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“Just as good as last visit”
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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We've just returned from a second visit to The Waterhead Hotel. We were not disappointed as once again we felt pampered, and generally extremely well looked after. The hotel just seems to get everything right! I often return home from a hotel visit looking forward to my own bed and home comforts, but I haven't felt like that on either visit to this hotel. Can't wait to go back and will miss kippers, and whiskey in my porridge at breakfast tomorrow.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We are getting married at the Waterhead later this year, so we decided to sample it's facilities beforehand. Everything about our two night visit was perfect. All the staff were friendly and attentive, we had a fabulous room with lake view, the food in the restaurant was varied and great quality. Breakfast was excellent especially the vegetarian sausages and bacon. We really enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to returning with friends and family for our wedding day.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Beautiful hotel. Rooms very modern, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Lovely and warm. Great views of the lake from the window. Breakfast was lovely, great choice and made fresh when ordered. Staff very polite and helpful. Nice touch that the manager helped with breakfast. Will definitely be returning.

Room Tip: Lovely views of the lake, we stayed in Room 6 which was at the end, perfect if you are worried about...
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Stayed at the Waterhead on the 14th March. The room was stunning. Fabulous super king sized bed, luxurious bathroom with fluffy bathrobes and excellent supply of quality toiletries with which to pamper yourself. Loved the choices on the beverage tray complete with locally sourced Gingerbread.
Would definitely recommend this hotel as a relaxed luxury destination for couples.
Thanks to the staff for their attentive service. We had a wonderful time and would love to visit again soon.

Room Tip: Room 21 has a fabulous view of the lake
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

It's hard to add anything new to the rave reviews already on this site. We have just returned from our second visit, accompanied by friends who were on their fourth visit. We were all, once again, delighted with our experience of this wonderful hotel. Even though on this occasion we were on a 'deal' and didn't have a lake view room, the rooms we had were still lovely and the public areas are so welcoming that it didn't matter that the room wasn't lake front, we could still relax and enjoy the views from the lounge/bar areas. Also, and in my opinion, this is the mark of a really good hotel, regardless of what sort of deal you are on, your are treated as very valued guests by all the staff, which goes some way to account for the high number of return visitors to this lovely hotel.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
2  Thank Sindy7
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Stayed at the Waterhead for two nights in January 2013. Once again our booking package consisted of two nights bed and breakfast, with evening meal on the first night - such good value for money. When making the reservation I asked for a specific room we have stayed in previously and, although special requests cannot be guaranteed, the hotel was able to accommodate our request.

On arrival we received a welcome letter recognising our return visit and offering an upgrade if we were to book again within a specified timescale. Albeit this is a nice gesture, a suprise upgrade on arrival (which has happened only once before) would be nicer!

Staff were, as always, very friendly and helpful; rooms and communal areas clean and presentable; DVDs still available in reception to choose and take to your room; breakfast substantial; restaurant menu and food great. Finally the toiletries provided in the en-suite bathroom have been changed to a new brand with a more pleasant smell! Grasmere
gingerbread still provided in room with the tea and coffee facilities.

Ate in the bar on the second evening due to the atrocious weather and not wanting to walk into town. Last orders for food in the bar is 7pm, which was adequate but would be nicer if it ran a little later. We also ate in the bar on our arrival the first day, grabbing a sandwich and fries. Staff pleasant, friendly and food good.

Always a relaxed atmosphere at the Waterhead.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Stayed at The Waterhead Sunday 10/Monday 11 March. We cannot fault this hotel in anyway. It sits perfectly alongside the Windermere, the views from our window were beautiful. We stayed in a double, the beds were huge with the most comfiest of duvet & pillows I have had the pleasure of sleeping in! The extra touches made such a difference such as chocolates on our pillows, an ice bucket and the most gorgous Grasmere Gingerbread left for us each morning. We loved this so much we then made a stunning hike over the Fell into Grasmere to buy some of our own. This is a must for anyone visiting the area! The breakfast choices were varied and quality of the food was excellent. Hotel staff could not do enough and were not intrusive at all. The hotel is a 10 minute or so stroll into Ambleside. We would recommend Dodd's Italian for evening food, awesome!

Room Tip: Not sure if all rooms have lake views.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kathy E
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Additional Information about Waterhead Hotel

Address: Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range: £135 - £248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterhead Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4 star town house hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere near Ambleside. ... more   less 
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Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
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Waterhead Hotel Ambleside, Lake District

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