I had to choose somewhere to stay for 5 nights, and this was purely done by researching on Trip Advisor as I had never stayed anywhere in Chester before. I came across this little gem, and I am very pleased that I braved the fact that it was haunted, and booked!
From the moment I booked, I felt welcomed at Ye Olde Kings Head. I contacted them on Facebook, they responded straight away. I was really excited to stay in a place with such character and less than 5 minute walk from the Uni.
We stayed in Room 2. One of the least haunted rooms thankfully! It was beautiful, with the black beams & white walls. Low door frame for the bathroom but I just loved the character that this room had to offer. We asked for a TV and a helpful member of staff brought us a flat screen TV with free view and DVD player. Excellent! There was a kettle, mugs, spoons and coffee & tea on the dresser. There was also a hair dryer and a trouser press. The bed was mega comfy and so warm. We had some really good sleeps there! The only negative about the room was that the walls are very thin, and the floorboards creak a lot so you can hear all sorts going on BUT I would not let this stop me staying there again, and nor should you.
The bathroom was stunning. There was lovely hot water, but the shower could have been just that little bit more powerful. This didn't affect our stay.
One night we ate downstairs, the landlord kindly gave us discount off our drinks as well as the food so thank you for that! We had fish & chips and it was gorgeous. The bar is just filled with character, and a real log fire. Cosy!
One night we ended up staying out a little later than expected and when we returned at 11.30 we were locked out. I think we were supposed to have been given a Yale key, but we only had the fob! Luckily, 2 guests were abouts to let themselves in so we got in ok. This is not a criticism, but just to make sure that the keys for Room 2 should have a Yale key on them.
I would like to think that I experienced some ghostly activity during my stay here-on 2 occasions I heard something drop & bounce in the room. It was playful, and when I got home and researched the Inn, I found out that a child haunts the place?! Wicked! I really think the ghost child was there-it felt lovely and not threatening at all.
I would love to come back on another occasion and do some proper ghost hunting!! What an interesting, unique and special place to spend time.
I would like to thank the staff at the Inn for making us feel welcome and for keeping the place alive-it's really important that our heritage is looked after & restored for the next generations to enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kings Head is a traditional Inn built in 1622 on the west side of Lower Bridge Street. The Inn is a few minutes walk down hill from the Cross. The name refers to when King Charles stayed at the nearby Gamul House during the English Civil War. Since buying the business in March 2012 the current owners have spent thousands of pounds trying to bring the Ye Olde Kings Head back to it's former glory. In November 2012, the property had an extensive refurbishment throughout the bar and restaurant areas, every ensuite bathroom was also replaced and redecorated to a high standard. There are currently three completed refurbished rooms, by mid December 2013 they expect every bedroom to be finished. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ye Olde King`s Head Hotel Chester