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“Top Weekend had by all” 5 of 5 stars
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Stags Head
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DG, England   |  
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Glasgow
2 reviews
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“Top Weekend had by all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I stayed here on Saturday 02/02/13 with 10 mates and i have to say i found this hotel to be excellent value in an excellent location. Of the 11 of us who stayed here not one person had a bad word to say about this place. The rooms were spotless and the staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome, the food was first class and they had a great variety of beers to choose from, an added bonus was the discount card we received on arrival which allowed us 10% off all food and drink until midnight which i have to admit we really took advantage of, the card also allows you free entry into the nightclub downstairs.The entertainment provided in the lounge was a singer/guitarist which made our saturday night, he performed a variety of songs and catered for all age groups, he was excellent. Also i have to say all the locals we came across were friendly and welcoming to us. On the Sunday morning we were treated to a hearty home cooked breakfast which is just what we needed to help with our hangovers. I will definitely be coming back here again, i had a first class weekend with some excellent company. Thanks again to all the staff at the Stags Head Hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

A group of 11 we stayed here on 2nd feb celebrating our mates 40th. From the moment we checked in to the time we checked out we were made to feel very welcome-the service was excellent and very friendly. We booked 6 rooms-17 and 18 were the only two I went in and they were ideal, spotlessly clean with what looked like recently upgraded ensuites. Onto the important bits-this place was just what we were looking for-excellent beers , great food and even better entertainment-superb singer/guitarist. An added bonus is the 10% discount on all drinks for residents which we took advantage of on a few occasions between 1:30 and midnight when we then went down to the nightclub (free entry for residents). All in all I would say this was a first class destination and does exactly what it says on the tin-if you want a quiet break with kids don't come here but if you want a friendly welcome,lively atmosphere,great entertainment,great beer and home cooked breakfast to cure the hangover then this is the place to come. Definitely recommend and we will be back. Thanks guys for making our weekend

Room Tip: I only went in 17 and 18 but they were spotless with new showers
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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preston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in the Stags Head Hotel for a friends 40th and were made very welcome by the staff who were all friendly and very helpful. The room was clean and the bed was comfy for the one night spent in it. I must point out if you are looking for somewhere that is quiet this is probably not the place there is a night club underneath the hotel and some of the rooms above can here the music, but if you like to have a dance then it is ideal. The hotel is situated yards away from the main shopping area of Bowness and is less than 100 meters away from Lake Windermere. The hotel provides food and i would recommend the Beef Baguette. We all had a ball and have the pictures to prove it.

Room Tip: Room 24 is were i stayed, No noise very quiet and has a new shower unit.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Not a great experience in the Stag's Head unfortunately. Made to pay upfront on arrival (which in hindsight, I should not have agreed to). Parking is in a public car park a few minutes walk away (£13 for 24 hrs) and contrary to other reviews, no one offered us a free pass for this. To get into the hotel you must pass multiple staff smoking at the entrance, which isn't the nicest way to enter a hotel with small children. You have to check in at the crowded, noisy bar. The man who checked us in did carry my suitcase up the room, which was kind. But the decor is dreadful, old, smelly and in urgent need of improvement. The carpets are worn. The nightclub in the basement has noisy revellers departing into the small hours. The whole hotel is very noisy at night (room 16 has the pleasure of being above the toilets where all sorts of bodily functions can be heard into the small hours...). Staff put the tumble dryer on at midnight, and again at 4am - Who would do this ??? Our door had a 1 inch gap below it which shed unwanted light into the room for most of the night. Arguments, singing, all can be heard at unsociable times. There are several doors to storage rooms (one housing a selection of tools etc, which was open the entire time we stayed there.). There is no security stopping anyone from the club / pub from wandering upstairs to where the rooms (and indeed tools), are !
On the plus side, the bedlinen appeared to be clean, and our bathroom was nice (but small). Breakfast was okay, but eating breakfast at 8am in the shabby pub would not be my first choice. I cannot imagine who would rate this 'hotel' as excellent. It is without question a pub with rooms. It should be the choice for a stag / hen / boozy weekend but definitely not for anyone who a) wants a good nights sleep, b) has children, or c) is interested in cleanliness.

Nobody asked if we enjoyed our stay, there seemed no interest in customer service, no attention to detail, no pride, no service whatsoever.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed at The Stags Head for new year with some friends.
The hotel is in a great location for the lake, shops and restaurants/bars in Bowness.
We stayed in a room which was at the back of the hotel, rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean.
Check in is from 1.30 and check out is 11 which is slightly later that some others In The lakes where you get kicked out at 10.
The bar area is nice and if you show your room key when at the bar you get 10% off what you order.
We found all staff apart from one arrogant bar man helpful and friendly. But hey you get one of those everywhere you go!
The nightclub in the basement is good and serves until around 2am.
The breakfast at the hotel was good.
All in all we had a great time and will be returning.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

we stayed here for a couple of nights on a weekend, very friendly and clean we stayed in room 10 which is above the bar and can get noisy so me and my hubby stayed in the bar and had a fantastic night good entertainment. would definately stay there again perhaps not in room 10 though.all the staff are a credit to the owners.

Room Tip: higher rooms have less noise though it does quieten down eventually.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Stayed at this hotel 27 December 2012, which was a Thursday. The reason I say this is that most of the reviews state that you should expect some noise on a Friday and Saturday night. We were in room 10. A horrendous room that I could only imagine is similar and as basic as to that of hostel accomodation. The room was small with a double bed which was hard and lumpy and very uncomfortable. The curtains in the room were paper thin and outside the bedroom window was The stags head neon green light outside shining in the bedroom so the room was never dark. The windows were not double glazed and should have been as the room was right below the entrance to the pub/nightclub - two hours later and still no sleep from the fights, arguing and loud shouting from the people outside the pub. I might aswell have been sleeping in the nightclub itself. The bathroom is something from the 60's, no shower just a bath that had seen better days and I didn't even want to use it. Eventually at 11.30pm managed to get a room change to number 27. This was a bigger room and an improvement on room 10 however the bathroom very poor again although did have a shower. But again very noisy on a morning from the bin lorries collecting the rubbish. This hotel would be ok for stag/hen nights or the place to be if you can sleep well after having a few drinks.
On a postive note the breakfast was good and the location is excellent.

Room Tip: Do not stay in room 10 noisy, small, no bath, terrible room, in desparate need of updating. Room 27...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Stags Head

Address: Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 13 Hotels in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Stags Head 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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