Last time I wrote a review of the Salutation I made one or two small criticisms but on this return visit the reasons for them had disappeared. This is now a wonderful hotel. For a start, everybody from the joint managers Sue and Paul down were very friendly and could not do enough to make our stay a marvellous one. The bedrooms were spotless, and cleaned thoroughly ever day, the beds comfortable and the bathrooms lovely with showers that delivered a really powerful spray and plenty of hot water. The food was not, thank goodness, "Master Chef" but good, honest fare, smoothly and efficiently served by the pleasant and helpful waiting staff. I had one of the best gammon steaks I have ever eaten, the roast chicken was delicious (and what an enormous portion!) and one of our group praised the roast beef. The breakfast, partly buffet style, was amazing. Everything you could ever want. Delicious porridge, and the cooked breakfast, which was served to your table, was beautifully cooked, eggs just as you wanted them, tasty sausage, scrumptious bacon (and did not come running in grease as English breakfasts do in so many places.) The wine list was interesting and not too badly priced given that this is a hotel. I did not try the spa but those who did enjoyed it. Have I any complaints at all? Yes, just one. The Salutation keeps a splendid pint of local beer but why this is served in one of those tall, stupid lager glasses and not in a proper, straight British pint glass I cannot understand. Am I being petty here? Probably.
- 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, BW Premier Collection Lake District