Lake District aparthotel opens in Windermere

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UK: Kotel, described as the Lake District’s first aparthotel, has opened its doors in Windermere.

The 21-unit property is the brainchild of local father-and-son duo, Graham and Edward Kennedy.

Located on Lake Road, Kotel comprises high-specification rooms and suites that accommodate up to six people. Kitchenettes with microwaves, fridges, king-sized beds, free wifi and 40-inch TVs are standard in each apartment, with prices starting from £97 a night.

“In creating Kotel we have brought something completely different to the Lakes,” said Edward Kennedy. “The aparthotel model is found typically in cities, such as Manchester, but in launching this here, we are offering visitors, be they couples, families, or singles, a luxurious yet affordable stay with complete flexibility. Guests can stay for one night and our self-service check-in enables visitors to arrive and leave at a time that suits them.”

It took the Kennedys more than 12 months to refurbish the building, which operated originally as a Christian centre.

“We were keen to preserve the heritage of this beautiful building and restore it sympathetically,” said Edward Kennedy. “We retained many of the original features, such as the dark wooden flooring and panelled walls; they have blended effortlessly with the soft greys and luxury furnishings used throughout. We like to think of Kotel as boutique city chic in beautiful surroundings. Change equals progress and we are delighted to have brought something utterly unique to the Lake District,” he says. “We view our model as very much a collaborative venture. We do not offer breakfast or restaurant facilities at Kotel, so guests are eating in one of the area’s many café’s and restaurants. We’re boosting the local economy and that can only be a good thing.”

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