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Rothay Garden Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Beautiful, traditional looking Lake District hotel, but nicely contemporary inside and really well presented. All the staff were great, very welcoming, friendly and smiling, always attentive. Nice large room, comfy bed. We ate in the restaurant both nights - food was fabulous, beautifully presented and the flavours were delicious. Spa is small but has everything you need - the heated pool was divine. Great location, very short walk into Grasmere. Will definitely return!

Stayed here for a two night break. It is an excellent hotel, very nice décor and very comfortable. Our room had everything we wanted and a very large bathroom, two sinks and a double shower. The bed was very comfortable. We ate in the restaurant for both nights and the food was exceptionable. It was very well presented and the different tastes were remarkable. All of the staff made us very welcome and provided excellent service. The location of this hotel is just on the outskirts of Grasmere about a ten minute walk into the village. There is a free carpark for residents and also a spa. We intend to return back to this hotel and can fully recommend it.

From the moment we arrived we were looked after exceptionally well. The quality of the staff is first class, attentive, extremely helpful and friendly. The location just by the river Rothay is just perfect and a few minutes walk into Grasmere village. Our rooms were of a high standard, and special mention must be made of the lovely dining experience and superb menus and standard of food. In summary, we all agree (6 of us) that the Rothay Garden is the best hotel we have stayed at in the Lakes and we have been coming for over 40 years. We shall be back!

Back again for a short break. This hotel is like coming home. Comfortable and everyone makes you feel welcome. Elliott and his staff are first class. I would like to thank Victoria for sorting my diet problems out, and to the chef for the fantastic food he and his staff prepared and served, The waiting staff and housekeeping staff were also excellent. We are back again in September, and apart from wishing my life away I cannot wait to see our "Cumbrian Family Again". Thank you ALL

Small to medium sized hotel where the staff are excellent in every way. Accomodation is good but the food is magnificent and with the evening meal of 4 courses at a meagre £40, I was really impressed. Spa is great as long as there are a maximum of 6 people. Will definately be back

Only 3* are as variable food quality first night was average and not particularly warm . The 2nd night was good and selected Halibut which was of a good quallity but the starters were the star with Thai prawns .

And beautiful hotel Stayed for just one night & wish it could have been longer Spa is small but clean and nice Bar is quaint! Breakfast was beautiful and set us up for the day Evening meal looked fantastic but we didn’t wish to eat such a large set course meal. Perhaps the hotel could consider a less restrictive option?

We visited this hotel for a one night stay, all of the staff were super friendly from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. The food (dinner / breakfast) was amazing and the service in the restaurant couldn’t be faulted. The room was clean and the bed was comfy the only thing the room was missing was a bath (shower only). The spa facilities were good but the spa area was maybe a little bit small for the amount of rooms the hotel has, there was really only enough room for 6/8 people in the spa at once without it being over crowded, also lacking a swimming pool. Overall though a very pleasant stay, the food and staff were definitely the main things that stood out to us.

Arrived on Friday night very weary after a long day investigating the lake district. Hotel is easy to find as its on the main road. Receptionist was very friendly on check in and the gentleman that helped us to ur room was also very friendly and fully explained where everything was in the room. Room was so warm and cosy when we arrived, beds in the room are lovely and high,firm and really comfy. Room was nice and clean as was the bathroom. Coffee and tea making facilities are in the room and there is a hairdryer and an iron and ironing board. We had a room on the top floor and sadly our sleep was disturbed all night by slamming doors in the hotel, staff putting out the rubbish, cars coming over the bridge etc. Which apart from the staff putting the rubbish out is non of the hotels fault, the other guests were obviously just very rude. In the morning I asked if we could be moved to another room and we were immediately moved to the ground floor, with a view over the river. This room was simply divine, tasteful decorated again really clean, same high, firm bed. Breakfast was lovely, you get a choice of cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit etc. Then you order from the menu, full breakfast, half breakfast, french toast and bacon are a few of the choices. Breakfast came really quickly and was delicious and very nicely presented, Coffee or tea is also ordered. The waiting staff are really friendly and very attentive. Overall its been a lovely stay, the staff have been really nice and friendly, food is nice, rooms are clean and fresh. Would we come back, yes we would.

This is an excellent modern hotel in a beautiful location right beside the river. The hotel looks traditional from the outside but has been superbly modernised inside. The rooms are excellent - we had a Riverside Suite which was large and comfortable and opened out onto the terrace overlooking the river. The staff were very efficient and friendly and gave you the sense that they really valued your presence in the hotel. The highlight however was the food! The breakfasts in the beautifully sunny dining room really set you up for the day and then there were the dinners .... outstandingly varied menus, brilliantly prepared and presented food with the highest quality local ingredients. Absolutely no negatives about the Rothay Garden.

Broadgate Ambleside England

Hotel highlights

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

Rothay Garden Hotel places you within a 10-minute stroll of 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 890 reviews