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Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside

3-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.
Keswick RoadGrasmere, AmblesideEnglandLA22 9RFUnited Kingdom

3-star hotel in Ambleside with restaurant, bar/lounge
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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Very Good8.0
Great location
Fantastic service
Tasty breakfast
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside

from $103
  • Classic Double Room
  • Classic Twin Room (King)
  • Executive Double Room
  • Executive Double Room (King)
  • Executive Room (Family)
  • Deluxe Double Room (Feature Double)
  • Deluxe Double Room (Feature King)
  • Deluxe Double Room (Feature 4 Poster)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 37 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed (dogs only) *

  • Specific rooms only *


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Free use of nearby fitness center
Working away
  • Number of meeting rooms - 2
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Wedding services
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 1650
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Accessible bathroom

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


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.

Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside’s small print

Also known as

  • Macdonald Swan Ambleside
  • Macdonald Swan Hotel
  • Macdonald Swan Hotel Ambleside
  • Macdonald Swan


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

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 18.00 for adults and GBP 12.50 for children (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 15.00 per pet, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside


  • Heart of Ambleside
  • Grasmere Garden Village - 12 min walk
  • Helm Crag - 13 min walk
  • St Oswald's Church - 13 min walk
  • Wordsworth Museum - 15 min walk
  • Dove Cottage - 16 min walk
  • Alcock Tarn - 24 min walk
  • Easdale Tarn - 24 min walk

Getting around

  • Manchester (MAN) - 112 min drive
  • Windermere Station - 22 min drive
  • Staveley Station - 29 min drive
  • Burneside Station - 32 min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 102 reviews

Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside
Great stay while walking the Coast to Coast
Wonderful stay. Every member of staff was so nice and welcoming. Very friendly. Superb breakfast. Couldn't fault it.
Julie, gb1 night trip
Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside
Worst service I’ve ever had. Never stay here!
Staff don’t know what they are doing. The hotel is dirty and in disrepair the food is poor. It should be charging £40 per night
noel, gb1 night trip
Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside
Short break
I was a little disappointed with the condition of the double bedroom we stayed in. The decor of the bathroom was dated and I was disappointed with the cleanliness (hairs on the bedding and in the bathroom, dirt on light switches). Staff were friendly and helpful. We ate in the lounge during the evening, a decent meal and a good atmosphere alongside the log fire. Breakfast was also good. Ideal location for walking and only a short distance drive from Ambleside and Windermere.
A Traveler, gb1 night trip
Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside
Absolutely fabulous stay
THEA, gb3 night trip
Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside
Good place to stay.
My wife and I have stayed at the Swan hotel many times. Our recent visit was very enjoyable, the only downside is the high food prices in the walkers bar. But that apart, this is a very nice place to stay, which is why we return every spring. The hotel is clean and comfortable and the breakfast is very good. The management and staff are friendly and helpful, we hope to return next March.
Derek, gb3 night trip

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Macdonald Swan Hotel, Ambleside

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