Beezon Road, Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA9 4EL
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with younger children, Travellers with pets, Nightlife, Relaxation, Shopping
Expert review of Riverside Hotel
Part of the local South Lakes Hotels group, the Riverside has been recently refubished and is now looking a lot smarter since my last visit. The revamp has added lots of smart new touches and, as such, it's now aiming for a four-star grade when next revised.
What I like about this place is the setting: overlooking the banks of the River Kent and just a short walk into town. Yet it's secluded enough to feel quiet and hidden.
It's not a flash place, but a good, solid, mid-range option that ticks a lot of boxes.
A strong point. From its edge-of-town location, it's 10 miles to junction 36 of the M6, the train station (Windermere line) is a walking distance, as is the Enterprise car hire depot.
Every one of the 50 good-sized bedrooms has a river view and a balcony looking across the water. They look fresh throughout with cream bedspreads, flatscreen TVs and dark-wood units.
The bar and restaurant areas are all fresh; corridors and reception are the final sections of the hotel to be refurbished - complete by summer.
For business travellers, there are a range of meeting and event spaces.
The Sanctuary Bar has a menu of hearty bar snacks (try the Cumberland sausage and mash) and pints of Hawkshead Bitter on tap. The new sun terrace overlooking the River Kent is a sun-trap haven for an alfresco lunch.
The Riverview Restaurant handles breakfast and a more formal dinner menu of modern British fare (three courses from £24.95). I liked the way the menu draws on fresh produce from the hotel's kitchen garden.
The leisure centre boasts a pool, sauna and steam rooms, and a small gym. Free access to guests.
A relaxed atmosphere overall with friendly but not intrusive staff.
It's more business oriented during the week with families and retired couples at weekends. The hotel makes a good base to explore the Lakes without the rate hikes of the main honeypot destinations.
Dogs charged at £10 per day; children under three stay free; £20 supplement per night for single occupancy of a room.
More information on Riverside Hotel:
- Beezon Road, Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA9 4EL
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool