Overall fantastic stay , the only negative was the evening meal on our last night .. a little let down on both service and meal
Great welcome at reception , very efficient .. loved the room [Rydal] a little small , but the veranda and view looking across the Village to the mountains more than made up for it, was very cold during our stay but the room temperature was always warm and cosy.
The Hotel itself was lovely , looks as if newly decorated .. plenty of comfy sofa's and flame effect gas fires dotted about the bar / seating areas .
When we do manage to get away for much needed breaks , generally take a bottle of Champagne /Prosecco with us for the room ... there's a little self serve area by the bar where you can pick up ice / ice buckets and glasses..thought this was a great idea .
Breakfast was one of the best, couldn't fault the cooked breakfast for size or quality .. but really enjoyed the baked ham cold, cheeses, fresh fruit salad, smoothy, figs&apricots marinated in syrup & star anise at the cold buffet .. and of course the home made banana and fruit breads at the bakery section ... try a toasted bagel with the cream cheese & figs ... amazing , you can be as unhealthy ... or as healthy as you like.
The spa was a big hit used several times during our stay , never crowded .. the route to the changing room and pool was lit up by little blue ducks [nice touch] , both the sauna and steam room temperatures just right and the tropical shower / mist was really refreshing .. much better than being doused with cold water .. another nice touch was the Canadian hot tub ... total luxury
We have stayed at many hotels .. both pleasure and business , use the Hilton hotel chain and various others a lot , I can honestly say the spa and breakfast at this hotel has the edge .. it's the little touches that make a difference
We will be booking up for next year Birthday celebrations with family and friends soon
- 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, BW Premier Collection Lake District