Although it's a hotel in a big chain (Best Western), it's clearly not a generic new-build hotel: this is an old (18/19th Century??) coaching inn in the heart of Grasmere, which is a lovely village. The building itself has a lot of character. Our twin room was nice and spacious, but the en-suite bathroom was really cramped and looked like it needed some attention (cracked/missing tiles, that sort of stuff).
Stayed here with my 7-yr old daughter; we were in Grasmere to do some walking in the hills, but I wanted to stay at a hotel with an indoor pool in case the weather turned out bad (which it often can do in the Lakes). The pool here is not very big but while we were here hardly anyone used it and we had it to ourselves most of the time. Not the hottest of pools. Our room was on the front of the main building, one floor above ground level, facing out over the street -- it was summer so we had the window open and people outside the bar drinking/smoking were audible early in the evening but it wasn't a problem to us, and no road noise to speak of. We really enjoyed our stay here; daughter loved the spa-bath.
We ate dinner in the bar -- it was bustling, good atmosphere, the service was good and the food was fine though nothing exceptional.
The breakfasts were very nice, staff very attentive, but the room in which the breakfasts are served was really cramped, loads of tables&chairs and not a lot of space inbetween them.
There are several nice hotels in Grasmere, but very few of them have swimming pools. The prices here make it a lot cheaper than the nearby alternatives, and I think this hotel is very decent value. We came away with happy memories and we'd certainly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a taste of luxury in the glorious heart of lakeland. Set deep in the heart of Wordsworth country, our privately owned Lake District Hotel, traditionally an historic inn playing host to travellers for centuries, offers you a warm, genuinely hospitable welcome that makes you feel instantly at ease and at home as soon as you step through the door. Idyllically situated right in the centre of Grasmere, with magnificent views of the hills all around, you can enjoy being part of village life one minute and the next, be miles away, with just the fresh Lakeland air and glorious open countryside for company. Here, life is beautiful. As you would expect from the long traditions, our service is friendly and attentive, the atmosphere relaxed and easy where you can enjoy a board game or two in the air-conditioned lounge area or browse the papers, while from the conservatory you can gaze at the ever-changing Lake District landscape. At our luxury Lakeland Hotel we provide you with all you could wish for - richly furnished, beautifully appointed bedrooms, an excellent choice of food, a gorgeous indoor heated pool with spa bath, steam room, sauna and fitness room. For centuries the hotel has been a haven for travellers, with tasty fare, great ales and warm hospitality. Today we pride ourselves in offering traditional food in harmony with modern cooking. Enjoy a cosy and relaxing atmosphere in the snug Lamb Inn with a pint of hand-pulled traditional beer and a tasty bar meal to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Dine in splendor in our 1769 Restaurant with our table d'hote dinner menu offered every evening, where the menu is depicted by the seasons and the fresh produce available. Our Chef will cater for any dietary requirements and is always happy to cook your favourite dishes (with a little notice of course). The Easedale Bar, The Glass House Conservatory and Helvellyn Lounge offer a comfortable spot to watch the world go by, enjoy a scrumptious snack at lunchtime or a spot of afternoon tea. We provide you with all you could wish for. Richly furnished, beautifully appointed rooms in which to unwind, most with sparkling spa baths to ease tired limbs after a wonderful day's walk. And friendly service to bring you a refreshment, while you drink in the Lakeland panorama. All rooms have en-suite facilities, television with satellite channels, wi-fi, CD player, ipod docking station, a welcome refreshment tray, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and trouser press. Our Club rooms feature separate comfy seating areas with television, bathrobes, slippers, complimentary bottled water and daily newspaper. The view from these rooms is of the village and the lush green fields beyond. Some of our rooms enjoy small balconies where you can sit and enjoy a relaxing drink, read a book or simply take in the view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Grasmere
- Best Western Grasmere Hotel
- Grasmere Red Lion
- Grasmere Best Western