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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

A group of us spent the weekend at the Lakeside hotel at Windermere. There's a pleasant welcome that awaits guest that check in. That's the very start of a great experience v

The car park adjacent to the hotel has restrictions. We checked in on the evening but were informed that the car would have to be moved to the other car park (just 100 yards away) before 10.00 in the morning. Not a problem as the hotel staff will move the car if you leave them the keys.

At the hotel there is an aquarium and access to the lake steamer and steam train. It's a great hub for exploring Windermere. The steamer on the lake takes about 45 minutes, of delightful sailing to take you to Bowness and beyond.

The food in the hotel is excellent. There are two restaurants. One is a Brasserie where I had the largest, and most delicious, fish and chips ever. The other is a fine dining restaurant, lovely ambience and a nice menu. The wine list is good, not too expensive if you don't want it to be. The staff are really helpful and very pleasant. Nothing is a problem to them.

The pool and gym are good. Both were quiet when we were there. Facilities top notch.

Our room was upgraded by the manager. And what an upgrade..!! Excellent.

The conservatory has lovely views of Windermere. It serves tea, coffee and drinks all day long.

There's a nice internal "pub"'that is a treat.

It's a great place to explore the lakes and an even better place to chill out and take life easy.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Gerry M
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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights at Lakeside and it was truly wonderful. Exceptional location on the lake, fantastic room and great food, especially the breakfast!! Kippers were terrific. It cost more than our budget allowed but it was worth it. Looking out over the lake morning and evening was spectacular. Great local environs as well. Wonderful local pubs, shops and cafes.

Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Veronica C
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

Just had an excellent weekend getaway at Lakeside Hotel , travelling as a couple. We enjoyed three lovely days in the middle of a dreary spell of weather so were very lucky.
Location is the key here. Situated at the Southern end of Lake Windermere the Hotel setting is very tranquil and ideal for a quiet and relaxing stay. Bowness is just 40 minutes by “steamer” for daytime excursions. The dock is just 150 yards from the Hotel and timetables are included in the room documents. Walking is also possible on either shore; it is about 7 miles to Bowness on foot. If you want easy access to “town” bars and restaurants in the evenings, maybe the location is not so good.
Free valet parking is provided on arrival in an area about 150 yards from reception. The hotel is like a grand country house and is mainly traditional in style. Our lake view suite (room 56) was large, clean and well equipped (if a little old fashioned), with a fabulous large bay window giving panoramic views of the lake, its variety of wildlife and passing boats. The huge comfy bed and lots of storage space would make this room ideal for longer stays. The bathroom was a contrast in style, also large but modern and brightly lit, with a Jacuzzi bath, underfloor heating and premium Aveda toiletries. The evening turndown service includes a weather forecast card for the following day.
There are two restaurants in the Hotel; the John Ruskin Brasserie is bright and modern, quite different to the more traditional Lakeview dining room where you have much nicer views across the water. Food in both was good as was dinner service. The dinner menus are relatively short but do offer a decent selection of meat or fish dishes. Breakfast was also a good selection of hot or cold dishes. Breakfast service in the Lakeview room, was good but when this room was full one morning we were served in the “Ruskin” and found the attention there a bit lacking and service a bit grumpy.
Our most memorable meal in the Lakeview restaurant was the Galloway Chateaubriand with a decent Lebanese red wine. Total cost for this dinner including starters, sweets and a top class Cognac was £171 (excluding tip). The wine list is quite impressive, plenty of choice in the £30 to £50 range, and the knowledgeable Maître D will gladly discuss and advise. At the top end of the price scale there are wines up to £2,000 per bottle, just in case you have won the lottery!
The “Pub” bar is quite small and dark, good service, but there are other nicer places to sit including the large conservatory overlooking the lake, where your drinks orders will be brought to you. Service again was always very good and friendly. Drinks pricing is fair, £8 for premium G & T (small negative, no ”Fever Tree” tonic).
Personal opinions on pricing of course vary; some reviewers have suggested that Lakeside is “expensive” or not value for money. It is certainly not “cheap” but if it was it would be very unlikely to be anywhere near as good. You do pay a premium for location and service and that applies the world over. On the whole we felt our stay was well worth the price.
If you are looking for a good class traditional hotel and restaurant in a peaceful setting, (the Spa is also spectacular) we would certainly recommend Lakeside. For a relaxing weekend getaway in style it has a lot to offer.
We will certainly return here.

Room Tip: Always go for a Lake view here. Our lake view suite (no 56) is large and probably has the best views.
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank MonsieurTT
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Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 4 nights following our wedding. We were recommended to stay there by family. It is a lovely hotel. When we arrived the porter took our bags and parked the car. Our room was lovely it had a four poster bed and a very large bathroom. We had a lakeside view which was stunning. There were 2 restaurants to choose dinner. One was very expensive and one was a bistro style. Similar food was served at each. The staff were very helpful and attentive and the food was lovely with plenty of choice. After dinner there was a pianist who played the piano who was really good and very friendly. The breakfasts were served in the main restaurant. You helped yourself to a vast array of cereals and fruit and you chose hot food from the menu which was served to you. Again there was plenty of choice. The spa area was clean and the pool,was very large. Our stay at the hotel was very relaxing. We will definitely stay there again.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Triplet12
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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Family room was very comfortable except don't be fooled by the courtyard view. It's a small back of hotel yard where the staff go to smoke so we had to keep the windows shut. Good mostly very good but a meal for two adults and one child in the bistro was I've £150. All drinks expensive including the local bitter at £4.80 a pint. Some staff helpful and pleasant but watch the pushy restaurant staff who try to up sell all the time. I had to send back the wine they selected for me as it was twice the price I asked for. Probably wouldn't go again unless they had a great offer on rooms and food.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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