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“Spa day - not so relaxing.”
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Langdale Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 April 2014

My friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a spa day and booked the Langdale. The price was reasonable, however it should not have been advertised as a spa.

The pool was full of children and, while I realise it is part of the hotel and it is good to see children doing something active, we were looking for a relaxing spa day, not a day unable to swim in the pool or listening to screaming children.

The facilities were clean but we weren't told where everything was. The options for lunch were surprisingly good but I think we both made the wrong choices as both our meals were flavourless. The treatments were thankfully the highlight although the door of the room I was in did not have a handle and kept opening.

If you are going as a family I think this would be a good spa choice, otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

My husband and I went for a midweek break to celebrate my 65 th birthday and our 43 rd wedding anniversary. The sat nav took us to a nearby quarry! The hotel was attractively situated amid the slate buildings and daffodils associated with the Lake District. The bedroom was large with a huge bed which was very comfortable, with hair drier, fridge, tv, iron, lovely bath in a big en suite. The breakfasts were very tasty, mainly buffet style but we ordered scrambled eggs and pancakes with maple syrup from the kitchen . The seven course taster menu was a gastronomic delight. The pub , just five minutes walk away, served some incredibly good food, with good sized portions. We enjoyed the swimming pool, sauna, jaccusi etc every morning, and each had a treatment in the spa. However, this felt a bit impersonal. It was a lovely, if expensive break, and the staff were lovely. I'd come back if I could.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

This is a beautiful hotel & spa. We had a very relaxing day .The pool and jacuzzi were lovely. Staff helpful and friendly . Fabulous massage. Lunch was light and adequate though not much choice but the location is a real retreat....lovely.m

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

This quiet resort was perfect for us after a long day driving and climbing Scafell Pike. We decided to book a spa stay style accommodation and were not disappointed. Lovely quiet location the place was spotless and very comfortable.We would have easily stayed longer and will make a note of returning in future. We arrived quite late but still was easily put at rest from restaurant staff that getting a table for eating would be no problems and encouraged to go shower relax and they would take care of us when we were ready. Spa facilities are lovely good quality gym. Staff are professional polite and helpful. We ate in Purdeys bar lounge in the evening and food was very good. Also breakfast was buffet style but excellent, yes you do need rise from your chair and self serve holiday style but all the ingredients were fresh and of good quality. We went on a Tuesday so resort may have been a lot quieter than at weekends. A note driving from Wasdale Head to Langdale was very interesting would have spectacular if i could have got a second to look up. Give your self plenty of time or stick to A roads the long way round.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We wanted a nice hotel in the Lakes to wind down for a couple of days and where delighted with the Langdale. The room was very nicely appointed - the only down side was it needed hooks to hang coats and the wi-fi was hit and miss. Very nice bathroom as well. The breakfast was superb and the food we had in the hotel was very nice. We did eat in the fine dining restaraunt and thought it was really interesting and enjoyed it immensely We also ate in the spa and had a very nice meal.

The location is fantastic - just next to Elterwater.

The only negative points we had was we ate in their pub one night and that was average in comparison to some of the great lakeland pubs around the area. Also parking at the hotel is a little tight - to say the least.

I would happily stay at the Langdale again - expecially if you can get get a deal on the room.

All the staff we interacted with where extremely friendly and chatty .. so no issues !!

Room Tip: Please note that if raining .. you will get wet as the hotel rooms are a short walk from the restara...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Location very good, room acceptable, staff generally helpful. However, a distinct lack of management staff, staff seemed left to cope with everything, including a number of complainants which made me feel very sorry for them. Food in Purdey's fine dining restaurant was anything but! Decor was similar to a tired old pub. Menu was a strange mixture and very overpriced. Terrace restaurant was a little better but still average. Breakfast was one of the worst we have ever had, cheap, badly cooked hot food with no service whatsoever. Please get rid of the toast machine! I do not expect to stand in a queue to make my own toast at a 4 star hotel. Very disappointed as I had booked this as a present for my Husbands birthday. Didn't use pool as it was very busy and noisy. Would not stay here again and would definitly not reccomend it.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We have stayed here several times over the years, always in wintertime and we cannot fault the place. The rooms are modern and clean with comfortable beds, good showers and decent teas and coffees which restocked daily. This place is ideal for walking the dales and lakes in the morning and relaxing in the pool and Spa of an afternoon. We always visit Wainwrights to eat of an evening, a open roaring fire, excellent food and a well stocked bar with lots of guest ales to choose from are always welcome on a winters evening. Top tip if you do go in the winter months take a torch or two, the roads are unlit, it takes less than 5 minute to walk there but car drivers don't see you to the last second on the narrow roads. Breakfast is very filling and there is a wide variety to suit all tastes. If you want to stay in a relaxing lovely part of the Lakes with added amenities such as Spa treatments and a pool with several restaurants to choose from then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Langdale Hotel

Address: Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JD, England
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 Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#7 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range: £123 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Langdale Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Langdale Hotel offers a choice of high quality 4-star bedrooms in a variety of styles. All the 56 rooms include Sealy beds manufactured locally in Wigton, Cumbria made up with the finest Egyptian cotton linen, down filled duvets and luxurious finishing touches. ... more   less 
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