We booked the hotel for our 5th wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. We had room 4 with the 4-poster bed and great views over the hills. The room and bathroom were big enough and the old fashioned shower and roll top bath finished the authentic touch. The only thing (as mentioned in previous comments) was the noise of the traffic on the main road. This cannot be helped and keeping the windows closed reduced the noise, but I’m not sure whether double glazing would be right for the look of the old windows.
The staff were great and very attentive, with great food and breakfast with plenty to choose from. Our first evening was spent in the restaurant as it was our anniversary, so the quiet atmosphere and candle light was cosy and romantic. We arrived there quite late on the Friday night so we were booked in for our meal at 8.45pm and they were still offering us desert at 9.45pm which was quite good of them. The second night we spent in the bar sampling the local ales and ordered our food from the same menu as the night before.
The room was very clean and made up each day. Regarding previous comments stating it was tired and dirty, I have been in 2 star to 5 star hotels and this was absolutely fine. It is not supposed to be some high class hotel. It keeps within its traditions of a coaching inn (for passers by wanting a roof and a bed for the night) with its old panelling and large fire place in the entrance area, but a modern restaurant and bar. It has a specialty local produce shop within the bar area and a large open space with a seating area to the front to take in the views. I would definitely recommend for a romantic getaway as it is right in the heart of the lakes with access to Grasmere, Ambleside, Keswick and the mountains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Kings Head Hotel Keswick, Lake District