I was on my way to a stag weekend in Penrith and 4 of us decided to go up a day early stay the night in keswick and do some walking. Keswick is a great place that I vist a couple of times a year, it has some great mountain walks, beautiful lake and a wealth of pubs and restaurants.
When we checked in at Larry's Lodge we mentioned in passing we were going to a stag do the next night at this point the mood changed, it was as if we had said "we're off out torching orphanages tomorrow".
The second we handed over our money the next morning we were belittled by Sue and told had she known we were going to a stag party we would not have been allowed to stay and that "wasn't what keswick was about". How kind of someone with a geordie accent to speak on behalf of keswick about what keswick is and isn't about. I'm sure the bars and restaurants with 1 o'clock licences a hundred metres from your dog kennel might have a different view of what keswick is and isn't about.
This was a myself a man in his 30s and my dad in his 50s being made to feel like naughty school children as we handed over what we thought was a lot of money for what I consider to be a very over priced below average hotel (and I've been to a number in Keswick, all of which were fully booked at the last minute. Not surprisingly larry's lodge had vacancies)
In summary only stay here if you fulfill a certain criteria if you are middle aged, tee total, like your tiny breakfast at exactly 8:30 not a minute sooner or later, have a dog (or no sense of smell), you don't intend to be swinging a cat during your stay and definately not if you intend to go on a stag/18th/21st/30th/40th/50th/hen/retirement/anniversary/etc party in the following days.
Maybe just make it clear on your website who your kennel is and isn't for, rather than feeling once you have our money in your hand you have licence to talk down to them.
All this said we were aware Keswick isn't exactly Las Vegas so tried our best to keep the noise down when we came in.I know there will be some reply to this that we were snorting concaine off their dogs tail at 5 in the morning or we had an orgy with Polish hookers in the breakfast room...which won't be true we were just 4 normal guys on our way to stag doing some walking and having some beers until 12:50 am in a town I've been to many times.
My brother and his friend also in our party went to another bar until 2, neither myself or my dad heard them come into the room under us, so I assume they were as quiet as we were coming in.
The bar open until 2 probably dont realise what Keswick is and isn't about either......
All that said the owner Dave could not have been nicer shame about his partner in crime Sue, Keep up the good work Dave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sue and Dave look forward to welcoming you to Larry's Lodge. Our pet friendly, 4 star establishment has en-suite twin and double rooms plus a standard single with private bathroom. We are ideally situated for Keswick town centre and the Theatre By The Lake. Come and try our homemade bread and marmalade with your breakfast. Free WiFi for our guests. Cyclists and walkers welcome with advice on what to do and lots of local walks. ... more less