Having already been very impressed at the value for money and experience at the Patterdale Hotel in the same group, I was interested to see how a different hotel performed. I was not disappointed. We stayed 3 nights Sunday- Wednesday in early November on the usual half board package in a superior room for £235 for 2.
The room was very large and comfortable, warm and quiet with a double and a single bed, TV tea, coffee, chocolate and biscuits.The bathroom was roomy and well provisioned.
As part of the deal we had a free bottle of house wine- there was a selection of 5 on the menu and all were good quality. We also had a free packed lunch for 2 on one day which was excellent.
The setting of the hotel was good with extensive gardens and extensive views from the bedroom of the fells. It was only a short walk to the town centre. Plenty of parking on site.
Breakfast was as good as I have received anywhere. The evening meal was 3 courese with plenty of choice and again was excellent. It wasn't cordon bleu but good wholesome tasty food with interesting touches.
Where Choice Hotels have got it right, and I don't know how they do it, is the staff. Reception staff were pleasant and efficient as were the bar staff. The bedroom was always clean and tidy. The restaurant staff were all extremely efficient and pleasant.I think the young waiter from the Czech Republic desreves a special mention.THe service was much better than virtually all , much more expensive hotels I have visited n the Lake District and elsewhere.
Yes, the hotel is a little tired in places but this is a typical old Victorian hotel and it has no pretensions to be the Dorchester.What it is is 5* service for 2* prices and superb value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome awaits at this beautiful Lake District country house hotel. This elegant Victorian building stands proudly in four acres of tended gardens and walkways and enjoys views of the surrounding Lake District fells. Close by is the bustling market town of Keswick, with its eclectic mix of shops, pubs and restaurants. For the adventurous, Lake Derwentwater offers a variety of water sports with numerous walks and mountain bike trails beginning at its shores. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keswick Country Hotel
- Keswick Country House Hotel