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Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester

East Street, Colchester CO1 2TZ England
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#11 of 22 hotels in Colchester
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"The oldest hotel in the oldest recorded town in England." You are assured a warm welcome at The Rose and Crown hotel, which dates back to the 14th century. It is a beautiful oak timber framed building situated in the bustling, historic town of Colchester. Originally a 14th Century coaching inn lovingly restored over the years, the hotel is an ideal base for both the discerning business and leisure traveller. You can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire in our Tudor bar or go for a lazy walk in the panoramic Constable Country. Located close to Colchester town centre and the A12. It is less than an hour drive from Stansted Airport and 40 minutes from the Port of Harwich. Central London is 45 minutes by train and the idyllic city of Cambridge is an hour drive away. Located 0.6 miles from Firstsite. Free car parking available at the hotel. The Best Western Rose & Crown have won the ‘Best Small Hotel Category’ in the Essex Tourism Awards 2011.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Room service
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Croatian, Hungarian and 4 more
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sharonpeck102 wrote a review Sep 2021
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We stayed over after a fantastic wedding reception, wonderful service and lovely food throughout our stay. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. Felt very welcome. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
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Review collected in partnership with Best Western
Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Fiona A wrote a review Sep 2021
Bridgend13 contributions3 helpful votes
We have visited The Rose & Crown many times over the past few years . Originally it was very good . But unfortunately recently the service has become very poor . The new manager or assistant manager a woman with blond hair seems to be only concerned with closing as early as possible even when there is over 20 customers . As a customer when I go to the bar to be served I would like the bar person to be listening , not chatting to this manager or other bar staff to the point of not listening, having to constantly repeat myself , basically feeling like your butting in to their social life . We have spent thousands of pounds in this pub over the years and now feel as if we are a inconvenience as we are keeping the staff up . Most of them are now just miserable act as if they don't want customers as we are interfering with their social life . This used to be a great friendly , polite pub . Sort out your act ! !
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
StuartBinSurrey wrote a review Sep 2021
Carshalton, United Kingdom42 contributions5 helpful votes
It’s the staff that make this hotel, from reception to bar staff, all have welcoming smiles, nothing is an effort for them. Full of useful tips on what to see in Colchester. Yes the rooms are a little tired but this adds to the character of the hotel. We were in 205 which was noisy as it’s on the main road but by the second night we were used to the traffic noise. Very easy to walk to the main sites of Colchester. We enjoyed our few days at the hotel and a great base to explore not only Colchester itself but further afield too.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is available on a first come first serve basis. The oldest rooms are in the 700+ years...
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Dotty50_10 wrote a review Sep 2021
Hertfordshire, UK4 contributions5 helpful votes
First break away for 2 years. Disappointing. Hotel did not live up to expectations. Rooms are cell like with malfunctions that staff weren't particularly interested in fixing. Parking was difficult on arrival. Wedding party meant the hotel was noisy. View of the car park was unpleasant with skips, overflowin wheelie bins and waste food on the floor! Gaol bar wasn't open - which was disappointing. Room wasn't serviced after our first night - no-one explained that we had to hang out the card saying "please service my room" - and the card was not provided!! Uncomfortable soft mattress and lumpy pillows.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Nigel C wrote a review Sep 2021
2 contributions
Lovely old property fantastic staff but the noise from wedding party was really bad the drum& bass disco seems to go through all the upstairs rooms and when it finishes you have to contend with the guest getting in cars and sounding horns and shouting
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$76 - US$125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester
Which popular attractions are close to Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
Nearby attractions include Doomsday Escape Games (0.1 km), Escape Colchester (1.1 km), and Castle Park (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miseria & Nobilta', Dr Chippy's, and The Old Siege House Bar and Brasserie.
Does Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Croatian, Romanian, and Hungarian.
Are there any historical sites close to Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Roman Circus Visitor Centre (1.6 km), Dutch Quarter (1.3 km), and The Claudius Gateway (0.8 km).
Is Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.