We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Borrowdale Hotel

Keswick CA12 5UY England
Lowest prices for your stay
View deal
View deal
Reserve now, pay at stay
View all 14 deals
Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveler (519)
Room & Suite (91)
Dining (61)


#5 of 6 hotels in Borrowdale
Travelers' Choice
Nestled at the foot of Shepherd's Crag in the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, this 4-star hotel has a totally unique atmosphere enveloping the visitors from the moment they arrive. Built in 1866, the Borrowdale Hotel has an interesting history with the original 41 room bells, which, although no longer working, are still proudly displayed outside the reception area. The AA Rosette restaurant is very elegant and comfortable, which also boasts a superb walk-in wine cellar stocked with some very interesting bottles. During the day the lounge bar and conservatory are open for light lunches and afternoon teas and in the evening a splendid 5 course silver service dinner can be enjoyed in the AA Rosette restaurant with coffee and mints served in the lounges. The 40 cosy bedrooms come equipped with TV, telephone and hospitality tray. For those looking for dog friendly hotels, all of our bedrooms are dog friendly and are available for well-behaved dogs.
Read more
Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Show more
Room features
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Hungarian and 2 more
1329Reviews16Q+A100Room tips
Traveler rating
  • 725
  • 353
  • 136
  • 70
  • 45
Time of year
Traveler type
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Greg147 wrote a review Yesterday
3 contributions
We will definitely return to Borrowdale Hotel. Beautiful hotel and restaurant, food was delicious and the location is great. Our room was clean and spacious with a nice view. On top of this, staff were great and very keen to make our stay a memorable experience. A big thank you to Rosa who is very kind and accomodating
Read more
Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Nigel wrote a review Jun 13
2 contributions
Hotel was great , food, staff were excellent 5* but if you require internet forget it ! This is the place to get away from it all including your social media.! Very convenient for public transport Thank you …..
Read more
Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Forget the internet!
See more room tips
JasperCarrot wrote a review Jun 7
UK14 contributions4 helpful votes
Maybe the food is worthy of an AA Rosette - but I understood there should be a high proportion of local ingredients yet they seemed under represented across the hotel for example at breakfast butter from Gloucester, standard Jams found country wide, eggs that look as though they could have been from a supermarket not the deep coloured rich yolk indicating premium local eggs. Elsewhere it may meet the 4 star quality mark but there are issues Standard rooms are probably smaller than in a travel lodge, walls & ceilings hardly surpress much noise from rooms either above or adjacent. Service left some customers waiting far too long. Having stayed the night before in an indisputable 4 star hotel at the same price per night including dinner, the Borrowdale does not seem in the same league. The positives are the friendly ladies on reception, being dog friendly and best of all the location but there are premium alternatives nearby. Would I return - to stay: unlikely - to eat: probably but they could do better.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from George Smith, General Manager at The Borrowdale Hotel
Responded 3 days ago
Dear JasperCarrot, Thank you for your insightful review. I can only emphasise how much of our menu, both restaurant and bar is has locally sourced items on it. The eggs are from a very local farm that not only supplies this hotel, but the other hotels within the group. At times we do have to obtain items from elsewhere due to demand. I am sorry that you were not happy with your room. Under different circumstances, had this been brought to my attention, I would have looked to perhaps offer you an upgrade, however since, like other hotels, we are full each day, I would have been unable to do this for you at the time. Unfortunately, since Borrowdale Hotel is of some age, there is noise aspects that we are unable to avert. While you have enjoyed some aspects of your stay I am sorry that you did not enjoy the whole experience. With kindest regards George and Team.
Read more
sailorgirlsuffolkUK wrote a review May 2021
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom81 contributions22 helpful votes
Lovely place. Really dog friendly and a very nice restaurant. Pretty garden and good footpaths round the lake to keswick and you can get the boat or the bus back . you pay for quality as not cheap but we'd come again and would recommend it. Staff couldn't be more helpful.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from George Smith, General Manager at The Borrowdale Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear sailorgirlsuffolkUK, We are happy that you were delighted with all aspects of your stay. We are spoilt with the amount of walks we have around the hotel for walkers of all levels. I will pass your kind comments on to the rest of the team. Kind regards George and Team.
Read more
stw1961 wrote a review May 2021
Guiseley, UK113 contributions100 helpful votes
Arrived on the day they reopened - 17th May - for six nights. I've stopped here before so broadly knew what to expect. Food is excellent, managed to pick different courses for each night, so a nice varied menu. Breakfasts are of a good quality, fully served at present. I was lucky with the weather and managed to have a drink in the garden on 3 our of the 6 evenings, a very nice experience after having to sit outside for the last month or so. All the staff were well versed in covid-19 security. Thanks to George and his team for a pleasant stay.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2021
Response from George Smith, General Manager at The Borrowdale Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear stw1962, Thank you for your very kind review. It is so nice to see our guests about the hotel again. It has been too quiet these last few months. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your next visit. Kind regards George and Team.
Read more
$176 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
borrowdale hotel
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictKeswickBorrowdale
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Borrowdale Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Borrowdale Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Alpacaly Ever After (2.4 miles), Derwentwater (3.1 miles), and Surprise View (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Borrowdale Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Borrowdale Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Borrowdale Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Borrowdale Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fellpack, The Restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood, and Panino Italiano.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Borrowdale Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Borrowdale Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Borrowdale Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Polish, Romanian, and Hungarian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Borrowdale Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle (3.9 miles), Watendlath (1.5 miles), and Crosthwaite Parish Church (3.4 miles).
Does The Borrowdale Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is The Borrowdale Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.