The Wordsworth Hotel

Ambleside Cumbia, Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA22 9SW, United Kingdom | 4 star hotel
Searching for availability...
*Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.


This 4 star hotel, located on Ambleside Cumbia, Grasmere, is near The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop (Sarah Nelson's), Easedale Tarn, Dove Cottage, and Helm Crag.
Map this hotel



    Historical Traveler Reviews The Wordsworth Hotel Grasmere

    Ok, but perhaps didn't match expectations


    We booked our break fairly last minute over the Bank Holiday at the Wordsworth in Grasmere, which we have passed on several occasions and always thought looked nice. We had a pleasant room at the front of the hotel, which had cosy lighting and was clean. Oddly, there was no kettle and so you have to book morning coffee or tea, which we personally didn't like as it's a bit inconvenient. We had contemplated the restaurant for a romantic meal as we heard that it had a fabulous reputation for good food, however we decided not to eat in it as the menu was limited and extremely fancily written (we weren't clear what half of the choices were!...what's wrong with plain English at times?!). So, we decided to eat at the pub attached to the hotel, the Dove and Olive Branch which had a more acccessible menu, however we were disappointed that all tables were reserved. None of the staff had recommended to us that we would be advised to reserve a table which was disappointing, so we missed out there too. We would definitely recommend to anyone to book a table. We ended up accross the road and actually had a lovely meal.

    Our big complaint however was breakfast. It was limited, the service wasn't brilliant and the cereal table was a mess with dirty pots etc, and very limited choice. Overall, we were a little disappointed it has to be said. The reception staff weren't massively friendly and all in all, we didn't think it lived up to our expectations. The room was pleasant and we got it at a good rate, but we just felt a little disappointed. Perhaps it was the Bank Holiday, not sure, but doubt we'll go back there.

    How disappointing


    We stayed at the Wordsworth Hotel at the end of July 2006. We had read reviews and the hotel's own view of itself and were expecting a hotel catering for many different tastes with lots of facilities and wonderful food.

    The room was good but it was directly over the kitchens and as there was no air conditioning we were subject to the constant drone of the fans. There was also no tea making facilities although this was rectified with reluctance when I asked reception. The food choice was 5 course meal for 40 per person or the attached pub! We didn't want 5 courses nor to pay that price so chose the pub. This was a divided room attached to the hotel with little atmosphere or welcome. We waited over 10 minutes to be served and then were told that neither of the drinks we had ordered were available! The food was so bad we sent it back but they apologised - they had no more steaks!! - we went hungry! Breakfast was little better with the cooked course arriving before we had even fetched cereal. Choice was poor - very disappointing.

    The mini- gym had no light and no computer parts working and because it was in the pool room it was excessively hot - too hot to work out.

    Grasmere is lovely and parts of the hotel are good it needs to work much harder at giving customers what they want not what they think we should want.

    Couple from Nottingham.

    Best in this pretty little village


    I booked the Wordsworth, despite the mixed reviews online, primarily as Grasmere was highly recommended and this seemed to be the most comfortable option and had a pool (which was a wonderful bonus as we had perfect sunshine during our whole stay!).

    It was a surprise visit for my husband's birthday and we were both very happy with the choice. The communal areas are very traditional in style, spacious and well kept. We had a superior room (worth upgrading as they are more spacious) and I requested a garden view room rather than one facing the road, although I think the traffic noise would be minimal. The staff were very friendly too.

    Negatives - bathrooms need updating, changing rooms for the pool are not great and there was not a lot of vegetarian choice for breakfast however overall I would definitely recommend this hotel - especially if you can get a discounted rate.



    This hotel was extremely expensive as the other reviews say the smallest room is to tiny so you have to upgrade, especially if you have a 6 month old baby as we have, just glad we checked the room sizes before a stay as wouldn't have fit a travel cot in.

    If you have a baby or child DO NOT stay in this hotel, the place is extremely child unfriendly, the meals are all adult meals, the rooms are round steps with only a lift but there was still more stairs with no lift.

    The pool was nice, but you had to pay for the sauna!!!!!

    The staff are all foreign, very nice but difficult to get them to understand anything that isn't bog standard tea/coffee, wine/lager.

    Take your own travel cot, its 15 a night, which i think is dear when your paying for a tired 330 room for two nights.

    The room needs decorating desperately, very tired and the hotel i don't understand why is 4 star, other than that, its comfortable and clean. and you wouldn't be in a terrible place if you've already booked.

    Cheap, but not cheerful


    Minus side: Double en suite room so small that you couldn't open the wardrobe door or the bathroom door fully. Bed NOT full-sized double. Only place to boil the kettle was on the floor as cable too short. No bedside tables (although there were alcoves in the wall), no bedside reading lights (one wall light, one ceiling light). Bathroom laughably small, basin too small to wash your face in, shower so small you couldn't risk dropping the soap as no room to bend down and pick it up! Shower made most alarming groaning and creaking noises, and the shower tray drained so slowly it was in danger of overflowing. Wallpaper coming away from bathroom ceiling. No towels supplied on the second night of our stay. No parking space available on the second night of our stay. Garden untidy with hosepipe and tools left out.

