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“Just a block from the train station”
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County Hotel
Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Carlisle
Reviewed May 29, 2013

This hotel is nothing fancy but is just a block from the train station so it was a sight for sore eyes after the train trip. Formerly a very nice hotel with marble stairs (under the stair carpeting) and a beautiful ceiling in the dining room. Not sure how well the bathrooms were cleaned since there was used soap and shampoo packets left in the shower. Hot at night with no way to get a breeze. We had no trouble sleeping other than being hot and our area of the hotel was quiet. Breakfast wasn't included in the price of the room but is available for an additional charge. We only stayed two nights.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

IMy company booked me a single room for last week which on first appearance was clean and tidy but had a strong smell of fresh paint, I settled down to complete some paperwork and noticed the paint fumes were causing my throat to become dry and sore, it was only when i went out of the room that I realised I couldn't stay over night in the room. I spoke to reception who moved me to a double room on the third floor with no hassle. On arrival I had a bit of trouble booking in as they wanted my company's credit card for payment even though they took the details and booking prior to me arriving, eventually settled for e-mail confirmation but I was lucky my office was still open to provide details.
Breakfast was good,room clean and staff friendly and helpful.
This hotel is adjacent to the Railway Station and the town centre.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

we stayed 2 nights at the weekend and did not realise it was right in the middle of the busiest street on a night with hen parties and stag parties. The room wasn't that bad just tired and in need of updating but on the night the noise was horrendous as the windows were only single glaze. The cold water then went off through the night in our room. When i phoned reception the receptionist was very helpful, she found us a room to shower in and after breakfast found us another room which is classed as a superior room as it has just been decorated. As it was on the back it was very quiet on the night, but the toilet didn't work very well, my husband kept adjusting the ball cock to get it to work.
It's such a shame as the staff are very friendly and the breakfast is very good and when the hotel was built it must have been very grand as the ceilings in some of the reception areas are lovely, but it has become very run down and with all the bars in the same street it's not a good place for a relaxing break.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank chris0714
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

An old hotel and rather dated - needs a lot of money spending on it to bring it to life. While I was there it was frequented by OAP bus trips stopping over and workmen.
The bedrooms could do with better security as there was no internal lock/door chain/spyhole etc, as a single female traveler I did not like this and had to actually check with reception about security.
Breakfast was standard, nothing to rave about and the waitress couldnt have been ruder if she had tried.
Reception staff were helpful and there is free parking.
The place smelt like really stong bleach or stale smoke most of the time I was there.
The wifi was really strong which was good and the location is good.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Stayed overnight staff were lovely room was filthy cobwebs on headboard food smeared on walls crumbs in bed and in floor will definitely not return also front rooms near a pub with music banging till after 4 never again!!!

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Just stayed one night and regretted it. My room was filthy dirty, the carpet badly stained, the bathroom awful with a rotting bath panel and obvious dirt round the basin and WC. The curtains appeared never to have been cleaned. There was no bedside light. The furniture was scratched and worn and was a disgrace.
I would never stay at the County Hotel again.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Not a nice place to stay at all. The location should help it succeed but it's very tired and drab, it needs investment. It is certainly cheap but I wouldn't stay there again at even half the price. The road outside is closed off to traffic some nights during the week. The party-goers then take over so noise can be an additional problem.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Rob B
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Additional Information about County Hotel

Address: 9 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1QP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Carlisle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 20 Hotels in Carlisle
Price Range: $51 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — County Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful listed building, the non smoking County Hotel still retains its Georgian Grandeur as well as providing modern spacious accommodation, free wireless internet access in all bedrooms and public areas and conference facilities. Situated in the heart of Carlisle, this 3 star hotel overlooks the splendid twin towers of King Henry VIII's historic Citadel and is opposite the railway station. With 2 miles from junction 43 on M6 the hotel is an ideal base for exploring nearby Gretna, north Cumbria and the Lake District. Open daily for breakfast and dinner the Gallerie Restaurant offers a choice of a la Carte or table d'hote menus, complemented by a good selection of wines and liqueurs. ... more   less 
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