Windermere Hydro Hotel
Travel Blogs from Bowness-on-Windermere
After a lovely breakfast we packed our overnight bags, had a chat with Ian and Deb, owners of Ewich House, and were on our way to Keswick. Ian convinced Kent to take the Trossachs Trail which took us past a lovely waterfall at Killin and then through beautiful scenery. We made a stop at Aberfoyle for a drink and soon after we joined the motorway. It added about an hour to our journey, but it was worth it. We came off the M6 at Penrith and found our ...
... and some ups and downs through nice farmland. We arrived at noon to the welcome sight of Lake Windermere, and strolled down the streets to the beautiful Bowness town centre and lake front. So many people! Probably not as crowded as mid-summer, but after the last few days it was strange to be among so many tourists. We felt relief and a sense of achievement to have made it here.
Our B&B was close by ...
... the next lush grassy meadow. We met a local sheep farmer George and watched his dog Chip round up the sheep. George was well into his 80’s, and Chip about the same in dog years, both on heart tablets. George loved to talk – and we could have listened to him all day except the path called as usual.
Our guide book had mentioned the complexity of this stage of the walk, so we tried to pay close attention to its instructions. Our map and phone GPS ...
Headed off later than hoped but reached Stratford-on-Avon around 1pm. Full of tourists. Lots of people enjoying the weather - overcast but warm. Found a beaut market and enjoyed looking around. Waited 50 minutes for toasted sandwiches that didn't come, so after waiting that length of time, followed Dave's lead and walked out. Ended up with a sausage in a roll from one of the market vendor's. Not a patch on Tasman sausages and HXUC market day bread! No time to see ...
Another fine breakfast fuelled us up for another day on the trail. Early progress was hampered by the need to stop, pick and eat some of the many ripe blackberries growing by the side of the track. It was overcast still but windless and warm, so it was down to t-shirts until around lunch time when we passed through the beautiful little village of Dent, home of the geology pioneer ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Windermere Hydro Hotel Bowness-on-Windermere
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!
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.
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.