We stayed here for two nights. The location is great with absolutely fabulous views from our room and from the beer garden. The staff were all friendly and helpful but it was unusual on check in to be asked "security" questions - we were asked to confirm address and telephone number as well as name.
Our room was OK. Comfy and large bed in which we slept well. Clean but tiny bathroom with no place to put our stuff and low level lighting - seems to be the vogue these days but no good for applying make up. Shower over the bath. Usual soap & shampoo provided (though I noted one day that the housekeeping for some of the rooms nearer to reception appeared to have higher quality toileteries). Room let down by peeling wallpaper above the radiator that looked as if there had been a large leak or a lot of wet clothes dried there. It was also on the ground floor - as many of the rooms are - which would be an issue in the summer if you wanted to sleep with the windows open.
We had booked the web dinner and wine, giving us an £25 food allowance each for £20. The menu was very good with plenty of choice and decent prices. We found ourselves ordering three courses just to get our money's worth. Very nice meal with all courses enjoyed and the highlight being the desserts. Waiter was helpful but new and illustrated a lack of knowledge about the dishes - I expect better for our room rate. There were few other diners leading to a lack of atmosphere so we opted to cancel the meal on the second night - no problem in doing that.
Breakfast was very good indeed. Everything fresh and cooked to order. Buffet had clearly been thought about with quality ingredients. Staff helpful and prompt.
We knocked a star off for the fairly high room rate for mid week in early May and another for the shortcomings of the room. If you can get a decent rate for this hotel, then do consider it and go B&B and eat out in the village which is a few minutes' walk away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1650 as a coaching inn, and mentioned in a Wordsworth poem "The Waggoner", Macdonald Swan Hotel, Grasmere is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District. Nestled in the Cumbrian countryside, with views across the Fells, our cosy and inviting hotel is ideal for walkers and cyclists. With open sunny vistas in summer and blazing log fires in winter, it's the ideal base for exploring the wonders of the Lake District National Park. Afterwards, relax with a delicious meal in our restaurant or enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the Walkers' Bar before retiring to a traditionally - furnished, comfortable room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Macdonald Swan
- Macdonald Swan Grasmere