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Discover the lakes tries to bring you the best Lake District hotels in whatever budget you choose. We have hotels from a basic standard up to the most luxurious 5 star hotels. This category brings all the hotels in one section.
If you are searching for a Lake District boutique hotel, luxury hotel or family friendly hotel please use the navigation menu on the left hand side of the page.
You can also search by town/village if you have an idea of where you want to go.
Hotel accommodation has improved dramatically over the years we have been running this site and the Lakes remains good value and of course there are hotels in stunning locations overlooking the lakes themselves with panoramic views.

We try to personally visit as many hotels as possible and our comments can be found at the bottom of the individual hotel pages in the "in our view" section. If we have given the hotel a positive review then it means we like it and you will too!

Featured Lake District Hotels


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The Swan Hotel
For reviews, prices and availability  Click Here The Swan Hotel is located at the...

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Westmorland Hotel
Westmorland Hotel
The Westmorland Hotel is located midway between Penrith and Kendal on the edge of the Lake District...

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Ambleside Salutation Hotel
Ambleside Salutation Hotel
Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Ambleside Salutation Hotel In the heart of the Lake...

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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms Windermere
The Lamplighter Dining Rooms Windermere
The Lamplighter has been run by the Tasker family for over 28 years and over that time we have built an enviable reputation for customer service and the quality of the dishes served.   In the last two years both James and Alistair have now taken over the reigns. Having been brought up in The Lamplighter we all have an emotional connection to this wonderful building and the surrounding area as well as a true passion for the hospitality industry. Alistair oversees the Kitchen as Head Chef,...... more
Jerichos Restaurant With Rooms Windermere
Jerichos Restaurant With Rooms Windermere
Jerichos is owned and run by Jo and Chris Blaydes Chef-Proprietor, formerly Head Chef at Miller Howe for celebrated chef John Tovey. During this time Chris gathered a wealth of experience from TV work to cookery demonstrations countrywide with Delia Smith and John Tovey. In 1997 Jo and Chris opened Jerichos Restaurant Windermere, where over a ten year period they built up a very successful and renowned restaurant which is highly rated in all the independent food guides. Situated on a...... more
The Belsfield Hotel
The Belsfield Hotel
Built in 1845, this Victorian, Lake Windermere hotel stands within six acres of beautiful gardens overlooking Lake Windermere and the Cumbrian Hills. The Belsfield Hotel benefits from a wonderful location in the heart of The Lake District in the popular resort town of Bowness-on-Windermere. The Belsfield is one of the finest of the Lake Windermere Hotels. Leisure facilities on site include a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. The hotel restaurant offers superb views over Lake Windermere and...... more
Moss Grove Organic Hotel
Moss Grove Organic Hotel
The aim of the Moss Grove Hotel in Grasmere is to be as environmentally friendly as possible,to use natural and organic materials and to buy organic, local or fair trade produce. For reviews, prices and availability  Click Here Organic, natural, clay paints have been used throughout the hotel and Moss Grove has 11 bedrooms all individual in character, shape, design and ambiance. All bedrooms share a relaxed and totally natural style. Organic Bed and Breakfast (AA 5 GOLD STAR...... more
The Regent Hotel
The Regent Hotel
For reviews, prices and availability  Click Here The Regent Hotel is situated in the heart of the Lake District in Ambleside , on the shores of Lake Windermere. Run by the same family for the past 25 years, The Regent is family, biker, and dog friendly. On the shores of Lake Windermere, personally managed by the Hewitt family, traditional service, modern comforts and superb food combine to produce the perfect balance between quality and hospitality in this three star hotel....... more
Queens Head Hotel Troutbeck
Queens Head Hotel Troutbeck
The Queen's Head Hotel is an historic 17th Century Coaching Inn, situated in the heart of Troutbeck Valley, just 3 miles from the shores of Lake Windermere.   Stunning solid oak beams, stone flag floors and roaring log fires provide a cosy and traditional welcome, with an Elizabethan four poster bar, deriving from one of the bedroom's at nearby Appleby Castle, one of the Inn's many unique features. Each en-suite bedroom has been elegantly furnished and comprises flat screen TV...... more
The Newby Bridge Hotel
The Newby Bridge Hotel
Directly overlooking Lake Windermere in five acres of lovely grounds, Newby Bridge Hotel is the perfect place to stay in the Lake District. The Newby Bridge Hotel has recently been extended and provides quality accommodation, roaring log fires, leisure facilities and a private jetty- not forgetting the good food.     44 bedrooms including 10 Four Poster rooms with ensuite spa bath     5 acres of gardens with private jetty on Lake Windermere and...... more
The Hydro Hotel
The Hydro Hotel
Situated just 100 yards above the centre of the village of Bowness on Windermere the Hydro Hotel offers wonderful panoramic views over the north of Lake Windermere and is close enough to the village for you to explore! Many first time visitors to Windermere book accomodation in Windermere village, and are sometimes surprised to find that the can't actually see the lake as it's a 20 minute walk away at Bowness on Windermere, and the return leg is all uphill. No such problems at the Hydro which...... more
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
The sense of calm professionalism is experienced as soon as you walk into reception at this hotel. The car park is not overly massive so try to arrive early if possible. It would be hard to find a hotel closer to the centre of Kendal so the shops and restaurants are a stroll away. The main draw here is an excellent spa which is available to guests with a great gym full of equipment and a swimming pool of generous proportions. I have always found the staff to be helpful and if you are visiting...... more
Derwent Lodge Hotel
Derwent Lodge Hotel
For reviews, prices and availability  Click Here Derwent Lodge is a 3 star country house hotel Visit Britain assessed that provides a luxurious base for your holiday whilst at the same time maintaining an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Derwent Lodge Hotel is a traditional Georgian Manor House, built in 1780 and set in 1.7 acres of grounds in the picture postcard village of Portinscale. It is a mere minutes walk from the shores of Derwentwater and just over 1 mile from the market...... more
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Things you should consider before booking your hotel

