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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Ambleside
- Ambleside Best Western
- Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa Lake District