The hotel itself could best be decribed as English country charming. To get to my room (74) was a maze involving a few staircases up and then down. There is a lift, but only from G the 1st floor, so note this if you cannot manage stairs very well. The lobby looked somewhat like a hunting lodge, with a huge, comfortable bar, leading into the restaurant. The bar was well-stocked and was very nice to sit and relax in. Let me say the food here was excellent, I had their daily 3-course on Friday and then Fish & Chips off the bar menu on Saturday. Very tasty, and also the breakfast was excellent, good continental and cooked choices.
The room itself was a good size, with a double bed, two armchairs, a worksurface and chair, and a good-sized bathroom with shower/tub combo. The bathroom did seem tired and in need of a facelift, felt like an early 80's formica flashback, but it was nice to have a vanity large enough that I could actually set out my toiletries. TV was small and suspended above the worksurface, but worked fine. Bed was comfy especially with the extra pillows in the wardrobe. Would have been nice to have a proper duvet, as opposed to the old school thick bedspreads.
I did have a peek in room 75 and saw this one had a larger flat screen TV mounted on the wall, and a bathroom with an outside wall, thus benefiting from a window. Otherwise, seemed the identical decor and room size.
This hotel is located outside a village called Shap- there is nothing "nearby", unless you drive into Shap where there is a Co-Op market and a New Balance factory shop (totally unexpected for me!). It is really a hotel where one goes to relax and unwind, and base themselves out of for Lake District touring. The grounds are extensive and feature a waterfall, stoney brook, sheep, and a resident red squirrel. Being an older building, you can hear a lot of footsteps through the halls and upstairs but not as bad as some hotels I have stayed in recently.
Despite no duvets and a tired bathroom, this hotel was precisely what I was looking for on this holiday and would try and stay here again on my next visit in the Lakes.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Penrith
- Penrith Best Western