First time here and have to say loved it.
Having not stayed before or visited the lakes in a few years I booked this 'blind' and after speaking to friends and colleagues AND checking out the reviews on Trip advisor.
The hotel is on the North end of Windermere just outside of Ambleside and is well located for local visiting whatever your interests.
One small point, if you look at the online pictures of this (from the lake) it gives the impression that the hotel seamlessly works its way down to the water, there is in fact a rather 'busy' road between the lake and the hotel.
I paid a premium of £26 per night for a lake view room, it's true to say we got one however, a) I'm not sure when the same view is free from the hotel lounge that the small benefit (given how little time we spent in our room) how benefical it is to spend such a premium sum. b) with the lake view of course (knowing what i do now) with the lake view comes the overlooking the road and the noise of the traffic to accompany it. Don;t get me wrong, I'm glad we did it once but on future visits (yes, we will definitely be back) I'll gladly give the bedroom view and traffic noise a miss.
Staff are incredibly polite here, the hotel Management should be very proud of the level of customer service offered by their team.
Breakfast was a great experience, situated in the main, spacious and light large restaurant the array of food was amazing. From Croissants to brioche to chocalte petit-pain, cereals, to fresh fruit galore, all the usual hot foods plus things like potato bread and porridge. It's all buffet style with the exception of your hot drinks.
For tea lovers, I found the hotel's approach quirky, how often has your tea been too strong or too weak? Here you have quanint tins on your table with a variety of teas in and you are brought a thermal jug of boiling water to make your own. It's simple but such a nice touch. Same goes in the rooms, never in my literally thousands of nights in hotels have I come across a cafetierre and ground coffee to drink. It's things like this that make a hotel stand out to me.
The hotel has an apparently fantastic leisure club though our time didn't permit us using this time but we plan to next time.
The lounge is beautiful spacious chairs and sofas, log fires burning, polite efficient staff and the view of the lake.
I booked this hotel on a 'third party' offer and got exceptional value for money, it was slightly disappointing therefore when I enquired about extending our stay to cover the Friday night that the hotel wanted to charge me more for the friday night than I paid for the two night offer. Shame, had they been happy to charge just a slight premium to our special rate (say to around £80) I would have jumped at it, I felt £140 for one night was steep. That said it appears the Lake District hotels in general seem to feel that as a 'resort' they can charge a significant premium of a weekend for checkintg out prices on comparison websites the majority feel £100 per night for a weekend is acceptable, good luck if they get it. The slight irony on this was on checking out we were supplied with a voucher offering us the same room rate break deal as we had booked via the third party valid for Sun-Thurs, so they obviously want your custom.
Not a negative more advice from one who has stayed. The (spacious) carpark is situated at the rear of the buildings is when loaded down with luggage a bit of a hike and if your are disabled (we aren't) following the sign to reception leads you to steps and no ramp. My recommendation whether abled bodied or not is pull onto the front of the hotel where you can unload your car straight into the main reception and then go park.
Can't wait to go back to this small piece of heaven, that is the hotel and the region.
- Also Known As:
- Low Wood Bay Hotel
- Low Wood Bay Hotel Windermere
- Low Wood Hotel
- Low Wood Windermere
- Hotel Low Wood
- Low Wood Hotel Windermere
- Low Wood Bay Windermere, Lake District
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