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Interior view, Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa in Windermere
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8

Excellent

2,453 reviews

2,453 reviews

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9.4

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Excellent for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Windermere Lake Cruises

140 m

Lonsdale Galleries

240 m

World of Beatrix Potter

250 m

Closest landmarks
Toys and Hobbies

350 m

Windermere Steamboat Museum

730 m

Lake Windermere

1.4 km

Library

1.8 km

Windermere Golf Club

1.9 km

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa

23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, United Kingdom, LA23 3DF - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Bowness-on-Windermere part of Windermere, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and fitness center on-site.

Highlights

Front desk [24-hour]

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Sauna

Steamroom

Daily housekeeping

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Valet parking

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Swimming pool [indoor]

Fitness center

Luggage storage

Spa

Value for money7.2
Distance to city center1.7 Miles
Location rating9.4

Rooms available at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.3

Super Deluxe Double
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 double bed
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Deluxe Balcony Room
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 double bed
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Super Deluxe Suite
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Double
...
  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Double
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 double bed
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Deluxe Twin
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Twin
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds
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Super Deluxe King
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 king bed
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Superior Feature Double
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 double bed
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Deluxe King
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

Check-in is from 04:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is available for a fee of 20 GBP per day. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Windermere with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

Is breakfast offered at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 18 GBP if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

What are my dining options at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is located in Bowness-on-Windermere, famous for good restaurants such as Hole in t'Wall, Churchills Restaurant and The White House Restaurant.

What popular shopping places are close to Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa?

Located in the Bowness-on-Windermere area, Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa is close to great shopping choices like Lonsdale Galleries and Toys and Hobbies.

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What people love about Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa

  • 8

    Very good
    Cleanliness

    "Very clean"

    Patricia

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    September 13, 2022

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Very clean tidy and respectful."

    Grant

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    July 5, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Good facilities and very caring staff with superb location"

    Ronald

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    May 21, 2022

Overall rating:

8

Excellent
2,453 reviews
Cleanliness
8.4
Facilities
7.7
Location
9.4
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What travelers say they love:
Lovey stay lovely setting.
Margaret from United Kingdom
Couple
More about Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa

More about Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa provides the best in services and amenities to help make guests feel comfortable. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hotel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel provides taxi services to help you find what you want in Windermere. Parking is always available, provided by the hotel for their driving guests.
While lodging at this wonderful hotel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hotel's ticket service and tours. The hotel's on-site dry cleaning service and laundry service help you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
The hotel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and essential amenities. The hotel provides linen service in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms at Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa include a balcony or terrace, as part of the room design. Keep your entertainment options wide, even in your room, with a range of facilities, including television available in select rooms.
Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa also provides a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the hotel's bar and casino. Guests of Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa can even have groceries delivered to their room for cooking, using the hotel's special service.
Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa offers wonderful recreational facilities for guests to enjoy. The hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Be sure to enjoy the accessible beach nearby. Pamper and indulge yourself with a visit to the massage, steam room, spa and sauna. The hotel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps.
For those who hate to miss a workout, a trip to the hotel's fitness facility will keep you fresh and healthy. Hot days can be cool fun with water activities like fishing and non-motorized water sports. In a competitive mood? Get sporty with your travel group or other guests at the golf course on site and hiking trails in the hotel. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the games room.

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Amenities and facilities

Very good
Facilities

7.7

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

7 mentions

Food & Dining

2 mentions

View

2 mentions

Housekeeping

2 mentions

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Czech
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Casino
  • Fishing
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Golf course [on-site]
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming pool [indoor]
  • Ticket services
  • Tours
  • Water sports (non-motorized)
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Grocery delivery
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]
Services and conveniences
  • Concierge
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Food delivery
  • Grooming service
  • Heating in public area
  • Invoice provided
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace
For the kids
  • Family room
  • Kids meal
  • Swimming pool [kids]
Access
  • Allergy-free rooms
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms
  • Soundproof rooms
Getting around
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Taxi service
  • Valet parking
Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Air purifier
  • Bathrobes
  • Blackout curtains
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Clothes dryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • In-room safe box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Linens
  • Private bathroom
  • Radio
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Smoke detector
  • Soundproofing
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Trouser press
  • Wi-Fi [free]

Food and dining

Breakfast options
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Full English/Irish
  • Gluten-free
  • Buffet
Restaurants on site
Lakeside Restaurant
  • Cuisine: Local
  • Menu: Buffet

Location

23 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, United Kingdom, LA23 3DF
Exceptional
Location

