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“Impromptu tea.”
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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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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“Impromptu tea.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

We went to The Waterhead mainly just to have a coffee and a sit down. However after looking at the excellent menu and having been told about The Waterhead Burger of The Week we could not leave the area without trying this.
After looking around Ambleside we did indeed return for tea. We found a seat outside on the lovely Patio area overlooking Lake Windermere. It was perfect sat in the sunshine watching the world go by.
When the food arrived it did not disappoint, in fact I would go so far as saying it was one of the best burgers I have ever had!
I had a Piggie Burger, my wife had a Fish Gujons Burger (which was huge) and my son had a Cheese Burger! It was all delicious.....I highly recommend a visit.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Garymills21,

Many thanks for taking your time to review your visit to us. Our burgers continue to be very popular, and now we have a burger of the week there is now an excuse to come at least once a week!

Lindsay Price
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We were very pleased with this hotel and the service we received during our stay. We are a family of four with a four year old and a five month baby. We were welcomed into the hotel and for evening meal in the restaurant without any problems. We have often received refusal to many hotels and guest houses in the lakes because of our young family however for the Waterhead having a family wasn't an issue. The room we stayed in was ideal for our family. The children even received a welcome pack on their beds. We also loved the gingerbread which was provided with the tea and coffee tray. Overall great experience and we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear gem97,

Many thanks for your review rearding your family holiday with us. It is sad to read that you have encountered problems in other establishments, however we are a firmly family friendly hotel and have no restrictions of areas and times and will always welcome the little ones. We hope to welcome you back soon.

Lindsay Price
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Still one of a very short list of our favourite hotels!
Another lovely holiday.
What do we require of a relaxing holiday treat? A great location, fantastic views, lovely staff - friendly and professional, super comfy beds, quiet room and thick dark curtains, lots of comfy pillows, lovely towels and bathrobes, a great shower, a good bar and an excellent restaurant that can do a scrummy breakfast and a really good dinner- with good puddings and wine and cocktails as needed... quite a list! Being fussy I don't really want to over publicise it - we need to be able to get a room- but the hotel and team deserve just praise. Very few meals get 10/10, very few hotels are worth returning to year upon year ... I remember spending a great 40th birthday here and the next big one will be all too soon... every friend we have brought has loved it- I think they're all as fussy as me...
The panna cotta with coconut and rasberries was excellent ! Steak with bearnaise sauce- also super. New gin cocktails- I'm happy!
Thanks for another very relaxing, indulgent, great holiday.

Room Tip: Lake views lovely - but all rooms good quality and you can spend time in the bar- lovely view from t...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Mysticdebbasina,

What can I say.....what a fantastic review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it, I will pass it onto all the staff and I know they will be delighted, it is always so rewarding to read such lovely feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

Lindsay Price
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had planned a 2 night stay here, but were so impressed we extended it to 4.
We were fortunate to be rewarded with great weather. Our accommodation was great, the bar and the restaurant food and service were excellent.
And this is a truly dog friendly hotel, with a dog bed, bowl and welcoming biscuits in the (her?) room on arrival.

Room Tip: Choose a delux Lake view room.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stourbridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We first visited this fantastic hotel in 2009 for our honeymoon, and have returned on many occasions since, the last being a couple of weeks ago in July for our Wedding Anniversary. This hotel really is as good as the reviews suggest. The location is perfect, being right on the shores of Lake Windemere. The rooms/bathrooms and decor are fantastic, the beds are large and extremely comfortable. The food in the restaurant, both breakfast and evening meals, is superb and the service is attentive without being intrusive. What we love most about the Waterhead is that you are always aware that you are in a top quality hotel, and yet you feel completely relaxed and at ease at all times. This is a fantastic base from which to explore the Lake District and we're already planning our next trip back!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cumbernauld, Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

I think this the fourth stay we have had at the Waterhead. You are made to feel at home immediately on arrival. Everything is just as it should be - room and bathroom spotless, other areas of the hotel the same. Only here for two nights this visit, definitely not long enough. Dined in the restaurant the first night food is still of an excellent quality, very pleasant place for a nice dinner. Staff very attentive and friendly. Breakfasts are also of a high quality, still nice to get a prepared to order breakfast served at the table along with Tea/Coffee and toast. Too many hotels these day days expect you to make your own! Also all staff are absolutely brilliant. Can't wait for next visit.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are best
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Had a lovely weekend stay at the Waterhead, the weather was disappointing but the hotel wasn't. Very friendly and accommodating staff. The room was an excellent size, very clean and smelt beautiful. The bed linen and towels were of a good quality. Tea and coffee facilities in the room were excellent, even ground coffee and complimentary local gingerbread biscuit. The turn down service on an evening was a nice touch with chocolates left on pillows. I would highly recommend this hotel and would gladly return.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green 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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