We have stayed here before in one of the three garden rooms - never the main building. The hotel is old and the literature warns you to be careful moving about the place but nothing prepares you for the precipitous stairs that lead to rooms 8-11 located on the third floor.
Parking is very tight at the rear of the hotel, but at least it saves you from fighting others for a space in the market square which gets very busy. The check in smelt unpleasant on check in but we never smelt it again - we thought someone may have relieved themselves at the rear of the place the night before.
We were allocated room 9 on the third floor and no assistance was offered with our luggage. Opening what looked like a cupboard door we were faced with the steepest and narrowest staircase we had ever seen - surely this cannot meet heath and safety standards. The climb would have challenged Hilary and Sherpa Tensing! After manhandling our luggage up the wooden hill we were faced with another set of stairs to negotiate.
The room was a standard double with exposed beams and stone work. The en suite was just big enough to swing a cat and the space saver toilet needs a new liquidating unit as it moaned and groaned every time it was flushed. The extractor located in the shower was insufficient to clear the steam and consequently the ceiling was mouldy.
The room was never dusted and the carpet not hoovered during our stay and the sheets were never changed. The bed was on the hard side of firm and the floors were very uneven. However the room being at the front of the property had a magnificent aspect overlooking the market square and there was a nice window seat from which to enjoy the view.
Our sleep was interrupted every morning at 5 am when the church bells tolled on the quarter hour and hour marks and the main street lighting pylon in the square was in line with our window and the very bright lights were disturbing if you have to keep the curtains open to catch a breeze through an open window on a warm night as we did.
Breakfast was edible and dinner was acceptable, but standards seem to have fallen since we last stayed at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kings Arms is a quirky raditional Country Inn offering a warm welcome with traditional English food, real ales and wines available both in the ground floor pub and 1st floor restaurant with views of the Market Square, whilst our cosy bedrooms and cottage rooms offer the perfect place to base yourself when exploring the beautiful countryside and local Cotswold attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Arms Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold
- The Kings Arms Hotel Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswolds