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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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“Wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2010

My husband and I having previously stayed at the hotel for a short break were so impressed by the quality and friendliness of staff and accommodation that we gave the hotel the ultimate accolade and booked a honeymoon break for our daughter and her new husband (he being a first timer in the Lakes). They were not disappointed and had a wonderful time. Our new son-in-law is now a firm fan of the Lakes and cannot wait to return. Everything we asked for when booking was arranged and many thanks to all involved. PS. The flowers in the room were lovely.

We look forward to staying with you again very soon.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2010
Dear Bewildered,

Thank you for taking the time to post a great review. It was great to read your daughter and son in law enjoyed there honeymoon with us. Thank you for choosing us for such a special occasion. If you are looking at returning in the future please contact me directly at the hotel.

Best regards

Mark Needham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2010

Lovely rooms, warm friendly staff beautifully decorated reception and bar areas.
We took my husbands 92 yr old grandmother who had never visited the lake district and she thoroughly enjoyed it. We ate in the bar for lunch, the food was delicious with a perfect location to watch the world go by, enjoyed a wonderful cream tea in the late afternoon and had an exceptional meal in the restaurant. The whole weekend was everything we'd hoped for and more.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2010
Dear Tharry,

Many thanks for the great review, it was great read you enjoyed our food offerings in both the bar and restaurant. We are just about to launch our new Winter bar menu and new a la carte menu which i must say sounds delicious. I look forward in welcoming you back to the Waterhead in the near future.

Kind regards

Mark Needham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Waterhead Hotel for one night, on the 24th September. It was late when we arrived in the lakes, and we hadn't booked anywhere to stay. After driving through Ambleside we decided to try the Waterhead, and we were very pleased we did. Arriving so late (around 11:45pm), we received a discount on the full price of the room (true for all rooms after midnight I believe). Check in was efficient, and we were shown to our room which was very modern, clean and well presented. We had tea & coffee facilities, a nice TV, even an iPod dock. The bathroom was also lovely and very contemporary. The bed was incredibly comfortable! We had a drink in the bar downstairs, which was also nicely decorated and nicely lit to give an intimate atmosphere.

In the morning we awoke to a lovely lakeside view, with the lake being just across the road. There was a small pair of binoculars in the room (available for sale too) to look out on the lake with. A cooked Breakfast was served promptly by friendly staff, and was very good indeed (watching the world go by from window). There were plenty of other choices available for breakfast too.

The hotel is of a contemporary style and finished to a high standard, yet it manages be cosy at the same time. It’s not overdone at all.

The only thing we were disappointed about was that the next night was fully booked so we couldn't stay for another night! I would definitely recommend this hotel, and wouldn’t hesitate to stay again on a future trip to the lakes.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 20 October 2010
Dear Rural adventure,

Thank you for taking the time to post a great review of your recent stay with us and thank you for choosing us for your last minute stay. I am sorry you were unable to stay longer but keep an eye on our website for some great winter offers.
I look forward in welcoming you back to the Waterhead in the near future.

Best regards

Mark Needham
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2010

My fiance and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Waterhead Hotel. Everything about this place is perfect! We have stayed in lots of lake district hotels and this is definitely one of the best hotels in the best location in the area, sitting right on the shores of Windermere with beautiful views of the surrounding fells and Waterhead and Ambleside on your doorstep. The room we stayed in was modern, clean and comfortable with one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in!! Breakfast and dinner was excellent and the service was spot on throughout . The staff were all very attentive and friendly but special thanks and note must go to Alex and Ilse who were excellent.
All in all, a great hotel that we will definitely be revisiting in the near future
Best From
Stephen and Sara

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank thoroton2
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whmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 24 September 2010
Dear Thoroton2,

Thank you for your great review of your recent break with us at the Waterhead. It is pleasing to read you enjoyed your stay and i will pass your comments onto the team. I am particularly glad you enjoyed our beds as this is has seen recent investment from the Egyptian cotton sheets to the mattress toppers its all to add extra comfort for that great night's sleep.
I look forward to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind regards

Mark Needham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2010

Just returned from a quickie getaway to Ambleside and weekend stay at the Waterhead Hotel. We are quite frequent travellers and chose this hotel based on Trip Advisor comments...the hotel is an easy cab ride away from the Windermere train station and perfectly located right on the shores of the lake, with a 15 min stroll into the town center of Ambleside for lots of trekking stores and cafes. The front desk wonderfully accommodated our early check in and late check out. Our room was spacious, with a beautiful view of lake, hills and boats. The lovely mix of old and modern charm as well as the attention to details such as bath robes, blow dryer, wonderful products, DVD player, free DVD rentals, local attraction booklets etc were very much appreciated and certainly set this hotel above the rest. Dinner at the Baywater cafe was delicious and service was top notch. The weather wasn't the best so we resorted to staying in our room most of our stay which didn't both us one bit! Hoep to return some day...

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank DeClaired
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whmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 24 September 2010
Dear Declaired,

Many thanks for taking the time to post a fantastic review, I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay, particularly the small touches that we believe make all the difference and ensure guests have a memrable experience.
Please do not hesitate to contact me prior to your next stay and i look forward to welcoming you back to the Waterhead in the near future.

Kind regards

Mark Needham
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Stratford upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2010

A lovely hotel with very accommodating staff. Finished in a contemporary style that makes you feel very special and pampered throughout the stay. The larger luxury rooms are worth the extra. High standards of cleanliness throughout. Really nice locally sourced food. All in all, highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jowhyman
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whmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 24 September 2010
Dear jowhyman,

Many thanks for the great review, i was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Waterhead in the near future.

Kind regards

Mark Needham
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2010

I, my partner and my 8year old daughter stayed at The Waterhead in april and we can not fault it in anyway. The room was very spacious even with an extra bed for my daughter and the bed was so comfortable i really did not want to get up in a morning. Breakfast was everything you could want and all very fresh and well cooked.
We did not eat there in the evening but i will definately will be doing when i return. We have already picked this hotel out for our honeymoon in 2012.
Thank you for such an enjoyable stay and we look forward to returning.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mellyBurnley
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whmanager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review, 24 September 2010
Dear mellyBurnley,

Thank you for taking the time to post your recent review of your stay at the Waterhead. Be sure to try the restaurant on your next visit and please let me know if you do come and stay with us for your honeymoon.

Kind regards

Mark Needham
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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 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Romantic 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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