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“Deserves 5 stars but has a few small niggles” 4 of 5 stars
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The Daffodil Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Keswick Road, Grasmere LA22 9PR, England   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 hotels in Grasmere
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Deserves 5 stars but has a few small niggles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Terrific location, across the road from Dove Cottage, lovely views across the lake and within a few minutes walk of Grasmere village. Lots of walking nearby and close to Ambleside. It is new and purpose built so it should be perfect - and for the most part it is.

The building fits in with the local architecture, as you would expect, but it is big so the view as you enter the site is of a rather plain block of grey stone and rows of windows. It isn't helped by the huge wooden fence next to the entrance to the foyer - the fence screens off the service area. However, don't be put off because as soon as you enter the foyer it is a different world. The foyer, passages and rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, quiet and elegant. Unlike so many hotels the corridors are WIDE and spacious, not gloomy tunnels.

Our room was also spacious, with a large bathroom and the most comfortable bed we have had in a while. The furnishings are top quality and we liked the quirky paintings on the way to the restaurant, which is also elegant. If you are lucky you may get a window seat with a super view of the lake. Breakfast was adequate but nothing special for a hotel of this class (and the scrambled egg had a strange taste). The dinner menu leans towards steak (as most do in the area) which limits the choice a bit and the puddings were bog standard. However, our choice of starters and mains turned out to be very good and my wife raved about the vegetarian tart tatin. My lamb cutlets were also very good. There is a huge lounge next to the dining room with loads of comfortable seats and we thoroughly enjoyed reading and having a pot of tea there.

So why only 4 stars? We took our dog (full marks for being dog friendly) and we were told in advance that the room would look out onto the service area. It did, and straight into the windows of the staff rooms. My complaint is that there was only a heavy blind on the window. There was no curtain so by day we had no privacy. Apparently other guests have complained about this so the owners need to get into action.

The bedroom had no trestles for suitcases and the arrangement for hanging suits etc in the cupboards was badly planned. Coat hangers hang across the very narrow cupboards so it is impossible to get something in or out without removing other clothing. The room was lit by only four halogen bulbs in the ceiling and they gave totally inadequate lighting. I could not see well enough to write at the desk in the evening or see the keyboard of my laptop. There was a LED "reading" light on a flexible stalk above the bedside table but it was too short to reach my book if I was lying in bed. I tried putting my book on the bedside table but it was awkward. The shower worked very well but neither of us could get the plug to stay in place in the hand basin (pretty design but poor engineering). This next comment is just a grumpy old man speaking - the mirror has lights that operate when you move the tap! At times it seemed random.

The bottom line is that it is a delightful hotel and we would recommend it, but the owners need to sort out a few niggles.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We have just returned from a couple of superb, relaxing nights at the Daffodil. We have regularly visited the Lakes for many years and congratulate the Daffodil in providing a hotel that provides all our luxurious needs under just one roof. Having been lucky enough to stay in many 5 star hotels in Europe I can honestly say that this hotel ticks all the boxes. The Hotel is welcoming and the staff are only too pleased to assist in making your stay special - Just ask! The restaurant offers a menu of good quality, locally produced foods which when served is presented beautifully. In addition to this the restaurant boasts fabulous views of the lake and mountains with ample window seating to watch wildlife including Deer saunter by. Early this year we called in for Dinner as non residents which is also worth doing as the prices are very competitive. The rooms are very spacious and designed to a high standard, with a luxury choice of hot beverages and tasty treats and the bathrooms are complete with a choice of Molton Brown products. I have recommended this hotel to 'everyone' and hope you too choose to stay here one day - You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 114 - A standard superior room, which had fabulous views of the fells.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

