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“WORN OUT” 2 of 5 stars
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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“WORN OUT”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

You enter the hotel and smell mildew. This hotel is really in need of refurbishment. Especially because of the prices they are charging. It's in a very popular region so assume rates are generally high in the area. One thinks it's on the lake side but it's not. We paid a premium for a lake view room, but it was a very old style room (not in the good sense), very small, and had a some kind of a lake view! One positive thing was the breakfast room with the view; though not the breakfast itself.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Yes it's a little pricey and yes it's a little old fashioned but it's very, very nice.

Greeted by name on arrival, without evening opening my mouth, luggage was whisked away and the car key taken for valet parking. Don't worry, within minutes they fetch it back for you right to the front door, that's if you feel the need to venture further as everything is in walking distance even those who aren't so great on their feet.

Although our rooms weren't ready on arrival, (we were early for check in) they were allocated and the signing in process executed within minutes.

The Old England Team are a lovely bunch of people, non-intrusive service with a smile, from the reception to the spa without exception.

Taking time to sit in the lovely lounge, you can relax, sinking into deep armchairs with a drink and the newspapers whilst the sun sets over the lake - a sheer delight.

For the energetic among us the spa is a great addition, spotlessly clean facilities, a proper size swimming pool and those brilliant views.

Taking meals if not included in the room rate and drinks is on the pricey side, but then this is a quality establishment, which knocks spots of some London hotels I've stayed in for a lot more money.

Well worth the money for a short break, we'll definitely be back

Room Tip: A room looking over the lake would be preferable and we'll certainly upgrade next visit
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

just got back from a cracking 3 day stay at the old engalnd hotel in bowness on windermere ,i could not ask for more .the staff were the best and always had a smile .nothing was to mutch trouble even when i asked for some milk at 5 am so i could make a cup of tea brian the night manager and his team were there .the day staff as well could not do enough .if you in the lakes and want a nice hotel that gives a 5 star service this is the one .the food was 2nd to none like the service .i look forward to going again .thanks to all .

Room Tip: try the rom with the balcony its great on a nice day and the view is world class .
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Somerset, England
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The Old England is centrally located in the heart of Bowness. Just a few steps beyond the front door are all the shops and restaurants and also the jetty's for the lake boat trips. The hotel is very nicely decorated, it is warm and homely and without exception the staff are super friendly. The swimming pool is an excellent size for a hotel and the gym is brilliantly equipped - the spa is frequented by private gym members from the local area hence how well set up it is. Evening meals are of good quality but we found the breakfast patchy - it was wonderful to not have a lukewarm hotplate buffet and to have breakfast freshly cooked, but given how cold it was when it arrived, I felt there was a stock of stuff sitting in the kitchen. The staff seemed run off their feet at breakfast, particularly over the weekend when wedding guests swelled the numbers. The only real disappointment was the feature rooms. They were well appointed but I paid extra for these to get good lake views and felt really shortchanged. The lake views from the feature rooms in the modern wing are quite limited. You can certainly see the lake, but your view isn't necessarily uninterrupted and you can't sit n the window and enjoy it, you kind of have to strain to see. Our view was of the roof and rear areas of the sailing club which wasn;t entirely pleasant. So, it is a procey hotel, but the staff, location and general feel are great. I didn't give it five stras because of the lake views, the impact on service to other guests when there are weddings booked and the fact that tables in the restaurant seemingly had to be booked in the morning to get any chance of eating before 9pm.

Room Tip: Try a feature room in the older part of the house rather than the new wing, they are more quirky byt...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bingley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Having stayed here before we were really looking forward to our stay...so before I get started the hotel itself still delivered, the staff are very attentive and the location is breathtaking.
However, on this, our third visit, the room was disappointing to say the least. Tired and shabby I could forgive, but a bathroom that is so dirty that we found silver worm bugs crawling on the floor was quite unbelievable! I would have happily recommended this hotel before, but having stayed here last weekend I would be embarressed to do so...so if I'd feel embarrassed, how do you feel - as the manager to read this?
Our comments refer to our stay in room 320.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

we have just spent a few days here for our honeymoon.... it was fantastic!!! Edward the GM has fantastic staff and nothing is too much trouble for anyone. Michael the restaurant manager was wonderful too. we had a small problem with our breakfast but he sorted this out and wasn't over fussy with us, however we were confident that he had listened to us and remedied the issue. the leisure facilities are faultless. evening dinner was spectacular, the cheese souffle was absolutely perfect - (not something i say about food very often). we tried something differente every evening, but i would've quite easily had that each meal!! we had the pleasure of being served our meals by a lovely young man called Chris - he is a credit to the hotel. we both had a facial and massage in one of the "couples rooms" anna and dawn were wonderful, and we would recommend this to anyone! the pool and steam/sauna/ice rooms are great too. our room...wow! we overlooked the lake with a private balcony. it was our not-so-little slice of heaven. the service we received was first class, from friendly, helpful and very polite staff. the hotel is quite large, however the entire place is immaculate and yet still cozy. it was a pleasure to have our honeymoon there and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Yarm, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Had an amazing weekend at this hotel. Pricey buy worth it. Lovely to have a pool and our room had an excellent view. Also defintely reccomend the breakfast! Black Pudding was very nice and service throughout the whole trip was spot-on.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#6 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing on the shore of Lake Windermere, the historic Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District. The award-winning Restaurant offers unrivaled views over mature lawns to the lake. Four flexible business suites make the Old England a natural favorite as your next meeting or conference venue, while achieving a work-life balance is effortless at our luxury hotel spa. Inquire about exclusive use for weddings and conferences. Car parking is available and is chargeable per overnight stay. ... more   less 
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