We stayed in the large room one out of two nights. Staff were excellent and breakfast was generous. Handy location with immediate access to restaurants or shops. Note it is on-street parking if you can get it but you are given a permit to show. Only point we did not enjoy was the bed was very uncomfortable, I think the mattress might need replacing. Water pressure is low but that may be a town issue. You need to consider the narrow stairs etc if you have trouble with heavy luggage or mobility but that wasn't a problem for us.
Had a 3 night stay at Holly Lodge. Hotel was clean and tidy. Staff were friendly. Room was nice and clean with fluffy towels. It wasnt until the morning came that the hotel came into its own. Breakfast! Make an excuse and come and stay at Holly Lodge just for the breakfast. They have a certificate in the lounge that is a 'breakfast award' . That award is totally justified. It was plentiful and absolutely delicious! Cant speak highly enough of Holly Lodge and its owner and staff. Apart from the breakfast its located within walking distance of the shops/restaurants/bars of Windermere and only a short drive to Keswick and Kendal. If you're feeling energetic then its a 45 minute drive to the base of Scafell Pike. Go to Holly Lodge!
Location great. Host could not have been more helpful. Room on the small side, but so was the price for the room so no complaints there. Room clean.
A word of warning on Windemere hotels in general however. Their star rating system is not the same as elsewhere, so 4 stars in Windermere is the same as 2 stars elsewhere.
Tim from Wellington, NZ
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Lovely hotel - chose it as it was one of the few hotels in the area with modern style rooms. They were as per the pictures, extremely cleanly etc. Staff were welcoming and friendly - only there till 10pm though, so if you have a problem after that as far as I'm aware you have to wait till the next morning. We booked last minute, so knew we were probably getting the least-good room as it was the only one left; it was cosy but very very nice! Issues with the hotel, however:
- Breakfast is served way too early for a weekend; 8.30-9.30 only. We were there to relax, not get up early to have breakfast. Admittedly this probably isn't a problem for most people as we do like our lie ins.
- Biggest issues, the room was boiling hot so we had to have the windows open most of the time, which is fine. Only problem is there was a patio outside our window that people would go out to smoke on, which isn't great when I really do not like smoking and due to illnesses causes me to get very tight chested. So the choice was feel unwell from smoke, or overheat in the room.
However, overall it was a lovely little stay and the staff were very friendly and lovely!
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We had a wonderful stay and the guest house was spotless. The room was light and airy with special touches. The White towels were freshly laundered and changed every day. There was even a cork screw and wine glasses.
Breakfast was very hearty with plenty of choices served in alovely bright room. Staff were wonderful and not in your face and you could come and go as you please.
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