Rothay Garden Hotel, Ambleside
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Lovely Hotelfrom MartOnHoliday
Almost perfectfrom 1644
Overall the standard of food in the hotel makes it well worth the stay but with just a bit more attention to detail this could be an excellent hotel
tired roomfrom ime
To sum up, the room was certainly poor value for money it reminded us of guest houses , but the restaurant was excellent ,
Would I stay there again NO there are plenty of hotels serving excellent food with far superior rooms for the price.
Nice Foodfrom Recrema
Food was very formal (even stuffy) and to be honest the standard was good but after that the hotel really wasn't that special. We asked for a bar snack one night rather than go through the formalities of the meal and they wouldn't serve us. The customer is king.. not here !
The room we had was very tired, although it was obvious that an upgrade was going on and some rooms were a lot nicer than others.
All in all very average..
A lovely hotel in a great positionfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We had room 22, which is on the ground floor and has french windows that open onto the side of the hotel close to the river Rothay. It was a very large room with two double beds, sofa, TV etc. a large bathroom with a corner spa bath.
The food in the restaurant was nothing short of superb and beautifully presented. Dinner was five courses for £31pp. There was a seasonal menu and another which changed daily. The breakfast was also very good with several choices. The owner, Chris, was extremely friendly talking to his guests in the dining room and also serving meals. We found him a charming host and we found his staff (mostly Polish) very efficient and friendly. How anyone can say this restaurant is mediocre and the attitude of the staff rude & arrogant is absolutely beyond me!!
Our bill for two nights dinner bed & breakfast was £297 - which I think is good value for a lovely hotel in a lovely location. Our wine was £15.85 a bottle.
We would most certainly stay here again.
Lovely hotel - superb food.from smpuk
The location could not be better – for walking fans there is no need to drive anywhere, with a good selection of walks starting right in Grasmere. For non-walkers the pretty village with shops, bistros etc is on the doorstep. The hotel is very walker friendly, with a drying room for boots/coats.
Although there is a selection of attractive little places to dine in Grasmere, it would be a shame to go to the Rothay Garden and not experience the restaurant. The food is fantastic – imaginative and beautifully prepared, without being too self conscious. Diners can mix and match choices from two menus (one changes daily) – a really good idea. The owner clearly knows his wines; there is a wide selection ranging from the reasonably priced to the expensive. We opted for one of the more reasonable ones and found it extremely good value. Dessert wine is available by the glass to complement the very moreish puddings.
Breakfast deserves a whole separate write-up, great choice (including kedgeree) beautifully prepared. The Cumbrian Grill is a must for anyone planning on scaling a couple of peaks.
We found the staff very professional and helpful. We had initially booked for three nights (via an internet booking site) however, when we got there and decided to stay on for a fourth night, the hotel kindly extended the special rate, despite the fact that they were booking up fast and could undoubtedly have got rack rate from someone else.
Conclusion – a great location, very comfortable and welcoming, superb restaurant. If you’re planning on visiting Grasmere, I would definitely recommend the Rothay Garden, and don’t leaving dining in until your last night, you may want to sample the menu more than just once.
Wonderful Hotel Shame about the attitudefrom hotelbuff
Quality throughoutfrom Bobster71
Restaurant excellentfrom philnash
Fine dining, lovely stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was smart in public areas although our "Grasmere" superior room was in need of refurbishment by comparison but a good size.
The food was excellent with the five-course menu sufficiently varied to have coped with a longer stay. This is not a hotel for B&B; you really must eat in for the experience of fine dining.
The staff were smart and efficient whilst also appearing relaxed and friendly (even when the area suffered a power cut during dinner on our first evening! - the first in over 8 years apparently).
This is a hotel geared up to walkers (they even have a drying room for those wet boots and coats you never know where to put in your hotel room for fear of marking the furnishings!) but smart enough for those wanting to spoil themselves by relaxing in the garden or hotel lounge and taking it easy.
We'd be happy to make a return visit.
Top Local Tips for Ambleside
Walking in the lakes We did the Coffin Trail then round rydal and grasmere lake taking in Loughrigg Terrace. It was a beautiful walk there are maps sold in the shops in grasmere showing you the way it is a truely beautiful walk with great views.
Eating out in Grasmere If you can brave going back out into this year's summer rain - DO experience the wealth of eateries - dont dine in your hotel every night. Make sure you book in advance : The Jumble room and The Villa Columbina are a must to eat at. You will not be disappointed unless you didnt book in !
Indulge! spend a little extra on the fantastic choice of fine wine, the food is amazing!!!!
Other names for Rothay Garden Hotel
- rothay garden grasmere
- hotel rothay garden
- Address: Broadgate - Ambleside - England - LA22 9RJ - United Kingdom
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