Need to know
45, including 18 suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Guests arriving early are welcome to use the facilities, store luggage and explore Cheltenham.
Double rooms from $104.65 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (£9 each for Continental breakfast; £17.50 for a full English).
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk up the wrought iron stairs to your room – the eponymous King is featured on the bannisters and, as you climb from floor to floor, he grows from a toddler, to a middle-ager (complete with bald pate) and finally to an old man.
At the hotel
Spa, lounge, gym, meeting rooms, free WiFi throughout. In the rooms: Flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making kit, mini fridge (with free milk and mineral water), White Company (Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms) or Elemis (Feature and Indulgent rooms) bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All the rooms have light, muted colours, super-soft beds and ensuite bathrooms. The Feature rooms are each individually styled to show off the Georgian, Tudor and even mediaeval elements of the building; some have bare beams or exposed, centuries-old brickwork. Go for a Superior room if you're travelling with little ones; 119 is a particularly good choice, and the hotel has three sets of interconnecting rooms. Room 219 is one of the hotel's most individual: it's brightly decorated in tartan, and has a conservatory-style roof. But our favourites are the Indulgent rooms: 101 is huge, with a pencil four-poster and a freestanding bath tub in the ensuite; 103 has a copper bath tub on a wooden floor next to the bed.
Down in the vast vaulted basement is the spa, kitted out with Decléor products, which has four treatment rooms, a relaxation room, sauna, steam room and hot tub. We highly recommend a massage for two in the couples' room; other treatments include prenatal massages and aromatherapy. A two-hour session in the spa's Thermal Suite – the hot tub, steam room, infrared sauna, experience shower with a variety of jets and heated relaxation area – is £10 a person for guests (free for guests who have booked treatments), and pre-booking is essential.
Bring your casual clobber for muddy walks in the country (don't forget your waterproofs to stand up to the British weather). A dash of tweed wouldn't be out of place.
Pets are accepted in all room types (excluding Indulgent) for £20 a night, and are welcome in the lounge/bar (where bowls are provided), but not the restaurant. Dogs larger than a labrador/retriever unfortunately cannot be accommodated. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.
Under-12s can stay in cots (£15 a night) and extra beds (£30 a night) on request in Superior and Deluxe rooms (some Feature rooms can accommodate extra beds, but you'll need to book well in advance). High chairs are available in the restaurant.