We booked this at the last minute, really, as a few day's break to celebrate a family birthday ( the Lake District won the discussion- over Paris- so glad it did!) There is nothing about this tastefully and beautifully restored/rebuilt hotel that is less than excellent. We were greeted in such a friendly manner, directed to our superb room with a view of the stunning lake and mountains ( as a birthday treat, we had been given a complimentary upgrade to the lake view room)and, immediately, settled into the warm and friendly atmosphere of this superb hotel. The room was exquisite, beautifully appointed, scrupulously clean and boasting Molten Brown toiletries; the bed was so comfortable.....and huge! Large TV, a bottle of water and very nice tea/coffee/biscuits facilities added to the ambience. Great thought has been given to the design of this hotel- it is stunning. Staff in every department ( from Manager to room attendants and cleaners) are 1st rate- efficient, extremely pleasant and, obviously, very happy in their work. It is rather like a large family than a commercial concern - and they make their guests feel so much at home, it's great! Food in the restaurant is excellent - we chose very different dishes and all of them were well-cooked and unobtrusively served piping hot. The seemingly ordinary-titled menu, we felt did not do justice to the standard that the chefs achieved, e.g.the Fish and Chips was a large piece of pure white fish in a crispy beer batter, served with gourmet chips, a little pot of mushy peas and "to die for" home-made caper-filled tartare sauce. Think you can afford to boast a bit more, chef! The desserts were incredible and the cheese and biscuits enough to "share". You will gather that we were so, so delighted with our stay.......and I haven't even mentioned the Spa which is Hollywood standard! Again, staff are very efficient and the treatments are excellent. This place is perfection - on the edge of one of the most beautiful lakes in Britain, a hotel and spa second to none with everything one could need for a splendid experience. You MUST go........ I'm about to book again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the shores of Grasmere Water, The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of the Lake District. Surrounded by stunning Lakeland scenery, The Daffodil is the Lake District's newest luxury hotel. The hotel reopened in July 2012 after a major redevelopment which has resulted in 78 new bedrooms including 14 luxury Suites, a Spa with thermal suite, extensive function rooms and a lake facing restaurant serving fantastic British food with a contemporary twist. ... more less
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