Possibly the worst hotel I have stayed at. It is not that it is tired and old it is also shabby and dirty with very dated fixtures and fittings.
Apart from wall paper peeling off the wall in our room, and furniture which even a charity shop would refuse to sell, there were dirty tissues on the floor, old medications under the bed and we discovered a most unpleasant stain on the mattress on leaving.
The breakfast was very poor. The vegetarian cooked was ½ piece of fried bread with an egg and a few watery baked beans. The hotel had run out of tomatoes. The waiter informed us that the previous day they had run out of milk! We thought he was joking until other guests came down and checked on the milk situation before eating.
We liked its central location and free car park (between Crows and Waterstones book shop before you reach the hotel) and also the view of Lancaster castle through the dirt & grime on the windows. And the lift – although filthy was a relic from the past to treasure, but we did notice many guests preferred to use the stairs.
Obviously the owners are unwilling to invest in this once proud hotel and - like a dying animal, the kindest thing would be to put it to sleep.
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Lancaster
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Kings Arms stands in the shadow of Lancaster Castle in the heart of Lancaster, one of England's most historical cities. This attractive period hotel offers 55 en suite bedrooms providing guests with modern comforts expected from today's traveller. The Brasserie Restaurant and bar with its delightful Minstrel's Gallery, offers superb cuisine and excellent service, creating the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. If you wish to step out of the historic town of Lancaster, surrounding attractions include the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, both within half an hour drive from the hotel. ... more less
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