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.
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.
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.
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.
Dogs charged at £10 per day; children under three stay free; £20 supplement per night for single occupancy of a room.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Fresh look
- Reliable option
- Lacks individual character