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Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER England
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#2 of 12 hotels in Ambleside
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Waterhead Hotel offers 4 star facilities on the shore of Lake Windermere, with luxury boutique rooms and a highly-regarded Bar & Grill restaurant serving classic contemporary British dishes. The Walkers town of Ambleside is only a short stroll away so it’s easy to explore beautiful independent shops and bars. The picturesque towns of Windermere, Grasmere and Coniston are also easily accessible by car or bus which makes Waterhead Hotel the perfect base to explore the Lakes. As a guest of the hotel you will receive complimentary access to the Health Club at Low Wood Bay, less than 1 mile away, which means you can unwind in the outdoor pool, hot tubs and sauna whilst watching the sunset over Lake Windermere. Enjoy a drink in the outdoor spa area with the service of a ‘spatender’.
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Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
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Bottled water
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Paul & jan wrote a review Feb 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived 27th December 2020 greeted by Simone who is always amazing and welcoming. We then proceeded downstairs to the bar as our wasn’t ready (not a problem) to be pounced on by member of staff who told my husband after being served drinks that we have to have a substantial meal each, and also asked me if I had checked to the track and trace app and basically stood over me, we reluctantly order 2 meals one one a club sandwich which was fab, I ordered being rushed again a Cesar salad which was basically a chopped up iceberg lettuce with with 6shrimps on it. After staying in the hotel 5 times in 2019 it just wasn’t the same experience. Please do not think that Is in any way disrespectful to the hotel. We just felt we needed air our our views. Jan and Paul halford
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Date of stay: December 2020
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alex4lancs wrote a review Jan 2021
lancashire lad138 contributions49 helpful votes
We booked to stay at the waterhead hotel after a recommendation from a friend in the Lakes. It was a late booking but they were able to accommodate us. The staff were amazing, we were upgraded on arrival to one of the Lake view rooms. The room was fantastic, very clean and the bed was one of the most comfortable hotel beds I have had. Service was so efficient, breakfast times were booked and it was all very smooth and organised. We ate in the restaurant one night and the food was amazing and reasonably priced. We will definitely be booking to return next year to this wonderful hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: The lake view dog friendly rooms
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Response from Matt Stanaway, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel
Responded 18 Jan 2021
Dear alex4lancs Many thanks for taking the time to review your stay at Waterhead .Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future! Best regards Matt Stanaway
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holiday096 wrote a review Dec 2020
England247 contributions169 helpful votes
As we were not allowed to go to a warmer country for Christmas we decided to head for The Lakes and chose The Waterhead 3 day Christmas break. The hotel is in a great location, only a 15 or 20 minute stroll into Ambleside and right by the steamer pier. On arrival we were offered a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie and with afternoon tea we had 3 different champagnes to taste. Christmas Eve dinner started with a complimentary gin and tonic and Christmas Day breakfast started with a bucks fizz. Our room had a lake view on two sides and was warm, comfortable and well equipped, even down to underfloor heating in the bathroom. The wifi is reliable and free. Private parking is under the hotel or at the front. There is no lift and the stairs are pretty steep. All of the staff were excellent and made it clear that nothing was too much trouble; our special thanks go to Alex the Food and Beverage Manager. Our only slight disappointment was the food which, to us, was not up to the very high standard of the hotel and staff. The hotel felt very Covid safe and well organised; to provide safe spacing they had reduced the number of guests by nearly 50% from 'normal' years. Because of the foul weather on Boxing Day we took our complimentary Steamer cruise on the Sunday morning. Thank you to all at The Waterhead; we enjoyed our Christmas with you and we wish you all a very Happy New Year.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: We had room 23 on the first floor, excellent.
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Response from Matt Stanaway, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel
Responded 18 Jan 2021
Dear holiday096 Thank you for such a comprehensive review of your stay on our recent Christmas package - glad to read that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway
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Al_and_boots wrote a review Dec 2020
Widnes, United Kingdom50 contributions9 helpful votes
This was our first stay at the Waterhead. We found it by chance. Our two previous accommodation bookings were cancelled leading up to our stay in Ambleside. It was a special birthday treat for a special birthday (my 65th). We were so pleased to have found this hotel. A very warm welcome upon arrival. We received a room upgrade. Our room was spacious, well appointed and very clean. Dinner on the first evening was excellent. A good menu choice, great food (and wine) and brilliant service. Breakfast was really good too. Sat in a window location looking across the lake. Blissful. My wife and I will be back I am sure.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Matt Stanaway, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel
Responded 18 Jan 2021
Dear Al_and_boots Thank you for such a positive review - great to read that your long awaited birthday stay proved to be so enjoyable and I will ensure that your comments are shared with the team. We hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Best regards Matt Stanaway
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rebecca l wrote a review Dec 2020
Crawley, United Kingdom11 contributions4 helpful votes
The hotel was very clean and pleasant looking, the room was a decent size and the view of the lake was lovely. The hotels breakfast options were varied and delicious as was the dinner in the restaurant. The staff were welcoming and friendly.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Matt Stanaway, General Manager at Waterhead Hotel
Responded 18 Jan 2021
Dear rebecca I Thank you for your review and I was pleased to learn that your stay was enjoyable. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in 2021! Best regards Matt Stanaway
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterhead Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Waterhead Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Ambleside Climbing Wall (1.0 km), Waterhead Pier (0.1 km), and Jenkin Crag (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterhead Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Waterhead Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Waterhead Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterhead Hotel?
Yes, a parking garage is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterhead Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fresher's Cafe, The Old Stamp House Restaurant, and Copper Pot Cafe.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waterhead Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Waterhead Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Waterhead Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Waterhead Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Townend (3.2 km), Rydal Mount & Gardens (3.7 km), and Bridge House (1.1 km).