My partner booked a weekend away in The Lakes as a surprise over Easter weekend. We checked the reviews of the hotel before we left and, while some of these were mixed, we were looking forward to getting away from it all and relaxing for a few days.
Upon entering Barrow we werent exactly excited..the place looks tired with alot of shops closed and buildings in various states of disrepair. After going for a walk to explore we both felt depressed with the surroundings and headed for the hotel. We checked in with no problems-although the staff were not overly friendly. Our room was fantastic. Just as other reviewers have stated you can tell alot of money has been spent on the fixtures and fittings - plasma tv, clean modern bathroom and the most amazing chandellier above the bed! Very chic, i was impressed.
We decided to have dinner in the bar after our long journey. The bar area is very modern and the girl who served us was very friendly. I ordered fish and chips, my partner ordered Steak and Ale pie. When my food arrived there was no homemade tartare sauce as stated, i had to ask for it. The fish was very oily and didnt taste of much else. My partners meal was better although the vegetables were cold. We waited 35-40 minutes before the table was cleared by which time the bar and dining area had been overtaken by non residents and was so noisy we could bearly have a conversation..no coffees after dinner for us!-we were glad to get out! This brings me onto another point about the hotel which we feel needs mentioned. Apart from the noisy and very busy bar area there is no where for residents to sit and have a coffee or a drink after dinner. The bar on the Friday and Saturday night was literally like a nightclub which is fine if we had been looking for that but its not our idea of a relaxing weekend. I feel a lounge area for residents would be a huge benefit (if there was one then we were never told about it!).
The bar does have a fantastic selection of beers however was lacking probably one the most common liquers... Baileys....
On the second night I was awoken just before midnight by the fire alarm. We scrambled out of bed to the nearest fire escape only to find..the gate lwas ocked outside....thank god it was just some drunk pressing the fire alarm button as we would have had to re enter the 'burning building' and make our way down to reception. I did report this to one of the staff as we all stood outside so i assume this has been addressed. If this had been a real fire health and safety would have had a field day!
Breakfast was dissappointing. We have stayed in many hotels and the choice for the 'buffet' was yoghurts (unrefridgerated), tinned fruit cocktail, tinned grapefruit and cereals (with jugs of milk which again were unrefridgerated as was the juice selection). The second day the tinned fruit cocktail was changed to....tinned prunes! I asked if they had an croissants as they were listed as being avaiable on the room service menu-no, was the answer. The cooked breakfast was again, a little on the greasy side but ok. My partner just had the bacon the second morning and it looked slightly better. I went for the toast option.
All in all, the hotel has been refurbished beautifully. The food was a let down and not having a residents lounge was sadly missed. I wouldnt recommend the hotel to family/ friends as Barrow itself was despressing but i suppose for if your in the area for business and you want a clean place to stay with a modern bedroom then its a good option. Sadly, it wasnt for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barrow's famous town centre hotel. Bought by Lancaster Brewery in 2006, the Duke has been completely reinvented and is now a luxury, town centre hotel with forty two en-suite rooms/suites, a stylish cask ale bar, resident's dining lounge and stunning cocktail/restaurant cellar bar. The hotel bedrooms include flat screen televisions, Egyptian cotton linen/towels, free wifi, over-sized beds, room service and contemporary bathrooms. The new Vaults Restaurant and Cocktail bar opened in 2014 and is a beautiful, modern venue developed from the Duke's own World War Two air raid shelter cellar. The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Barrow, 100 yards from the train station, a couple of minutes walk to the town centre, accessible for the Lake District by train or car and less than 5 miles from South Lakes Safari Zoo. ... more less
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