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“There's no better place to stay in the Lake District” 5 of 5 stars
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Lakeside Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lake Windermere, Newby Bridge LA12 8AT, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Newby Bridge
London, UK
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6 hotel reviews
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“There's no better place to stay in the Lake District”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

With a stunning location, a beautiful old building that's a very well-done assembly of what was once a hotel and two separate homes, two restaurants, a pool/spa on site and customer service that's friendly and efficient, this is the only place I would choose to stay in the area.

It doesn't come cheap but it's London quality 5-star service and rooms right on the shores of Lake Windermere, so great value in my books.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This place is one of those lovely old fashioned hotels in the most incredible location right by Lake Windermere. The service in the dining room is a little on the slow side perhaps, but that's the only fault I can find (and to be honest, if you have driven all the way along the winding Lakeland roads to get here, you're not in a hurry). The food is anything but old fashioned though. It is very fine indeed. Ingredients and attention to detail is impeccable but it's unfussy and quite excellent. I was much more impressed than I expected to be. The latest addition to the menu was a wild strawberry "cannelloni" with lime meringues. Remarkable. And for half the price you'd expect given the opulence of the dining room and level of attention you get.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Being local to this hotel I was amazed at the prices being charged when I attended a function. Having ordered a small white wine and a single gin and tonic the barman asked for £13.65. When I asked him how much the small wine was he did not want to tell me in front of other astonished customers, on pressing him he produced a till receipt showing the small wine was £7.75 and the gin and tonic £5.90. He also stated that the prices went up at 5.00 but had no reason why. In the local area in good establishments a G & T is £3.20 and a small wine around 3.50. This is a tourist destination and I and the others agreed this is the sort of profiteering that drives down the reputation of the Lake-district. Another customer asked to speak to the manager about why the prices had risen at 5.00 but he would not come to the bar. The Lakes are a wonderful destination and you expect a premium for their position but this type of pricing reminds me of the bars in Rome where only the unwary sit down.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Just back from a rather wet weekend in The Lakes. Despite the weather we had a fantastic stay at The Lakeside Hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff - and it was good to see there were plenty of them.

We stayed in a lake view ground floor terrace room which had sliding patio doors onto a small terrace with a table and two chairs - would have been ideal if the weather had been kinder to us!
We had dinner both nights in the sin restaurant and the food was excellent.

I used the pool, steam room and sauna which were nice and quiet.

The valet parking when you arrive was a good idea. The hotel has evolved over the years we have been going and the Brasserie restaurant was a nice alternative for breakfast. We were lucky to be treated to a surprise champagne afternoon tea by our son which was excellent.

Our only negative was, as other people have commented,it is a shame that the hotel charges such high prices for drinks. I am sure that if prices were more reasonable people would stay and have a drink after dinner rather than disappear to their rooms.

We will certainly return

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are lovely but all rooms are good.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

6 Girls for Birthday celebration and Spa break. Nothing was too much trouble. Cars parked for us and bags taken to the rooms. Birthday girls upgraded. Downstairs rooms each had a terrace with views onto Windermere. Tradional styled hotel but modern touches with furnishing, art and lighting which avoid it feeling 'stuffy'.
Lovely spa . All immaculate . Staff helpful and friendly. Made us most welcome. Spa treatments are expensive compared to prices locally.
Private part of the Bistro for our meal. Friendly, attentive service.
Plenty of seating in the public areas to relax and soak up the atmosphere even with a small wedding party milling around.

Delicious breakfast. High quality, fresh ingredients, mainly locally sourced.

I'd happily also go back with my family for a short break. We'd like to book for next year. Better start a fund to pay for all the wine!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

this hotel is in the most idyllic location right on the shore of Windermere with its own private access. the staff are brilliant and cant do enough for you and the food, both at breakfast and dinner is excellent. Can't fault it and I've been here with a group of workmates on a team event and also a leisure break with my wife.

Room Tip: all are very good, roomy and clean.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Good Points:
Free Parking, excellent service, lovely room with a lake view, bottles of water in room, nice shower gel/shampoo and large shelves to sit wash bags on, good sized swimming pool which you can walk to on the ground floor wearing robes, fantastic quality food; freshly squeezed orange juice, served breakfast, dinner menu was delicious, hotel is close to steam boats for trips across Lake Windemere.

Bad Points:
A simple sandwich lunch for two cost £24!!, bottle of wine at dinner no less than £28!!, extra thick duvet was extremely hot, swimming pool wasn't very warm.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Lakeside Hotel Newby Bridge
Lakeside Newby Bridge
Lakeside Hotel Newby Bridge, Lake District
Address: Lake Windermere, Newby Bridge LA12 8AT, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Newby Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Newby Bridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lakeside Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking nothing but the Lake.....just a stone throw away from Lake Windermere, 4 star luxury hotel with 17m pool and the only Aveda Destination Spa in the UK. Choice of 2 restaurants, 2 rosette Lakeview and John Ruskins Brasserie offering a range of dining experiences. ... more   less 
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