The George Hotel

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Address: Devonshire Street, Penrith, CA11 7SU, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.9

Low frills but perfect for a city-centre location.

This venerable old hotel isn't going to win any awards for cutting-edge design or boutique-chic glamour.

It's unabashedly traditional and old fashioned with a rather low-key atmosphere, but I've included it here as a solid option for people after a city bolthole, without their own transport or looking for a good-value off-season deal.

It's also very child and pet friendly - unlike lots of the properties in the region.

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

Location

Location is king. The hotel faces onto the town's central square yet is set back from the traffic flow. Everything is Penrith is walking distance from here.

Bedrooms

A recent refurbishment upstairs means that around 20 of the 35 bedrooms have now had a serius facelift and are looking much fresher for it. The modern touches bring it up to date with padded headboards, anti-steam mirrors in bathrooms and marbled surfaces.

Upgrade to one of the club or feature bedrooms for extra little touches, such as towelling robes and tea trays.

Public areas

The reception lounge feels crowded and cluttered with bar meals juggled around the cramped reception desk. This area is earmarked for a rvamp to make it lighter.

 

Eating and drinking

The Devonshire Restaurant is a traditional dinner venue with wood-panelled walls and starched-white tablecloths.

More interesting is the newly opened Dappers Bar with an open fire, an all-day menu of light meals and pints of Jennings on tap. It brings a mucn-needed contemporary twist to the property.

Service

Informal. Staff are used to dealing with a mass-market crowd and service is more geared to bar snacks than fine dining.

Who stays there

A lot of business travellers stay during the week for easy acess to rail and motorway connections. A popular base for families during school holidays.

There's also a big trade in coach parties and day visitors, popping in for bar meals.

Price advice

Children sharing with parents charged £15 per child b&b; cots £7.50 per night; dogs £5 per night.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Travellers with pets
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Refreshed rooms
  • Central location
  • Dark public areas
  • Old fashioned
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