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The Kings Arms Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Street, Keswick CA12 5BL, England   |  
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Keswick
Ripon, United Kingdom
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“No frills value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We took advantage of an offer for £90 for two night B & B. The pub/hotel is situated in the main precinct of Keswick so is handy for all amenities on offer. It was a bit of a problem finding the public car park we were told to use- however when we did find it - we were given a pass by the management to use for the duration of our stay.
Our room -No 1 - was situated at the back facing onto a courtyard but you could just see a snow covered hill above the roofs through a very small window.The room itself was small but adequate. Tea & coffee making facilities were available with a TV. No wifi connection, free or otherwise. The bed was a double but really comfy. The shower room was large in comparison to the room & spotless. However, the shower was not much use at all. Water was either burning hot or freezing cold, no amount of tinkering with the thermostat helped. The flow of water wasn't good either. Consequently, we didn't try to use it again. Had to make do! A word of warning- you will probably find 2or3 boxes of earplugs in your room- you will need them, especially on aThursday night. We were kept awake by the noise of "worse for wear" revellers way into the early hours!
The breakfast was served in the dining room & was cooked to order. The food was quite good with plenty of choice. There was also a good choice of cereal, yoghurts, juices etc., We were served by Lenka who was delightful. We did have an evening meal there on our first night which was not good, however. My tip, there's plenty of choice of other restaurants & pubs within spitting distance, go there to eat!!!
The bar was lovely & very welcoming with an open fire with a good atmosphere.
Communal areas were a little tired in places but acceptable & everywhere was very clean.
I was very impressed by Agnes on reception who was very efficient & most helpful. Also Lenka in the dining room couldn't do enough for us.. There was one waitress though, whose name I didn't see , who was quite surly & not helpful.
All in all, this was a good deal for us. It had everything we needed. We just wanted a base central to the areas we wished to visit in the wonderful Lake District. If you want luxury then don't go there, but for a short break it is ideal & great value for money.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We have previously stopped at hotels in this family owned group of hotels but never at the Kings Arms. We booked the Valley and Passes break which gives you 4nights DBB. When we arrived we were greeted by the very friendly barman Dave. We collected our car park pass which means you don't have to pay for parking in the public car park. Our room was a superior room at the back of the hotel. The room was splendid with a very comfortable bed and flat screen TV. The bathroom was a nice size and with a decent shower. Everywhere was immaculately clean. As our room (14) was directly above the sports bar there was some noise and I can imagine in the summer this could be an issue but we certainly didn't find it to be a problem whilst we were there as we only heard noise on the Saturday afternoon when the rugby was being televised.

After coming back to the hotel after a walk it was lovely to sit in the bar area enjoying the open fire, where there is a lovely atmosphere. The staff behind the bar and in the dining room are very efficient and friendly. We spent time talking to Dave & also to Sinead who made us feel at home. All the staff work hard to make sure everyone is happy. The food was excellent both when we had breakfast and in the evenings in the Courtyard restaurant. You also get the option to eat at the Italian restaurant next door LBs which we did twice and very much enjoyed the meals we had there also.

We think the Kings Arms is excellent value for money and will definitely return!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights dinner bed & breakfast. We had a superior room which was at the front of the hotel. I would recommend asking for a room at the front as there is a restaurant & night club at the back which I think could get noisy but we didn't get any noise at the front. The bar was excellent and so was the food. Keswick is a lovely town and well worth a visit.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Whitley Bay, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed 2 nights b&b with my wife.
The rooms were clean and comfortable with adequate amenities.
There is a selection of real ales and the option of dinner which I cannot comment on because we dined somewhere else.
The full Cumberland breakfast was good and cheap at £65 per room.
The location is right in the centre of Keswick and there is free parking.
Overall very good value.
One thing though the stairs to the rooms are VERY steep and you must have good knees to climb them!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

this is mine and my husbands second trip to keswick ,although we did nt stay at the kings arms we would highly recomend it .the food is superb the staff and locals are absolutley brilliant and they make you feel most welcome .if you go to keswick the kings arms is an absolute must .keep up the good work we will be back soon .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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danigraves, Public Relations Manager at The Kings Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Hi Shell J,

Thank you for your kind comments about your recent visit to the Kings Arms. We will make sure we pass it on to the staff.

