"Great hotel for a family"
My partner & my 9 yr old son stayed for 3 nights in this hotel, and were very pleased on arrival with the hotel; we thought it was far nicer than the website pics portrayed. Lovely how it sits right on Lake Windermere. We were lucky that as we arrived early evening we could sit out on the lawn for dinner looking across at the lake & boats and felt like […] it could have been Italy. My son & I loved that it had a swimming pool. It was the first time he had experienced a sauna & steam room which was an added novelty and a nice pamper for me. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and the room felt luxurious. We booked last minute via Expedia and got an Executive double room with a put up bed for my son but it was a large enough room that he was over in his own corner without feeling like we were all on top of each other. Although pricey compared to some local lesser guest houses, I think we got a little bit knocked off as a last minute price, and I felt this made for a great summer holiday in lieu of going abroad. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Be careful when booking,ask for a room overlooking the lake. When we first arrived we were put into a second floor room at the front of the hotel,the room was small and dated,needing repairs.There was a nine inch step to get into the bathroom.Also the noise late at night from revellers leaving the nearby bars was very loud After contacting Expedia and […] meeting the duty manager we were moved into another room ,the room was twice the size and modern. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"superb hotel in a stunning location"
From the second we arrived to the moment we left, we were made to feel special and welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. We were given a fabulous lake front room which had everything in it you could need and more. The view and location were stunning. Easy to walk around with plenty of restaurants and pubs nearby. Would thoroughly recommend and can't […] wait to stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Very central, comfortable,great service, couldn't have asked for more.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A touch of class"
This hotel is an example of good old fasioned class. The staff are friendly and the hotel is beautifully kept. the food was good if a bit expensive and the location is fantastic, being within walking distance of the Windermere attractions. I enjoyed my break there and the only down side was the lack of Wifi.Genuine Expedia guest review
Excellent location overlooking the lake.The staff are very helpful and attentive. Dinner in restaurant was delicious.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great hotel and would recommend it to anyone"
The hotel was high class and very well presented.It had a very warm and welcoming atmosphere and the majority of the staff were very polite and helpful.Genuine Expedia guest review
Rooms fit for royalty. Beautifully appointed with every possible comfort. Fabulous reception staff and a lovely aspect overlooking the lake. Breakfast was a little chaotic but seemed to be a lot of new staff. Would highly recommend.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"perfect location for enjoying the lake"
we had booked a standard room and we were delighted to learn that we had been upgraded to a ground floor suite which proved to be excellent.Genuine Expedia guest review
love the city and the hotel rooms, was very clean and nice people.thanks to them :)Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great time in the lakes!!!"
The room was amazing with a fabulous view staff were very helpful hotel was very clean will return again next yearGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Windemere location"
Very good service and quality of food. Good location in centre of Bowness with lake front private lawn. Nice comfortable stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Not what we expected for the price!"
This is a nice hotel but very expensive. Our room was very small and the breakfast was disappointing. We would try to find another hotel in the Lake District area with better ratings for the price.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Best Hotel with a Beautiful View"
The room size is good enough, with a beautiful large window facing the lake. Breakfast was good. Although their staff at the restaurant are not experienced enough to serve/cater the guests. Staff are all friendly. Hotel Location is best that describes the hotel. I would defiantly come back here & recommend it to anyone.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel let down by it's staff"
Fantastic clean hotel, perfect location and great indoor pool. Customer service & food: zero. Went down to breakfast but were told by the awaiting restaurant manager(?) that we were half an hour too early and to go away. We waited nearby and just 5 minutes later another couple were let straight in and seated. Image how special we felt. This was followed […] by a very greasy breakfast, which we were already put off by the sniffing and snorting waiter who had obviously been allowed to serve food with a major flu/hangover. Stay here just don't eat in the restaurant. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Probably a lot better B&B's in the area."
For the star rating and write ups that this hotel gets, our own experience was very disappointing. The room was very small, furniture was tatty and old, we had asked for a lake view room and instead got a view of the back of another pub. On our 2nd night, we had booked for a meal in the hotel restaurant. Although the food was very good, the service […] was awful. We waited over an hour for a drink - in the end, we just asked for the bill and missed out on both drinks and dessert. Overall, for the price and supposed standard, our experience was not good and we wouldn't be staying here again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel great location..."
