We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Waterhead Hotel

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersGold level
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Waterhead Hotel
Waterhead Hotel
Panoramas (7)
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

1,586 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Waterhead Hotel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 1,572: English reviews
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

We have been coming to this hotel for 10 years and it has not 'tired' in any way. The staff are lovely and courteous from start to end. The beds are really comfy and big with quality bed linen. Rooms are tasteful and full of everything you need. Brought our parents along as part if their Xmas pressie - they...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank diane c
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear diane c, Many thanks for your great review of your most recent stay with us. It is so rewarding to read feedback from guests who have been staying with us for so long, and to hear that we have maintained our standards all that time is all we could wish for. We have taken onboard your suggestions regarding the...

Frodsham
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Stayed in room 33 on 20th January,2014; great view from window over the lake; décor and furnishings were absolutely first class, could have used a hairdryer for my partner. I found the staff very courteous and helpful. This hotel is excellently situated by the lake and is only a ten minute walk into Ambleside. Had dinner on first night only...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Robert J
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Robert J, Many thanks for your review of your stay with us. It was great to read how much you rnejoyed your dinner in our Bar & Grill, and also room 33. Just as a note all our bedrooms are equipped with hairdryers and reception would have been able to help you locate it in the dresser, sometimes it...

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 February 2014

We had the pleasure of staying at the Waterhead hotel for 1 night and were pleasantly surprised by the high standards. A spacious, clean room with all possible amenities , real ground coffee to make a brew, and a nice, spacious bathroom. As requested, a travel cot was ready in our room for our 7 month old baby. Free entry...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank B_Selekt
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear B_Selekt, Many thanks for your great feedback, we always do our best to make families feel welcome as we know it can be stressful to travel especially with babies. It was great you got to make use of the complimentary facilities at our sister hotel Low Wood. We hope to welcome you and your family back to Waterhead in...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one night. Excellent service, very friendly staff, spotless clean, cosy and food great too. Hotel location is ideal too. Its in the middle of lake distirct, so you can access most places easily

 Report
Helpful?
Thank galaxycluster
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear galaxycluster, I was pleased to read you enjoyed your recent one night stay with us, hopefully we can tempt you back for longer next time! Lindsay Price Deputy General Manager

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 January 2014

We had the pleasure of staying at The Waterhead Hotel as Wedding Guests on January 25th 2014 and can I say it really was a pleasure! From the moment we arrived at the hotel until the following day that we left the staff were amazing. Our room was spacious, very comfortable and had a wonderful view of Lake Windermere. The...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Garymills21
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Garymills21, Many thanks for your fantastic review of your stay as a wedding guest. It is always a pleasure for us to host weddings, and rewarding to read that you enjoyed all aspects of the big day and your stay with us. We hope to welcome you back to Waterhead soon. Lindsay Price Deputy General Manager

Southport, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We love the Waterhead! The service is warm, friendly and professional, the rooms exceptionally well furnished and maintained and the restaurant of a high standard. It's just been voted into TripAdvisors top 25 hotels in the UK - I'm delighted that their diligence and hard work has been appreciated; it's well deserved.

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank GeoffG123x
Eccleshall, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 January 2014

My wife and I stayed for a couple of nights between Christmas and New Year. The reception area is very nice and welcoming, and the rooms did not disappoint either. We had room 33 which had the bonus of a view of the end of the lake as a bonus. Room was clean and pleasent, not overly large but sufficient....

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank EccyPeter
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Brilliant hotel, brilliant staff, brilliant room, brilliant for kids. Think you know where I'm going with this. Just a brilliant hotel, full stop. One of the best hotels I've stayed in, ever!!! My wife booked this hotel by accident as I had requested a similar sounding one nearby. However I wasn't disappointed. The staff were lovely and my son received...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank MrLittleElf
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We have just had our third, very enjoyable Christmas at the Waterhead, this time we brought friends as well; it is a long drive from South Bucks but well worth it! We first discovered it in 2007 when we realised that both daughters were taking the grandchildren off to the in-laws for Chistmas and we had the opportunity to try...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Mike W
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Mike W Many thanks for your wonderful review of your Christmas stay with us. It is so rewarding to read that you enjoyed all aspects of the Christmas package, it was great to have a full hotel this year and everyone was in great spirits. We do hope to welcome you back to Waterhead in the near future and...

Darlington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

We got married at the Waterhead on December 23rd and friends and family stayed at the hotel for a couple of nights. The days were the best ever made so perfect by everyone associated with the hotel, the staff couldn't have been more helpful and not one of our guests came away with anything other than praise for their personal...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Joanned1984
Waterheadmanager, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Joanned1984 Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your big day! It really was a pleasure to get to know you both and then to host your lovely wedding, and I am so pleased that you and your guests had a great day. We all wish you best for the future and hope that you will come...

690 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (436)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (73)
Viewed
Dining (29)
Viewed
Room/Suite (80)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (11)
Viewed
View from Room (40)
Viewed
Bathroom (28)
Viewed
Other (175)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

Viewed
All TripAdvisor Photos (233)
Viewed
Classic Double Lake View Room (35)
Viewed
House Double Room (42)
Viewed
Luxury Double Lake View Room (47)
Viewed
Luxury Double Lake View Room with Balcony (47)
Viewed
Dining (25)
Viewed
The Hotel (37)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (21)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (7)
Viewed
Room/Suite (3)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Ambleside
0.1 km away
The Regent Hotel
The Regent Hotel
#2 of 12 in Ambleside
1,135 reviews
5.8 km away
Applegarth Villa and Restaurant
1.3 km away
Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
9.0 km away
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
#3 of 20 in Windermere
1,262 reviews
5.3 km away
Langdale Hotel and Spa
Langdale Hotel and Spa
#6 of 12 in Ambleside
1,322 reviews
2.9 km away
Cragwood Country House Hotel
Cragwood Country House Hotel
#2 of 20 in Windermere
888 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
GreenLeadersGold level
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Bar & Grill at Waterhead
Bar & Grill at Waterhead
Cuisines: Bar, British
Things to do
  • Restaurant
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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: $229 - $393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Waterhead Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 41
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, Agoda and LateRooms so you can book your Waterhead Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
Hotel Waterhead
Waterhead Hotel Ambleside, Lake District
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Green Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Waterhead Hotel staff and other travellers.
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Waterhead Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“The view of the lake is wonderful, which is opposite the Waterhead.”
 of 5 bubbles 41lisas, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We had room 38, no complaints.”
 of 5 bubbles 699carac, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room 1 is great, lake view and only 29 footsteps to the bar!”
 of 5 bubbles robclark1977, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Lake view room with big window is worth the little extra”
 of 5 bubbles KTaylor2014, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms with westerly outlook”
 of 5 bubbles goonermad2013, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
5 of 5