New hotel in a great location just outside Grasmere. The hotel is spacious light and bright very modern My wife first comment was it reminded her of a type of hotel you get abroad. our room was gorgeous and spacious with a huge and comfortable bed, large bathroom and very large bath, but the storage space was inadequate, three coat hangers in a badly designed wardrobe with half the wardrobe allocated to a safe, Ironing board and Iron the room only had three draws and with a view of the air con units I would say its not a view you would pay for, didn't bother use to much because the weather was great and we was out all day. the bar and restaurant has a friendly atmosphere, breakfast was a buffet style with a good choice and a member of staff topping everything up not everybody's cup of tea, I notice some guest expected better service. The grounds of the hotel need landscaping, but because everything is so new I would expect the that is the next job. The staff are very friendly and efficient.
On reflection it is modern so therefore lacks charm, and the ground let it the exterior down, but has the potential to be a great hotel.. I would stop again but would ask for a room with a better view.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Two night stay. Hotel and grounds really nice and five minute walk to Grasmere. Grasmere is a gem of a place. Highly recommend The Potting Shed Bistro. The staff at the Daffodil so friendly and polite. The hotel is all newly furnished, the room was very spacious and the bed was enormous, very comfortable. Breakfast excellent. The Spa so relaxing. Look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

This is a super newly renovated hotel in a beautiful location just outside Grasmere!
I do not live far away and have been keeping an eye on its progress throughout the renovations!
I thought to myself..one of these days I shall book a stay there when it is opened!
The whole feel of the hotel is spacious,light and bright,very modern but not over the top!
On arrival the reception ladies were very pleasant and soon had us checked in and we were soon opening the room door!gorgeous room,beautifully appointed,spacious,huge bed with fresh white linen...until we looked out of the window...ugly!ugly!ugly!views of the unattractive bins and air con units..plus the staff accommodation quarters and their windows slap right in front of us...several sitting outside smoking directly out of the window..eyes then slightly right to see boarded up windows and smashed window!!where are we??beautiful Grasmere or an inner city cheap and cheerful hotel?? I have to say we were both so disappointed!!the bathroom and shower were fab with fluffy towels and high quality bath treats...only problem there was the cleaner had forgotten to clean the toilet!which was not pleasant to see!howver reception were great and acted on that immediately!
We felt we had to draw the curtains to afford any privacy!!what a shame!the whole hotel is just perfect for a relaxing stay,spa and steam room and sauna are a delight to enjoy...the bar and restaurant are very nice with lake views and a friendly atmosphere,staff again lovely too!the eve ing meal was also very good..and breakfast super duper!with such a splendid choice,whatever ones taste!I think the whole hotel has been designed to obtain the maximum enjoyment from a stay..but the rooms overlooking the bins etc need some screening or quality voile drapes to afford those guests a far better experience of their stay..Thankyou to the family for carrying on with the project after such the sad death of their family member..I most certainly will return and stay..but please not in room 119..

Room Tip: Please ask where room is situated...best avoid room mentioned and those nearby
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Stayed here for two nights - fabulous hotel - the staff were all so polite, helpful and friendly. No hesitation in recommending this hotel - you will not be disappointed. Wonderful breakfasts - sets you up for the day ahead. Can't wait to stay there again soon.

Room Tip: room 112 was a corner room with views ofthe lake and hills
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Amazing hotel. Beautifully designed and completed to a high quality finish. Contemporary modern style but not minimalist. Very, very relaxing. We had a room overlooking the car park, yet the view of the hills was beautiful, I can only imagine how lovely the view must be from a lakeside room.Our standard room was very good, 7 foot bed! Beautiful bathroom. Furniture was high class. Service was friendly and very accommodating. The huge collection of art work is very amusing and invites the guest to follow the imaginary trail of wanting to see every picture to have a good giggle. The restaurant has its own style of framed retro photographs of famous people that fill the walls enticing you to identify all of them. The spa pool was fabulous, so was the steam room, so relaxing. We very seldom return to hotels as we enjoy finding different luxury getaways, however we loved it so much we have booked to go back in July. If I was to say anything bad about it, we both feel that although the english breakfast was lovely, we chose to stay for dinner the first night and were very disappointed. It was just 'ok' and unfortunately the food did not match the quality of the hotel. We had a much better meal in nearby grasmere village (10 min walk) the next night for a third of the price.

Room Tip: I don't think it matters as we had probably one of the cheaper rooms as it was a last minute off...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Keswick Road, Grasmere LA22 9PR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 12 hotels in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Daffodil Hotel & Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shores of Grasmere Water, The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of the Lake District. Surrounded by stunning Lakeland scenery, The Daffodil is the Lake District's newest luxury hotel. The hotel reopened in July 2012 after a major redevelopment which has resulted in 78 new bedrooms including 14 luxury Suites, a Spa with thermal suite, extensive function rooms and a lake facing restaurant serving fantastic British food. ... more   less 
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