Good hotel...great location with wonderful views. Employees very very friendly, food service ok.Genuine Expedia guest review
Stayed here for 1 night in Jan, beautiful hotel. Car valet system was bril, no worries for parking. Our room was great very specious and over looking the lake. My favourite has to be the spa and pool amazing amazing amazing. Recommended to all xGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Staff service is not good."
Great location. Nice room. However, service during the breakfast was not so good. The table that was given to us was not clean but someone came and clean it later. The waitress that takes order did not come not until a long wait. During dinner we wanted to have dinner in the main restaurant and we were told that there is a party going on and we can't […] have dinner there and we were told to go to the bar/lounge. There were rudely told no tables available. In the reception when we came in the first time the guy is rattled and is not computer savvy. He was asking our address and typing it in the computer. But when he printed the forms our address was not there. I guessed he did not save what he typed. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"very homely family hotel"
The room had a perfect view of the lake you could even lie in bed and see the lakeGenuine Expedia guest review
Clean modern hotel with the warm feel of a country house. Great amenities, very good central location in Bowness and right on the lake. Room was not ready upon (early) arrival but friendly staff offered to call me when the room was ready. Good varied breakfast.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Throroughly enjoyable stay. The hotel is by far the best located in Bowness - less than a minute's walk to the ferry launches and lovely pubs and restaurants. The hotel is very welcoming, and the concierge went out of his way to help us check-in. The spa was fantastic - lovely pool, with great sauna, steam room and ice room. Our room was nice and clean, […] however it only had a skylight window which was a shame, as you had to stand on a chair to be able to look out at the lake. The pillows on the bed were also far too soft for my liking. The other issue to be aware of is parking - the car park is a few hundred yards away, and you need the concierge's pass to access it, which is all very confusing. But I would still very much recommend staying here. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location, appalling standards."
When we arrived at the hotel we were allocated room 117 which was charged at the standard bed and breakfast rate. I ordered a couple of drinks in the bar whilst I waited for my husband to check us in. The service was quite slow with just one member of staff waiting on and working behind the bar. The room itself was very poor, very small and crammed […] full of furniture, so much so you couldn’t open the wardrobe doors without doing a full move around of furniture. It was more the standard of a travel lodge rather than a 4 star hotel charging a high rate. The radiator was turned off and it took a long time to warm up. The remote control wasn’t working, I picked up the phone and pressed the reception button which failed to work, I then dialled “0”. No one answered it just rang out. There was no hot water. I was told that there would be no hot water at this time now 7pm as the hotel was full and the hotel cannot provide hot water to all rooms at peak times!! When we returned to the hotel around 11pm the hotel bar was shut and no drinks were available. We could hear loud music playing and presumed that it was perhaps a function in the hotel and that it would end around 12.30am, at 02.30 the music got louder. It turns out it is a bar next to the hotel, the music went on until 3am. My husband fed back our complaints to reception when we came to check out. The response was well it’s only my 2nd day!!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This is the 3rd time we have stayed in this hotel. The location is ideal, right on Lake Winderemere and next to all the local bars and restaurants. We had a lovely view of the lake from our room. The spa is also really nice. I would highly recommend this hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
A relaxing and welcoming hotel. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Room comfortable with excellent beds. The luxurious pillows provided a heavenly nights sleep. Lovely breakfast and lots to choose from. Set you up nicely for the rest of the dayGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"New part of hotel fine, old part not."
