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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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“excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

My partner, myself and our labrador have recently stayed at the Waterhead hotel for 2 nights on a KGB deal and had no complaints whatsoever. The location is perfect, sitting in the bar, which overlooks the lake, was idyllic. The staff couldnt do enough for you, the food was excellent and the rooms were very comfortable with a huge bed. When we arrived there was a dog bed in our room and a dog bowl with treats, we've stayed at other dog friendly places and never had anything like that before. Whenever we were in the bar having a drink or food the staff also brought a bowl of water for the dog! We will definitely return,

Room Tip: we stayed in room 31 which didnt have a view and was a little noisy early on with deliveries.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Enjoyed a lovely lunch by the lake in the beautiful garden of the Waterhead. Was very popular quite busy on the day we visited but didn't detracted from the experience. Only a shame a road divides garden from the view but food & service delicious & reasonably priced.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

We booked well in advance for a weekend break, and then had to postpone for 3 weeks because of the snow in January.That caused a bit of discussion on the phone, but was easily rearranged. We made the mistake of parking in the car park on arrival and so had to lug our bags miles up stairs and trhough corridors. Our room turned out to be just near the front door, so we should have dropped off there. Maybe some extra signage would help?
Dinner each night was excellent with very (but not over) attentive continental staff. I DO like top up my own wine galss, so they got that right! Brought the coffee with the sweets without asking so felt a little rushed towards end of the meal. The restaurant wasn't full so they weren't rushing us - just cultural.
The menu didn't change over the 2 nights and there weren't daily specials, so may get a bit boring after 3 or 4 nights?
Room service was very efficient, done while we breakfasted. Bed was turned down while we dined (Why? Never got the point of turning down.)
We hope to return.

Room Tip: A lake view room is very pleasant, but you do get an enormous picture window that everyone can look...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tynemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous, relaxing break. The hotel and our room were immaculately clean, warm and comfortable and very tastefully decorated. There was a well stocked refreshment tray with Grasmere gingerbread in our room and lovely toiletries and fluffy towels in the beautiful bathroom. We borrowed a dvd from the selection in reception and enjoyed watching a movie on the widescreen tv in our room. All of the staff are excellent, efficient and friendly. We ate in the bar and the food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Breakfast was delicious and excellent quality, it kept us going until late afternoon. We cannot wait to return. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable.

Room Tip: We stayed in a standard room overlooking the car park but it still had a lovely view. It had a huge...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Workington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

The public areas are very comfortable and stylish, with some original art work. The room was very well equipped, the marquetry furniture is lovely and the bathroom quite stylish.
However I have a niggle! The decorative finish, was, in places shabby, for a 4 star hotel!
The staff are wonderful however and for breakfast were of a ratio of around 1 to every 5 customers. The chamber maids noted our bottle of champaign in the room and placed it in a bucket of ice, nice and chilled for our return from the fells.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Just back from a two night stay at the Waterhead Hotel to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversry. What a lovely Hotel this is they couldn't do enough for us. We took along our Scottie Dog and as dogs are not allowed in the main restaurant they where happy to set us up for breakfast in the dog friendly conservatory which was great. Food was superb and service excellent. Probably one of the nicest hotels we have ever been to and not to far way so we will definitely be back and would recommend it to anyone thinking of going to the Lakes.

Room Tip: We where in room 33 as we had our dog with us. This can with a Lake view and near the back entrance...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

We picked The Waterhead after reading other reviews on this site. It didnt dissapoint. Its a clean and comfortable hotel. Great location. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent food. Liked the free DVD library. A nice touch. Overall, a very pleasant stay. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Property: Waterhead Hotel
Address: Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterhead Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
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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