On its own sculpture-dotted 67 acres above Windermere, this place oozes exclusivity from every carefully fashioned corner. Today the hotel is favored by the rich and famous and garlanded with multiple awards, but it avoids the snobbishness sometimes found in similar establishments. Rooms are elegantly traditional though not fussy, and have pretty wallpapers, muted colors, fireplaces, slate-floor bathrooms, and roll-top tubs. Service is a good mix of professional and friendly,
and the lake views are fantastic. The well-regarded restaurant (£65 fixed-price dinner) specializes in creative local fare; it's open to nonguests for dinner, afternoon tea, and Sunday lunch (call ahead). Book well ahead for the best prices.
Jul 5, 2006
£375 (£465 for dinner) for a poky little room in a dinky hotel on the edge of a busy road just does not add up to excellent value for money. At these prices you expect so much more. They are charging the same as 'The Savoy' hotel in london or 'The Carlyle' in new york. Where to start. Well the greeting when we arrived was terrible. Some surly eastern european girl took us to our room. We had to carry our bags. There was no offer of help, not even
a flicker of a smile. You would get a warmer welcome entering a prison. The hotel is a nondescript little cumbrian house. There is very little public space for the guests to relax in. The gardens appeared to be half done. The view is average, but the hotel is situated above a busy main road, so you can hear the gentle drone of traffic all day. The suite was miniscule and fiercely hot. The sitting room was ill equipped. Luxury done on the cheap. Frette linen and a few bars of snazzy soap do not justify such a hike in price. Some of the service was good, but a lot lackluster. They need more staff. On the second night the hotel appeared to be run by some glowering yorkshire gorgon, hell bent on making your stay miserable. On both mornings the breakfast order was wrong and cold. At every point during my stay I felt like I was being ripped off. The mark up on the drinks and wine were staggering. I asked for a whisky. The price £22.00. The waiter never informed me of the cost. An afternoon tea for two was £30 (the same price as The Ritz in London). It was a poor, minimalist mish mash of a cliched english tea. The whole outfit seemed to be aimed at extorting as much cash from the guest as possible.
Apr 12, 2006
Wow! There is nothing I would change. Perfection itself. And I am in the travel trade and see A LOT of hotels. Gorgeous in every respect.