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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Great stay in a beautiful hotel with only a 10min walk into Ambleside. Very cosy and comfy with all one would expect. Very clean rooms with modern bathrooms and decor. Highly recommend. Only slight issue we had was we went to the bar around 10.30 and sat down and we were ignored by staff until we got up and went...

1Thank Landscape100
Columbus, Ohio
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Family stayed at the Waterhead for 3 days in July while touring the Lake District. A very comfortable home base with lakeside views, comfortable beds and delicious bar and restaurant. The location is at the northern edge of Lake Windermere and the lake cruise (or more like water taxis) are literally across the street so you are connected to all...

Thank brandarchitect
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 July 2014

After a disastrous visit to the Beech hill which we left without staying in ( please see other review as I dont want to tarnish this fantastic hotel with tales of ants ,toilets and musty smells!) we arrived at the Waterhead to be told they had two luxury rooms left. To be on the safe side I asked to see...

1Thank HELEN S
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a fantastic 2 night stay, food was great, staff fantastic, and in an excellent location, overall a great stay and we will be back without a doubt. Thanks again for a memorable stay and we look forward to coming back again in the near future.

2Thank Mjr201
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We have visited Waterhead on numerous occasions and the standard is always first class! Good location, good food, amazing breakfasts! Well worth a visit. The staff are very helpful, nothing is too much trouble. We will be visiting again asap!

1Thank Rosewood23
South Yorkshire
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is our second stay at the Waterhead hotel and it was just as wonderful as the first! The staff are so welcoming and very attentive and accommodating. The room was beautiful (we had a House double) and very clean and well equipped. We stayed for two nights (which really isn't enough!) and had dinner on both nights. The food...

1Thank jodanners
San Francisco
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Can't praise this hotel enough, great food, great room and great location !!! Nothing else to be said. I would recommend to anyone wanting a chill out short break or a longer holiday away ... Lovely :-) the staff are very helpful and nothing is to much trouble

2Thank Cheryl1264
York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 July 2014

We had a ground floor room with a view of the lake across the garden and the road. The room was large, comfortable and well decorated. Bedroom and bathroom were spotlessly clean and good quality toiletries were provided. There was a trouser press (why?), ironing board, iron and hair dryer and complementary gin and tonic. Breakfast was excellent, with a...

2Thank sollerbeen
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This was my first visit to the Lake District and I am glad I picked waterhead as my base. Lovely hotel situated directly on lake windermere. My room was spacious and nicely decorated. Good selection available at breakfast and consistent service. The terrace was a wonderful spot for dinner or just for coffee. I was always lucky to get a...

1Thank ruby1971
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Apart from the car parking arrangements (which are fine if you are not the last one trying to park!) the hotel again didn't disappoint and the evening meal was superb. The hotel was very busy but the staff tried hard to accommodate cheerfully.

2Thank freddielola

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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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4 star town house hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere near Ambleside. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Waterhead Hotel

Address: Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Price Range: ₹ 11,700 - ₹ 19,799 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterhead Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
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Also Known As:
Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
Hotel Waterhead
Waterhead Hotel Ambleside, Lake District
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
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