Just got back from a 4 night stay in the Lodore - beautiful as ever. This isn't a modern Marriott/Radisson style hotel & I don't feel it's regular customers would want it to be.
Most bedrooms have been refurbished, the tower suite & the balcony suite appear to be the best - and of course most expensive but I think well worth it if this is a special trip.
I have to say, the hotel is MUCH nicer since the takeover - it was never a generic Hilton because of the building & location but it has more charm now. All refurbished bedrooms have everything you'd need, especially if you pay the extra & go for a lake view-well worth it. All bathrooms have the same white spotless suites.
I've been reading through some other reviews who commented on staff issues. Myself & my family have nothing but praise for the staff - most of them may be Russian/Polish but they make a real effort to understand your requests & will bend over backwards to help you. Each time we go there are some familiar faces & some new ones. If you make an effort to find out their backgrounds you'll find they are intelligent warm people who will take the time to make you feel really welcome.
The lake is a short walk, 5 minutes for me with my healthy legs, 15 for my 87 year old Grandad. It's across the road, down a walkway - a little rocky so we've started taking a wheelchair for Grandad now - & up the Jetty for the Launch into Keswick. The launch is the perfect way to travel so you can have a little drink whilst you're there! Also the tickets are reduced if you purchase in the hotel.
The food is outstanding every time I go. Breakfast is what you'd expect & a little more, always fresh & filling! I had the scrambled eggs each day this visit - they are lovely, despite an earlier comment saying they were "strange".
My only 2 niggles are very small but I've noticed a Managers Response on here so I hope they read this! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE update the veggie menu. I'm not veggie but often choose something from this menu to try & go for a lower fat option but it's been the same choices for about the last 2 years! Secondly, as we were in the hotel bar on the Saturday evening I was disappointed there was no "entertainment" I don't mean Cabaret or anything but I recall you used to have a Russian lady who played the piano beautifully & you've had a singer on another occasion. Background music would have been a beautiful touch & may have kept us in the bar longer - more profitable for you!!
I've had facials in the spa a few times which have all been lovely, this time however 4 of us were booked in for appointments straight after breakfast so that we could still fit in our day trip afterwards, the spa staff said they didn't have us in the book 'till 12:30. Considering we'd had this booked since December, we weren't too happy. However the spa is independent I think, so no reflection on the hotel itself.
I'll be visiting the hotel for many years to come but wont be using the spa again, oh well there's always the tennis court or the walk up to the waterfall I guess!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of the Borrowdale valley and overlooking Lake Derwentwater, the Lodore Falls Hotel has one of the finest settings in the Lake District, with access to some of the most impressive walks in the area from the front door. The hotel offers the Lakeland welcome associated with family ownership and courteous staff, who are always on hand to welcome and assist you in a friendly way during your stay. Delicious light meals and afternoon teas are available throughout the day in the comfortable lounges overlooking Derwentwater and in the early evening you can enjoy a drink in the bar before experiencing some of the region's finest cuisine served in the elegant Award Winning AA Rosette Lake View restaurant. Famous for style, service and hospitality, the Lodore Falls Hotel offers the perfect location to suit all tastes. Hotel Improvement works 2017 We have exciting plans to create a new chapter in the history of the Lodore Falls Hotel. The ground floor of the hotel has been completely renovated, from the start of our renovations in January 2017 our leisure club and beauty salon will remain closed until Summer 2018, when we reveal our brand new luxury spa and a brasserie restaurant with an outdoor terrace, as well as 18 new exclusive bedroom suites. While this carefully planned development is underway we will do everything in our power to ensure these works do not impact on our guests experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lodore Falls Keswick
- Hotel Lodore Falls
- Lodore Falls Hotel Borrowdale, Keswick