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Historical Traveler Reviews Low Wood Bay Windermere
Initially I found Low Wood to be a fairly mediocre hotel, decoration was slightly tatty but location and views over Windermere were good. Unfortunately this was severely overshadowed when both myself and my husband came away from our short stay badly flea bitten.
Their tolerance of Pets in rooms has seemingly left other unwelcome guests in the rooms...
Though we did (eventually) extract an apology from the manager their promise of an explanation has not been fulfilled. For the price, I suggest you could find a much better hotel nearby.
We stayed for a weekend recently. The location of the hotel is excellent overlooking the lake-beautiful.
The hotel itself which is described as a 4 star needs regrading in my opinion.
The pool and spa are first rate.
The restaurant choice for dinner was very poor-chicken,beef,veggie nothing else and the service at both breakfast times was absolutely appalling.-I've queued less at Butlins.
Our rooms were at the best adequate and a complaint by my wife that the toilet was dirty was not dealt with for 12 hours-when the maid next came.
the hotel is very spread out and not in the least bit suitable for anybody in a chair or with mobility difficulties. The staff were fine and seemed to be trying to help but ....and that might be the best way to leave it. I wouldn't return.
Great Hotel, Great Service
I got married at the Low Wood in 2003. The service was brilliant as was the food, many of our guests stayed there and commented on the quality of the hotel. The only downfall is the prices, but you pay for the location.
Search out a deal
Stayed here during walking break and obtained good discount on room & 5 course dinner. Room was exec type and functional/clean. Staff were very friendly and helpful and service was good. Facilities are excellent if somewhat sprawling - you need map to find your way around
Overall enjoyed stay - not sure if I would have enjoyed as much if I had paid full rate, which seems pricey.
Would not return here - 2 different sides of same hotel?
I have stayed here twice and my experiences a matter of months apart could not have been more different.
Our first stay at the Low Wood was superb. (Spring 2003) Our room was a real beauty, in a newish part of the hotel. The room was well appointed and we loved the king sized plus bed and huge freestanding bath. Food was good and overall based on this positive experience we rebooked to stay at the Low Wood later in the year. Oh how different our second stay was to be...
The room was very shabby with torn curtains and an overall grubby look. Our room was tiny, so much so that when I requested an iron I had to iron in the hallway as I couldn't erect the ironing board in the room! The dining room was filthy and clearly had not been swept for weeks as there were the corpses of dead blue bottles lying all around. YUK!
No Smoke and No Fire
My wife and I decided to drive up from Manchester to spend some time away with friends.
Booked 2 double rooms at this hotel for the night of 29th August 2004. I had been concerned as the hotel was fairly large and was worried it would be a bit too busy at a bank holiday weekend.
I was pleased with the rooms we booked through an internet booking agency (the hotel insisted on staying a minimum of 2 nights if booking direct).
We had an executive double which was sizeable and felt cottage like, and a lake view double which had a 4 poster bed and a good view of lake Windemere and the central lakeland peaks behind.
There is an attached spa/health club which I understand (from friends who have stayed) is reasonable and free to guests.
The reception staff were nice and helpful. We had booked dinner elsewhere so am not able to comment on the standard of dining.
The dining room looked as though it had been recently modernised and was impressive. The remainder of the public areas were a little dated and I suspect this hotel has been taken over recently and in the process of being updated (I see the previous reviews say it is a Best Western hotel but it now belongs to ELH). Our main gripe was with the 2 fire alarms and drills (12-1.30am and 4 am). I understood from one of the junior staff that there had been a problem with an alarm. There was no obvious sign of a fire.
My friend told me that he had stayed some months previously and had suffered the same experience at 7 am!
We enjoyed an OK breakfast after 2-3 hours sleep and left. No apology or compensation for the disturbed night was forthcoming. I felt sorry for the wedding party staying the night.
I would not stay here ever again.
Quaint Lakeside Hotel
Excellent location right on Lake Windermere, but be warned that you have to cross a road (a rather busy one) to get to the water. The Leisure Club is an excellent amenity - complete with pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna as well as a gym. There is also a beauty salon where I treated myself to a massage (OK) and facial (mediocre). Room service is available, which is a rarity for a place like this. Food throughout (breakfast in the main dining room, lunch in the Italian bistro, and room-service dinner) was excellent. Overall, great value for the money. It was a perfect weekend break for an American living in London who wanted to get out of the city and see the beautiful Lake District.
Great Service and child frindly shame about the Bistro!
An excellent hotel where the staff could could not do enough for us, Particularly because we had a 3 month old baby with us. All the facilities are child friendly and surprisingly both restuarants were helpful with the baby. The only criticism we had was with the poor food in the Bistro Cafe de Lago and very poor service. There was just not enough staff to serve the Bistro, Pub and cocktail bar, whereas the Windemere restruarant had far to many staff to serve us, The balance was wrong. However, a great short break was had by all but get a room with a lake view and eat in the Windemere restuarant.
This hotel is absolutely gorgeous. Have been to the Lake District many times and will always stay at the Low Wood in future. It's so gorgeous if you're here for a romantic weekend you won't feel the need to even leave the hotel! I highly recommend staying here for either business or pleasure, but especially pleasure!
Love This Hotel
Stayed at the Low Wood Hotel many times on Buisness & Pleasure and will continue to do so. the Hotel, Food & Staff are excellent and always meet our requirementswithout any fuss.
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