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The Inn at Grasmere
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 12, 2008

The hotel is clean, friendly and comfortable. The rooms are slightly dated but it has that "lake district feel".

Check in was good and friendly, and the champagne and chocolates were waiting for us in the room as ordered. We had booked a club room which turned out to be the Ruskin Suite. It was enourmous! The sitting area was comfortable, the air conditioning very good and the views amazing. Could even see the cows on the hills! The room was fairly quiet, only hearing next door noise for 5 minutes that evening. For the size of the room, however, the TV was a bit small - could hardly see it from the bed! The bathroom was also clean and comfortable with amazing views of the hills whilst in the shower! Only criticism would be the bed and pillows - it was uncomfortable. Not good for bad backs!

The bar area was very comfortable, with a lovely conservatory to have sundowners before dinner. We did not have an evening meal at the hotel. We went to Sara's but would go to the Jumble room the next time we visit as it looks cosy and have heard about the good food.

There is a large sitting area next to the bar - a nice place to read the newspaper in the morning.

My husband used the swimming pool which he said was very clean and relaxing.

Location is very good - our view looked out over the centre of Grasmere which is a small village with a nice feel about it. Try the gingerbread shop - wonderfull!!!

Breakfast was very fresh, made to order and service was good. It was also served from 8-10 so could have a lie in if wanted!

Overall a very comfortable stay- no major problems apart from the bed!

Would stay again, but with so many other hotels in the area would like to try them out also.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2008

worst hotel i have ever had the misfortune to stay in. room bordered on shabby, bathroom totally inadequate, in fact ridiculously small. and the bed had a wooden board under the matress....apparently housekeeping forgot to remove it!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2008

This was our second stay at the Red Lion and it was just as good as last time, if not better! Staff are very friendly and welcoming. The lounge is a lovely place to read a book or have a post-dinner complimentary coffee and chocolate mint (or three). The pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna are fab and were surprisingly quiet on a Saturday afternoon (we had the leisure area to ourselves!). The breakfast was very tasty and there was a good variety of food. We had dinner in the restaurant one night and it was good, but there wasn't a great variety of main meals; the food was fine, but perhaps not quite in line with the price (around £20 for two courses). We ate in the Dove and Olive Branch pub on our second evening and the food there was incredible (and cheaper than the Red Lion)! Really romantic setting too.
Grasmere is a really lovely village and one of the best things about it is that is you're away for a weekend, you can park your car on a Friday and not need it again until the Sunday as there's enough to see and do.
All in all we definitely would highly recommend the Red Lion. We'll certainly be returning!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2008

We stayed here two years ago in a double standard room, which was more than adequately sized, but this time we booked a Club/Superior room and were given Coleridge Room. It was bigger and very comfortable with a large bathroom and had a jacuzzi. If you book with the hotel direct, rather than through the Best Western website, you get a 10% discount, although you do have to pay for one night in advance. The service throughout our stay was excellent, and the gentleman on reception was very helpful. The breakfast was delicious, with plenty of choice.
This is a charming hotel in a delightful setting. We love Grasmere village. One night we ate in the Jumble Room just round the corner, The food was fantastic, tho not cheap! Would highly recommend it if you like a quirky atmosphere with wonderful food.
One warning......the car park isn't big enough, but if there are no spaces left, the manager either moves a staff car for you, or gives you a voucher to park across the road in the art gallery car park.
All in all, despite gales and rain, we had a lovely weekend.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PamCheadle
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Reviewed February 5, 2008

Stayed in December 07 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Grasemere is a beautiful, quiet village.

The facilities of the hotel are excellent too, with heated pool and spa facilities, as well as a large residential lounge and a fantastic pub/bar attached to the hotel.

Only downside is that the room I booked was a little bit small, but, given the price, I couldn't have asked for more.

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed October 12, 2007

We have just returned from a two night stay at the Red Lion and what a superb stay it was.

I booked this hotel for my wedding anniversary and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The hotel is located in the centre of Grasmere and is a short walk, well to just about everywhere in the village.

The service from the staff was excellent as was the food.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2007

This hotel seems to have recieved some outstanding reviews - unfortunately my experience of staying here was quite different. Some of the staff were verging on the rude and the room, while adequate was really a little shabby for the price - wouldn't recommend the place to anyone.

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Additional Information about The Inn at Grasmere

Address: | Red Lion Square, Grasmere LA22 9SS, England (Formerly BEST WESTERN Grasmere Red Lion Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Grasmere
#10 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range: $99 - $263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Inn at Grasmere 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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 Best Western
Grasmere Red Lion

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