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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“niggles thwart an excellent score”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

I have been so many times to this English Lakes owned/managed hotel that it must be doing something right to draw me back time after time. Basically it offers the best value/quality per penny of your hard earned in the Lakes. The rooms are stunning with the exception of some cramped rooms in the older sections, even the basic rooms in the new section are large and very well equiped. Rooms could be even better if the bathroom piped music worked, ditto the bathroom underfloor heating.The location is stunning if you can live with a main road either side, though I dont find this intrusive. Parking can be an issue at weekends and in high season.
Worst aspect is the restaurant, by far the worst of the English Lakes, even Lancaster House trumps it comfortably and it gets no where near the Midland. Best stick to their F & C's in the bar which ARE superb and great value before 7pm.

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Couldn't wait to write this review just had to do it whilst staying at the waterhead hotel Ambleside enjoying the 4 night new year package. It has exceeded expectations which were high as we've stayed at the midland hotel morecambe which is part of the same hotel group and experienced a superb new year previously. The whole experience is wonderful - first class food, service, bedroom, entertainment and included extras which make us feel thoroughly spoilt. All the staff can't do enough for you and the manager Mark is hands on making you feel so well looked after. We continue to enjoy our stay and are looking forward to a wonderful New Year's Eve gala dinner.

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We did a one-night break between christmas & new year so that we could relax, get some fresh air & walk-off some of the food from christmas. We stayed in room 33 - very convenient for car park for moving cases etc, lovely view over lake. Lovely large room with all the facilities you could want - toiletries, TV ,DVD etc. Use of spa facilities etc available 3 minute drive away - back towards Windermere at Low Wood. Clean, well-presented accommodation. Friendly, helpful staff.
Very good breakfast. Good position for Ambleside & for walks in surrounding area.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

My partner and I spent a two night Christmas break at the Waterhead. And it was great! All staff were extremely polite and their customer service was world class. All that we had to do was to put our feet up and enjoy the service - great food, great atmosphere. We stayed in Room 50 which overlooks the car park but we were not that fussed as the lake is just few feet away from the hotel. We liked it so much that we are considering going back next Christmas. Looking forward to seeing all the lovely people!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Waterhead hotel in Ambleside with my parents for a christmas break in-between Christmas and the new year! We had lake view rooms which were very nice, the view from the window even in the wet and windy conditions was lovely but even better when the sun came out!
Great location for getting into Ambleside , 10-15 min walk or you can catch the bus just outside the hotel and you couldn't be closer to the lake!
The hotel looked very nice for christmas with tasteful decorations and Christmas trees, friendly staff and good food .
The only downside is the layout of the hotel as it is a few houses linked together by long corridors and staircases which makes carrying suitcases and bags quite a long walk but other than that everything was fine.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms worth the extra cost but room 4 was better than 18
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We have just returned from a Christmas break at the Ambleside to celebrate my partners 60th birthday and we had a a really wonderfull time
The service was excellent from start to finish , nothing was to much trouble for the staff the food was wonderful and our room no. 7 was lovley with a fireplace and views over the lake
It was a surprise to find santa had found us in the night with a Christmas stocking full of goodies hanging over the bedroom door handle and an even bigger surprise to be met by Santa at breakfast with a wonderfull parcel filled with food & goodies all from the lakes district
Such attention to detail was to be found every where all through the break .
My partners birthday also was made special by the hotel remembering this with balloons and card especially with it being on Christmas Day as if they were not busy enough it was not forgotten by them WELL DONE.
We hope to return to the waterhead again very soon and hopefully for next Christmas

Room Tip: We had a superior room number 7 which we thought was excellent with a wonderfull view
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Have just spent a three night Christmas break at this superb hotel. We would like to thank all the staff for looking after us so well. Rooms were lovely, food excellent, great attention to detail in all aspects to make it a wonderful Christmas, including a stocking for the dog, surprise gifts for guests, warm atmosphere . . . couldn't have been better. Thank you all so very much.
Sue., Peter, Jackie and Stanley the Lakeland Terrier!

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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 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Romantic 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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Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
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