The Skiddaw Hotel

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Address: 31 Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5BN, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.1

A prime town-centre location makes the Skaddaw the place to leave the car behind

First things first: I think the Skiddaw needs to overhaul its whole facade - it looks tired and dated. Look beyond a mediocre first impression, however, and this palce - while fairly low frills - is a good, solid option for a central base.

The ongoing refurbishment of the hotel has already revived the rooms; public areas are next on the agenda in 2011.

This place welcomes children and dogs.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
4.1
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

At the heart of Keswick on Market Street - you're 20 minutes to junction 40 of the M6.

Bedrooms

The 43 en-suite rooms, divided into three classes, are now mdoern and welcoming with contemporary decor and some nice hoem touches. The Poet's Room has a striking turquoise theme, while family suites and four-poster rooms offer more space.

For people watching, grab one of the cosy, front-facing rooms overlooking the Market Square (market days are Thursday and Saturday).

Public areas

The rather under-used Residents Lounge looks in need of a refresh.

Eating and drinking

The main restaurant, 31 The Square, offers a decent menu of hotel favourites with three courses for £23.95.

Otherwise, all-day snacks are available in the Conservatory Bar with a sunny glass area for people watching over coffee.

Leisure facilities

The hotel offers access to leisure facilities at its sister property on Derwentwater, the Lodore Falls Hotel.

Service

Well meaning if a little hands off.

Who stays there

An older crowd, a bust day trade in bar meals and people going to shows at the Theatre by the Lake. It's also perfect if you don't have a car and want a central base.

Price advice

Save up 25 per cent on ticket prices at the Theatre by the Lake by booking through the hotel.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Convenience
  • Central location
  • WiFi on ground floor only
  • Limited parking - ask for a permit for the public car park nearby
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