3 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good value shame about the shower
"We've stayed here before as it's near family but just want to endorse the recent reviews we read before going back for the 1st time in a while. Overall it's good value, & we'd recommend it with the proviso that you note the reviews. The refurb is very good & was much needed. All the comments made in reviews highlighted real weaknesses (one grotty mattress; poor water pressure/temperature; expensive breakfast). There is no excuse for the mattress; one can solve the breakfast by taking provisions; we asked about the shower & were told there were pressure problems in the area - we then would say PUT A PUMP IN EACH BATHROOM, it's not rocket science, especially as you've just refurbed! The main pub area is a bit tired & we would expect them to refurb that, but it didn't affect us. There is definitely a tendency towards 'noisy mechanisms' - I made sure I booked away from the kitchen extractor which would have been a real problem [thanks for the reminder] & we found various noises in the loft which were temporary were livable with but could have been muffled with some thought."
- Travel date: 8th April 2008
"My wife and I stayed 3 nights at this pub with rooms. The room in a former stable was blessed with a superb bathroom. Except the shower was over the bath and had a fixed head with quite low pressure. There was ample room for a separate shower cabinet. We had single beds, mine was tilted about 10 degrees so I found myself rolling off into the window bay several times during the night. The dining room comprises 3 sections, one of which was not in use. One section has seats that the average strong man would find hard to move and cushions that slide around. It also looks straight into the kitchen where the chefs show just how much they "made earlier". The wine selection is very limited and the prices rather high for a pub, as are the room prices. Breakfast is very rigid, it is "English" or "Continental". One customer in our hearing asked for scrambled egg on toast and was told it was not available! You can though have toast with either breakfast choice and with the English you can have scrambled egg. The Continental breakfast has very little of the selection you are usually offered in a French or German hotel. eg there are no cheeses or cold meats, just jams or honey or marmalade. It is a place whose management needs to train their staff and to learn to communicate with them."
- Travel date: 14th August 2007
Handy for university
"We stayed at the Slyne Lodge hotel for two nights while taking our daughter back to uni. It is quite conveniently situated on the outskirts of Lancaster, on the way to Morecambe - but the traffic in and out of Lancaster is dreadful, so be warned as it takes longer than you might think! This is a large, pleasant pub which does B&B, accommodation is in the converted stables. There was building work going on and consequently the courtyard was a dreadful mess, with lots of rubbish lying around, and a large overflowing skip, but the proprietor did apologise for this. Our en-suite bathroom was newly refurbished (hence the building works)and quite luxurious, and the bedroom was large and well furnished. However, the bed was one of the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on, with a sagging mattress and a large dip in the middle - enforced intimacy rather than optional togetherness! It was well overdue for replacing. Another problem was the air conditioning unit outside the room, which served the kitchens I think but was on all night and was very noisy. The staff were friendly and the restaurant serves lovely dinners. The wine list wasn't extensive, although the wines were very reasonably priced. We didn't get to taste the wine - it was dumped rather unceremoniously on the table! We thought breakfast was rather expensive at Â£7.50 for full English and Â£5.50 for Continental, and there was no breakfast menu as such. Room prices had gone up by 10% since we booked in early September, although we did pay the original rate, but only when we queried it. At Â£51 for a double room, without breakfast, it seemed a little expensive for what is basically a pub with rooms. I would only stay here again if the mattress was replaced - my back can't cope with unconfortable beds these days!"
- Travel date: 1st October 2006
The Lodge Lancaster is also called
- Slyne Lodge