There are hundreds of lake district hotels, ranging from small 17th century coaching inns to large, modern establishments. We take a look at the things you need to take into account before you choose a hotel.

The Lakes lies surprisingly close to the North Western coast of England and consists of mountainous areas and valleys separating one community from another. What looks like a small distance on a map can be a two hour journey in a car and a full days outing on a bus. So it's important to take geography and transport into account.
 
Transport:
If you are travelling to and around the lake district by car, you'll have maximum choice in regard to the location of your hotel. If however you're arriving on public transport a central location should be chosen with Windermere being recommended in particular as it has rail as well as bus links.


Location:
After transport considerations your choice of location comes next. W
ould you prefer peace and solitude or the hustle and bustle of the major tourist hot spots?. If you are looking for a very relaxed holiday in an area that still provides the full lake district experience, the North West Lakes will be perfect for you. Even though the Lake District attracts an annual 15 million visitors, there are still areas where you can go walking for a day and not see another soul. If you are happy to mix with the crowds, then the central Lakes around Bowness and Amblesdide is the place to be.

Recommended quieter areas are: The whole of the western side of the Lakes; if you imagine a vertical line joining Broughton in Furness with Bassenthwaite, anywhere to the left of the line is for you.

Recommended locations in the western lake district include: the villages of Broughton in Furness in the south and Buttermere and Cockermouth in the north and the valleys of Wasdale and Eskdale.

In the North East of the Lake District, the areas around Shap and Pooley Bridge will provide you with equal solitude.

Be aware that facilities and transport links in these remoter parts will be less readily available than in the main tourist areas. This means that the types of activity you enjoy are likely to be related to the outdoors. You can always take a day trip to one of the popular lake district towns to add a little variety to your stay.
If on the otherhand you are looking for livelier locations, Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick and Kendal should be on your shortlist. The Langdale valley is also very popular with walkers.

Hotels in the quieter areas are likely to double up as the local public house, so don't expect five star luxury. You'll find similar accommodation available in the busier areas too, but will also have the choice of Luxury hotels with Michelin starred restaurants.

Time of Year:
Like most tourist destinations the Lake District has peak seasons for tourism. School Holidays and Bank Holidays are always popular as are most of the summer months plus Christmas and New Year. During these peak periods hotel prices increase and availability decreases. getting around can also be difficult as the narrow coutry roads get clogged up with traffic. My recommendations are to visit either at Easter, or in September/October. The weather is usually better than in the summer months (if a little colder), and both traffic and hotel prices reduce considerably.

Having chosen your location based on the above factors, you can now narrow down your choice of hotel based on its style and reputation, facilities and choice of restaurants.