In the past, I’ve stayed at The George in Penrith. It used to be a classy place but has gradually faded over the years, and now seems expensive for what it is. I needed to attend a funeral with my sister, and she had booked herself into the Station, where she had (happily) stayed before. I was put off by the rates being quoted on the Trip Advisor site, given that my sister was paying £30/night – half what it shows on the site.
So I called them directly, and made a reservation – at £30. I also pre-booked breakfast at £7.50 (note: if you want breakfast, you pretty much need to do this – I don’t think you can just turn up in the morning for breakfast if you haven’t pre-booked it). I paid £20 deposit, with the balance due on arrival.
When I got there, I got a wonderfully friendly welcome from the girls/ladies behind the bar. The place itself is a little faded, but generally very clean and presentable. As for my room: it was absolutely fine. Yes, I’ve stayed in bigger, but the bed was comfy, the bathroom facilities entirely adequate (a decent shower too), there was space to work, a perfectly serviceable TV – and, as I was on the back (Room 6) I was looking out at the castle.
As others have said: parking is a bit of a pain. The hotel doesn’t have its own, but there’s public parking about 5 minutes away (Bluebell Lane) which is free from 6:00pm to 8:00am, and not too expensive out of those hours (£4.80/day).
My sister and I had a few drinks in the bar - friendly service again – before heading downtown for a curry.
I slept well enough. I’d been asked at check-in what time I’d like breakfast, and presented myself in the dining room at 8:00. The cook was a charming lady. Orange juice was already on the table, and I was asked if I wanted cereal before my full English. The breakfast, when it soon came, was fine – a couple of sausages, two rashers of bacon, a perfectly fried egg, mushrooms, tomato and baked beans (the latter should have no place on a breakfast plate, but there you go…) – all well cooked. Toast was brought soon after.
All in all, I’d thoroughly recommend the Station. At £30/night plus breakfast, it’s remarkable value for money – and I don’t think I’d have enjoyed staying at The George any more than I enjoyed staying at the Station – but at a third of the price.
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