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Langdale Hotel and Spa
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Wirral UK
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103 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nice rooms, shame about the weather!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014

We booked a two day stay to catch up with friends as a halfway stop between us. Both rooms were smart and the bathrooms looked brand new.

The food in Hobsons was excelelnt and good value, Purdeys was very very good and priced accordingly not too dear but very few diners on a Saturday night.
The drink prices were very dear, a small but excellent "White Martinez" from a new cocktail menu was £9 had the glass been full it would have been dear, at half a glass it was EXPENSIVE!!

The torrential rain could not be helped, but the fact you had to walk across the car park to the bars and restaurant made for less than elegant footwear being called for!

Room Tip: There are a few rooms in the same building as the facilities!
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Joanne B
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

As soon as we arrived the staff at the hotel were so welcoming and helpful, something which continued throughout our stay. We were offered full use of the facilities for the remainder of the day when we checked out, one example of the fantastic service offered. The hotel grounds and setting are stunning, beautiful, quiet and relaxing. Our room was modern and very comfortable and clean, the spa bath adding a touch of luxury. Breakfast was lovely with plenty of options available. We used the spa facilities which were superb. There were children in the pool, however the hotel does have designated 'adult only' times if you prefer to go when it's quieter. The hotel is located 5 minutes out of Ambleside and is in an excellent position for exploring the lakes. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank christine o
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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

Just come back from what should have been a two night luxury break. On arrival we were made very welcome and given details about the hotel etc and we paid in full for our stay as requested by the young chap named Craig. We had booked a luxury Waterside room for two nights and were really looking forward to a luxury Spa break the room was £195 per night. The grounds were lovely and our first impression of our room was OK! However we realised that the waterside room was like being next to Niagara falls. The doors and curtains when shut didn't, keep the rushing water sound out and it was like having a motor running constantly. When the interior lighting was turned on it showed the extent of dirt and cobwebs in the room. The balcony was filthy and so was the plastic rattan furniture and you could tell it had not been cleaned for some time and the decking was old with flaky paint and mould. The dirt came into the room from your feet as there were no mats to wipe your feet on. We went for dinner and a glass of wine and later went back to our room. We tried our best to put up with the noise from outside but we had to keep the lights on low as it was really dark with the curtains closed but you really could see the dirt and we even realised that there was a hole in the plaster board in the ceiling and you could see the filth and dust all over the lighting and the top of the four poster bed. We went to reception at 12.30 am and asked to be moved because of the problems and we were promptly given another room at the other end of the complex called a Fell room which was £140 per night! This room was clean and much better but the bed was not good to sleep in at all even though it was a good size. In the morning we were woken by the sound of traffic and after looking out through the dirty net curtains we were overlooking a car park and the main road. We went to reception at approx 9.30am and explained the situation. The lady on reception had obviously been briefed by the night staff about the situation and she was I must say very good. We were offered a higher priced Ultimate room for our second night but we refused and asked for a full refund. We were given this and also a reduction for moving into a cheaper room. Overall this hotel is not a luxury spa and very overpriced. The swimming pool area was full of children and the breakfast was self service kept warm in balti house warming bowls. For this amount of money I would expect to be asked by a waiter for my choice and it be made fresh and brought to my table. Such a shame because the grounds and setting is beautiful and there are lovely staff but everywhere needs cleaning and updating and please look at your prices....its a rip off!!!!!!!! We won't be coming back.

Room Tip: Don't book the Waterside rooms. It is like trying to sleep by Niagra Falls and the room we staye...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank Lee P
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London
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62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

Beautiful grounds, boutique styled rooms with a wonderfully modern bathroom. Shame about the grotty net curtains though, strange given the high end decor of the rooms. Staff were incredibly charming and added that extra special oomph without it feeling like they were cloying for appreciation. The only thing that let it down for me was the steam room and changing rooms which felt quite poky given the rest of the swanky attention to detail. Would have preferred an adults only location. You must eat at least once in Purdeys, dinner was superb. Glad we stayed but our return visit will be somewhere without children and their annoying parents!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Batgirl_of_W4
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London
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151 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

Stayed here for one night en-route to Edinburgh. A very positive experience.

Our room was botique style, modern and quite funky with a lovely bathroom (seperate whirlpool bath and shower). Everything you needed was there but surprised that in room entertainment was quite limited. Given it is the lakes, prone to rain, a few more entertainment channels would be welcome.

The extensive grounds here are excellent, very peaceful and worth exploring. Even in the wet they were delightful.

Breakfast was excellent too. A plentiful buffet with lots of choice and good local cooking. Try to avoid the 9am rush if you can.

There is a good Spa with a 25m pool, a sauna and steam room. However more than half the swimming pool is given over to families so lane swimming is a bit difficult. Whilst I didn't use the gym it looked well equipped. Oh, and there is cold water, tucked away in the corridor outside the gym, this needs to be given more prominence near the sauna and steam rooms.

