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Macdonald Swan Hotel places you within a leisurely stroll of Grasmere Garden Village and Helm Crag. This 37-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. In central Ambleside, the hotel is also close to St Oswald's Church and Wordsworth Museum.


This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in British cuisine. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM.


Macdonald Swan Hotel's 37 rooms provide coffee makers, free bottled water, and ironing boards. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Macdonald Swan Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and free newspapers. There's free parking if you drive. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a garden, and wedding services.


  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. 2 meeting rooms are available. This business-friendly hotel also offers a garden, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Onsite self parking is complimentary. Guests can use the indoor pool and health club at a partner property.

Macdonald Swan Hotel is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Restaurant 
  • Total number of rooms - 37 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Year Built 1650 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Garden 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 2 
  • Free self parking 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Wedding services 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

Macdonald Swan Hotel offers 37 accommodations with complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. Satellite television is provided.

Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers. This Ambleside hotel provides complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Free bottled water 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower only 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Room service (limited hours) 

Where to Eat

Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning between 8 AM and 10 AM.

Waggoners - This restaurant specializes in British cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Walkers Bar - This bar specializes in British cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

The Lounge - This lobby lounge specializes in local cuisine.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.


To make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-in time starts at 2 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of GBP 15.00 per pet, per night
  • Dogs only
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No cribs (infant beds) available

Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 7 rooms. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: GBP 17.50 for adults and GBP 12.50 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: GBP 15.00 per pet, per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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We should mention

This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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