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Leyland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife & I booked a 2 night stay to celebrate our wedding anniversary, this was our 2nd visit and it will not be our last, our room had a fantastic lake view and the staff we very helpful and nothing was too much trouble, we had our Westie Whisky Bob with us and he was provided with bed,feeding bowls...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always stay here great views of the lake. Superb luxury. The beds are amazing. Hard to get out of them. Staff very friendly and the hotel is close to the town of Ambleside which has great walks. Nice pub opposite the hotel. If you come to the lakes stay here.

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Basel, Switzerland
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my parents to the hotel for the Christmas break, as a repeat guest from two years ago. The staff are outstanding, they could not do enough for us to make our stay a good one. The attention to detail and personal service is very rarely seen and I travel alot around the world. The food was a gourmet...

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Juliex66 Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review of your Christmas break at Waterhead. I was delighted to read that this proved enjoyable and will of course share your comments with Anthony and the team. We do hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

Cumbria
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice big room with modern bathroom & underfloor heating. Bed was big & comfy. Full size white company toiletries in the bathroom & Grasmere gingerbread. Breakfast was good, plenty of choice & nice touch to see champagne available & whiskey for your porridge! Perfect stay, will definitely be back.

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear BeachQueenUK Thank you for a very positive review of your stay here at Waterhead - great to read you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

Whitehaven, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed between xmas and new year in 2016 with Mrs S.it is a lovely hotel,great food,great views,helpful staff,great selection of gins and despite one noisy neighbour who fell asleep with the telly on had a good time.

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Mark S Many thanks for posting a review of your stay and great to read that this was enjoyable. We hope to welcome both you and Mrs S back to Waterhead very soon! Best regards Matt Stanaway

Durham
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well run and comfortable hotel with a very good dining room and wine list. All the hotel staff we met were helpful and pleasant. The rooms are very comfortable and well equipped even down to Sam who is a delightful cuddly doggy who graced our room with his presence!! Our second visit and I do hope not our...

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear pwynne Thank you for taking the time to review your latest stay at Waterhead - great to read that we will hopefully have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Best regards Matt Stanaway

Leven, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the first time ever our family were not at home for Christmas and I was not sure how this would be. We went to the Waterhead Hotel on 23rd December for a 4 day stay over Christmas with my parents, who are both in their 80s, and my sister and her family. It is a lovely looking hotel which...

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Hstevens282 Thank you for taking the time to complete our online questionnaire following your recent stay at Waterhead. I was pleased to read that you enjoyed your first Christmas away from home and we do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Best regards Matt Stanaway

mid wales
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got everything I wanted I wanted a nice spacious room Got just that I wanted good decor and good bathroom Got that and some (heated floor in bathroom) I like a comfy bed Again biggest and most comfortable bed anyone could desire Lots of extras Champagne in room on arrival as a gift Wonderful artisan biscuits each day Champagne and...

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear roadblock53 Many thanks for such a positive review of your Christmas break at Waterhead. I will of course share your comments with the team and we hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic location, returned many times and never disappointed. Wonderful service and spotlessly clean rooms, very quiet. Food is excellent and the whole Hotel has a wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Babs5771 Thank you for taking the time to post a fantastic review of your Christmas here at Waterhead. We hope to welcome you back soon and, in the meantime, Happy New Year! Best regards Matt Stanaway

Sutton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a 4 night Christmas break at the Waterhead and can honestly say that the hotel far exceeded our expectations! Our guest bedroom was spacious, well appointed with excellent storage and luxury amenities. The staff were, without exception, attentive, courteous and consistently went the extra mile to make sure we were looked after and the superb little touches put...

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EnglishLakesManager, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Gill H Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review of your Christmas break at Waterhead. I was delighted to read that your stay was enjoyable and I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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: $219 - $461 (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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“Lake view rooms worth the extra”
 of 5 bubbles 246AndrewT, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Room 4 looks excellent-lake view and a lot of room.”
 of 5 bubbles Hstevens282, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Lake view rooms are worth paying a little extra for”
 of 5 bubbles Welltravelled50_9, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“room 17 had lake views , but sloping ceiling on one side of the double bed”
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“All rooms are of a good standard”
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