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“Pretentious”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Kings Arms

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The Kings Arms
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Bournemouth, England
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23 reviews
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“Pretentious”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2009

We went here for a drink as we live nearby. Frankly it was better before being taken over by Gary Rhodes. The bar, although decorated and furbished to a high standard, was tiny with only a few tables. That wasn't a problem though because it was empty. That was probably due to the extortionate prices. There was also no beers on tap, only bottles always a sign of a pretentious bar!

According to the staff they are trying to encourage people in ("even those in shorts and flip flops'' the manager said) as they said people are being put off by the fact that it looks so exclusive.

The restaurant was almost empty. The menu was again expensive for what I would class as basic food.

There are plenty of other pubs in Christchurch, I would advise you go to one of these and not here.

Stayed June 2009
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2009

Booked an overnight stay , included dinner bed & breakfast. This is a lovely hotel but our stay was far from relaxing due to the fact that our room was at the front of the hotel. The traffic passing outside is untolerably loud and seems to be inside the room with you, thus began a sleepless night. The night porter did relocate us to a room at the back of the hotel at midnight, much quieter but extremely hot , hot,hot. The next day we came home for a good nights rest. This could be a lovely hotel, but, when one is paying for a platinum room i.e. the best they have to offer , one does ofcourse expect to get a good nights sleep!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Kings Arms

Property: The Kings Arms
Address: 18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT, England (Formerly The Kings)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Christchurch
#2 Family Hotel in Christchurch
#4 Romantic Hotel in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Kings Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kings Arms in Christchurch, is a stunning Georgian building in the heart of Dorset - combining a traditional yet stylish Restaurant with luxurious bedrooms carefully restored in true Georgian style, whilst Alex Aitken remains chef patron at The Jetty he is also spending time with the chefs and team at The Kings Arms, Alex has headed up the team re-styling the restaurant menus and cooking philosophy. The Kings Restaurant has a delicious menu using the best local ingredients and is proud to have been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand status for three consecutive years. The Kings Arms has everything you need for a Dorset short break, situated in the historic town of Christchurch, Dorset, a popular yachting town, overlooking the Avon River, Christchurch Castle and The Kings Arms Bowling Green, The Kings is marvelously picturesque. A short distance from the Dorset Jurassic Coast, The Kings Arms combines coastal beauty, historical town discoveries and stunning scenery, all with a comfortable place to relax after a day's adventures. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kings Hotel Christchurch
The Kings Arms Christchurch, Dorset

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