This was a nostalgic trip from my home in France to visit family in the region. The location of the Kings Head is stunning and very convenient for North and South Lakes. A historic building in the main sympathetically used, although the new modern bar is a bit odd!
On checking in I was directed to my single room which I had been warned was small - no problem in the miniature size but a mouldy shower and stains on the wall where a previous guest had obviously had a great time swatting flies/mosquitos led me to ask for a change. The second room (room 1) was adequate for a single traveller - clean,(except the shower again!) room to unpack and great water pressure in the shower (soooo important). However the plug sockets were broken and probably dangerous.
I had dinner in the restaurant - nice room, ok-ish food, spot on service from a young South African. Her colleague who I understand is from Romania, were the highspots of my stay - patient, incredibly hard working under difficult circumstances (one of their colleagues walked out without warning leaving them to cope with a full hotel alone!)and commited. Breakfasts were superb. The rest of the food was mediocre - I think I had Sunday lunch on the same day as a previous reviewer and found it really poor - overcooked, badly presented and tasteless.
All in all a bit of a disappointment - I have also now discovered I left a small item in my room and was coldly told on the phone that the minimum postal charge to return it is ten pounds! Why?? O and someone ought to dim the corridor lights so that the rooms are dark at night.
- 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