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Skelwith Bridge Hotel
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 February 2010

We stayed at Skelwith Bridge Hotel for 2 nights in the school break.
The room was very nice, clean and well maintained.
Breakfast - Good selection of cereals and fruit juice. Cooked breakfast very nice. Evening meal was very very good, but a little disappointed the menu variaty from one night to the other only changed by one dish (fish replaced by another fish dish everything else the same as night before). The restaurant staff were very friendly and helpful.
The location of the hotel is fantastic.
We will definatly visit again.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2009

Ive just read, quite shocked some of the negative views of Skelwith Bridge hotel. We regularily stay in 4/5 star hotels which dont get me wrong are wonderful, however modern & contemporary - lovely if you like that extrem modern style.
Having had some bad news we visited Skelwith tfor the first time to 'get away from things' - thats what we did.
On arrival Reception was warm, cosy & traditional. Staff were impeccable who couldnt help us enough. We booked dinner bed and breakfast and in our error ate in the pub attached to the hotel on our first night. This was rectified by staff who then credited us back the money as our meal in the pub was less expensive than had we of ate in the fantastic restaurant, which, was spacious nicely decorated with the highest standards of food - there was so much choice and nothing was too much trouble for the professional, warming and genuinely pleasant staff.
Our room was warm, comfortable & spacious, with all requirements you would need - one thing, although small, which added to our comfort was the hot water bottle in the wardrobe - very welcoming after a busy day out.
I can only presume guest reviews which state the hotel is in need of decoration and is old fashioned may not appreciate the traditional feel of a hotel. Yes it is old fashioned - but not in need of redecoration and by no means tatty. The furnishings only add to the origional beauty of the place.
I work in leisure & tourism and regularily recommend this place to clients who only ever come back to me with positive reviews. I have been back to Skelwith since my visit in March and will without a doubt be visiting again, hopefully in the very near future. Thank you Skelwith Birdge Hotel & Staff for truly wonderful short breaks away!!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank ChilledRazzi
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

Staff are superb, food is good, rooms are clean and the location fabulous.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Moorviking
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

Five months ago I booked two luxury rooms for four nights during October half term. Unfortunately, the hotel put us in two basic (and very tired) rooms, failed to inform us in advance but worse still omitted to tell us when we checked in. However, they seemed more than happy to charge us the luxury room rate, presumably in the hope that we would not notice the difference. This is highly dishonerable. When we pointed this out to reception - having spotted far nicer rooms in the hotel - they were quick to adjust our room rate to the standard rate but offered no other gesture. We wished to speak to the manager but they were not to be on site for three days! The rooms we stayed in were clearly in need of refurbishment and some of the fittings, particularly in the bathroom, were very unclean.

To balance this review the food was excellent and the service from the waiting staff was very good, with the exception of one rather surly waitress who frankly let down her colleagues.

We checked out a day early; enough was enough!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

I stayed here for one night on a dinner bed and breakfast basis. I had a single room, which was exactly that, a single bed. The room was clean and comfy but the shower in the bathroom was fairly rubbish and hard to use.
Dinner was very average, everything had clearly been microwvaved and although not untasty it was quite bland. Breakfast was a far nice affair with a good choice.
Staff all very friendly.
I wouldn't want to stay here for any length of time, but for 1 or 2 nights with the great DBB offer I had, I really couldn't beat it.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 September 2009

Really enjoyed our stay at Skellwth Bridge, very clean , had a great room, but on arrival we were met by a very stressed recepionist who had computor problems,so we had to wait.!!
We felt that the hotel needed a presence of an owner or manager who had the interests of the clients at heart, a personnel touch, the staff were good but lacked personality
We must compliment the chef as food was excelent

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank trevsue
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Overall very disappointing stay. The hotel is in a fantastic location but the rooms and public areas are just so old fashioned and crying-out for investment. We actually had a family room (7) which was in desperate need of refurbishment. The bedroom door was a very thin, old 1970s laminate with a creaking steel handle. The breakfast menu also lacked any imagination and the service on the desk lacked any personal attention. Such a shame. If it wasn't for the weather and the location we would have left early. Not recommended - and for £250 for the room for 2 nights, this was definitely NOT good value!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank itsthatbirdagain
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Address: Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range: £86 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Skelwith Bridge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located just a short drive from Ambleside, away from the hustle and bustle is Skelwith Bridge. Informal gardens merging seamlessly with the surrounding countryside, real log fires in the winter months and a traditional welcome, Skelwith bridge Hotel really is "your home away from home" The hotel boasts 28 bedrooms, all en-suite and all retaining the character of the original building. We are pleased to offer single, twin, double and king sized rooms available for bed and breakfast or dinner bed and breakfast at fantastically affordable prices all year round. We welcome a whole host of families with children young and old, couples, singles and four legged friends too! The hotel is a fell walkers paradise with many varied easy and more strenuous walks from our doorstep! We even have a drying room available for those wet days ... not that we have too many of those in The Lakes! A host of attractions and other activities are just a short drive or bus ride away including sailing, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching, golf, shopping, bars and restaurants, the historic houses of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Ruskin, the market towns of Keswick and Kendal, Grasmere and its world famous gingerbread, Take a cruise on the lakes with the steamers, the lakes aquarium at lakeside, traditional steam railway at Haverthwaite, Manicured gardens at Holker hall, and many more attractions too numerous to list! Our reception staff are always happy to suggest local attractions or walks and we have lots of information in our showcase at reception. ... more   less 
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