Historic hotel near the Chilterns

Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
From £90 - £120 per accommodation per night
Includes full breakfast
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Historic hotel near the Chilterns

The Kings Arms Hotel is a stylish restaurant and bar with rooms in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, at the heart of the Chiltern Hills. The interior has been transformed to present a modern, chic ambience within this early 18th century building.

The Kings Arms has had new life breathed into this beautiful and historical 18th Century coaching inn with a £1.5m refurbishment. Situated in the bustling High Street of Berkhamsted, it features a stylish bar, grill and restaurant with 15 en-suite rooms.

The Bar.
Relax at any time of the day or evening in our bar and lounge area, where modern and elegant design is complimented by soft seating and open fires with a more traditional feel. A bar food menu is available all day as well as cakes and pastries to compliment our range of teas, coffees and soft drinks. From our drinks list choose from a range of local real ales and fine wines, a selection of champagnes and cocktails. Our spirit selection also offers a wide and diverse range of choices. The bar is open until midnight during the week and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Restaurant.
Aged steaks, fresh fish and modern British dishes feature in our menu that change with the seasons over breakfast, lunch and dinner. From light lunches to formal dinners, the light, airy and elegant restaurant provides an ideal setting.

Functions and Weddings at The Kings Arms.
Situated in the original building, The Greene Room, named after author Graham Greene who used to frequent the Kings Arms, is our 80 capacity function room. With a license for civil wedding ceremonies, our accompanying food and beverage selection and our beautiful bedrooms, this is the perfect venue for an intimate wedding.

Conference and business meeting facilities are available, again with a choice of food and beverage menus and a bar is available within the Greene Room, making it suitable for any kind of celebration, party or occasion. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout.

Rooms, food and facilities

Whether visiting for business or leisure, the 15 en-suite, boutique-style rooms all offer a superior level of comfort. Characteristic of the Oakman fusion of traditional and contemporary design, each room is individually decorated and furnished, and named after a character from Graham Greene’s novels.

Room Details:
Several rooms feature four-poster beds, and family suites are also available.

All rooms benefit from:
•contemporary bathrooms
•luxury toiletries
•iPod docking stations
•free internet
•flat screen TVs
•complimentary refreshments

How to find us

The Kings Arms is situated on the High Street in the centre of Berkhamsted near the junction of the A4251 (High Street) and the A416 (Kings Road).

Berkhamsted can be approached from the A41 between Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury, and approximately 15 minutes drive from junction 21 of the M25. Both Heathrow and Luton Airports are within a 40 minute drive. There is a regular and direct train service from Berkhamsted Station to London Euston which takes approximately 35 minutes. Trains also go directly to Milton Keynes, Northampton and Birmingham.

Responsible tourism: Historic hotel near the Chilterns


We provide information on our website and in brochures available throughout the venue which details information on the history of The Kings Arms Hotel and its place in Berkhamsted heritage, as well as the surrounding area which can be enjoyed locally.

Berkhamsted is situated in the heart of the Chiltern Hills, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there is a wealth of glorious landscape to discover and enjoy, right on the doorstep of the Kings Arms.

There is information readily available about the surrounding National Trust areas, most notably Ashridge Forest which is accessible within walking distance of the town. Ashridge Estate is 2,000 hectares of woodlands, commons and chalkland, supporting a rich variety of wildlife and offering splendid walks through outstanding scenery, the focal point of which is the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater. At the other end, the Chiltern Hills high point, Ivinghoe Beacon, also marks the start/finish of the famous and ancient Ridgeway trail.

Berkhamsted is also known historically for Berkhamsted Castle, one of the oldest Motte and Bailey castles in England. When Duke William of Normandy won the battle of Hastings in 1066 and arrived in Berkhamsted, he was crowned king in Berkhamsted on Christmas Day, The original construction was made of timber, but was reconstructed, besieged, restored, and eventually left to age. It is now under the care of English Heritage and is a landmark of the town.

There are links on the website to the historic Berkhamsted castle, as well as information on Grand Union Canal which runs directly through Berkhamsted. This offers Grand Union Canal cruises, lovely low level walks through Chilterns countryside, and also forms part of the Chilterns Cycleway which follows through Berkhamsted and heads towards the Gade Valley.

All information is shared with customers and visitors, as we feel the importance placed on the local landscape of Berkhamsted and the surrounding Chilterns is a primary part of its conservation and tourism effort.

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Story behind the experience

The Kings Arms first entered history books in the 18th century, but was most famous for being frequented by Berkhamsted-born author Graham Greene, who wrote about Berkhamsted in one of his more prominent works, 'The Ministry of Fear': " …this time he was in the main street of a small country town where he had sometimes, when a boy stayed with an elder sister of his mothers. He was standing outside the inn yard of the King’s Arms, and up the yard he could see the lit windows of the barn in which dances were held on Saturday nights.” In celebration of Greene's literary connection with the Kings Arms, each of the individually-decorated en-suite rooms is named after a character from his novels or his personal life. The function room is also named The Greene Room, and the Kings Arms is actively involved in the International Graham Greene Festival every year. As a major staging post for travellers westwards towards Windsor, as well as to the North and South. The King’s Arms became the principal inn of the town with a capacity to stable up to forty horses. It was also said to be the backdrop to a bit of debauchery from the King of France, who reputedly used to sleep with the Landlord's daughter, Polly Page. Having faded into the background over the years as a tired hotel, Oakman Inns & Restaurants has restored life into the Kings Arms, which has returned to its prominent position in Berkhamsted High Street at the forefront of the community.

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