    Plus side: good breakfasts, room very clean, and free passes provided to the Langdale Country Club, so you could get a decent shower there!

    Hotel seen better days!


    Really surprised that this is a 4 star hotel. The room looked like it hadn't been hoovered, the panel for the shower was broken, there were deadflies in the lampshade. Alll the lockers in the pool changing room were broken.

    The breakfast, however, was fantastic and the service was excellent. The receptionist was very helpful and friendly but overall the hotel could do with a refurbish.



    My husband and I stayed at the Wordsworth Hotel for one night in August. The bedroom was small and not particularly smart. Nevermind there was a deluxe dinner to look forward to.

    At around 8pm a powercut began. The kitchen staff emptied into the car park and talked loudly about dinner being impossible to cook in a dark kitchen.

    We dressed for dinner rather unhopefully in the nearly pitch dark and sat in the bar waiting for information. As it became clear the power cut was going to continue a shortend version of dinner was offered. Not surprisingly entire courses and choices within courses were unavailable. The meal was so tiny I left the table hungry and I'm a small eater.

    We took this all in good humour. It was not the staffs' fault. They were helpful and jolly.

    The power came back on at 4am when every light in our bedroom came back on and woke us up.

    On checking out the following morning no discount of any sort was offered. A tiny 20 was taken off the bill when I protested that that was hardly fair considering how little dinner we had received. The cost of that one night with dinner was over 200 including discount. I have rarely felt so wripped off.

    The irony is that we have a back-up generator at our similarly rural home just in case of powercuts. Why doesn't this hotel have one?

    Just Loved it.....!


    Unfortunately we only stayed ONE night.....!! Its just the best place. The service is BRILLIANT, food is exceptional...considering that you are in such a small country town. We had dinner included in our package...5 Courses...!!!! And to top it off we were served out coffee in the library infront of the fire..! This is a great place, and anyone who visits just has to stay here. The rooms are quite small but they have so much character. I would recommend this place to everyone.

    Fantastic food


    we stayed at the Wordsworth whilst meeting up with some friends who were holidaying in the area. This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel and I was not disappointed this time. The staff are friendly and helpful. The food is fantastic and is presented in an appealing and appetizing fashion.

    The hotel is great if it is raining - which it was!

    There is a pool, sauna and mini gym plus comfortable public areas with open fires. Their pub next door is also good and offers tasty lunches at reasonable prices.

    Great hotel


    great hotel, clean, friendly, great location, dinner was expensive but very good

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Wordsworth Hotel Grasmere

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Grasmere

    Willbee goes to School

    A travel blog entry by kellyfayeurope on Aug 11, 2014

    1 comment, 6 photos

    Well little Willbee groupies... Willbee went to school in Grasmere today. Well we visited a tiny little school called Church of England Grasmere School. Grasmere is a town where Beatrix Potter grew up and wrote her tales of Peter Rabbit a and Jemima Puddleduck. Maybe your teachers will show you some of these little stories. As part of their learning about Beatrix Potter the students made a veggie ...

    Dramatic or drama?

    A travel blog entry by begone on Aug 09, 2014

    3 comments, 2 photos

    ... an umbrella, the clouds clear and skudding clouds make way for sunshine and a palate of colours from white to 50 shades of grey!!! I have taken a couple of photos from the French doors of our room. I hope you can see the dramatic effect of the sky. By the way, the Comedy of Errors last night was a hoot. Real laughter out loud entertainment. Made me think that Shakespeare wrote this for the masses - good old fashioned comedy or should I say - dramatic ...

    Derwentwater and Castlerigg Stone Circle

    A travel blog entry by bstokesdenver on Aug 08, 2014

    6 photos

    ... for airplane navigators in case they got shot down. They actually made it work. They moved the factory to a nearby town but the museum sits on the old factory site.

    I can’t believe I haven’t had take-out fish and chips yet so we head to the market square for dinner. It’s a British tradition but I have to say over rated – fried and greasy. Still for a cheap fast meal ...

    A day of Fell Walking and theatre

    A travel blog entry by gadfly on Aug 08, 2014

    Went Fell walking in the morning. Wonderful views of the lakes from the top of the Fell ridges. Spent the afternoon resting. Early dinner at hotel and then the remaining 16 drove to the 'Theatre by the Lake' in Keswick to see a performance of Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'. Another wonderful day!!

    The Lakes District‏

    A travel blog entry by mandyandcharlie on Jul 26, 2014

    2 photos

    ... jet-boat speed record between the 1930s and 1960s. He was killed when his boat flipped in a record-breaking attempt in 1967, and his boat and body were not recovered until 2001.
    After an hour or so on the beach (we could have stayed there all afternoon!) it was time to find our campsite for the night: a CL with a fantastic view. It was ...