The overwhelming best feature of the Langdale is the staff. They are excellent and genuine in the interest they show. You will not get a grudging 'have a nice day' from them but, instead, you will be treated with respect and interest, far from the indifference shown at many other large hotels.

So, highly recommended and well worth considering.

Room Tip: All the rooms seem excellent. Try to get to breakfast before 9am though as it can be a bit busy.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LondonDavidS
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manchester
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here only for 1 night so didn't use the Spa or pool. The room was a little pricey at £175 for B and B and not in a particular nice location, the windows had net curtains so it felt dark and as people passed the window it was impossible to have them open. The grounds were lovely to walk round and some nice bars to sit out and have a drink. For us, we would have preferred to stay nearer to Ambleside. My family had purchased some vouchers for our stay but you need to still leave a £50 deposit, which seemed a little unfair. The breakfast was buffet, with plenty of selections.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank colinaManchester
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stayed here for our anniversary at the beginning of August and decided to book the waterside room as a treat, at £175 a night including breakfast. It sounded like a luxurious place to stay and perfect for our celebration. We checked in on Sunday at 3pm (checking time) and found the car park full near reception, so my husband waited in the car while I checked in. The reception staff were very pleasant and said to call if we needed anything. I asked if there was other parking and another staff member said he would check round the back near our room. He came back and said there was one space so he would stand in it so it didn't go but when we got there someone else had already got the space. The member of staff then said to park on the hash lines for the disabled parking and said that would be ok. We were told that there was not enough parking as people staying in the self catering who also had designated parking could park as many cars as they wanted in any of the car parks. Which we felt was a crazy situation.

Anyway we carried our bags up the hill to our room, which was lovely, although there was very little wardrobe space as the safe, iron, ironing board and fan are all stored in the wardrobe, which is around two and a half foot wide! The balcony overlooking the stream was lovely but not private as there was no partition screening between rooms above waist height.

The bed was very comfortable and the shower could be operated from the bedroom, so it could be turned on in advance of going in the bathroom, quite a novelty. There were nice Elemis toiletries and nice robes and slippers. There is also a fridge for you to use. The iphone docking station had the old style connection so iphone 5's could not be used.

After unpacking I decided to go to the pool to unwind and enjoy the spa. On arrival at the pool I was very surprised at the number of people in the pool, especially children. Even in the swimming lane children were constantly bobbing in and out of it, so it was difficult to swim. The jacuzzi, which was advertised as adults only also had children sitting on the wall with their feet in the water and then slowly getting into the jacuzzi with the adults. Nobody told them to get out. The steam room, sauna and tropical shower area are also designated as adults only but again children were using the showers in this area. I spoke to a couple of people in the jacuzzi and asked if they had been there before. One women said she had come there for eight years and she said it wasn't always like that but sometimes they close the pool as there are too many people in it. Not the relaxing get away we thought we were paying for.

We dined in Prurdys and enjoyed the food, although other two rosette restaurants I have dinned in have been far superior. We also thought it was quite strange that people were directed to the bar through the restaurant, although there are doors into the bar from outside.

We decided we would talk to the duty manager about out disappointment, so spoke to Michael. We said we thought we had booked a luxury spa hotel and instead felt the hotel was more of an add on to a self catering business, especially with regard to the parking and spa. He said they advertise themselves as a "resort" NOT a hotel. He said that night the " resort " was full with over 800 people staying there. He did say he would speak to the spa staff re the children being in areas they are not allowed but our expectations of the "resort" were not correct.

Breakfast is served in Purdys so on our first morning we went to the desk to be seated. The women who came to see us (Jemma) was very miserable, no good morning, hello or welcome. We gave our name and she rolled her eyes and asked for our room number. We gave this to her then she moved her hands telling us to move out of the way.she then took us to a table and started pointing out where to go for the food. My husband asked where the coffee was and she informed him she was going to tell us if he had let her finish. I don't think I have ever met a waitress as rude as her EVER. The second morning we had a different person and they were very pleasant and helpful.

I would say if you want to pay £175 for a nice room and not use the other facilities, go ahead and book, but if you are looking for a luxury hotel spa break this is not the place to come. I will not be recommending this "resort" to others.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank holidaysnandsea
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Additional Information about Langdale Hotel and Spa

Property: Langdale Hotel and Spa
Address: Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JD, England
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 Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#7 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Langdale Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Langdale Hotel offers a choice of high quality 4-star bedrooms in a variety of styles. All the 56 rooms include Sealy beds manufactured locally in Wigton, Cumbria made up with the finest Egyptian cotton linen, down filled duvets and luxurious finishing touches. ... more   less 
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