9.4

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • The hotel is delighted to provide guests with a full valet parking service, charged at GBP 5 for a day visit (less than five hours) or GBP 10 for an overnight stay. Pre-booking is advisable, particularly for weekend stays.
  • There is a limited amount of extra beds and only certain rooms can hold them. Please contact the hotel prior to arrival if you need extra beds to avoid disappointment. Extra beds incur an extra charge per bed, per night.
  • When booking for 7 or more rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
  • The restaurant is not accessible for guests with wheelchair due to the elevator capacity. The other property area remains wheelchair friendly.
  • The credit/debit card used to book any pre-paid rate must be presented to reception on arrival at the hotel.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from16:00
  • Check-out until11:00
Getting around
  • Distance from city center1.7 Miles
Extras
  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)18 GBP
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 GBP
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 106
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened1869
Parking
  • Daily parking fee20 GBP

Reviews of Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.0
/
10
Cleanliness8.4
Facilities7.7
Location9.4
Room comfort and quality8.3
Service7.9
Value for money7.2
High score for Windermere
Rating
9+ Exceptional (27)
8-9 Excellent (13)
7-8 Very Good (19)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (15)
Time of the year
Mar - May (19)
Jun - Aug (26)
Sep - Nov (20)
Dec - Feb (12)

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10.0
Exceptional
Dalip from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in October 2020

Wedding Anniversary Get Away”

The hotel is in a great location, right in the city centre, on the foot of the lake and 5 min walk from the lake cruise. We had booked a double room and on arrival we were upgraded to an executive double, which was more spacious, had a lake view and separate shower and bath. The hotel is slightly tired looking, creaky floor boards and carpet worn out in places, needs a little TLC, however it was clean, staff were very friendly and polite. Wonderful spa facilities, treatments are a little pricey, however I had a massage and facial which was excellent. Breakfast was included in our booking, which was fab plenty of choice. We booked for evening meals, which we were slightly disappointed because of the lack of choice. On the 2nd night we realised it was the same menu from previous night. There was a choice of 4-5 dishes to select from each section, starters, main course and dessert. However food was cooked well, I found the portion size perfect however my husband thought the portions were small. Staff managed the restaurant well under the Covid restrictions.

Reviewed October 27, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
Alex from United Kingdom
Group
Deluxe Twin
Stayed 1 night in February 2022

Girls weekend ”

Great night spent here, used the spa facilities and really enjoy the selection. Bed was like a marshmallow and pillow swallowed me up. Luckily we could open the window or it would have been quite warm. Brilliant location, lovely staff would come again!

Reviewed February 19, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Toni from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in June 2021

Old England Hotel”

Right on Windermere, we had a suite which was beautiful, spectacular view over the lake. Hated leaving!!!

Reviewed June 04, 2021

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10.0
Exceptional
Alison from United Kingdom
Couple
Room Assigned on Arrival
Stayed 1 night in July 2022

Exceptional”

Fabulous hotel Fabulous location Fabulous staff and facilities Been 5 times, can’t wait to go back

Reviewed July 17, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Tony from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in February 2022

Good location ”

One of the best locations at Bowness. Great room 132 . Like a mini suite. Lake v out of window . Great bathroom. Slow service at Breakfast. Stff booking in very helpful.

Reviewed February 11, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
james from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 3 nights in August 2019

Exceptional”

Excellent service and location right on the edge of the lake ,

Reviewed September 01, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Ronald from United Kingdom
Couple
Deluxe Double
Stayed 3 nights in May 2022

Exceptional”

Good facilities and very caring staff with superb location

Reviewed May 22, 2022

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9.2
Exceptional
Grant from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in July 2021

Slaughter family on tour”

Excellent unplanned stop over. Staff were amazing. Very clean tidy and respectful. Food was amazing. Setting of hotel beautiful. Would have liked a few more days there.

Reviewed July 06, 2021

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8.4
Excellent
Tim from United Kingdom
Couple
Room Assigned on Arrival
Stayed 1 night in January 2022

Wintertime break slightly spoiled ”

Enjoyed the Hotel, room very nice, did ask for a lake view however this was dismissed with no attempt on checking availability. Anyway room 17 was really nice, however when we retired to bed after a long day there was loud humming noise outside the window like a diesel generator, I contacted reception who informed us that our room was above the kitchen and this was part of the equipment though this was closing soon and the noise would stop, this actually stopped over half an hour later. So then a relatively peaceful night till next morning when the kitchen opened again and so did the loud humming, we had no choice but to get up. On checking out I mentioned the situation to the guy on the desk but all he could say was he would look into it. Not a lot of good to us as we were leaving, frustrating really.

