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Rothay Garden Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here for one night and had a lovely time. The spa was very relaxing and it's in a great location for walks and the shops. I wish we had booked the Jumble room for dinner though (in the town) as we have heard great things about it!

Rothay Garden is a small hotel situated in the beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere. It is very difficult to pick fault with any aspect of our stay. The whole place is tastefully decorated, the room was very cosy and the food was excellent. Staff were very attentive without being fussy and to to it off there is a small spa with jacuzzi, steam room and aromatherapy room. We will certainly be returning!

My wife and I had a 3 night break here for a birthday treat. We had a river suite on half-board. The room was gorgeous, clean and comfortable with patio doors onto a small terrace overlooking the river Rothay, kingfisher, red squirrel, dippers and lots of other birdlife right outside the room. The food, both breakfast and dinner, was absolutely delightful. Beautifully prepared and served. The staff were excellent, nothing was too much trouble. We can't wait for our next visit.

Despite decoration to part of the hotel we still had a great time the food was of the usual high standard and the service was excellent. Grassmere is the place to go if you prefer peace and quiet after a stroll around the Lakes fells.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and were met with really friendly staff. Our bags were taken to our room and we were made to feel really welcome. The accommodation was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. We are there on two occasions and the food was really good quality. I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in Grasmere.

We have regularly stayed at the Rothay Garden, Grasmere and finally summoned up courage to go for the four nights long "Food & Drink Programme." It was really good. Lots of interesting wines, no pressure to buy. In fact some of the wines were so rare they were unavailable. And yet there were only 6 guests plus us, makes 8. At first we wondered why such a well planned event was so badly attended. We know now...

I can not fault anything about out visit to Rothay Garden Hotel. The hotel was beautiful, the service was outstanding and the meal was fantastic. Would recommend a visit by anyone. A little on the pricey side so would suggest visit for a special occasion. Would certainly go back.

Beautiful location, characterful but very comfortable buildings, excellent food and service without starchiness. Spa to add some pamppering. And sunshine in November... We stay in a riverside suite on the ground floor, which has bath and shower, king size bed and lounge overlooking the river Rothay and a terrace area outside.

We have just returned from the Rothay Garden. We had a couple of Nights here in the basic rooms. They were sufficient for what we needed and very comfy with tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a good hairdryer so no need to bring yours. We ate in the restaurant the first night which was a set menu fine dining and was beautifully presented. The spa is a nice way to wind down after a long walk. Only bit of feedback is our guys like a pint of beer not a little glass, a bit petty but honest feedback. Would return again

We visited this hotel from 21st to 23rd October to celebrate my husband's birthday. We made the booking through for a riverside suite, including champagne on arrival, dinner, b&b and a late check-out for £690. Not cheap but a special celebration, as I had indicated to the hotel. My review is quite critical, but when you pay so much money, you do expect the best. On arrival we were shown to our room, Room 4, by a lovely gentleman who gave us details of the room. I was extremely disappointed with the bathroom - no bath, which is my absolute pleasure when I'm away as it's something that you rarely have time to enjoy in your busy day to day schedule and my absolute bugbear: a shower curtain. Not sure if all the suites are the same but this one catered for disabled guests as the sink was set low level to accommodate a wheelchair. Unfortunately, I'm tall so the sink was just above my knee! The gentleman came back to check we had our champagne at which time we asked if we could change to a room with bath. He returned with a key to another room which, incredibly, he said was "slightly more expensive"; the bathroom was exactly what I would have expected for the price we had paid so we questioned how much extra. When he said £100 I was shocked! A small fee, although I felt no fee would have been appropriate, yes, but not £100 for a room that wasn't being used. This I felt was, and proved me correct throughout my stay, their lack of customer care and understanding and purely a money-making business. Changing rooms would have been so easy and would have my made stay so different in so many ways. The rest of the room was nice but lacked care in a few places (see my photos). The patio area was partitioned with potted shrubs but didn't stop other guests standing in front of our room viewing the river. I would imagine if all rooms used the patio area in the summer it would be very cramped and awkward! Once unpacked we walked into Grasmere which is a stunning village with a range of shops, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants. On return we sat in the comfortable lounge bar in front of the fire (not real) with a drink which was brought to us by the lovely gentleman who showed us to our room earlier. We enjoyed the spa; luckily there was only one other couple in at the same time - I would say anymore than 6 it would be overcrowded and uncomfortable. We were shown to our table for dinner, which we read was the same table for the duration of our stay. Not sure this is a great idea as clearly the tables by the window with a view are the best and doesn't give people seated elsewhere the opportunity to have these seats. Having said that on the second day we were seated by the window but the hotel was very quiet so maybe they felt sorry for us and thought they'd give us the opportunity to enjoy the view. The food was amazing and the staff couldn't do enough for us. We did feel it was a little rushed, in and out within an hour on our first night, so we slowed it down on our second visit. Breakfast was also very tasty and our room on the second day was cleaned while we were having breakfast which was a nice touch but obviously rushed as our teapot had not been emptied from the previous day! Was nice not to have to rush on our final day and checked out at midday before our long journey home. For me, and this has been mentioned in reviews previously, things that wouldn't cost much at all, but mean so much to the client, are lacking, for example, a card when they're aware of a celebration, complimentary newspapers and water (charged £3.95) at your table. All things that I've had at other hotels that I've paid a lot less for to stay. I personally wouldn't stay at this hotel again and will definitely check next time I stay in a hotel that we have a bath!

Broadgate Ambleside England

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Grasmere, Rothay Garden Hotel is within a 10-minute stroll of sights such as Grasmere Garden Village and Helm Crag. This 4-star hotel has 30 guestrooms and offers free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a spa tub. It's in a national park and also close to St Oswald's Church and Wordsworth Museum.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to a fine-dining restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Rothay Garden Hotel's 30 rooms provide coffee makers, free bottled water, and phones. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks.

Property features

Rothay Garden Hotel features a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Superior Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Premium Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 870 reviews