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Macdonald Swan Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed for one night only, with 5 family members in 3 rooms. From check-in to check-out the staff were friendly, helpful and professional. The rooms were clean, spacious and very comfortable. The food in the restaurant was well presented, good quality and enjoyed by all in our party; the service was excellent with well-presented and friendly staff. Breakfast was in the same vein. The hotel is on the edge of Grasmere, so it is only a short walk in to the village, its' amenities and numerous walks.

I got married here 36yrs ago so I thought it was time to visit the first impression was wow the greeting and welcoming from Anton was lovely I had a day walking up helm crag windy and cold but views lovely. After the walk I returned to the hotel for a meal. service and food was exceptional. I will definitely will return with more of my walking buddies as we have a big meet up in March.

I stayed here with my mrs and my twin and her husband 10 days ago for a night, the hotel is in a lovely setting just a 10 minute walk down into Grasmere ,the open fires were burning that gave the place a nice homely feel.we booked direct with the hotel inc evening meal booking it direct you get a £10 voucher to spend while your there on drinks ,we decided before we went that that would pay about half towards the wine with our meal ,when we sat down and looked at the wine list there New Zealand white Sauvignon Blanc wine was £44 a bottle we always pick that wine and usually pay up to £20 a bottle for it ,im not sure why the hotel charges so much for that wine. Apart from that I must say we enjoyed our stay, the breakfast was lovely and we will make our way up to the Swan again for a stay there in such a lovely part of the lake district.

Just had a great weekend at the hotel. Great character all over the hotel. Excellent bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. The hotel breakfast for a while. Fruit, Yogurt, juice followed by part English breakfast with sausage, bacon, mushroom, hash brown, and the best black pudding from Stornaway!!!! Smashing. Many thanks!

From the minute we walked into the Swan Hotel until leaving there was a warmth about the place and its not just from the fires! Antony, Alex and his staff are doing a brilliant job. The room was good and the breakfast and evening meal were to an extremely good standard. Thank you for making our stay a very pleasant experience once again!

We stayed here for one night to meet up with some old friends . First impressions were good, plenty of parking available, welcoming reception area with log fire burning and very friendly and helpful staff. Anthony greeted us but as we were very early our rooms were not ready. We had a light lunch and a couple of beers in the bar, were our lurcher was made very welcome. Shortly after this our rooms were available and were very nice comfortable and ideal for our purposes. The room would probably have been a bit small for a longer stay but it was fine. It was conveniently located so that we could get into the garden with the dog, which was great. Meals were normally taken in the restaurant but Anthony arranged for a table to be set in the bar area so that our dog could be with lovers will know that this is much appreciated as they are part of the family ....our boy enjoyed the biscuits and treats supplied by Anthony and his staff ! The menu is not large but the food was absolutely brilliant pie and beef and ale pie highly recommended. Good range of beers and as a nice surprise they were reasonably priced. Would definitely return, breakfast was good and filling with plenty of choice. Overall, good value for money, clean and comfortable and friendly welcoming staff.

Just enjoyed a two night weekend break here with my wife. On arrival, we were greeted by the most welcoming Anthony on reception. The hotel was beautiful, very quaint and typical lake district character, with wooden beams, open fires and real ales. Our room (#23) an executive room, was very modern in comparison to the feature characters of the rest of the hotel. Modernised bathroom, large screen tv, bath robes, tea and coffee making facilities. The breakfast was out of this world. So much choice and excellent quality. Ham, cheese, breads, pastries, fruits, cereals, yoghurt and then an extensive choice of cooked breakfasts. The evening meal I had (lamb shank) was amazing. On first viewing of the menu, it appears quite expensive, but when compared to other restaurants around, mains are only a couple of £ more, which for a hotel, isn't too bad. The starters are a bit pricey in comparison though. The two female staff in the restaurant and the young man working the bar were very pleasant and accommodating. However, the only thing I would mark the hotel down for is the price of the alcohol. A pint of Amstel was £3.60 but a Peroni was £6. The cheapest bottle of Prosecco/red/white wine were all over the £25 Mark, which was a little disappointing.

This really is a little unknown gem! Being from the area the reputation of the Swan wasn’t great but we needed somewhere to stay whilst seeing friends and at 70.00 BB it was too good a deal to miss. We didn’t expect much for that but what we got was fantastic! Great room, loads of hot water, lovely view, comfy bed, great bath products, selection of herbal teas. Downstairs there are lots of open fires, the ambience is chilled, the staff lovely and the food really very good! Don’t think about staying anywhere else for amazing value - we have paid four times this to stay in various places in Grasmere and they weren’t as good. Mac Donald’s don’t always get it right in my book but they do here!

Great hotel stayed there for the weekend with my partner and the dog while in the lakes walking. Staff very friendly, rooms nice and cosy only downside beer very expensive £6 for a pint of lager 😬 and food expensive.

We were booked in to another hotel in the centre of Grasmere, but hardly slept a wink all night, due to poor mattress comfort, dogs crying in nearby rooms, and extractor fans being switched on in neighbouring rooms, all through the night. That hotel had a lovely pool and downstairs was stunningly decorated, however the mattresses and pillows were not comfortable at all, and the bathrooms left a lot to be desired. We only popped in to the Swan hotel for lunch, but were met with such a warm welcome, and the added bonus of an adjoining car park, (the originally booked hotel had no available spaces for our vehicle and we were advised to use the pay and display public car park for the two night stay!) We booked in for dinner bed and breakfast, which was superb, the staff were all fantastic, from check in to check out. Our sleep quality was exactly what we would expect from Macdonald Hotels, there was no disappointment at all. We had steak as a supplement to the DBB deal, and were not disappointed at all. The rooms were decorated beautifully, the bathroom immaculate, and best of all, we slept soundly in the most comfortable of beds. We had a lovely glass of wine in the lounge where a chair belonging to William Wordsworth is sited, sitting with the warmth of the fire just the two of us, was a real treat. When we return to the Lakes, it will be to The Swan Hotel, the customer service is second to none which we experienced elsewhere in the area. Special thanks to Anthony for arranging our stay. Thank You

Keswick Road Ambleside England

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Grasmere, Macdonald Swan Hotel is a leisurely stroll from sights such as 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. Start each morning with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee 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.

Room options

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Twin Room (King)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Executive Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Executive Double Room (King)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1244 reviews