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Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Darwen, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Break with friends”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Having stayed in Ambleside once or twice before we were slightly apprehensive about staying at the salutation as we had thought that the hotel had looked a little shabby and dated. How wrong we were , we were pleasantly surprised from the moment we arrived. Their was ample parking right next to the hotel ( rear of hotel spaces slightly bigger). On check in the receptionist was both helpful and friendly, and we were allowed to our room even though it was before midday which we were very grateful for, our room 219 was on the second floor (lift for all those tired legs). The room was adequately sized, clean, tidy and with a really nice view of the Lakeland fells. After an afternoon bike ride in to Grassmere (45-60 mins leisurely pace each way) we headed to the Hotel spa, the pool is reasonably sized, jacuzzi clean, sauna nice and hot and best of all outdoor hot tub which was fantastic, only one slight hiccup the steam room was out of order for the time of our stay. Later in the evening after drinks in lounge ( which is very nicely decorated with lots of comfy nooks and crannies in which to relax) headed in to town for a lovely meal at the Spice of Bengal, then back to hotel lounge for bedtime tipple. Great nights sleep, beds comfy, room quiet. Breakfast in morning was by far the best breakfast we have had in the lakes an easy 10 out of 10. After breakfast went for nice walk over Wansfell to the Mortal Man in Troutbeck, this walk starts literally on your doorstep and gives you magnificent views of the lakes. The only poor point of the Hotel was the evening meal all four of us had on the last night , would recommend eating out in the evening ( must have different chef in the morning ). However this said all four of us would stay again and would whole heartedly recommend the Salutation to anyone wanting to stop in Ambleside.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 6 March 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a view. Your kind comments about our friendly helpfull staff, rooms. lounges. breakfast and facilities are much appreciated. I agree the hot tub is a must after a long cycle or fell walk apologirs for the steam room being out of order, we do try to rectify any problems as soon as possible unfortunatley not on this occasion in time for you to use it during your stay with us.I would also like to apologise for your evening meal our chefs do cook both the breakfast and evening meals and I'm sorry we failed to come up to the mark on this occasion with your meal, I will look into it.I look forward to welcoming you back and thansk you once again your feedback is very important to us.
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

I'll keep this short. The rooms are lovely and comfortable, the views from the front are superb, the breakfasts are to die for and the staff are friendly. Nuff said. Third time visit for me, the other half and friends, and each time is as good as the last.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 6 March 2013
Many thanks for your review and your kind comments about our food, facilities, location and rooms. We have just replaced all the beds in the hotel and put super king's in all our lodge rooms for our guest's so pleased you were impressed with the huge bed! Look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Just back from a two night break in this hotel. Great location in centre of town. Stayed in Lodge room, good amount of space, balcony, jaccuzzi bath and huge comfortable bed. Food and service very good, and staff seem to take pride in the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2013
Many thanks for posting a review and for your kind comments about our location, rooms, food service and comfy beds! Glad you enjoyed staying in one of our Lodge Club rooms and look forward to welcoming you back agian soon.
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Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

Lovely clean hotel in an excellent location, food is good, service is great and leisure facilities just add to the overall enjoyment of the stay. Had a great time and really enjoyed having a spa treatment and my early morning swims before breakfast.

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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Many thanks for your review, so pleased you enjoyed our facilities, location, service , food and of course the Spa treatments- a great way to relax!
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We had a fab time . This hotel is definitely more than a 3star . The food was lovely and the gym was amazing After a long days walking the outdoor jacuzzi was a fab ending to the day it was great that it stayed open till late . The power shower and jacuzzi bath in our room was brilliant. The room was also spotless .

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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review and for your kind comments about our food, facilities and rooms. I agree there is nothing better than a relaxing soak in the hot tub after a hard day on the fells! So pleased you had a gab time with us.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2013

Just returned from an overnight bed and breakfast stay at the Salutation Hotel Ambleside. Yet again a really lovely relaxing stay. The hotel has a home from home feel and all the staff seem to make every effort to ensure the guests do feel at home. We enjoyed our afternoon in the pool area which is of a 5 star standard and then our evening in the Bistro. Our room 116 was lovely, clean and spacious and can be highly recommended. Breakfast at the Salutation is superb. As always an excellent stay. Looking forward to a return visit.

Room Tip: An upgrade to a club room is well worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Thank you for your review, and your kind comments about the hotel, its sounds like you had a great stay and enjoyed all our facilities especially our breakfast. Delighted you felt 'home from home' - many thanks!
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

Though we are regular visitors to the Lake District this was our first stay at The Salutation at Ambleside. What a wonderful experience!! The reception staff were extremely helpfull and the service was excellent. The breakfast is worth booking in for and there is plenty of selection to suit every palate. A relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub is a must after a day romping round the fells. We used the swimming pool, steam room and jacuzzi, and the following morning we even had a pre-breakfast work-out in the gym! No visit to the Salutation would be complete without an indulgent treatment at Oxley's Blue Fish Spa. The facial and full body massage are just wonderful!! Would recommend this hotel to anyone!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Paulcookson, General Manager at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Delighted with all your comments and pleased to hear you have booked to visit agian in April. Thank you for the kind comments about our staff we have a great team and I agree the hot tub is a must after a hard day on the fells. Oxley's is a fantastic asset to the hotel and the treatments are fabulous - although I have yet to try a facial myself! We have worked really hard on our breakfast so i'm glad you enjoyed it, I look forward to welcoming you back in April.
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Property: Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa
Address: Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 9BX, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Village centre location with breathtaking fell views from the doorstep. Award winning breakfast, luxury rooms some with private hot tub, great food, fabulous leisure facilities and spa, free onsite parking friendly attentive staff. ... more   less 
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