Staff at the hotel have given a number of vivid accounts of paranormal activity over the last fifty years. One of the strangest stories is of a phantom guest at the hotel – one of the staff members welcomed a woman into the hotel and escorted her to her room, only to later find that no-one was booked into the room and that the woman did not exist on the booking registry.
The spectre of a man has been seen on numerous occasions sitting in the dining room on his own. He regularly appears and then disappears and he has been seen by both the staff and the guests at the hotel.
Paranormal activity has been regularly reported in the cellar – the lights have been flicked on and off and the barrels of beer has often been moved around with no-one there.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a historic town set in the heart of Leicestershire. The ‘de-la-Zouch’ part of the town name was added after the Norman conquest of England when the town came into the possession of the Zouch family. In the 15th century, the town came into possession of the Hastings family and William Hastings enhanced the town’s fortifications. During the English Civil War, the town was under the control of the 1st Baron Loughborough, Henry Hastings, and it was considered a great relief to all nearby towns and villages when Ashby-de-la-Zouch fell after a long siege in 1646
The Royal Hotel offers 34 bedrooms, all en-suite, compromising of a mixture of singles, doubles, twins, small and large family rooms and a bridal suite. The rooms are all well-appointed and comfortable, and many of them retain their original 19th-century charm. The restaurant at the hotel was recently refurbished to an incredibly high standard, combining the original oak floor with a warm and modern décor, modern furniture and sparkling crystal chandeliers. They offer a range of international cuisine and they source produce locally where possible.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the hotel and they offer a Carvery meal every Sunday. A number of wedding packages are available at the hotel, including formal and informal wedding receptions and civil marriage ceremonies. The restaurant can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated meal and up to 150 guests for a more informal buffet dinner. Conference facilities are also available for business guests. The Royal Hotel is perfect for all occasions, be it a relaxing weekend away or a party with the whole family
- 34 en-suite bedrooms
- Colour television with satellite
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Hairdryer and trouser press in every room
- Iron and ironing board
- Free car parking
- Complimentary toiletries
- Free Wi-Fi
- Close to a number of local attractions and transport links
- Single rooms available from £95.00, based on one person staying in the room,
- breakfast included. Twin rooms available from £105.00, based on two people sharing,
- breakfast included. Double rooms available from £105.00, based on two people sharing,
- breakfast included. Family rooms available from £125.00, three or five people sharing, breakfast included
Things to do
North-west Leicestershire, where the Royal Hotel is located, is full of things to see and do. The remains of Ashby castle are right on the doorstep, offering you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots and Henry VII. Drayton Manor theme park and the zoo are only half an hour’s drive away and Twycross zoo, home to the world’s largest collection of primates is only 45 minutes away. For more information on things to do, visit the local tourist information centre – just five minutes’ walk away from the Royal.