Booked with Expedia and asked for a lake view room. Checked into hotel by receptionist who gave us no information whatsoever. No times for breakfast, no info on pool,spa or what time dinner was or whether we wanted to book ! We were allocated a room at the front of the hotel in a really small room, the main bedroom door did,nt even close properly. Bathroom […] was virtually a small cupboard. Asked to be moved and receptionist seemed very surprised ! He moved us to another room in the new part of the hotel & although it overlooked a car park,it was fine. It was our 30th wedding anniversary so not a great start to the weekend. It cost approximatley £280 for two nights. The drinks were way overpriced, £ 9.30 for a glass of wine & £ 6.30 for a pint. Plenty of bars & restaurants close by at a quarter of the price. On the whole not a bad hotel, good location but not up the standards of other McDonald hotels. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The hotel and spa facilities were fine, but as with many UK hotels the service was sadly somewhat lacking. Breakfast was no better than middling.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great food! Ideal location"
Lovely location right on the lake! Stayed for New Years Eve. Gala dinner was lovely but quite pricey at £90.00 for 6 courses! Staff helped us out as much as they could, with small misunderstanding about the room. All in all a pleasant stay!Genuine Expedia guest review
"We'll be back!"
We stayed here the weekend before Christmas. Our plan was to have a relaxing short break to recharge our batteries before the Christmas onslaught. We certainly got that. We found this hotel to be exceptionally comfortable and relaxing. The staff were fantastic and the facilities excellent.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely hotel in a great location."
Experienced difficulties with hot water supply which eventually led to a move to another room on the second day of stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Should not be a 4 star"
I don't believe the Hotel is up to a 4 star standard. It is run down and the staff are not very friendly. It was a business stay so considering the hotel was only half full they should have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome instead of getting our backs up. For breakfast we were given a menu with an incorrect price which they refused to honour […] after we had ordered. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Mini-break for our 25th Wedding Anniversary."
Great location. Excellent service from the reception desk to the cleaning staff. Great breakfast and evening meal. Enjoyed our three night stay very much and hope to visit again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Central Location for Sightseeing"
Closest hotel to waterfront and harbour for cruises. Beautiful waterfront view from dining room. Central location in town.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel was beautiful. The location was really ideal. Generally everything was fabulous. One of the people at the front desk wasn't very helpful...but other than that I loved this place!Genuine Expedia guest review
"great old world charm hotel"
lovely location situated right on the lake, service slow, food excellent, comfortable lounges, modern gym pool slightly disappointing and too cool for my liking -on the whole a lovely relaxing stayGenuine Expedia guest review
Relaxing. Swimming was extremely well kept.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"great views, but noisy"
The hotel was not far - only 2 minutes - from the lake cruises and motor boat hire. The room was fantastic. We asked for a Lakeside view and got it. However, we were on the ground floor so we could hear people walking to and from the lifts, and people walking on the first floor. So they need to make the rooms more sound proof really. The floor boards […] were very squeaky. The staff didn't appear to understand on some occasions, and I had problems with understanding their accent too. The waiter on the 1st day didn't explain to us how the breakfast works. He just told us to help ourselves to the buffet, and he'll come back for the order. So we didn't know that we were supposed to look at the menu, which was just a full Breakfast with optional fried bread, black pudding and beans. Spa was included. There was an aromatherapy room ,sauna and ice room, and a small swimming pool. All in all, it was good. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Excellent room,facilities great,took our baby into swimming pool which he loved. breakfast huge choice! Clean room & great service from staff. definitely will be returning!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"room was amazing"
all i would say it was all excellentGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely but expensive."
We had a disappointing start, with being told where our room was but not being shown to it, so no one offering to carry our luggage. Having just stayed in three other hotels en route back from Scotland which were less than half the price and where in every one we were shown to our room and had offers to carry our luggage, it was a bit of a shock! Apart […] from that we were happy however, with a lovely view over the lake in our room and particularly nice toiletries in the bathroom. Breakfast was good but we didn't have dinner in the hotel because the choice in Windermere itself for food is so good. At breakfast there were more staff in the dining room than guests, so the service was excellent. Wouldn't stay there again because we know that apart from the view there is far better value to be had elsewhere. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
no complaints what so ever good quality in a prime locationGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Hotel with lovely views of the lake."
