Riverside Hotel

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Address: Beezon Road, , Kendal, LA9 4EL, United Kingdom

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

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
4.6
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Eating/drinking
4.4
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Leisure facilities
4.5
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Travellers with pets
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Fresh look
  • Reliable option
  • Lacks individual character
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