ask for latte/hot choc instead) with petit fours was taken in one of the cosy sitting rooms with its own fire. Bed was kingsize and super comfy. Breakfast next morning was a very hearty Cumbrian affair and lasted me until evening dinner! Many of the hotels I have stayed in have been very samey (often the case with boutique hotels and large franchises), this was very old style but with modern conveniences. I agree that the spa isn't a highlight, the astmosphere though is...lots of returning customers enjoying being well taken care of by friendly staff and contentedly sitting around the bar lounge or sitting rooms making conversation with other guests in the evening. Lovely!

Room Tip: LAke view rooms have been refurbished. They have tower suites and 2-room suites as well as a penthou...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We thought we'd picked up a bargain and we had! The location of this hotel means fantastic views - even better than we thought thet would be. From the rooms to the restaurant everything was superb. But even including the way the hotel was refurbished it was the staff who came out on top. Excellent service all round coupled with great food. I would like to highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Lake views are fantastic.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Fabulous lakeside location (near Keswick), with a landing stage across the road and a splendid waterfall behind the hotel
My partner and I spent 5 nights here on a weekday b and b package. The public areas are great, with capacious sofas to fall into whilst enjoying a few drinks from the bar! Breakfast was excellent, with the cooked option freshly prepared to order. We had dinner in the hotel one evening and it was first rate. Our bedroom was a bit pokey but adequate - and probaly appropriate to our bargain rate! It's probably worth 'splashing out' on a room with a lake view if you can. Staff were extremely nice, professional and helpful, without being intrusive. Didn't sample the leisure facilities, so can't really comment on that aspect. A really relaxing short break with lots of walks, trips etc in the immediate vicinity.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Had Sunday lunch here on the 23rd of September.
Its posh but makes every one welcome. Has a good bar area where you can have a drink, choose your lunch and wine and take in the view of the lake.
The service is first rate and the waitres had just been on a wine course and gave us a very good recomendation of SA Pinotage.
It looks like its going to be very pricey but its OK.
Lunch was £89 for 3 people including wine and pre lunch drinks of fizz and ale. One of us had 3 courses and two had two.
Only strange thing here is you have to go to the bar to pay for your meal aftrewards which must reduce the ability of the staff to get a decent tip.
Will go back

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Workington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

I recently had lunch here and was seriously disappointed in the quality. You will get much better lunch time food in many run of the mill pubs. They served what I call "plastic" chips and the rest of the food was no better than average. Do not get me wrong......there was nothing WRONG with it but considering the reputation of this hotel locally it was disappointing.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

as a positive:
- Great breakfast
- Homely feel - lots of sofa's and fireplaces
- Recently refurbished rooms - (but one was still being completed while we were stopping which wasn't good)
- You must try the hot tub though - that's the best bit as it's outdoors in the Lakes.

but some negatives:
- The spa was a disappointment - the treatments were provided by (in our opinion) inexperienced staff and the facilities are better at my local health club. No relaxation areas with big fluffy towels or anything... When having a massage, although they gave opportunity to say if there was a specific area to work on, specific pressure, they still gave the same massage to everyone.
- The age range was high - most couples were over 60
- The response to complaint about decorating whilst in the room - simply "i'm sorry"

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

I have been to the Lodore twice as a day-visitor; once to use the spa for an evening treat and once for coffee with my parents en route to the launch on the lake. The so-called spa is a tiny pool with a sauna shed squeezed next to it, which on the Sunday I went for my relaxing evening was full of teenagers dive-bombing each other. The staff spoke very little english and the spa area was unoccupied. The massage was excellent, but the idea of sitting surrounded by shouting kids whilst trying to unwind is ridiculous. I was offered the option of sitting in the foyer to eat my meal while in a skimpy dressing gown, but as the foyer was also like a youth club, with doors opening every few minutes to let in a icy gale, I decided against that idea. Not at all what their website suggests and very poor for a hotel with such a grand image of itself. A few weeks later I took my elderly parents there for coffee and was disgusted that I had to order the coffee at the bar while waiting staff walked right past us and then pay almost £13 for three coffees.
Overrated.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Lodore Falls Hotel
Address: Borrowdale | Keswick, Borrowdale CA12 5UX, England (Formerly Hilton Keswick Lodore)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Borrowdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Borrowdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lodore Falls Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of the Borrowdale valley and overlooking Lake Derwentwater, the Lodore Falls Hotel has one of the finest settings in the Lake District, with access to some of the most impressive walks in the area from the front door. The hotel offers the Lakeland welcome associated with family ownership and courteous staff, who are always on hand to welcome and assist you in a friendly way during your stay. Delicious light meals and afternoon teas are available throughout the day in the comfortable lounges overlooking Derwentwater and in the early evening you can enjoy a drink in the bar before experiencing some of the region's finest cuisine served in the elegant Award Winning AA Rosette Lake View restaurant. Famous for style, service and hospitality, the Lodore Falls Hotel offers the perfect location to suit all tastes. Hotel Improvement works 2017 We have exciting plans to create a new chapter in the history of the Lodore Falls Hotel. The ground floor of the hotel has been completely renovated, from the start of our renovations in January 2017 our leisure club and beauty salon will remain closed until Summer 2018, when we reveal our brand new luxury spa and a brasserie restaurant with an outdoor terrace, as well as 18 new exclusive bedroom suites. While this carefully planned development is underway we will do everything in our power to ensure these works do not impact on our guests experience. ... more   less 
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Lodore Falls Keswick
Hotel Lodore Falls
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