Let me first explain how I came to book this hotel as it tells a story in itself.
Late in my tour in Afghanistan I was starting to sort out my life for my return; always a trip to the Lake District, always for one night. I sat down at the Paradigm terminal and used a popular search engine with my criteria and it took me to Patterdale, near Helvellyn and I have no idea but I didn't hit the pay now button I decided to see if I had news from home from email.
What I found shaped my return to the UK, a sale on prices for the Salutation, not only had it become affordable so close to school holidays, but the price was irresistable and not for just a single night visit. I'm boring you, but it was affordable to book for 2 nights.
We arrived on the 22/5 and were allocated room 102, a room with THE most fantastic view over Loughrigg Fells, oh yeah! The room isn't the swanky type room you'd get in a city, but then it isn't the city you are in the Lake District.....time spent indoors is time wasted! The room was ok for size, had an amazing balcony and a view to dream of. The bathroom is a sliding door away from the bedroom, I've never had such a powerful shower, and my wife had a jaccuzi bath in the mornings which didn't wake me.
The breakfast is outstanding, a massive choice and if you want extra you only have to ask. In short you could NOT ask for a better breakfast to set you up for the day.
The leisure facilities are superb, probably the reason the place is normally out of my budget range. It was lovely and cold last night and my wife and I were outside in a hot tub with steam coming off it! You take memories away from things like that and indeed 3 years ago we had this on our last visit, it was that very memory that kept us looking at this hotel for offers.
We had one small niggle with the brand new bed that had just been fitted, and the manager himself looked into this, it was his attention to detail and eye for good standards that put the icing on the cake, Paul Cookson, the manager is worthy of a mention as he was everywhere, including helping out guests at breakfast. I'll definitely go back, it treats my wife and we're always up there walking so why not indulge?!
I haven't read any of the other views, I'm a previous occupant, but I would question anyone that can't identify this little gem within the heart of the Lade District!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village centre location with breathtaking fell views from the doorstep. Award winning breakfast, luxury rooms some with private hot tub, great food, fabulous leisure facilities and spa, free onsite parking friendly attentive staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Ambleside
- Ambleside Best Western
- Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa Lake District