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.
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.
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.
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.
Children sharing with parents charged £15 per child b&b; cots £7.50 per night; dogs £5 per night.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Refreshed rooms
- Central location
- Dark public areas
- Old fashioned