BEST WESTERN Ambleside Salutation Hotel
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After a lovely breakfast we packed our overnight bags, had a chat with Ian and Deb, owners of Ewich House, and were on our way to Keswick. Ian convinced Kent to take the Trossachs Trail which took us past a lovely waterfall at Killin and then through beautiful scenery. We made a stop at Aberfoyle for a drink and soon after we joined the motorway. It added about an hour to our journey, but it was worth it. We came off the M6 at Penrith and found our ...
Another early start so that we could enjoy an afternoon at Bowness after this nice short 10km half day walk to finish the Dales Way. We took a taxi from our B&B back to the Way, cheating ever so slightly by getting dropped 2 miles further along from where we left the track yesterday.
It was overcast but warm, even muggy with a very fine drizzle off and on, but patches of sun later. More blackberries of ...
... the next lush grassy meadow. We met a local sheep farmer George and watched his dog Chip round up the sheep. George was well into his 80’s, and Chip about the same in dog years, both on heart tablets. George loved to talk – and we could have listened to him all day except the path called as usual.
Our guide book had mentioned the complexity of this stage of the walk, so we tried to pay close attention to its instructions. Our map and phone GPS ...
Headed off later than hoped but reached Stratford-on-Avon around 1pm. Full of tourists. Lots of people enjoying the weather - overcast but warm. Found a beaut market and enjoyed looking around. Waited 50 minutes for toasted sandwiches that didn't come, so after waiting that length of time, followed Dave's lead and walked out. Ended up with a sausage in a roll from one of the market vendor's. Not a patch on Tasman sausages and HXUC market day bread! No time to see ...
... We even struck up a conversation with local descendent Jack Sedgwick who was a typically friendly Yorkshireman.
Soon after Dent a fine drizzle developed, and this steadily increased as the afternoon went on so by the time we reached Sedbergh (England’s book capital) around 3pm we were in full rain gear.A visit to this lovely town would have been nicer in ...
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Second stay within the last few months. Echo comments in other posts in that the staff deserve special mention. Without exception found all staff very friendly.
Pool area an excellent addition. Having stayed in family room overlooking Lake Road with no noticable traffic noise. Excellent breakfast. Looking forward to staying again.
Just returned from a birthday weekend at this hotel. The hotel is spotless from the rooms to the public and eating areas. We had upgraded to a club room, we staid in the Fairfield suite which was wonderful. We had excellent views, our own balcony, relaxing jacuzzi and bathrobes /slippers which were very welcome.
The breakfasts are great, lots of choice and beautifully served by very helpful staff.
The spa area was great,Very relaxing and it's lovely having towels provided.
We would definitely visit here again.
How anybody can criticise the service at this hotel is beyond me. The staff (particularly Anna) are the friendliest and most helpful I've ever come across. It should be kept in mind that this is a small hotel and the staff operate reception, bookings, the bar and serve the meals so they are busy. However, they still find time to make you feel welcome. The last time we were there they were (Valentines weekend) they were even ringing round local restaurants trying to get a last minute booking for a guest. Considering they have their own restaurant to fill I'd say that's excellent service!
The room we were allocated on arrival was tiny, overheated and in exceptionally poor condition, with mouldy sealant round the bath and illfitting doors. After an appalling night (tha majority of rooms in the hotel overlook Lake Road, which has heavy traffic all night and the hotel hosts a lot of functions at weekends), I complained and was upgraded to a club room in Stock Ghyll Lodge. The Lodge is a misnomer as it is located over shops across the carpark from the hotel itself. This room, which cost an additional £20 per night, was nothing special, simply of the standard I would expect from a hotel of this calibre. The only areas I can comment positively on are the pool and spa area, the central location of the hotel and the breakfasts, which were excellent. However I would not recommend this hotel or stay here again.
A trip to the Lakes is one of life's highlights.
Excellent FIRST visit
From the moment we arrived at the Salutation to the moment we left an excellent time was had at this hotel. Easy parking, un-obtrusive helpful staff from the receptionist to the waiters at breakfast, the fantastic (if not a little to filling!!!) breakfast, the spotlessly clean bedroom and the peace and tranquillity of the bar. I think the only grumble would be the lack of local ales in the bar, but hey not everything can be perfect ! We didn't eat evening meals due to plenty of choice in Ambleside but if the breakfast was anything to go by the food served up would be of a high standard. The Glass House and Lucy 4s in the village are two places highly recommended for places to eat. We would recommend a stay at this hotel and if you do we hope you enjoy it as much as us.
This is a nice hotel the bedrooms are ok - our bathroom was a little old. Go for a club room or a room on the front. Breakfasts are adequate. I did eat here but wouldnt recommend it as there are so many lovely places to eat in the centre. Location & parking are fantastic - no need to use the car - walks and ambleside village on the doorstep. The lack of a lift does impede if you have breathing or leg troubles! The lounge is very comfortable and relaxed - staff dont make you feel hurried.
I have just returned from my second enjoyable stay at this hotel. The hotel staff are very helpful, and was good to see a few familiar faces from my first stay two years ago.
I stayed here 3 nights recently. All staff was very friendly and helpful. The room, especially the bathroom was spotless on arrival and upon my return each day. It is very obvious that this is a very well managed hotel. It's location right in the center of town is a plus--lots of shops, restaurants, pubs, etc literally on the doorstep. Food in the hotel was also excellent. I would most definately recommend. Only downside was lack of a lift.