I always hesitate when writing something BAD. After all, there's loads of people that SWOON over the place; come back year-after-year.
My definition of "Bad" is aimed at the general market for what is "Good", rather than the crowd that adore scratching, smelly, farting dogs round the fire of the Badger Bar ... and savour the odour of a really filthy carpet. If you tick 'success' to a Gents that might as well be one of the beers on offer because it's so close to the action - get in there and LOVE IT!
This is one of those strange Cumbrian success stories: it looks lovely, situated perfectly ... and then the reality. It's a fetid dump: like around 60% of Lake District places to stay, drink, eat.
WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US??
The place could be marvellous. The bar staff are the Staff of Life (I mean that: they are really nice, very experienced blokes) ... the beers are excellent ... but if you are booking, unseen, on the Net, and have travelled from Surrey, or the Hook of Holland: you might be horrified, your wife in tears, your kids wearing gas masks.
As for the dining room ... I never went further than the glass panelled door.
Need I say more?
But I have supped my pint there [Badger Bar] amongst Lakeland disciples - good time had by all ... if you relish that rotting-meat stench of wet walking gear - and the rest of the Lake District Five Star Image ... DON'T LISTEN TO ME!! Book three weeks.
Be careful, tourists from afar. The prices are high, the standards are low: and THEY COULDN'T GIVE A DAMN.
That, in my book, is worth complaining about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Famous Lakeland hotel perfectly located between Ambleside and Grasmere. Huge rooms with 4-poster beds. Woodland and mountain views all around, and a 2 minute walk to the lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glen Rothay Rydal
- Glen Rothay Hotel Rydal, England