Windermere Hydro Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Windermere Hydro Hotel Bowness-on-Windermere
Faulty Towers Meets Victorian Blackpool Tea-Room
It was a last minute decision to go away for the weekendand The Windermere Hydro was the only hotel still with rooms available. We paid £130 for the room for one night and £40 + for dinner. What a rip off! The room had a great view but that was the only thing going for it. There were layers of dust on top of the furniture and the double room we'd booked consisted of 2 single beds pushed together! HOW TACKY! Better suited to a Blackpool B&B than a £130 a night hotel room. The service at dinner was appalling. We had to wait 40 minutes between one of the courses. The Spa facilities were no better with slippy floor tiles, sauna far too hot and both sets of pool steps were a death trap being so loose that they were coming away from their fixings and too dangerous to use. Most of the staff were friendly and helpful but the sunday morning waiter virtually barked at us when we asked for a different table than the one we'd been sat at the previous evening. The tables are too close together so we'd heard every word of the next table's drunken conversation which ruined our dinner. Don't waste your hard earned money at this place - it's rubbish and we won't ever be returning!
Very happy with main hotel but annex rooms dreadful
We stayed in the annex rooms away from the main hotel. Very clean but the decor, furniture and fixtures awful, extremely dissapointed. The main hotel appeared to be very good and from our limited access the main hotel accomodation appeared to be a much higher standard than the annex rooms.
The annex rooms had a tiny shower room with just enough room to move, old fashion tiling and basic accessories. Bedroom furniture old, totally mismatched (probably second hand furniture), clean bedding, curtains but wallpaper cracked at every corner, chipboard, skirtings coming away from walls, just dismal and very dissapointing. Would have requested a move but knew hotel was fully booked. Luckily spent most time out of the room otherwise the depressing state would have totally spoilt break - would never chance staying in annex room again.
The entrance to annex had second hand storage cupboard with drawer missing, carpet covers in muddy footprints not cleaned for at least 3 days, again decor exactly same - miserable.
Sorry, but this is frank and honest review.
Gr8 location, friendly staff and spotlessly clean rooms
I booked this hotel at last minute for a bank holiday weekend break. I have to confess that there were only a few hotels in the area with any rooms left and I booked The Windermere Hydro Hotel because it was one of the cheapest of what was available. When we arrived in Bowness we were firstly very pleased that the hotel was situated just off the main street where all the local shops and restaurants were. On checking-in we were surprised at how amazingly friendly the staff were (living in London, we are not used to this!) We were even happier when we arrived at our room from which we could see Lake Windermere (though across a fire escape). The room could not be described as a luxury room, but everything was spotlessly clean from the bathroom and bedsheets even to the carpets. I have stayed in 5* luxury hotels that were not this clean or comfortable. The breakfasts are also fab especially, once again, due to the fantastic service given. The addition of a spa building with a swimming pool, mini-gym, sauna and jacuzzi is a lovely bonus to what is an already nice hotel. The communal areas and bars are beautiful with log-burning fire places and comfortable sofas and window-seats. I paid £55 per person per night for bed & breakfast which although wasn't cheap, I felt this hotel was well worth it and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a relaxing short break at Lake Windermere that won't break the bank.
13th and 14th Feb
We booked and then read the reviews, after finding this site! so it was with somewhat trepidation we arrived at the hotel.
We were in for a lovely surprise it is a lovely hotel, superb views, friendly staff, food delicious and rooms lovely - clean and spacious - no complaints
There is definately a working lift to all floors
Unimpressed at the Hydro
The Hydro Hotel was built in 1881. Not a lot has changed there since then. The shower didn't work, paint was flaking off the bathroom ceiling and the "non-smoking" room requested smelt of stale tobacco.
The room was clean and the staff are excellent, and I got a late deal at a lower price. But the published prices are highway robbery ,and in no way reflect the abysmal and appallling sense of decay and neglect that characterise this hotel .AVOID!!
The Windermere Hydro is a fabulous hotel. The lifts do work and my room was clean and tidy and smelt very fresh. The meals i had over the two days i stayed at the Windermere Hydro were fantastic, the staff were very friendly and the new health centre is a wonderful addition to this hotel. I fully recommend anyone to go to The Windermere Hydro Hotel
I cannot believe it
I cannot believe we have stayed at the same hotel as your three reviewers of the Windermere Hydro Hotel. I was there in March this year and on the strength of that visit went again in September. One of its many outstanding features is the menu and wine list. The reception rooms with open fires-perfect. The lift is right outside the bar/lounge door, and do remember that this is the Lake District, and one generally comes here for the walking and not neccessarily for the night life. Although situated in a commanding position with some good views it is fair walk down-and up to the lake. I can't wait to visit again.
What a rip off
Stayed one night in this overpriced hotel - paid £110.00 for bed and breakfast - view was appalling into a slate wall from one window. Room was small and poorly decorated. To get to the room on the second floor was a hike to get to the lift which started on the first floor. Difficult if you were on crutches. Compare this with a 4 star hotel in London this Saturday at £90.00 bed and breakfast with views over St Katherines Dock
Overpriced ... and we had a laterooms deal !!
I was really disappointed with this newly refurbished hotel. It was really expensive for what it was and we were on a cheap deal!! Breakfast was average, the room was small although clean and areas smelt a bit damp. There aren't any lifts so hopefully you'll be fit enough to carry your suitcases up (and then down again in our case) to get to your room. The only benefit was it was a short walk from the lake, which is beautiful.
Good view but poor room
The hotel is very nice and the lake views are very good (if you pay another £25 surplus on top of the already expensive room rates for the lake view). My wife and I were however
totally dissapointed with the room itself considering it was 3* rated, the room was antwacky, with some obvious damp spots and the bathroom smelt like a public toilet, with old threadbare carpet.
Sorry, I don't usually complain but I have stayed in hotels for half the price that have had much more comfortable rooms ( big room though). On the night we stayed we had had a meal and we walked up the steep hill to the hotel expecting to have a night cap at the bar only to be told the bar was shut up for the night.
Is it just me or can someone please explain why a hotel of such a size can possibly shut the bar at 11.30 in the peak holiday season of August, that alone was a very dissapointing result. I have the chance to take my wife away without our children maybe twice a year and we can't get a drink at 11.30? The breakfast was nice though(self service).
TripAdvisor Reviews Windermere Hydro Hotel Bowness-on-Windermere
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... a huge amount of sheep! The barmaid came over and said it was butter meres version of rush hour outside and did we want to go and have a look, and the farmer was bringing up the sheep with the help of some very clever sheepdogs.
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... out evening of sausages and mash, with Nana friendly gravy. Kids were very good going to bed despite having slept in the car. Must be the northern air! I ended up in bed with Bella, who woke up just as I was going to bed, poor poppet isn't very well, full of cold and coughs so I stayed in the little bed with ...