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“Nice hotel on the lake but not much else”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Waterhead Hotel

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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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“Nice hotel on the lake but not much else”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013 via mobile

Stayed here a few times. The hotel is very nice with varied size in regards to rooms. The hotel is clean, nice and has a nice bar and restaurant on the premises. Service is good both at the front desk and at the restaurant.

There is not much going on around the hotel but then on the other hand after a long hike during the day you'll turn in early.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

Have just enjoyed a lovely nights stay at Waterhead Hotel. Having stayed in Ambleside before we decided to upgrade to a nicer hotel and it was worth it and so much better than others around. The staff were very attentive from the moment we walked in, the breakfast was fresh and plentiful and the room was plush with lots of little attention to details. My only issue was the heating, its May and it was still on full blast round the hotel. I woke several times in the night being far too warm.
We would definetly stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Just spent 2 days at this fab hotel.Lovely views of the lake.Bedrooms comfortable clean and spacious, only let down was little bits of maintenance that would be easily sorted in the bathroom.Its the little touches for me such as housekeeping calling in the afternoon with tea,coffee etc basket should you need any.Lovely toiletries in the bathroom.Dining was great Steve and his team really look after you without being in your face.The bar staff also gave a great service.Location is very good easy walk into Ambleside.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013 via mobile

I couldn't fault this hotel at all. Very nice welcome from reception staff, lovely room with good hospitality tray and Grasmere gingerbread! We had dinner in the restaurant which we really enjoyed and the breakfast was also excellent. The position of this hotel is great for the boat and a short walk into town, the garden centre next door is really nice as well. All in all we really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly return.

Stayed February 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

We just called in on the off chance, we were looking to find a restaurant/bar which allowed dogs. We found the Waterhead Hotel and was not dissapointed. We ate there at lunch and the food was yummy !! so we returned later in the evening for a Bar meal and a cocktail. The waiter Jose was lovely he was very friendly and showed us a picture of his Dog, which sadly he has now lost. The food was superb and very reasonable and a great choice. We have taken details of the Hotel, and we can take our dog Teddy. The bar will be on our list of great places to eat in the Lake District Ken, Hilda and Teddy. and friend Tina

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend stay at the Waterhead Hotel, which proved to be a perfect location for getting out onto the fells during the day and into the likes of Ambleside and Windermere on an evening. The hotel restaurant served up a fantastic menu with quality wines and beers, and the attention to detail and knowledge of the staff (particularly Juan re: gin) was a refreshing change. The row as more than adequate in size and extremely comfortable, and despite first impressions there was plenty of car parking available even with a wedding party staying at the hotel. He hotel is perfectly positioned for walks along the lakeside or a boat trip, and the views of the lake are spectacular. No need to look for another hotel again when we stay in the Lakes next!

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

My wife and I only decided to stay here the previous day and were unsure what to expect. We need not have worried as we thoroughly enjoyed our short 1 night stay. Staff were very nice,the hotel standard was good even if in places it looked ever so slightly tired, the food was good and served promptly. The price of drinks at the bar is quite high but we didn't try elsewhere as the view from the garden overlooking the lake made it worth it. We would stay again if we came back to Ambleside.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Waterhead Hotel

Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Also Known As:
Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
Hotel Waterhead
Waterhead Hotel Ambleside, Lake District

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