Best Western Castle Green Hotel

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Address: Castle Green Lane, , Kendal, LA9 6RG, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.4

A chain hotel that refreshingly doesn't feel part of a chain.

Castle Green comes under the Best Western remit but retains an independent owner. This combination of individual attention to detail and a strong sense of local Cumbrian culture makes it stand out from your common-or-garden chain hotels – hence I chose to include it here.

A recent refurbishment of all area, great service and views from the hillside down over Kendal, make this a good base for all genres of traveller.

Location
4.1
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

East of town-centre Kendal on the A684 and set back from the road in verdant grounds. Note: the nearest mainline station is Oxenholme (not Kendal) – ideal for mainline connections and five minutes by taxi to the hotel.

 

Bedrooms

Rooms cover all the bases - family, couples, business - but all come with contemporary furnishngs and lots of practical home touches, such as flat-screen TVs.

I liked the fact that rooms are generally spacious, hence ideal for families as it's easy to accommodate z-beds or a cot.

The executive rooms, located in the original part of the hotel, have a lounge area, while the more traditional four-poster rooms are more intimate and romantic.

Eating and drinking

The Greenhouse Restaurant is more of a fine-dining affair with a menu of Modern British cuisine supervised by Executive Chef Justin Woods. My fillet of Cumbrian beef, served with mashed potato, roasted garlic, shallots and spring greens, was tender, moist and tasty.

The Greenhouse is also home to the morning breakfast buffet, again stocked with lots of local produce.

For something more informal, Alexander'spub in the hotel grounds has bar meals and local real ales on tap. If you don't fancy a taxi into Kendal, it's a nice chill-out spot for a no-fuss supper.

Leisure facilities

The Pulse Health and Fitness Club boasts two fully equipped gyms with a range of free weights and resistance equipment.

The Green Room Spa has a range of restorative and rejuvenating aromatherapy treatments.

I loved the pool for a few wake-up lengths before breakfast.

Service

Friendly, efficient with a healthy dose of local character.

Who stays there

Everyone. It's especially good for families but also popular with business travellers mid week. A good all-round option overall.

Price advice

Rates include complimentary use of the swimming pool, gym and steam room.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Complimentary fitness facilities
  • Refreshed rooms
  • Real ale pub in grounds
  • A bit too far to walk into town
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