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“Lovely hotel and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rothay Manor Hotel

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Rothay Manor Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Lovely hotel and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

Spent a fabulous weekend at Rothay Manor Hotel. The staff, room and food was excellent. Location was very good. Will definitely return again when next visiting the Lakes. The quality of food was of higher star rating than 3 star.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

Good sized double room, well equipped, and with a balcony. Very good access to Ambleside on foot, and the rest of the Lakes by car.

The staff were very welcoming, even after our late arrival. The restaurant was able to be a bit flexible, giving us time to settle in before going down for dinner. Excellent food at breakfast and dinner time. The afternoon tea we had on a previous (non-resident) visit was also very good.

Would go again.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a balcony, and ask for details of links to the spa in Ambleside.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

We had a 2 night stay booked here in March but had to cut it short. The hotel were very understanding and sympathetic.
Excellent room and we enjoyed the food.
Good position on outskirts of Ambleside and easy walk to town centre.

Room Tip: Our room was an upgraded one but very good value.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

We had a 3 night stay and can totally recommend it. The breakfast and dinner were to a very high standard even the soup and sandwiches from room service were excellent in fact we have stayed at 5* hotels that the Rothay could hold their own against so far as the kitchen was concerned. We had the Loughrigg suite in the grounds which was very comfortable and well appointed. All staff were very friendly and attentive though-out our stay. All in all we loved it.

Maurice & Pam Bialeck

Room Tip: Going by our room I would think they would be all of a very high standard
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were delighted to spend 3 night Dinner, Bed & breakfast at this lovely hotel. The booking was taken in a very friendly & welcoming way by both Janice & Elaine. We stayed in room 14 which was spacious, beautifully decorated with sofa & chairs & a huge comfy bed. Great bathroom with walk in shower. Lovely toiletries provided. Tea & coffee with biscuits & bottles of water provided .The bed linen changed daily & room kept very clean.
The restaurant was smart & all the staff were excellent. Thanks for great service from Chris, Nina & Maxina who were helpful, efficient & friendly. The food was superb on all three evenings & breakfast provided a huge choice of splendid food. Location was ideal in a peaceful setting being a short lovely walk into centre of Ambleside.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 14 with which was large with a patio, smart & peaceful would chose again. Roo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gosforth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

I booked afternoon tea at The Rothay Manor as part of our family celebrations for my Mothers 80th Birthday. I had pre booked two vegetarian platters and I was aware that it was a buffet style tea when I made the booking so that is not the issue. After selecting our choice of teas and coffee a waiter brought out the two platters, plonked them on the very cramped table said, enjoy your food and left. We sat for a little while wondering if the other platters would be brought to our table. My son went for a wander and found some other sandwiches in an adjoining room which we presumed were ours to choose from. To be brutally honest I have seen better presented sandwiches at a children's playschool picnic. I would have expected a little more effort than to have them cut into bait box style triangles, stacked up on cafeteria style plastic covered trays. In our opinion the sandwiches were totally unappetising and not up to standard. There was a very sorry selection of sliced up sausages and mini scotch eggs along side empty trays that had not been replenished. It said on the web site that you could revisit the buffet as many times as you liked but to be honest, once was enough.
We thought that the sweet treats would make up for the poor start, unfortunately this was not the case. Several cake stands were dotted around a small table, with sad bite sized portions under plastic covers. Mini very dry scones with hard butter and extremely watery jam were also on this table, however the clotted cream was on another table that we completely missed. Many of the trays had nothing on at all. When questioned the waiter said they were very busy and only had two members of staff working. Not good enough!!!! Very disappointing especially as it was booked for a special occasion.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

After many stays in Bowness we decided this time to try Ambleside, a town that every Lake lover has driven through many times and I think most of them were driving through on the weekend of 7th/8th March!
The hotel is located on the edge of the town, fairly quiet and 10 minutes walk to the centre. Like a lot of Lakes hotels it's very old but well maintained, we had a rather cramped room (9), with only one chair in a corner, not facing the TV, the bed was large and extremely comfortable. The bathroom was well fitted out, the shower was excellent.
The quality of food and the choice was excellent and the service in the restaurant faultless, the breakfast mega!.
We had our coffee in the lounge but really should have stayed in the restaurant, there was a distinct lack of ambiance in the room, maybe hanging some curtains over the bare windows and putting the the fire on would help.
A few negatives but overall we enjoyed our stay but I'm afraid next time it's back to Bowness for us!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Rothay Manor Hotel
Address: Rothay Road, Ambleside LA22 0EH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#5 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rothay Manor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining, recently awarded 4 stars by the AA, offers a relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere in a luxury country house setting. There are 19 individually designed en-suite bedrooms, spacious comfortable lounges, award-winning 2 AA rosette fine dining restaurant and outstanding service. Open for Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner every day. ... more   less 
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