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Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

There was nothing to find fault about. The staff were very helpful, friendly and efficient. The rooms, whilst not huge, were very comforatable. The bed and pilllows were the best I have found outside my own home (we have a very comfy bed). The restaurant service was very good and there seemed to be a high ratio of staff to guests.
As for the food, breakfast was full english or a choice of various smoked fish, all very hearty and very tasty. Dinner was a limited choice but what there was was presented very well and tasted very good.
The swimming pool and spa were well used by us this included ice room, steam room and sauna. All very refreshing and all immaculately presented.
We intend to return for another weekend break in the next month or so.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank flyaway1952
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

This hotel is very good - stayed 2 nights (17-19 February). Overall, the service is good and staff are friendly helpful. The hotel is in a great location, right by the lake and has many excellent views - especially from the restaurant. Without doubt, the restuarant is first class - dinner was excellent; however, only continental breakfast is included and cooked breafast costs extra. It would have been useful to know that there is a hotel car park a short walk away - we found it impossible to park close enough to the main entrance to drop off our luggage and had to find and pay for a parking space before checking in. Would recommend the hotel, but disappointed with our room 214 - the size of a broom cupboard and just bearable for 2 nights!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

Stopped for 3 nights & found this hotel excellent from a positional sense. Good for Bowness, the ferry & all the southern lakes. The evening meal choice was poor (no sauces just plain chicken etc) so we went out to the excellent local restaurants even tho we had a 2 for 1 voucher. The spa facilities were good & well used. Parking was difficult even@ this time of year. Breakfast was excellent & we never needed more than continental - staff very friendly & helpful.

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Reviewed February 16, 2010

Too bad to waste time explaining! But in a nutshell
Expensive and not Value for Money, majority of staff rude abrupt and unhelpful.
For a 4 star you expect alot more!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank R999
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We visited the Old England on the 25/6/7 January. We had been visitors some years previously and were very pleased with the standards now been set.
We booked an executive double and upon arrival we were upgraded. The room was large clean and well fitted and had a lake view. The colour scheme was muted brown and gold and did not in our opinion enhance the rooms quality.
The bathroom was excellent and all the fittings modern and well maintained.
The room was well serviced throughout our stay.
The public rooms particularly the lounge was well decorated and offered excellent views of the lake.
The dining room was of a similar high standard. Dinner was haute cuisine (very good] with an option of steaks at a surcharge. The cheese board offered an excellent raange of English cheeses.
The continental breakfast was very good and we were never tempted by a cooked breakfast which carried a surcharge.
The reception and concierge service always provided service with a smile
The car parking was good [important in Windermere] though not adjacent to the hotel. A valet parking service was offered and I would suggest taking it up at least for the first visit as the car park though is only two hundred yards away when walking, pedestrianization calls for a short drive with two not obvious turns.
The staff were always helpful and always had a smile.
We shall be returning in the near future for another stay.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Donald82
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

Fatastic loaction (lake views and Bowness pubs and restaurants on your doorstep) but lack of attention to detail took the edge off an otherwise excellent 2 night break. We wanted a hotel with a nice lounge - this one has one of the best. Unfortunately attention to detail was amiss. We waited over 20 mins to order drinks in the lounge (a family had just ordered teas/coffees and chocolates and this seemed to cause a disproportionate delay) and I finally ordered a glass of Australian Shiraz. What arrived was a South African Pinotage. I went back to the bar and asked what I'd been served, "I'm not sure" was the answer "he probably just picked up any bottle..." recommendation no'1 - know your wines!
It was my husbands birthday while we were staying and I asked for an ice bucket and 2 champagne glasses to be delivered to the room. These arrived immediately, presented on a silver tray - witha splodge of dried ketchup on the edge... recommendation no'2 ...well obvious really!
I gave this feedback on departure - this could really be a great hotel if a bit more care and attention is paid by staff.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

I stayed here last weekend with a group of 9 family members, ranging from 8 yr old to 72 yrs old. I found the hotel and its amenities to be of a very high quality, just as I expected. The staff simply couldn't do enough to assist, which made our visit extra special as we were celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary for my parents in law.
Our room overlooked the rear of the hotel and faced the rear of other nearby pubs, yes there was noise but not excessive. Our room was in the newest part of the hotel and benefitted from the most modern room & bathroom, which was spotlessly clean.
The meals proved to be outstanding, nothing at all dissapointed us, we took the continental breakfast which was fine for me, but others in our group took the english option. The bar prices were high, £6 for Magners, or G & T, £4.50 per pint and £30 for house red wine.
The last thing is the off site car park is to the LEFT of the hotel, not the right as I was originally directed and travelled a mile or two !
The leisure facilities are a great asset to the hotel, children allowed in between 12 -2 and 4- 6 over the weekend. My wife used the spa and again, states that this is also very high quality.
All in all I would love to re-visit the hotel and recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Mick29
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Address: 23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3DF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#3 Business Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#7 Luxury Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
#8 Romantic Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range: $180 - $395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 106
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest 4-star Lake District hotels. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere - England's largest lake - our hotel offers the best of breathtaking scenery and exceptional facilities. From unrivalled views over our mature lawns, to private jetties and moorings on the lake - our hotel proves a popular choice for family holidays. Our hotel in Cumbria is perfect for country adventures - hire a private jetty on our lake and marvel in the glorious scenery we have on offer. And once you've finished exploring, we recommend a visit to our spa and thermal suite for a relaxing steam before you dine in our award-winning Restaurant. ... more   less 
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