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.
- 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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