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Bolton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

I have eaten in the bar and grill before and when i found out it was a hotel aswell i made a mental note to book there at some point in the future. That happened to be this year in november for my partners birthday. I upgraded to a luxury lake view room which was magnificent! The staff were excellent...

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Had a two night stay in a superior room with Lake View . Every aspect of the hotel is top notch - From the comfortable beds , to the furnishings , bathroom , decor , sitting areas and that fabulously well stocked bar !! Service superb - second to none !! Food was so good on the first night that...

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Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful relaxing break here, very attentive staff, excellent food and nice and warm. Room was excellent and bed was comfortable. Everyone of the staff was very helpful and accommodating. Will go back there .

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always a warm and friendly welcome at the Waterhead hotel. The rooms are spotlessly clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them. The food in the restaurant is excellent with a great choice

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Aarberg, Bern, Switzerland
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had an overnight here at short notice booked through trip advisor. On arrival we found the hotel very easily and its location is superb. Sadly the receptionist was a let down. Her most important task was to ensure we paid before we moved from the reception. The card machine was produced before we had even seen the room. After this...

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mike-cheshire-uk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you read any of my other reviews you will see that I am more than happy to highlight anything that isn't good to say the least. After a two night stay at the Waterhead, I can probably say that this is the best hotel I have stayed at within the UK. Location: excellent- right on lake Windermere and less...

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lakedistrict
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have stayed here before as we loved it then, I can honestly say we had a brilliant stay again The accommodation was first class and the food was too (I am gluten free and it was no problem at all ) All the staff are very good nothing is too much trouble they could not be more kind.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect location in the lake district to hike and enjoy a charming town. The accommodations are lovely and the staff very helpful. The breakfast is very good and was more than expected. Great get away.

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Elana R Many thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Waterhead very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed two nights on a bed and breakfast basis and ate one meal in restaurant. We enjoyed our stay as we had a spacious room, in very good decorative poition. We weren't able to upgrade as hotel was full. Breakfast is very goo with a lot of hot meal choices. The evening meal: food was well presented and cooked...

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Dear SylviaNE3 Thank you for such a positive review! We hope to welcome you back to Waterhead very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

Manchester
Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful modern hotel in Ambleside. Excellent breakfast. large modern rooms, beautiful bathrooms. The staff are really friendly. The parking is limited so get there early. Just a short 10 minute walk to ambleside, right next door to the hays garden centre.

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear daveyh87 Thank you for taking the time to post a very positive review of your stay at Waterhead. I will of course enusre that your comments are shared with the team and we hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

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  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Bar & Grill at Waterhead
Bar & Grill at Waterhead
Cuisines: British, Bar
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  • Banquet Room
  • Business Center with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
4 star town house hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere near Ambleside. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Waterhead Hotel

Address: Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Price Range: $133 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterhead Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
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Also Known As:
Hotel Waterhead
Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
Waterhead Hotel Ambleside, Lake District
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#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
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“All rooms are of a good standard”
 of 5 bubbles christinerY4683BB, 4 days ago | Read review
“The lower the number the better. I think the budget hotel are around 30 plus.”
 of 5 bubbles kpjjf, 6 days ago | Read review
“Try for a room over looking the lake”
 of 5 bubbles PaulineF245, 1 week ago | Read review
“Excellent position for lakeside with good nearby places to eat in evening that are walking distance eg Wateredge Inn.”
 of 5 bubbles SylviaNE3, 1 week ago | Read review
“room 32 was lovely”
 of 5 bubbles daveyh87, 1 week ago | Read review
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