We hope to see you again soon.

Thanks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed in The Kings Arms between 4th and 7th March 2013 in a superior room on a b&b basis.

We got a great deal from a facebook offer of £90 for 2 nights b&b for 2 before the end of march.

we also took our two cavalier king charles spaniels who were both made to feel very welcome. they weren't allowed in the dining room during breakfast but that was fine by us because we didnt want other peoples dogs slavering in the dining room anyway! We were suprised at how dog friendly keswick was with dogs being allowed in most of the shops and pubs, no wonder it was recently voted Britains most dog friendly town

The room was on the top floor and tbh the top stairs were really steep. however this is a very old building so what do you expect!?

The room was fine it had the comfiest bed we've ever slept in and was clean and had everything in it you'd need and a nice shower in the en suite.

The hotel information informed us that as guests of the hotel we could get a free guide book containing walks from the 5 hotels in the chain - as this hotel and the skiddaw are right next door to each other and 2 more were within a few miles there were quite a few walks in the book. we asked at reception and were given the book free ( despite the cover price of £4,95). ANOTHER. freeby was a parking permit that allows you to park for free in all the main local car parks during your stay - very useful!!!

The information also said that if you give them notice you can also have free cycle hire for adults and children, but we didnt do this

the breakfast ( served between 8 - 9.30 so not too early!). Was excellent. the cooked brekky was lovely and there was a great choice if other things to eat including warm crossants and branded cereal.

Do not take any notice of the moaners, no it doesnt compare to a 5* carribean resort but as mid - low priced b&bs go i dont see how it could be much better.

The staff were really friendly and made us and our dogs really welcome. One evening i told the barmaid i fancied an ale but didnt know which one to choose so she gave me a taste of each of the 3 and told me about them all, little touches like that make it really special

we didnt eat there in the evening but it was always busy and they seemed to have offers on every night!

In short the hotel is a good base in which to explore the beautifil area, we have stayed in 4 & 5* hotels all over the carribean, med and north africa so have high expectations and standards but we didnt feel like we were roughing it or anything! It was great value for money

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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danigraves, Public Relations Manager at The Kings Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Hi,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback.

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate the comments on each of the areas of the hotel which will inform future guests of ours about their stay.

You're right about the stairs, they are very steep but like you say, it is part of the charm of the hotel and as it is a listed building it's not something we would be able to change, not that we want to!

Glad you had a great nights sleep and hope to see you again soon.

Thanks again
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We were just in for lunch. Good deal for soup & a sandwich.

Not a bad selection of drinks with a nice fire going. Bar area was clean & tidy with decent staff.

This is only five minutes walk to the bus station & Derwent water. Also just across from the tourist information.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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danigraves, Public Relations Manager at The Kings Arms Hotel, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Hi there,

Thanks for your review on your recent visit to the Kings Arms.

The Kings Arms is in a very central location so we're not hard to find hopefully!

We like the photo too of your soup and sandwich!

Thanks again.
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Address: Main Street, Keswick CA12 5BL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Kings Arms Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly refurbished AA 3 star Hotel right in the centre of Keswick, the Lake District. In the 17th century, Keswick was the crossroads for many of the horse and carriage routes which traversed this part of the English Lake District. The Kings Arms Hotel, a true Coaching Inn of that period, offers the traveller of today the same unrivaled hospitality and friendly service in keeping with its heritage. To stay at the Kings Arms Hotel in Keswick is to experience the legacies, in modern day comfort and luxury, of a true Coaching Inn. A warm and friendly smile awaits you from our well trained staff, whose aim is to make your stay one of many. The air-conditioned, newly refurbished restaurant serves appetising home-cooked dishes such as slow-cooked local lamb joints and the almost-famous spare ribs, beef & Jennings ale pie, delicious hand-cut, home-cooked chips plus mouth-watering hot and cold desserts. After a hearty meal, why not relax in front of the open fire with a drink in the newly-refurbished, cosy oak-beamed bar and watch the world go by outside on the streets of Keswick. With over 40 whisky's and some of the best local ales on tap the choice is yours. Or in the summer months take a seat in the charming courtyard, which is the perfect place to enjoy delicious food and a refreshing drink al fresco. There are 13 recently refurbished bedrooms all with their own shower rooms. ... more   less 
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