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1 room, 2 adults

Waterhead Hotel

4-star4 stars
Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0ER, United Kingdom

Lakefront hotel with restaurant, near Lake Windermere
  • Free WiFi
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Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.
Wellness Area
Great wellness & sports facilities
Fantastic service
Great location
Value for money could be better

Waterhead Hotel

  • Double or Twin Room (House)
  • Classic Room, Lake View
  • Luxury Room, Lake View

What’s around Waterhead Hotel


  • Lake Windermere - 1-minute walk
  • Ambleside Pier - 1-minute walk
  • White Platts Recreation Ground - 16-minute walk
  • Armitt Museum and Gallery - 21-minute walk
  • Stock Ghyll Force - 23-minute walk
  • Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre - 35-minute walk
  • Dora's Field - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Townend - 2.6 mi / 4.1 km

Getting around

  • Windermere Station 8-min drive
  • Staveley Station 13-min drive
  • Burneside Station 15-min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 41 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets allowed (dogs only) *

  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply *

  • 2 per room


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • English breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Free use of nearby fitness centre
Working away
  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Lift
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Iron/ironing board
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


On-site venue – This fine-dining restaurant specialises in British cuisine and only serves dinner.

On-site venue No. 2 – This bar only serves lunch. Open daily.

Waterhead Hotel’s small print

Also known as

  • Waterhead Boutique Hotel Ambleside
  • Hotel Waterhead
  • Waterhead Hotel Hotel
  • Waterhead Hotel Ambleside
  • Waterhead Hotel Hotel Ambleside
  • Waterhead Boutique Hotel
  • Waterhead Boutique Ambleside
  • Waterhead Boutique
  • Waterhead Hotel Ambleside
  • Waterhead Ambleside
  • Waterhead
  • Waterhead Hotel Ambleside Lake District
  • Ambleside Hotel Waterhead


Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property on the number on the booking confirmation.

Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds and rollaway/extra beds. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

Self-parking costs GBP 12 per night

Rollaway beds are available for GBP 25.0 per night

English breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 19 for adults and GBP 19 for children (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 20 per accommodation, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Waterhead Hotel

  • Are pets allowed at Waterhead Hotel?
    Yes, dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room. There's a charge of GBP 20 per accommodation, per night.
  • Is parking offered at Waterhead Hotel?
    Yes. Self-parking costs GBP 12 per night.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Waterhead Hotel?
    You can check in from 3 PM to midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Waterhead Hotel?
    Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that serves British cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Waterhead Coffee Shop (1-min walk), Ambleside Fish & Chips (1-min walk) and Ambleside Pier (1-min walk).

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 88 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great stay
Lovely hotel in an amazing location.
Kevin, gb1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Mexican travels
Very good location, the hotel is comfortable and very good service. Thanks !!
T j, gb1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Excellent hotel and beautiful views.
A great place to celebrate two family milestone birthdays. Perfectly situated and perfectly managed. Everyone had a welcoming smile and helpful attitude. Full marks except for the lack of lifts and three different levels. It could be made clearer that there are no twin beds on the ground (lowest) floor, as our family were at the top and the bottom. Having said that, the staff were always ready and willing to transport luggage up and down and to the car park whenever required. So great hotel to spend a few nights in, but any longer and we would tire of the stair climbing.
Caroline, gb2 night family trip
Good 6.0
Uncomfortable disappointing stay
We were not informed of the poor access. There is no lift and we were placed on the second floor. I had to carry the babies pram up and down 2/3 flights of stairs every time we went out. The rooms have no temperature control and the fan was neither use nor ornament. It was also noisy. There was then a power cut on the second night so we couldn’t use the fan anyway. All in all a very disappointing and uncomfortable stay for £125 a night room only. Would not recommend this hotel.
Laura, gb2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Our family was gathering for a birthday celebration and this stay was booked some months before. There was a slight problem with the reservation but this was speedily resolved with courtesy. We were made very comfortable and all the staff were lovely. It was a great stay.
Sylvia, gb2 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Short beak
Very comfortable room, well equipped, excellent bed and bed linen.
gb3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great stay
Hotel has a fabulous location and the rooms are clean and comfortable with a good amount of space. The pizzas from the outdoor pizza oven are lovely and the bar staff are great. Only negative is the corridors seem to have a spider problem but thankfully no issues with this in our room. Special mention to one of the management team who drove us along to my friends wedding at a nearby hotel when we couldn't get a taxi - you're a hero!!
Caitlin, gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
jonathan, gb1 night business trip
Very good 8.0
Midweek stay
Weather dull but warm. Room had view of lake but was set back so somewhat obscured. Only down side was noise at night possibly from generator or air conditioning unit. Needed to keep windows shut. Good breakfast and friendly staff. Would stay again.
Anne, gb1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Very comfortable
Christine, gb1 night romance trip

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