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“Only Stayed 1 Night but?”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Waterhead Hotel

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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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Preston, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Only Stayed 1 Night but?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

On our arrival we had not booked a specific room, just a 1 night stay. We were shown an attic room, initially with a small window and lots of stairs to go up, it was clean and adequate for 1 night, but then we were shown a massive room with a superb ensuite and an enormous bay window with good views.
Obviously it cost more but the difference is between eating Edam or Roquefort cheese but not with the same price differential.
Unfortunately, due to my work and foreign excursions, I cannot visit Ambleside on a regular basis.
However I can thoroughly recommend this Hotel and its location.
M.Wood.

Room Tip: Push the boat out, pay for what you can afford, you will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Mike W
Thank you for taking the time to write your review of your stay at Waterhead. We do have rooms on 3 floors differing in size and view, and I was pleased to read you enjoyed your experience with us.
We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
Lindsay Price
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

We booked into The Waterhead on for a short two day break mainly to celebrate my wife's birthday and to do some walks with our dog. On arrival at the hotel we were welcomed by a Lovely Birthday Card and some Balloons in the room for my Wife. There was also a lovely dog bed with some pet treats in a bowl for our Cocker Spanial Bracken.
We had a perfectly cooked Steak for our tea on the first night which was to die for. The bed has to be one of the comfiest beds I have ever slept on with Big Fluffy Pillows and Crisp White Sheets.
The staff were amazingly helpful and always had Big smiles on their faces which was nice to see.
Breakfast was top quality with a good variety to suit everybody...there was even a Good Single Malt Whisky to drizzle over your porridge on offer.
Our stay at The Waterhead was perfect....Thankyou.

  • Stayed March 2014
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2 Thank Garymills21
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Garymills21
Thank you for your wonderful review of your stay with us for your wife's birthday. We are very popular with dog owners and I think all the staff fell in love with Bracken.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Lindsay Price
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

My friend and I stayed on a Sat evening in March : we arrived early and were able to park the car, and leave our bags in the hotel : by the time we returned much later, our bags were in our room, nice touch!

The bedroom was lovely, modern, great bathroom, and extras like iPod dock, cafeteria,ice bucket etc

Whilst at dinner, our beds were turned down and chocolates put on our pillow!

Dinner in the hotel was delicious - we shared a platter for starters, followed by seabass, and coffee by the fire!

Breakfast next morning was great too, with an extensive buffet table,and choice of cooked - the bacon brioche was worth taking!

Service was very good, decor excellent, and an ideal location directly across from the lake

Fantastic hotel, very good value - will definitely return!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Mytakeonthings
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Mytakeonthings
Many thanks for your fantastic review of your recent stay with us. I was so pleased to read you enjoyed the little extras in our rooms, our service and our food!
We certainly hope to welcome you back to Waterhead in the near future.
Lindsay Price
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

stayed here one night 28/3/2014. ordered flowers and chocs for room as it was our wedding anniversary which were great. Room 8 had view over lake, was well appointed, comfy bed, hairdrier, tea making facilities, and had a strange fitting over bath which we could not figure out. Otherwise great bath but no shower(unless it was the strange fitting? lol ). Parking is very tight at the front but we were directed to the rear parking area.
Before dinner we had 2 glasses champers which was not chilled. We pointed this out and was told "it was in the chiller" . A poor answer. The white wine at dinner was also not chilled so someone needs to check the chiller as it was not apparently working. Doh.
The food was very good, seafood platter to share great apart from prawns which were a bit tasteless (frozen ?) . Mains were trio of pork and if you like pork you must order this as it was excellent, and cod from Fleetwood also excellent. Dessert was a snikers crème brulee also excellent.
Breakfast - having stuffed our selfs at dinner, went for light breakfast of eggs benedict , could of been hotter but delicious.
Overall great visit and would recommend and return.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 518dkb
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear 518dkb,
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us.
The 'strange fitting' over your bath was indeed your shower! A few of our luxury rooms have 'waterfall' effect showers of which room 8 is one. Having received your feedback we have checked our chiller and discovered it was not working as efficiently as it should so thank you for pointing this out to us.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Waterhead soon.
Lindsay Price
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Me and my better half have just stayed for 2 nights bed and breakfast with a dinner on second night.

Had a lovely stay as usual at the Waterhead food and staff where amazing and rooms really clean love this hotel

Thanks to Stephen and the bar and restaurant staff for looking after us.

Can't wait to stay again

Dean and Julie

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dean L
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear Dean L
Many thanks for your wonderful review of your recent stay with us. I have passed your comments on to Stephen, and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Lindsay Price
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from a short break and we were delighted with all aspects of this hotel. Extremely comfortable bedroom, excellent food and attentive friendly staff made our stay one to remember and we will definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2014
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1 Thank nitramrg
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear nitramrg,
Many thanks for your review of your recent stay with us. I was delighted to read you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back soon.
Lindsay Price
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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33 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

We stopped off here for a drink only, so cant comment on the hotel. We had taken the boat trip up from Bowness and were waiting for the return boat so popped in here for a quick drink. Its a bit pretentious so if you are in the usual Brasher walking boat and big coat attire, prepare to be gawped at by the posher dressed hotel residents.

That said the bar tender treated us just like another paying customers and served us with a calm professional manner. He made some excellent cocktails so hope I can add their pictures.

Might give the food or hotel a try next time we are passing. I'll pack my posh attire just in case.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank GazBouch
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Dear GazBouch,
Thank you for taking the time to review our bar area. I am sorry you felt a little self-conscious, we happily welcome muddy boots, wet dogs and any non-residents so please do not let this stop you visiting us again. I was very pleased to read you enjoyed our cocktail offering.
Lindsay Price
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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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