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Rothay Manor Hotel

Rothay Road, Ambleside LA22 0EH England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
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Updated 07/24/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 11 hotels in Ambleside
Travelers' Choice
Rothay Manor Hotel & Restaurant, sits on the outskirts of Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District. The Regency style building dates from 1823 and oozes character & homely charm. Having undergone extensive sympathetic internal renovations the hotel now boasts modern, stylish, spacious ensuite rooms, offering the very best in comfort and relaxation. 4 stars facilities are complimented by the warm and friendly atmosphere. There are 15 individually designed luxurious en-suite bedrooms with Sky TV, mini bars, safes, hospitality tray and free wifi. Deep baths, fluffy towels and bathrobes are sure to help ease the aches and pains, before enjoying a gin and tonic in the airy spacious lounges, and dinner in the award-winning 3 AA rosette restaurant-serving both a la carte and tasting menus, a more relaxed bar menu is available, outstanding service is guaranteed. 4 dog friendly rooms are available so your canine can enjoy some pampering as well.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Meeting rooms
Parking garage
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Latvian and 3 more
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Ian Price wrote a review Dec 2
North Wales81 contributions63 helpful votes
Rothay Manor is a fantastic hotel, in a great location, with some absolutely amazing staff! Timing wise, we were there when Storm Arwen hit, and left much of the area without power, but even with that - we loved our stay and our time at Rothay Manor. Our meal in the Brathay Room was a great start to the weekend, and despite the fact we didn't get the chance to try out the other restaurant as planned, we can't wait to go back. All of the staff were friendly, really helpful and looked after us during what was an immensely busy and crazy time for them both in and out of work. Everything that happened was out of their control, and everyone at Rothay Manor pulled together to support guests and keep things moving. Thank you to everyone! We hope you're on top of things now! We will be back, and we can't wait.!
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Date of stay: November 2021
Terri G wrote a review Nov 2021
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After being told this was the place to go to eat I can’t tell you how disappointed we where. I am unsure how this restaurant has such good reviews as I didn’t see one empty plate sent back, every table send back plates full of food which after the expectations of this restaurant you would think every plate would be licked clean!! Our table was booked for 6.45 but we was taken to a side room for over 45mins and had to order from there and wasn’t taken to our table till after 7.30. We found this a very strange experience!! The food its self was some of the strangest combinations I have ever heard of. I’m all for trying new things and being optimistic but sea urchin custard and Caviar was just taking it a step too far! We are just a normal couple who like nice food and enjoy trying new things things and new places. This restaurant is very disappointing in every aspect, the food, the service and lastly the price is extortionate for what you receive!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Christopher E wrote a review Nov 2021
Greater London, United Kingdom34 contributions18 helpful votes
This hotel’s greatest asset is its cheerful and friendly staff. Name badges would have been nice. The room was fine, the bathroom was good, parking wasn’t an issue and the Wi-Fi worked. Afternoon tea and breakfast were excellent, although the choice of music was a bit surprising. I like Van Halen, but not with my breakfast. Pre-dinner drinks were fine. Dinner was a bit retro in that nouvelle (not much food on the plate) cuisine had made a strong comeback, which was consistent on both the tasting and the a la carte menus. A small amount of food on a plate doesn’t confer sophistication on a dish or a restaurant and eating all of the outstandingly good bread and opting for the additional cheese course was necessary on both of the evenings that we ate in. I realise that these are challenging times for the hotel and restaurant business and would be interested to revisit in a few years to see what progress had been made. With a few tweaks here and there this hotel could be very good but at the moment it is just good. Which isn’t a bad place to start from.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Thaicup wrote a review Nov 2021
England6 contributions5 helpful votes
Wow..excellent food. Found by mistake. Was meant to go spend a voucher at Rothay Garden hotel but mistakenly booked this instead. Very impressed. Fantastic service. Pork allergy and gluten free were easily accommodated . Can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Gerald D wrote a review Nov 2021
Barnwell, United Kingdom447 contributions292 helpful votes
We stayed for 4 nights in a premium room with large balcony. The room was well appointed and exactly as one might expect at these prices. It was very well served by the housekeeping staff….thank you. The reception staff were very efficient but lacked the essential skills of customer care and generally lacked interpersonal skills. A genuine smile goes along way with guests. Car parking was a considerable issue due to the large building development going on on the site. A point the hotel failed to manage effectively. The restaurant was nicely appointed with generous space between the tables. The staff did their best but struggled due to staff shortages. In addition with English being a second language for some and the additional burden of a face mask communication was very difficult. More often than not we couldn’t understand the descriptions of the dishes placed in front of us. A mini copy of the menu left on the table, as is common in many starred restaurants, would serve many purposes, to remind the guests what they had chosen and serve as a souvenir of the dinner. The food was, with the unfortunate exception of one very over cooked breakfast, absolutely first class and a delight to see and eat. However, due to the many failings in the restaurant service it was often unacceptably slow, particularly breakfasts. None of the staff wore name badges…what a shame…especially when all wore masks…. The public are well aware of the staff shortage issues in the hospitality industry but that is where good management, supervision, and observation of the situation should prevail. With so many failings one would expect to see more obvious concern by management and the owners. Their lack of presence left one feeling abandoned. Were they aware of the ongoing daily issues?…or worse still did they hope the guests hadn’t noticed the obvious lack of supervision, drive and leadership. The kitchen was a show case of good management and supervision…what a shame the hotel can’t match the same high standards
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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$190 - $382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictAmbleside
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rothay Manor Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Rothay Manor Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins (0.4 miles), Helm Crag (0.6 miles), and Ambleside Climbing Wall (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rothay Manor Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Rothay Manor Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Rothay Manor Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rothay Manor Hotel?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rothay Manor Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fresher's Cafe, The Old Stamp House Restaurant, and Kysty Ambleside.
Is Rothay Manor Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Ambleside.
Are pets allowed at Rothay Manor Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rothay Manor Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, and Latvian.
Are there any historical sites close to Rothay Manor Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Townend (2.4 miles), Rydal Mount & Gardens (1.8 miles), and Bridge House (0.4 miles).
Is Rothay Manor Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.