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“Loved the modern decor”
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Waterhead Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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“Loved the modern decor”
Reviewed August 8, 2006

Having booked 2 nights b&b midweek for £270 we were looking forward to a luxurious (by our by no means snobby standards) mini break. Unfortunately we were disappointed in some ways (not all though)... The welcome was barely warm, we were rushed to our room (no. 5) chasing the receptionist down the stairs trying to keep up whilst listening to faint instructions floating past our ears, something about speakers in the bathroom and underfloor heating neither of us heard what was said.

On arrival to our room we had no complaints, 'it looked liked it did in the pictures' and everything worked. Perhaps a little smaller than expected and it was by the road but the noise wasn't too bad.

We only ate breakfast at the hotel partly because of the reviews we'd read prior to our stay and partly because of the poor choice (we only saw the evening menu during our stay - so couldn't comment on lunch). The breakfast like our room didn't disappoint there was plenty of choice and the service was good.

One big bug bear for both of us was to return to our room one evening and find the tv was on, the cushions had been removed from the bed and wrapped messily in the drape then thrown on the floor and then we found two face cloths soaking in the toilet - which reception did kindly come and remove for us!! Before we realised we'd had our turndown service we had thought that we'd been burgled :)

Although as mentioned the room was great and breakfast was good we just didn't feel that we'd got good value for money - perhaps we're too fussy in some respects as to how we spend our hard earned money! If we had money to burn then yes we'd stay here again but we won't be returning otherwise.

Would recommend: Lucy's on a Plate and the walk up to Jenkyn's Cragg - the views of the Lake are stunning. Would avoid: ever eating again at the Lighthouse in Windemere.

  • Liked — Modern Theme
  • Disliked — Overall value for money
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2006

We stayed at the Waterhead for one night and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our brief stay. Our room was spacious, well equipped (tea making, plasma TV, DVD player, fruit, and water) and well decorated with a comfy bed. Breakfast was plentiful with a choice of cereals, croissants, cheeses; fruit and you can order a selection of hot food. We also had dinner in the restaurant and although the menu only offered a relatively small selection of main courses there was something for everyone (meat, fish, vegetarian) and the food was of good quality - my only very slight gripe is that service was brisk, perhaps slightly rushed. The hotel has fabulous views across the lake and the boat trip office is conveniently located close by but it’s a good 1/2 mile walk back into Ambleside village itself. We had a great time and would definitely hope to go back.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed June 20, 2006

We stayed here for 5 nights and had booked a deluxe waterview suite. They originally showed us #19, which was a nice room, but a very small window view. We then asked to see a different room and were shown #3 which is ground floor but has very nice window views. We did get some road noise, but it wasn't bad. I might be leery of this room in the summer as the outside patio is adjacent and we heard the music they play on the patio even though our windows were closed. The room and the decor were very nice and the bathroom was also very nice. Our adult children joined us for one night and their rooms were also very nice. Front desk was very helpful and friendly. We sent laundry out and it came back unpressed! Tried again the next day and printed on instructions - please press - again came back unpressed. We had heard about Lucy's on a Plate to eat. We ate there twice and it was very good. She also has another restaurant close by called Lucy 4 which is more of a casual dining place - we did not care for it at all. There is a great small restaurant in Windemere called Francine's, which turned out to be our favorite of all. The Waterhead is located very close to everything and overall was a very nice experience.

  • Stayed May 2006
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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
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 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Family 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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