My wife and I stayed 4 nights at the Hydro in April this year. The first impressions as you park at the hotel is that it has seen better days and looks shabby. It has an enviable location in Bowness just up a hill from the main shopping area and lake side. The hotel is large and spread out over the original building and various built on extensions. The reception staff are very helpful and our initial room was on the first floor. On entering it we immediately smelt cigarette smoke and as this is supposed to be a no smoking hotel, declined the room. We were immediately received an apology and given a room on the top (third) floor which was small but clean and served our requirements. Be aware that the lift in the rear part of the hotel does not go to the ground floor and so you will need to carry your bags up a small flight of stairs to get to the lift.
The whole hotel is in need of some investment and a face lift as it is showing its age. There are large public rooms that can accommodate parties and special dinner receptions and there are small quiet rooms especially around the bar area that are a welcome bolt hole if needed. The lounges are lovely and homely with a real coal fire in one of them. The restaurant is large and the staff are hard working and courteous. The food was varied and generally very good although the breakfasts were repetitive in content. Over all the Hydro is a good 3 star hotel and a good place to stay if visiting the Windermere area. It has a certain charm and the staff work hard to make your welcome. It does need some investment both inside and out but apart from the look it ticks all the boxes for service and charm and for me value for money.
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- Also Known As:
- Windermere Hydro Bowness On
- Hotel Windermere Hydro
- Windermere Hydro Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District