The whole purpose of staying in a hotel (for me) is to get a good night's sleep. In fact it's essential.
I stayed in 2 of the rooms because I complained that the mattress was so uncomfortable. To their credit, they moved me without any hassle at all - but the receptionist said that she'd spoken to the owner who told her the mattresses were all new. You could have fooled me! I was also told that I'm the only person who has complained about them - which surprised me.
The 2nd room was exactly the same, bed-wise, so I can only assume that the owner must have 'penny-pinched' and bought a job lot of cheap, thin, very wirey and lumpy mattresses. I had to fold the duvet in half and sleep with half of it under me to get any sort of sleep.
The plus side of moving to another room for my 2nd night was that it got me away from the traffic noise experienced at the front of the hotel - it was blissful from that point of view! It seems that the Salisbury youth enjoy their high revving sports cars and having a set of traffic lights right next to your room isn't great when you can't get to sleep - because of the very thin mattresses! Nightmare...
On the plus side (and I don't wish to appear over-critical) the hotel was very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. It's quirky in a good way - I like walking downhill from one side of the room to the other!! (Really)
I also liked being so close to the Catherdral.
I didn't eat in the restaurant in the evenings so can't comment on the standard of dinner, but breakfast was fantastic!!
So - to sum up. If you don't mind being uncomfortable in bed - book now. The only thing that makes me book into another hotel (and I just have for another 2 night stay) are those awful beds. I'd book The King's Arms in a second if I could get a room on the quiet side and they got decent mattresses...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the stunning medieval city of Salisbury and facing its beautiful Cathedral this 16th Century Tudor building allegedly housed Kings Charles 1st&2nd. The Kings Arms Hotel lies within easy reach of some of Southern England's foremost treasures.This Salisbury hotel offers accommodation in 17 individual ensuite rooms with original features such as oak panelling and beams, stone fireplaces & four poster beds. ... more less
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