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Waterhead

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Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely room with a lake view, defiantly worth paying more for the view. Real coffee and grasmere gingerbread was a nice touch. Our evening meal was excellent, the staff were pleasant and helpful. Fantastic choice for breakfast, if you were lucky enough to be staying for a week you could have chosen something different for every day. The buffet alone... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overall it was a very nice experience; food quality and taste is very nice. There is one female at the reception unable to recall her name; she is broad tall and fair she is so damn courteous and helpful; she made our stay perfect. It is bang opposite Pier; nice location. Though room size is too small for 3 people;... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel is absolutely fantastic. We stayed for 2 nights in August 2015 and we could barely find fault with anything. The best aspects of our fabulous stay were the experienced staff and comfort and cleanliness of our room (54) and communal areas! along with the nightly 'turn-down' service of our room in the evening, which included chocolates on the... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear Fwalker Many thanks for a great review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Now, I have to admit I booked this hotel in error!! Thought it was Coniston luckily I realised before we left! For us the location was great. A 10 minute walk into Ambleside and all it's fab shops and cafes. The hotel overlooks the Lake. Make sure you book a Lake view room. A bit extra but worth it. We... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear dramsd2015 Thanks for a terrific review following your recent (unintended) stay! We hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

London
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed one night enroute to Scotland. Very comfortable room with everything you could wish for. Fantastic power shower, comfortable bed. Enjoyed a delicious dinner in the restaurant. Very friendly and efficient staff. Perfect. Look forward to returning again next year.

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear eli138 Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay. I was pleased to read that this was enjoyable and we hope to welcome you back soon! Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

Yarm
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30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel was very good. Clean, vibrant and classy. We had a (cheaper) room as overlooked the car park but we still had lovely view of hills and (part) lake! The room was clean and well equipped. The staff were very friendly, efficient and gracious. The breakfast was excellent and the atmosphere in restaurant and bar was relaxed and friendly.... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear sb5edu Thank you for a very positive review of your weekend at The Waterhead. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a business meeting near Ambleside and decided to have a couple of days away at fairly short notice. We booked a lake view room - it was gorgeous, spacious with a lovely view of the lake from the comfy chairs by the window. The little extra touches like the G&T and the lovely local gingerbread, made us feel... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear HelenLongsight Thanks for a very positive review! Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from a two night midweek stay. Where to start? The service was great; lovely staff and lovely location. A room with a view over Lake Windermere and with a balcony. Complimentary refreshments( including a nice gin), The menu for dinner and breakfast was varied and the food was excellent. A lovely atmosphere in the restaurant with a varied... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear Joseph G Many thanks for taking the time to post a great review. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the weekend walking and loved every minute of it, it is a little bit further out of Ambleside centre to walk, but only just over a mile. It was a very nice room, if not a bit plain and lacking in character, the food was expensive but phenomenal, and the staff were great. All in all a very... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear Anna H Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Waterhead We hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

Warrington
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55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed at the Waterhead hotel several times now, it's become an old time favourite. Mainly because of it's fabulous location, at the head of lake Windermere, the food and the overall comfort of the rooms and service. Had a 2 night stay last week, thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing & comfortable stay. Dined both nights in the hotel restaurant... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear Angie367 Many thanks for the review of your most recent stay and some great photos! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

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