Chose this hotel after having stayed at the Lakeside (self-proclaimed ' Best 4 star hotel in the Lake District') late last year and being totally underwhelmed (strangely pretentious for a mediocre hotel). I was understandably slightly apprehensive following this previous stay in the Lakes, but needn't have worried.
This place is fantastic.
I have been to too many hotels that promise much and deliver little, but the first thing that strikes you when entering the hotel is that, despite the modern glam surroundings, the staff are exceptional. From the welcome at the desk (no formal 'Reception Lobby' here) to the genuinely friendly and professional service in the restaurant, all the staff were great.
The surroundings are not what you would neccesarily expect from a hotel on the banks of Windermere - all traditional stone and slate on the exterior, but modern and stylish inside, and the little extras make all the difference - local gingerbread and fresh cafetiere coffee in the bedrooms and underfloor heating and great toiletries in the bathroom.
Having eaten in the restaurant on our first evening, we cancelled our plans to 'eat out' on our second and final night - this food is honestly some of the best I have tasted for some considerable time. I am unsure as to what awards the restaurant currently has, but the menu appears to be locally sourced, reasonably priced and fanntastic quality comapred to the local 'competition' we had initailly considered.
The weather, unfortunately, wasn't so kind - but I suppose you take your chances in late March!
Regardless of this though, I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone. It's certainly not the cheapest but, in this case, you get more than you pay for!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star town house hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere near Ambleside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Waterhead
- Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
- Waterhead Hotel Ambleside, Lake District