As soon as we arrived at the Hotel, the staff were very welcoming. I parked the car directly outside reception and the Valet immediately took the car 100 metres up the road to the hotel main car park. The standard of the room was excellent and larger than average. Located in a picturesque village, there are lots of restaurants to tempt you for an evening […] meal within a short walk. We ate in the Hotel restaurant on our last evening and the food and service was excellent. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
bit noisy when we were in our roomGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We only stayed for one night but what a great night it was. If I could complain at all it would be that we didnt really have view from our room but that didnt spoil our night. The Hotel is packed with history but at the same time has a modern feel. The staff are very friendly but remain completely professional. The food was a delight and the breakfast […] was probably the best I have ever had. I would recommend this hotel to any one who wishes to stay in the area. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Finding the edges!"
A lovely stay, but small things - that did not really affect the quality of our stay - tarnished the overall experience. For example dinner on the Friday night, my steak arrived cold. The waiter took it away, only for the same steak to be returned - "warmed up". I complained as it was tough and not very good to eat. I got a fresh steak and it was great. […] All's well that ends well, but effectively my wife and I had to eat alone - not quite the romantic 14th wedding anniversary meal! We had a lovely lazy afternoon in the hotel bar, and an excellent evening in Bowness at Postilion where the food was great! Other niggles, our room was a little tight, we had an executive room but I'm not sure you could tell so I'd stick to the standard if I were to stay there again. To summarise: great location, eat in Bowness restaurants they are excellent, and go for a standard room - the executive is just not worth the extra. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Quite a gem in every resepct"
Found it hard to fault our 2 night stay, we were upgraded as soon as we arrived to a balcony room overlooking lake Windermeer. The room was well appointed and spotless! Having stayed at several hotels in the MacDonald chain, the rooms at MacDonald hotels are typically smaller than many hotels you go to. This is probably the reason the standard bed size […] is double rather than a larger model. however we did not feel cramped especially with the additional balcony to go out to. the Spa was great and pool not to warm for swimming as is often the case. The location was second to none,right on the banks of lake Windermeer and at the heart of a beautiful village (Bowness -on-Windermeer) there are plenty of shops and places to eat to keep you busy for an afternoon. The boat trips round the lake departed a hundred meters or so away from the hotel although we did not have time to try them on this occasion. OK so if I have to be picky, the shower was not a power shower but to be fair, was more than adequate and the main meal at the hotel was lacking the creative flair one might expect from a restaurant sporting a double rosette. But overall the staff, the tranquility as well as convenience of this hotel has left us wanting more and we will almost certainly be back. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Very enjoyabl;e 2 nights stay. Warm welcome and help with luggage.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Cold Swimming Pool with No Hot tub :("
well in the interest of fairness I have to say we didn't have a bad time BUT for the price we paid I have the feeling it just wasn't worth it in my opinion Good bits first: -Fab room and fantastic bed very nice view too -its locations is in the center of lake and everything is nearby without the need to drive -Staff are friendly and parking is great in […] my opinion Bad bits: -Only chosen the hotel because of the Spa and well Swimming Pool was freezing Cold and quite small (my local gym has a better pool).There are no Hot tub or Spa /Jacuzzi so after a cold swim you have the choice of steam room or dry sauna -I got the impression that Locals have the use of the facility as "health center" so it just doesn't feel very exclusive. -for the price of booking breakfast was just a very typical normal nothing impressive. in summary it didn't make us go Wow - my suggestion would be look at the alternative Spa facility in the lake which is cheaper or go expensive and have the spa in the room. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We had a fantastic relaxing weekend stay at the Old England. The hotel would benefit from a little updating; however, it is in a wonderful location. Our room was twelve feet away from the edge of the Lake. The spa is excellent. The bars in the hotel are great with superb service. This is one of the most relaxing breaks we have had. We would recommend […] the hotel for a short break Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"clean, nice location"
location is convenient. room is clean and comfortable. but the room is really cold, even the heating is on. Anyway, it is very nice to stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Reviews and ratings contained within this site are the subjective opinions of customers and suppliers; they do not represent or reflect Hotels.com’s position. Neither Hotels.com nor the parties involved in providing review content shall be held liable for any damages of any sort resulting from use of these reviews
We are now watching this hotel on your travel dates
( - )