Made a recent visit for a 3 night stay. I booked via one of the discount booking web sites and paid £190 for a twin en-suite room overlooking the front of the building. I arrived and there was nobody on the desk, but instructions were left on how to get help.
Booking in was quite quick and painless although it lacked a little warmth. The room was quite comfortable with twin beds although it was a little small. The bathroom was exceptionally small with a hand basin, enclosed shower and toilet. The shower was quite powerful and warm without the usual difficulty in trying to regulate the temperature.
The room was a little tired with various marks on the walls, giving it a tired feel. Mildew was present within the shower cubicle particularly on the sealant joints etc. The extractor also didn't work.
Room cleaning was a little hit a miss, with a pint glass that I had left by the tea tray not being taken in the morning. The hand basin had also been overlooked. The standard improved to a good standard, over the next two days.
Although the room looked out over the front of the building and ultimately over the A591 the traffic noise was not an issue at all.
The food on the whole was really good quality. I ordered scrambled eggs one morning which was served with a green garnish mixed in. It looked a little strange but tasted really nice. I ate there twice in the evening and on both occasions the food was of a very high quality. Although if you ordered outside of the set menu ie T-Bone Steak, an additional charge was made which pushed the price up. Ordering side dishes also pushed the price up. A two course meal with a drink and a couple of side dishes was a good £30 a head. Quite high when you consider that a similar meal would have been cheaper in town. One high point was the best Sticky Pudding I have tasted for ages!
The overall cleanliness of the hotel was good, however, there was a strong smell of a bleach type substance in the morning when the stone floors had been leaned, which was quite strong.
To sum up, overall the money I paid was about spot on, although I would have been a little unhappy if it was any higher. Accommodation, was of a good quality as was the food. I would stay there again, although I would probably choose a larger, more recently decorated room. The best way to sum it up is that I would like to try an alternative first, but the sticky toffee pudding was really good.....
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- Located at the foot of Helvellyn, near the shores of Lake Thirlmere The 16th Century Kings Head Hotel enjoys an idyllic setting in the heart of The Lake District National Park. The Kings Head offers two unique dining experiences - with Fine dining in the award winning St Johns Restaurant or Traditional Bar Dining, a contemporary bar lounge and delightful en-suite bedrooms are traditionally furnished with views of the surrounding fells. ... more less
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