Reviewed January 28, 2022

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8.0
Excellent
Rijo from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Friendly Staff and beautiful location ”

From the Check in to check out staff was absolutely friendly and helpful apart from the night staff at reception. Check in staff with glasses on , I must say he really got some customer service skills. When we booked our room we booked it for 2 adults and a 12 year , upon arrival check in staff said it is a classic double bed room where you don’t get an extra bed but changed the room around and given us a room with extra bed and he was really helpful. Since there was no air conditioning in the room and it was a really hot day we couldn’t sleep well so deceived to go to reception for a fan(no fan found in room or cupboards),night staff said I will find one and will bring it for you but he never did, we had to sleep with window open where full of sounds from back yard and vehicles moving , moving bins etc. ( we kind of had 2 hours sleep). Dinner closes at 9pm so we had to go out for our meal. Fabulous hotel with some great staff but one staff can easily destroy your whole experience.

Reviewed July 28, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
louise from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Room
Stayed 3 nights in September 2020

Fantastic location ”

Stayed here for 3 nights. The location is amazing, rooms overlooking lake Windermere. Breakfast was very good. The only thing that is extremely frustrating is the parking costs £15 a day. We parked in a lay-by near the Kia garage, around an 8 minute walk to the hotel which is normally vacant after 6pm. I would return to this hotel in the future.

Reviewed October 04, 2020

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8.0
Excellent
Christian from United Kingdom
Couple
Family Room, 1 Double Bed (Standard Family 3)
Stayed 1 night in November 2021

The Hotel is tired and need of a full make over!”

I booked the hotel for my girlfriends birthday and booked based on the location and facilities. It wasn’t a particularly cheap stay for one night including the evening meal and breakfast. The hotel is in the heart of bowness and within walking distance to the bars and restaurants which was a massive positive. The hotel however needs a lot of money spending on it and is over priced for the condition it’s in. Food was expensive too. We also had to pay £20 to park the car even though it said the hotel had a car park. The staff where great and can’t fault their attentiveness however I wouldn’t return to this hotel due to its condition. Rooms where tired, dated carpets, in need of decorating. Chips out of the skirting boards, loose taps and a leaky shower! Hope the hotel take note of these reviews and act on them.

Reviewed November 18, 2021

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8.8
Excellent
Jason from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2020

Night away”

A bit pricey for the room we got,and noisy,as right next to outside generators

Reviewed October 12, 2020

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8.0
Excellent
Adam from United Kingdom
Couple
Super Deluxe King
Stayed 2 nights in January 2022

Not really value for money”

For over £200 per night in January we expected a bigger room with a shower that produced hot water. The lake view was great and the excellent pool why we booked. Better maintenance would improve rating.

Reviewed January 06, 2022

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8.0
Excellent
tony from United Kingdom
Couple
Executive Room
Stayed 2 nights in October 2020

Autumn stay”

The hotel is really good. I thought that overall it was slightly overpriced and I paid for an evening meal that was expensive. Other than that the hotel was good and they managed the covid restrictions very well

Reviewed October 09, 2020

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7.6
Very good
Keith from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Stayed 2 nights in October 2020

Disappointing”

We’ve wanted to stay here for a while but the room rate was prohibitive. Finally found a weekend deal which was comparable to other nice hotels in the town. Room was large but bed as uncomfortable. Hotel bar has no atmosphere and some staff are slow and lack customer service skills. Drinks are very expensive. Breakfast was acceptable but nothing special. Won’t be rushing back

Reviewed November 01, 2020

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8.0
Excellent
Catherine
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

Really enjoyed stay ”

Ideal location Staff really pleasant on reception Beds super comfortable

Reviewed March 18, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
Mian
Family with young children
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Good”

Location was great. Staff was friendly and breakfast was great

Reviewed July 28, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
khawaja from Pakistan
Solo traveler
Room Assigned on Arrival
Stayed 1 night in March 2022

Great ”

Definitely stay again

Reviewed March 24, 2022

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6.8
Good
David from Ireland
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

Very tired 5 star but a lovely location. ”

I can’t understand how this hotel retains a 5 star rating. It’s too tired, evident lack of reinvestment and staff who all appear quite glum in their duties. Whilst a great location, the hotel is a disappointment when viewed from the perspective of a 5 star rating.

Reviewed July 14, 2019

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