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Windermere Hydro Hotel
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Ideal for a quick vist.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Living locally to the lakes we don't stay over as much as we should to enjoy the relaxed nightlife and culture of Bowness, so it was on the spur of the monent that we looked for a room at an hours notice for the weekend (mid July heatwave).

So what do you need, a comfy bed (check), hot shower (check), plentyful delcious breakfast (check), free parking and great central location (100yds hill accepted). Go on what else?

The Hydro was exactly what we needed.

Yes the place has character, nothing £10million wouln't sort, bt its charming in a way. Just don't watch "The Shining" the night before you stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony as the views are spectular!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bolton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stayed for one night on 27th July. Re-iterate other reviews. Hotel needs a refurb and bathrooms very tint. The food was very good but because there were only around 19 guests eating there was no atmosphere in the dining room. Wished we just av gone bed and breakfast as there are loafs of nice restaurants nearby. Breakfast was very good. Went in the swimming pool which we had use of on our own.. entrance to pool needs upgrading as it looks like entrance to someones garden shed. Overall good position and even though we paid for standard room we had a balcony which was very nice.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Stayed for three night. The hotel was clean overall. Staff were friendly. It is situated in a lovely position with fantastic views. We would not stay again unless the hotel had a revamp. There are thread bare parts of the carpet. Some parts of the hotel smelt damp. The décor was very dated.
Some of the public rooms are not very welcoming. To get to a second floor room was a farce. Having to go up two short flights of stairs thro two doors the in the lift for one floor.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for two nights. Due to so many cafes and restaurants in Bowness did not eat in. The room itself was nice and big and the bed comfy. It should have been slightly smaller so the walkin wardrobe of a bathroom could have been usable. Seriously small bathroom. My husband who is big , not fat but large struggled to get anywhere near the sink. But other than that the room was lovely. We had breakfast in the room and it was great. Especially at only £3 per head. Now to the hill. If u have any walking difficulties or are just not that fit, the walk in and out of Bowness to the hotel will kill you. If really is that bad. It gives you a lovely view from your room but its that high up from the rest if the village I'm surprised its not classed as a hill.
Overall though staff great room great bathroom not so. Food we had great.

  • Stayed July 2013
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england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Just returned from a one night stay 20th july here, we paid for a standard double with no view and thats exactly what we got, we were in room 61, the room was of a good size if somewhat dated, think 70,s chintz and you get the idea but it was clean and comfortable and we were only in it for one night so it didnt really bother us, some people have commented about small bathrooms, well room 61 has the biggest bathroom i have ever seen, large corner bath , good sized shower cubicle plus toilet and sink with large vanity unit, again dated but spotlessly clean. We stayed on a bed breakfast and evening dinner basis, the main dining room was being used for a private function so we were put in a smaller room which i have to say was a bit grotty and did smell damp but the tables were laid out lovely and the food and service were excellent, breakfast was served in the main dining room which was a lot nicer and again the food and service were excellent. Its true the hotel is in serious need of some investment, the outside paintwork and windows are very shabby and the sofas in the bar desperately need replacing and it does smell damp and musty in certain places. I didnt want to give it 2 stars for poor as the food and service were great and some parts of the hotel are ok, but i didnt want to give it 4 stars for very good either as it does need improving in the areas i have mentioned so i compromised and gave it 3 stars for average. Would i stay here again, yes i would but dont think i could manage more than 2 nights max.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2013

This place is something else. Peeling external paintwork, damp smelling, grim 30 year old décor, winding corridors, narrow staircases, confused staff, busloads of odd tourists, a gym 'without weights', collapsing bathrooms, shower cubicles for midgets, tired rooms, old tvs, and £80 a night for a single room!!! Please somebody buy this hotel and do it up and inject a bit of zing (and a bit of sense)... Its in a great location but really is poor. Don't come here.

Room Tip: A room in a different hotel
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

As a venue for a get together, with fabulous views over the lake this venue ticked all the boxes. 53 of us stayed over for the midsummer weekend, great weather on Friiday, mist on Saturday but Sunday fair. Breakfast was good with attentive staff and our dinner dance on saturday night was just brilliant. The food was beatifully presented and the main course of beef was just melt in the mouth. We had one of the suites at the front with a shared balcony and great view over the lake and had no complaints at all. Our afternoon tea on Saturday and soup and sandwiches on Sunday were varied and tasty and beautifully garnished. Shops and restaurants close by and worth the exercise to get back up the hill.

Room Tip: The suites at the front are lovely and a lake view a bonus
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Windermere Hydro Hotel
Address: Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bowness-on-Windermere
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Windermere Hydro Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 86
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