Riverside Hotel

Beezon Road, Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA9 4EL

Sanctuary bar, Riverside Hotel

By David Atkinson, your Kendal expert

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#2 of 5
expert-rated hotels in Kendal
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with younger children, Travellers with pets, Nightlife, Relaxation, Shopping

Expert review of Riverside Hotel

A good all rounder in a great location.

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.

Location: 

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.

Bedrooms: 

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.

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Public areas: 

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.

Eating and drinking: 

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.

Leisure facilities: 

The leisure centre boasts a pool, sauna and steam rooms, and a small gym. Free access to guests.

Service: 

A relaxed atmosphere overall with friendly but not intrusive staff.

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Who stays there: 

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.

Price advice: 

Dogs charged at £10 per day; children under three stay free; £20 supplement per night for single occupancy of a room.

Pros: 
Reliable option
Fresh look
Cons: 
Lacks individual character

More information on Riverside Hotel:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
Beezon Road, Kendal, Cumbria, United Kingdom, LA9 4EL
Free tags / Keywords:
Riverside
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool

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